I randomly entered a "summer picture" into a Natalie Norton-sponsored photo contest. There really were no criteria--just that it was a summer picture.
There were 269 entries and 5 were chosen by local artists ... I was one of the 5, but I won't tell you which photo is mine. Check it out and vote for your favorite by adding a comment.
For those of you who are learning about photography, "Pics and Kicks" is a great source for information/ education--she does a much better job of explaining things than I could ever do.