I’m a Finalist in the Shoot and Share Photo Contest!

I’m a Finalist in the Shoot and Share Photo Contest!

In my last post I couldn’t believe that I was a finalist in the top 4.5% of the Shoot & Share Photo Contest and I’m even more excited to announce that I just found out the final results. I’m over the moon that I had two photos that earned a Finalist Award, and one photo in the Top 20%, and 2 in the Top 30%!  This was my first year entering the contest and I went in with zero expectations, because I’m still relatively new to photography. Once I logged in and started voting for photos in the various categories I was so overwhelmed at the high caliber of the other photographers. There were 12 rounds of voting and the more votes a photo received the better the chance of making it to the next round.

The way this contest works is that it is “Completely Free and Fair”.

A lot of times photographers with a HUGE number of social media followers will tell their followers to go and vote for their photos in whatever contest they’ve entered. That gives people with HUGE influence a HUGE chance to sweep the contest. But, this photo contest is completely different. It is totally free, nobody has to pay to enter, and you don’t have to sell tickets to get more votes. Photographers can enter up to 50 photos into 25 different categories. My name is never displayed during voting so only people who closely follow my Instagram even recognize my photos. And even then, since I like to attend group shoot-outs, up to 12 photographers may have taken the same or similar photo. That means that “each photo is judged on its own merit and every photo is given equal opportunity to be voted on. It is displayed the same number of times to the voters as any other, so every photo is in the running.”

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This photo of cutie pie actress and model Journey was a finalist in the top 2.2% and ranked number 383 out of 41,321 other photos in the Babies & Toddlers category. And not only that but 61 people selected it as one of their favorite photos.  So amazing! A huge thanks to Journey and her sweet mom, Celina, for allowing me to capture Journey’s smiles and sass.

To put it all in perspective, the contest started with 583,150 photos. By the time the contest was in Round 12 only the top 2.2% of all photos remained and I was still in! Over 174,215 unique voters participated from 144 different countries. If you put all of that together, the voters spent over 15,809 cumulative days casting over 90 MILLION votes! How amazing is that?

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This photo, taken at the Orange County Fair, was a finalist in the top 2.2% and ranked number 451 out of 18,262 other photos in the Creative Projects category.  Super excited that 33 people selected this photo as a favorite.

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This photo of beautiful Aylin made it to the top 20%.  Thank you, Aylin!

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This photo, taken in gorgeous Laguna Beach, CA, ended up in the top 30%.

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And my photo of a dancer at the Dia de los Muertos event at Hollywood Forever Cemetery made it to the top 30%.

Thank you so much to my clients and models who have allowed me to capture their smiles and let me to tell their stories. And an extra special thank you to my friends who have been so generous with their time and advice and helped me learn so much about photography. And an extra huge thanks goes to my husband, Phil, and my kids, Savannah and Trevor, for being my cheerleaders and biggest fans!

But the biggest thank you of all goes to not only everyone who participated in the contest and voted but to the organizers of the Shoot & Share contest!

I’m thrilled to be a finalist and I’m looking forward to next years contest!

I’m in the top 4.5% in the Shoot & Share 2019 Photo Contest?

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Will the wonders never cease?

I received an email this afternoon telling me that one or more of my 40 photos that I submitted to the Shoot & Share 2019 Photo Contest was favorite-ed in Round 11. That means that I still have a chance to be a winner if I can make it all the way through Round 12 tomorrow!

 

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I finally came across one of my photos in Round 11! Mine is the shot from the Orange County Fair.

 

The way this contest works is that it is “Completely Free and Fair”.

A lot of times photographers with a HUGE number of social media followers will tell their followers to go and vote for their photos in whatever contest they’ve entered. That gives people with HUGE influence a HUGE chance to sweep the contest. But, this photo contest is completely different. It is totally free, nobody has to pay to enter, and you don’t have to sell tickets to get more votes. Photographers can enter up to 50 photos into 25 different categories. My name is never displayed during voting so only people who closely follow my Instagram even recognize my photos. And even then, since I like to attend group shoot-outs, up to 12 photographers may have taken the same or similar photo. That means that “each photo is judged on its own merit and every photo is given equal opportunity to be voted on. It is displayed the same number of times to the voters as any other, so every photo is in the running.”

 

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One of my friends saw my photo of cutie Journey in Round 11!

 

That means “It’s All About the Photos”

This is a super unique contest. As they say “It’s not about one photographers popularity vs. anothers or the ability to rally social media for votes. It’s not about your financial ability to pay for more entries to flood the photo pool.” Seeing my friends photos in the contest has been incredibly exciting, because I know how hard they work and they deserve the recognition.

 

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I have terrible Imposter Syndrome, which means that I never feel like I’m measuring up. Can you imagine my surprise when I found out that I’m still in the running?  I’m super excited because even if I don’t win one of the prizes, just to know that my work was in the top 4.5% of the remaining 26,458 photos is such a big deal for me.

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One of my friends saw my photo of Maddie (bottom left) at the beginning of the contest

Someone loves me!

I’ve enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful work from other photographers. From People Portraits, to Weddings, to Landscapes and even a category for Phone Photos and 21 other categories, there has been so much talent and so much inspiration. This was my first year entering the contest and to know that my photos were getting voted on from a starting pool of 583,150 photos was so overwhelming. But every couple of days I would get an email that someone had favorite-ed one of my pics and it made my heart soar! To date my photos have been chosen as someones favorite 71 times. OMG, I’m just going to take a moment to let that sink in. I mean, most days I kind of like my photos a little but to know that other people cared enough to click on that little heart MEANS SO MUCH!!!

 

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Learning to use my Nikon camera, Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop has given me some serious challenges and sleepless nights. But, I’m so thankful for my group of photography friends who have been there for me when I get into a tight spot and need their sage advice. And I couldn’t have done it without my biggest cheerleaders by my side; my husband Phil and my kids, Savannah and Trevor. No matter what happens or what doesn’t happen for me in the contest, I’m so happy to have been a part of it and to be among such a tremendous group of talented photographers.

Thank you Pink Ombre

UPDATE 03/19/19:

The contest started with 583,150 photos. By the time the contest was in Round 12 only the top 2.2% of all photos remained and I was still in!  Over 174,215 unique voters participated from 144 different countries. If you put all of that together, the voters spent over 15,809 cumulative days casting over 90 MILLION votes! How amazing is that?

The winners are being posted on the Shoot and Share website and you can go over and check out the results!

 

 

Challenge: Create a “Pop Art” image using a Photoshop Tutorial

Challenge: Create a “Pop Art” image using a Photoshop Tutorial

As I’m editing photos I often learn on the fly from tutorials posted on YouTube. While sorting through my images to submit to the Shoot and Share Photo Contest I came across a photo of beautiful model Cryss Salinas and wanted to make her into a Pop Art comic book character.

I’ve followed along and edited photos while watching videos from Marty of Blue Lightning TV Photoshop before and today I found out he has a Patreon site so I subscribed. I love supporting artists and he truly puts out amazing tutorials that are easy to follow and always give me great results.

 

 

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This is the photo of Cryss that I started with, super pretty and full of fun colors.

 

 

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After I completed the tutorial this is my finished image. I LOVE it!

 

You can see his tutorial , “Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make a Comic Book, Pop Art, Cartoon from a Photo” on YouTube and create your own fun Pop Art images.

 

Thanks for stopping by.  If you’d like to chat with me about an upcoming project, or would like to collaborate, drop me a line!