PhotoScamble Partners with Grand Valley State University for Photo Contest

Share Article – an established online photo contest platform has partnered with Grand Valley State University Geology Department to share student’s photos of geologic topics.

GVSU Best Field Trip Photo Contest

Grand Valley State University Best Field Trip Photo Contest

The photo contest is a great way to advertise what the GVSU geology department does to potential students and administrators (Dr. Peter Riemersma, Associate Professor, Department of Geology Grand Valley State University)

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RSS, an established online photo contest platform has released new features including the ability to allow a host to limit contest participants to an exclusive list. The photos are open to the public view, however entry and voting is restricted to students and administrators. The restriction is achieved by importing an exclusive RSVP list of emails into the system. The process can be achieved in a matter of minutes, while automatically sending an email invite to selected participants.

This year’s photo contest for Grand Valley State University has seven different categories capturing different aspects of geology and what geologists do. “The purpose of the contest is to give students and faculty in the geology department an opportunity to share their favorite and outstanding photographs in a friendly, yet competitive environment. The seven categories include ones devoted to physical features and human interactions.”(Dr. Peter Wampler Associate Professor, Department of Geology Grand Valley State University)

This year’s photo contest categories are:

  •     Geologist at Play - Pictures of geology students/faculty taking a break from work, relaxing, entertaining, and having fun.
  •     Geologist at Work - Pictures of geology students/faculty conducting research or investigations in the lab or field, i.e. collecting data, taking measurements, or lecturing.
  •     Midwest Geology - Landscapes, geologic features, or geologic activities within the Midwest region of the U.S. (Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin etc).
  •     Geologic Processes - Pictures that highlight a geologic process or a feature resulting from a geologic process such as rock outcrops, faulting/folding, weathering/erosion, sediments, deposition, or volcanism.
  •     Abstract Images - The patterns of geology at any scale from photomicrographs to satellite images, including landscapes pictures and aesthetic images.
  •     Most Educational - Images and accompanying interpretive descriptions that tell a geologic story or elucidate a geologic process.
  •     Best Field Trip Photo - Engaging and scenic images of people or places taken during a geology field trip. provides the tools for a banner image and up to 12 direct sponsor ad spaces within the contest. Sponsor ads are flexible enough to be used at the host’s discretion, allowing them to be free or sold at a fixed rate and on a CPM or CPC basis. Grand Valley State University felt so strongly about three GVSU web sites: Sustainable Safe Water for Haiti, Empowering Haiti through Education and their own Storm Water Initiative that they decided to offer these sponsors ad space for free. At the conclusion of each contest, a full traffic report is available to view sponsor impressions and clicks. This report is extremely useful, showing value to current and future sponsors.

Grand Valley State University isn’t the only organization that has a need to limit photo contests participants to an exclusive list. Several large and small companies host annual employee photo contests each year. Employee photo contests with participant limitations can restrict voting or allow voting to be open to the public. PhotoScramble has developed a platform flexible enough to accommodate participant limitations in a variety of ways meeting the needs of the contest creators.

PhotoScramble and their sister companies are global SaaS providers for over 10 years that have created an online platform to create, enter and vote in photo contests. Based in Traverse City, MI, PhotoScramble has developed tools necessary for companies and organizations of all sizes to host photo contests as a fun way to share photos, compete, promote, brand, and fundraise.

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