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Photography Contest: What Do You Love? (Win $1000 in Prizes!)

Here at My Modern Met, our main goal is to be inspired by passion and creativity. So, to celebrate our incredibly creative community and the launch of our very first book, For Love: 25 Heartwarming Celebrations of Humanity, we decided to host a photography contest aimed at exploring what each of us love about life!

We are very excited to announce that we have partnered with MyPublisher to bring you our exclusive “What do you love?” photography contest. Be it your family or friends, flowers or destinations, pets or anything else –here is an opportunity to shout from the proverbial rooftops what it is that “love” looks like to you!

Along with a grand prize worth $1000 in prizes, we'll give you a promo code to create your very own photo book for free – just for entering!

Above photo credit: Rodney Smith

So how does the contest work?

Contest Theme:

Share the passion you find in life with our theme,”What Do You Love?” Photos can include but are not limited to subjects like your family, friends, inspirational figures, adorable pets, favorite travel destinations, natural landscapes, cars, or other prized possessions. How you interpret the theme is entirely up to you. We encourage photographers and photo enthusiasts of all skill levels to take this opportunity to show us what you love about life!

Top entries will be featured on My Modern Met, where we currently receive 3.5 million unique visitors per month. 

Contest Prizes:

Grand Prize Winner – One lucky winner will receive $500 cash and a $500 gift certificate to MyPublisher to create your very own custom designed photo book or album!

2nd Place Prize Winner – $300 gift certificate to MyPublisher to create your very own custom designed photo book or album!

3rd Place Prize Winner – $300 gift certificate to MyPublisher to create your very own custom designed photo book or album!

Bonus Prize for All Participants – Anyone who enters the contest and signs up for the MyPublisher Mailing List will receive a code for a free classic photo book!

How to Enter:

Step 1: Sign up for MyPublisher's photographer-friendly email newsletter.
Step 2: Title your photo with your last name.
Step 3: Send your photo to [email protected]

Rules and Restrictions: 

  • You DO NOT have to be a My Modern Met member to enter.
  • This contest is free and open to all US and international entrants.
  • You are limited to one entry per day.
  • Photo(s) must be submitted in digital format. (JPEG only.) Only online entries will be eligible.
  • The photo(s) submitted must be original work created by the entrant and the photograph must not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photograph.
  • The entries will be judged by a panel consisting of professional photographers and My Modern Met management.
  • All entries must be submitted and received by Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm PST.
  • Copyright/Use of Entry: By submitting an entry, entrant grants My Modern Met and MyPublisher the irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide perpetual license to use the entry for promotion of the “Who Do You Love?” contest. The submitted photos will not be used for any commercial purposes outside of the contest and photographers will retain all rights to their respective photos. 

Follow along with us weekly as we showcase some of our favorite submissions and announce our winning entries Tuesday, March 22, 2016!

Meet The Judges!

Kindra Nikole

Kindra Nikole is a Seattle-based mixed-media artist whose work draws on natural settings to create surreal, otherworldly images. Kindra manifests fantastical realities in her images, oftentimes with a hint of dark allure. Her works tend toward vibrant, rich colors and typically feature a solitary figure immersed in nature.

Kindra creates many of the sets, props, and costumes seen in her images. She then captures the intricacy of the moment with her trusty camera, Sir Didymus, and spends a great deal of time editing the image on her computer. The image is then printed onto gicle paper and treated as her underpainting layer, which is mounted onto a wood panel. Kindra then embellishes the piece with acrylics and sometimes metal-leaf techniques, creating a unique, beautiful painting. Finally, Kindra glazes the entire piece with a resin coating, creating a lustrous, glasslike presentation which also seals and protects the image.

As a native to the Pacific Northwest and avid lover of the great outdoors, Kindra's profound admiration of nature is harnessed as a foundation in all of her work. Kindra believes that the mystery and magic of nature is a boundless well of inspiration. Outside her passionate pursuit of art, Kindra enjoys yoga, snowboarding, longboarding, hiking with her dog Ziggy, and reading.

Dave Brosha

Holding a passion for the world and an eye for the beauty it contains, Prince Edward Island-based, award-winning commercial, personal, and adventure photographer Dave Brosha is on a continual journey to seek out and capture the beauty of this world–whether it's the beauty of some of most extreme and pristine environments in the world, or the beauty of someone's most personal moments. Having lived throughout northern Canada for much of his life, Dave–along with his beautiful wife, Erin, and three children–has also lived in Asia and traveled extensively through the many provinces and territories of his native country, not to mention numerous countries abroad. Published in countless media outlets around the globe–online and in print, including CNN, Canadian Geographic, the Daily Telegraph, National Geographic, Outdoor Photography Canada, The Today Show, and CTV–Dave's work defies genres and his passion is limitless. His work has been featured by Flickr, 500px, Petapixel, My Modern Met, and is listed in Phlearn's “Inspirational Photographers: A Curated Guide To The Best Photographers On The Internet.”

Elizabeth Gadd

Elizabeth Gadd is a 23-year-old photographer based just outside of Vancouver, Canada. Having grown up in this beautiful area, she easily fell in love with exploring the surrounding forests, hills, mountains, and ocean–all of which are heavily incorporated in her photography. First picking up a camera 10 years ago, she was immediately drawn to the world of creating magical photographs involving nature and landscapes, eventually leading to the whimsical combination of landscapes with human portraiture (usually self-portraits) that she's known for today. This special niche of Elizabeth's photography has been described by others as fairytale-like, visual storytelling, awe-inspiring, dreamy, and full of wanderlust. To this day she enjoys travelling, creating, eating chocolate, chasing opportunities, adventuring with her dog, and looking for beauty in the world, always.

David Talley

David Talley believes in a necessary resolution. An internationally recognized photographer and educator operating out of Portland, Oregon and Sydney, NSW, his work exhibits the darkest moment before an explosion of light. A story broken, but changed for the better, and the ability to transform the present problem into a prospering future mark his imagery. David is the founder and creative director of the worldwide conceptual photography movement, Concept Collaboration, and teacher of the artistic-creation workshop movement, Create From Your Heart.

In 2015, David traveled to 8 different countries, including The United Kingdom, Norway, Brazil, Italy, Japan, Vietnam, India, and Australia, teaching hundreds of students his technique and vision. David's mission as an educator is to help photographers grow in their inspiration, motivation, and technique, leaving his students feeling in-control of their creative future.

Sarah Ann Loreth

Sarah Ann Loreth is a fine art and travel photographer from New England, who specializes in conceptual portraiture. In her work she tries to convey a quiet stillness of emotion with a connection to her natural surroundings. She stumbled upon photography while working in the medical field and threw all her energy into teaching herself the craft. When not taking photos Sarah is an avid gardener who loves to cook, write, and listen to political speeches.

Our partners are hand picked by My Modern Met because they represent the best in creativity.

Founded in 1994, MyPublisher was the inventor and first marketer of high quality, single-copy, custom books at an affordable price. Since then, MyPublisher has evolved as a leading internet retailer of personalized Photo Applications to enable consumers to creatively customize, share, print, and preserve digital photographs.

MyPublisher is unique among its competitors in that it prints, manufactures and ships every product it sells–with no out-sourcing. MyPublisher is among the largest digital photo printers in the world. Every year it prints and ships over 120 million photos for its customers. MyPublisher believes that controlling its printing and manufacturing enables it to deliver consistently superior quality and service as well as unusual proprietary features not available anywhere else.

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