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Jan 21

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Over $1,000 In Prizes!

Our friends at Lowepro, Lensbaby, SLR Lounge, and Lens Rentals have teamed up to bring the contest winner some seriously amazing prizes. One (1) grand prize winner will receive:

There will be three runners up, each of which will be awarded a $100 gift card to Phlearn!

Incredible Guest Judges

Dean Bradshaw, Miss Aniela, and Brooke Shaden will be judging entries in addition to Aaron. Dean Bradshaw is a commercial photographer based out of Los Angeles. Miss Anelia specializes in fine art photography and has been recognized by multiple publications for her work. Brooke Shaden is a conceptual photographer from Los Angeles. We’re honored to have such amazing people and photographers be a part of this.

Brook Shaden

Brooke Shaden

Brooke Shaden is a fine art photographer living and working in the Los Angeles area. Her passion lies in creating new worlds through photographs. Her vision extends beyond the realm of the camera, creating images that resemble paintings and speak of an era that is not our own. Each image is a story.

Dean Bradshaw

Dean Bradshaw

Dean is a commercial advertising photographer and image maker based in Los Angeles by way of Australia.
He deals in conceptual, high-impact imagery.
He has a background in retouching and compositing, skill-sets which he now leverages to create images that would be impossible to make happen otherwise.

Miss Aniela

Miss Aniela

Miss Aniela is a British fine-art photographer and author of two photography books. Her self-portraiture has been exhibited widely and she now works on both fine-art and commercial imagery with a specialisation for boldness and surrealism. She has also self-branded the production event, the ‘Fashion Shoot Experience’ in the UK and US.

Contest Details

Because this contest is so big, it will be open for two weeks instead of the usual one week. The theme for this contest is: Anything but smiling. We want to see your best image without anyone smiling. The reason we chose this theme is to push the boundaries of what you can do with a photo when you are forced to do the opposite of what many people consider part of taking a photo. This doesn’t mean your image has to be sad in any way, we would love to see some positive emotion. Just no smiling. :)

  • Contest Begins 1/21/2013
  • Submissions due by 2/3/2013 Midnight CST.
  • Judging will be done via panel of guest judges and Phlearn
  • Submit your images in a comment below
  • Contest theme: Anything but smiling
  • By submitting images, you give Phlearn LLC the right to digitally alter your image and display on, and use your image and any resulting derivatives to promote We reserve the right to change the rules whenever we want.

Last Week’s Contest Winners

Congratulations to Brandi, Ferd Issac, Francis Beaulieu, Georgia Wiggs, Chris Forte, and Michael for winning last week’s blank background contest! Email us to choose your free Phlearn PRO.

Brandi Arndt
Chris Forte
Ferd Isaac
Francis Beaulieu
Georgia Wiggs
  • Sara Jensen

    Smart daughter. =)

  • Simon Walther

    That’s really good! I love it!

  • Juan Sebastian Bedoya

    Here is my photography

  • Juan Sebastian Bedoya

    here is my photo. it was taken using just a pole light.

  • Bert McLendon

    hahahaha I love this image. Nice job!

  • Rokesh Lal Shrestha

    trying for watercolor effects

  • Rokesh Lal Shrestha

    trying for watercolor effects :) Thanks Aaron for the brushes :)

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  • LEvi Eugeniu

    born to smile

  • LEvi Eugeniu
  • Jana Stormanns

    aw thank you so much :)

  • Jimmy Granger

    Although nobody is smiling here, this pic makes me smile!! tried to keep the holiday theme without going overboard and, well, here it is :) Any constructive critism would be more than welcomed! thanks,

  • Zeke Buck

    Cat People

  • Zeke Buck

    Cat People:
    Photography: Zeke Buck Photography
    Models: Katharine Fravert
    Hair & Makeup: Raina Trimble
    Lighting: Joey Goldsmith
    Styling: Katharine Fravert, Zeke Buck

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