2017 ActiveRain Photography Contest

Reblogger Belinda Spillman
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado CRE# 40005863

In case you missed it, Dick Greenberg is hosting a fun challenge for October.


We all love to take pictures ... right?


Well here is your chance to share them and rack up some points along the way.


There are many categories to choose from. 


We can't wait to see what you are going to share with us this month!


Original content by Dick Greenberg 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:



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
        Exterior - grounds, outdoor feature or landscape
        Branding photo

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:
        Best use of filter or special effect
        Best selfie




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.


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:

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

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


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!

Mary & Dick

Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525


Data Source: IRES MLS


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JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

Thank you for judging Belinda. There should be a lot of participation. 

Oct 02, 2017 10:55 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Belinda -- and the contest entries are starting to come in....

Oct 02, 2017 11:08 AM #2
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Looking forward to this one....loved all the entries last year! Such talent here in the Rain!

Oct 02, 2017 01:51 PM #3
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Belinda - Thanks for the re-blog! The entries have started coming in and I think we're going to have a better turnout than last year - and that was massive. I'm glad you're helping to judge this.

Oct 02, 2017 03:30 PM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds good to me, I am going to have to look through my photos and see if any of them are worthy of entering!

Oct 03, 2017 04:08 PM #5
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Some entries contain great marketing ideas. Definitely worth checking out all the posts.


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