Renoartio Online Art Contests

Renoartio Online Art Contests

Renoartio Photography Contests

I recently came across this neat new website that runs monthly art and photography contests.  The coolest thing about the photo contest is that they pay out cash awards and the awards grow as more people enter! If you have entered other contests like I have, then you know that most contests pay out smaller awards that are fixed, so the organization benefits as more people enter.  I like the idea of more money going back to the artists/photographers.   It looks like they have been running the contests since April of 2016 on a monthly basis.  The website seems really legit and they have a rather large Facebook presence.  I also checked out their Twitter and Instagram, and they are very active posting all entered pieces.

Renoartio Art Contest November Winner

1st Place November Winner – Troy Tatzko

After doing some more research and reaching out via the chat function on their website, I found out that this is a small company ran by Erik Johnson and Abra Johnson.  The purpose behind the site is to help support the arts, and as it grows, hopefully create an avenue for more people to make a living doing what they LOVE!  Seems like a great vision to me!

Photography Contest Details:

Theme: Not specified, all photography is eligible

Entry Fee: $15

Payout: Top 5 Win Cash Awards

Eligibility: International artists over 18

They also run a monthly art contest that is open to all visual art forms, from painting to drawing, to graffiti.  The top 25 artists win cash awards and the contest is also open to all international artists over the age of 18.

Open Art Contest Details:

Medium: Open to all visual art forms

Theme: Not specified

Entry Fee: $15

Payout: Top 25 Win Cash Awards

Eligibility: International artists over 18


Renoartio Video

Here is a short video I found on their website that gives a little more information about the contests.

To learn more, visit the Renoartio Website here

Finding Your Style

Finding Your Style

Finding Your Style:

We are all busy snapping pictures every day, but how many different styles of photography do we know?  Understanding the different styles or genres of photography is key in finding/developing our own styles as photographers.  It is also very helpful in better understanding where our photography fits in.

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Types of Photography:

Aerial Photography:

Aerial photography has been around since 1858 and is as popular as ever.  Any image captured from above is known as aerial photography.

Architectural photography:

This genre consists of capturing the visuals of buildings.  The image can be of the interior or exterior of a building to apply.  Lighting and image distortion can be a challenge to photographers shooting buildings.

Candid photography:

Candid Photography is the capturing of spontaneous moments via an image.  The subjects are normally not aware that they will be captured, making the image very natural.  Wedding photography is a great example of Candid Photography.

Documentary photography:

The telling of a story through photographs.  This genre is the compilation of many different photos to tell s certain story that is relevant.  The key is connecting with the subject.

Fashion photography:

Usually this genre is involved with the selling process of clothing.  This is not always the case though.  The location, lighting, makeup, stylists and the model play a major role in the photographer being able to do their job.

Food photography:

One of the most popular genres today.  It seems that everyone is creating images of food these days.  Natural light is a key here, the use of a flash only seems to cause issues.

Landscape photography:

One of the most popular types of photography due to the beauty of nature.  Patience is key, as waiting for the right shot is a must.  Tripod’s and other equipment are absolutely necessary.  Some photographers will wait all day for one shot.

Night-long exposure photography:

The capturing of the world after dark.  This genre requires in depth knowledge of the use of light, shutter speed, and aperture.


Capturing the moods and expressions of people.  Typically the face is the focus but could also be a body portrait.

Sport photography:

Due to the nature of sports, this genre is typically fast paced and action packed.  The ISO setting and ability to shoot at higher shutter speeds is a must.

Street photography:

Capturing normal everyday life.  The goal is to shoot and capture the essence of everyday life.   Usually an object is the focus.

Wildlife photography:

This is a very challenging type of photography because you are reliant on animals.  Usually to take pictures of animals in the their natural habitat, you must go into their world and not disturb them.  It is a combination of patience and preparation.  You might wait all day for that perfect shot, so when it comes, you can’t miss it.

My Favorite Photography Quotes

My Favorite Photography Quotes

Best Photography Quotes

Here is a list of my favorite quotes:

  • “Photography is the story I fail to put into words.”
    Destin Sparks
  • “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
    Ansel Adams
  • “In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”
    Alfred Stieglitz
  • “There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”
    Robert Frank
  • “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
    Aaron Siskind
  • “We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.”
    Ralph Hattersley
  • “Once photography enters your bloodstream, it is like a disease.”
  • “A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.”
    Annie Leibovitz
  • “You don’t take a photograph. You ask quietly to borrow it.”
  • “Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”
    Don McCullin
  • “A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.”
    Edward Steichen
  • “It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”
    Paul Caponigro
  • “The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.”
    Andy Warhol
  • “Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.”
    Diane Arbus
  • “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
    Elliott Erwitt
  • “The picture that you took with your camera is the imagination you want to create with reality.”
    Scott Lorenzo
  • “If the photographer is interested in the people in front of his lens, and if he is compassionate, it’s already a lot. The instrument is not the camera but the photographer.”
    Eve Arnold
  • “A tear contains an ocean. A photographer is aware of the tiny moments in a persons life that reveal greater truths.”
  • “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
    Dorothea Lange
  • “Essentially what photography is is life lit up.”
    Sam Abell
  • “I don’t trust words. I trust pictures.”
    Gilles Peress
  • “I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.”
    Diane Arbus
  • “Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
    Marc Riboud
  • “Once you learn to care, you can record images with your mind or on film. There is no difference between the two.”
  • “Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.”
    Ambrose Bierce
  • “Photography is truth.”
    Jean-Luc Godard
  • “The camera makes you forget you’re there. It’s not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.”
    Annie Leibovitz
  • “If you see something that moves you, and then snap it, you keep a moment.”
    Linda McCartney
  • “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”
    Ansel Adams
  • “A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.”
    Diane Arbus
  • “One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.”
    Annie Leibovitz
  • “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”
    Karl Lagerfeld
  • “A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.”
    Irving Penn
  • “Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.”
    Matt Hardy
  • “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
    Elliott Erwitt
  • “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
    Ansel Adams
  • “When people ask me what equipment I use – I tell them my eyes.”
  • “All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.”
    Richard Avedon
  • “I think good dreaming is what leads to good photographs.”
    Wayne Miller
  • “I love the people I photograph. I mean, they’re my friends. I’ve never met most of them or I don’t know them at all, yet through my images I live with them.”
    Bruce Gilden
  • ”Photography is an immediate reacion, drawing is a mediatation.”
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • “My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.”
    Steve McCurry
  • “Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.”
    Yousuf Karsh
  • “The camera is an excuse to be someplace you otherwise don’t belong. It gives me both a point of connection and a point of separation.”
    Susan Meiselas
  • “Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.”
    Tony Benn
  • “It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.”
    Alfred Eisenstaedt
  • “I like to photograph anyone before they know what their best angles are.”
    Ellen Von Unwerth
  • “Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.”
    Peter Adams
  • “Life cheap jerseys is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important and capture the good times, develop from the tony romo authentic jerseys negatives and if things don’t work out, just take another shot.”
  • “Only photograph what you love.”
    Tim Walker
  • “In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.”
    August Sander
  • “When I photograph, what I’m really doing is seeking answers to things.”
    Wynn Bullock
  • “Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.”
    Yousuf Karsh
  • “It’s weird that photographers spend years or even a whole lifetime, trying to capture moments that added together, don’t even amount to a couple of hours.”
    James Lalropui Keivom
  • “Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”
    Imogen Cunningham


Einstein Time and Photography

Einstein Time and Photography

What is Passion?  For me, passion is what leads to the feeling of losing track of time.  Passion is what drives that feeling of not being able to wait to get up in the morning.  Life is all about doing the things wholesale jerseys China you enjoy, and when you find that something you truly enjoy, experiencing the phenomenon of time.  I am sure you all know about Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, and I think it is very important, but for less obvious reasons.  I believe that the highest use of his Theory of Relativity is that of a test.  Mark Cuban’s advice to today’s 18 year olds was to try as many things as possible, and when you run into Einstein Time, you have something worth doing.   Ever since I heard that, I have viewed Einstein’s theory as an evaluator of jobs.  If you find yourself looking up at the clock at 3am not realizing that you skipped dinner and haven’t come up for air since 8pm, you have something you really enjoy.

Why did I go into all of this? Photography for me is something that I could do for hours.  It was the one thing in my life that I really experienced Einstein’s Theory while doing.  I can get lost and not have to come cheap wholesale jerseys china up for air for a long time.  For you it might be painting, drawing, sketching, etc.  I challenge everyone reading this to find their Passion, find their Photography!

This website symbolizes my next great adventure in life living on Einstein’s Time.  Living my Passion!


Ruth Ridgeway