Are you ready for a NEW round of Five Inspiring Finalists? Here we go friends! We had two Photo Contests run simultaneously. Both Photo Contests had a theme of COMFORT. One Photo Contest challenged you to focus on using BLUR/Low F-stops = buttery, blurry backgrounds. The other Photo Contest challenged you to use the theme of COMFORT combined with a BACKGROUND that has PURPOSE. This second focus is what our Five Finalists have accomplished at INSPIRING levels! Coming to you from a remote island in Thailand, where I only have electricity from 6pm to 6am, here are your FIVE beautiful, inspiring Finalists! 🙂
but wait! There is a second chance to win a CAMERA for voting??!!
Yes, you heard me right! It’s the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220/P 12.1 MP Digital Camera!!! And it’s PINK! Can you get another color? I guess, but why would you!
We almost did it last week, and so here’s the deal for this week! If we get 600 plus votes, yes 600 by this Monday (at midnight PST), we get to give one of the Random Voters a hip, new, Sony Cyber-shot! Not to bad for taking the time to cast a vote, huh!
Can you believe that?! I’m so pumped! But that means you’ve got to tell ALL your friends, family, even wake up Granny, and get them to post their vote in TODAY’s comments! I know this contest is going to get crazy real fast with the voting, so we are going to close the voting this Monday night, February 22nd, at midnight PST. That means you have from now until midnight on Monday to vote!
Q: How do you vote? What do you win? See the FAQ below! (It’s super easy.)
Q: What does the winning Finalist get? Ooooh, that’s good and juicy! See below for those details!
Q: What are we voting for? Check it out…
Without further delay, I’d like to introduce you to the TOP FIVE FINALISTS for the COMFORT and Background Photo Contest! Notice how they specifically used the background to enhance the overall story of their images. You were also asked to put our Depth of Field conversation into practice with an overall feeling of COMFORT in your theme. And wow! Your images are amazing!
1. Turning Three! by Keilah Engstrom in Washington state.
The background action around this little birthday girl is CLASSIC! Every kid wants a chance at blowing out those candles, and it’s all over the little guy’s face behind her. And then I love the framing of this image. I’m assuming Keilah got down to eye level with her birthday girl because of the adults we see in the background. It’s such a classic image that deserves to be celebrated for the timing, the framing, and more! Thank you for inspiring us Keilah with this image! Click on Keilah’s name to see more of her work!
2. Everyday Beautiful by Ashley Julian in Washington state.
And then I got to Ashley’s image. Her baby in the highchair, and the word Beautiful written above him…it made my heart go “ahhhhh”. She said in her email that the word beautiful just happened to be there, and she saw the shot. Everyday beauty brings her comfort, and this is her everyday beauty. I’m inspired by this image to see the Beautiful in the every day around us. Ashley wasn’t tight framed on this shot, but everything in the image enhances the story of this lovely little one and this, particular moment. Thank you Ashley for this image. We loved it! Click on Ashley’s name to see more of her work!
3. The Sweetness of Girls by Summer Davis in Great Falls, Montana.
The power of this image is in the background. It’s those two heart cut outs right above the girls’ heads. I just love how those hearts make this moment so sweet. It sends me back to memories of childhood when summer afternoons were spent with my girlfriend, our dolls, and talks on the daybed. Framing this image so that the hearts were above the girls is genius! I also love that Summer made this image black and white because it adds a timeless feel to this moment so we can all remember our childhood memories. Thank you Summer for this image. The sweetness just oozes out! Click on Summer’s name to see more of her work!
4. Grandbaby by Amy Schuff in Sacramento, CA.
At first glance, I’m caught up by the new grandma’s joy at seeing her grandbaby. But the story keeps going when I see the background. The background enhances the story of this image with such power. Talk about incredible timing! The proud dad smiling, about to be embraced and patted on the back. You can almost hear the joy in this image. Amy, timing is everything on this type of image, and you nailed it! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful moment with all of us. It is truly inspiring! Click on Amy’s name to see more of her work!
5. Sleeping with His Two Buds by Sara Kelly in Seattle, WA.
This is another image that drew me in to surprising depths. At first I see this sweet little toe head asleep, and I’m caught up in all that beautiful hair he has! And then I see dad’s feet blurred in the background. And THEN I see the dog’s pointed ears in the background, and I’m thinking “Oh my goodness! There is so much to this story that it keeps going and going!” This is the type of background we strive for in our images. Background that doesn’t distract but enhances the story to surprising depths. And wow, Sara, you did an AMAZING job! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!
There it is! Your new Fabulous Five Finalists! Didn’t I tell you they were AMAZING! Click on their names to see more of their work! But vote before you go b/c whoever gets the most votes will WIN!!
And all of you, plus the winners, have the opportunity to win a Sony Cyber-shot Camera! All you have to do is post a comment and vote for your favorite finalist. Leave a few words about why they were your favorite, and you are entered into the Sony Cyber-shot Camera drawing!
Let’s go! We got over 600 last week! We only need 600 this week! HERE WE GO!
PHOTO CONTEST FAQ:
FAQ #1: How do you vote?
Answer: Just click on the pink word “Comments” at the end of this blog post. Put the # of photo your voting for first (it makes counting the votes way faster), and then add a few words about why you like their image the most. Remember, your comments and feedback give to the Five Finalists more than any prize from us. Please be kind, encouraging, and share all that you can with these wonderful Five Finalists! Your feedback on their images is priceless! That’s why we do the Random Voter Awards, because we appreciate your voting and feedback so much. So spread the word to family and friends! And ask them to vote! We need 750 VOTES to give this camera away!
(Please vote one time for one image. Thanks!)
FAQ #2: Is there a new Photo Contest happening right now? And when is the Deadline?
Answer: Not yet! After we finish the voting for these two contests, we’ll announce the next Photo Contest Theme. It’s one my favorite Photo Contest Themes so far!
FAQ #3: What are the prizes for the Random Voters and the Finalist?
Answer: Scroll on down!!
Prizes for the Winning Finalist and the Random Voter Winners!
In the last couple of contests, we’ve broken our record for votes received! You all spread the word, and the votes came rolling in! If we clear 600 votes on this contest, we are going to pick a Random Voter (not necessarily #600, but a RANDOM Voter) to win the Sony Cyber-shot camera!!!
And then we’ll keep going and pick one more Random Voters to win a $25 customized, cool looking Starbucks card! So that’s one Random Winner of a new, slick Sony Cyber-shot camera, and one MORE random winner of $25 customized Starbucks cards, if we clear 600!
Deadline for all voting is this Monday night, 4 days from now, 2/22, at midnight PST!! That means we have to clear 600 votes by that time for two Random Voters to be picked and win a pink (or different color) Sony Cybershot Camera!
Prize for being the Winner of the Five Finalists!!!
Now what about the finalist’s prize! What will they get? Well first, each finalist should vote too so they get a fair shot of winning the Sony Cyber-shot camera! And then the Winning Finalists gets THREE SPECIAL PRIZES!!!
1. Get Girded Up with Award Winning Resources! Their choice of one of our popular 101 Kits: The Essentials to Starting a Photography Business OR the Downloadable version of our Award Winning Refuse to Say Cheese/Beyond the Green Box DVD series.
2. Continue Your Creativity After the Shooting! Their own copy of Adobe’s Lightroom 2.0 Software!!!! (thank you Adobe!)
3. Don’t Hide Your Winning Photo! Show It Off!!! And the newest addition to our Winning Finalist prizes, their winning photo will be printed on a beautiful canvas! Our SOAR! Partner, Pixel2Canvas, has joined the Photo Contests as of this year! And we are so excited b/c now your winning image will be on a BIG, Beautiful Canvas for the wall!
So get all your friends and family to jump on here and vote before this Monday at midnight!