2017 Christmas Photo Challenge

Happy December everyone! The majority of us are in the swing of the Christmas spirit and NOW always seems like the perfect time to start something, right? We are excited to announce the:

 12 Shots of Christmas Photo Challenge!

This year we are going to do things a little bit differently than in the past, we are going to select a winner from the participants!

This winner will receive an Amazon gift voucher to the value of $50.

To participate you must LIKE and FOLLOW It’s a Colour World on Facebook. Post your images there to be viewed. The image with the highest number of FB likes will be the winner.

We can’t wait to see your fabulous entries!

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RULES:

ELIGIBILITY: All are eligible

CONTEST SPONSOR: It’s a Colourful World (IACW)

CONTEST NAME: 12 shots of Christmas Photo Challenge

CONTEST PERIOD: December 6 – December 31, 2017

ENTRY PERIOD:
Starts December 6, 2017 at 12:01 am ET.
Ends December 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm ET.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED: The Photo Contest images will be announced here on It’s A Colourful World Blog, IACW Facebook page, and IACW Instagram on Saturday, January 13, 2017.

HOW TO ENTER:  Must LIKE and FOLLOW IACW Facebook and FOLLOW the blog. Participants may enter up to 1 image per theme, up to 12 total, by posting on the IACW Facebook.

SELECTION OF WINNERS: Images entered in the IACW Facebook will be judged per the following:

Technical Execution: The intentional use of aperture, shutter speed, ISO, available light, composition, and focus.

Composition: The creative use of positioning, colour, and framing to capture the subject of the theme.

Theme: Creative expression of the designated theme submitted.

The image with the highest number of FB likes will be the winner.

Tie breaking judging panel is made up of IACW designated individuals who will select images using the above criteria.


TERMS OF ENTRY: (a) By participating in this Contest, Contestant warrants that his or her entry and all elements thereof (i) do not infringe or violate the rights of any third party, including but not limited to, copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, logos, contract and licensing rights, rights of publicity or privacy, moral rights, or any other intellectual property rights; (ii) are not subject to any third party agreements for which IACW could be held financially or legally liable; and (iii) do not contain any content that could adversely affect the name, reputation, mission, or goodwill of IACW. Contestant agrees to indemnify IACW against all damages, costs, and attorney’s fees related to any claims or litigation that arises in relation to Contestant’s participation in the Contest.
(b) IACW reserves the right to disqualify any entries that, in IACW’s sole and absolute discretion, (i) include trademarks, logos, or copyrighted material not owned by Contestant or used without permission; (ii) refer to public figures; (iii) contain profanity, pornographic or sexual content, illegal drugs, tobacco, or firearms or weapons, hateful content of any kind, content that promotes violence or harm to another living creature; (iv) promote a political agenda regardless of the political affiliation and regardless of IACW’s treatment of other entries that may or may not promote a political agenda; (v) defame, misrepresent, or contain disparaging remarks about other people or companies; or (vi) contain materials embodying the names, likenesses, photographs or other identifying elements of any person, living or dead, without permission.
(c) Contestants may not submit entries on behalf of any person other than themselves. If contestant is a minor under the age of 18, contestant must enter with the consent of a parent or legal guardian. Entries not submitted in accordance with the instructions provided in the Official Rules shall be disqualified.
(d) The contestant retains the copyright and exclusive possession of all submissions. The contestant will grant to IACW the nontransferable, nonexclusive license to use, with complete attribution, via any medium, the submission for promotional or other purposes as deemed fit by IACW for a period of two years from the closing date of the contest.
(e) IACW reserves the right to disqualify any entry, for any reason, at its sole discretion.
(f) Neither IACW nor any of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, contractors, subcontractors and each of their respective officers, directors, shareholders, agents and employees, nor any Internet access providers are responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry of information, human error, technical malfunction, lost/delayed data transmission, lost/delayed/misdirected mail, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, line failure of any telephone or other network, computer equipment, software or any combination thereof, inability to access the Contest Website, for problems uploading or downloading any Contest-related materials from the Contest Website, or for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, incorrect or incomplete entry.
(g) If for any reason any aspect of this Contest cannot be completed as planned, including by reason of infection by computer virus, network failure, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any cause beyond the control of IACW which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, IACW may in its sole discretion cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Contest, or invalidate any affected submissions.
(h) For purposes of these Official Rules, receipt of Contest Entries occurs when posted to the FB page. Any entry information collected from the Contest may be recorded by IACW for further promotional or marketing purposes.
(i) IACW may, in its sole discretion, disqualify any submissions, and prohibit further participation in this Contest by, any person who tampers with or benefits from any tampering with the submission process or with the operation of this Contest or acts in violation of these terms and conditions, acts in a disruptive manner or acts with the intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS: (a) IACW reserves the right to use any method or medium that IACW deems fit at its sole and absolute discretion for the purpose of announcing and contacting the Contest winners.
(b) Upon request, Contest winners will be required to provide their contact details and photo ID proof and any other details deemed necessary and relevant by IACW at its discretion, within three working days upon receiving the request/notification from IACW
(c) IACW reserves the right to forfeit prizes for any Contest winner who does not provide the required verification upon receiving the request/notification from IACW.
PRIZES: (a) Any and all guarantees and warranties for prize is subject to the manufacturer’s terms and conditions, and winner agrees to look solely to such manufacturer for any such warranty or guarantee claim.
(b) IACW does not guarantee or make any representations or warranties regarding the quality, performance, features or capabilities/utility of the prizes offered to the winners under the contest and cannot be held responsible and liable in this connection.
(c) Prizes are non-transferable.
(d) Prizes offered on a no exchange, no refund basis.
(e) Prize recipients consent to IACW using his/her name and image in any promotional material.

Katie’s Top 6 Phoneography Apps

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There is literally an app for everything these days, it is truly amazing the things technology can do for us! As a momepeneur  without an IT department it is up to me to troubleshoot and learn about my tech (oh, how I miss my old IT buddies!) Thankfully, there is the Google and my best bud and tech guru, Melissa, who keeps me in the know. That said, I have my go-to apps I use weekly, if not daily, and they’re all FREE!

ig1 . Instagram App (IG):

Instagram is definitely my love language! I love scrolling through and devouring the eye candy in my feed from the talented creatives I follow and connecting with new insta-friends around the world. I remember lamenting having to log in and out each time I wanted to swap from my personal to my business account and then our it’s.a.colourful.world account. Thankfully, last year all that changed and you can link multiple accounts. Hallelujah! The interface is aesthetically pleasing and user friendly. They are even advancing the editing, which can help improve an amateur photog’s post production skills. I will be the first to tell you I am not an expert in utilizing it as a business and marketing tool…yet! I’m hoping to dive into some the fantastic courses out there, but for now I will be hearting, commenting, and hash tagging my way through with a goofy smile on my face – seriously, my husband teases me incessantly about smiling at my phone!

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layout2 . Layout App:

After disappointedly testing out a few other collaging apps,  I notice the tiny Layout icon while using in IG and found my go to collage app! I definitely appreciate the consistency in the app design, the streamlined interface, and the workflow with IG. I don’t collage often, but when I do, this is my go to.

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boomerang3. Boomerang App:

Another IG linked app that captures 10 burst images in a row and compiles them into video that re-plays like a flip book, over and over. This one is so fun for playing with the kids, by the sea, or clinking drinks – there are infinite possibilities!

canon4. Canon App:

I am a Canon girl. Sorry Nikon buddies, I can’t speak to your app that’s Lindy-Ann’s side of the house. For me this app has been the biggest game changer in my social media world.  Having WiFi in my camera is AMAZING! If you are in the market for a camera I would definitely recommend looking into cameras with this feature, you will not regret it! It allows me to function on the go so my IG posts are more timely and made with better quality images. I am able to post my personal adventures on social media sooner rather than the time it takes for me to upload, sort, and edit after all my client work is finished. Raise your hand if your personal stuff takes a backseat for months, even years…like I said, game changer!

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ps5. Photoshop Express & Photoshop Fix:

I heart Photoshop! When I found these I may have done a happy dance, because again, like the Canon app, it makes me more mobile! The editing capability with IG is pretty good, but as you can imagine, PS is even better. It has a variety of tools from adjusting the exposure to a cloning tool. You’re welcome!

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over6. Over:

This is my newest app thanks to my creative bosom buddy, Katie of Festoon Baking Co. She revealed her secret after I complimented her on her use of fonts and text overlays on her images. She blew my mind when she said it was an app, because I have definitely been looking for a good app for text overlays on the fly for awhile. I’m definitely having fun with this one!

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This is most definitely not an exhaustive list of apps, but it’s a few of my favorites. We will be having a few guest posts by Melissa, including parenting tech savvy kids, workflow and productivity, and of course more fun apps for all your devices! Stay tuned!

What are your go-to apps? Please share them with us in the comments below! If you try one of these out definitely let us know how it goes.

keep snappin’ where ever you are!

kdg