Alien Skin Photo of the Quarter Award

A couple of months ago, we announced the Flickr Photo of the Month competition and it’s been really great to see you guys sharing more and more of your amazing work with us. In fact, the standard of work on show is so good that we wanted to raise the stakes and offer a really cool prize for the image we deem the very best of the quarter.

So how does it work and what do you need to do?

Well, we’re simple folk and we like to keep things uncomplicated around here, so all you have to do is submit your best photos to our Alien Skin Software group on Flickr. Once a month, we will continue to choose a Photo of the Month, which will win a pretty cool Alien Skin t-shirt and some other goodies we have lying around the office. Then, at the beginning of the next quarter, we will go back through all the submissions of the previous three months and choose our favourite image. The winning photographer will then get the chance to choose between a Canon or Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 or an 85mm f/1.2/1.4 as their prize. Not bad, eh?

As these are some pretty major prizes, I’d like to lay out the following rules:

  1. There is no limit to the number of images you can add to the group, but please do just share the very best photos in your portfolio. If we’re scrolling through pages of repetitive or poorly executed images by the same photographer, the chances of your very best photo slipping through the cracks are going to be high. If we see people spamming the group trying to game the system, we may need to step in and revisit this, so help us keep the submissions open by keeping the quality high. As photographers we need to make sure we’re only presenting our best work, so remember the famous phrase: “You’re only as good as your worst photo!”
  2. Like all art, opinion on the merits, or lack thereof, of someone’s photographic work is a subjective matter, so you need to know that the qualities we will be looking for will be based on the standard areas we strive to perfect as photographers: composition, lighting, toning, posing, conveying of emotion, defining moments, etc. Basically, we want to see good photos!
  3. The use of Alien Skin Software tools such as Exposure, Bokeh or Snap Art in the post-production process is required, but we will be giving extra points to photographs that use the toolset to enhance versus overpower the photo. For example, taking a photo of a modern Ferrari and applying one of Exposure’s wet plate effects will probably not impress us too much; but using that same effect with an image of a model dressed in antique garb might be just what it needs to take it from good to great. In other words, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should; let the photo dictate the effect rather than vice-versa.
  4. Photos submitted using a trial version of Alien Skin products are valid for this competition. If you don’t own any of our products, you can download a free trial here to see what you’re missing.
  5. The judges’ decisions are final. We won’t be getting into any dialogue with anyone about the quality of their images.
  6. Closing dates for each quarter are March 31st, June 30th, September 30th and December 31st.

So that’s it as far as rules go. Any questions can be left in the comments section below.

Best of luck everyone! Let the games commence!!

24-70 f/2.8 prizes


Product photos courtesy of the good people at The Digital Picture.

About Joe

Joe Payne is a Raleigh-based professional wedding and portrait photographer and Marketing Director for Alien Skin Software.
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18 Responses to Alien Skin Photo of the Quarter Award

  1. Sean Aikins says:

    Thanks for the chance to win, Alien Skin. I absolutely love Exposure and I’ve just submitted some of my own entries into the contest. Just wanted to give you a shout-out for the wonderful things you guys are doing and have been doing since the early days of Photoshop.

  2. steve meadows says:


  3. Arek Kubiak says:

    Awesome! Will to my best to grab the 24-70mm f/2.8

  4. paolo aizza says:

    why do you offer a photo competition from alien skin and not from flickr?



    • Jimmy says:

      Good question, Paolo.

      We’re hosting the competition on our site because we require the use of our products in order to win. This doesn’t mean you have to make a purchase because all of our software is fully-functional during the demo period. If you don’t own one of our products, grab the installers from here:

  5. Website is but is currently being re designed. Due to launch this month.

    The file we chose is a totally real and actual wedding, untouched or manipulated in any way

    • Jimmy says:

      Hi Johnathan,

      Looks like a great shot! Please remember to follow the submission rules if you’d like your photo to be considered. This contest requires the use of one of our software products on the winning image.

  6. Meg Franklin says:

    Just added a few images to the group page :D Good luck everyone and amazing of Alien Skin to do this ! Xx

  7. Anne-Marie Kellar says:

    Can you enter the contest if you are from Canada?

  8. Shabnam says:

    I’ve been using Alien Skin Products now for years and just love them! If you haven’t downloaded the free trial version, be sure to do that, but warning, it is very addictive! :-)

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