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Volume 6, Issue 1 - January 2009

PhotographyCorner.com Newsletter
Volume 6, Issue 1

Contents:
1) Birthdays, Reminders and Voting
2) Sponsor: Canvas On Demand
3) Photograph of the Year Updates
4) Corner Contest Updates
5) From the Corner Blogosphere
6) Around the Forums in 30 Days
7) What's Coming Around the Corner



1) Birthdays, Reminders and Voting

I can't believe this newsletter marks the 6th year in which PhotographyCorner has been around. Our first newsletter was back in September 2004. In a couple of months, PhotographyCorner will turn 5 years old (the reason we're in our 6th year, but only turning 5 is the same reason we turn one AFTER the first year of our life... confusing, but it makes sense if you think about it). We have a couple of things in store for our 5-year birthday celebration (which is sometime around the end of March). Keep your eye on the Corner Blog for details.

We're also right in the middle of voting for the 2008 Photograph of the Year contest - if you haven't voted already, you only have a couple more days to cast your vote in the first voting round of the contest. The final voting round will begin at the end of the week. With over $11,000 in prizes on the line, and 130 of the best photographs of the year to check out, there's no excuse not to cast your vote. Links to the galleries and the voting threads are below.

Obviously with the "big" contest, there are a higher-than-normal number of reminder private messages that we're sending out. Normally you can expect 2-4/month, depending on the number of contests going on. Expect more than that for the rest of the month, then expect it to get back to normal in February. If you like the reminders, do nothing, but if you find them annoying (what, you don't like hearing from me??!), you can change your email preferences in the UserCP once you log into the Corner forums... I'll try not to take it personally. Private message and email reminders aside, the best way to keep on top of what is going on around the Corner is by subscribing to the Corner Blog. You can either set it to email you once a day with the new posts on the blog, or you can even set it up to automatically go to your RSS reader or smart phone. Either way, click here to subscribe and get yourself connected to the Corner: (for RSS or smart phone subscriptions, click here: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/photographycornerblog For email subscriptions, click here: http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/ma...aphycornerblog )


2) Sponsor: Canvas On Demand

If you’ve been around the Corner while, you’ve probably noticed the Canvas On Demand banners showing up now and then in the top-right corner of every page (you know, the one that says “Got Photos? Turn them into beautiful artwork with a custom canvas gallery wrap”). Ever really wondered exactly what it’s all about? Well, whether you wondered or not, I’m going to tell you.

Picture one of your favorite photographs. Now picture that photograph printed on an artist canvas, stretched over wooden supports so only your photograph is showing (like what you’d see in a gallery, which is why they’re called ‘gallery wraps’). It looks pretty awesome, doesn’t it. There’s ‘something’ about gallery wraps that are so much better than a traditional print in a frame: they look professional and they literally stand out, floating on the wall with that added ‘third dimension,’ and there’s no frame to take away any of the focus from the photograph – just your photograph, sticking out from the wall. If you’ve been to a gallery and seen gallery-wrapped photographs, though, I don’t need to convince you. If you haven’t, check out some samples at www.canvasondemand.com.

So why would you order them from Canvas On Demand? With sizes from 8”x8” to 55”x100”, you’re bound to find the size you’re looking for. Turnaround time is 2-3 days, and they offer a 100% Money Back guarantee! And if that wasn’t enough, they’re also offering $25 off your first order for members of the Corner. Visit this link to get your coupon: http://www.canvasondemand.com/promo/PhotographyCorner (and you'd better hurry, as this promo is ending soon!).



3) Photograph of the Year Updates

If you've been reading the forums, blog, our twitter feed, or really anything that has to do with PhotographyCorner, I'm sure you're more than aware of the 2008 Photograph of the Year contest that's going on around the Corner right now. The entry period has come and gone, and we're smack-dab in the middle of voting. If you haven't voted yet, you've only got a couple of days left to cast your vote. Here are the links you'll need to make your decision:

2008 Photograph of the Year Photo Galleries: http://photographycorner.smugmug.com
Vote for the 2008 Photograph of the Year: Round 1, Group A: http://www.photographycorner.com/for...ad.php?t=81067
Vote for the 2008 Photograph of the Year: Round 1, Group B: http://www.photographycorner.com/for...ad.php?t=81068
Vote for the 2008 Photograph of the Year: Round 1, Group C: http://www.photographycorner.com/for...ad.php?t=81069
Vote for the 2008 Photograph of the Year: Round 1, Group D: http://www.photographycorner.com/for...ad.php?t=81070
Vote for the 2008 Photograph of the Year: Round 1, Group E: http://www.photographycorner.com/for...ad.php?t=81071
Vote for the 2008 Photograph of the Year: Round 1, Group F: http://www.photographycorner.com/for...ad.php?t=81072
Vote for the 2008 Photograph of the Year: Round 1, Group G: http://www.photographycorner.com/for...ad.php?t=81073
Vote for the 2008 Photograph of the Year: Round 1, Group H: http://www.photographycorner.com/for...ad.php?t=81074
Vote for the 2008 Photograph of the Year: Round 1, Group I: http://www.photographycorner.com/for...ad.php?t=81075
Vote for the 2008 Photograph of the Year: Round 1, Group J: http://www.photographycorner.com/for...ad.php?t=81076


4) Corner Contest Updates

We hold numerous contests throughout the year, and this section will give you a brief run down as to what's going on 'contest-wise' around the Corner.

Contest Corner Challenge #60: That Bites
http://www.photographycorner.com/con...-60-that-bites
Lori (aka greydog) picked up her first CCC win.

Contest Corner Challenges Canceled
http://www.photographycorner.com/blo...enges-canceled
Not forever, just until after the 2008 PotY contest... updates coming in a couple of weeks.

Masoud Harati Wins the January 2009 Photograph of the Month Contest
http://www.photographycorner.com/pho...hy-and-curious
Masoud wins the first PotM of 2009 with a fantastic shot called Shy and Curious.

SmugMug Scavenger Hunt #4: Winners and Hunt Results
http://www.photographycorner.com/blo...d-hunt-results
Check out which photos you were supposed to find and who picked up free SmugMug accounts.

SmugMug Scavenger Hunt #5 (The Last One!)
http://www.photographycorner.com/blo...5-the-last-one
This is your last chance to participate in a SmugMug Scavenger Hunt, and last chance to pick up 1 of 3 free SmugMug accounts.


5) From the Corner Blogosphere

Here are some posts you may have missed if you're not subscribed to the Corner Blog (hint: you can subscribe by clicking here: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/photographycornerblog ).

Malaria Bites Fund Raiser Final Update
http://www.photographycorner.com/blo...r-final-update
Check out the final results of our fund raiser to buy mosquito nets for children in Liberia (hint, we more than reached our goal!).

Santa Claus Visited the Corner!
http://www.photographycorner.com/blo...ted-the-corner
It's true... if you missed this thread, you'll want to see what Santa brought to the Corner this year.

The New Corner Contest Galleries
http://www.photographycorner.com/blo...test-galleries
One of Santa's presents was the new Corner Contest Galleries hosted by Smugmug - they're worth checking out if you love photos.


6) Around the Forums in 30 Days

Life is busy - I understand. This section will help catch you up on what you might have missed around the Corner forums in the past month.

Picture Relay
http://www.photographycorner.com/for...ad.php?t=55218
One of the post popular/active threads in the forums - if you're not playing, you're missing out.

Thank the Sponsors of the PhotographyCorner.com 2008 Photograph of the Year Contest
http://www.photographycorner.com/for...ad.php?t=80023
They've offered up over $11,000 in prizes, don't you think it's worth a minute to thank them?

Discuss the PhotographyCorner.com 2008 Photograph of the Year Contest
http://www.photographycorner.com/for...ad.php?t=80022
You know you have questions - ask them and discuss the contest here.

Premiere Projects Forum
http://www.photographycorner.com/for...splay.php?f=33
The Premiere Projects are PUMPING - if you're not a Premiere Member, all you can do is watch from the sidelines...

Photography Equipment
http://www.photographycorner.com/for...splay.php?f=13
Got some new gear for Christmas? Discuss what you got or what you want here.


7) What's Coming Around the Corner

I'm not really the type that makes New Years resolutions... I find it a little arbitrary, and am therefore, less likely to keep them. One thing that I'm going to do this year, however (not a New Years resolution, just something I want to do that I started sometime around the beginning of the New Year... coincidence, I promise), is to hang around the Corner Forums more than I have in the past year. We have an amazing group of moderators around the Corner forums (and we'll be adding to that group in the next couple weeks - keep your eyes on the Corner Blog for details), and my job as the site admin has to be to support the moderators as they help guide the conversations on the Corner. I haven't been doing an awesome job, but I will do better. Expect to see me in the Conversation Corner, the Premiere Corner, and all over the forums from now on. Being more directly involved in the life of the forum will inevitably lead to growth and better interaction, and probably changes along the way. The more involved I am on a day to day basis, the easier it will be for me to see "what's working" and what isn't. Already the mods and I have come up with a plan to rework the Feedback Corner/Critiques Corner section, and once the Photograph of the Year contest is complete, expect us to act on those changes. They'll be done in stages, and we'll keep you up-to-date on the Corner Blog... but know that changes are coming. Change is always hard, but it's necessary to do as the Corner continues to grow and flourish. I'm sure as the days, weeks, and months go by, we'll see new things pop up around the Corner, and maybe some old things disappear, but that's what growth is all about. I'm excited about what's coming around the Corner in the next couple months, and I'm looking forward to seeing how these changes help the Corner to continue to grow into one of the best online location for photographers and photo-lovers on the Internet. 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008 have come and gone around the Corner, but 2009 is shaping to be our best yet. Thanks for helping make the Corner the amazing online destination for photographers that it is. What's coming around the Corner is exciting, and we couldn't make it happen without your help and support.



See you around the Corner,
Tim L. Walker
www.PhotographyCorner.com
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