The Oregonian Newspaper has regular photo contests for amateurs--I can't believe I've never shared this before.
Here's today's article showcasing the winners of the LOVE theme. http://www.oregonlive.com/photo-contest/index.ssf/2010/03/love_photo_contest_readers_edi.html This link also outlines past and present contests, and features themed photo galleries. Check it out, and get involved!
Let me know about other photo contests and I'll post them here.
You'll notice the winning photos are also paired with short stories--
P + S is best! ~Donna