3rd Annual Contest: Fix Joe's Busted, Bad, and Lame Photos - Win $50 Amazon Card

As part of our Summer "Beat The Heat" schedule, to help keep folks busy even when it's 99+ degrees, each year I post 4 or 5 of my worst personal images -- and challenge you to try and fix them.

You can be as ARTISTIC or REALISTIC as you want -- or anything in between!  You can even layer and compose using different images.  Last year, some folks took all the provided images and combined them into one unique artistic composition.  Sort of like The Photoshop Artistry Fine-Art Course that is one of our sponsors!

Think you are up for the task?  Post the image that gets the most "Comments" and win a $50 Amazon.com gift card!

Think you have what it takes to take a boring, poorly composed photograph and turn it into a stunning work of art?  Here's your chance to do something VERY ORIGINAL!

This event is great for

• practicing post production

• extending your photography skills by editing a photo you've never seen before

• learn skills from others as they post the same photos, edited differently than yours

• get your friends & family to vote on your images!  :)

I will release for license all images, so you're welcome to post your compositions on your blog / facebook wall / flickr / etc, as long as you post them as part of this event as well.

Contest rules:

• I will post your source images in early Sept, you can begin editing and uploading then as soon as you're ready (HINT: the sooner you upload, the more time you have to gather comments!).

• Specific albums will be provided to post your images.

• Post a photo only once, no fair uploading multiple edits of the same image.

• Comments are counted by unique, individual commenting people -- no fair having someone comment 3 times, that doesn't count!

• Image with the most "comments" wins, excluding your own comments, of course.

All entries AND THE COMMENTS must be posted before September 30th!!

• Award will be sent via email.

• If you use layering and artistry techniques, at least one of the provided photos must appear somewhere in the composition.

• I break all ties.

• Everything comes to an end on September 30th (did I say that already?)

Good luck, may the best post productionist, photoshopist, lightroomist win!

Here are your busted images to fix!  BE CREATIVE!  :)

Click to download JPG versions of the images

Click to download TIFF versions of the images

Click to download extra "Bonus Objects"

Click to download 150 free High Quality backgrounds and textures from 24Moves.com


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  • Virginia Ann U.

    Congratulations , James I really loved your picture. Thanks, Joe for the fun thing to challenge our editting skills. I can't wait for next summers offerings. :)

    October 4, 2013

  • Jan

    Thank you Joe for the fun contest and for the nice comments about my editing. I've just come home from a long trip and was thrilled to see my picture came in second. James, I loved your rendition of the police car and it was deserving of first place! I'm new to Houston and I can't wait to meet some of you.

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • James W.

    Much appreciation to Joe for providing this opportunity for us, and for the tremendous amount of effort he spent to set-up the contest / communicate the results. All of the participants were winners … it was a lot of fun, and allowed us to stretch our creativity. For the image I created, I have to give credit to Joe for the original photo … it had a strong composition and all the ingredients for good HDR. First, I did cropping / editing within Lightroom … then I exported to HDR Efex Pro … and then I brought it back into Lightroom for more editing. And the result is what I posted for the contest. FYI .. with the $50, I’ll probably order a couple to photography books to add to my library, and hopefully I’ll pick-up some new skills to be ready for next year’s contest. Thanks again Joe, and congratulations to all who participated.

    5 · October 4, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Spot remover to manipulate cloud drama, that's brilliant. I paint the interior of clouds with clarity too, but never thought of spot remover.

      October 4, 2013

    • Stacey Savage S.

      Fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing not only your tips, but your artistic vision. Well deserved congraats

      October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very deserving winner! Great to see all the different approaches and styles! Thanks, Joe for taking the time to arrange and then wrap it up!

    October 4, 2013

  • Mark H.

    Congratulations everyone to the winners and to everyone. There were some great pictures. Shows how everyone's creative process can vary

    October 4, 2013

  • Wayne B.

    Congrats to Jan too for second place with a really great image!

    October 4, 2013

  • Wayne B.

    Congratulations James! Joe you deserve a gift certificate for all the work you did on the web display and for picking the winners. I wouldn't want that job, there were so many great images to chose from!

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • Cynthia A. A.

    Congratulation to the winner. Who won by the way, I didn't get any emails, maybe I missed it.

    1 · October 3, 2013

    • Joe L.

      We also had a BUNCH of no-shows for this one, people who didn't comment or post images, so its been a bit of a challenge wrapping this one up. Stay tuned!!

      October 3, 2013

    • Cynthia A. A.

      Oh my goodness, poor Joe. I totally understand. I'm sure we can wait. this was more for the fun of it. I think you're the winner here. Take your time.

      October 3, 2013

  • Wayne B.

    I was amazed with all the talent displayed here. I was also dismayed that my skills were so lacking, but I will get better.

    October 2, 2013

  • Vandhana R.

    It was super fun!! and I finally got try stuffs at photoshop!!! Thank You Joe!!

    October 2, 2013

  • Lori H.

    Enjoyed this very much.

    October 2, 2013

  • Jan

    I love stretching myself with contests like this. Thank you Joe for putting it together. I hope it's an annual event - or possibly more often. ?

    October 2, 2013

  • Tom H.

    This was fun! I didn't get an email letting me know I won. Who scored the gift card?

    2 · October 1, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Crafting winning email sometime tonight. Glad you had a good time.

      1 · October 1, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Sorry, didn't get finished tonight. Will revisit tomorrow.

      October 1, 2013

  • Cynthia A. A.

    Who Won? Who Won??? Who Won????

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • Stacey Savage S.

    Super fun and supportive group

    October 1, 2013

  • Linda

    Lots of fun! Glad to be of some assistance in helping you fix your bad photos, Joe. If I win the $50, I will buy you some photography lessons!!

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • Cheryl N.

    Amazed at all the different treatments Joe's photos received!

    October 1, 2013

  • Nina R.

    Loved to practice my Lightroom skills, also learning with new idea from all of you! Thanks. Let's doing again!

    October 1, 2013

  • Stephanie G.

    I loved seeing the solutions people came up with. Thanks for putting this together!

    October 1, 2013

  • ROBIN

    lots of fun, good place to practice new techniques..

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • Cynthia A. A.

    This event was tons of fun. Sharpened my lightroom skills without the fear of messing up my own photos, lol. Thanks Joe.

    2 · October 1, 2013

  • Virginia Ann U.

    just got computer back to sanity. will do this just for the expirence.

    September 29, 2013

  • Dianne C.

    I hope you do one of these again and...
    any chance of opening up a waiting list for the 5th?

    September 22, 2013

    • Joe L.

      There are several Houston events with open spots on the 5th. With 25+ people on the waiting list, its highly unlikely its going to open.

      September 23, 2013

  • Ben P.

    uhhh, how do i post my image?

    September 7, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Hey Ben, check out this page. There's a button that says upload photos (welcome to the competition btw!). http://www.meetup.com...­

      September 8, 2013

    • Ben P.

      Thanks Joe, its up...

      September 15, 2013

  • Stacey Savage S.

    Love Love Love editing!

    September 12, 2013

  • Angel

    More toys to play with here for the challenge...

    7 Days of FREE Downloads from Graphic Stock
    https://www.graphicstock.com/freeimages/gs-step2.php?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=PhotoNET0913GSNormal&utm_source=PhotoNET0913GSNormal

    1 · September 11, 2013

  • Stephanie G.

    I like broadening my photoshop skills. Sounds fun!

    September 6, 2013

  • Madhusoodhan

    I'm new to the group & this is the first time I have accepted this challenge. But I was kinda expecting a RAW file.

    September 3, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Come on, Madhusoodhan, you quit cuz I didn't provide the massive raw files? I didn't provide 20 raws because I pay for bandwidth on my company web server, people have to be "ok" whith what I can offer. Tiff is enough for you to work with!

      September 6, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Plus, all the scans from film wouldn't do any good for you as RAW anyway.

      September 6, 2013

  • Joe L.

    Uh oh, Asem just RSVPed for this contest. It's getting serious now!! :)

    September 4, 2013

    • Linda

      Oh, no! Is it too late to change my RSVP????

      September 4, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Nope, what's done is done. LOL!

      September 4, 2013

  • Charles P.

    Do we need to edit all of the photos to be eligible or....?

    September 3, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Charles, nope. Any one or more of the seven broken images will do!

      September 4, 2013

  • Joe L.

    Busted images are posted and ready for you to hack on! New album created too! Start posting (and gathering your "comments") now, person with the most comments wins $50 Amazon bucks! :))

    1 · September 2, 2013

    • Grady R.

      I don't see the album for uploading the corrected photos - has it been put online?

      September 3, 2013

    • Joe L.

      For those interested, I just wrote a blog post on why I think these 7 images are Broken, and how they ended up in the contest. Feel free to leave a comment on the post and let me know what you think.

      http://24moves.com/bl...­

      2 · September 3, 2013

  • Haidan L.

    Hi All! I am new to the group. Could someone tell me how to post the photo for the contest? Thanks:)

    1 · August 28, 2013

    • Angel

      Haidan, Welcome!! Once the event opens a link will appear at the top of this page....you just click the upload button and follow the instructions. If you take a look at any of our past events you will see what I mean. Hope you enjoy the group!

      1 · August 28, 2013

  • Michelle O

    Looking forward to it. I have been playing a lot with photoshop, it's addictive.

    1 · August 27, 2013

  • Cynthia A. A.

    I can't wait to see these masterpieces once finished.

    2 · August 27, 2013

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