FACEOFF! SmugMug Portrait Contest: Win a Portfolio Review with Clay Cook!

Feeling pretty smug about some of the mugs you’ve shot? Well, we want to see what your portrait photography is made of! SmugMug and Clay Cook are excited to announce a portrait photography contest, with the winner taking home a one-on-one portfolio review (via Skype) with Clay Cook, a free SmugMug Business account (one year), and plenty of SmugMug swag!

Clay Cook

Photographer Clay Cook

Clay has a sharp portrait, fashion, and editorial eye, and experience with many premiere talent agencies such as NEXT Model Management, AMAX Talent, and BMG Model. His work has been featured in USA Today, ESPN, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Modern Salon, American Salon and many, many more. He also is a contributor to FStoppers and shares behind-the-scenes of his shoots on his YouTube channel.

Model: Karah Leigh Cannon Hair: Micah Severo Ruelas Makeup: Micah Severo Ruelas © Clay Cook | Photography LLC 2012

Photo by Clay Cook


Photo by Clay Cook

To enter, all you have to do is upload your best (or favorite) portrait shot to this SmugMug gallery. All entries must be received by September 30, 2016, 11:59 pm PST. The winner, chosen by Clay himself, will be notified and announced on (or before) October 10th, 2016.

A few important details to note:

  1. You can only enter once. So choose wisely!
  2. Be sure your file is named as your email. For example: johnsmith@smugmug.com.jpeg (We need this to contact you if you win!)
  3. The one-on-one Skype portfolio review with Clay Cook will be scheduled on a day and time that works for both parties, so no need to worry about missing out on that super-sweet prize!

Good luck!

Good Luck!

Fetch those fido photos!

Get ready to jump up and down with excitement  SmugMug is happy to announce that we are sponsors of The Kennel Club’s Dog Photographer of the Year Competition!

The Kennel Club logo

The competition is organized by The Kennel Club, the oldest recognized canine organization of its kind in the world, and the UK’s largest organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the health and welfare of all dogs. Besides being a voluntary register for pedigree dogs and crossbreed dogs, they offer dog owners and those working with dogs an unparalleled source of education, experience, and advice on puppy buying, dog health, dog training, and dog breeding. The Kennel Club has quite the distinguished pedigree, so we jumped at the chance to partner with this historic canine organization.

The Dog Photographer of the Year Competition is free to enter and open to both professional and amateur photographers worldwide. There are eight categories for entry:

  • Dogs at Play
  • Dogs at Work
  • Portrait
  • Puppies
  • Oldies
  • Assistance Dogs and Dog Charities
  • Man’s Best Friend
  • I Love Dogs Because… (Open only to those under the age of 18.)

Andy Biggar photo

Photo Courtesy of SmugMug Customer Andy Biggar

In addition to sponsoring the competition, we are pleased to announce our very own Alastair Jolly, European Business Manager, will be part of the distinguished judges panel. Alastair, a 20+ year photography industry professional, has a passion for both photography and dogs and is incredibly excited to be participating.

Now for the good stuff: prizes! The Overall Winner and First Place category winners will receive a one year SmugMug Business account! Second and Third place in each category will receive a one year SmugMug Portfolio account.  That’s a lot of SmugMug action up for grabs! All winners, including second and third runner-up will have their photos displayed in the Kennel Club Art Gallery in Mayfair, London. Now that’s something to bark about! Be sure to check out the complete list of prizes.

In addition, The Kennel Club has partnered with acclaimed dog photographer, and SmugMug customer, Andy Biggar to offer a two-day course for the Grand Prize winner! Andy is a previous Dog Photographer of the Year winner and credits his win as a key factor to his success. His win gave him the confidence to change his career and become a professional dog photographer. Now he is one of the world’s most in-demand dog photographers! We are always thrilled to see achievements from our wonderful customers and are excited to see him share his knowledge with the next crop of up-and-coming dog photographers.

If all this has you wagging your tail with excitement, act fast! The deadline to enter is March 30th. The Kennel Club and judges can’t wait to see all of your submissions and we look forward to seeing the winning photographs. Good luck!

Two More SmugMuggles Win Big in Our Refer-a-Friend Contest

Just a quick announcement to congratulate (and thank!) the summer winners of our ongoing Refer-a-Friend contest. If you’ve just tuned in, we’re celebrating all the great photo lovers in our family with a contest that runs through the end of 2o14.

In addition to getting 20% credit each time you bring someone new into the SmugMug world, each referral enters you to win a deliciously daring GoPro Hero 3+ camera, AND a chance be our guest of honor at SmugMug HQ.  Full contest details and rules are right here.

So without further ado, here’s our salute to June and July’s winners, Duke Pham and Claire Bunn. What amazing photographers we have in the mix! We’re floored.

Visit Dukegraphy Studio‘s site


Visit Claire Bunn Photography‘s site


Thanks so much for sharing us with fellow photo phreaks, and we hope that you’ll be getting out there and capturing your next adventure soon!


Refer-a-Friend: Your Friends Need You This Summer!

A few months ago we re-launched our SmugMug referral program because we wanted to make it more rewarding for devoted SmugMuggers to share the unlimited photo and video hosting.

And it’s been a blast! Since then we’ve gotten a great response from all of you who’ve shared your referral links and made the world a safer place for photos. Thank you! And if you’re still not sure why SmugMug’s good for people, here’s a few tips from our clan to yours.

5 Possible Reasons Why Your Friends Need Their (Photo) Space

Remember, SmugMug’s Refer-a-Friend program gives you a unique link for you to share with friends. When they click it and open their own SmugMug account, they get 20% off their first year and YOU earn 20% towards your next renewal.

1) They’re about to take off on an insanely dangerous road trip through the Himalayas and will need somewhere to document every flat tire, every mountain pass, and every mug of chhaang they choked down.

2) They’re a budding concert photographer and it’s high festival season. One camera, 3 days, 40 bands (and zero showers). They’re suddenly going to have hundreds, probably thousands, of high-energy pics that need a home.

3) Your city just set up a giant, public slip ‘n slide and your friend almost broke their butt… on camera, of course. They’ve got to collect all the pics and videos and share them on Facebook, STAT!

4) They’ve finally decided to start major reno on the house, and need a really easy way to keep track of before, after, and while-we-had-no-kitchen-and-kept-the-microwave-in-the-bathroom phases.

5) Their kids are off to camp, sleepovers, amusement parks, and lots of other fun shenanigans with their BFFs. Where else can your friends keep those memories clearly organized so they’ll be proper blackmail for when the kids are grown?

And… Someone Won a GoPro!

We promised goodies to happy referrers and we’re proud to announce our first winner today. Congrats to Amy Wilson! We love her serene vignettes of animals, flowers, and local landscapes and hope that you check out a fellow SmugMugger’s site, too.

If you’ve just joined us or if you didn’t see our initial announcement, we’re choosing a random name from our pool of SmugMug referrers each month to win a GoPro Hero 3 camera. It’s perfect for capturing all kinds of great memories in the moment, so take a look at our contest page for all the details on how you can win yours, plus additional info on the Grand Prize trip to SmugMug HQ next year.

Happy sharing, and keep on capturing those memories!

One of many fun times captured with GoPro. This could be you!
Photo credit: Nick W Photo


SmugMug + SnapKnot’s Camera Giveaway

Photographers are always looking to upgrade to the latest and greatest equipment, and no pro can say they’ve got too many cameras. Well, today you’re in luck! We’ve partnered with SnapKnot, a sweet website that matches engaged couples to photographers like you, to give away a brand-new Nikon D800 or a Canon 5D Mark III to one lucky random winner.

HOW TO ENTER: Simply visit their Facebook page to see more details and to get your entry in. Earn more bonus entries by sharing with your friends, too.

Hurry, because the contest ends this month. Good luck!

SmugMug’s Brand New Refer-a-Friend Program

When we started SmugMug 12 years ago, it was a labor of love created between father and son and shared by word of mouth among family, friends, and neighbors. Through the years, photo lovers have touted SmugMug’s great features through conversation and email, creating a trail of beautiful websites that bridge one family to the next.

We knew it was time to make some big changes so we could better say “Thanks!” to all of you who’ve shared SmugMug with those you love.

“What’s the new Refer-a-Friend program?”

When you refer someone to SmugMug, you’ll earn 20% of their account value and your friend gets 20% off their first year. You’re basically splitting a 40% discount two ways. Just be sure they use your unique referral code at signup.

The referral credit you earn will automagically be applied towards your next SmugMug renewal, or credited towards your next Gift of SmugMug.

You can always see how much credit you’ve earned in your Account Settings, under the Stats tab.

“What does that  mean for me?”

Your friend must use your unique referral code for you to get credit. To find yours, log in and visit your Account Settings > Stats tab to see your personalized referral details, and your credit balance. Copy the link and pass that along to your friends, or you can just grab the code itself and ask them to paste that in when they sign up for their new account.

Math example: Say your friend signs up for a full SmugMug Business account, which is normally $300/year.

  • You’ll get 20% – or $60 – of that amount put on your account to apply towards your next renewal or your next Gift of SmugMug.
  • Your friend also gets $60 off their first year at SmugMug, dropping their signup cost to only $240.

“But I don’t have any pro photographer friends!”

SmugMug is not just for full-time photographers! Photos are a part of all of our lives, no matter what type of camera you have and how often you’re taking pictures. Whether you’re a wedding pro, a business owner, a family guy, a world traveler, a writer, a student or if you just love life in any way at all, you’d probably appreciate a safe, beautiful place to keep (and archive) your photos online.

We’ve shared some beautiful examples here.

Let’s not forget that everyone on SmugMug gets 24/7 white-glove support by our team of amazing Support Heroes (who are everyday people just like you), so there’s no excuse. And whether you’re Regular Joe or a Smokin’ Hot Pro, every print order that comes from our labs is covered by our 100% money-back guarantee.

Your life is worth sharing. Take pictures of it!

“How do I know how much credit I’ve earned?”

You can check to see your referral credit balance at any time in your Account Settings, then click on the Stats tab.

Check out the full Refer-a-Friend program terms and conditions, as well as our updated help page.

To everyone who’s referred people to our family and helped us grow: Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. We literally could not have come this far without you!

You Can Win a Slice of the SmugLife

To celebrate today’s announcement, we’re giving our U.S. friends a chance to come on down and be a SmugMug VIP:

GRAND PRIZE. In December 2014, we’ll choose one lucky, random SmugMug referrer to come visit SmugMug HQ and get the full VIP treatment. (Max 100 entries per person.)

Monthly prizes. Every friend you refer to SmugMug enters you into a monthly drawing for a sexy, slow-mo capable GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition, or a $400 Amazon Gift Card. Drawings occur at the end of each month from May through November. (Max 10 entries per person.)

What does it mean to be “VIP?”

  • Airfare and 2 nights hotel accommodation in San Francisco, CA
  • A tour of our print-covered global headquarters in Mountain View, CA
  • Your favorite meal cooked by our in-house chef (touted as the best in Silicon Valley)
  • A chance to talk with the people who built the features you know and love
  • A full face-painting session where you’ll become the superhero of your dreams (like these)
  • Your portrait taken by our President and Co-founder, Baldy (and a big print to keep)
  • A helicopter tour and photowalk around San Francisco with Baldy & friends

Check out the official promotion rules for the full terms and details. We can’t wait to have you over!

* Unfortunately due to international contest rules, this contest is only open to U.S. residents.