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2016 Shoot & Share Photo Contest

Y’all, the results of the 2016 Shoot & Share Photo Contest are IN! As you know, I’m a Shoot & Share photographer. The Shoot & Share community offers an annual free contest where photographers from all over the world can submit their best-of-the-best images. The most unique part about this contest is that it’s “all about the photos”… meaning, the judging takes place without having the photographer’s name tagged to it to persuade voters one way or another and you can’t “rally” others to vote for your photo because it’s completely anonymous… completely fair.

You may recall reading my post last year reviewing the 2015 Shoot & Share Photo contest results — I was SO proud last year that out of the 40 images I submitted… I had two “finalist” images, 1 in the 1op 10% ranking, and 1 in the top 30% ranking.

Here is the breakdown for the 2016 contest… there were 225,000 photos (!!!) submitted this year across 149 countries. This year photographers could enter a total of 50 photos into your choice of these 25 categories:

I submitted 50 images to the contest — primarily in the maternity, newborn, and children categories. SO incredibly honored to have 11 of my images selected in the contest this year!!! EEEK!!! While voting there was SO much talent… still need to pinch myself!! My results were such an improvement from last year — such an inspiring contest! Congratulations to all of the winners!

Low-resolution screenshots below 🙂

Category: That Just Happened
Top 100. Round 10/10. Placed 71 out of 2,103 images in this category.

Doesn’t this image just make you smile?! This was captured during a family session last Fall and this truly was a unique moment.
I was taking a test shot to get my settings right and then this happened… HA!

Category: Pets/Animals
FINALIST! Round 10/10. Placed 222 out of 6,614 images in this category.

Henry made it as a finalist! This is my favorite photo of my puppy Henry! This images was captured just one week after bringing him home. It’s probably the one shot that is in focus of him because he’s always on the go! 🙂

Category: Newborn
Top 10%. Round 8/10. Placed 892 out of 12,302 images in this category.

This is one of my favorite newborn photos to date. My approach to newborn photography is natural, pure, organic.
This image encompasses the essence of what I strive to capture at each newborn session.

Category: Maternity
Top 20%. Round 7/10. Placed 1,007 out of 7,867 images in this category.

I loved everything about this maternity session. The warm light, the glow of Lindsay’s excitement, her beautiful outfit,
and the happiness of her family. Definitely a favorite!

Category: Newborn
Top 20%. Round 7/10. Placed 1,427 out of 12,302 images in this category.

These sweet little baby toes belong to Jemma who was in Lindsay’s tummy in the image above.
She is a rainbow baby blessing and Aliya is such a sweet big sister to her!

Category: Newborn
Top 20%. Round 7/10. Placed 1,434 out of 12,302 images in this category.

OH the cuteness! These sweet little twin boys are absolutely ADORABLE!! This was my first twin newborn session last year.

Category: Children
Top 30%. Round 5/10. Placed 4,847 out of 18,329 images in this category.

Little Miss Winnie! She had TWO images in the Top 30%! Look at those big blue eyes, that button nose, and those cheeks!!!

Category: Children
Top 30%. Round 4/10. Placed 4,985 out of 18,329 images in this category.

Here Winnie is again stealing the show with her cuteness! Her Daddy was sitting next to me singing to her
and she was grinning ear-to-ear. That bow, that tutu… I can’t even!

Category: Newborn
Top 30%. Round 5/10. Placed 3,100 out of 12,302 images in this category.

Another favorite from Rosalynn’s Fresh 48 session! The top of the head is always a go-to shot that I capture.
Love the way her Momma is caressing her. So sweet!

Category: Children
Top 30%. Round 5/10. Placed 4,588 out of 18,329 images in this category.

You may recognize this cutie — Hudson and his brother Abel (see below) were winners in last year’s contest! Hudson is growing up to be such a handsome boy! Absolutely love this image taken during a family session last Fall.
Look at those curly golden locks!!

Category: Children
Top 30%. Round 4/10. Placed 5,113 out of 18,329 images in this category.

And here’s Abel!! This was captured during his Smash Cake session. Love that smile!! 🙂

Click here for the 2015 Shoot & Share Photo Contest results.

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