March Madness Photo Showdown
As photographers it can be easy to get tunnel vision sometimes, developing a certain emotional attachment to an image based on the backstory of experience, personal sentiment, or even past sales. We become biased, unintentionally, and our offerings begin to reflect more of what we think or want to appeal to people than what actually does. So as I fine-tune my print rotation in preparation for the upcoming art show season, I figure why not seek some additional input. And it being March and all, why not have a little fun and do it tournament style?
Beginning Thursday, March 11 and running through early April I’ll be pitting sixty-four of my top nature and landscape photos- including a mix of new releases and old favorites, head to head in an elimination style tournament. And the best part? YOU get to decide which photos advance, with a chance to win lots of great prizes along the way.
Here’s how it works-
The contest begins with 64 photos divided into themed divisions, with seeding based in part on past popularity (though there are many never before seen images I’ll be releasing here too, so those will be randomly mixed in.) I’ll share these as individual match-ups across my 3 social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) and also on my blog to give anyone not active on social media an opportunity to participate and vote via email. Select your favorite of the two competing images before the listed deadline and by the means described for each platform below, and for every vote or other qualifying action you will be earn an entry for one of several prize drawings. The more you vote (you can participate across multiple platforms) the better your chances to win.
At the end of each round votes will be tallied to determine which photos move on, and we’ll continue to work through the eliminations until a champion is crowned.
(It’s all very much modeled after the NCAA basketball tournaments, only with winners determined by votes instead of Luka Garza buckets… sorry, couldn’t resist, but my fellow Iowa fans out there will understand. Go Hawks!)
The schedule will be as follows:
March 10- Contest Announcement
March 11- Round 1 Bracket Announced
March 11-15- Round 1
March 17- Round 2 Bracket Announced
March 18-21- Round 2
March 24-25- Sweet 16
March 26- Elite 8
March 27- Final Four
March 28- Championship
March 29- Prize Drawing Winners Announced
Ways to Participate-
There is no limit to entries and the more you vote, the better your odds. As mentioned, to vote just follow my social media pages, sign up for email updates (or both) and pick your favorite in each match up. Easy as that. It’s free to anybody and all are welcome to join in, I just ask that you give me a follow on the platform you’re voting on. You can earn additional entries by helping me to promote the contest with likes and shares as described below. For each round, I will assign you entries based on your level of participation. For example, if in Round 1 you vote in three matchups on Facebook, seven on Instagram, and reply with an email listing your picks of all 32 matchups for that round, you will be awarded 42 total entries. If you do that, and also comment with your choices on two Twitter posts, plus retweet one of those posts, your entries will be 45 (42 from the actions first described, plus three more for the Twitter engagements.) I will be using an app for the drawings that will assign weighted values based on your number of entries (and to avoid carpel tunnel from writing names on that many little slips of paper.)
Participation per Platform-
Facebook- To begin with, if you haven’t already please give my Josh Meier Photography Facebook page a like. Then just watch for posts in the coming weeks. I will share the matchups individually, spaced throughout the contest period, and to vote on your favorite simply leave a comment, or like whichever you prefer of the two. I will also award you an entry for every post that you share, so have at it. Just be sure to direct your friends to like my page and vote on the original post so I don’t miss anybody.
Instagram- Again, for starters please give my Instagram page a follow (you can find me at joshmeierphotography, or click HERE.) Then just watch for my posts, and comment which of the two photos shown is your favorite. I’m not very well versed in how to post Instagram stories effectively, but may try to come up with another entry option there as well, so be watching. I will award entry points for each time you mention the contest in your stories too.
(And to you non-social media folks scratching your heads at this lingo… yes, it’s all about as ridiculous as the terminology makes it sound.)
Twitter- Start off my giving me a Twitter follow @joshmeierphoto . Then just leave a comment on any respective post to vote for your favorite between the images shown. You will also earn additional entry points for every post that you Retweet.
Email- To participate by email, start off my subscribing to my contest mailing list HERE. Not to worry, I won’t share your information with any third parties and the mailings will only last through the contest period. The actual entry process here is a bit old fashioned, by comparison, but I want to make sure this contest is accessible to everyone, not just social media users. So once you’ve signed up, at the beginning of each round I will send out an email with links to the various divisions and matchups as we work our way through the tournament. The link will direct you to my website, where you’ll land on a blog post showing the current pairings. Get a pen and paper, note the title of which photo you prefer in each matchup, then send me an email with your selections. Like I say, you can participate on all platforms- so if you are on social media you can definitely still take part through email too. In fact, I’d encourage it, as it’s probably the best way to avoid missing any of the action. (If you have signed up but don’t receive emails beginning March 11, please be sure to check your junk or other preference folders to see if the messages have been filtered there.)
To clarify, you will earn entry points for all of the selections that you make, regardless of if that choice is the one to actually advance. You do not have to correctly guess which photo will win. I'm only interested in which you like better.
There are lots of ways to win, and again, your chances only get better by taking part across multiple platforms (though I appreciate the random single votes here and there too.)
Grand Prize- Drawn from all entries at the end of the contest, the grand prize winner will receive a 12 x18 Chromaluxe Metal Print in the image of their choice (with the exception of Collector’s Special Edition pieces.) A $200 value, or the winner may opt for two hundred dollar credit toward any purchase on my website.
Platform Prizes- As I tally votes through the contest, I’ll also divide them by the platform they originate from (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Email) and at the end of the tournament draw a winner from each category, with the prize being a signed and matted 8x12 archival print in an image of choice, excluding Collector’s Special Edition photos. A $45 value, which can also be opted as website credit instead.
Round Prizes- Following each of the first five rounds (Round 1, Round 2, Sweet 16, Elite 8, and Final Four) I will draw from all entries made during that particular period, with the winner being awarded their choice of a 5 pack of Artisan Note Cards (LINK) Valued at $25, which can be instead opted for website credit.
Special Newsletter Subscriber Drawing- I am always so appreciative of my newsletter subscriber base, and want to extend a special contest opportunity to those who follow me there. If you are a subscriber, and you participate at any point during this tournament, I will enter your name in this special drawing. (Just one entry total per subscriber for this portion of the contest.) At the end of the tournament I will draw a newsletter winner, with the prize here also being a 12 x18 Chromaluxe metal of your choice (excluding Collector’s Special Edition) or $200 website credit. And if you’re not currently a newsletter subscriber, it’s not too late… Sign up HERE.
Tournament MVP- Finally, there are obviously a ton of ways to earn entries in this contest, from likes and shares to email responses. Each will earn you an entry point, and at the end of the contest I will figure out who has the most entries and award that winner a $50 digital gift card, redeemable through my website or at shows. In case of a tie, I will randomly draw a winner from those leading participants, with that person being awarded the $50 digital gift card, the runner-up will earn $20 digital gift card, and if applicable a third place drawing will result in $15 digital gift card.
I think that covers everything, so be watching for those posts and emails… thanks for taking part and GOOD LUCK!!!