Fancy yourself a fast shot? Then the Jazz & Heritage Archive wants you to attend 2012 New Orleans Jazz Festival.

Volunteer photographers are relied on every year to capture the essence of Jazz Fest. What the archive is looking for are shots that aren't just concert performances but really speak to the experience of being there, whether it is photographs of food, people dancing, backstage, etc.

Applicants must be over 18 years old and apply online here. A four-person jury will be reviewing all applications and deciding based on a person's artistic capabilities and how much experience they have photographing live events. It doesn't mean if you have little experience you won't be considered, however. Artistic merit means more than experience to the jury.

Jazz Fest weekends are April 27-29 and May 3-6. The photographer does get to keep the rights to their photos. The work demands walking a far distance and for a long time and handing all of your own equipment. At the end of Jazz Fest photographers must turn in a digital copy of all catalogued shots to the archive.

The deadline to apply is Dec. 31.

Call 504-558-6138 with any questions or go to the site for details.

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