What’s better than a sack full of candy? A sack full of money!

Halloween is our favorite holiday. Really! We get dressed up. We go trick-or-treating. (Or at least take the kiddos out.) We decorate and eat candy without regard for teeth or waistline—Carpe Halloweenem! So we’re all dying to know…are you on this level too? Do you dress up? Spread fake cobwebs all over your house? Create elaborate yard displays designed for the sole purpose of terrifying the neighborhood kids? Whatever you do, we want to see it. Just snap a picture, send it to us, and you could win some seriously awesome prizes.


Since we can’t imagine celebrating Halloween only halfway, we’re putting our money where our candy bowl is. Right now through the 31st, you can enter to win up to $3,000 cash plus tons of other great prizes including SmugMug swag bags with our coveted hoodie, a free year of Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography, $50 Mixbook credit for any of their print materials, or one of two large Xposer wall prints from Bay Photo.

To enter, all you have to do is upload your favorite Halloween images to a public gallery on your SmugMug account. Tag each photo with the keyword “Smugoween,” and our panel of experts will judge the entries and choose four winners for our awesome prize packages. You can enter as many photos as you want! We’ll be adding all entries here throughout the contest, but don’t worry if you don’t see yours immediately—they can take a while to add to the keyword page.

For official rules or more information on how to enter your photos, visit our contest page. We can’t wait to see how you make Halloween a total scream!

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!