Toronto Bird Photo Booth is a Storytelling Exercise, A Friendly Match for Businesses

2014 Toronto Bird Photo Booth Business Challenge is the original bird ‘selfie’ portrait contest that was made back in May 2014 to showcase custom loyalty program software through storytelling, and is not a true photo contest, but more like a friendly match between businesses hosting the booth.

Emma from Spectacle Loves U aims Toronto bird photo boothWhat is the Toronto Bird Photo Booth? If you don’t know already, a bird photo booth is a feeder attached to a digital camera, triggered by a motion detector. Its a wonderful piece of technology that makes art to serve nature.

There are two cameras here – one is an iPhone 5C purchased by John Conn of Standard Telecom, office phones service in Toronto who hosted Week Three,  and the other is the WIngscapes BirdPro trail cam which is a handy back-up unit.

Would you like to host the Toronto Bird Photo Booth for a week on your GTA business property?

The rig is programmed to take pictures of any wild birds that land at the feeder. The idea is to see who has the best wild birds. Businesses hosting the Toronto Bird Photo Booth can enter their pics into the friendly bird portrait photo contest for prizes.
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SMOJoe launches Birds of Toronto, and now I chronicle developments on the blog and also write weekly Bird Photo Booth updates for Toronto is Awesome magazine.

Look below at this English sparrow that thinks its a terrifying huge hawk; its emulating some larger bird of prey as it tries to scare away another fellow from the feeder.   
Scary Sparrow 2Like any playground, It isn’t long before an even meaner House sparrow with a distinctive white stripe on his wings appears to scare everyone away for a spell. You’ve never seen these tiny birds up close like this! I’ve gained a new appreciation for these sparrows by seeing them so close and full of emotion, and I imagine these birds are reacting the same way humans would fight over a big pile of cash left in the street.

House Sparrow, Birds of TorontoThese birds really do have lots of have personality ! See again how white stripes simply refuses to share the bowl.

white strips at feeder dish, dominatesThis storytelling started back in June and the photography is getting better each week.

The Toronto Bird Photo Booth Challenge was on Bird Canada, last week. This story is where tech meets nature and the arrangement yields visually stimulating content. Each update chronicles the last host’s contributions, and features a new competitor’s story alongside their gallery of pictures.  At the end of the summer, Judges will review the best photos and reward the best ‘birders’ among the people who positioned the cameras . And there will be prizes. TBD

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Artfest 2012 Toronto, Pikto Top Pick PhotoContest in the Distillery District

There were dozens of skilled artists here in Toronto at the Distillery District over the Sept long weekend in connection with Artfest 2012.  You can read about Mario Beaudoin, Carlo Allion, Scott Cameron, Kevin Joyce, Patrick Lajoie, Tiffany Horrocks, and Christian Aldo

Mario Beaudoin paints Balzacs coffee Mario Beaudoin drove in from rural Quebec, to paint the interpretation of Balzacs Coffee House at right.

The Distillery District’s red brick buildings and cobblestones make the Sept long weekend Artfest truly memorable for the artists and visitors that attend the annual festival. This really is a one of a kind art show in the oldest and most historic region of Toronto which is filled with sophisticated tenants, artisans, and patrons. The Distillery District and Artfest in particular is a great place to exhibit art and get feedback as well as healthy sales.

This is a place to network with busy interior decorators, buyers, and curators of all descriptions who saunter through the grounds over the course of the four day long weekend. Two more high rise condominiums are still unfinished behind the Victorian age slate tiles Toronto roof of the buildings that border the cobblestone courtyards.

Carlo Allion, 2012 Artfest, Distillery District

Carlo Allion paints fantasy, surreal dream images

Carlo Allion finds his best ideas for new paintings from dreams and half conscious reflections into murky pools of mental states. Allion is different from the rest of us because he has the ability and the great skill necessary to put his visions on canvas and shape moments he saw in his mind into great art that we can all behold.   He says he paints ‘…statues that have come to life.’

Carlo Allion art work is perfect for international bank headquarters, talent agencies and jitterbug dance halls .  Carlo’s brush strokes  seem to have devil-may-care mood and evoke Terry Gilliam’s nonsensical whimseys. Art into a sophisticated personal style. See more artwork at CarloAllion.com website. Mr. Allion’s fun loving paint brush molds outrageous proportions to give his art an amazing fresh perspective

Christian Aldo at Artfest 2012

Every year at Artfest, there’s a charismatic young painter named Christian Aldo who uses glue and denim and buckets of acyclic paint to make three dimensional figures crime alive inside the frame.

Korean Girls snapshots at Christian Aldo booth, fine arts painting

Korean girls travel to Artfest Ontario 2012 and share memories against Christian Aldo art work.

Here is Christian Aldo in front of his Piano Player reacting to the Korean girls snapping his picture

Chrustian Aldo art at Artfest 2012

Pikto Top Picks Photo Contest in Toronto

For almost a decade Pikto has been at the center of photography art in Canada. The store is filled with skilled professionals who have been helping artists prepare for fancy wine and cheese style art shows with professional photo printing and photography mounting and picture framing  and picture hanging services.  Pikto probably best known for its custom photo books which are easy to make and present artists with a very compelling presentation mediums.  Andre announced that Pikto is having a contest and the Distillery District Blog has a write up about the event.

If you win the contest, you will  get your own art show at Pikto, for two months.

Pikto Top Pick photo contest asks three judges to gauge at all submissions and decide whose work should hanging in the Pikto gallery in Toronto for the two months.

Artists who develop and enlarge film and photographic prints probably already know about Pikto darkroom services, ie and they are aware that the firm also does photo printing and picture framing etc The shop is located in Case Goods Lane of the Distillery District and has been popular in this location since early 2003. The store today

The Judges include,
Gina Martin – Photographer Rep, Nat Geographic Collection, Chris Buck – Commercial/Editorial Photographer, Johan Hallberg-Campbell who is the Chief Curator at the Pikto Gallery,

Pikto, art gallery, photography contest, photo booksThe Pikto Top Pick photo contest has no entry fee. The deadline to submit your work is November 1, 2012 at midnight.

Every submission should include fifteen examples of photography intended for exhibition.  And of course that material should be electronically prepared and viewable  The images should be  .jpg (1024×768 pixels maximum image size) and all applicants are advised to use a consistent naming system as well as number all images (e.g. 01Smith.jpg, 02Smith.jpg).

Here is the gallery where the winner’s artwork will be displayed.

Lenzr.com: New Look, New Contests

Lenzr.com has been quietly revolutionizing the concept of online storytelling for the past two years through its serial photo contests. Now, as of June 1, 2011, Lenzr.com has an updated website featuring new technology so compelling it’s possible that photo contests may be the next big thing in terms of online marketing. It’s still essentially the same great site: budding photographers compete with each other, upload photos to the sponsored contests, persuade their friends and family to vote on their work and vie for real prizes whilst participating in a competitive, but also encouraging, photography community.

What the new site offers that the old Lenzr.com never had are ‘Community Contests’. These contests can be set up by anyone (an individual, business or organization) at any time, to show (not tell) the world about a story topic of their choice.

In addition to these exciting new changes, Lenzr.com has just launched four new sponsored contests, for prizes of laptops and digital cameras!

Summer Photo Contests on Lenzr.com

Construction Sights Photo Contest on Lenzr.com

The Construction Sights photo contest is hoping to receive submissions illustrating a necessary summer protocol in the city: Construction. Like the glass analogy, there are two ways of looking at construction sites–positive or negative. On one hand, it’s hot, there’s dust flying around, and your bus has been detoured thanks to another construction delay. On the other hand, roads are being improved, housing is being created and many people are busily employed with construction work. There are two sides to this story–show us how you feel about the Construction Sights in your area and win!

The prize is a Sony laptop, courtesy of this contest’s sponsor, a family-owned Ottawa roofing company.

Best Office Staff Party Photo Contest on Lenzr.com

The Best Office Staff Party is looking to see submissions that juxtapose a stuffy office environment with a rollicking good time. How does your office let loose? Mini cupcakes? Interns working the ‘bar’? Who’s the life of the party–your boss? Show us your hilarious office party moments and don’t forget to include a sentence or two to put the photo in context. Also, while we want to see shots of people having a great time, make sure your co-workers are OK with your entry before submitting it–we are not responsible for any trouble you might cause!

The prize is a Sony laptop, thanks to an incredible IT staffing agency located in downtown Toronto.

The A Counting Exercise photo contest is looking for submissions featuring a repeating visual pattern to be counted. Tap into your inner Count von Count and take a look at the world from an arithmomaniac’s perspective: sure, those may be faces in a crowd, lines on the highway or a handful of pretzel sticks, but they’re counting exercises, too! Get creative with this one–this contest has received a lot of entries already featuring many amusing counting exercises. Show your never-ending profile in a three-way mirror, the Lego pieces your kids left all over the floor or a parking lot full of bicycles in a progressive European country–give the Lenzr judges something to count and you could win!

The prize is a Sony laptop, courtesy of this contest’s sponsor, a team of North York accountants.

Finally, the Shafts of Sunlight photo contest is looking to see tangible lines of natural sunlight in the submissions. There is somethiShafts of Sunlight Photo Contest on Lenzr.comng divine about the way light can take on the appearance of matter–observe in the picture to the right–these shafts of sunlight look almost like monkey bars sent down from the heavens. Try to capture a similar effect in your photo. This is the most specific contest; the rules state very clearly that shafts of sunlight, not other light tricks, are the desired outcome. Snap the most spectacular shaft of sunlight and you may win!

The prize is a Sony Cyber-Shot digital camera, courtesy of the contest’s sponsor, fittingly, a sunrooms installer.

Broken Factories, Daily Distillery for Erp Software, Designer Swimwear and a Beauty School

art piece - broken stairway, un-productive system,
I walk past the bone chilling painting on the right quite often, yet I still cant remember the artist’s name… I dont look. Does anyone out there know? pls leave in comments.
When I think of Broken Factories, this is what I imagine. This image has planted itself in my mind’s eye. This decrepit stairway in an old homestead is a dreamlike vision of squalor. It serves to remind me how far I’ve come in my own journey toward organizing a productive life and being a better citizen contributing more and more thought provoking rich media dissecting the living conditions of the human race.
This fine art painting can be found hanging on a wall somewhere in the distillery… do you know where? Read Daily Distillery for more details.
management tool, profit margins, erp software tool, program Broken Factories is a photo contest on Lenzr that reflects Rudolf Arnheim’s idea of man-made elements always moving toward equilibrium which in the case of abandon industrial centers is the presence of rust and decay being the first stages of a return to nature.
Photographers and painters, image makers in general have a theory about entropy and so make action pictures out of static shots – cant you just see the paint peeling around that old staircase above? and can we use this ideological concept to suggest that static shots of crumbling manufacturing complexes and warehouses with broken windows and vandals are actually part of a larger more wholesome process of decay which in itself is the physics of life reorganizing its component parts into a wide spread chaos, which is be default its most effective layout, as per the laws of nature.
Submit your best photos of abandon industrial centers for your chance to win a Toshiba NB100 Netbook courtesy of an erp software company that specializes in making high quality command management systems to better organize business initiatives.

WHAT IS BEAUTY? That’s the questions, posed by a famous beauty school; artists and designers are not the only people who make this world more beautiful.

Making it Beautiful photo contest, beauty school Making it Beautiful is a photo challenge that pays tribute to people who make the world more tolerable, and so we’re talking about someone who creates or restores a cherished item or place. This contest allows mondo creative freedom, so think outside the confines of your everyday reality and try to image someone making something spectacularly beautiful, so pretty it cant help become the most popular choice for voters on the December 20th voting session. Submit your best photos of people making things beautiful for your chance to win $500 worth of luxurious hair products from Aveda, a company that has beauty schools across the country. Remember it doesn’t have to show a person’s face; a hand can be enough to get the message across.
Canadian Beaches our nation’s photographers will upload their best shots of the seascapes and sunny destinations all across the country. Let’s see Mercury Beach in Saskatchewan or Dynamite Beach in PEI. Have you ever been to Falcon Beach in Manitoba? Do you have any pictures? Have you ever been to Wasaga Beach on a long weekend in the summer. Its a very popular destination.
Canadian Beaches, Lenzr photo contest, designer swimwearSubmit your snaps for a chance to win three bathing suits from a Canadian designer swimwear company that makes fun, flirty vintage-inspired swim apparel that compliments a whole range of different body types and comes in a wide assortment of colours.
Note from the sponsors, when entering your photos in this contest, be sure to include the beach NAME and LOCATION in your submission.
All three December web challenges are open to all Canadian residents age 13 years or older, excluding those unfortunate people living in Quebec. * even though Lenzr ships there anyway !wink
The contest closes Jan. 1st, 2011 and voting begins December 20th. Good luck!

Two more Lenzr photo contests: win great prizes!

Lenzr Water on Skin photo contest natural skin careAlong with the three iPad photo contests Lenzr is hosting for October/November, there are two more worth checking out that also have great prizes. All the contests close on December 1, 2010.

The Water on Skin photo contest celebrates the difficult-to-obtain image of crisp water streaming off body parts or being scooped up by bare hands. This image is coveted because it evokes health, wellness and beauty. Submit your best shots (no inappropriate images, please!) for a chance to win $500 worth of products from a natural skin care company called Soya Boutique. All the company’s products are made with organic and GMO-free ingredients and are luxurious without being wasteful or harmful to the environment.

Lenzr Pets in Winter coats contest on Lenzr snow removal

Seeing a pet bundled in a winter coat is enough to put a smile on most people’s faces, so Lenzr is celebrating the upcoming season with a Pets in Winter Coats photo contest. Take your best shots and submit them to Lenzr by December 1st for a chance to win a snow blower courtesy of a snow removal company servicing southwestern Ontario. The SnowMen serves both residential and commercial properties and work around the clock to ensure a snow-free drive.

Voting begins November 20th for both contests and all of them are open to residents of Canada age 13 and older (not valid in Quebec).

Three new chances to win an iPad on Lenzr

Following the success of last month’s contests, Lenzr just started five new contests for October/November, three of them with iPads as prizes. All the contests close Dec. 1, 2010.

Here’s a rundown:

The Backyard Critters photo contesBackyard Critters contest on Lenzrt is looking for the best shots of the animals you see out your back door. Do you have a family of pesky squirrels that try to steal birdseed? Or deer that stop by for a morning graze? Whatever creature you see playing in your backyard, Lenzr wants to see it, too. This contest is sponsored by a metal roof company that specializes in keeping houses protected from the elements.

concrete ideas photo contest on Lenzr

The Concrete Ideas contest celebrates how this amazing building material — one of the oldest around — contributes to the urban landscape. From buildings to bridges, concrete doesn’t have to be an eyesore. Use your imagination to shoot the concrete at interesting angles and show how it can be a piece of art. Sponsored by a company that specializes in insulated concrete forms, which help reduce energy consumption and emissions.

Colourful Houses photo contest on Lenzr

The Colourful Houses contest wants your shots of bright buildings you’ve seen in your neighbourhood or on your travels. These are the houses that get people talking because they’re out of the cookie-cutter norm. Show us the best colourful houses you’ve seen for your chance to win. Contest sponsored by a PVC trim company, which offers a cost-effective alternative to wood trim.

Voting on these contests starts November 20, 2010. In all three contests, the registered member that uploads the highest ranked photo will WIN AN IPAD when the contest ends on Dec. 1, 2010. Contest open to Canadians 13 years of age and older, but unfortunately it’s not valid Quebec.

Good luck!

Solar Power Industry Embraces Lenzr in August

Thanks to government support and a multitude of determined environmental groups lobbying, we have new legislation, and now all Canadians can make and sell electric power to ‘the grid’, ostensibly the power can be made and consumed anywhere in North America, (but I’m told that small operations do present a challenge in terms of meeting and coordinating supply and demand).  Nicola Tesla would be proud; today there are almost a thousand independent power producers in Ontario alone.  Most of these individuals have solar panels, but some are selling wind power (and a rare few have small hydro electric dams – yes there is such a thing)

three contests on Lenzr for ipads sponsored by solar power industryThe  solar power industry now employs almost a hundred thousand people in Canada, and is rapidly expanding all over the world. Canadians import components from USA, Netherlands, Germany and Japan and China. In most cases the pieces are assembled in Canada, and some notable advances in the applications of solar power and batteries are exclusively Canadian.

In the months of August and September 2010, Lenzr can count itself among those employed in the rapidly expanding solar power sector in Canada. Three new contests are actively marketing solar power production and promoting solar energy to consumers.

Industrial roof repair company, flat roof, Toronto,The View From The Roof photo contest endeavours to collect the strange and wonderful scenery that’s ofetn only visible from rooftop, and consequently seldom seen by people who dont rise to the challenge. The sponsor of this challenge is a industrial roof repair expert who specializes in installing white roofs for solar power production. This contest shall collect the views from properties all across Canada. More details at the end, and on the Lenzr blog, All Weather Roofing Asks for your View From The Roof, win an iPad.

morning sunshine photo contest for solar power industry, raise awareness for portable solar powerThe Morning Sunshine photo contest on Lenzr is all about capturing and using solar power, in photography.

Participants are expected to use their cameras  to capture people and objects in the early morning sunshine.

Solarline Power makes clean portable solar power generators in Ontario Canada

Solarline Power assembles portable solar power generators (PSG’s) that quietly collect  deliver clean renewable energy to eco friendly habitats and construction sites, outdoor events and film productions.

Solarline Power makes and sell a mobile work unit that has on its top surface a giant adjustable solar panel that can be programmed tofollow the sun. below there are work stations that can be custimized to suit any business These units charge batteries that can replace small engines as a power source for many new eco conscious outdoor events and construction sites .

rimary objective is to help you create a backyard paradise.

people using solar power to build things is eco friendly construction sites, solar power, panels

People Building Things photo contest is also related to the solar power industry, and not just because the sponsor is an eco friendly solar powered deck building company.

Construction sites a more interesting when they happen at home, show us people building cool things in the basement, driveway, garage or backyard. Submit pics of  People Building Things and tell us the story behind the picture. Be sure and mention what’s being put together. 

In all three challenges, voting begins September 20th, the highest ranked photo will automatically Win an Apple iPad prize when all three web challenges end October 1st 2010. Must be 13yrs old or older to enter, open to all Canadians. Contest not valid in Quebec.