This summer, polish off those lenses and call your models, because Resource Magazine and American Photographic Artists New York (APA|NY) are joining forces to bring you the 2012 APA New York Photo Contest.

Take advantage of the Early Bird deadline that ends today – May 18!

Unlike many photo competitions, which boil down to simple send-and-win/lose procedures, the APA’s contest this year is built upon encouraging a dialogue between contestants, judges, and sponsors.

By utilizing a two-step judging process, which encourages debate and deep analysis on the part of the judges, as well as encouraging contestants to speak with them and the main contest supporters, APA isn’t just creating a competition, but a massive creative-exchange between trend-setters and market-watchers. It’s pretty exciting stuff.

Here are some samlples from least year’s winners:

For contest rules, parameters and prizes, visit Ready, set, shoot!