Early last week, Jessica Leon sent a photo of her son, Laney, after he’d taken a magnificent buck.

There was a story to tell about Laney and his trophy 10-pointer, but the photos she sent with her email couldn’t be published.

It wasn’t that there was something wrong with the subject. It was that the image was too small to run in any newspaper.

A phone call explained the problem: The photo you see on this page originally came in at 52 kilobytes, and trying to expand that image to the size you see today would have blurred the photo to the point where Laney and his deer would be nearly unrecognizable.

An hour later, this proud mama had attached a 2 megabyte image on another email, and now we’re able to tell Laney’s story with a first-rate photo.

Anyone who’s read The Advocate Outdoors for any length of time knows young hunters and fishermen always have had their place here, but not every submitted photo will appear.

Many years ago, we had to place a limit in age. We will not run photos of young hunters under 9 years old. There were several reasons for this decision, not the least of which was it was clear there were some parents determined to make their child the youngest-ever hunter to “make the paper.”

And there were times when we employed that rarely used factor called common sense when we turned down a the photo of the 4-year-old whose grandma swore up and down that her grandson had landed that 35-pound redfish “all by himself.” (It appeared the fish weighed more than the youngster.)

So, we want to see your photos, and other than the age requirement and passing the common-sense test, here are some other helpful hints.

First, shoot the photo with the best available camera. If you’re taking it with a digital camera, then put the image setting on “fine” to get the best quality image from your camera. The “fine” setting increases the dots-per-inch on the image and gives us the ability to increase its size for our pages. Most modern cellphones have the ability to produce quality images. Please remember to use the “red-eye reduction” setting, too.

The subject of the photo must be newsworthy.

Do not put the image in the body of an email. Sent it as a JPEG attachment. That works best for us. We don’t “doctor” photos, nor do we guarantee a submitted photo will be used.

The larger the image size the better, but please do not send multiple images. A 25 MB file takes up way too much space in my inbox.

Please honor the animal in your photo. This means no blood, no tongues hanging from mouths, and a deer should have the state tag affixed.

Include all pertinent information, names, ages, places, dates and a contact number, then send to jmacaluso@theadvocate.com.