Fstoppers.com is hosting a "Behind the Scenes" Video/Photography contest with over $21000 in prizes and excellent exposure for the top 20 finalists.This is a great opportunity for action photographers to make a name for themselves and get more exposure.  It's also a potential "in" with some great photography companies and websites!  So what are you doing?  Start planning and shooting a video now, there's plenty of time to create your masterpiece.Below the video is a bit of information about the competition from the FStoppers website.  For more information check out the competition page on fstoppers.com here.What is the Fstoppers 2011 Behind The Scenes Contest?This is a contest open to any photographer/videographer around the world who wants to share how creative they are behind a camera. You must be willing to share your creative side and explain exactly how you tackled your project. In order for your BTS video to be well received by our audience, you must include the photo/video gear you are using, show the final images within the video, and also give out useful information to help teach and inspire other photographers. How you go about making your video is totally up to you. The more unique the concept the better! Need inspiration? Check out last year’s top 10 videos to see the best from 2010. How do I submit my video?Submitting your video is easy. First, in order to make sure all videos are current and created just for this contest, you need to include the Fstoppers 2011 BTS Contest Intro Video at the beginning of any video you submit. Next you need to upload your contest video onto your Youtube or Vimeo account. Once you have it online, simply embed the video into a new thread on the Fstoppers Forum under the 2011 Fstoppers Behind The Scenes Contest thread. This will allow everyone to easily find all contest videos and leave questions, thanks, and inspiring notes about your submission. Just remember all videos need to remain online for the duration of the contest to remain eligible.Mirror Sites for Intro Video: http://www.fstoppersforum.com or http://www.patrickhallphotography.comBut I don’t have a DSLR or HD video camera!We’ve heard this before especially during last year’s contest. Some of the most inspiring video entries from last year were made in spite of not having fancy equipment! Get creative and team up with your friends, use your HD cell phone camera, rent a good camera for a weekend, beg your parents to buy you that new DSLR with HD video capabilities. Do whatever you have to do to make something fun and entertaining. Considering our most popular photoshoot, the iPhone Fashion Shoot, was completely shot on a cell phone with no focus or exposure lock, there really is no excuse for not using a bit of ingenuity when creating your BTS video.Can I submit a behind the scenes video on a video production?Absolutely! We don’t want to leave you film makers out in the dark. If you are working on a film, documentary, commercial, or other video related project, simply upload both a behind the scenes video on how you made the film as well as the final production itself. Last year Keith Bradshaw did really well in the contest with his short music video Mr. Wonderful…check it out for inspiration. When does this contest run? This contest it running from August 1st, 2011 to December 31st, 2011. All entries must be uploaded onto the forum by midnight eastern time to be eligible. Get your videos in early because we will be posting the best ones on the front of Fstoppers.com as they come in, and you don’t want yours not to make a splash.   Who is judging this contest? After Dec 31st, 2011, the Fstoppers staff will narrow the submissions down to the top 20 videos. The top three winners will be chosen by a panel of celebrity photographers which will be announced halfway through the contest.   Can anyone enter? What if I live outside the United States? Anyone is eligible to enter. If you are under the age of 18 you must have parent consent. If you live outside of the United States or Canada, you will be responsible for any shipping costs and/or local taxes required on all prizes won. Please read the full contest rules if you have further questions about eligibility. Good luck, and most of all, have fun creating your entry! 


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