We’ve all seen images that help tell the story of the place we live.
It might be a glorious sunrise on the horizon, or moonlight glowing on a lake.
Perhaps it’s a picturesque country road or a mist rising over a field.
It could be a piece of farm equipment at rest behind freshly plowed ground, or a colorful display of fruits and veggies at a roadside stand.
If you’re a reader of The Laker/Lutz News, you’re likely familiar with our popular local wildlife feature.
Our new photography feature, “A Sense of Place,” is launching now.
It is intended to give photographers an opportunity to show off their skills in a broader context, while our readers benefit from the quality of images they capture.
The photos shown here were shot by Mike Camunas to provide an idea of the kind of photos we’re seeking. Mike’s photography graces the pages of our newspaper each week, providing a visual element to our storytelling.
The quality of his work has been recognized by the Florida Press Association.
He will be overseeing our “A Sense of Place” feature, which we plan to publish each week, based on the number and quality of submissions we receive.
Thanks, in advance, to anyone who chooses to share their passion for photography with our readers.
Please tell us when and where it was taken and any special circumstances or other details you’d like to share. Also, please provide a photo credit and contact information, in case we need to reach back.
Published July 26, 2023
Some years ago, we launched a photo feature called Local Wildlife.
The idea was to attempt to capture images of birds, raccoons, alligators and other wild creatures that make their home in the region covered by The Laker/Lutz News. We thought it would be a great way to engage our readers – in two ways. One, it provided a vehicle for our readers to share images they captured in our communities. Two, it gave our readers something to look forward to seeing each week.
Today, we are announcing the launch of another series, which we hope will be equally popular — both with photographers who want to share their images and with readers who enjoy viewing them.
This photo feature is called “A Sense of Place.” The idea is to capture photos within our coverage area that help convey the sense of our communities.
We are not looking for images of people, but are rather looking for photographs of scenes or objects that help tell the story of our locale.
This new venture will be under the direction of Mike Camunas, an award-winning staff writer and photographer. His images that appear in our newspaper each week have enhanced the visual presentation of our newspaper.
Please turn to page 1B to see examples of the types of images that we’re seeking for this feature.
The goal is to add it to our weekly lineup, but that will depend upon the number of submissions we receive. If you’d like an image to be considered for publication, please email it to . Please add a sentence or two, describing when and where you took the photo and what the image means to you. Be sure to include who took the photo and contact information, in case we need to reach back.
Thanks, in advance, for helping us to present a newspaper you look forward to receiving each week.
— B.C. Manion, editor of The Laker/Lutz News
Published July 26, 2023