Introducing a new way to connect with other natural parents and share your talent for photography (not to mention your adorable subject matter): The Natural Parents Network Flickr Pool! Our new public Flickr group is waiting to be filled with the many varied views of natural parenting from our readers’ eyes. And what better way to celebrate our community of families and shutterbugs than with a contest?
How to Participate
To participate in the NPN Flickr Pool Contest (the “Contest”), we invite you to add your original photos of What Natural Parenting Really Looks Like to the NPN Flickr Pool.
Photos submitted to the NPN Flickr Pool from now through April 30, 2013 (extended from March 31!) will be considered entries into the Contest.
Please read the full Contest Rules before submitting your photos. By contributing photos to the NPN Flickr Pool, you are affirming that you have read and agree to NPN’s Photo Submission/Contest Rules.
We’re looking for high quality, beautiful, tender, funny, but above all honest digital depictions of natural parenting. We are interested in images that showcase one or more of the principles of the natural parenting lifestyle.
Please enter only photographs you are comfortable being published on Natural Parents Network (including our social media accounts, newsletters, etc.), whose subjects have given their consent to the same. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast) will be disqualified.
Please caption each submission with the photo’s title and a short description.
Each group member may add up to four images per day.
Contest is open to all amateur photographers. Please, no watermarks or professional photographs.
How to Vote and Win
Deadline for submitting entries to the Flickr pool is 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time on April 30, 2013. Submission implies that you give Natural Parents Network permission to use your photos with attribution.
From May 1-15, 2013, our contestants, readers and volunteers will vote by “favoriting” the photos they like best. To add a photo to your favorites, sign into your Flickr account, go to the picture you want to “favorite,” look at the top left corner of the screen, and click on the star next to the word “favorite.” Once the star turns pink, you have “favorited” that photo.
Photos that don’t meet the criteria above may be entered and judged but may not be honored as finalists at the Natural Parents Network editors’ sole discretion.
On May 16, 2013, our editorial team will tally the votes and the twenty photos – chosen via a combination of first round voting and judging by a panel of natural parents (the cofounders and three volunteers from NPN) will go head-to-head in a voting-enabled featured post from May 21-31 here on Natural Parents Network. We encourage you to drum up support for your own photos — or those you admire! — by sharing the link on Facebook and Twitter, as eight entries (and the editors’ favorite) will win an assortment of fabulous prizes and a place of honor in their very own Wordless Wednesday post. (Again, the top eight will be selected based on a combination of votes + judging by our panel.)
Of course, once the contest ends, the Flickr pool will remain a great place to share your best photos and get some inspiration. Plus, you never know when your work might pop up on NPN (hint: keep an eye out on Wednesdays)!
Fabulous Prize Packages!
We have almost $1100 in prizes lined up for ten lucky winners. Check out what you can win!
Also, Keepsake Toys“> is offering NPN readers a special 10% discount for the month of March. Use code NPN10 from now through March 31, 2013 to get 10% off everything in their shop!
First Place:Three (3) Easy Canvas Prints [ARV $151]; Keepsake Toys“>Keepsake Toys Personalized Camera toy [ARV $39.95]; $25 Gift Certificate to LENNY MUD; Porteen Gear Camera Strap [ARV $45]; olloclip [ARV $69.99]
Second Place: GeeZees Canvas Art 10X10 Photo Printed Onto Canvas [ARV $65]; Miss Honeybird – Mini Camera Stamp and Personalized Family Stamp [ARV $62.86]; Daniel David Designs Padded DSLR Cover [ARV $27]; Shutterfly/Tiny Prints Custom 11oz Mug w/ photo [ARV $15.99]
Third Place: Shutterfly/Tiny Prints Custom Glossy 5×7 Easel Art [ARV $22.99]; Project Type 3 Camera Prints [ARV $50]; Twig Creative Toy Camera [ARV $37]; Moonglass Jewelry Personalized Coasters [ARV $30]
Eighth Place: Shutterfly/Tiny Prints Custom Iphone Case (4/4s/5) [ARV $39.95]
Stay tuned – we’ll introduce you to all of these fabulous shops and show you pictures of the prizes next week!