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July contest theme: Self-Portraits

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  July 1, 2010 06:00 AM

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I admit it: I was quite taken with POTW Korri Leigh Crowley's self-portraiture. I had been thinking about self-portraits as a contest category, but seeing Korri's variety and creativity sealed the deal.

So what the heck -- let's give it a shot (so to speak). Pretty much anything goes -- you can take an arms-length photo of yourself, a reflected image, a funny picture. You can wear a mask, take a photo of your shadow, or shoot a body part other than your face (but keep it clean).

Simple rules:

> Some part of your body must be in the photo.

> Remember the storytelling part of photography and make your photo revelatory about yourself. Are you curious, experimental, pensive, silly, hungry, a birdwatcher, a runner, a parent, a butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker? Try to capture an image that will tell viewers something about you.

You can dig into your archives this month, but please consider shooting something new.

This month's Flickr contest tags are: contest July2010 self

If you're new to our contests, set up a Flickr account ASAP and upload at least 5 photos so that it becomes activated in Flickr's Search index. Then upload the photo you want to enter in the contest by midnight July 31 and in the right column of that photo page, add the four tags above. In fact, you can just copy and paste the line above into the Tags box. Don't add any commas.

Please make sure that you read these contest rules.

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