Behind The Photo contest - Edition #8

in GEMS3 years ago (edited)

The Behind The Photo contest continues with Edition #8!

In the previous edition, we had a massive amount of participants, no fewer than 60 entries! The stories told were really great and so were the photos, which made picking three winners very difficult. There was also a lot of support and interaction between participants in post comments, which is great to see as well. If you haven't looked into any of the previous entries, go to the @behindthephoto blog, where we re-steem all valid entries.

Unfortunately, we still see some excessive recycling of old content, so from the previous edition, there were a couple of amendments to the rules, please make sure you take a look further down this post.

This has been posted in the GEMS community, which you can read about and join here. You don't have to post your entry there, it's not a rule for the contest, but we encourage you to do so, since our sponsor @appreciator (a co-founder of the GEMS community) will pay special attention to entries posted there.

For those of you who haven't read the background for this contest, here's a quick re-cap.

There's a lot of great photographers (both pro and amateur) on this platform. But sometimes we feel that we want to know what the story behind a particular photo was. The "why"-s and the "how"-s and the "when"-s and so on. We thought that the story behind could be just as interesting (if not more) than the actual photo itself. Also, being amateur photographers, we felt that it would be great to "pick the brains" of all the pros. To perhaps learn new techniques, tricks, planning, gear and everything else they know so much better.

That's how the idea of "Behind The Photo" was born. This contest is not about the photo itself, but about the process before or during the photo was taken. (If you decide to enter this contest, you can of course include the "final" photo if you want. :-) )

We would like you to share and document your journey towards the photo - with text and/or photo(s) or even video(s). We would like to know your thoughts, ideas, decision process and the story behind. For example:

  • Was it spontaneous, in the moment? Then show/tell us about why. What prompted you to take the photo?
  • Was it planned? Then show/tell us about your preparations.
  • Who or what were you going to photograph? For what? This contest, a magazine, for this platform?
  • When did you take the picture?
  • How did you take the picture?
    • Camera, tripod, lenses, filters, etc.
  • Did you have to travel to where you took it?
  • Did you have to wait for the right moment?
  • Where did you take the picture?
    • Was it during a vacation, or while walking to the supermarket?
    • Was it deep in a forest, waiting for animals to walk by, or with your dog in your backyard?
    • Was it outside in freezing snow and ice, or inside a warm and comfortable high-end studio?
  • Did you do any post-processing?
    • What software did you use? Filters, cropping, retouching, colours etc.

All of these are ideas which we think could help you make a good entry for the contest and we would like you to use as many of them as you can.

In the first edition, we made a "quick and dirty" example, just to show you what you could do. Or not. Because we are sure you can do better, that was just an example. The link to that and the first edition post is here.

If you want to check out previous editions' winners and their excellent entries, here are the links:

Edition #7
1st place @oldmans - Behind the Photo - The Mountain Through the Hole in the Rocks

@oldmans told us about a hike to some rocks of particular interest, with a bit of photo- and Lightroom-technique experimentation.

2nd place @danielvehe - A little friend visited us "Behind The Photo" - Un amiguito nos visitó detrás de la foto

@danielvehe had an unexpected visitor, which in turn rendered some quite unexpected results.

3rd place @pablo1601 - Behind The Photo contest - Edition #7 - Own house

And finally, @pablo1601 recounted his tale of the very nerve-wracking and exhausting process of acquiring a home for him and his family.

As in the previous editions, the stories behind all the photos were above all interesting and captivating, go and check them out!

You can also check our previous edition winners' post which were no less fantastic:

As any other contest, we have rules:

  • One (1) entry per account.
  • Your entry can be in the form of writing, photos or even videos.
  • Text, video(s) and photo(s) must be your own. This will of course be checked, and any form of plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification of your entry and will be reported to steemcleaners.
  • Your entry must be in English. Feel free to use additional languages, but the translation must be equivalent to the English version.
  • You must use the tag #behindthephoto as one of the first five tags. (It doesn't have to be the first tag.) This way, we, other contestants and interested parties can find your entry easily.
  • The title of your entry must have the words "Behind The Photo" as a part of it.
  • Your entry must include a link to this post (for example at the very end of your entry).
  • If you want to do a collaboration with a friend (like the example we made) that is totally fine. Just don't tell the same story! Be nice and credit each other!
  • Re-steems of this post are not required, but would of course help, to let others know about the contest.
  • You do not have to post a link to your entry in a comment below, as we will be checking the tag.
  • We reserve the right to exclude any entry which we deem to be low-effort. I.e. one-picture entries with a couple of sentences, or a two-minute video will NOT cut it.
  • NO cross-posting of your own entry. Cross-posted entries will not be eligible for sponsored upvotes and/or prizes.
  • You are only allowed to re-use ONE photo which you have posted previously. If you use a photo you have posted before, your entry must otherwise contain completely new content. (Such as telling the story behind the photo you had posted before.)


This edition of the contest will be active from the moment THIS is posted, and will run for seven (7) days. For those of you using Steempeak's front end, we will add a countdown timer to this post.

Please be aware that late entries will not be considered. After the seven days, we will take a couple of days to decide and announce the winners. Only entries posted after this post and before the 7-day deadline will be valid entries.


1st place: 50 STEEM, 10k SPACO, 2250 PHOTO
2nd place: 30 STEEM, 6k SPACO, 1350 PHOTO
3rd place: 20 STEEM, 4k SPACO, 900 PHOTO

Apart from the prize pool, with a STEEM total of 100(!), there is a possibility that our sponsor @appreciator will upvote some of the good entries. Any such sponsored upvotes are completely at @appreciator's discretion.

Jury: @nelyp and @johan.norberg

Sponsorship: We sincerely thank @appreciator for sponsoring this contest!

So, get creative, tell all your friends, post a link in your discord servers, spread the word and share this contest in any way you think is appropriate. We have created a STEEM account specifically for this contest, so if you like the contest and want to be notified in your feed, you can give @behindthephoto a follow as well. @behindthephoto will re-steem all valid entries, so it's an easy way of following the contest and to find all the entries.

We look forward to your entry! Good luck!


Very cool, someday I will get a nice camera to participate

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Pictures speak volumes
!giphy very true

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Ohhhhh que maravilla. Gracias @nelyp estoy feliz de haber participado y me emociona esa segunda posición. Seguiré participando, gracias por este concurso, de verdad que es genial 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳

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Congratulations to the winners, and here I come again participating to see if I get the luck to my ha ha ha

Hi, friends of @GEMS and @nelyp

Thank you for this big oportunity

Now a I am going to make a better job

Hi, friend @nelyp

I am here again

I let you the link to my participation in this espectacular contest

Hi, friend @nelyp

My entry for this contest was not taken into account by you. I don't see the reestem.

Just in case, here is the link again

Hola. No es que no haya sido tomada, es que tenemos muchísimas entradas y seguro aún no hemos llegado a la tuya jaja. Cuando estén los ganadores anunciados si ves que no está el resteem del tuyo, entonces sí pásate a preguntar otra vez vale? Gracias!

Ok, amigo @nelyp

Muchas gracias

Dear friends, I present for your consideration my entry to challenge #8.
Thank you very much for the opportunity.

Hola amiga @nelyp. Lo prometido ya no es deuda. Aquí mi primera entrada para este hermoso concurso en el cual he visto hermosos recuerdos... ✌

Hey, team, I forgot to put it in here. Thank you for this initiative @nelyp. Congratulations to all of you.

Is camera360 okay? I don't know how to use my daughter's, restreemed this post.

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Saludos comunidad, dejo mi participación. Felicitaciones a los participantes.

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