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Photo Contest

Brandon Flanery

Written by Brandon Flanery

Written by Adam Evers

September 18, 2019

Photo Contest

Calling all photographers! And yes we mean all! We don't care that you mainly take photos on your severely outdated flip phone or if you have gear for days. We want you! More than that, we need you! And here's why:

In the course of building believr, we scoured the interwebs, looking for LGBTQ photos to utilize on our site, app, and social media accounts. What we found was heartbreaking—there really aren't a lot of high quality images out there showcasing our love. The LGBTQ community is underwhelmingly represented in this world.

We. Want. To. Change. That.

But we need your help.

Over the course of September, we are calling anyone who has a camera (and a decent eye) to get out there and saturate the internet with LGBTQ images. Well, not the whole internet. Specifically Unsplash. Unsplash the internet’s source of freely useable images. We wanted to utilize their unique platform so that creatives everywhere can use your amazing photos, continuing to proliferate LGBTQ images everywhere. Cool, huh?

Everyone who adds at least one photo will get one month free of spectrum: believr's limitless-feature experience.

Then, throughout the month of October, leading up to National Coming Out Day (October 11th), we'll be showcasing all of your photos. Then, the top three winners will get cash prizes.

3rd place: $100

2nd place: $200

1st place: $300

And the top 10 people will get some SWAG.

Here's how to enter:

  1. Own the rights to the photo you submit. Please make sure you have consent and a signed photo release form from everyone you're photographing. Here is a fairly standard Model Release form if you're looking for one.
  1. Create an Unsplash account, if you don't have one already.
  2. Upload images (To be clear here, we're looking for anything that positively represents LGBTQ+ people. This could be a person holding a pride flag, a cute couple kissing, partners holding hands... You get the idea. We want images with a sense of warmth and belonging, that are safe for all ages to see.)
  3. Add the tags: believr, lgbtq, and any others that are relevant to the image (gay, lesbian, trans, queen, non-binary, etc) the important one is believr - to be entered to win you must have tagged believr.
  4. Get friends and family to view your Unsplash photos

The account with the most amount of likes by October 1st wins the $300!!! WHOOT!!! Now get out there and take some pictures! Tell your photographer friends! Gather models! We've got this! Let's change the amount of freely useable LGBTQ images on the internet. We can do this!

Legal note - make sure you have consent and a signed model / photo release from everyone you're photographing and by entering this contest you promise not to sue us!

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