Short version: If you just want to vote for me
When you vote, you will get entered into a drawing to win a $100 B&H Photo gift card.
You can just go to:
and fill out the form and click “create new account” and you will be done.
If you are only interested in voting for me – thank you!. The rest of this blog entry doesn’t matter to you and is just a bunch of historical text… the link above will vote for me immediately after you register so you don’t have to do anything else.
A while ago I discovered the HDR Expose and 32 Float – both products from Unified Color that make it easy to get a natural look when you process HDR photos. As a promotion for their software, they ran a photo contest. There were three phases to the contest and each phase produced 15 winners (1 first prize winner and 4 honorable mention winners in 3 categories). Now all three phases are over and they are running a contest to pick the grand prize winner – based on public voting.
What’s in it for you?
Why should you care? Well, for starters – everyone who votes gets entered into another drawing to get win one of five $100 gift card from B&H Photo. (Which is very useful, they sell lots of stuff). Also, if you vote for my image and I end up winning, I’ll get to go on a really cool National Geographic photo expedition and take tons of photos that I’ll post on my blog or flickr account for you to look at and say “cool.” Plus… what’s the social revolution of the web all about if it’s not about coercing friends into voting on stuff for you in random contests?
On that page of thumbnails, I have four images in the running. Their thumbnails look like this:
How to vote
Here’s the process on how to vote:
When you click on thumbnail, the large “vote for this image” button appears and lets you click on it to vote for an image. You will have to register for an account there in order to vote – but it is pretty easy to do and once you vote you will also be entered into their drawing for a $100 gift card.
If you are SUPER LAZY
You can go to the Unified Color Voting Page and then paste the following into your address bar and hit enter:
And then click the “Vote for this photo” button.
What that does is the same thing that you do when you click on the thumbnail – but it saves you the two seconds it takes to find the thumbnail of my image. I would encourage you to still look at the other entries… and you still have to click the “vote” button.
It’s possible to link directly to the voting page for my image but that might violate the spirit of the competition too much so I would suggest taking the extra steps to avoid them thinking I’m trying to hack the planet or something.