For the third year, I entered into the annual Shoot & Share contest. Its the largest, free photography contest in the world. Every year, it has grown and every year, the competition gets tougher and tougher. There are 25 categories and you are allowed to enter up to 50 images, which is called “Going All In.” Every year, I have gone all in and usually have a decent amount of images place in the top 30% of their categories. The first 2 years, I had a few images place in the Top 100 of their categories.
There are 12 voting rounds, which change approximately every 2 days. This year, there were over 600,000 images entered!! I only had 1 image make to the finalist round, which is the last round before the top 100. While it was disappointing to have not as many images do as well as previous years, I am still proud that 1 image made it through as far as it did.
This image of Zoe with goats in the fog placed 329th out of 24,540 in the Pet/Animals category!
Out of the rest of my images, 14 placed in the 10%, 12 in the top 20% and 6 in the top 30%. These placed in the Top 10%:
These are the Top 20%:
And the 6 images that made it to the Top 30%:
I am really kind of bummed about the images that didn’t place at all, as some were amongst my and my client’s favorites too. But with over 600K pictures, its to be expected. Even of the images that did land in the top placements of the entire contest, there were SO many I never saw while voting and I voted A LOT over the course of the voting period!
There’s always next year……
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