This Just In, Special Exposure Model Search – A Photo Contest [entries closed] — 5 Minutes for Special Needs

This Just In, Special Exposure Model Search – A Photo Contest [entries closed]

by Melody


Entries are closed. Three finalists photos will be posted here on Tuesday, September 2 and YOU will vote for the winner.

I was thinking one night…you know, kids in bed I can almost weave coherent thoughts time…and decided there should be a Special Exposure Wednesday model. Our Special Exposure button kid is adorable, but what could possibly be more adorable than featuring one of your special children in that Polaroid-ish frame?  Of course, doing so necessitates a Special Exposure Model Search.

Welcome to 5 Minutes for Special Needs first Special Exposure Model Search.  The guidelines are simple.

Enter a photo of a child living with special challenges that you think would invoke an "Awwww, how delightful. I should check out this Special Exposure Wednesday thing" emotion from viewers.  A camera may or may not be included in your image.  The Polaroid-ish frame itself and photo meme name make connections to photography.

Please submit only a photo you have taken and which you have permission to publish.  For example, if a child other than or in addition to yours is featured, have parental permission before making it a part of Special Exposure Model Search.

Keep in mind that as the end of summer approaches, we are looking for a photo which would be better suited for the coming fall season to replace our current summer-themed button.

Submit the highest resolution image possible; size is not as important as quality.  The photo will be re-sized for use in the blog buttons.  A couple of helpful hints: (1) Get close-up. (2) Be aware of the background in your image.  A cluttered background can distract from an otherwise amazing photo.  Then…

  1. Submit your Special Exposure Model Search photo to the Flickr groupPlease enter only one photo per person.
  2. Tag your Flickr photo "Special Exposure Model Search".
  3. Leave your Flickr group photo link in the comments of this post.
  4. Follow each of the three steps above for your photo to be eligible. 

    Really, follow all three steps. Thanks.

Note: A basic membership to Flickr is free and you must join Flickr to join the group. Also, all of the photo entries are visible only when you join the group.

You may also add your photo in a post on your blog if you choose. If you do, we would appreciate your post including a link back to this contest post.

Entries are accepted beginning today and are open through 11:59pm EST Saturday, August 30.

Three Special Exposure Model photo finalists will be chosen by 5 Minutes for Special Needs team members from all eligible submissions.  Sorry fellow team members, your kids are cute, cute, but your photos are not eligible for entry.

The three finalist photos will be posted here on Tuesday, September 2, and you will vote and choose the first Special Exposure Model Search winner.  Voting will end 11:59pm EST Sunday, September 7.  The winner will be announced here Tuesday, September 9.

The winning photo will be featured on the large and small version of the Special Exposure button.  Imagine, your photo brightening blog sidebars and posts throughout bloggyland. The new blog button featuring the winning photo will be added to our “Link to Us” page of button codes along with photo credit for the winning photographer and a link to your blog (if the winner is a blogger).

If you blog, please consider blogging about the contest and linking to this post.  If you are looking for code to post the current Special Exposure Wednesday button, you will find it here along with all of our 5M4SN buttons.  We love linky love.

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Charge your camera battery, format your memory card and get clicking!

Melody can be found writing here at 5MFSN every Tuesday in addition to hosting Special Exposure Wednesday. She can also be found at Slurping Life and what i think.

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1 Tammy and Parker August 10, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Let the picture taking begin! 😀

2 Debbie August 10, 2008 at 6:30 pm

How fun! Addison’s first Halloween was spent in the NICU since she was only 10 days old. She was the sweetest pumpkin in the NICU and charmed all who saw her that day as she traveled downstairs for a battery of tests.

3 teribella August 10, 2008 at 9:56 pm

EK “graduated” from her preschool class last summer, and I caught this great shot of her and her sisters laughing together… one of my all-time favourites!

4 Trish August 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm

This is a great idea – I love it!

5 cindy moore August 11, 2008 at 9:04 pm

Good information Thanks

6 Melody August 12, 2008 at 2:57 pm

Everyone please read the bold print steps 1, 2 and 3.


If you have entered more than one photo, please choose ONLY ONE, delete others from the Flickr group, and repost your link to your ONE entry at this post.

If you submit more than one photo into the Flickr group, none will be eligible.

I will be checking and per contest rules of one entry per person, will have to delete multiple entries.

Thanks for correcting multiple entries. I want everyone to be eligible!

7 Sandi August 12, 2008 at 9:37 pm

This is one I love of Jessica when she was younger in a rare quiet moment while sitting in a pile of leaves we had just raked up:

8 Danette August 12, 2008 at 11:12 pm

Here’s one of Little Bitty dressed up for Halloween – he’s reaching for the camera so his little thumb is looking not so little (haha) but I love his expression :).

9 Lisa - Lily's mom August 12, 2008 at 11:33 pm
10 Beth August 13, 2008 at 8:50 am

Precious was 10 1/2 months old, and this was the first day she sat on her own! It was the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and the fall leaves look so nice.

11 Angie Clark August 13, 2008 at 9:26 am

My son Joshua the pirate!

12 Angie Clark August 13, 2008 at 9:29 am
13 Jen August 13, 2008 at 9:42 am
14 Melody August 13, 2008 at 10:45 am

Keep ’em coming folks! This is going to be so much fun. I LOVE the idea of one of our bloggy friends’ photos blessing our button. 🙂

15 Bobbi August 13, 2008 at 12:28 pm

Here is my link:

This is a pic of my handsome boy Parker. Bobbi

16 Cynthia August 14, 2008 at 7:54 pm

Here is a link to my son Ben’s picture. This was his first trip to the pumpkin farm.

17 Pam August 19, 2008 at 12:21 am

Here is the link to one of my all time favorite pictures of our little Rhett. This is a great idea, I can’t wait to see who wins!!!

18 PsychMamma August 19, 2008 at 11:27 am

SOOO sorry that I somehow failed to read the instructions correctly. I swear I read them 3 times! Anyway, you can delete my previous comments and links. My ONE entry link is:

Thanks for such a great contest! I’m enjoying seeing everybody’s pics

19 Michelle & Kayla August 19, 2008 at 2:29 pm

Here is the like to my photo:

what a great idea – thanks!

20 Jenny August 19, 2008 at 11:41 pm

I finally got Jackson to look at the camera AND smile:


21 Meg Beverly August 20, 2008 at 1:57 pm

Here’s my link, love all those beautiful faces I see in the group!

22 Ruthie August 21, 2008 at 12:39 am

Here’s my link to a picture of my 6 year old son, Christopher, who was diagnosed with Autism a little over a year ago. Love all of the pictures! All are very deserving of winning. Can’t wait to see which one wins!

23 Holly August 21, 2008 at 11:25 pm

Here’s our picture of Caleigh. She was born at 28 wks with Gastroschisis. She has short bowel syndrome, intestinal failure, PVL, CP, complex partial seizures. She is the light of our life. This picture was taken in the hospital oddly enough!

24 Punya August 23, 2008 at 9:22 pm

Had to enter a delightful photo of my special needs now young man. He was 11 months when this photo was taken. He is now 18 and has had another major heart surgery, 3 spinal repairs, managed cerebral palsy, autistic spectrum disorder and other bits and pieces. Love him dearly. This photo shows him having his first bath after the surgery.

25 Shannon August 26, 2008 at 5:26 pm
26 Nancy August 27, 2008 at 2:16 am

that is the address to the photo I would like to submit of my son Tyler. He is a 25 week preemie who has CP.

27 Nancy August 27, 2008 at 2:21 am

Ok so I have no idea how the right web link is going to work so here it is again!!

28 Stacy H August 27, 2008 at 12:06 pm

My identical twin boys showing off their BIG smiles.

29 Stacy H August 27, 2008 at 12:07 pm
30 Kristen August 27, 2008 at 9:21 pm
31 Maddy August 28, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Extension! Yeah. now I’ve whizzed them up to flickr but if it’s only one, how do I choose which one?

Maybe I should email you first, coz you have nothing better to do that critique two lousy snap shots right?

32 Alicia August 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm

I’m REALLY having a hard time deciding on one photo to enter, and since I see several people who have entered more than once I want to make sure I understand the rules. We can only enter one photo, correct?

33 Alicia August 30, 2008 at 8:54 pm

I’ve tried submitting my link twice, and it’s not working, so here’s a test!

34 Alicia August 30, 2008 at 10:14 pm

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