All Metro Atlanta residents have the opportunity this holiday season to participate in an online contest to choose the photos that most represent Atlanta’s Southern holiday spirit.

Participants are asked to upload an original photo to the www.Atlanta.net website with a short explanation of how the photo captures our Southern holiday spirit. Entries can be submitted online by visiting the ATL Insider section of http://www.atlanta.net. Detailed contest rules are posted on the site. Entries must be submitted by Thursday, Dec. 20.

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin officially kicked off the competition via a video message.

“Holiday Lights, Southern Nights,” is sponsored by Atlanta.net, the visitor website of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, and by Brand Atlanta. The contest offers a $2,500 cash grand prize plus other valuable prizes.

To enter, contestants can upload to Atlanta.net original photos they’ve taken. The photos that generate the highest tally of votes from Metro Atlanta residents will win.

Contestants will be required to select their favorite radio station when they submit their photo online at Atlanta.net. The radio station that generates the most submissions will receive a $500 cash prize for its favorite charity.

In addition to the $2,500 grand prize, other prizes include:

a $1,000 Macy’s gift card for the first runner-up;

a $500 Fresh Market gift card for the second runner-up.

Winners will also receive a gift package of tickets to Atlanta’s favorite attractions, valued at $310.

Contest winners will be chosen based on the votes of Metro Atlanta residents who can view the submissions and vote online at www.Atlanta.net.