Collage Competition: What Does ActiveRain Mean to You?

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CollageHi Everyone,

This Friday marks the end of my first three weeks on the job.  Let me tell you: it has been one of the most thrilling and terrifying three weeks of my life.  I have a 5 year old and a 3 year old daughter.  I actually think becoming a first time parent was less intimidating than stepping into the CEO job at ActiveRain. :)

ActiveRain is and has always been about our wonderful community of real estate professionals.  I have gotten an opportunity to speak and communicate with many of you already.  

I REALLY want to hear from more of you: what does ActiveRain mean to you? 

At the urging of one of our illustrious members, I am announcing a competition, but no ordinary competition - a COLLAGE competition.  "A collage?" you ask.  Yes, a collage.  You know, the art form that your kids brought back from school at some point.  According to Wikipedia, a collage is any art or "assemblage" made of  "different forms, thus creating a new whole."  Collages can be made of newspaper clipping, photos, ribbons, "found objects" or almost anything attached to a canvas. Or, since it's 2011 you can do one the new fashion way (is that the opposite of old fashion?) and use an online collage making website.

Here are some links to some links to collections of collages and I have included some pictures below.   

And here are a few sites that offer collage making software

The Collage Competition:

  • Tell us what ActiveRain means to YOU in a collage
  • Before May 31, 2011, take a picture of your collage or save a digital image.  Post the image as a comment to this blog AND email  No late entries will be accepted in the competition.
  • No adult content!  Keep the content of your collage within the ActiveRain Community Guidelines.
  • The team at ActiveRain will select the top five collages and have the community vote on the winner.
  • The prizes are as follows:
    • 1st Place: 5,000 points
    • 2nd Place: 3,000 points
    • 3rd Place: 2,000 points
    • 4th and 5th place: 1,000 points
    • 100 points for every entry submitted (one per person/member)
  • For the fifth anniversary of ActiveRain RainCamp and BBQ on June 20-22, we are going to print out and decorate the office with the collages sent in by the members. 

Useful Tools:  We will post more information here as we find it online, below are some useful photoediting sites:

This will be fun.  I can' wait to see how creative our community is and I can't wait to understand what ActiveRain means to you!

Car CollageCollage by Mountain BreadCollage by MumblionCollage by Angellea

Collages By Megapixel Eyes,, Mountain Bread, Mumblion, Angellea

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Gail C. Harris
Resource Network, LLC SFR, AHWD, ACRE, SMAR Board Director - Chesapeake Beach, MD
Reach the BEACH with Gail C. Harris (cell: 703.868

I shut down the computer and tried again.  I don't seem to be  having problems, except with AR! :) Thx so much for responding.  Nice pic. :)  And, no it did not work.  I can't upload on my blogs either.  This is a first.  Been having issues with AR for about 6 weeks now.  It doesn't seem to matter what computer I use.  I even tried my IPAd...nothing.  I need to go show a couple homes, I'll try again later.  Thanks so much.

May 31, 2011 10:31 AM #137
Gail C. Harris
Resource Network, LLC SFR, AHWD, ACRE, SMAR Board Director - Chesapeake Beach, MD
Reach the BEACH with Gail C. Harris (cell: 703.868

I left and came back, and still I cannot upload any pics here or on my blog page.  Odd.  I can't be the only one having this problem.  Ugh  Thx so much for trying to help out.

May 31, 2011 11:38 AM #138
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

 I hope I'm not too late. Active Rain means increasing my Internet presence but mostly it means friends.

May 31, 2011 12:41 PM #139
Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty 916.408.5500 - Roseville, CA
Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments

Thanks for this cool collage competition, Nikesh! Took me longer than I had originally thought it would (doesn't is always?) but my entry is still in before the deadline...whew! :)

What ActiveRain Means To Me...All Bundled Up In A Collage!


May 31, 2011 01:23 PM #140
Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

Niki - First and foremost, thx for the the help; I greatly appreciated it. So, here is my post (finally finished it) and my collage.

Collage Competition: What AR Means To Me

May 31, 2011 01:53 PM #141
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

ActiveRain collageHere I am, number 145 (maybe) with my competition collage.  Here's a link to the post I wrote about it, explaining in depth.  ActiveRain means so much to me, not the least of which is, I'm growing older.  I've been here for five years next month.  This is a two part (and should really be at least three) in order to acknowledge so many of the people whose blogs are part of my life.

ActiveRain collage


May 31, 2011 02:25 PM #142
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Im Always missing the best competition's, with a design background I would have enjoyed this challenge. I enjoyed seeing the submissions too!

May 31, 2011 02:52 PM #143
Pat & Wayne Harriman
Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499 - Wallingford, CT
Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate

Well Niki, it certainly looks like you have your work cut out for you! There are some very unique and creative collages here, I don't envy you the job of picking the winners! Good luck!

May 31, 2011 04:19 PM #144
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Will try again - if it works...if not...

May 31, 2011 04:58 PM #145
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Hi Niki - Here's my entry.  You can read about the meaning at What Active Rain Means to Me.


What Does Active Rain Mean to Me?

May 31, 2011 04:58 PM #146
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Hopefully this time --  The title for this collage: GOALS!


(I think I see it...)

May 31, 2011 05:34 PM #147
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

I guess if you snooze you lose. I had no idea that there was a contest going on. However, I have seen some pretty amazing posts with members putting together some awesome collages. I just didn't know there was a contest. I wondered how they did it and I wanted to try my hand at making a collage.

I recognize the faces of so many people on ActiveRain, i.e., in Praful's above. These are great people whom I have come to know, recognize, and respect. I look up to the people who have touched my life, given me positive feedback, taught me something new, made me laugh, cry, wonder, and analyze things, I never paid attention to.

ActiveRain came into my life at a time, when I needed it the most. I never had any blogging experience, and I'm still a rookie, learning from the best and the best is here on ActiveRain.

Thank you one and all.


Jun 01, 2011 10:48 AM #148
Gail C. Harris
Resource Network, LLC SFR, AHWD, ACRE, SMAR Board Director - Chesapeake Beach, MD
Reach the BEACH with Gail C. Harris (cell: 703.868


My collage is late, I finally, thanks you Niki am able to upload and blog with lightening speed now.  There are dups and not everyone showed up but I will get the hang of this program.  Everyone's are so nice.  I love the heart shaped ones and all the reason.


I have made many friends over the past 9 months of earning my 200,000 points.  It's been a wonderful experience.  And, because I couldn't get them all in the collage.  I will work on it and see I can add the rest. :)  Thank you for taking the time to get me back on track.  :) Gail

Jun 01, 2011 02:41 PM #149
Gail C. Harris
Resource Network, LLC SFR, AHWD, ACRE, SMAR Board Director - Chesapeake Beach, MD
Reach the BEACH with Gail C. Harris (cell: 703.868

PS.... how about that umbrella or the world or the heart. Wow.

Valerie Zinger and I came up with a great umbrella idea, it was mostly Valerie since she is the market mastermind.  I suggested we submit a contest.  She came up with an umbrella idea, that I still think is a winner.  Hopefully, someone will give a go ahead.

We all love points.  :)  Also, Sally Weatherley, Barbara Hensely are great, too.   How about the two that spell out AR... how in the world can you chose. :) Great work.

Jun 01, 2011 02:46 PM #150
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Gail, great post. You said, there are dups - and I am there 3 times - thanks a lot (I had to use magnifying glass,

It was a great contest - and irrespective of points, I have learned a new trick - and will see how I can use this to my benefit on my business.

Jun 01, 2011 04:09 PM #151
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Everybody did a wonderful job.  So very creative. 

Jun 02, 2011 02:46 AM #152
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Tons of creative collages. I see a couple of stand outs, but it's gonna be tough judging.

Jun 02, 2011 10:11 AM #153
Larry Story
Total Care Realty - Greensboro, NC
Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate


Just stumbled upon the contest but did go ahead and vote.  Nice contest.  I haven't played with photo collages in a long time.  Some very creative entries though. 

Jun 03, 2011 12:08 AM #154
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realt - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

I missed the contest but I love looking at the results.

Jun 05, 2011 07:06 AM #155
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Hi Niki, this was a fun competition.  Have the points ever been awarded to all of the entries?  :-)

Jun 28, 2011 02:28 AM #156
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