A new school year is under way and 'first day of school' photos are cropping up all over the place. To celebrate this annual rite of passage, Sunday Stories is accepting photos for another Scrapbook Flashback.
We're asking readers to dig out their photo albums and share old photos (20 years old or older) from their own school days! Be it typical school day activities or candid family photos from field days, awards programs, sporting events or the traditional "first day" photos, we want you to share your old pictures.
We'll be featuring snapshots from school-related activities held 20 or more years ago in the September Scrapbook Flashback. It can be a snapshot of an individual or a small group of friends, classroom photos or a large group shot. We prefer snapshots, so no professional portraits will be accepted.
Be sure to provide us with a brief description of the photo, including who's in the picture, as well as when and where it was taken.
The deadline for this month's Scrapbook Flashback is Friday, Sept. 6.
Scrapbook Flashback is a themed section - in this case, School Days - and the pictures have to be at least 20 years old. The October Flashback will feature "My Favorite Halloween Costume" so go ahead and start looking for those photos now!
Readers can share current photos and stories every week in Sunday Scrapbook and online at Timesnews.net.
There are basically two ways to participate:
Share your photos.
From school plays and sporting events to family gatherings and weekend getaways, we love seeing pictures of our readers and their families enjoying the simple pleasures of everyday life in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. We also love seeing pictures of your children and grandchildren, pets, church and civic club events, recreational activities and scenic shots of our beautiful region.
Share your stories.
Tell us about what's happening in your lives, or about special people or places. If you have a picture that helps illustrate your story, send that in too. We'll take the best stories received each week and showcase them in our Sunday Stories' Sunday Scrapbook.
The word count for stories should not exceed 300 words. Make sure to include your name, as the person submitting it, and a phone number or email address where we can reach you just in case we have any questions. (Don't worry, though. We won't publish that part!)
Are you ready to get started? Well, then grab your camera - or even your iPhone - and take some photos. Then, simply email, mail or deliver them to us and we'll take care of the rest.
The photos should be sent in jpg format, and should be approximately 5 x 7 in size, resolution 200 dots per inch, or a total file size not less than 1 megabyte. Be sure to send the photos as attachments to an email, and not as a link to any outside site. If you are unable to send digital images, we strongly recommend that you have copies of your photo made to submit. If you choose to send the original and want the photo returned after it has published, please be sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope. You can also pick them up at the Times-News any (non-holiday) week day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Make sure to include your name (as the person submitting it) and identify the folks in the picture, so that all your friends and family members will recognize them in the scrapbook. It's also helpful if you can let us know where and when the photo was taken.
Email your contributions (along with your name and address) to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or mail them to: Sunday Scrapbook, Attn: Carmen Musick, Kingsport Times-News, 701 Lynn Garden Drive, Kingsport, Tenn. 37662.
Selected photos are published in Sunday Scrapbook inside the print edition of Sunday Stories. They may also appear in the Scrapbook Gallery, which can be accessed online, under the Sunday Stories category.
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