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2013 May Photo Contest: Candid, People or Pets

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The theme for May is CANDID PEOPLE OR PETS, UNAWARE OF BEING PHOTOGRAPHED! So your interpretation of what to include in the image is up to you, but the image must be a candid shot of people or pets, unaware that they are being photographed. So here's a chance to use your inner paparazzi!

The May contest will be open for entries beginning on Wednesday, May1, 2013 and runs until midnight Wednesday, May 28, 2013.

So channel your inner paparazzi, and get out there and shoot. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Happy shooting!

IMPORTANT CHANGE IN PROCEDURE

February marks one year since Teri and Kristal have been organizing The Front Range Photography Meetup. One year ago we decided to continue the tradition of the monthly photo contest. It has been fun watching it grow and become more popular each month.

We want to continue this tradition, but we want to give the contest more meaning and greater value to the participants. Starting this month we will no longer be voting for our favorite image. Instead we will have a well-qualified, Guest Judge choosing the images and awarding a 1st, 2nd Place and a few Honorable Mentions.

Our Guest Judges will be selected based on their professional photography experience. The Judge will critique our images, pointing out what is right or wrong in an effort to provide guidance for growth and development in our art.

We hope you are as excited about these changes as we are. We see this step as a positive move in the right direction for the Front Range Photography Meetup. We have a great group of people here who have expressed a desire to learn and improve. What better way to do that than to compete with others who have the same goal!

The May Guest Judge is Jeff Johnson!

ARTIST STATEMENT:

Fine Art photography has been the very passion of my life. I’ve been fortunate to make a living doing what I genuinely love. From creating timeless portraits of children & families, to capturing the spirit & emotion of a wedding, this has truly been a rewarding
career. I couldn't imagine doing anything else. Spending time in the “creative process” of capturing a fine art image, whether it is with Mother Nature or Mankind can be a very spiritual experience. I’ve realized that my deepest desire is in the challenge of creating a visual impression of a mere moment in time. More than just an image of pleasing composition, but one that inspires, one that will spark an emotion and stimulate the viewer’s senses.

Each of my images has it's own story infused with my emotions and memories. Yet my hope is that each image will evoke an emotion, trigger a memory or inspire you in some way that creates or defines your own stories of my imagery. I trust that as you enjoy each image they become a part of your soul as they have mine.

“Images From The Soul” is more than a conceptual description of my fine art photographic collections. Each image is an expression of what I was feeling or experiencing at that moment, deep within my soul. Please enjoy my imagery at Soul Images Gallery (http://www.soulimagesgallery.com) and JJ Portrait Art. (http://www.jjportraitart.com)

BIO:
Having been a professional photographer for over 34 years Jeff has earned the PPA Degrees of Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman and Certified Professional Photographer. Jeff has also been honored with three Fellowship Degrees from the
Professional Photographers of Colorado. He earned the title of Master Photographer of the Year in 2006, 2010 & 2011. He received the prestigious PPA National Award in 2011 for his continuous contribution and service to the photography industry. Jeff has
also been honored by several Loan Collection selections thru PPA. He was a two-term President for the Professional Photographers of Colorado and currently the Director of the Imaging Workshops of Colorado, a PPA Affiliate school.

You can spend a day or two, or even a week with Jeff on one of his photographic workshops and road trips at various locations around the US including Death Valley, Canyonlands, Yosemite and more. These workshops include hands-on photography and classroom opportunities. Find out more at Soul Road Trips (http://www.soulroadtrips.com).

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A COUPLE OF SPECIAL NOTES:

YOU HAVE TO HAVE TAKEN THE IMAGE YOU ARE ENTERING: We know this should be obvious, but we just want to clarify this. So no restored photos, Photoshop compilations or creations etc.

YOU CANNOT ENTER A PHOTO THAT HAS BEEN ENTERED IN A PREVIOUS MONTHLY CONTEST AND WON 1ST OR 2ND PLACE! Again, we know this should be obvious, but just in case you were thinking about doing this, we have been keeping records of the Monthly Contest Winners for quite a few years.

PLEASE NOTE: If you paid your $10.00 contest fee to enter last month's contest YOU DON'T have to pay again to enter the monthly contests for the rest of the year.

IF YOU HAVEN'T paid to enter the contest, please be sure to do so BEFORE you enter your photo. (The payment link can be found on the left sidebar where it says "Contest Entry Fee. You don't need a Paypal account to pay, just a credit card.) If you don't pay, no worries, your image will just be flagged as exhibition only!

TO POST YOUR ENTRIES:

Click the "PHOTO" tab on the navigation bar at the top of the Meetup site. In the "PHOTO" tab, there will be a PHOTO ALBUM titled "2013 May Photo Contest: "CANDID PEOPLE OR PETS" Upload your entry there Don't forget to give it a creative title, or I will give it a generic one! LOL...much better if you name your image! All submissions will be posted on this Meetup site. If you don't want your image online, please don't post it!