Shoot + Share Photo Contest

In January I submitted several images to the Shoot + Share Photo Contest. For those of you that aren’t familiar, Shoot + Share is an international competition with an anonymous voting system.

This is how it works:

During the voting you are shown four images at a time. The only information you are given about the images is the category name they were submitted to. You click on the photo you want to vote for, the images disappear and you are shown four new ones. Basically you can do this for as long as you like — 5 minutes, 5 hours, whatever. As long as you keep clicking on an image for every set the system will continue to recycle and display new sets. If you really love an image you have the option to call it a ‘favourite’. To do this you hover over the photo and click the heart. Each time someone favourites one of your images you get an email saying, “Someone loves your photo!”

There are 12 rounds of voting that span over the month of February and 25 different categories you can submit to. The voting gets really interesting toward the end of the competition when the best images are left in the running.

While all this voting is happening you have no idea which of your photos are still in the running until the results are released in March. The only clue you have that you made it to a new round is that sweet and hopeful email telling you someone loves your photo.

Some stats about the contest:

583,150 photos submitted

16.4K photographers participating

90+ million votes cast

I’m happy to say 8 of my images did really well!

 

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Pretty cool, eh? I was really happy that a lot of my favourite images did so well. It’s an interesting competition for a few reasons:

1) It’s essentially feedback on my work from an international audience

2) I observed a lot of popular trends in not only editing styles but posing styles as well

3) I discovered new photographers that are creating excellent and inspiring work!

If you would like to see the results from the entire Shoot + Share photo contest check them out here

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