A swirling Martini down by the poolside, reflecting the sun beams, a cool glistening shimmer slipping down the side of the glass… It’s that time folks, 5 o’clock.
Perhaps you might be sneaking into the local watering hole for a bottle of Bud, or enjoying a colorful happy hour cocktail with umbrella or ambushing the local crafty brewery for a growler of fine hoppy malted beer. The work day is done, and now is your time to unwind by whatever way you feel is right.
We are looking for photographs of social gatherings, such as colleagues, friends and family enjoying your post work-day together, or interesting photographs of drinks or drinking establishments, or perhaps of a fine glass of wine by the fire, let your imagination run with it.
For this month, your photo does not even have to be taken at 5 o’clock as… you guessed it… it might be not be 5 o’clock where you are but… and your geographical location is also not of importance.
As a matter of fact, it is not clear where the phrase was first used but its origin appears to have a connection with the military and happy hour. Pilots were not allowed to drink less than 24 hours before a mission, which would start at 6 pm the following day. Happy hour would be 5 pm to 6 pm so as long as the pilots would drink up before the 6 pm bell would ring, they would be clear to fly their mission.
Others of the baby boomer generation have mentioned that their parents in the fifties and sixties had lamps in the house of leggy bikini-clad gals with cocktail receptacle in hand and that famous logo written on the base. These would of course be the more lively parents who might have attended a roaring party or two.
The overriding yearning behind this expression is the wish that one can get away with a tipple before your own 5 o’clock. Throw caution to the wind, be damned with social etiquette, and why not enjoy a beverage or two before that mighty hour.
In 1971, McBee’s Station was published by author Elise Sanguinetti and on page 128 it reads:
“He quickly took up his glass and started to leave.
‘Well, well, well’, she said cheerily, ‘already time for that cocktail hour, is it? What is the old judge use to say? It must be five o’clock somewhere in the world.’”
Deadline is March 31st, 2014. Contest open to all photographers, amateur or pro from any geographical location. The top 24 photos will be posted on the LQAF facebook page. Once the photos have been uploaded onto facebook, the public has a month to vote on the photo they like best by ‘liking’ the photo! The winner at the end of each month receives a free year-long gallery on LQAF.com.
At the end of the year, we will award the photographer with the most likes overall a $200 gift certificate to a pro-lab printer for you to enlarge your winning photo and mount/frame or turn it into canvas!
LIMIT THREE IMAGES PER ENTRANT.
All images must be in JPEG format, RGB or Grayscale mode, 72ppi. Images and captions may not include watermarks, text, logos, borders or other identifying marks. Color space should be sRGB.
The longer side of your image must be 1200 pixels. The shorter side may be any size up to and including 1200 pixels.
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