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Self Portrait Mega Challenge 2017: All About the Light

Welcome to our first annual “Mega Challenge” that runs through November! This is a free event and everyone is invited.

The theme for our 2017 Mega Challenge is “All About the Light.” We want you to interpret this freely and let your creativity and experimentation run wild.

Submit your entry via
Google+: Post to the “MEGA Challenge” Category https://goo.gl/RBGECw
Facebook: Post to the Challenge Event: https://goo.gl/DDdlha

Questions? Feel free to ask in comments, make a post in the discussion section of our G+ Community, or send a message to us at our Facebook page.

Art of Self Portraiture Community on G+: http://goo.gl/M7XTQ
Facebook ASP Page: https://www.facebook.com/artofselfportraiture

Prizes are provided by the following excellent sponsors:

+SmugMug
+Think Tank Photo
+Capturing Couture

1st Place:
1 Year SmugMug Business Account http://www.smugmug.com/features
(or comped value on current account) and $20 print credit

Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Harddrive Backpack https://goo.gl/hLKI4X

Capturing Couture Gift Code: $42.95 http://www.capturingcouture.com 


2nd Place:
1 Year SmugMug Business Account http://www.smugmug.com/features
(or comped value on current account)

Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag https://goo.gl/XHKMkn

Capturing Couture Gift Code: $32.95 http://www.capturingcouture.com 


3rd Place:
1 Year SmugMug Business Account http://www.smugmug.com/features
(or comped value on current account)

Think Tank Photo Digital Holster 20 https://goo.gl/gMTFxY

Capturing Couture Gift Code: $22.95 http://www.capturingcouture.com 



OFFICIAL RULES:

Submissions accepted April 1st - November 30th 2017
Entry must be a self portrait that is your original work and adheres to the theme. Only one entry per person.

The self portrait must be current (captured during the submission timeframe of the challenge), though composite elements of the image do not have to be current.

At the end of the submission period, the moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will gather entries and select a group of 10 finalists and announce and feature these artists and their images. From these, three winners (1st, 2nd, & 3rd place) will be selected, contacted, and announced. Prizes will be awarded by sponsors.

Please note that moderator judging is subjective (art always is!). Each moderator will cast their vote based on adherence to the theme and rules, as well as their own subjective impressions of the art and aesthetics of entries (such as emotional quality, creativity, overall technical skill required, processing quality, etc). Moderator votes are final and not subject to debate.

Art of Self Portraiture Community Moderators:
+Lotus Carroll
+Mark Rodriguez
+Annie Weibull
+Joanna Koziara
+Jason Mayers
+Kelly Richards
+Nynke B
+Paul Bagley
+Ricardo Williams
+Sam Breach
+Shantha Marie Fountain
+Stacy Vitallo
+Stefan Riss
+Tamara Pruessner
+Tom Tran


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If you're serious about exploring creative self portraiture, join us:
Google+ Community: http://goo.gl/M7XTQ
Facebook Group: https://goo.gl/WBnqpB

Website: http://artofselfportraiture.com/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/artofselfportraiture
FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/artofselfportraiture
Ello: https://ello.co/selfportraiture
Twitter: http://twitter.com/selfportraiture
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/artofselfportraiture
Tumblr: https://artofselfportraiture.tumblr.com/


#selfportrait #photography #art #selfportraiture #artofselfportraiture #create #challenge

This image created by community co-owner and moderator, +Mark Rodriguez
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#SelfPortraitSunday This Coming Weekend - August 20th!
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Everyone is invited to share an image - join us in capturing a current self portrait!

Theme: "Burning"
If you would like to share an image that doesn't match the theme, that is fine, too. As long as it was captured within the qualifying timeframe.

Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Self Portrait Sunday: https://goo.gl/QhMJoF

We have a Self Portrait Sunday Category in the ASP Community - all posts and entries for #selfportraitsunday go to that category, which can be found here: http://goo.gl/HJuATd (If you are not a member of the Community, please request to join so that you can participate - it’s easy to join and we are happy to have you!)

You can post your #SPS image to the Self Portrait Sunday Category whenever it is Sunday where you live, during this weekend’s “event” (August 20th, 2017).

Please only post one photo to the event. That photo should be taken during the event weekend, or the week prior to the event. Please no dipping into the archives. Your photo can be taken from Monday, August 14th up until the event weekend.

As always, have some fun!
Everyone is looking forward to some great self portraits. :-)

Any questions? We have moderators and members in the Art of Self Portraiture Community who can help you along the way. Drop in and ask questions: http://goo.gl/W69Ohj

If you'd like to, you can also share your image on the FB SPS Event. Check the FB ASP page for details: FB ASP Page: www.facebook.com/artofselfportraiture 

Thank you to +Shantha Marie Fountain for letting us use her image on this post! Maybe we'll use yours next time. :)
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#selfportrait #photography #selfportraitsunday #selfportraiture #art #creative #share #social #burning
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“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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"to live will be an awfully big adventure..."
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#SelfPortraitSunday This Coming Weekend - August 6th!
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Everyone is invited to share an image - join us in capturing a current self portrait!

Theme: No theme this week, so create whatever you like and share with us!

Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Self Portrait Sunday: https://goo.gl/QhMJoF

We have a Self Portrait Sunday Category in the ASP Community - all posts and entries for #selfportraitsunday go to that category, which can be found here: http://goo.gl/HJuATd (If you are not a member of the Community, please request to join so that you can participate - it’s easy to join and we are happy to have you!)

You can post your #SPS image to the Self Portrait Sunday Category whenever it is Sunday where you live, during this weekend’s “event” (August 6, 2017).

Please only post one photo to the event. That photo should be taken during the event weekend, or the week prior to the event. Please no dipping into the archives. Your photo can be taken from Monday, July 31st up until the event weekend.

As always, have some fun!
Everyone is looking forward to some great self portraits. :-)

Any questions? We have moderators and members in the Art of Self Portraiture Community who can help you along the way. Drop in and ask questions: http://goo.gl/W69Ohj

If you'd like to, you can also share your image on the FB SPS Event. Check the FB ASP page for details: FB ASP Page: www.facebook.com/artofselfportraiture 

Thank you to +Barbara Chiodelli for letting us use her image on this post! Maybe we'll use yours next time. :)
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#selfportrait #photography #selfportraitsunday #selfportraiture #art #creative #share #social
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“Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide.”
~D.W. Winnicott

#selfportrait #sefportraiture
#hidden #quote
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I'm pleased to introduce you to Nicole Small, the force behind One on One Art by Nicole Small (https://www.facebook.com/oneononearts)

She recently won the "Negative Space" challenge hosted by The Art of Self Portraiture. She graciously answered several questions about her self portraiture and fine art photography recently. Check out her work, including her beautiful and mesmerizing pinhole photography and more and learn about her journey so far by visiting the link below.

http://artofselfportraiture.com/artist-spotlight-nicole-small

(image on this post is the intellectual and creative property of Nicole, used with permission)
#selfportrait #selfportraiture #art #fineart #feature #artistspotlight
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#SelfPortraitSunday This Weekend - July 23rd, 2017!
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Everyone is invited to share an image - join us in capturing a current self portrait!

Theme: "Hidden"
If you would like to share an image that doesn't match the theme, that is fine, too. As long as it was captured within the qualifying timeframe.

Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Self Portrait Sunday: https://goo.gl/QhMJoF

We have a Self Portrait Sunday Category in the ASP Community - all posts and entries for #selfportraitsunday go to that category, which can be found here: http://goo.gl/HJuATd (If you are not a member of the Community, please request to join so that you can participate - it’s easy to join and we are happy to have you!)

You can post your #SPS image to the Self Portrait Sunday Category whenever it is Sunday where you live, during this weekend’s “event” (Monday, July 23rd).

Please only post one photo to the event. That photo should be taken during the event weekend, or the week prior to the event. Please no dipping into the archives. Your photo can be taken from Monday, July 17th up until the event weekend.

As always, have some fun!
Everyone is looking forward to some great self portraits. :-)

Any questions? We have moderators and members in the Art of Self Portraiture Community who can help you along the way. Drop in and ask questions: http://goo.gl/W69Ohj

If you'd like to, you can also share your image on the FB SPS Event. Check the FB ASP page for details: FB ASP Page: www.facebook.com/artofselfportraiture 

Thank you to +Marguerite Khoury for letting us use her image on this post! Maybe we'll use yours next time. :)
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#selfportrait #photography #selfportraitsunday #selfportraiture #art #creative #share #social #hidden
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moonchild, here you stand,
and once more you have revolved
around the day star

by the crashing waves
a peaceful place to linger
bathe in distant light

forty-eight times now
this journey you’ve completed,
shining in the dark.

#haiku #ibelieveinwords #poemaday2017
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The winner of our “Negative Space” Challenge is Nicole Small of One on One Art! https://www.facebook.com/oneononearts

Her winning image, which received the most votes from our community moderators during winner selection, can be seen here.

Judges’ impressions:

“A great use of negative space both literally and figuratively. The way the light played off the skin was beautiful.” ~ +Paul Bagley

“I really fell in love with the use of light and posing here. The fact that she is looking away from the image gives double meaning to the negative space. Almost as if she is leaving it behind her.” ~ +Joanna Koziara

“There is strong and heavy emotion conveyed in this image. I felt the weight of the darkness as it pushed me down into the corner with the subject, where I could barely begin to see the depth of her pain.” ~ +Sam Breach

“The composition and the light in this image are perfection.” ~ +Stacy Vitallo

“The concept and execution is what struck me. The composition and the use of just enough light to make it unique and thought provoking.” ~ +Ricardo Williams

“This image was so beautifully created and illustrates mastery of light and composition, not to mention mood, emotion, and story telling.” ~ +Lotus Carroll

“The subtle kiss of light on the subject is perfectly balanced with the overwhelming darkness around her. an exquisite use of contrast and negative space which really speaks to the spirit of this challenge.” ~ +Mark Rodriguez

“The emotional impact of this composition is what struck me the most; there's a heaviness in the darkness that seems unbearable to the subject, and I feel it for her. So well done technically, too.” ~ +Tom Tran

“Wonderful use of sparse light and a minimalistic composition that goes so well with the Negative Space theme. The beautiful pose and subtle expression leaves much to the viewer’s imagination – you can interpret this portrait in so many ways and create a story of your own around it.” ~ +Annie Weibull

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Stay tuned for a featured artist spotlight on Nicole where she will answer some questions about photography and self portraiture and share more of her work with us. <3

Great job to everyone who submitted - thanks for participating and sharing your art with us!

All Submissions:
G+: https://goo.gl/a8YCjP
FB: https://goo.gl/oRAc7G
Finalists: https://goo.gl/svtR9h

Are you ready for the next Challenge?
Details here: https://goo.gl/v4yovC

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Viewing this post but not a member of The Art of Self Portraiture? If you're serious about exploring creative self portraiture, request to join here:
Google+ Community: http://goo.gl/M7XTQ
Facebook Group: https://goo.gl/WBnqpB
Membership requests must be approved. No "snapshot style" photography allowed.

You can also find us here:
Website: http://artofselfportraiture.com
Instagram: http://instagram.com/artofselfportraiture
FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/artofselfportraiture
Ello: https://ello.co/selfportraiture
Twitter: http://twitter.com/selfportraiture
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/artofselfportraiture
Tumblr: https://artofselfportraiture.tumblr.com


#selfportrait #selfportraiture #challenge #photography #creative #winner #art
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