Want to submit a photo? Here’s how _lowres

File photo Laney Leon took this 190-pound, 10-point trophy buck in the St. Francisville area last deer season, and his mom, Jessice, provided the photo. A new rule for publishing hunting photos in Advocate Outdoors requires hunters to have a state-issued deer tag affixed on the deer before taking the photo for consideration for publication. State hunting regulations require hunters to tag their deer before removing the animal from the field.

Photos give us memories to treasure, and Advocate Outdoors has had a years-long commitment to share those memories and acknowledge the accomplishments afield, especially for young outdoorsmen.

There are rules and guidelines: The top two rules are that Advocate Outdoors publishes hunting photos of youngsters age 9 and older, and, new this year, if it’s a photo with a deer taken in Louisiana, the photo must show the deer with a Louisiana deer tag affixed according to Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ regulations.

Here’s a reminder about what families need to do publish these memories, and what they need to do to get those photos to us.

Most images today are taken with digital cameras: Our Photo Department advises that a 5-megapixel camera is the minimum to provide the image quality needed for publication, and, in every instance, the camera needs to be set on the “fine” setting to get the best image.

There are settings to reduce “red eye” in both the young hunter and the animal. In low light, make sure the red-eye reduction setting is used and there’s enough flash to give the subject the proper light. We require an image size of 1 megabyte or larger.

Next, make sure if the youngster is posed with a weapon and their newly earned trophy animal that the weapon’s action is open and pointed in a safe direction.

Then, pose the animal with the dignity due it and the opportunity that animal gave the young hunter. That means eliminating blood, and please, if a deer, make sure its tongue is where it’s supposed to be. As a rule, we reject deer photos showing blood and an exposed tongue.

If waterfowl is the quarry, show the backs of the bird. This helps identify the species and makes for a better photo.

And, make sure the photo is in focus. Fill the lens with the young hunter and his or her quarry, and eliminate as much of the background as possible.

Finally, to submit a photo, go to The Advocate’s website: www.theadvocate.com. Find the red Advocate masthead, then find “Photo” and follow the instructions.

Happy hunting.