For the past two years, we’ve participated in the Shoot and Share contest and it is SO MUCH FUN!
Here’s a bit about the contest from the Shoot and Share website:
“The Shoot & Share Photo Contest is the world’s only free & fair photo contest. Enter up to 50 photos in 25 categories. Anyone can enter photos, and it’s totally free! View the photos randomly and vote for your favorites. No one knows who took the photos, but everyone votes for the winners. The photos with the most votes win!”
And to understand the MAGNITUDE of the contest, there were over 332,768 photos submitted from 136 countries and more than 46 million votes!
Anyone can vote. We actually had fun voting as a family a few times. And it can be addicting. Four photos appear on the computer screen from the same category. You choose the one you like best and then another four pictures appear from a different category.
“Ok kids, we will vote for 20 minutes and stop at 8:45.”
“Mom, it’s 8:45.”
“Ok, just five more minutes!”
In the time I spent voting, I saw one of our images one time.
So why do we participate? It’s inspiring! It pushes us to think outside our box while still staying true to our style. While voting, we’re able to see the photos that we’re drawn to– the photos that catch our eye.
Last year we had one photo that made it to the finalist round. I knew we had an image that was a finalist this year, but we ended with FOUR images that were FINALISTS, and I thought a blog post was a better way to share them!
Our top finisher was awarded a Top 100 Badge in its category “Details: All Dressed Up” and was part of the “Best of the Best” round at the end of the competition!
And our finalists (finalists place in the top 3% of each category):
The adorable flower girl at Lance and Mallory’s wedding in “That Just Happened.”
Katie and her mom in “Emotion and Excitement.”
Strother and Sarah’s picture in “The Wedding Couple.” This photo was in the top 1% of images in this category that had 35,527 photos in it!
We’re honored. We’re inspired. And we can’t wait until next year!