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“Be authentic” – new way to express photography without enhancements

The photo above won 3rd place and $50 + $10 in a recent country challenge, and @dmd3610 took it only with a smartphone.

Usually, we reward photos with the highest quality and almost no restrictions, giving professionals a bit of an advantage.

With the new type of missions – “Be authentic” – we want to invite you to a different competition, and we hope that it will give more of you higher chances of winning.

❌ No pro lenses.
 No studio and staged shots.
❌ No advanced digital corrections.
❌ No pro lightning and blends.
❌ No pro models, pro makeup, or pro styling.

If you want to win the Be authentic missions, you need to upload only natural-looking photos from a camera you usually have on you (for example, from a smartphone).

It doesn’t mean that photos can be of poor quality. We are still looking for pictures with proper sharpness, lighting, and natural colors to enter.

The most creative, natural-looking photos showing every mission’s theme in the best way can win. Consider this a challenge to take great photos without any props or help.

What do you think about “Be authentic” missions? Do you like this idea or not? Do you have any questions? Please share your honest feedback in the comments below.

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    An amazing idea! There should be a competition like this every week. Us little guys and gals deserve a shot. Please consider doing these more often. Thanks!

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    Sounds great, but, i usually have my dslr with me with the kit lens, photo entries in this case are eligible?
    Or must they be taken with a phone camera?
    Thank you for the clarification!

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      Hi alterverse! This whole Be authentic idea is something new and thanks to your feedback we will shape it. The most important is that these photos should look natural, like nice photos made by someone with a sense of aesthetics rather than a professional photography agency, and without professional equipment. You can use your DSLR camera, we do not plan to check exifs. Just try to make it simple, think about composition, and make it technically correct, do not spend time on enhancements. Good luck!

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    It’s a great idea because it helps me believe that I have a chance to put that wining shot out there.

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    I love this idea!! I think this is a great way to highlight talent within the community that might otherwise go unnoticed. Can’t wait to take my shot ~pun intended~ and try to win this mission!

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    Great And Fair Idea , Thank You for Be More Easy with Non Professional, Quality and Topic are The Goal That’s for Sure

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    Nice and Fair decision, Thank You for Validate Non Professional Foapers ,
    Quality and Topic are Important, I’ll Keep Working in That
    I did double comment , I made a mistake in the previous one

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    Hi, thanks for posting this kind of mission. I don’t have a camera and I always take shots with my smartphone. So I request you to post these kinds of missions often so that it would be useful for people like me who have only smartphones.

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    As I was thinking about this type of competition so, I am happy now to see this subject. I think we have more chances to win this competition. Thanks a lot for your decision.

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