Congratulations to our Life’s an Adventure Story Contest $25,000 Winner!

What an amazing kickoff to Photobucket Stories with our recent Life’s an Adventure contest, and huge thanks to all who participated! There certainly was some tough competition with more than 4,700 entries, many of which ran neck-and-neck after 475,000 of you took to social media to voice your vote for your favorites by entering, commenting, liking and sharing them! But that being said, we did have to narrow it down to one first place champ, and we are happy to congratulate Summer Brennan our $25,000* winner for her story titled “Amado: Befriending a Wild Mustang.”

Summer’s entry chronicles her beautiful and touching journey of her training a wild mustang stallion named Amado. She walks us through the time she spent befriending Amado and gaining his trust while training him for their 90-day “Extreme Mustang Makeover” challenge. And, of course, she includes all the emotional and dramatic ups and downs in between!

After you check out Summer’s story, be sure to take a peek at the inspiring runner-up stories that also each scored $500* for their efforts. These adventures include tales such as hiking the Appalachian Trail, taking a cruise as Hurricane Sandy hit, falling in love in Costa Rica, a family setting sail for the first time, and one woman’s seven months spent traveling the world. You won’t want to miss them!

  • Click here to see a story from Mike_aidala about a personal adventure that ended with a twist.
Searched for adventure but found more..
  • Click here to see a story from LookySquares about a journey of 2,176 miles through 14 states over six months, all with two pairs of shoes and a self-proclaimed “horrible beard.”
2,176 Miles, 14 States, 6 Months...
  • Click here to see story from jsisting1 on some amazing travels from 2012, including Indonesia, Brazil, India and Peru.
My travels 2012
  • Click here to see story from MIST50 about her first-ever cruise, which she received as a 50th birthday gift from her sister, plus their ensuing adventure through nine states.
It's Funny How Things Work Out...
  • Click here to see story from melody_hill about a sailing trip, which turned out to be a bonding experience for the entire family.
A sailing trip

These Stories illustrate just how well Photobucket enables you to create and share your personal narratives using our exciting new Story platform.

So what are you waiting for? Now’s the time to start thinking about your own life adventures and all the stories you’ll want to capture, create and share of your greatest moments in pictures, text and video. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

*Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with Official Rules.

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, your story may be worth $25,000!

That’s right – you read it correctly. We’re giving our fabulous
Photobucket fans a chance to showcase their creativity in our “Life’s
an Adventure
” contest for an opportunity to win $25,000 (and just in
time for the holidays, too!).

Participating is easy; simply submit your entry in ‘Photobucket
Story’ form via Photobucket.com/StoryContest for
consideration. Entries are being accepted now through December 9, and they will
be judged on a combination of creativity, adherence to a theme and social
engagement.  Winners will be announced on December 14.

Haven’t heard about our new Photobucket Stories yet? Stories
allows you to easily create and collaborate on living stories by inviting
friends and family to contribute photos, video and text to a single, sharable
canvas. Once Stories are created, they are easily embeddable on blogs, personal
and brand sites, and can be shared among friends from mobile devices or across
Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.

To understand how Stories works, and to prepare for your contest
entry, you can see some examples of recent Stories created on Photobucket here:

So,
what are you waiting for? Chronicle and share your most interesting exploits
for an opportunity to win $25,000. Happy snapping, sharing and storytelling!

Teva Mountain Games Photo Competition

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Did you make it to the Winter Mountain Games this last weekend in Vail?

We were there, braving the cold to bring you Photobucket goodies and app downloads.

If you took some photos, remember to enter the public contest by adding your photos to the group album. You can win some great prizes from Eddie Bauer, Teva, Maui Jim and more!

Check out this great photo as an example:

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And even if you weren't there, you can still take a good look through the group album and click "Like" for the photos you love!

Thanks to everyone who came by to say hi and learn more about Photobucket! You guys rock!

Photography – Going to the Dogs?

I tweeted recently about a touching photography story I ran across – about, of all things, how dog “glamour shots” are helping to raise rescue adoption rates. It’s such a simple thing, but as a dog owner myself, I thought it was worth mentioning to highlight how people all over are helping to make a real impact with images.

CBS News first did a segment on Dallas-based photographer Theresa Berg, who said she aims to change the grim images of animal adoption photos into something that a possible pet owner cannot refuse. According to Berg, she can’t stand the thought that, “for want of a good picture, a dog goes homeless.”

The result? Each and every one of the dogs she photographed got adopted in record time, and adoption rates at the rescue are up 100 percent. She now trains volunteers from other rescues, and is encouraging other professional photographers to donate their talents to the cause, saying, “If every photographer just took in one rescue group, we could save so many more dogs,” which equates to tens of thousands of lives.

Berg now offers “Focus on Rescue,” a free photo clinic for animal rescue volunteers where they’ll teach participants how to take better photos using the camera and equipment you already have – even if it’s just a cell phone! Get more information via the contact page of her website here.

And we certainly can’t forget about the cat lovers out there! Our feline friends are known for their swagger, and in honor of the upcoming Puss in Boots 3D movie, we’re running a new contest: Simply show us your sassiest cat photos for a chance to win a year’s supply of Friskies® cat food, a $600 gift card AND tickets to see Puss In Boots in RealD 3D. Click here for more information and to enter. Good luck!

-Tom

Photobucket now has unlimited storage!

Unlimited Storage

The web’s premier photo and video site on the web, Photobucket.com is now giving unlimited storage* for all users! This means that free users get all of the below:

  • Unlimited photo storage
  • There will be a limit of 500 videos for free users
  • All storage for free users will be resized (we will not keep originals)
  • Bandwidth restrictions will remain at 10GB/month for free users

Now’s the time to sign up for an account with Photobucket and upload all your photos and videos to share with family and friends!

And if that’s not enough great news, if you Tweet, post on Facebook or email your friends with the news, you could win an iPad 2! So what are you waiting for? Get your upload on with unlimited storage at Photobucket! Click here to learn more.

 

*Photobucket reserves the right to limit excessive use and the unlimited storage offer pertains to non-commercial use only.

Win a Sony Dash!

Want to Win?

With spring right around the corner, what better way to get excited about warmer weather, flowers and birds chirping than by sharing your favorite spring photos to win something awesome! From trees blooming to green grass popping through, upload your photos for a chance to win a new Sony Dash!  With the Dash, you can have your favorite photos pushed to you automatically.

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Not only is Photobucket giving away five new Dashes to the winners of the contest, but Sony’s also offering a $20 instant rebate to everyone at participating retailers from 3/13/11 – 4/2/11. You can’t lose with this deal!

The Sony Dash displays your Photobucket pictures anywhere with Wi-Fi, and utilizes over 1000 free apps for real time information, personally delivered. For more information, see www.sony.com/dash or this cool preview video.

How to Enter:

To enter, go to the “Spring Forward Photos” contest. Good luck, and keep sharing your photos!

Coffee Mug Contest

From your favorite sports team to funny phrases, everyone has their favorite mug. Whether you bought the mug from a truck stop or made it yourself, share and enter your photo of you and your favorite mug in the official Starbucks' Me and My Mug contest for a chance to win a sweet Starbucks gift pack. Vote for your favorites and check out your other fellow coffee lovers. Have fun with your photo and show your love for the mug and the great coffee bean!

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Calling All Coffee Lovers!

Do you have a special mug or ritual of how you drink your cup of coffee? Whether you are rocking a bathrobe with sleep eyes or a mid-afternoon boost of energy, show us your unique coffee drinking behavior and you could win!

Upload and share your favorite photo of your drinking a cup of joe for a chance to win! Five winners will be selected and each will receive an International Delight Prize Pack which includes a Cuisinart coffee maker and International Delight products. Submit your entries here! 

UPDATE: The Winners Have Been Announced!

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