Submit your PHOTO Today to WIN a $50 gift card

Submit your PHOTO Today to WIN a $50 gift card

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Town Planner Photo Contest: 3 Lucky Photographers Will Each Win a $50 Gift certificate/card to their favorite local Restaurant!

Selected photos will be featured in one or more of the local Town Planner Calendars in the area. Thus, your photos can be a part of the region’s favorite resource for events and money saving offers. A gift that is mailed to every home in the area and is kept and used by over 60% of them.

This December we will be mailing and distributing our 2019 edition to over 50,000 homes in Lake Villa, Lindenhurst, Fox Lake, Ingleside, McHenry, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Hts and Round Lake Park in Lake and McHenry counties. We’re looking for captivating photographs showcasing the region’s scenery, history, landmarks, local events such as live music, village festivals, celebrations or anything spectacular that caught your eye! Besides reflecting the local communities, categories for the calendar should reflect the months, holidays, and/or four seasons of the year. Selected photos may also be featured on the Town Planner web site or marketing pieces.

Photographers whose photos are selected will receive recognition for their photos in the calendar including name or company, and email, or website. Final printed size of the photos is 7.25” wide x 5.327 tall for inside the calendar, and 11.75” wide by 11” tall for the cover. There is a minimum size (300 dpi at 100%) but this should not be an issue as even phones take higher resolution than that.

Where to SUBMIT entries? Entries can be emailed to:
All entries must be received by July 30, 2018

1. Submission is open to amateur and professional area photographers. By submitting your photos, you are affirming that the photos are your own, taken by you, and you have full rights to the photos.

2. No entry fee is required.

3. Entries must be received by July 30, 2018 - Final judging will be completed by August 15, 2018 with prizes awarded after Labor Day 2018.

4. All photographs must be high resolution of at least 300 dpi at 100%. (minimum 2200 pixels wide) Most digital cameras and phones will reproduce at least this resolution. Photos that do not meet this requirement will not be eligible.

Note: Photos saved in social media such as Facebook are not acceptable as the media typically compresses them. Please send the photo file.

5. Clearly label within the body of your email: Your NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE number and specific location of each photo. You may give your photo a short title (which we may or may not choose to publish.) Any other helpful information about the photo(s) is appreciated. Please label the subject line of your email as: PHOTO SUBMISSION. Once we review your photo you will receive an acknowledgement email from us as to having received your submission. Please be patient as this could take several days. If you do not get an email from us in 5 business days feel free to resubmit your photo or contact us by email or text.

IF SUBMITTING MULTIPLE PHOTOS: due to the size of photo files we ask you to send each photo in its own email (complete with all the information above for each) or with a dropbox link. For dropbox, you may submit all the photo information in one email making sure we can tell which description matches which file.

6. Submission of your photo(s) permits Town Planner of Northern Illinois, publisher of the local Town Planner, to use your photographs in the calendar, on websites, magazines, e-newsletters and other company marketing materials. We reserve the right to reproduce all submissions - with proper credit to the photographer when possible. Only the three selections for the calendar will win a $50 certificate.

7 Selected photos featuring distinguishable humans as the SUBJECT of the photo will require you to have their permission (a photo release by the subject or their guardian) before publication. If the people pictured are part of a crowd at a public event no such release is required. Email us and we can send you a release form, if needed.

8. Submission of photographs is not a guarantee of acceptance for publication for the 2019 Town Planner calendars. We will, however, post some, if not all, submissions onto a site for all to view. That site is yet to be determined. Due to the volume of photos they will not be returned.

9. All photographers, whose photos are selected for publication, will receive 4 FREE copies of the Town Planner calendar. Additional copies or others wishing a calendar may PRE-ORDER a copy. Cost is $7 per calendar - which also have local money saving coupons. - Please specify number of copies desired, edition/location desired. (Fox Lake, LLV, Round Lake Area or McHenry) and your mailing address. Money can be sent by check or Zelle and must be received by September 5, 2018.

10. Questions? Email us at or call/text to: 847-529-2775

11. There is no limit as to the number of photos that you may submit, but drawings for the $50 dining gift cards will be limited to the three best whose photos are selected to appear in the 2019 print edition(s) of the calendar. ​

Please do not send any hard copy photos. They will not be eligible. They will not be returned.


The Town Planner Staff

NOTE: Professional Photographers who submit photos and are selected as winners can also receive one FREE Standard Display Ad in an edition their photo is displayed. (Ad type may vary based on the availability of Standard Display ad space. In such a case, other ad types of equal value will be offered.)

Tags: Special Interest, Photography Contest

Posted By: Town Planner of Northern Illinois

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Date: May 3, 2018

This event also occurs on 05/17/2018, 05/31/2018, 06/14/2018, 06/28/2018 and 2 more dates. [see all dates]




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The Fox Hole Pizza in McHenry had to close its doors in January of 2014for six months due to a fire in the building over the restaurant. In July when they reopened the owner, Lianna, said "The coupons were coming in when the calendar first came out. Then the fire hit. Costs to reopen were high and I had no funds for any advertising but when we reopened the calendar coupons started bringing in the people as our advertising is out there ALL YEAR - Every Day in your calendar!"

Matt Martinez with State Farm has been with us going on 5 years and he tells us that not only has he gotten business but people come up and recognize him ALL the time. To punctuate that he related a story of one of his contractors meeting him after three years only to say "I feel like I already know you as I see your picture hanging on the wall of all the homes I go into."

Patrick, the manager at Brunch Cafe mentioned to me in December that they were getting a rush of coupons what with people trying to use them before the end of the year. We discussed how amazing it is that a product can keep an ad/coupon in front of people for a whole year...most get thrown or misplaced within days and are out of sight out of mind; but not the calendar they are there EVERY day for people to see.

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