If you follow me over on Facebook or Instagram, you might have seen me posting about seeing my photos pop up in the Shoot and Share Photo Contest that’s going on now. Just what is that, exactly?
It’s an international contest for photographers around the world that’s on the search for “best photo” in a bunch of different categories. It’s anonymous, so you don’t know who you’re voting and it keeps the outcome from being a popularity contest. Here’s a few fun facts about this year’s contest:
- The contest started with 110,928 photos
- Entries have come in from 6,000+ photographers in 100+ countries
- 11,203,375 votes have been cast so far
- There are 12 rounds of voting, which the lowest percentage of votes being cut after each round
- Voting is open until March 11
- Voting is really addictive!
It’s been really interesting to me to go through and see so many photos – in different categories, with different styles, from different parts of the world. And it’s taught me a few things. First, that I really like my own style! Go figure, right? I really am drawn to photos that are colorful, have a range of lights and shadows, and focus on the happiness of a couple. I’m not into super serious faces, couples not looking or interacting at each other, matte or vintage styles, or super pastel washed out images.
On the other hand, I’ve learned that I really like black and white lifestyle newborn photography. Images that focus on the parents holding or interacting with their babies. I find this intriguing because it’s the complete opposite of what I liked to shoot when I was doing newborn photography. So an interesting revelation, but not enough to make me go back to shooting newborns again!
Other random discoveries? If you take a photo of a couple in a ski lift or chair lift, chances are it’s really cool and has an amazing view and I’ll love it. However, if you have a photo of someone holding a gun, I’ll definitely think it’s unnecessary and gratuitous and never vote for it. Especially if your person is pointing the gun at the camera! I mean, seriously?
But anyway, here are some screenshots of when I’ve seen some of my photos come up for voting. Can you tell which ones are mine? Let’s test your skills! Leave a comment below picking which one you think is mine is each of these 5 sets. A couple of answers I’ve already given over on social media, but a few of these are all new! I’ll post the full set of answers a little later!
You can have some fun voting yourself at contest.shootandshare.com/vote! But be forewarned that you might just get hooked on it!
Meet the Photographer: Hey there! I’m Kelly Ewell, a Northern Virginia wedding photographer who specializes in engagement, wedding, and anniversary photography. I live in Leesburg, VA with my husband and rescue pup, Piper. When I’m not at weddings, you can find me at the local wineries or renovating our farm, 48 Fields! I’d love for you to connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.