Winners of our Perfect Pairs Photo Contest with Bay Photo Lab
Why a contest?
We teamed up with the good folks at Bay Photo Lab this fall to kick off a contest asking photographers to submit photos representing the theme of a perfect pair — two things that go splendidly together. SmugMug and Bay Photo are like peanut butter and jelly, ying and yang, aperture and ISO. We love Bay’s hand color correction and their crazy-in-a-good-way devotion to making the best dang prints out there. They love our seamless integration, fanatical devotion to making sure your photos look the best in our galleries and prints, and 100% guaranteed customer service. We guess you can say we’re the perfect pair for picky pros whose reputations depend on us.
Photographers from all over heard our call and submitted almost 2000 shots. The time has come to announce who the winners are, and we couldn’t be more tickled to have another reason to shout to the world how much we heart Bay Photo Lab and the awesome customers we get to work with on a daily basis. Winners of the Perfect Pairs Photo Contest were picked by a group of Judges from Bay Photo Lab and SmugMug based on their editorial discretion and your votes.
Here’s what we decided.
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
“Steam Runners” by Ric Cederholm of Waunakee, WI
We love this photo because it’s two friends having the time of their lives. The shot captures a playful and fun moment that makes us long for the days we could run with our hands in the air, hollering with joy (sure, we can do it as grown ups too, but it’s definitely cuter when kids do it). What’s better than running in the sun with the mist in your face? Maybe unwrapping your first MetalPrint. Maybe.
Ric, if you’re watching, you get:
- 5 free years of SmugMug Pro ($750 value, not including bragging rights)
- $500 Print Credit to world class Bay Photo Lab
- Photo credit in major national and tradeshow advertising, including WPPI
FIRST RUNNER UP
“Coordination” by Marc Benjamin of Fairfield, CA
This shot shows the power, elegance, and artistry that can be created when two powerhouses come together. The striking contrast stopped us in our tracks, and the poetry of these dancers forms entwined in the air sealed the deal for us.
- 4 free years of SmugMug Pro ($600 value)
- $300 Print Credit to Bay Photo Lab
SECOND RUNNER UP
“Relationship Stability” by Jesse Rather of Arcata, CA
Talk about a photo that makes you look twice. Managing a business and serving your customers is a fine balance of impeccable quality, dedication and fun, and we thought this photo channeled that feeling well. To top it off, the quirkiness, beauty, and humor made us smile. Thanks, Jesse!
- 2 free years of SmugMug Pro ($300 value)
- $200 Print Credit to Bay Photo Lab
THIRD RUNNER UP
“The Polar Pair” by JP Diroll of Pittsburgh, PA
A bit surreal, a bit Planet Earth. It’s hard enough to resist such childlike interplay in the animal world, but drop the fuzzies into a sun-streaked pool of the deepest blue and you have double the win.
- 1 Free year of SmugMug Pro ($150)
- $100 Print Credit to world class printer Bay Photo Lab
FOURTH RUNNER UP
“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Rachelle Elliott of Wymore, NE
Rub-a-dub-dub, two cuties in a tub. Parents, watch out: They’re already winning hearts!
- 1 Free year of SmugMug Pro ($150)
- $50 Print Credit to world class printer Bay Photo Lab
Thanks. We Mean It.
We we really blown away by the enthusiastic response to this contest and totally felt the love. Thanks again to everyone who entered their photos and shared their vision of “The Perfect Pair!”