Photo captions are the most-read part of a yearbook according to Lifetouch photography company's online yearbook-creation resource. It's therefore important to write fun, punchy captions that will help your fellow classmates relive happy memories. The Jostens Yearbook Representatives website suggests that yearbook staff get together and brainstorm over photos. Play the game called "Can you top this?" where the funniest, snappiest, most memorable caption suggestions win.
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Short and Snappy
Punchy captions have the most impact, so keep them short and sweet. Judge for yourself: Which caption better captures the joy of victorious, chest-bumping football players: "Seniors Joe Smith and Peter Soon celebrate the Panther's win over Summerville 10-7" or "Smith and Soon slam Summerville"? Study newspaper captions, especially funny ones, for examples.
Even if the photo in question is of a fairly generic activity -- a student in class, for example -- a specific caption can make it funny and memorable. Maybe the class teacher was short-tempered and the kid in the photo was notorious for skipping class or coming in late. A caption like "Rare sighting of an endangered species" will be instantly understood and enjoyed -- provided the student in the photo has a sense of humour.
Most of your captions should be understood by everyone who reads them, but include some "in" jokes for fun. For example, a picture of a journalism teacher holding her hand up to the camera might have a caption of "Please, no reporters!" The caption will be enjoyed by all who took that class, although others who didn't take it might not understand.
If the cafeteria food was awful, a shot of a couple of kids out in the car park eating McDonald's will say more than a 500-word article. You could caption it "Cafeteria escapees" or "I could have sold it for £32." Just be sure that the fun you're having isn't at someone else's expense. Yearbook captions can be funny, but should be gentle enough to be enjoyed by everyone.
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