The Los Angeles Times is publishing a “What I Did on My Summer Vacation” issue and is encouraging photo submissions from amateur photographers. So if you have any spectacular photos that you’ve taken on vacation this summer since Memorial Day, or intend to take before Labor Day here is where you send them: with “Summer Vacation Photos” in the subject line. You can submit up to 10 photos. Include your name, city where you live, the date and the place of the photo. Also include the camera used and your email and phone number. (The LA Times will not print your contact information). Lastly, the emailed photo cannot be larger than 10MB and the deadline is September 9. There is also a way to submit through Flickr and Instagram. For instructions on how to do that go to


Here are five tips for great photos:

1. Be passionate about your subject

2. Consider lighting quality

3. Look carefully at photo composition

4. Check the exposure

5. Minimize camera shake