New Features & Book Update
Hey gang! We have a few quick updates for you, including an update on the progress of the Capture My Chicago 2010 book!
First, we have a few new features on the Capture My Chicago website to share with you. We're excited to have such an active community of photographers and photo fans even after the book phase has ended. Did you know almost 10,000 photos have been submitted and three quarters of a million votes have been cast since the book phase ended? That's incredible! We hope the new features will help make Capture My Chicago even more fun and active!
We revamped spotlights to be more about activity for the month than a particular theme. We now highlight the top photos, top photographers and recent badges for the month. Submit your photo and see how it stacks up against other photos for the month. We still award badges and give away prizes, too, like this month's prizes: a $150 fotoflot gift card for the peoples choice and a $150 fotoflot gift card for the editors' pick!
As a part of our effort to keep things interesting, we're now running challenges on various themes. Challenges are a fun way to highlight a specific subject and see the top-rated photos from Capture My Chicago photographers. Once you submit your photos to a challenge, you may find it on the leaderboard. At the end of each challenge the top-voted photo and the editors' pick will earn a badge! In the future, we'll be awarding prizes for challenges as well. Check out the currently running Football challenge or the Autumn Leaves challenge, and get ready for the 10-10-10 challenge on October 10th!
There's always something going on in the Chicago area, and now you can pool together photos of an event on Capture My Chicago. You can make your own private event (only you can submit photos to it), then ask your friends and family to vote for photos of your event, or you can submit a request for a public event where anyone can submit photo, like the Fall Color Festival at The Morton Arboretum event. Check out other events or submit your own today! Perfect for meetups, photowalks, family events, festivals, etc.
We have a lot of other cool features in the pipeline as well, so stay tuned! If you have any feature ideas you'd like to see developed, shoot us an email.
Finally, here's an update on the Capture My Chicago 2010 book. We are putting the final touches on the editing of the book. The final files will be off to press next week. As soon as the press starts rolling, we'll be contacting published photographers via email and releasing a list of everyone who's published in the book! We're going to keep a lid on which photos are selected until the release party, but photographers will be notified starting next week!
That's it! Now get out there and capture October in the Chicago area and submit your best shots to the October spotlight or enter a challenge, create an event, or just log on to vote, comment and interact with the active and growing Capture My Chicago community!