Our very scary Halloween contest results.

You fantastic photographers responded enthusiastically when we announced our Halloween photo contest this October. With big-time cash prizes on the line, the submissions were varied and quite simply–awesome. We had over 5000 photos submitted ranging from epically spooky scenes that may fuel more than a few nightmares to the unbearably adorable unbounded excitement of first trick-or-treating trips.

Our fearless judging panel, which included Dracorubio whose jaw-dropping work always leaves us inspired, sifted through all the submissions and chose four distinct photographs that really captured the essence of our favorite holiday.

Grand Prize — Sarah Cruzdsc_4780-x2

2nd Prize – Julie Peveto

3rd Prize – Richard Terborg

4th Prize – Thomas Lieser
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To see more of the great images from our Halloween contest, you can browse some of the top submissions here. A special thanks to all who participated! You helped make our Halloween truly memorable.

Beer or Coffee – 10/28/16

Happy Halloween weekend! I hope your weekend is full of ghosts, ghouls and copious amounts of candy.  Halloween’s proximity means you have precious few days left to enter our Halloween contest.

Didn’t watch our Facebook Live?  No problem, here’s what we released this week:

  • We’ve made some big updates to uploading in our iOS App. We’ve added a robust upload queue, showing you all the details of your existing uploads. Multiple images will now upload simultaneously, dramatically speeding up uploads in general. You can also upload to multiple galleries at once, and we’ll do our best to keep your uploads running in the background if needed. In short, getting your photos from your iPhone or iPad has never been easier!
  • There were a few minor bugs surrounding the features that allow you to brand your packages for your customers. Your customers will get flawless Thank You prints and branding stickers on their packages, making sure your personal brand is presented in the best possible way.
  • Mid-Gloss Metal Prints are now available through Bay Photo! This is my personal preference for finish on gorgeous metal prints; I highly recommend adding them to your pricelists today.

Beer or Coffee – 10/21/16

I hope you all have weekend plans already, because Friday is upon us again! I’m out of town today, but I’ll leave you all in the very capable hands of Jen and Evan for our Facebook Live show.  They’ll be previewing another new product coming soon from Bay Photo!

Don’t have time to watch? Here’s what we have been working on lately:

  • We’ve made some very significant improvements to our Coupons feature. We’ve given the feature a much needed facelift, but we’ve been working on functionality as well! You can now edit the coupon code, discount amount, and currency type of the coupon up until it has been used the first time. We’ve also improved the wording around restrictions or limitations on coupons to make it easier to get everything just right. Perhaps most exciting is the unseen benefits, the underlying technology has been upgraded to allow us to do some exciting new things with coupons in the future.
  • We’ve also launched a Halloween photo contest! If you haven’t entered yet, you still have another week to  submit your best Halloween photos and possibly win some big prizes!

What’s better than a sack full of candy? A sack full of money!

Halloween is our favorite holiday. Really! We get dressed up. We go trick-or-treating. (Or at least take the kiddos out.) We decorate and eat candy without regard for teeth or waistline—Carpe Halloweenem! So we’re all dying to know…are you on this level too? Do you dress up? Spread fake cobwebs all over your house? Create elaborate yard displays designed for the sole purpose of terrifying the neighborhood kids? Whatever you do, we want to see it. Just snap a picture, send it to us, and you could win some seriously awesome prizes.


Since we can’t imagine celebrating Halloween only halfway, we’re putting our money where our candy bowl is. Right now through the 31st, you can enter to win up to $3,000 cash plus tons of other great prizes including SmugMug swag bags with our coveted hoodie, a free year of Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography, $50 Mixbook credit for any of their print materials, or one of two large Xposer wall prints from Bay Photo.

To enter, all you have to do is upload your favorite Halloween images to a public gallery on your SmugMug account. Tag each photo with the keyword “Smugoween,” and our panel of experts will judge the entries and choose four winners for our awesome prize packages. You can enter as many photos as you want! We’ll be adding all entries here throughout the contest, but don’t worry if you don’t see yours immediately—they can take a while to add to the keyword page.

For official rules or more information on how to enter your photos, visit our contest page. We can’t wait to see how you make Halloween a total scream!

Get your candy bag ready, Halloween 2016 is here.

We love Halloween so much we decided to take the entire month to celebrate it. I mean given our track record of dressing up, we knew we had to blow our favorite holiday out of the apple-bobbing water this year.

We’re starting with a big fat candy grab bag of 31 Days of Halloween on Instagram. We’ll be featuring our very best in spooky and scary, plus some special cute and costumey. Do you have a favorite Halloween photo? Tag it on Instagram with #Smugoween and maybe we’ll feature your photo on our feed.

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Got a fun Halloween photo? Share it with us on Instagram with the hashtag #Smugoween

While you’re at it, take a few seconds to login, or sign up for a SmugMug account (if you haven’t already.) Upload your favorite Halloween picture to a new public gallery after our contest starts on 10/17. If you tag that photo with #Smugoween,  we’ll include it in our Halloween Photo Contest where we’re giving away almost $8,000 worth of prizes including a grand prize package that includes $3,000 cash! But that’s not all—you could also win SmugMug swag bags with one of our coveted hoodies, a free year of Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography, $50 Mixbook credit for any of their print materials, one of two large Xposer wall prints from Bay Photo, and more!

We’ve got a special panel who will be judging our winners. Sign up for the SmugMug newsletter to be among the first to know when the contest launches.

Getting excited? Well, we’re just getting started. Now through the end of the month, we’re giving new SmugMug customers 31% off their SmugMug subscription for the first year. Signing up couldn’t be easier, and we’ll even give you a free 14-day trial if you’ve never tried SmugMug before.

Save 31%

We wouldn’t dream of leaving out our own loyal photographer friends though, so we’re capping off the month with a very special 31% discount on Montage photo books starting October 25. That way you can commemorate your Halloween holiday or any other life event in a unique photo book full of your favorite images. Either follow us on Facebook or join our mailing list for more details when the discount begins.

If you can’t tell, we’re pretty excited to share our Halloween with you, so get your candy, costumes, and decorations prepped, then you’ll be ready for all of our treats.

Feast your eyeballs on two spook-tacular Halloween treats!

SmugMug makes managing and displaying your photos simply magical. Subscribe to any new plan right now for 31% OFF and you’ll soon be creating unearthly galleries, sharing spooky memories with family and friends, and storing everything to infinity and beyond.


Cast your spell quick! This offer is powerless after November 8.

* This boo-tiful offer is valid on the first year of any new SmugMug subscription.

Transform your Halloween memories into a spooktacular Montage Photo Book. With auto-magic layouts, it’s as easy as hocus pocus to make a stunning photo book in minutes, not hours. For a limited time, we’re carving 31% off Montage exclusively for SmugMug customers. 


Get carving quick! This deal vanishes November 8.

Treat Yourself This Halloween with More Smug Friends

This is a favorite time of the year for lots of us who love to have fun with friends and family, dress up, and watch the leaves change on the trees. Remember pooling your trick-or-treating candy and swapping and sharing with friends? We hope that at SmugMug, you’ll still be able to do this in the spirit of the holiday.

No Tricks, Just Treats at SmugMug

20% credit is a sweet, sweet reward for every friend you bring over to join us. Remember that when you share the secret of beautiful online galleries with friends using your unique referral link, you earn a percentage of their account value back into yours. And they get a discount off their first year, too, just for knowing you.

Why would they join? Great memories start with friends, and everyone needs a safe place to put them. Whether they love to document the kids’ adorable costumes year after year or are famous for throwing wickedly delicious Halloween parties, there’s room for it all in SmugMug’s unlimited galleries.

SmugMug’s “Spooky” theme
Try our festive “Pumpkins” theme.

Let’s not forget that every account comes bundled with dozens of gorgeous one-click themes (like “Spooky” and “Pumpkins”), so your Halloween galleries will look appropriately festive… even if their personality’s sunny and warm.

And if the party gets a little too crazy, we’ve got powerful privacy features to boot.

So what are you waiting for? Your friends are waiting!

Kudos to September’s Winner: Chip Jones

Congrats to Chip Jones, our most recent winner of our monthly Refer-a-Friend contest! Chip takes gorgeous Fine Art, Landscape, and Architectural Photographs, and we’re pleased to be able to add a GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition camera to his lineup of photo tools.

Chip Jones Photography

Time’s running out on our contest, so if you’re looking to win one of your own, don’t forget to check out the contest and prize details, and start sharing SmugMug with your circle of friends.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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