2017 ActiveRain Photography Contest

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335

We had a lot of fun with this contest last year - there were a ton of entries, a lot of amazing photos and we gave away a boatload of points. So we're going to do it again!!

 

CameraBack in the day, when the printed MLS only had a simple photo of the home, photography wasn't something we spent much time on. Today, it's a huge factor in our marketing, and the simplest cameras we use, the ones in our phones, have capabilities well beyond the reach of what was accessible to amateur photographers even 10 years ago. Further, what once could only be accomplished in the darkroom, using expensive equipment and expert techniques, is now just a click or two away in a free photo editor.

 

As a consequence, many of us have embraced photography both for what it can do for our business and as a personal hobby. And many of us have become quite skilled and display real artistic talent in our work and play.

 

This contest is a celebration of the role that photography plays in our business and our lives, with lots of ways to participate, lots of points, and lots of winners.

 

Here's how it works:

 

Categories

There are two main categories, real estate and real life, and within each main category are a number of sub-categories, as follows:

Real Estate:
        Main listing photo
        Interior
        Exterior - grounds, outdoor feature or landscape
        Branding photo
        Miscellaneous


Note: The Real Estate category is for photographs that were used in, or intended to be used in, a real estate business context - listings, flyers, marketing and branding, etc. It is only the photos that comply with this requirement that will receive the points bonus for this category.  If you are a lender, inspector, stager, title person or anyone else associated with real estate, we'll accept photos that relate to your business in this category.

 

Real Life:
        People
        Travel/Places
        Animals
        Best use of filter or special effect
        Best selfie
        Miscellaneous

 

 

Rules

Members may submit multiple entries, but may submit only one entry per sub-category, and one entry per post. Each submission must clearly state which category is being entered.

Each submission must be the members own photo, in original or edited form.

In addition to the submitted photo, each post should give the readers a bit of the story behind the photo - we don't need to know the f-stop, speed or ISO, but we would like to know why you selected this photo for the contest. No minimum word count required.

For each separate entry, please place a link to your post in the comment section of this announcement.

The contest will run from October 1, 2017 to October 31, 2017.

Points

Entry points:

Since ActiveRain is a real estate website, we are offering a point bonus for all entries in the Real Estate category. Entries in the Real Estate category will be awarded 750 points. Entries in the Real Llife category will be awarded 500 points.

Entry points will only be awarded once, regardless of how many times a member has entered. If you submit entries in both the Real Estate and Real Life categories, you will receive the higher 750 point award.

Award Points:

TrophyAll entries will be judged, and winners will be chosen as follows:


Overall:
1st - 2000 points
2nd - 1500 points
3rd - 1000 points

Each sub-category:
1st - 750 points
Honorable Mention - 500 points

Judging:


We are extremely fortunate to have the help of three of AR's most distinguished members to serve as judges for this contest. They all have an eye for good photography, and best of all, are incorruptible, so don't bother trying to bribe them.

 

Belinda   Michael Top Banana 
 Belinda Spillman  Michael Jacobs  Anna Banana

 

We're all looking forward to seeing your photos. Have fun!

Posted by
Mary & Dick

Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525
970-689-4663
www.maryanddick.com

 

Data Source: IRES MLS

Comments (280)

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I took a selfie for you! Best Selfie with Photo Editing Tools

Oct 31, 2017 09:11 AM
Belinda Spillman

Great selfie.

Oct 31, 2017 09:24 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

Pat you did a great job figuring out how to make the magic work with a selfie.

Oct 31, 2017 11:00 AM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

And another entry... this time in the category of "Real Life / Best use of filter or special effect"

 

Enjoying Retirement Activity in Louisville KY

 

 

 

Oct 31, 2017 12:03 PM
Belinda Spillman

Zoom Zoom Zoom!

Oct 31, 2017 01:05 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

Real fun picture of these two young at heart bike riders!

Oct 31, 2017 01:36 PM
Tracy Lee Parker
RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT - Royse City, TX
Buy*Sell*Lease

For the Real Life category , here is my entry ! 

Wild horses can't drag me away! 

Oct 31, 2017 02:21 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

No they can't drag you away Tracy Lee Parker !

Oct 31, 2017 02:36 PM
Belinda Spillman

Great photo of this beauty

Nov 01, 2017 08:41 AM
Tracy Lee Parker
RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT - Royse City, TX
Buy*Sell*Lease

Here is my Real Estate entry : 

Are you using Drones in your listing photos?

Oct 31, 2017 02:43 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

Drone away!

Oct 31, 2017 04:05 PM
Belinda Spillman

Great aerial shot of this home.

Nov 01, 2017 08:42 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Ok, my last entry for this contest is in the category Real Life - Selfies.

Selfies - Not one of my Favorite Things

Thank you and happy Halloween!

Oct 31, 2017 03:43 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

Nice way to take a selfie for sure!

Oct 31, 2017 04:06 PM
Belinda Spillman

This turned out very cute.

Nov 01, 2017 08:43 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Dick Greenberg - another entry into the contest! Real Life: Best Selfie

Best Selfie - Mariposa Restaurant - Spooktacular Views

Oct 31, 2017 04:21 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

Nice selfie - and story Sheri!

Oct 31, 2017 04:46 PM
Belinda Spillman

Incredible backdrop for your selfie.

Nov 01, 2017 08:44 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Hi Dick, here is an entry for Real Estate- Miscellaneous.

Oct 31, 2017 04:50 PM
Belinda Spillman

Great shot to pause for.

Nov 01, 2017 08:45 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Not sure I posted this link in the Real Life- Travel/Places category. Thanks, Dick.

Oct 31, 2017 04:53 PM
Belinda Spillman

Great shot on a cold blistery day.

Nov 01, 2017 08:46 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

Brrrrr is how it feels! Great shot!

Nov 01, 2017 08:58 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Dick Greenberg - I am trying to get the rest of the categories so here is another entry in the Real Estate : Miscellaneous category

Signature Water Feature - Showcases the Sedona Life-Style

Oct 31, 2017 05:24 PM
Belinda Spillman

They did a great job with this backyard retreat.

Nov 01, 2017 08:47 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

Great views from the living room that clearly shows off the Sedona Lifestyle.

Nov 01, 2017 08:56 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Hi Dick, Here is an entry in the Real Estate- Exterior Outside Landscape category.

Oct 31, 2017 05:56 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

Lovely shot of the pool and landscaping - great entertaining home.

Nov 01, 2017 09:10 AM
Belinda Spillman

Beautiful appointment of this nice swimming pool.

Nov 01, 2017 08:49 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Another one, Dick. This is for Real Life- Best Selfie.

Oct 31, 2017 05:58 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

Very fun selfie!

Nov 01, 2017 09:09 AM
Belinda Spillman

This is a great and a nice memory to boot.

Nov 01, 2017 08:50 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Here is my entry for Real Estate- Interior category, Dick.

Oct 31, 2017 07:23 PM
Belinda Spillman

Nicely done.

Nov 01, 2017 08:51 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

Very interesting property Debbie - great shot.

Nov 01, 2017 09:07 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Here's my last one- Real Estate- Branding Photo for Stones Manor.

Oct 31, 2017 07:25 PM
Belinda Spillman

Another great shot.

Nov 01, 2017 08:52 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

Great promotional shot Debbie.

Nov 01, 2017 09:06 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

SO sorry I waited until the last minute on this one...my LAST one!! Thank you guys again!

 

Animals are People Too!

 

This is my entry for REAL LIFE -  Animals.

Oct 31, 2017 07:35 PM
Belinda Spillman

That is a purrrr fect picture.

Nov 01, 2017 08:52 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

Great story of this wonderful cat host! Love those eyes!

Nov 01, 2017 09:01 AM
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

My Entry for the Real Life Category MISC

Getting Ready for Winter

Oct 31, 2017 08:55 PM
Belinda Spillman

I'm ready to grab my parka!

Nov 01, 2017 08:53 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

I live in Phoenix and already can fell winter coming on from your photo!

Nov 01, 2017 09:02 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks Dick, always nice to feature a few photos from Wisconsin

http://activerain.com/blogsview/5131202/a-couple-of-cool-shots-for-dicks-photo-contest-

Oct 31, 2017 11:10 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

Lovely lake shot and of course the baby fawn photo is great eye candy!

Nov 01, 2017 09:04 AM
Belinda Spillman

Very nice eye candy for us.

Nov 01, 2017 08:54 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Dick Greenberg - I am so sorry I waited to the last day to get the last entries done. I have one more to complete after this one....my apologies!

My Branding Photo ~ The Wave ~ Revisiting the Evolution

apparently this did not go through but the post was written on Oct 31st.

Nov 01, 2017 03:59 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Thanks everyone for all of the great entries - you made this a great contest! The judges are working on awards and we should have them done in a couple of days.

Nov 01, 2017 10:41 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

I know it's too late for an entry, but I just wanted you all to see these great pictures of classic woodworker skills.

master carpenter pictures

Nov 02, 2017 07:00 AM
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Can't wait to participate on the next one 

May 21, 2018 08:32 AM

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