Shoot and Share 2019
What can I say about the Shoot & Share contest? It was an experience, for sure! There were over 500,000 images submitted from all over the planet. Everyone was allowed to enter, and vote. The voting was anonymous and so addictive! It was so much fun.
I found out about it about 12 hours before the submission deadline and all I had to go on for submitting and what to expect were the descriptions for each category, and what I had read on the rules & guidelines page. [https://shootandshare.com/]
Going "all in" meant submitting 50 images, and I figured it couldn't hurt, so I did. [https://www.truelifepics.com/Galleries/PetProjects/Shoot-Share-2019-Submissions]
After I finished submitting, while we were all waiting to have our submissions approved, I browsed the previous years top 20s and didn't think my images would get too far in the contest, but was excited regardless. I was pleasantly surprised when I got my first "heart" (meaning someone saw my image and favorited it). I was even more surprised when, as the rounds went on, I was STILL getting hearts. Not that many, I only ended up with 28 altogether, with my highest ranking image getting 7.
Things I learned for next year… Only submit ONE image from any set. I had several favorites from a day of Trash This Dress sessions and they all bumped each other out. I didn’t realize they would end up going up against each other. I think if I had picked just one favorite it would have gone much further. Some of my images would have done better in a different category, too. After looking through the winners of each category, some of the images I submitted I would have exchanged for others that got bumped out when I was culling the images so I could submit them.
Most of my submissions were shot with my Canon 70D and either my 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 lens or my 24mm f2.8 lens. HOWEVER. Summer 2018 my Canon 70D broke. So while it was out for repair I used my 10-year-old Canon Rebel EX (my very first DSLR). The image of my mini human in the white shirt in front of the mountains was one of my higher ranking images and it was shot with my Rebel. It got a couple favorites, and was in the top 41% in it’s category, proving you don’t need the fanciest equipment to make great images.
I feel so inspired after seeing so many beautiful and breathtaking images from all over the world. I’ll edit in the stats later, but over 160 countries all over the globe participated in submitting and voting. It was such a wonderful experience and I am already looking forward to the contest next year.
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