Portrait Photography Contest

**Update – Thanks for your votes everyone. We will have the winners announced on Friday so stay tuned! **

This months photo contest is going to be one that a lot of you specialize in …. Portraits. It can be a family portrait, senior portrait, fun lifestyle portrait…. any type of portrait that you think is your best work. So look over some of your past shoots and find your best portrait photo. I am excited to see everyones entries and am sure there will be some amazing work!

When shooting portraits you need the perfect camera bag to hold those bodies and lenses so we have a great sponsor this month, Shootsac. They are going to give the winner a free Shootsac camera bag! We vote on the images with a panel of 3 photographers (see some good PPA print competition guidelines below). There will be open voting for a fan favorite, and the fan favorite will win a $100 giftcard from Black River Imaging.

The contest will end next week on Wednesday November 24, 2010 and then we will open it up for voting for another week. To enter just upload your image below where it says “Add Photo” (max size 600×400). Make sure to enter your website address or name in the Caption so we know who you are! Also only one entry per person. NOTE: Once you click submit the image does need to be approved and may take a few hours, just click the submit button once we will get your entry online soon. Voting will not be active until after all entries are received on the 24th.

Also we posted a good article last time about what PPA looks for when they do print competitions. For any of you who missed it check out that article here: PPA Print Competition Guidelines. These give you a good understanding about what people look for when judging images.

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This is sponsored by Shootsac – Using photography equipment in smart, functional, and inspired ways. Shootsac offers a wide variety of camera bags where form meets function meets a whole lot of fun. For more information on their unique style of camera bags check them out online at: http://www.shootsac.com/

Also sponsored by Black River Imaging. They offer many great products for professional photographers from Contemporary wedding albums, guest books and press printed products. For more information on everything they can create for you check out their website at: http://www.blackriverimaging.com/


Contest Terms:
Anyone can enter 1 image.

For every photo you enter, you must:
own the copyright. the photo can not have won or been runner-up in a previous competition on Digitalphotobuzz.com
You are allowed to enter photos you uploaded to DigitalPhotoBuzz.com before, even if they haven’t been featured.
By entering your photo, you’re also giving DigitalPhotoBuzz.com a non-transferable, non-revocable right to feature it on our website. You will still own the copyright, and full credit will be given to you for the photo.

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Author: Mark

Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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  1. Thanks for hosting such a great contest. I totally forgot to place my url for LenzLove. Here it is. Click above this comment.

  2. Mark,

    The first photo I tried to upload says it was too big. I didn’t see a size limit and didn’t optimize for web. The one I did upload cut off the right side in the view on the website? Its not the same. Anything I can do?
    I can email it to you if you want/need so you can see its not the same and won’t be fairly judged.
    Julie Boston

  3. Please size it down to 600px wide

  4. Hi Mark,
    Is it possible to delete a submission?

  5. sorry, i double entered….the crying kid in the grass…the second one has my facebook page attached along with my name, i was thinking one i clicked submit a field would pop up to enter in my personal information…please remove the first one….email me if there is anything else you need me to do…thanks for the contest….

    peace & verbs,

  6. This is a great contest! I stumbled upon your site via photographycontests.net. I will be sure to bookmark this for future perusal!


  7. I just submitted a photo for consideration to the list but forgot to add identifying image information in the caption field – what should I do?

  8. I like this contest and really feeling good to submit a photograph. Best of luck to all the contestant.
    I have question to the organizer. It’s mention that – “To enter just upload your image below where it says “Add Photo” (max size 600×400)” – is it really true and valid for all the entries? I have seen many photos bigger than the resolution 600×400. I don’t have any issue but just curious that if we can submit bigger than resolution 600×400 then what is the point to mention this to the competition page?

  9. How do you know who owns which photo? I uploaded one and it never asked me for my name or contacts..

  10. Use the caption field when uploading to enter in your website address

  11. Hi Roy,

    We do resize them when they are too large, some did get through and have been resized now to fit the max size. That way it makes it easier for people to view them all and compare when they are a similar size.


  12. Hi Mark,

    Thanks for your response.


  13. Help please. can’t submit my photo..far to big.
    Any simple tips how to downsize?

  14. Hi there,

    I submitted my photo twice by error, because I forgot to put my name, however the photo showed for 15 seconds and then got deleted?

    Please advise!


  15. Sorry, I realised that there is a buffer period for moderation!

    (Photo was that of a little foot on a hand)

  16. good subject this contest

  17. Hi Its a nice contest and i have also uploaded my photo. Eagerly waiting for the voting to start.

  18. My photo is up you can delete my previous comment.

    Amazing photos in here!

  19. Hi I uploaded my photo this morning but still don’t see it on the site. Can you please let me know if it is ok? The Photo is called Perception..A B&W portrait of my sister!

  20. I have entered an image with no deatails and resubmitted with details, now two entries are showing, what should I do ?

  21. The one with your details has been approved and the other deleted. Thanks!

  22. at what time will the voting open? it says the 24th, however i’m wondering if it’s more like at the end of the 24th or the start????


  23. Bidding will start after 7:00 PST tonight 🙂

  24. @ the administrator: I’ve reloaded my picture (k and j photography) of the little girl with a straw hat in black and white a second time with my website as the caption. The first post did not have this information. I was hoping you could remove the entry without the caption and add all the votes together? Or will you be able to add all the votes together at the end?


  25. there seems to be a problem with the voting…..my friends are trying to vote from home and it only says no change in the box and nothing happens 🙁


  26. Hi Jamie,

    Thanks for letting me know, I should have removed the first one before voting started but didn’t notice the 2 entries. I will remove the old photo and you had 8 votes on that so will be adding 8 votes to your current entry at the end.


  27. i think it’s kinda sad that some of the best photos on the page have the least amount of votes…maybe we never really get over that High School popularity contest mentality. it shouldn’t be how many of your friends you can get to vote it should really be because your picture is the best. I have no problem losing to an amazing image, but i do have a problem if it’s the sarah palin voting methodology.
    nuff said.

  28. Thanks for the comment doodlehedz. We do have 2 winners in the contest, one which is the popular vote and one which is chosen by a panel of judges over here. We also do post some guidelines on what to look for when making a pick with info on PPA Print Comp Guidelines and hope that people do vote for what they find as the best image.

  29. It’s Ok Victoria….you not American enough for them !

  30. Hi,

    It’s Monday, will we get the news soon for the 2 winners? Also, will you be releasing any new contests?

    Awesome thanks

  31. Hi Antoine

    We did release them the other day check out the winners post! Also we have contests every month but in December might have to wait until January with the holidays coming up quick.

    Check back soon!

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