Hello and welcome to our first, semi-annual giveaway vote, where you can choose who has provided us with the best overall image from our first 6 monthly challenges, is granted our undying adoration and given some free stuff as well. Over the last 6 months, Heather, Mat and I have coordinated a monthly, dual blog challenge here and on Heather and Mat’s site Mirrorlessons where a theme is presented at the beginning of each month. Anyone can submit an image into our theme specific Flickr group discussion threads for consideration. At the end of the month, Heather, Mat and I choose an image that we each feel best exemplifies that theme and open it up for a vote. The winner of that vote then gets to choose the next theme, and we begin again. It has been a fun way to get to know and interact with many more photographers here and through Flickr, hopefully also translating into inspiration for many of us. When we started this, we’d merely hoped that we could find a way to further build a community while gaining and hopefully providing some fun inspiration as a way to share our images with a wider audience. It has been working and we’re thrilled with the connections made and beautiful imagery we’ve seen presented through these monthly challenges.
This brings us to our first giveaway vote! The fine folks at Topaz Labs, creators of many very awesome software programs and plugins, have offered a free program of the winners choice. I will also be building a custom Garda Wrist Strap for said winner with a few different color choices, not quite yet available for purchase and the title of our first, Semi-Annual Challenge Champion.
Let the vote commence! Please come in and vote for your favorite image.
Photo © Marco Bozzato
Welcome to the second monthly flickr photo blog challenge! Marco Bozzato, the winner of last month’s challenge has chosen the theme “Music” which will lay the foundation from which we can build out submissions. You have until April 30th to submit your musical image to the following Flickr group threads:
If you’re not a member of either (or both) group(s), please join us, submit your image and prepare to vote. Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons, as well as myself will each choose our favorite from all submissions and on the first of May, we will open up a vote on both of our blogs to allow everyone, and all readers to vote from May 1st through May 5th. The image and photographer with the most votes will get showcased on both blogs and gets to choose the theme for the month of May. We had dozens of images submitted for the first challenge, and I’d love to see this continue to grow. The larger we can build this community both inside and outside of flickr, the larger an audience and family we will have to interact with, learn from and build upon.
So, get your camera out, and get creative. The only rule is that the image needs to be related to music, and while not an official rule, we like the idea of newly taken images so that we can use these monthly challenges to spur creativity from the ground up.
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Let’s get to it!
Congratulations to Marco (see more from him HERE) for compiling over half of the overall votes between the poll here and on Mirrorlessons (click HERE to visit Mat and Heather)! Stay tuned to find out Marco’s choice on our Flickr Photo Blog Challenge topic for April. To sign up to receive posts as they go live, enter your email at the top right of the page, find me on Facebook here, or Twitter here and find the TRP Flickr group HERE and the Mirrorlessons Flickr group HERE! It’s all about family, friends and community and I’m very excited that we’re continuing to grow ours. If you didn’t see the recent eye enhancement tutorial featuring Heather from Mirrorlessons, check it out HERE.
Thanks to all for the continued collaboration, support and conversation. I look forward to seeing where we can all continue to take this.
Take care and happy shooting,