Oftentimes, less is more. And sometimes, it’s a whole lot more.


This 6-word microstory by Ernest Hemmingway is arguably the most famous example of the less-is-more mantra. How many ways can you interpret that? What kinds of feelings do those six words, in that sequence, evoke in you?

Photographs are another medium to tell a story in a “snapshot.” A picture is worth a thousand words goes the cliche. But what about when a picture is also worth a thousand interpretations? These can be the most compelling and interesting images. They are also unbelievably hard to capture; they’re usually not something you can plan. They are usually serendipitous moments when you happen to have your camera at your side and are quick enough on the draw.

So we know how hard it is to capture these moments. That’s why we’re having a contest. If you’re not clear what we’re looking for, have a look at Lola Akinmade‘s photo at the top of the page. Or this one below:

How to submit your entry
  1. Ensure your photo is at least 930 px wide (or 620 px tall if vertical).
  2. Attach the photo in an email to carlo[at]matadornetwork[dot]com.
  3. In the subject, enter Photo Contest Entry – Story in the Picture.

Deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM EST November 28, 2010.

Choosing a winner

All submissions will be judged by a panel of Matador Editors. The winning entry will receive a copy of Rough Guides’ Make The Most Of Your Time On Earth: 1000 Ultimate Travel Experiences. Check out Lola’s review of the book here.

The top 10 entries will also be included in a future photo essay to be published here at The Traveler’s Notebook. Please help spread the word by Tweeting and posting to your Facebook wall!

[Fine print: By submitting your photo, you agree to allow Matador to publish it, unaltered, in any future post within the Matador Network. All other rights retained by the photographer.]


Are you looking to up your photography game? Matador U has you covered:

MatadorU Travel Photography Program

MatadorU’s Travel Photography Program gives you direct feedback on your work, and lifetime access to the most supportive, dynamic, and fun community of Travel Writers, Travel Photographers, and New Media Professionals on the web.