At Anker, we already know our fans are some of the most creative people around. So, we want to give you a chance to show off your skills with a Community Photography Contest.
Whether you’re an amateur just starting out or have been a pro for years, we want to see your best photos of your favorite Anker products. The winner of our contest will get to have their work featured on the Anker homepage.
Your Moment of Fame
First Place: Your photo will appear as a banner on the front page, right here (after you select your country, if it’s not already saved in your browser’s cookies).
Second and Third Place: You’ll be featured in our follow-up forum post, so all our members can see your work and give you the praise you deserve!
What to Shoot
Choose any one product from your Anker collection to be your subject. Your photo can be either of the product by itself, or of people using the product. Feel free to get creative—experiment with different backgrounds, lighting, placement, and so on.
When you’ve got your photo ready, feel free to touch it up using Photoshop or your favorite editing software, but please don’t go overboard. You were not using your PowerCore while spacewalking with your cat, and we all know it. Keep in mind that we want the focus (pun intended) to be on photography rather than editing this time around.
Hot Photography Tips
Not sure about how to photograph a tech product? We asked our very own creative team to come up with some pointers to help get you snapping in the right direction.
1. Pay Attention to Lighting. Know where your light sources are in your setting, whether they’re natural or artificial. See if you can get a feel for appropriate uses of angle and shadow. Let your audience see what the product is clearly, but don’t be afraid to get dynamic and artistic with your incorporation of lighting.
2. Try, Try Again. The chances of getting a photo you’re totally satisfied with on the first attempt are slim to none. Move around between shots, adjust your angle or placement, or try a different background. Keep experimenting until you feel comfortable enough with a scenario to set up that picture-perfect shot.
3. Keep it Simple. Your background should serve to make your subject (in this case, the product) look its absolute best. Refrain from using overly colorful or busy backgrounds that distract the eye from the main event.
4. Play the Field. To capture a professional-looking close-up of a product, our own in-house photographers suggest using a wide aperture—letting in more light and creating a narrow depth of field. This means that your final image will appear much more focused on the product than whatever might be in the background.
How to Win
Ready to get started? When your photo’s ready in JPEG format, simply click “reply” in the comments, then click the upload button to show us your stuff. Your final photo’s dimensions should be at least 1920×480. That said, when you post it in our comments please make sure it weighs in at less than 2MB—just to make it easier for our comment system to digest.
If your photo is chosen as the winner, we’ll then want you to give us your highest quality version of it to show off to the world. 8)
Happy shooting, shutterbugs!
Images should be high-quality, at least 1920×480. However, when you post your submission, please resize it to 2MB. JPEG format only.
Your submission should contain:
1 Anker Product Photo
1 Title (in the comment itself, not on the photo image)
1 Short Description of the Product (again, just in the comment)
Don't get too crazy with the Photoshopping. Light touch ups and editing are good, but keep the picture as close to its original state as possible.
We will select our first, second, and third place winners based on originality, composition, artistic merit, and likes by other Community members.
Open to users from all countries.
The winning submission will be displayed on www.anker.com and our Community homepage for one week. The second and third place winners will be recognized in an upcoming forum post.
Event runs from May 26th 12:00 AM PDT to June 9th 11:59 PM PDT.