National Narrow Gauge Convention 2011
D Convention Model & Photo Contests
Download Contest Entry Forms, Rules and Award Information PDF Documents

Click the following links to access printable PDF forms:

                                                                                      Click HERE for the model categories
                                                                                      Click HERE for an entry form
                                                                                      Click HERE for a copy of the contest rules
Questions?: Email the Model Chairman HERE

Please Note !!! Be sure you print out enough copies of the Entry Form to include one with each entry. Filling them in before coming to the convention should save you time when entering your model(s) or photo(s).
Model Categories
                                                               Steam - Rod Locomotive
                                                               Steam - Geared Locomotive
                                                               Motive Power - Internal Combustion
                                                               Freight Car
                                                               Passenger car
                                                               Structure (Structure Only - No Scenery)
                                                               Train - Complete Consist
                                                               Operating Module
                                                               Special Equipment
                                                               Southern Theme

Photographic Print Categories
B&W Model
                                                             B&W Prototype
                                                             Color Model
                                                             Color Prototype
                                                             Enhanced/Computer Generated


         Plaques will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place in each of the Model and Photo Categories. An additional "Best in Show" award will be given in the Model Category.

Contest Rules

     All models or photographs shall be built entirely or photographed by the entrant with no other persons help and should portray narrow gauge or short line railroad subjects or related items. A total of three photographs may be entered for each category in the photography contest.

    A model or photograph that has won First place in previous National Narrow Gauge Conventions contest can not be entered.

    Structures may not have any scenery or they will be considered as a diorama.

    Models not meeting a specific category or in dispute will compete on an open "gray area" table.

    Special Equipment Category: This category includes equipment not necessarily found on the track, but used by narrow gauge railroads. Donkeys, loaders, portable spars, hoists and winches, arches and tractors and right of way equipment, etc. fall into this category.

    Display Only Entries not to be judged may be shown at the appropriate table(s) for display.

    Acceptable Photo Entry Sizes: 5" x 7" through 11" x 14"

   Photos may be matted. Unmatted photos must be mounted on cardstock.

   Digitally enhanced photos must be entered in the Enhanced/Computer Generated Only category.

   Digitally taken photos will not be considered computer enhanced.

   For all entries, a  3 x 5 note card with typed or computer generated text with information about prototype or construction is allowed. No hand written cards please.

   Judging of all entries will be done by popular vote. Ballot boxes will be in contest rooms. Only ballots supplied with registration packets will be allowed for voting. Extra ballots will not be supplied. All ballots must be in by 10:00 PM Friday evening

  Written contest rules handed out during convention registration supercede any rules posted on the website

Contest Room Hours
                                                 Wednesday 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM  (Enter Models Only)
                                                 Thursday 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon ; 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Enter/View/Vote Enter/View/Vote)
                                                 Friday 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon;  7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Enter/View/Vote View/Vote)
                                                 Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon  (View Only Pick Up Only)
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     All packing containers must be removed from the contest area. Packages, bags or purses WILL NOT be allowed in the contest area during general viewing hours. They must be checked upon entering the contest area and claimed when leaving. No models may be removed before 10:00 AM on Saturday except in cases of an emergency. Upon retrieval, all models must be signed for by the original entrant or his/her representative(s) with written authorization. The touching of any entry by anyone other than by a contest official or its owner is strictly prohibited. The Model Contest area will be staffed during viewing hours and locked during non-viewing hours. We ask everyone to honor the rules and security precautions.

Photography of contest entries

       Photos of contest entries may be taken any time the Contest Room is open for viewing and voting.  A special "photographer only" session will be held at a time to be determined outside of regular judging hours.