Shoot & Share Photo Contest for 2017

Shoot & Share Photo Contest for 2017

The results are in and Elegant Images is extremely proud to announce that we are among this year’s winners of the Shoot & Share photo contest!

With over 330,000+ photo submissions Shane’s picture of Moraine Lake, in Banff National Park placed 19th  (see above) in the Wanderlust category.  At the same time, three of his other photo entries were selected as finalist, which means those pictures also made it all the way to the end.

Lake Louise viewing googles

Ground Squirrel eating an almond

The Natural Bridge

Out of the 50 breathtaking images Shane submitted, a number of them landed in the top 10%, 20% and 30% of all photos submitted.  It is an incredible honor to be named on such an illustrious list, considering the fierce competition he faced in all categories.

Great Grey in the snow

The Shoot & Share photo contest is billed as “The World’s Fairest Photo Contest.”  Competitors can enter up to 50 photos in 25 different categories; pitting their talent and skills against 75,000+ exhibitors in over 150 different countries.  There is a whole host of prizes that can be won, ranging from free memberships, free software, workshops, even a cash prize or two.

Max a cute puppy

This photo contest is unique in that each photo is displayed an equal number of times during the entire competition. The photographer’s name is never displayed, ensuring that each photo will be judged on its own merits.  This method of blind judging helps level the playing field for all competitors, so that a well-known artist cannot rally support from his/ her current followers or via social media.

Beautiful Sarah Butterfly Portrait Shoot

But the best part has to be that voting is open to everyone.  Shane’s top images were selected by people just like you. Thanks to everyone that voted Shane will be receiving a Badge for his 19th place finish and the acknowledgement of a job well done.

We would like to congratulate this year’s winners, and give a hardy slap on the back to all the other participants.  We know how hard it is to put yourself out there and compete on such a grand scale.  Magnificent work everybody! We will see you all again next year!

The Dogpound Stampede Historic and Legendary

The Dogpound Stampede Historic and Legendary

The Dogpound Stampede 2016 – A Historic & legendary Rodeo!

The charm of the Old West was alive and well at this year’s annual Dogpound Stampede.

Dogpound Stampede-Cowboy

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This 111 year old event was started back in 1905, when summer picnics were a community affair and a small “stampede” was an important part of a get-together.

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Dog Pound Stampede proudly boasts the fact that it is Alberta’s oldest ranch rodeo; even older than the world famous Calgary Stampede. It is held annually on the third Wednesday in July at the Dog Pound Rodeo grounds.

Dogpound Stampede-trick riders

Dogpound Stampede-4 year old trick rider

At this legendary event there is no such thing as a bad seat! At this stampede you are sure to be immersed in the full experience! You can expect everything from dusting the dirt off your jeans after a horse gallops by, to occasionally needing to wipe the airborne bull snot off your arm.

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As I watched the day’s events unfold, I was captivated by the lifestyle these cowboys and their families are trying to hold onto. It was like seeing the lyrics of a country song come to life in front of me. Phrases like “it’s a pride passed down …” and “we work hard and live right” kept bouncing around in my head as I listened to the good-natured jokes between Wes Cummings, the rodeo announcer and funny man Dennis Halstead.

Dogpound Stampede-Dennis Halstead

Dogpound Stampede-Wes Cummmings

Dogpound Stampede-Deny Halstead

There is a standard that rodeo promotes; an unwritten code of ethics that is so fundamental to Alberta’s ranching and farming communities. This code of ethics is based on respect, responsibility and determination.

Dogpound Stampede-saddle bronc 1

There are elements of spirited-individualism, a respect for nature, animals and wide open spaces, a willingness to help your neighbours and sense of brotherhood behind the chutes, in which cowboys help each another do their very best in the arena.

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A few times spectators were riveted to their seats as they watched the next hazardous spill unfold. Not even a monster piece of homemade pie from the ladies in the community could pull the crowd away, as we watched three contestants being packed off the in-field by stretcher.

Dogpound Stampede-ambulance looking after hurt cowboy

Dogpound Stampede-Cowboy packed off by stretcher

Many people ask why they do it? Why put yourself on the back of an 1800 lbs animal just to test your skills and luck for the day?

Dogpound Stampede-airborne cowboy

Dogpound Stampede-rank horse 1

Rodeo is not for the faint of heart! It’s been call the toughest sport on the planet, requiring strength, nerve and endurance. Rodeo is one of the only professional sports based on the historic lifestyle of ranching and the daily work of our early pioneers.

Dogpound Stampede-wild pony race 1

In this certain way of life, there is a strong belief in passing down traditions; everything from family recipes to learning how to get back up after getting knocked down.

Dogpound Stampede-boys steer riding

Dogpound Stampede-Young cowboy gets back up

It was an incredible experience to be part of crowd cheering on the cowboys & cowgirls, as they displayed outstanding horsemanship, limitless skill and unwavering bravery as they raced, roped, tied and wrestled their way into the history books.

Dogpound Stampede-cowboy help other team up after wild pony race

Congratulations to all the FCA Competitors for putting on such an amazing show! We can’t wait to see you again next year.

Dogpound Stampede-successful ride

Photography can be fun!

Photography can be fun!

 

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You bet it can! We have started anew website to help photographers learn more about their craft. We called it photographycanbefun.com  So we will be having short lessons about how you can improve your photography and have fun doing it. Want to do a 52 week challenge? We have one I made that we are going through right now, so come join us and have fun….. So always remember the words my good friend Robbie always says, “Its fun to have fun!!” Wise man that guy is!

Life is fleeting … Capture as many moments are you can!

Life is fleeting … Capture as many moments are you can!

 

Here we sit, just a hand full of days away from Christmas and the New Year.  Where did the time go? Where did 2015 go?  Every year I marvel in amazement how quickly the years seem to zip by.

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I really do enjoy this time of year.  It’s full of celebration and merrymaking with the people we know and love.  We are surrounded by people and things that bring back our most cherished memories, as well as the joy and wonderment of first time experiences.

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A few days ago, Elegant Images had the honor of joining the residents of Sunrise Encore in celebrating the beauty of the holidays at their amazing Christmas party.  Sunrise Encore is an independent & assisted living facility located in Olds, AB;  and you would never guess that this building is in its inaugural year of running after witnessing what the bustling staff pulled together for the evening’s event.   There was live entertainment in every dining hall complete with a pianist, two organ players, a harpist and a five string folk band.   Mr. and Mrs. Clause dropped in for a surprise visit with the residents and to have a few photos taken.  Then there was the fragrant, mouthwatering banquet that the kitchen staff meticulously prepared for each of the four dining halls. Each feast came complete with a variety of delectable holiday treats.

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As I moseyed around the party enjoying the ambience, snapping a few pictures,  I stopped to speak with one “young at heart gentleman” who lives at Sunrise Encore.   He so eloquently put into words exactly what I was feeling when he said “Life is truly what you make of it! You can be angry about not getting the fancy new gadget or that your stock price fell yet again…Or you can be grateful for getting to enjoy another good meal or seeing someone’s beautiful smile one more time.”

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From all of us here at Elegant Images, we would like to wish you a warm and beautiful Christmas holiday. We really do hope you find the time to slow down and enjoy and capture as many moments as you can this holiday season.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New year

Shane & Natalie
ElegantImages.ca

To view the rest of the gallery just click on this link   Sunrise Encore Santa shoot gallery