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Grand opening photo contest

I’d like to celebrate the opening of Photodoto.com, a project I’ve been working on for some time, with a photo contest! Sound like fun? Even better: there are real, actual, honest to goodness prizes!


1st place: Canon Powershot SD450 5MP Digital Elph Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
2nd place: SanDisk 1 GB Ultra II CompactFlash Memory Card
3rd place: A 1-year subscription to Flickr.com, the best photo-sharing application in the world.

How to enter/Official rules

  1. Register at Photodoto.com.
  2. Submit a great photo that best represents the theme “Beginnings” to the Photodoto group at Flickr.com (by adding it to the photo pool). The photo must be taken and owned by you. You can register for a free Flickr account if you don’t already have one.
  3. Tag your photo with the tag: PhotodotoContest1
  4. Submitted photos must be appropriate for all ages.
  5. No professionals.
  6. One entry per person.
  7. Photoshopping is allowed, but remember: this is a photo contest.
  8. Entry deadline is Friday May 5 at 9 PM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Winners will be announced on May 8.
  9. Photos will be judged by a panel including myself. None of the judges are professional photographers and will simply select the photos that they like the best.
  10. Winners’ photos and honorable mentions will be posted online at Photodoto.com.

Good luck!

John Watson

John is the original founder of Photodoto, but after running it for 4 years he had to focus on different things. If you're interested in what John has been up to recently, you can check is personal blog or browse his photo blog.

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  • Congrats on the site’s launch, good luck with it.
    Will be entering the competition too – only have an ixus 30 so could do with the 1st, 2nd or 3rd prizes!


  • Cool – added a pic – and any of the prizes would be great – good luck with your endeavours!

  • Thanks again for your great work :D!

  • Sounds like a fun site and a chance learn new things!Congrats!

  • btocher

    All the best for the new site – looks good!

  • What a wonderful idea! I’ve enjoyed your toys immensely, and I bet I enjoy this just as much. So I joined your flickr group and entered a pic.

  • Define “professional.” For me it means if someone stopped taking photos (and did not take another job), they would starve to death.

  • Pfft! Ask easier questions! :-) I’ll leave it up to you, honor system. If you don’t think you’re a professional photographer, then you’re not one. I trust you guys. How’s that?

  • I’d have thought something like “Ryan leapt into professional photography immediately after college” would tag someone as a professional in this context ;) But I don’t know, each to his own.

  • I just read about this site on your blog, flagrantdisregard.
    Nice you started it

  • Great new site! Congratulations on your launch.

  • I’ve been a fan of your blog and your FlickrToys for a while, and I’m going to be a fan of Photodoto as well! Looking forward to seeing it grow.

  • YEHEY!!! Yay!!

    Congratulations!! more power to you!! thanks really for such creative projects!

    “jYm” ??

  • Wowzers! I’m in.
    Let me see… “Beginnings”, huh?

  • Great idea, splendid photostream and a special mention for the creativity, bravo !

  • Katpix

    Congratulations! I’m in. I enjoy Flickr, and I’m a fan of the Flickr toys.

  • Yawp Barbarian

    Congrats! Looks like a great idea and site. Love the flickr toys! Keep up the great work !


  • Alright!

    Congrats and all my best! Signing up now… Momma needs a new cam!

  • I’m in….only one…done!

  • Hey nice style sheet code the idea of the camera is enough for me if I won I’ll have to do a retro-spec..

  • I don’t even know how I FOUND this, but I’m so glad I did.

    All registered.

    All uploaded.

    All good.

    Can’t wait! What a fabulous idea. You have exceptional intellectual power and creativity to have come up with this.