As photographers, lovers of light, appreciators of detail, and constant observers of the world we wander through, I think many of us fall into a category of people who gravitate toward other artistic professionals. While I’ve no doubt come across artists (photographers and otherwise) who see creativity in others as a threat, I’d say on the whole, creative people enjoy and are inspired by other creative people.
Every eye is another vantage, every vantage another opportunity to see from a different angle and from a variety of those angles, the more easily it is to be inspired and grow our individual craft as well as our appreciation for the craft of others.
Allison is one such creative whose skill is equalled only by her amazingly light and vivacious personality. Her joie de vivre is evident as is her penchant for the rock and roll shadings playing to a slightly darker luminosity along that spectrum. No one says you can’t have both, and Allison embodies and ties those two points together beautifully in her work. You can tell when someone loves what they do, and you don’t need to go much further in conversation with her than hello to understand that about her. Come on in for more shots of Allison’s cryptic and beautiful, wearable artwork.
Our first giveaway winner has been decided by you guys. With a combined effort between my site and Heather and Mat’s site Mirrorlessons (visit them HERE), billyburg has compiled the most votes, and is your first semi annual Flickr Photo Blog Challenge Winner.
Congratulations billyburg, and thank you to everyone who voted, and submitted over the last six months.
Billyburg has won a custom built T&T Garda wrist strap (see more HERE) as well as a Topaz Plugin of his choice! We hope to continue to build our community through these fun, free monthly challenges, and if you’ve not yet submitted, you have a chance monthly. The winner of each month’s challenge gets to choose the theme for the next month while getting exposure both here and on Heather and Mat’s site.
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 Geordon, Svenlovesflo and Jin Wan! You are the three lucky winners of the TRP Garda Wrist Strap giveaway. I will get in touch with each of you to get an address and a preference for whichever strap you’d prefer.
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!
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!
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.