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Photo Contest Assignment Submissions Being Accepted

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Photo Assignment Contest

Photo Assignment Contest

Do you like photography?  Try joining a photo assignment contest to help you create new and exciting images.  I like to join different photo contests because it allows me yo have a mission each month.  A stock photography website announced their latest assignment and is giving away money for the top three photos.  You might win the $300 top cash prize.  It is FREE to sign up and submit your photos! They are looking for pictures that depict mass tourism.  They are not looking for pictures of merely landmarks.  The purpose of the assignment is to photograph people’s reactions in tourist destinations.  Last month I had a photo that was accepted for the month of April.  The image took 7th place out of 131 images.  I did not receive the cash prize but my image has sold since the contest ended!  For a full description of the photography assignment click here.  

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Motorcycle Rally Stock Photography Sturgis, South Dakota

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Sturgis South Dakota Motorcycle Rally Stock Photography

Motorcycle Rally Stock Photography Sturgis, South Dakota

We spent a day taking stock photography of the city of Sturgis which is located on the western portion of the State of South Dakota. The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame and Gift Shop showcases vintage motorbikes, plus memorabilia and photographs of the longest running motorcycle rally in history.  Every year during the first week of August over 500,000 motorcycle riders visit the town of 6,627 people. As you walk through the town you soon realize that Sturgis is the motorcycle capital of the United States.  Every shop on the Main Street is a tribute to the motorcycle industry.

Stock Photo Joe Petrali Motorcycle Statue Sturgis South Dakota

Joe Petrali Motorcycle Statue located in Sturgis, South Dakota

This is a statue of Joe Petrali located in Sturgis, South Dakota. The statue can be viewed on Main Street in Sturgis. He was a champion hill climber and dirt bike racer who had a long career as a successful motorcycle racer. The sculpture is taken from a famous photograph on a specially built Harley Davidson motorcycle where he broke the one mile speed record of 136.183 MPH at Daytona in 1937.

Welcome to Sturgis, South Dakota Legendary City of Riders

Details: Sturgis, South Dakota Motorcycle Stock Photos

These photos were taken using a Canon EOS 7D.

Sturgis, South Dakota Motorcycle Stock Photography Usage

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Sturgis South Dakota Motorcycle Rally

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Great Sand Dunes National Park Colorado Stock Photos

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Great Sand Dunes National Park Colorado

Great Sand Dunes National Park Colorado Stock Photos

We are traveling this spring around the Southwest and then heading north back to our home in Minnesota. This week, we are traveling with our 21 year old son. One of the sights he has been wanting to see, is the Great Sand Dunes National Park.  These are the tallest sand dunes in the United States of America. They lie just on the end of the Rocky Mountains in the Central part of Colorado. He wanted to climb the dunes so we all agreed if would be a worthwhile adventure and a great opportunity for some outstanding photography.

The area has tons of texture and variety. It begins with a little sand, followed by a small river which you must cross and finally the amazing sand dunes with the beautiful backdrop of the snow covered mountains. We had sand in everyplace possible when we finished our hike, journey and photo shoot. The stop was definitely worthwhile and highly recommended.

Others visitors were there to sand board, ski and slide down the dunes while others enjoyed it for its relaxation and meditation. Several school buses where there and I assume it was a year end science or geology field trip.

Sand Dunes Stock Photos

Great Sand Dunes National Park Colorado Stock Photos

The photos above are a few photos I took while at the National Park.  The top photo shows the large expanse of the dunes and shows people walking across the sand.  The two pictures of people are my son and wife in the sand dunes.  The middle picture shows a view of the sand dunes set against the snow capped mountains.

Details: Great Sand Dunes Stock Photos

These photos were taken using a Canon EOS 7D.

Great Sand Dunes Stock Photography Usage

These photos can be used to showcase products or articles about the sandy desert.  I think thirst or drink related products might do well adding their brand in the open space next to each model.  The photos also might represent thought, contemplation, stress free, and relaxing. Check out our portfolio.

Stock Photography Sand Dunes

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Cinco de Mayo Beer Bottle Running from Monument Valley

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Monument Valley, Utah Run Beer Bottle Run!

Cinco de Mayo Beer Bottle Running from Monument Valley

We spent some time driving through Utah.  As we were driving toward Monument Valley we saw the stretch of highway where a portion of the movie, Forrest Gump was filmed.  This is the iconic spot where Forrest Gump decided to stop running.  We decided to get out and snap a few photos of the area.  After I took the photo, my wife suggested that we add our Cinco de Mayo beer bottle image into the photo.  We laughed as we developed this theme and said several times, “Run Beer Bottle, Run!”

We also decided to add the beer bottle to other iconic American destinations.  Just like Forrest Gump our beer bottle has done a lot of running.  Our bottle has been at Mexican Hat, Utah, Lone Rock at Lake Powell, Joshua Tree, and also posed in front of the Welcome to New Mexico sign.  We plan on adding it to other exciting destinations in the future.  If you need our beer bottle guy taken at an interesting location please send us a request.  We will make sure he runs in your direction.  Here is our first article featuring our beer bottle.

Cinco de Mayo Sombrero Poncho Guy

Cinco de Mayo Beer Bottle Running Photo Details

This photo was taken using a Canon EOS 7D.  The camera was set on AV, ISO 124 and F4.5.

Cinco de Mayo Beer Bottle Running Ideas for Use

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Cinco de Mayo beer bottle Forrest Gump run

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Stock Photography Assignment Contest Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Stock photography contest between a “rock and a hard place.”

We list many of our photographs for sale on Dreamstime.  It is a stock photography website.  During the month of April Dreamstime announced a new assignment for photographers.   It is called “Between a Rock and a Hard Place.”  It is a photography contest where you can submit your photos depicting, “difficult situations, tough choices, dilemmas, we’ve all been there at some point in our lives.”  This is the first photo contest we decided to participate in.  I think it is a good idea to participate in these types of contests.  There are three prizes.  First place $300, second place $200, and third place $100.  Sign up now!

Reasons to participate in a stock photography contest

  1. It forces you to look around to find the perfect shot based on the criteria.
  2. It makes you look at the work of other photographers to inspire your creativity.
  3. You might win the prize.  Many times it is money.
  4. You get to feature your photos. Other people will start looking at your portfolio.
  5. If you win, your work gets featured and it will get shared online.  Publicity!

Our stock photography photo shoot for this assignment

We travel in our motor home.  After we read about this assignment we spent several hours bouncing ideas back and forth about how to capture the perfect images to submit for this contest.  The idea did not come to up immediately.  However, the idea did appear to us as we rounded a corner of the highway in Utah.  We looked to our right and saw an incredible backdrop for a photo shoot.  There were cliffs that had pockets of holes scattered throughout them.  I kept looking at the holes and what we could use them for in a photo shoot.  After submitting 7 other photos they accepted this one for the assignment.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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