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.
Congratulations billyburg, and thank you to everyone who submitted images this last month. Billyburg’s image of two sheep, basking in the light from a low sitting sun, one staring off into a foggy, defocused beyond while the other keeps tabs on the viewer has risen to, and won the challenge. See more from billyburg and follow him on Flickr here.
Being that this concludes our 6th monthly challenge, and after billyburg gives us our challenge theme for September, we will be posting a vote with our 6 monthly winners up to this point battling it out for our adoration and the title of ultimate Mirrorlessons/TRP Flickr Photo Blog Challenge semi-annual Champion!
Stay tuned for the vote which will take place both here, and on Mirrorlessons. Heather, Mat and myself will be posting within the next week or so. The winner of our 6 month champion’s vote will win a Topaz Plugin of their choice and a custom, hand built camera wrist strap.
Thank you Heather and Mat, everyone who has participated and to all those who have voted and kept up with this new way to get more and more of us connected and networking. If you’ve not yet joined in, stay tuned, sign up to receive articles and challenges as they post by entering your email at the top right of the page, join up with us on Flickr (the TRP Group HERE and the Mirrorlessons Group HERE), find us on Facebook (TRP HERE and Mirrorlessons HERE) and on Twitter (TRP HERE and Mirrorlessons HERE) to stay abreast of new reviews, comparisons, tips, tricks, contests and giveaways.
As always, thanks everyone for the read, and happy shooting!
All three images chosen this month were beautiful. Samuel’s had a dark and uncertain serenity speaking to the unknowns associated with isolation in the vast expanses of the open ocean at night making for both a calming and unnerving aesthetic. tvhow balanced various elements in ambient nighttime landscape, gelled flash and hand spun, flame laden steel wool in a composition all bisected by a mirroring of the composition in reflection. Graham’s image of the Bay Bridge, with traffic fleeing the perspective of the viewer and traveling to an etherial yet gothic cityscape balanced and contrasted tones and space in the warm glow of traffic leading us to a cool horizon through and over the dark sea below.
Great shots all, and thank you to everyone who submitted their shots as well. Each month the bar continues to be pushed, and hopefully this helps to motivate us all in upping our game.
While we wait to hear back from Graham on his decision for the theme for this month’s challenge, visit Graham on Flickr HERE. Graham has been entered into our 6 month giveaway which will take place after this month’s challenge.
To enter into this month’s or any future month’s challenges, all one needs to do is to join the TRP Group HERE and the Mirrorlessons Group HERE, and submit your image to the discussion thread for the corresponding month as they’re posted.
Check back in to see what the future holds, or find me on Facebook and Twitter to get alerts as they are posted.
Alright, another month done, dusted and another great round of beautiful images. Here are our three finalists for this month’s theme, Long Exposure. Vote down below and make sure to visit Mirrorlessons to vote there as well.
Voting is closed, even though I can’t disable the poll. Totals as of Wednesday morning are:
Highway of Lights: 18
Fire and Ice: 10
Just Right: 8
which sees Graham edge out tvhow by one solitary vote and Sam by 3 votes!!! This is the closest result we’ve yet had. Great shots everyone!
Voting will run through August 5th, so vote for your favorite both here and over on Mirrorlessons. The winner will get to choose our theme for August’s challenge and we begin the process again! Each month’s winner will also be entered into our 6 month giveaway where we will take the winners from our first 6 months worth of challenges and vote on our overall favorite, so keep an eye out for your chance to win future challenges.
Thanks to Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons and everyone who has continued to provide us with beautiful, inspirational imagery and stay posted for next month’s challenge! Our photography family continues to grow with each month, and that my friends is awesome. Keep being inspired and push that creativity.
Congratulations Nuno! Another awesome image chosen from a grouping of great shots. As the winner of our May challenge, Nuno will get to choose our June theme, and as a monthly winner, Nuno has entered as a final contestant for our 6 month giveaway. Visit Nuno Quina here to say hello, become his friend and see more of his work.
Stay tuned for Nuno’s choice for this month’s theme!
Hi All and welcome to our third monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge where our winner gets to choose our next theme and also qualifies for our 6 month giveaway where we’ll pit our 6 monthly winners in a vote for the ultimate champion 🙂
Vote below, and visit Heather and Mat over at Mirrorlessonsto vote there as well. Get prepared as we’ll have our winner announce the theme for June’s contest in 5 days and you’ll be able to submit your image to our Flickr group threads HERE on TRP and HERE on Mirrorlessons.
Voting lasts through June 5th and June’s challenge will begin shortly thereafter. Join up with both groups and submit to both threads and in the mean time let us know who your favorite “Closer” image is: