Mama Focus Photo Contest!


posted by Sheri

We know you have a lot of adorable photos of your kids. I currently have 12,571 photos in my iPhoto and probably 11,491 of those are of my kids. Well, now it's time to shine a little light on you, Mama. And not just the smiley, huggy, fun aspects either. The whole picture. The whole person. So come out from behind the lens, stop dodging the camera, and show us your stuff in the Mama Focus photo contest.

In our Mama Focus photo contest, we challenge you to get artsy, take a self-portrait, give your kids the camera and let them do a mama photo shoot. We don't care how you get the picture, as long as you (mama) are the focus (the photo's actual technical focus is optional). We hope to see photos that show us what modern motherhood can be like: the ugly and the beautiful. We are looking for pictures with a fresh, unique perspective or that capture a moment, convey a feeling, or tell a story. We want interesting and unexpected shots that give us a peek into real mamahood.

Some themes you might choose to explore (but anything goes!): Self & Solitude, Work & Play, Sleep (or lack thereof) & Dreams, Nature & Nurture.

The Mama Focus contest is sponsored by mamazine.com, Picture This, and The Little Zygote That Could. The contest starts Thursday, November 1, 2007, and ends Friday, November 30, 2007. Winners will be announced Friday, December 7, 2007.

How to Enter
  • Upload the highest possible quality image of your picture to the photo pool for the Mama Focus Contest Flickr group. You will have to join the group, and then follow Flickr's instructions for posting a picture to a photo pool.
  • In the description field, enter: 1) your name (and the photographer's name, if it's not you) and 2) one sentence about why you chose the picture.

Here is an example.

The Rules
All photos entered will be evaluated by three judges: Tracey Clark of Picture This, Sheri Reed of The Little Zygote That Could, today is pretty, and mamazine.com, and Amy Anderson, also of mamazine.com. Tracey is the professional photographer/mom behind Picture This; however, Sheri and Amy are not trained in photography or artistic presentation or composition. Overall, we aim to select the photos that strike us most for whatever reason.
  • MAMA-FOCUSED ENTRIES ONLY! Please do not enter photos of your kids. Kids can be depicted in the photos; however, the mama should be the MAIN FOCUS of the photograph.
  • Limit of TWO submissions per person.
  • Each entrant is only eligible for a single award.
  • The entrant does not need to have taken the photo, but the photographer's name must be given and he or she must be aware of the submission.
  • NOTE: Photos thought to be outside of the above criteria may be removed from consideration without the entrant being notified.
The Grand Prize
The grand prize, graciously donated by SONY, is a SONY DSC-W55 Cybershot Digital Still (black) (valued on Amazon.com at $184.88). The grand prize winner and the first, second, and third place runner ups will each have their photos displayed in the "mama likes" blog for one month and then eternally in its archives. Tracey will also post them all on Picture This.

Questions? Please ask them in the Questions thread on the Mama Focus Contest Flickr group so everyone can benefit from the answers.

Edited to add: Check out our mama winners!