Announcing the Windows Phone Monthly Photo Contest

Announcing the Windows Phone Monthly Photo Contest

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For as long as Windows Phones have been sold, people have been using them to make beautiful images. We’ve been floored by some of the photographs our users have been able to create (especially the photographs our users have shared with the hashtag #WPphoto), so we thought we’d start recognizing your photos by launching a monthly, themed photo contest.

All winning photos will be featured on the Windows Phone Blog, as well as across our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest channels. We will of course provide credit and even link to your website or blog if possible.

To kick off this shindig, this month we’re asking you to submit your favorite pet photos. Here’s an example of one:

Lisa's cat Domino

This photograph was taken by my colleague Lisa, who sends out the awesome Windows Phone newsletter every month. It was taken on an HTC Titan II and edited using the Thumba Photo App and HTC’s Photo Enhancer. Here’s what Lisa has to say about it:

Domino curls up for a nap by the living room window. I think this photo captures how gorgeous her eyes look in the morning light.

When you send in your photos to, please let us know which phone you took it with, which photo apps you used, and 2-3 sentences describing the photo and the circumstances under which it was taken. We’re looking forward to seeing what you all come up with! Here is how to enter:

  • To enter, please e-mail your entry to
  • In the subject line of your e-mail, please write “CONTEST: PETS”.
  • The photo you send must have been taken with and edited on a Windows Phone. Please attach the original JPEG file to your e-mail, with metadata included. If the photo has been edited, please let us know which apps/settings you used.
  • Please name your file using your first and last name, followed by the theme of the contest (this month it’s “Pets”). So, for instance, my e-mail would include a photograph named DavidChenPets.JPG.
  • Please use the highest resolution possible when sending your photos.
  • One entry per person, please.
  • This contest runs from now until 11:59 p.m. PDT on August 31, 2012.
  • After the contest deadline, we will look over all of your entries and choose our favorites. Entries will be judged on their creativity, resourcefulness, aesthetic beauty, and just the overall impression your photo makes on us.
  • Winning entries will be posted on the blog, as well as shared on our Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest pages about two weeks after the contest has ended.
  • Read the full rules here.
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  • ilucris
    1 Posts

    You want people to hand over their photos for FREE, you can then do whatever you wish with the pictures and as a reward you might publish the pictures on the blog.

    How is this a contest?

    You are using the people to advertise your blog and grow awareness on the OS. Totally normal.


    Here's an idea:

    How about fixing the FaceBook app so that it does not scale the picture to VGA when uploading. Or at least improve the scaling algorithm.

  • This is the best, most important, article yet! This point is "the" point! Please read this!!!

  • @Rodney - that's awesome!!  You just gotta pay attention!  Call it an obsessive tick or whatever, but anybody I pass, work with, meet... my eyes go right to their phone!  (Well, ya know... in MOST cases... SOMETIMES the phone might come in second...) =)

  • Arrgh... Day is boring..  I really could use some WP 8 news.  This waiting two months between meaningful WP 8 annoucements is getting old.  I need to be able to day dream on what Nokia WP phone will be my next purchase.

  • Hey Mike B.

    This guy that I've been hanging around for the past three months turned out having a WP.. I just found this out,, I guess I never payed his phone any attention. Lol.. It was funny when I finally saw it laying on a table. I was like "who's phone is this??""" lol....

  • Rodney E. Jones:  Your Spicemaster!!  :)

  • FYI!!!!! The WP marketplace now has over 110,000 apps to date. Just wanted to add some spice to your Wednesday...

  • Prize is a nice and all, but something material would be nice too :)

  • jjbowles
    43 Posts

    Here are some future WP photo contest entries.

  • @jjbowles We've already gotten tons of fantastic entries! There will definitely be more than one winner and we'll present the winners in a subsequent blog post.

  • jjbowles
    43 Posts

    I want to see more than just one winner.  I would like to see a gallery of the honorable mentions.

  • I hope that with WP8 we can edit, and view, the properties of files right on our devices. I think its kind of weird that with WP7.5 we cant even see the size of a file from the device. Am I missing something??

  • Well, it does say "highest resolution possible."  :)

  • jjbowles
    43 Posts

    Grrrrr..  Auto uploading from WP to Skydrive shrinks the crud out of photos.  My "original" is very small now.  I submitted it anyway.

  • So is there a way to rename the jpg file on the phone??  I've always had to do that on the PC after syncing...  It would be nice to shoot, edit, and submit all on the phone!

  • Drew
    19 Posts

    Give me a Win Phone and I'll enter the contest! :)

  • Is that all.. Go on MS.. sweeten the deal a bit more..

  • tribexx
    8 Posts

    Too bad this is not open to Verizon customers....just kidding.

    Verizon get some more phones with REAL cameras!!!!!!