The entrants have made this contest very difficult; there are some fantastic images to choose from!  It took some time to narrow down the images, but we have round 1 of the head-to head contest ready for you to vote on.  All you have to do is click the link below to see the images and vote for your favorite in each pair.  Anyone and everyone can vote, so please share the link with friends and family… even a perfect stranger if you want.  Look for shots that make you go “Wow!”  Look for originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit.

It is one vote per person, per photo pair, per round.  So vote for your favorite in each pair today, and then in the next round, you get to vote for your favorite again.  If your favorite doesn’t win a round, that’s ok, you can pick a new favorite!  Don’t worry, this isn’t one of those contests where you have to vote every day, or hour, or 1.2 minutes, please only vote once per round.  We will let you know when the next round is ready for voting so you don’t miss it.

If you’re image or your friend’s image was not picked for this round, don’t get bummed out.  Use it as a learning experience, keep an open mind, and look at the qualities of the winning images. Please don’t send us hate mail if you don’t win, this is a friendly competition, with the main goal of being fun.  If you’re losing sleep at night over a photo contest, you’re really missing the point.  Try meditation or aromatherapy, and check back with us next year.  But we would love it if you would still vote for your favorites.

Voting for round 1 will be open until November 24, 2012 at 11:59pm Eastern Time.

To vote for your favorite photos, please visit:

For more information about The Photo Shootout, please visit:  Pre-registration is now open for the 2013 Black Hills Photo Shootout, September 27-29, 2013.  Click here to pre-register for the event: