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April 02 2013

16:57

Winners: Windows 8 Apps for Social Good Contest

All-Army runners take top trophy from Brazilians at 26th Army Ten-MilerWe believe that apps are a powerful way for everyday people to act for social good, making their lives, and the lives of their communities, stronger.

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February 10 2011

17:11

5th Annual DoGooder Video Awards: Submit your video today!

The DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards, from See3, in partnership with YouTube, are back again for the 5th year! The Awards are open for submissions from members of the YouTube Nonprofit Program until March 2nd.

This year, winners will again have the chance to win one of four $2500 grants generously provided by the Case Foundation, awesome video cameras from Flip Video, a free registration to next year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference provided by NTEN and more. For small nonprofits that have small funds in the video department, we have a new category for the best “thrifty” videos produced for under $500. And… wait for it: the winning videos will be announced at this year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference hosted by NTEN and featured on YouTube’s homepage in March. (The YouTube part is sort of like having your nonprofit video seen during the Super Bowl.) Learn more about the contest guidelines and how to submit your video!

February 08 2011

10:12

Announcing the Microsoft 2011 Technology for Good Contest Winners

Microsoft believes technology can do amazing things. That’s why they donate software to eligible nonprofit organizations and public libraries to help them use technology to further their missions. The Technology for Good Contest sought to highlight the stories of how these groups use Microsoft software to help them create real community impact in Washington State.

More than 50 Washington State nonprofits and libraries submitted their stories, and three winners were chosen based on the impact and benefit that Microsoft technologies have had on the organization, its mission and/or its constituency.

We’re proud to announce the winners of this contest (in alphabetical order)

Each of the winners will receive some awesome goodies including: a $5,000 unrestricted cash grant, up to $100,000 worth of donated Microsoft software, consulting services donated by NPower Seattle, and more!

The good news is, even if you didn’t enter and/or win the contest, you could receive a Microsoft donation from TechSoup too! Review the Microsoft eligibility guidelines to see if you are eligible, and you could request Microsoft titles such as SharePoint, InfoPath, Windows 7 and Office 2010.

If you’re interested in seeing more examples of Microsoft software for impact in Washington, check out the Submission Gallery to view all of the contest submissions. 

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all of the contest participants for sharing your inspirational stories!

 

January 11 2011

11:54

Submissions Closing Soon for the WA State Tech for Good Contest

You have just one more week to enter the 2011 Technology for Good Contest for nonprofits and public libraries in Washington State. Submissions close Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 11:59pm Pacific time, so don’t delay! Share how your organization or library is using Microsoft software to engage your stakeholders and make a difference in your community. 

Participate today!

  • Submit your entry: Use the submission form to answer five questions about the impact you’ve been able to achieve using Microsoft software. 
  • Spread the word: Let your friends, colleagues, and networks in WA State know about this opportunity to share their stories and help their cause!  Learn and share using the WATech4Good tag on Twitter.

Visit the contest website to check your eligibility and submit your entry. And, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us at any time.

About the Technology for Good Contest

Microsoft believes technology can do amazing things. That’s why they donate software to eligible nonprofit organizations and public libraries to help them use technology to further their missions. The Technology for Good Contest seeks to highlight the stories of how these groups are using Microsoft software to help them create real community impact in Washington State.

The winners will receive some awesome goodies including: a $5,000 unrestricted cash grant, up to $100,000 worth of donated Microsoft software, consulting services donated by NPower Seattle, and more!

 

December 21 2010

16:42

How is your WA State Nonprofit or Library Using Microsoft software for Good?

The submission period for the 2011 Technology for Good Contest is now open!

As we announced previously, Microsoft and TechSoup are running the 2011 Technology for Good Contest for nonprofits and public libraries in Washington State. Between now and January 18, share how your organization is using Microsoft software to engage your stakeholders and make a difference in your community.  Up to three winning stories will ring in the New Year with some excellent prizes!

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December 17 2010

00:51

December 06 2010

20:17

Enter the Technology for Good Contest for Nonprofits and Libraries in WA State

Microsoft and TechSoup are excited to announce the 2011 Technology for Good Contest for nonprofits and public libraries in Washington State. Share how you’re using Microsoft software to engage your stakeholders and make a difference in your community, and you could ring in the New Year with some great prizes. Submissions open Monday, December 20, 2010, so start preparing your entry today! Learn more about the contest and how to participate below.

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October 19 2010

05:11

Contest for student photojournalists

I'm looking for a photo for the cover of the second edition of The Student Newspaper Survival Guide, so I'm organizing a contest. The winner will get a $50 prize, two copies of the book -- one for the photographer and one for the student newspaper of his/her choice -- and the satisfaction of knowing he or she is inspiring the next generation of student journalists.

You can see the image from the

September 27 2010

18:17

Last Chance: Submit your ideas for collaborative technologies!

FACT Challenge logoWhether you are a technologist or a changemaker, an entrepreneur or innovator - from any country around the world - we're looking for your ideas! Social justice covers all sorts of issues, like human rights, equality, and livability; and we see web and mobile-based collaborative technologies offering tremendous opportunity to support social justice work. This is the last week to submit a Project idea to the FACT Social Justice Challenge - winners receive cash and support to build their tools!

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August 06 2010

14:29

Blog for water and get to Africa

Changents is hosting a contest with P&G Give Health calling for bloggers to share why they are clean water Change Agents. What's in it for bloggers? A few great things:

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August 02 2010

09:22

Interview: Melissa Nelson, Blackbaud TV

Blackbaud TVI recently had the opportunity to connect with Melissa Nelson, Blackbaud's Media Production and Outreach Manager, to learn more about their new initiative, Blackbaud TV. Blackbaud provides software and services to nonprofits to enable them to improve operational efficiency, build relationships, and raise funds. Blackbaud TV is the newest tool they’ve created in an effort to support Nonprofits through informational resources, and I hope this interview serves as a good introduction to the service.

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May 04 2010

11:15

January 11 2010

14:59

Congratulations Christina & Cris! Engagement photo contest winners.

The votes are in and we have a winning photo. Congratulations Christina & Cris! This photo from their engagement session in September was the photo that you voted as your favorite. Thank you to everyone who voted! This contest brought more people to my blog than ever before. I want give a special thank you to thank all of my clients from 2009 for trusting me to capture and tell such a special scene of their lives.

I have already sent the winning couple their $50 Pictage gift certificate and I hope it is a huge blessing for them. Maybe we'll hear some reaction from them shortly : )

What's next:
1) It looks like I need to update the Engagement page on my website to include this photo that everyone liked so much.
2) Start planning for a Wedding photo contest for my clients. So keep your eyes out for that contest. I would like to do a really special prize for that one. If you have any ideas for prizes please drop me a line.

January 08 2010

05:54

Engagement photo contest: THE FINALS

The pictures have been shared, agonized over, the votes have been cast and the finalists have been selected. Now it's time to choose the grand prize winner. Many thanks to all of you who voted, to the fantastic crew at District Weddings for posting our contest on their ever-popular DC wedding blog (fantastic resource for any bride), and finally for my awesome clients. I have enjoyed reading all your comments and learning what you like the most! Without further ado, here are the four finalists you voted on over the past four days.

Vote for your favorite photograph by clicking on the "Comment" text below the photographs or comment on my note on my Facebook page. Cast your vote by Sunday evening at midnight eastern and the couple with the winning photograph will get a $50 Pictage gift certificate they can use toward archival prints, books, albums, or whatever their heart desires. To my four great couples below, you all are beautiful. Thank you for inviting me into your lives to tell your story! Good luck!
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Meghan & Jeremy with the cherry blossoms at the tidal basin. Married July 25, 2009.
More of their engagement photos here.


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Michelle & Brandon on the national mall with the Capitol building. Married May 23, 2009.
More of their engagement photos here.

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Elyse & Matt on the national mall with the Washington monument. Married September 19, 2009. More of their engagement photos here.

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Christina & Cris along the tidal basin near the Potomic river. To be married in 2010.
More of their engagement photos here.



Photographers note: I will excuse myself from voting on the finalists : )

January 07 2010

05:59

Engagement photo contest: Christina & Cris

Engagement photo contest day 4: Christina & Cris
Please vote for your favorite photo by clicking on "Comments" below the photos. Your vote can help this couple win a $50 gift certificate! Be sure to come back and vote for the finalists on Friday! See entire rules for the contest here
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Please vote for your favorite photo by clicking on "Comments" below. Simply type the photo # and your name. Explanations & reasons encouraged!

THE FACTS:
Engagement shoot on September 18, 2009. I remember asking Cris if we could meet super early while the light was still nice and I told him I thought we should meet no later than 6:30 a.m.--on a weekday. He said they were all about it! And that's what I love about my clients! They almost always trust my creative vision enough to sacrifice for stuff like this! Even waking up at 5 a.m. for photography. So I previsualized a photo like #1 knowing that if I shot it on my daylight settings (WB for all the photography buffs out there) then the sky would be really blue because of the very high (K) color temperature of the light. Little did I know it would be so foggy! That's okay because photography is all about problem solving. I've shot under every condition there is in my years as a photojournalist, so there are no surprises! I feel like the fog added to the feel of the photos and allowed us to shoot a little longer with nice soft light as the sun rose. Then it was off to nice breakfast together and then we all went our separate ways to work! Just another day in the life of a wedding storyteller :)
Married: To be announced and scheduled for Atlanta, GA I believe. Super fun couple, but I think you can gather that from their photos!

January 06 2010

05:30

Engagement photo contest: Elyse & Matt

Engagement photo contest day 3: Elyse & Matt
Please vote for your favorite photo by clicking on "Comments" below the photos. Your vote can help this couple win a $50 gift certificate! Be sure to come back and vote for the finalists on Friday! See entire rules for the contest here

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THE FACTS:
Engagement shoot on May 2, 2009 on the National Mall
Married September 19, 2009 in San Diego, Ca. These two make me smile. Unfortunately I was not able to photograph their wedding because I was already invited to tell Kelly & Jon's wedding here in DC. They too make me smile--a lot. As it turns out I was booked for Jon & Kelly's wedding some three years ago when I photographed the wedding of Jon's younger sister, Melissa. I love hearing him tell the story of how he decided I was to be his wedding photographer before he even started dating Kelly. Jon tells me that it was later on in Melissa's wedding day after he had seen me work hard for Melissa, interact with her friends and family, and then he saw the wedding photos on the reception slide show. He tells me he knew right then and there that I would be his wedding photographer if/when he got married--and he told me so. A man true to his word for sure!

January 05 2010

05:30

Engagement photo contest: Michelle & Brandon

Engagement photo contest day 2: Michelle & Brandon
Please vote for your favorite photo by leaving a comment below. Your vote can help this couple win a $50 gift certificate! Be sure to come back and vote for the finalists on Friday! See entire rules for the contest here
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THE FACTS:
Engagement shoot on April 4, 2009 (peak of Cherry Blossoms in DC)
Married May 23, 2009 in the DC area surrounded by friends and family at an estate. The dance floor was in a super fun barn on the property. Loved it!

January 04 2010

05:01

Engagement photo contest: Meghan & Jeremy

Engagement photo contest day 1: Meghan & Jeremy.
Please vote for your favorite photo by leaving a comment below. Click on a photo to see it larger. Your vote can help this couple win a $50 gift certificate! Be sure to come back and vote for the finalists on Friday! See entire rules for the contest here

Example Ballot cast by posting comment below.
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photo # 2 is my favorite. I can feel their excitement!
-Garrett
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THE FACTS:
Engagement shoot on April 4, 2009 (peak of Cherry Blossoms in DC)
Married July 25, 2009 in Erie, PA. Super fun wedding + awesome rehearsal dinner on the beach complete with bonfire, drums, and dancing! I'm so looking forward to showing off their story in a first-ever HD multimedia package presentation.
01:13

Concentra’s VJ Awards coming up…


Why enter contests? Most photogs I know don’t do it for the cash or trophy…they do it for (a) bragging rights and (b) to see how they stack up. Plus, sometimes – just maybe – it can influence the boss (or prospective boss).

The fifth annual Concentra Award deadline is coming up – a competition only for VJs. There’s no distinguishing where you work – be it TV, the Internet…all you need to be is a lone wolf with camera and the ability to cover a story without support from reporters or producers.

Oh – and if you do prove to be the world’s best VJ, there is a cash award of 10,000 euros. In hard US cash (today only, considering the fluctuating dollar) that’s over $14,000.

The deadline is January 22nd 2010.
Here’s the entry form and here are the rules and regulations.

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