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PhotoScamble.com Partners with Grand Valley State University for Photo Contest

Munising Ice Festival
Grand Valley State University Student climbing high at Munising Ice Festival

www.photoscramble.com – an established online photo contest platform has partnered with Grand Valley State University Geology Department to share student’s photos of geologic topics.

Traverse City, Mich. (PRWEB) February 05, 2013

www.photoscramble.com, an established online photo contest platform has released new features including the ability to allow a host to limit contest participants to an exclusive list.  The photos are open to the public view, however entry and voting is restricted to students and administrators.  The restriction is achieved by importing an exclusive RSVP list of emails into the system.  The process can be achieved in a matter of minutes, while automatically sending an email invite to selected participants.

This year’s photo contest for Grand Valley State University has seven different categories capturing different aspects of geology and what geologists do. “The purpose of the contest is to give students and faculty in the geology department an opportunity to share their favorite and outstanding photographs in a friendly, yet competitive environment. The seven categories include ones devoted to physical features and human interactions.”(Dr. Peter Wampler Associate Professor, Department of Geology Grand Valley State University)

This year’s photo contest categories are:

  • Geologist at Play – Pictures of geology students/faculty taking a break from work, relaxing, entertaining, and having fun.
  • Geologist at Work – Pictures of geology students/faculty conducting research or investigations in the lab or field, i.e. collecting data, taking measurements, or lecturing.
  • Midwest Geology – Landscapes, geologic features, or geologic activities within the Midwest region of the U.S. (Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin etc).
  • Geologic Processes – Pictures that highlight a geologic process or a feature resulting from a geologic process such as rock outcrops, faulting/folding, weathering/erosion, sediments, deposition, or volcanism.
  • Abstract Images – The patterns of geology at any scale from photomicrographs to satellite images, including landscapes pictures and aesthetic images.
  • Most Educational – Images and accompanying interpretive descriptions that tell a geologic story or elucidate a geologic process.
  • Best Field Trip Photo – Engaging and scenic images of people or places taken during a geology field trip.

www.photoscramble.com provides the tools for a banner image and up to 12 direct sponsor ad spaces within the contest.  Sponsor ads are flexible enough to be used at the host’s discretion, allowing them to be free or sold at a fixed rate and on a CPM or CPC basis.  Grand Valley State University felt so strongly about three GVSU web sites: Sustainable Safe Water for Haiti, Empowering Haiti through Education and their own Storm Water Initiative that they decided to offer these sponsors ad space for free.  At the conclusion of each contest, a full traffic report is available to view sponsor impressions and clicks. This report is extremely useful, showing value to current and future sponsors.

Grand Valley State University isn’t the only organization that has a need to limit photo contests participants to an exclusive list.  Several large and small companies host annual employee photo contests each year.  Employee photo contests with participant limitations can restrict voting or  allow voting to be open to the public. PhotoScramble has developed a platform flexible enough to accommodate participant limitations in a variety of ways meeting the needs of the contest creators.


PhotoScramble and their sister companies are global SaaS providers for over 10 years that have created an online platform to create, enter and vote in photo contests.  Based in Traverse City, MI, PhotoScramble has developed tools necessary for companies and organizations of all sizes to host photo contests as a fun way to share photos, compete, promote, brand, and fundraise.

Source: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/2/prweb10370425.htm

A List of Active PhotoScramble Photo Contests

For those of you reading the blog, we want to throw out the occasional list of active photo contests so that you can “scramble” around on the site and participate in them.  The team at PhotoScramble is excited to unveil some amazing enhancements and new versions of the software in 2011 that will be sure to delight hosts and contestants alike.  Thanks to all for showing off your photography on PhotoScramble.  Be sure also to share the site with friends and colleagues that may be interested in hosting!

Here is a list of 8 photo contests that are currently active on the site.  There are more popping up weekly so be sure to check back often!

1)  Kids Best Halloween Costume – Contest Description: Traverse Dental Associates, P.C., is celebrating KIDS! Submit your favorite kids halloween costume photo and you could win! Winners will receive a Sonicare KIDS electric toothbrush to help them ward off cavities after all those Halloween treats!

2)  Movember Moustache Photo Contest – Show us your Stache sir! In support of Movember we are holding a stache contest. Movember was sparked in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia. The plan was simple – to bring the moustache back as a bit of a joke and do something for men’s health. In 2009, global participation of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas climbed to 255,755, with over one million donors raising $42 Million US equivalent dollars for Movember’s global beneficiary partners. The funds raised through Movember’s US campaign benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation.The general idea is to start on the first day of November and grow a stache for the whole month – for this contest, we’re allowing past, present, or future staches. We’re a bit late, but still want to support it

  • Contest Prizes:  1st Place prize: a uni-sex Handlebar Hold Up Hoodie.   2nd Place prize: We will donate $25 in your name to Movember for their benficiary causes.

3)  You don’t need tobacco to play do you? – Nature has given us a life which we can live naturally..Do we need artificial substances to make it enjoyable..this contest is all about celebrating life and its joys through nature and being smoke and tobacco free. suggest pictures to spread our healthy life message.

  • Contest Prizes:  Ayushmantra Cause badge, certificate

4)  Most Beautiful Places of the World – Hieroglifs Translations is hosting a contest ”Most beautiful places of the world”. Hieroglifs Translations is a translation company providing a full range of translation services to companies worldwide. In addition to supporting over 150 languages in various combinations and expertise in translating documents focused on medical, legal, financial, political, business, EU, marketing, and tourism, Hieroglifs Translations takes great care to ensure quality. Feel free to visit our site www.hieroglifstranslations.ro or contact us through e-mail service@hieroglifstranslations.ro Send us the pictures of the places which you consider to be the most beautiful place of the world for a chance to win the great prizes listed below. Remember, winners are chosen by highest vote count, so SHARE this with your personal social networks to get those votes!

  • Contest Prizes:  Hieroglifs Translations offers a prize – 20% discount to translations in any language offered by Hieroglifs Translations for 25000 words as well translation free of charge for additional 1000 words to/from any EU language.

5)  MorePhotos Holiday Weddings Photo Contest –  What is more beautiful than a Holiday wedding! Snow, tinsel, or is it Hawaiian shirts and flip flops? Show us a wedding you have photographed in the months of November, December, or January showcasing your BEST holiday wedding photos. With MorePhotos.com you can kick your photography career into full gear and start selling your photography online! You win by the highest number of VOTES received, so make sure you share the contest on your Facebook My Space, and any other social media networks, a great way to show case your entry!

  • Contest Prizes:  WIN a free software setup ($200 value) with MorePhotos.Com!

6)  MorePhotos Customer Loyalty Holiday Celebrations Photo Contest – Thanks for being loyal to MorePhotos! Now, MorePhotos wants to celebrate you! Enter the “Holiday Celebrations Photo Contest” with the Holiday’s approaching we are looking for the best celebration photos. This could be your kids opening gifts, your dog romping through the first snow, decorating the tree, family parties, or friends gathering. So, join the fun! Someone always has a camera, show us how you celebrate the season! You could Win a $49 credit off your MorePhotos.com hosting bill & have Photographers Bragging Rights! !

  • Contest Prizes:  To show you our customer appreciation for your loyalty we are offering: • First Place: $49 credit off your MorePhotos.com hosting bill . • Second Place: 20 minute SEO consultation with our SEO Expert • Third Place: 20 minute Social Media Consultation with our Social Media Expert

7)  DollarDays.com Community Pride – Its time to show your community pride! Upload your best photos showing your non-profit team in action. We would like to see all of your events showing the products you bought from Dollardays.com being put to use in your efforts to assist your cause. Be creative and use your best camera shots for entries. Be sure to read the complete contest rules for further details.

  • Contest Prizes:  Grand Prize = $1,000 shopping spree on Dollardays.com 1st Prize = $500 shopping spree on Dollardays.com

8)  AMDS  Outdoor Adventure Photo Contest -Alaska Mining and Diving is hosting the best ever Outdoor Winter Adventure Photo Contest! Alaska Mining and Diving Supply is Alaska’s leader in outdoor recreation. As North America’s largest Ski-Doo Snowmobile dealer it only makes sense that we should host the largest photo contest of its kind! So send us your best photos showcasing your Alaskan outdoor winter adventures for your chance to win one of the great prizes listed below. Remember winners are chosen by the most votes so be sure to share with all of your friends and social networks to get the most votes!

  • Contest Prizes:  One grand prize winner will be awarded $1000 cash/and a $500 AMDS shopping spree, and year supply of Red Bull. Grand prize winner will have his/her photo displayed on the rear door of our AMDS Race trailer for our spring show tour (March 31st – June 1st 2011). The winning photo will also be displayed as our photo badge on our AMDS Facebook page as well as posted at akmining.com.


Photo Contest = 568% increase in traffic

Photo Contests for Big Business are effective.  Most of those contests are receiving 1000’s of photos, with 100,000’s of  votes.  That’s a lot of customer  interaction for a relatively low investment of a photo contest.

However, my company, “Traverse City Video” isn’t exactly big business.  We shoot about 8-10 weddings per summer and have been averaging 50 visitors per month to our site.  Because photo contests through “PhotoScramble” are currently free, I purchased a $50 gift certificate to a local party store (for the prize)  and created a contest.  I was blown away by the 568% increase in traffic over the last month.  Granted, I wasn’t getting thousands of hits to start with, but 568% is impressive non the less.

Photo Contest with PhotoScramble= 5 times more traffic to my site!

What can you do?

  1. Find a local organization saturated with your target market. (boating club, sports league, playhouse, etc)
  2. Offer a prize that is valuable to them, and inexpensive as possible for you
  3. Create a photo contest on www.PhotoScramble.com, which is free through August.  The theme should be fun and engaging, with photo requirements that are easy.
  4. Push the contest however you can: facebook, newsletter, invoices, etc.
  5. Watch the traffic increase to your site.  For me, a $50 gift certificate meant 5 times more traffic for that month.

Zack Wessels, Traverse City Video