Submit Your Photo to Our Captured Photo Contest To Win a $500 Best Buy Gift Card

by , 12/24/11

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How has design impacted your life? Is there a specific building, structure, city or object that is really important to you, that helped define you who are today? Perhaps you’ve traveled to distant lands to see incredible works of architecture or maybe the designs that inspire you most are right in your own home. How has design shaped your family memories and connected you to your heritage? We’re partnering with Federated Media to challenge you to send us your favorite photo memory showcasing a design that left an impression on your psyche. We’ll pick our favorite photo based on creativity, image quality and its ability to tell your story and the winner will take home a fabulous $500 Best Buy gift card! It’s easy to enter, and just think about how nice it would be to have an extra $500 to spend on your friends and family this holiday season, or maybe just buy an iPad for yourself!


1. Upload your favorite design photo(s) to and tag them #CapturedPhotoContest_Inhabitat.

2. Important note: Be sure to make your pics “public” so that we can see them.

3. Comment below with a link to your Flickr photo and a short description of what it is.

4. You may submit up to FIVE photos between now and December 24th. We’ll be judging them based on creativity, image quality and storytelling-through-photography. The contest ends on December 24th at 11:59PM EST and we’ll be contacting the winner through Flickr Mail around January 16, 2012.

TIPS on how to win:

– Pick creative, funny, thought-provoking photos that capture a favorite design memory
– You MUST include the hashtag #CapturedPhotoContest_Inhabitat
– Mark your photos “public” or else we can’t see them

Need an example? Here’s a photo from Inhabitat editor Yuka Yoneda that captures one of her favorite design family memories.

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“This photo was taken at the New York Botanical Garden earlier this year and it’s special to me for two reasons. First and foremost, my beautiful sister and lovely mom are in the shot, which is enough to make it visually captivating already, but secondly, check out the gigantic mass of chrysanthemums behind them. While a big bouquet of flowers might not sound overly impressive, if you look closer, every single one of those big white buds is actually emanating from a single stem! We’ve actually written about this extremely difficult and complicated Japanese flower-training technique, called Ozukuri, on Inhabitat before so it was truly a treat to be able to see it firsthand, while also learning more about our Japanese design traditions. If you’re a child of immigrants, you know it isn’t always so easy to learn about your parent’s cultural heritage. It may sound a bit cheesy but if you think about it, these chrysanthemums actually epitomize the bond between the members of a family. No matter how far out they grow, each single flower always remains connected to the rest of its kin at the roots – something that I think is very true of any family whether you’re as large in number as these buds or as few as my small clan.”

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“Taken last October at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this photo shows my boyfriend and I looking up at the wildly impressive Big Bambu structure. Created by artists Doug and Mike Starn, Big Bambu was a growing sculpture made entirely of bamboo tied together and climbing rope to form a labyrinth of pathways that took visitors some 50 feet above the roof of the Met. Big Bambu’s construction began in April, and the artist team added to it throughout the summer, so it continued to grow and change. Its organic nature made it more of an experience than sculpture, creating an interesting dialogue about the unexpected changes in our lives and how things that look so chaotic can be perfectly planned. As you can see, the day we went was overcast, so we were taking a bit of a chance, as they did not allow visitors into Big Bambu if it rained. But, we made it in, and I am so happy that we procrastinated until it was almost too late to go. Since we visited near the beginning of October, Big Bambu was practically complete, so we were able to experience it in its entirety. For an art and design lover, it was an amazing opportunity to be a part of such a unique temporary. I don’t think I’m alone when I say I wish the Met had made it permanent!

While we wait for you got get your favorite design memory photos up, we’ll be posting some of our own here so check them out. Good luck and we can’t wait to see the photos you cook up!

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  1. ratifyingobliqueer June 4, 2013 at 12:32 am

    ill enter this contest

  2. tei8ht February 27, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Happy to announce that I received the prize this weekend via certified mail =)

  3. tei8ht February 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I’m pretty sure that I won! It was a bit anti-climactic because it was just a Flickr email that didn’t give specifics as to which photo was chosen and it didn’t mention Inhabitat specifically. I assume prizes are distributed via a 3rd party and that is the reason for the lack of specifics.

    It did mention the gift card and that I had won a photo contest.
    Apparently I should be receiving a gift card in 8 weeks or so. I’ll let you know =))

  4. Rich Tatum February 8, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    So, what gives?

    I thought you were going to pick a winner by January 16, 2012. It’s February 8 now. Who do we congratulate? Did I miss the announcement?


  5. stefanpetrutiu January 23, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I am also curious who is the winner. I was going through the submissions reading some interesting stories of the photos. Now I would like to see/read the best and maybe a top 10 or something like that.

  6. Rich Tatum January 17, 2012 at 11:31 am

    So, pray tell, which worthy photographer takes the prize?

  7. Natasharufo December 30, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Love all the wondeful work people do. I love my art as well

  8. a2e December 29, 2011 at 5:50 pm
    A prototype of an adobe house built by a civil organization called Quetzalcoatl Center for Rural Development.
    This house prototype is intended to serve as regular habitation for poor families. The design works good even in cold climates because of the low thermal conductivity of the material. Due to the fact that most of the building material comes from from the excavation for building the house the price can drop as low as USD$5K for a complete house like the one pictured here.

  9. Kolja Huneck December 25, 2011 at 6:15 am

    Here are my photos:
    I am from Germany and have been in NYC for the first time. The skyscrapers were fantascinating me but I also saw the enviromental danger in them! Here are photos of my hobby with New Yorks skyline in the backround…I hope you enyou this city as well!

  10. vaidulka December 25, 2011 at 4:45 am

    Here is a compilation of the places that inspire me the most. Thank you for viewing:)

  11. ktermini December 25, 2011 at 1:09 am
    a beautiful and wonderfully crafted art show. On of the first I even saw in St. Louis.
    Work by Michael Shaughnessy.
    I lived in St. Louis for 3 years. It was standing at the base of the arch, the crazy beauty of the city museum, and the St. louis Botanical Gardens with it’s climate controlled geodesic dome that were really special.

  12. itgirl1111 December 25, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Hope I got Flikr figured out and you get to see my photos. Thanks for looking and wishing you all a Merry Christmas

  13. rleora December 25, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Sorry, one more:

    Brahmin Hindu priest’s wife at home in Khajuraho village, Madyar Pradesh, India

  14. rleora December 24, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Hi, I submitted 5 photos

    Wooden deity on tree shrine in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India

    Strolling on the beach in Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, India

    Chaumukha Jain Temple interior architectural details in Ranakpur, Rajasthan, India

    Kandariya Mahadeva Temple facade detail, Khajuraho, Madyar Pradesh, India

  15. tei8ht December 24, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    As luck would have it, one of our favorite traditions occurred today: heading to the Botanical Gardens to see the gingerbread houses. However, we are just as interested in experiencing the rainforest-like, butterfly-filled indoor gardens. So this is an image inside Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Glass House. It’s 33 degrees out but inside here, it’s easy to forget all that. An amazing place we all love – birds and butterflies call this home but people can visit if they behave! =)

  16. kahlonsa December 24, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    This summer, I was lucky enough to visit the Grand Tetons of Wyoming. Hiking through the national park, I witnessed grand mountains, beautiful streams, a waterfall that would put my 5th grade Lisa Frank binder to shame, along with beautiful lakes and forests and fields. To say that the place is as diverse as it is beautiful would be an understatement.

    I took this picture, but when I look at it now, I can’t believe that a place like the Grand Tetons actually exists, and that I was lucky enough to see it. Those mountains, that water, the beautiful fall colors: it’s design, pure and simple.

  17. kahlonsa December 24, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    I grew up in Chicago and the coast of Michigan, and because of this, Lake Michigan has always been a huge part of my life. Whether the memory is of riding my bike to the lake in the middle of the day to destress, or sitting on my dad’s shoulders and watching fireworks ignite the surface of the lake with their reflection on July 4th, the lake was always there, and it is evident in my design and art.

    My head and memories are full of images of the expansive water, the feel of the waves bobbing my body on a warm day, the sound of the surf hitting the sanded coast, and I communicate these feelings in my art. Even now, I am stitching a piece of art with waves of different colors that are capped by the word “home” in cursive.

    Now, I live in Southern California, where a very different body of water is a part of my life. And although I love the ocean and am grateful to live close to it, when I close my eyes and begin to dream, it is of the fresh water lake of my childhood.

  18. kahlonsa December 24, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    This summer, I went on a month-long, let’s-be-dirty-and-brave-and-hike-all-the-time-and-sleep-in-my-car road trip with a friend. We started in Southern California, drove to Phoenix, into Arizona, up all around Utah, into Montana, Wyoming, Washington, and then down the coast back to Southern California.

    In short: it was absolutely amazing. We went to over ten national parks, hiking extensively in each one, discovering a multitude of different landscapes. One of the main reasons for our road trip was inspiration, and to say that the experience left us overflowing with inspiration would be an understatement.

    This picture was taken in the Redwood Forest, which was by far my favorite place we visited. The Redwood Forest is a place teeming with life, the air thick with it. Around you, everything is growing and thriving, so full of life. It’s beautiful and enchanted. And it is in the tiny details of this forest, the patterns and colors that are inherent in this natural landscape, that I found the purest kind of beauty.

    No matter what I do, no matter what I create, it will always be a cheap imitation of what Mother Nature has already created around us. And you know what? I think I’m okay with that.

  19. kahlonsa December 24, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    This picture does not capture one particular design moment, because, honestly, I cannot summarize my love for design and art in one picture. As a graphic designer and artist, design is my life. It is what I think about when I first wake up, it is what I obsess over throughout my entire day, and it is what I go to sleep dreaming about at night.

    Design is what drives me, consumes me, and makes me who I am. This self-portrait, taken in a scanner, attempts to capture my state of mind, which is full of dream-images, many layers, and ethereal moments. This is what my head is full of, and this is what I aspire to capture in my art.

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