*Congratulations to Giovanni Tabbo for winning our September Flickr Photo Blog Challenge, Frames!

"Mezzogiorno" by Giovanni Tabbo

 

“Mezzogiorno” by Giovanni Tabbo – see more from Giovanni HERE

Congratulations to Giovanni, who is now a second time winner for our monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge.  Make sure to stay tuned to find out what Giovanni chooses as our challenge theme for October, and go check out his beautiful photo stream!

Our monthly challenges are an easy (and free) way to get inspired to get out and shoot.  All you need to do is submit your image into our Flickr group theme threads for that particular month, and that’s it!  Heather, Mat and I choose our favorite three and open up a vote.  The winner chooses our next theme, and gets submitted into our semi-annual giveaway champions vote.

Thanks to all who submitted this month, to Mat and Heather for being awesome and to everyone who visited to vote.

Happy shooting,

Tyson

 

*Time to vote! Vote for the winner of our seventh monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge; Frames

Below are our three picks for September’s theme, “Frames”.  The vote runs until this Sunday and we will compile the totals between the poll here and on Mirrorlessons (make sure to vote for your favorite on both sites!)

"Guayaquil" by Terry Doyle

“Guayaquil” by Terry Doyle (see more from Terry HERE)

"Mezzogiorno" by Giovanni Tabbo

“Mezzogiorno” by Giovanni Tabbo (see more from Giovanni HERE)

"reflexinaciòn" by Fernando Pereira

“reflexinaciòn” by Fernando Pereira (see more from Fernando HERE)

So which image do you think best embodies the theme?  Vote below and don’t forget to visit Mirrorlessons and the photographers to let them know as well.

If you’ve not yet joined up to participate in our monthly themed challenges, it’s easy and it’s free.  Just join our flickr groups and submit to the theme threads each month.  Heather, Mat and I each choose our favorites and the vote begins!  The winner chooses our next theme and is entered into our semi-annual giveaway vote (which we just had our very first of those, congrats to billyburg and enjoy your soon to arrive wrist strap and Topaz Impression plugin!)

Find us on flickr here:

TRP Flickr Group HERE

Mirrorlessons Flickr Group HERE

Thanks again to everyone who continues to participate and happy Fall!

Cheers,

Tyson

*Time to vote! Choose the Champion

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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.

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*Monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge #7; “Frames”

Underpass by Stephen Worden

“Underpass” by and © Stephen Worden (billyburg)  See more from Stephen HERE

Welcome to our 7th monthly challenge folks!  My how the time has flown by.  If you’re new to our challenges, the winner from our previous month, in this case Stephen Worden (billyburg on flickr) gets to choose the theme for the following month.  This month’s theme is “Frames”.

There are no rules, and the theme is open to interpretation.  The only real caveat is that Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons along with myself, get to choose our three favorite images from all of the submissions.  We then post those three to both sites and open it up for a vote.  Everyone then gets to choose which image and photographer wins and goes on to choose the next month’s theme.

The exciting part is that we have compiled our first 6 monthly winners and will be posting another vote soon.  The 6 previous monthly winning images will be voted on by any and everyone to determine our readers favorite overall image from the last 6 monthly challenges with the winner receiving a free Topaz Plugin of their choice (DeNoise, Clarity, ReMask, Adjust, any of them!!!) and a custom, hand built Garda Wriststrap from yours truly.  Who knows what we’ll be able to giveaway next time, but I already have some emails out there and some irons in the fire…

We will be working to do a giveaway after each 6 months worth of challenges, so the next cycle begins today!

To submit, just share your chosen image to both the TRP Flickr Group Thread HERE and the Mirrorlessons Flickr Group Thread HERE and stay tuned.

Each monthly challenge runs through the end of the current month, and the vote starts on the first day of the next month, running for 5 days, then the cycle resets and we start anew!  This has been a great way for us to both challenge each other, but also get to know one another.  I’ve really enjoyed doing this with Heather and Mat and feel that working with such friendly, talented and courteous people such as Heather, Mat and the many cool folks who have submitted over the last 6 months makes the time spent maintaining and creating content for this site worth while.  It’s one thing to gain readers, clicks, etc, but I didn’t start this site to be a job.  I started it because I love photography and talking about photography, so thank you to all who are reading this, and I challenge you to get more involved in our continually growing community here, on Mirrorlessons and Flickr!

Go forth and rock it.

Happy shooting,

T

*Time to vote! Vote for the winner of our sixth monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge; Animals

Below are our three chosen images for the 6th monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge.  The vote runs until Friday, September 5th.  You can see each image, and their creator by clicking on the links below each image which will bring you to their Flickr stream.  The poll is below, so vote for your favorite and stay tuned for new challenges and our Semi-Annual giveaway!

Evening Glow by billyburg

“Evening Glow” by billyburg 

"Fido the Puggle" by ganjocson

“Fido the Puggle” by ganjocson

"Call of the Goats" by AnggaPJ

“Call of the Goats” by AnngaPJ

The winner whose image gathers the most votes between the poll here and HERE on Mirrorlessons.com (don’t forget to vote for your fave on both!) will not only choose our theme for September’s challenge, but will be entered into our semi-annual giveaway.

The previous 6 monthly winners of each individual challenge will be put up for a new vote soon.  We will all get to vote for our favorite overall image with the winner receiving a Topaz Plugin of their choice, and a handmade T&T Garda Wrist strap.

With September’s challenge, the cycle starts again and in 6 months time, we will have 6 new monthly winners vying for free prizes.  There are no restrictions on participating in our monthly challenges.  All you need to do is submit an image in the TRP Flickr Group and Mirrorlessons Flickr Group discussion threads as they open for the particular month.  Vote and stay tuned for our next challenge.

*Time to vote! Vote for the winner of our fifth monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge; Long Exposure

 

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.

Our finalists for this month are as follows:

“Just Right” by Samuel Dorado (visit samgold photos on flickr HERE)

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“Fire and Ice” by tvhow (visit tvhow on flickr HERE)

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“Highway of Lights” by Graham Gibson (visit Graham on flickr HERE)

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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.

Happy shooting,

Tyson

*Congratulations to Giovanni Tabbò, our winner of the June Flickr Photo Blog Challenge, Nature!

Congratulations Giovanni Tabbò!  The winner from a very beautiful grouping of wonderful, nature images.  Visit Giovanni HERE to see more of his images, connect with him and befriend him.  I love that I’ve made so many connections across the world through photography, and I hope to continue to do so.  We’re all a few key strokes away, and there is much beauty to be experienced through another’s lens, so don’t be shy.

Giovanni is now entered into our contest of champions where he will be entered into a 6 month vote from our first 6 monthly winners with the title of ultimate champion, and some free stuff on the line.

Thank you to everyone that entered images on both our Flickr group and Mirorrlessons threads, and thanks to Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons (click here to visit them) for the continued cooperative fun.  Every month, we grow more and more connections within our constantly growing family, so please keep it up!

Stay tuned for this months theme, to follow shortly.

Happy shooting and again, congrats to Giovanni for this well deserved win.

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