We love old cameras, and we love it when others love old cameras as much as we do. So to help spread the joy of photography, we began February with a giveaway. We asked our readers to post shots of their lives, adventures, and passions on our Ello page, Facebook wall, or Instagram using the hashtag #casualphotophilephotocontest. We weren’t looking for technically perfect shots, or difficult photos, just shots that spoke to the thrill of shooting photos for no other reason than to make a compelling image.
We expected a couple hundred entries, at the most. What we got has been so much greater than that in both quantity and quality.
Though it may smack of patronization, it’s the truth; you people have amazed us, and that’s no exaggeration. Your shots were eclectic, inspiring, and technically excellent. We had photos come in from all over the globe; from local shooters in Boston, and from distances as far as Tokyo, Istanbul, and Madrid.
To connect with other photo-geeks and be witness to these small facets of our readers’ lives has been amazing. It’s easily the most rewarding part of running both Casual Photophile, and F-Stop Cameras.
With more than 1,000 photos to go through, choosing one person to win the Canon AE-1 was an immense task. So many of you deserve to win, and we wish we could give a free camera to every single person who submitted a shot. Alas, there can be only one winner. But we’ve also decided to give some free film away to a few honorable mentions, as well.