Capture the Magic
Whether you’re a professional photographer, or just someone who loves to capture the magic of the moment on your cell phone or pocket camera, The Laurel is offering you a chance to become a cover artist.
That’s right, it’s the start of The Laurel’s Winter 2021 Cover Photo Contest. Every year, we ask our readers to share with us their vision of the Quintessential Highlands-Cashiers Plateau Winter.
From the bright red flash of a cardinal or holly berry against the barren trees, to sunrises and sunsets that explode with color, or sunlight glistening on a freshly fallen snow, winter is a perfect time to enjoy a few moments in nature with our cameras.
Now some of you are saying that Winter 2019-2020 is an anomaly, that the near-balmy weeks, and days and days of rain were anything but a typical Plateau winter.
Well, it’s true, there haven’t been sweeping vistas of snow or ponds locked in the grip of a hard-frozen layer of ice, but it’s been winter all the same.
The forests are still hushed, the mountains look like they’re clothed in mouse fur, a bold cardinal can still light up the day with his exuberant plumage, and your neighbors still flash those absolutely irresistible smiles as they fill their days with busyness.
All of these are irreducible signposts of a Plateau Winter.
Your winning photograph could be the cover of our 2021 Winter Edition. Pictured are some of our favorites from last year’s competition. One of these might be just the inspiration you need to capture your own winning shot.
All you have to do is keep an eye open for the beauty of this, our quietest and most reflective season, and capture that moment on film.
Aspiring cover artists should enter their seasonal and magazine appropriate shots at facebook.com/TheLaurelMagazine by March 31. Submitted photographs should be high resolution and must be of the Highlands-Cashiers area. Amateurs, professionals, young and old, are encouraged to join the fun and share the beauty of the season.