Google+ Exclusive Giveaway – Big Photography Prizes…Free Stuff

The Social Network for Photographers

These days Google+ is the most exciting place to be for photographers and the photo industry. Not only does the network offer rich levels of engagement and vast collaboration/networking possibilities for photographers of all levels, but photographs look incredibly beautiful there. We are aesthetic beings after all 🙂

So with that in mind, I am happy to announce the first Google+ Exclusive Giveaway! I have lined up some great companies that have donated some awesome prizes for everyone to get a chance to win.


Who Is Eligible?

As long as you have a Google+ account, you are eligible. If you have friends that have yet to join Google+, please share this with them.  It does not matter where they live 🙂


As I said, we have 4 prizes available for this giveaway…which means you have 4 chances to win. So what do we have?

onOne Softwarerecently announced their new Perfect Photo Suite 6. This revolutionary photo editing suite contains some ground breaking applications that will change your digital editing workflow forever. Perfect Photo Suite 6, the dramatic new version of onOne Software’s award winning product suite offers the best new tools for solving the most common problems faced by photographers today. This major upgrade introduces completely new products Perfect Portrait and Perfect Effects, Perfect Mask, the next generation of Mask Pro, Perfect Layers, in addition to favorites Perfect Resize, FocalPoint and PhotoFrame. I posted a small write up that details what to expect with Perfect Photo Suite 6 HERE. It will be available in mid to late October for the general public.Value = $300 Need a new photography website? SmugMug has graciously donated SmugMug Pro account, free for a year. This includes a complete shooping experience for your customers, unlimited storage of your images for protection, your choice of photo labs to have your work printed, custom watermarks, coupon management, package pricing and even event marketing. Top that off with gorgeous themes to personalize your galleries, no unwanted ads or promotions, full screen slideshows, full tech support and much much more.Value = $150 (GAVE AWAY ON SEPTEMBER 25th)
Do you want a better way to display your photography work in person? It doesn’t get better then then picking up a Backlit Box to show off your images. The Backlit Box is the most dramatic custom printing method available in the market today. Once mounted on a Backlit Box, your image is lit from within by LED’s and will show the color, depth and details in way that you have never seen before. You can win a free 8×12 of your choice in this giveaway. HEREis a review of the Backlit Box to get more details.Value $100 (GAVE AWAY ON SEPTEMBER 22nd)
Want to learn photography from some of the biggest names in the photography industry? Scott Kelby is giving away a 1 year subscription to Kelby Training Online. That means you have access to learn from Scott Kelby, Joe McNally, Jay Maisel, Dave Black, Jeremy Cowart and more. On top of that, Scott is also giving away a signed copy of his latest book, Light it. Shoot It. Retouch It.Combined Value, Over $230

How do I Win?

As I stated above, this is a Google+ exclusive giveaway so you must have a Google+ account since it takes place on Google+ itself. Follow the steps below to enter.

  1. Make sure you have circled Brian Matiash (onOne Software), Don MacAskill (SmugMug), Faxon Moulder (Backlit Box), Scott Kelby (Kelby Training Online) and myself.
  2. On the original Google+ post announcing this giveaway, found HERE, leave a comment with atleast 1 photographer that has less then 10,000 followers that inspires you and your photography work.
  3. Sign up for the announcement of the launch of The Giving Lens by clicking on the website link. This is a new organization that I have founded that aims to blend Photo Education and giving back to local communities in need around the globe. You can find more information HERE before signing up. By entering your email, you ONLY allow The Giving Lens to send you just one email, announcing its grand opening. You can opt out after that. *The Giving Lens has no affiliation with onOne Software, Kelby Training Live, Backlit Box or SmugMug at this time.
  4. Re-Share the original Google+ post found HERE on Google+

What Next?

Thats it! If you have completed all four of those steps, you are officially entered into the give-a-way. I will pull names from the comments on the original post and put them into a spreadsheet, assigning them random numbers. I will then go to and draw out a number on Sept. 21st, Sept 25th, Sept 28th and Oct. 2nd…announcing the winners on each of those days. The prizes being drawn for will also be completely random each prize night. If your name is chosen, I will contact you directly and then verify that you have completed the 4 required steps. If you have not, I will pick another person at random. You will have 24 hours to reply to me after my first initial contact.

After the contest is finished, I will create a public Google+ “Inspirational Photographers” list on so that everyone can check out and add those inspiring photographers that were mentioned by the participants of this giveaway to their own circles.

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