*Should we continue to do the monthly Flickr challenges? It’s up to you guys, w/ @mirrorlessons

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I know that the umpteenth Flickr redesign last month made it really hard to use, or even find the best part of Flickr in the community discussions inside the various groups.  A few days after the redesign, Yahoo finally realized they’d pissed (probably) millions of users off by ignoring the biggest and best part of Flickr, by trying to turn it into an Instagram knockoff, but from what I’ve seen, it may have turned many of us off, and has since seen a near halt in our monthly challenges.

We’ve noticed that for the first time, our monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge Theme thread for this month has died on the vine and it has led Heather, Mat and myself to question if we really want to continue to do this.  Is it just a hiccup, or are people just not into Flickr in the same way anymore?  The theme, released in June (and subsequently carried over into July due to minimal activity) is “Friendship” and has, in nearly two months, provided a fraction of the normal amount of submissions that we’ve seen on any other given month prior.  Do you guys want to keep doing this?

I ask because it is quite a bit of work for us to keep up with it, posting various threads and polls throughout each month. I also have invested a lot of time into relationships with various companies that are cool, and kind enough to give me things to give away for these challenges.  Obviously, if we’re not interested in it, I can redirect that energy into putting something together that folks will be interested in, I just don’t want to waste your, nor our time, so I ask, should we continue the monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenges?  

If yes, just revisit the Flickr group threads (TRP Group Thread HERE, and Mirrorlessons Group Thread HERE) and submit an image for this month’s theme.  If we see enough interest, we’ll continue, but if not, I think we’ll have to call it quits.  I’d like to at least get through this run of 6 monthly winners (we’re three in, with three more to go) so as to giveaway the software, camera straps, and who knows what else I will have to our third 6 month champion, but that will be entirely up to you guys and gals.

I’ve loved doing these, seeing and showcasing the wonderful photography from so many readers, friends and cohorts.  I know that the Flickr redesign made it tougher to go about finding things the way we had prior, but if we’re gonna keep doing this, we need to know folks are still interested in us doing so.  

Let us know, and thank you to everyone who has made our nearly year and a half long project so fun, and (up to this point) successful in sharing your photography with the greater TRP and Mirrorlessons community.

Keep on keepin’ on, and happy shooting!

Tyson

 

*Time to vote! Vote for the winner of our fourteenth monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge; “Man vs Nature.” With @MirrorLessons

We’re well into our second year of the Monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge, co-hosted by me here, and my good friends Heather and Mat at Mirrorlessons.  We just crowned our second semi-annual winner and showered Giorgio Lumaconi with free stuff.  If you’d like a chance to win some free software, and photography gear, all you need to do is to stay tuned and submit your best image to our monthly theme threads whose themes are chosen by our monthly winners.  This month’s winner will be one of the following three images.  Please vote for your favorite from March’s theme, “Man vs. Nature” below and over at Mirrorlessons as well!

1000 contro 1

“1000 Contro 1” by Giovanni Tabbò


Wipeout

“Wipeout” by Alfredo Aleandri


Steering Wheel with Vines

“steering wheel with vines” by Miguel Tejada-Flores


The vote stays open through the 5th of April, and at that time we’ll tally the votes to declare our winner.  The winner then gets to choose the theme for our April challenge and is entered into our next semi-annual giveaway vote where our 6 monthly winners duke it out.

Thanks to everyone that has submitted and to pommes.fritz123 for choosing this month’s theme.  Thank you to Heather and Mat for the continued collaboration and here’s to getting out and shooting.

Keep submitting, and stay up with new challenges and articles by connecting via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Instagram and to stay posted on new articles, feel free to add your email address at the top right of the page here.  You’ll get email alerts as new articles are released.

Happy shooting!

Tyson

*Time to vote! Vote for the winner of our twelfth monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge; Architecture. With @MirrorLessons

With each passing month, these themes are bringing out more and more amazing photographs and this month was very difficult to choose our favorites.  I could have settled on a dozen or more of the contributions myself, and I’m sure it was the same for Mat and Heather.  If you haven’t seen them, feel free to stop by the Flickr threads (TRP Here and ML Here).  For those new to this, each month, in collaboration with Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons, we co-host monthly challenges where anyone can submit an image based on their interpretation of the theme.  At the end of each month, we each choose an image we feel best represents the theme in our eyes, and we open up a vote, like this one.  The vote runs for 5 days, and afterward, the totals are tallied and the winner chooses our new theme and the process begins again!  Anyone can submit, so stay tuned for new themes.  With that, we have chosen the three that caught our eyes this month, so please vote for your favorite:

Denver's Union Station

“Denver’s Union Station” by Michael L Ricci (see more from Mike HERE)


Kuppel10_24_7

“Kuppel10_24_7” by Pommes.Friz123 (see more from Pomme.Friz123 HERE)


Fisheye Madness

“Fisheye Madness” by Fabio Morbec (see more from Fabio HERE)


We will have this vote open through the 5th, and with this winner, we’ll have finished our second semi-annual stretch.  We will be taking our last 6 monthly winners and opening up a new vote sometime this month.  The winner from the semi-annual vote will win software, some fun hardware and a new, soon to be released hand built wrist strap by yours truly.  Stay tuned for that, and in the mean time, please vote for your favorite below and over on Mirrorlessons too!

Thanks to everyone who submitted this month, it really was an awesome group of contributions.  Congratulations and good luck to Michael, Fritz and Fabio.  Keep submitting, and stay up with new challenges and articles by connecting via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Instagram and to stay posted on new articles, feel free to add your email address at the top right of the page here.  You’ll get email alerts as new articles are released.

Happy shooting!

Tyson

*Congratulations to AnggaPJ for winning our November Flickr Photo Blog Challenge, Minimalism! with @Mirrorlessons

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“Edge [minimalism]” by AnggaPJ (visit and see more from Angga HERE)

Another great challenge has been decided. Congratulations to Angga for winning this month, and stay tuned for this months theme!

These monthly themes are a fun way to motivate ourselves as well as challenge and hone our photographic intuition. Each month, I, along with Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons, host these challenges and choose the three images from the reader submitted pools on our Flickr group pages that we feel are the best examples of the chosen theme. We then showcase these three on both of our sites with an open vote. The winner chooses our next theme and is entered into our semi-annual giveaway vote where the 6 monthly winners vie for your vote to be crowned our overall champion, and receive free stuff.

Congrats to Angga who will be added to our list of monthly winners, and thanks again to Heather and Mat, as well as everyone who has and continues to participate. Each month is a new chance to submit, so stay tuned to the blog as well as Mirrorlessons for new themes as they’re announced.

Find me on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr and happy shooting!
Tyson

*Congratulations to Sami Paju for winning our October Flickr Photo Blog Challenge, Street! with @Mirrorlessons

Conversations on two levels

“Conversations on two levels” by Sami Paju (visit, see more and say hi to Sami HERE)

Congratulations to Sami!  His image, “Conversations on two levels” is our winner for the Street challenge.  Sami will now get to choose our theme for this month so stay tuned.  In the mean time, drop by and visit Sami on Flickr HERE to congratulate him.  Sami is not also entered into our semi-annual champions challenge where 6 monthly winners will vie for your vote with the winner taking home some free, sweet stuff.

Thanks as always to Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons.  We’ve been jointly putting on these monthly challenges and I love the amount of wonderful photography it has helped expose us all to. Our hope is that it also provides a fun way to motivate us to shoot subjects or concepts we may not have thought to shoot.  A fun way to help spur a bit of creative energy as it were.

If you’ve not yet participated in one of these challenges, or just need a reminder as to where to submit your images, visit our Flickr groups.  Each month we have a group thread in each of our Flickr groups where you can submit your images for consideration.  It’s always free, and has proven to be a great way to network with many amazing folks and get your work out to a larger, online audience.

Find the TRP Flickr Group HERE.

Find the Mirrorlessons Flickr Group HERE.

Stay tuned and happy shooting!

Tyson

*Time to vote! Vote for the winner of our eighth monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge; Street. With @MirrorLessons

 

 

spotted

“Spotted” by Hajdu Tamas (see more from Hajdu HERE)


Runner in Cordoba

“Runner in Cordoba” by Philip Checkpu (see more from Philip HERE)


Conversations on two levels

“Conversations on two levels” by Sami Paju (see more from Sami HERE)


Another month in the books.

Our monthly Flickr Photo Blog Theme challenges have been wonderful and I hope you guys have enjoyed them as much as we have.  For those not yet in the know, Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons along with myself here on my site, host monthly challenges where the winner from each month gets to choose our theme for the following month.  Heather, Mat and I choose our three favorites each month and open it up for votes both here and on Mirrorlessons HERE.  We have enjoyed building and promoting the community that has continued to grow through our flickr groups, and on our sites, hoping to give a little back in the way of exposure and free stuff. Make sure to visit both polls to vote for your favorite.  Also keep an eye out for monthly themes to participate in.

Each monthly winner is then entered into our semi-annual giveaway poll where we take the 6 monthly winners and vote on our overall favorite with the winner taking home some cool stuff.  Our first semi-annual winner, billyburg, made off with a Topaz plugin of his choice, and I custom built a one off Garda Wrist Strap for him as well.

October’s theme might have been the most popular theme yet with tons of submissions, Heather, Mat and I have boiled it down to our three faves as seen above.  Vote below for your favorite and stay tuned for this month’s theme which will be announced within the week.

Visit our Flickr groups: TRP Photoblography HERE and Mirrorlessons HERE and don’t forget to vote over on Mirrorlessons too!

Find me on Facebook or Twitter as well to stay on top of new articles and announcements as they’re posted.

Happy shooting everyone,

t

*Congratulations to Billyburg! Our first semi-annual Flickr Photo Blog Challenge Winner.

Evening Glow by billyburg

 

“Evening Glow” by billyburg (visit and see more from billyburg HERE)

Our first giveaway winner has been decided by you guys.  With a combined effort between my site and Heather and Mat’s site Mirrorlessons (visit them HERE), billyburg has compiled the most votes, and is your first semi annual Flickr Photo Blog Challenge Winner.

Congratulations billyburg, and thank you to everyone who voted, and submitted over the last six months.

Billyburg has won a custom built T&T Garda wrist strap (see more HERE) as well as a Topaz Plugin of his  choice!  We hope to continue to build our community through these fun, free monthly challenges, and if you’ve not yet submitted, you have a chance monthly.  The winner of each month’s challenge gets to choose the theme for the next month while getting exposure both here and on Heather and Mat’s site.

Find us on Flickr:

TRP Flickr Group

Mirrorlessons Flickr Group

Thanks again to Heather and Mat for a fun and successful hosting of 6 months worth of challenges.  Here’s to our next 6 months and beyond.

All the best, and happy shooting!

Tyson