Monthly Photo Contest!

The Rules:

ENTER NOW for a chance to win a gift card from Adorama and to have your image featured on @thephotosociety!
We are celebrating our 1 Million followers milestone with our biggest contest yet! Check out the rules below.
To enter take a great picture and upload it to Instagram with #TPS1Million @thephotosociety in the caption.
Our judge this month is National Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer @johnstanmeyer.
The contest begins on February 6, 2015 at 12:00pm EST and will end on Friday February 13, 2015 at 12:00pm EST.
Images can come from any type of camera but must be uploaded to Instagram. Gentle use of filters and toning /color correction is allowed, but not the addition or subtraction of any elements of the original picture. No picture can be entered more than once, and original image must have been taken by the up-loader. Proof of native capture will be required of all winners, and copyright will remain with photographer. Judging will be based on creative and technical merit. If you do not have a Facebook account, please state so in your caption.
There is no theme, just enter your best.
In Review:
1-Take an AMAZING picture!
2-Follow us on Instagram @thephotosociety
3-Upload your image to Instagram
4-Caption or comment on the photo: #TPS1Million and @thephotosociety
5-Share your image on Instagram
6-Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/thephotosociety
7-There is no theme–upload your best!
Talk about your work with a member of the photo society

This Months Judge:

John Stanmeyer

John Stanmeyer, born in Illinois, is a founding member of the VII photo agency.

Living in the Far East for over twelve years, Stanmeyer has witnessed throughout that time nearly every major historical event in Asia, photographing the rapid changes taking place throughout the entire region. Working globally, he has focused on the plight of refugees from the Ugandan civil war, spent months chronicling the effects of the 2004 Tsunami and documented the mental healthcare crises in Asia. Prior to moving to Hong Kong in 1996, Stanmeyer covered the conflict in South Sudan, Eastern European social change after the fall of Communism, as well as numerous visits to Haiti to record the endless social tragedies plaguing the island nation. For over eight years he has documented the spread of HIV/AIDS through every country in Asia. Stanmeyer focus is on social injustices, eradication of global poverty, human rights and raising awareness for the sustaining vanishing cultures.

Working regularly for National Geographic Magazine, was on contract with Time Magazine for over 10 years and photographing for numerous other global publications, Stanmeyer has been the recipient of numerous honors including the prestigious Robert Capa award, named Magazine Photographer of the Year, awarded numerous World Press, Picture of the Year and NPPA awards and in 2008 received the National Magazine Award for this in-depth essay on the global Malaria epidemic.

John’s latest book, Island of the Spirits, an journalist/anthropologic look at Balinese culture documented over the five years he lived on the island, was published in November 2010 (http://www.islandofthespirits.com).

In 2013, John opened The Stanmeyer Gallery & Shaker Dam Coffeehouse as a showcase for his work and his passion for spectacularly brilliant coffee, wrapping both entities around social change. He has recently moved back to the United States and lives with this wife, Anastasia, and their three children on a farm in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.

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Esteemed Past Winners:

Jason Speth

Photo: Jason Speth
@jasonspethphoto

November 2014 Winner

Awarded: Tenba DNA 15 Bag and an Image Review with Stephen Alvarez
"I chose this image as the winner because it works on many levels. The air of adventure, mystery and exploration is palpable. The successive layers of the cave lead me from the central figure back into the frame and I just love the quality of the light. The hanging mist leaves a softness that heightens the timelessness of the image. It brings Conan Doyle’s Lost World to mind [...]."

Photo: Cam Cope
@camcopephoto

November 2014 Winner

Awarded: First Runner Up
Cam Cope
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Diego Weisz

Photo: Diego Weisz
@diegoweisz

November 2014 Winner

Awarded: Second Runner Up

Photo: Brent Wilson
@bw510

August 2014 Winner

Awarded: Winner
"Moment, Design, Grace, Light, Color and Balance all come together in this winning photograph of a flying fish. I don't think I've ever seen one this beautifully done, congratulations. It's also somewhat of a quiet picture, a quality that I'm often drawn to and wish I had more of in my own work. It isn't just the monochromatic palette but the quality of light that provides such wonderful depth. A great many of the photographs that competed had 2 or 3 or 4 of these qualities and just shades of difference separated them from the winners. Thanks for sharing your …
Brent Wilson
Megan Jae

Photo: Megan Jae
@meganjaepearl

August 2014 Winner

Awarded: Runner Up
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Photo: Stephen Ippolito
@ipp14

August 2014 Winner

Awarded: Runner Up
Stephen Ippolito
Mark Seabury

Photo: Mark Seabury
@markseabury

July 2014 Winner

Awarded: Winner
"This photograph of a boarder under a wave immediately grabbed my attention. It has good action, strong color and light and an interesting composition organized on a diagonal that perfectly fits the square format of Instagram. I stared at this one a long time trying to figure out exactly what was happening with the wonderful reflection and light coming from the upper left hand side of the frame. Isn’t that what great photography is all about? Arresting images that force viewers to first stop and look and then evoke curiosity and emotion. This frame has it all." - Mike Yamashita …

Photo:
@serkanenoz

July 2014 Winner

Awarded: Runner Up
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Photo:
@juanandresrodriguezs

July 2014 Winner

Awarded: Runner Up

Photo: Matt Oxman
@matthewoxman

May 2014 Winner

Awarded: Winner: Tenba DNA 15 Bag
“Wow! This image is captivating. California Dreaming? I can feel the sunshine and the wind blowing through my hair. Although the image seems simple, it has many layers. First, I see the young woman on her bike and then the palms. The texture of the tire tracks in the sand forms an elegant S shape, sweeping my eye through the frame and back to a wave in the distance that is almost blown out, but still keeps its form. In the last layer, the Santa Monica Mountains add the final touch. Forgive me if the photo was not taken in Southern …
Matt Oxman
Morgan Lee Alain

Photo: Morgan Lee Alain
@MorganLeeAlain

May 2014 Winner

Awarded: First Runner Up
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Photo: Stefan Barycki
@jimmy_slim

May 2014 Winner

Awarded: Second Runner Up
Stefan Barycki
Marius Pirea

Photo: Marius Pirea
@mariuspirea

April 2014 Winner

Awarded: Winner: Voltaic Systems Solar Array Backpack
“This image embodies the qualities of both a great photograph and a great instagram image. The formation of the people beautifully mimic the curve of the trees in the background and the curve of the hay mound. The light is gorgeous and the dramatic sky lends an eerie feeling.” - Ed Kashi

Photo:
@Stephen32d5

April 2014 Winner

Awarded: First Runner Up
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Photo:
@battsboem

April 2014 Winner

Awarded: Second Runner Up

Photo:
@zeynep_y

March 2014 Winner

Awarded: Second Runner Up
Jason Domogalla

Photo: Jason Domogalla
@jomogalla

March 2014 Winner

Awarded: First Runner Up
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Photo: Julio Cesar Hoffmann
@julio910

March 2014 Winner

Awarded: Think Tank Turn Style 5 Camera Sling Bag

"The owl perched in the top of bare tree branches is subtle but the strength of the image grew on me. It is stark and yet rather startling although a tranquil mood. There is a freshness about the way the photographer captured this quiet and majestic moment in the natural world." -Melissa Farlow 

Julio Cesar Hoffmann
Charlie Dailey

Photo: Charlie Dailey
@charliedailey

February 2014 Winner

Awarded: Second Runner Up

Photo:
@eri_s810

February 2014 Winner

Awarded: First Runner Up
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David Safanda

Photo: David Safanda
@davidsafanda

February 2014 Winner

Awarded: First Place and Think Tank Turn Style 5 Camera Sling Bag

“This image is technically well executed, using long exposure for the stars and the right light exposure to bring out the buildings. More importantly, this image captures a powerful sense of loneliness and solitude which define so much of remote landscapes small towns that are often affected by economic boom and bust cycles. Nice combination of beauty and storytelling.” - Pete McBride

Photo:
@jessnmurph

January 2014 Winner

Awarded: Turn Style 5 Camera Sling Bag

“Why do certain images reach into us? Selecting a powerful image is so subjective. There are no formulas. We all see from who we are and regard others and moments from that same, often subconscious self. Of course the photograph has to be build of the right stuff—delicious light, a sense of design, a moment or relationship captured.But I was drawn to these hands because in this photo there is so much more. There are questions—is this a man or woman? Are their great, great grandchildren? What is the quality of love as they gather at the birthday party? Was the …

Photo:
@kylekurlick

January 2014 Winner

Awarded: First Runner Up
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Photo: Matt Orenstein
@maorenstein

January 2014 Winner

Awarded: Second Runner Up
Matt Orenstein
@thurstonphoto

Photo: @thurstonphoto
@thurstonphoto

December 2013 Winner

Awarded: Turn Style 5 Camera Sling Bag

This image has power. It's dynamic. There are a lot of wave images out there, but this is a particularly beautiful one caught at the perfect moment, with great light, great lines and great composition. I also chose it because I imagine it was a difficult shot to get. Besides having to understand waves, needing a water housing and the fact that the lip of the wave is about to come down on the photographer, there was a lot that went into the making of the picture. I enjoy seeing images where I know there was a lot involved ...

Photo:
@thequa

December 2013 Winner

Awarded: First Runner Up
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Photo:
@abukassimashari

December 2013 Winner

Awarded: Second Runner Up

Photo: Robbie Shone
@shonephoto

November 2013 Winner

Awarded: Think Tank Turn Style 5 Camera Sling Bag

“This photograph grabbed my attention because it is artfully done and then continues to work on another level showing us how insignificant we can be compared to the natural world. The photograph is a beautiful landscape with a perfect balance of light between the climber's headlamp and the late ambient light on the mountain.” - Randy Olson

Robbie Shone

Photo:
@ediediedy

November 2013 Winner

Awarded: First Runner Up
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Photo: Franck Gazzola
@franckgazzola

November 2013 Winner

Awarded: Second Runner Up
Franck Gazzola
Anton Gaitan

Photo: Anton Gaitan
@antons_lens

October 2013 Winner

“Emptiness and intimacy are two words that come to mind when I see the winning photograph. Why is that woman standing against the wall with her eyes closed? What are those men doing there? The bright white light makes it eerie. In this impersonal place with an impersonal light, there is an intimate moment. I think a good photograph raises questions, makes us imagine and wonder.”

Photo: @aluccitravel
@aluccitravel

October 2013 Winner

Awarded: Runner Up
@aluccitravel
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@ishalin

Photo: @ishalin
@ishalin

October 2013 Winner

Awarded: Runner Up

Photo: Alex Burrell
@instaburrell

August 2013 Winner

Awarded: Patagonia Black Hole Wheeled Duffel
"The winning photo has all the elements that make a powerful image: light, composition and moment. The light hitting the skateboarder highlights the peak moment of action and his arm position mirrors the lit raised arm of the spectator watching the action. Both the skateboarder and his enthusiastic friend are nicely positioned in front of simple dark backgrounds so they really stand out. The curved lines of the skateboard ramp compliment the strong curved lattice on the left to add symmetry to the composition."  
Alex Burrell
Shruthi Nandagopal

Photo: Shruthi Nandagopal
@shruthinandagopal

August 2013 Winner

Awarded: Runner Up

Runner up in the the August 2013 Fan Photo Contest

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Photo: Andrea Figueira
@fotografiand

August 2013 Winner

Awarded: Runner Up

Runner up in the August 2013 Fan Photo Contest

Andrea Figueira
Aaron Turner

Photo: Aaron Turner
@ilikevans1

July 2013 Winner

“The winning image is one that snuck up on me. It is not an image that wows upon first viewing, but I love how it grows on you. There is a quiet quality to the image. I like the subtleties of the body language, the color palate and the emphasis on the blue sky. Both of the runners-up images are extremely graphic images. I especially like the broken shadow image. In the end, though, I am won over by the humanity of the two people on the hay bales. The winning image hints to a current trend in photography that …

Photo: @mxs360
@mxs360

July 2013 Winner

Awarded: Runner Up

Runner up in the July 2013 Fan Photo Contest

@mxs360
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Sean Ensch

Photo: Sean Ensch
@sean_e_

July 2013 Winner

Awarded: Runner Up

Runner up in the July 2013 Fan Photo Contest