50Photos Project Open for Voting and Submission

A few months ago I had an idea at 2:30am. I talked about the “50 photos” project before, but this time, it’s grown up a little bit.

This time, there’s a real voting application behind it.


As a photographer who licenses your work under Creative Commons, you can submit your Flickr URLs to any work which could be considered appropriate for the theme, “Old”. Photographers who’s photos are voted by popular demand to be a part of the book will receive $1.00 per photo per book sold. Because there will be a limited print run of only 50 books, if you have one photo accepted into the book, you could receive up to $50.

Photo admirers

I’m not a great photographer, so I sit with this bunch. But, this is still a very exciting place to be. Every photo submitted by a photographer can be voted on by anyone else. Just login and start voting. It’s pretty simple.

Interested in the book?

This will be a very limited run book. We will only ever print 50 copies of this book. Anyone interested in owning one of the 50 books can either fill in their email address when they login (go to the “my info” area), or, just give me your email address here.

I promise I won’t use, sell, rent, or do anything with that email address except for two things — (1) to contact you to tell you the book is available for purchase and/or (2) to confirm your identity if your Open ID provider goes down.

What is this project about?

The simple version is that I had this idea to give honor to the creative commons licensed photographers who are awesome. These are the people who take brilliant photographs and don’t get paid (except in attribution) for their work, yet it’s published all over the world in newspapers, magazines, and on the internet. They rarely hear how awesome their work is, and I wanted to give a little back to them.

So, the idea was to get 50 photos under a particular theme (in this case “Old”). Get the photographer’s permission to print a limited number of them in a commercial work and sell them. Each photo sold would make the photographer $1.00. It’s not a lot, it’s probably more than they’ve made off their awesome photos yet. This just validates the photographer’s awesomeness more than anything. It also makes for a pretty expensive book.

So, after printing costs and everything, it’ll probably cost between $80-90 per book. But each one will be special. You could easily pay $100 for a photo book from great, well known photographers.

Think of this as the independent label for photography.

Please, spread the word about this project and come and vote on the photographs being submitted.

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

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