Big news for Acorn vacation photos

I love to take a photograph

So mama don’t take my Kodachrome away

It was 1973 when Paul Simon released his summertime hit “Kodachrome,” a bouncy ballad that made it to the No. 2 spot on the charts. The title comes from Kodak’s hugely popular 35 mm film that had become such a part of modern life that carousel slide projectors were a ubiquitous feature of American homes and the go-to technology for sharing vacation photos with family and friends.

Of course, much has changed over the past 45 years, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a slide projector—vintage models go for under $20 on eBay—and even harder-pressed to find someone under 25 who even knows what one is.

Nowadays, photos from the rim of the Grand Canyon or the shores of Bora Bora can be shared instantly thanks to smartphones and social media apps.

And aside from those “oversharers” who upload every cocktail from the airport lounge to the unpacking of their luggage, it can be fun to follow someone’s vacation with a quick scroll of the phone.

For more than 20 years, the Acorn Newspapers has published its annual Take Your Acorn on Vacation photo contest. We’ve received hundreds of pictures of our faithful readers holding their Acorn in some pretty amazing places.

It’s not uncommon for one reader to bump into another doing just that.

The problem, however, is that the number of entries we’ve received the past few years have gradually waned. We suspect new technology has made it less of a novelty for readers to share their family’s vacation in our newspapers.

So we came up with a solution. And we think it’s a pretty big idea.

Drum roll, please!

This year the Acorn Newspapers will award $500 for the top photo, $250 for second place and $100 for third place. That’s a pretty good chunk of change.

Let your Acorn on Vacation photo pay for your vacation. Well, at least part of it.

We will continue to publish Acorn Vacation photos for all to see. We hope the greater bounty will mean lots of photos, bigger smiles, more exotic locations and 500 new reasons to take us along on your adventures.

To submit your vacation photo, email the picture as a .jpg attachment to vacation@theacorn.com. Include your name, address, phone number and a brief description of the scene and the names of those in it. The 2018 Take Your Acorn on Vacation winners will be announced in the fall.

Please see today’s vacation photo submissions on page 36.