Stock photo agency Alamy has announced today that it’s working with Photocrowd to deliver its largest ever photo contest. The theme of the contest is ‘Circles’. From birthday cakes to signposts, eyes to berries, we want to see how photographers have captured the ever-present circle with their cameras.
Photocrowd’s exciting new contest site lets users vote on each other’s work, so anyone taking part can see in real-time how their images are doing, and which ones are winning. The expert judge – Alex Bortkiewicz, Director of Photography at Alamy – will be choosing her own separate selection of winning images at the end of the contest, and writing some expert reviews to explain her thinking.
The competition is open for entries from Tuesday 11th February and anyone who is interested can submit up to three images, completely free of charge. The competition closes when 1,000 images have been submitted. Alamy and Photocrowd want to be inspired by the entries.
Mike Betts co-founder of Photocrowd said: “This collaboration is really exciting, we love Alamy – the company and the concept – and it’s great to be working with them and their talented network of photographers. We’re aiming to reach 100,000 votes for a 1,000 image contest.”
Alex Bortkiewicz, Director of Photography at Alamy and expert judge commented: “Circles inhabit our everyday lives, not least that we live this on this spherical thing called Earth! This theme offers great scope for expressing the circular form and how it reveals itself to us in its many guises.”
Alex Bortkiewicz, has worked in photography for over 20 years starting at Tony Stone Images, later Getty Images as editor and art director based in the UK then US. She now works for Alamy recruiting photographers. She has judged photographic competitions, participates in international portfolio reviews and ia a regular commentator on trends in the industry.
The Crowd and Expert winners each get:
- A £100 voucher for photographic equipment of their choice.
- Incredible exposure for the winning images through Alamy’s social media channels.
- The winning images featured in Photocrowd’s month-long anniversary exhibition in September 2014, as part of the international Oxford Photography Festival.
- The offer of a bespoke contract to have their images represented by Alamy. They’ll receive an amazing 100% of all their sales during the first year.
- The Expert winner also receives a professional portfolio review from Alex Bortkiewicz, Alamy’s Director of Photography, either remotely or in person as part of a visit to Alamy’s headquarters in the UK.
- The Crowd and Expert runners-up each receive a copy of “Wood: Andy Goldsworthy” by Andy Goldsworthy and Terry Friedman.
Founded in 1999, Alamy revolutionised stock photography by creating the world’s first open, unedited collection of images. With over 44 million images Alamy is the world's largest independent agency for news, stock and video imagery. It supplies thousands of designers, marketing departments, news desks, and publishers with imagery produced by the best professional and amateur contributors around.
Alamy provides the most comprehensive choice of imagery, supported by excellent customer service and a fast and simple online experience. Alamy is proud of its fair and ethical business model. It aims to be the first port of call for buyers and suppliers of imagery. It has a friendly and helpful approach. And it shares the rewards with its suppliers with fairness and transparency. Alamy’s business is underpinned by a philanthropic ethos.
See about Alamy for more information.
Photocrowd offers an innovative new approach to user-voted and expert-reviewed photo contests online. It’s a free-to-use online community for anyone with an interest in photography. It revolves around high-quality photography contests, set by working photographers, that are designed to be the most inspiring reason people can find to either shoot new work, or revisit their best shots. Users upload their images, then feedback is instant: live voting means they can see 'as it happens' what the Crowd thinks of their work. Then once a contest is completed, an expert judge produces their own separate ranking, and writes a series of detailed image reviews. It’s addictive, fun, and inspires you to pick up your camera!
Go to the Photocrowd website for full terms and conditions.