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101 Summer Photo Ideas: Clickin Moms 7th Annual Scavenger Hunt

SPONSORED WITH OVER $4000 IN PRIZES FROM:
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Summer is in full swing, and you know what that means: time for Clickin Moms’ annual Scavenger Hunt!

We’re simplifying, switching things up a little bit this year, and taking the fun over to Instagram. We also created a brand new kind of list – a summer shot list put together to help you plan, enjoy, and share 101 things that remind us of vibrant, sunny, splashy, sweet summer.

(Download the printable version here)


TAG YOUR PHOTOS #CLICKINMOMSHUNT

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Swingset
Hot Air Balloon
Polka Dots
Hopscotch
Swimming Pool
Water Hose
Slide
Cotton Candy
Sno-Cone
Sunshine
S’mores
Frog/Toad
Boat
Watermelon
Backlighting
Bicycle
Ferris Wheel
Sunhat
Wagon
Sundress
Snorkel
Lawnmower
Fan
Corn on the Cob
Beach
Beach Towel
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Sunflower
Popcorn
Picnic
Strawberries
Bubbles
Summer Night
Sandcastle
Purple
Yellow
Umbrella
Campfire
Summer Reading
Hot Dog
Farmer’s Market
Blue
Lemonade
Sparkler
Pina Colada
Popsicle
Sidewalk Chalk
Tent
Tire Swing
Grill
Funnel Cake
Clothes on the Line
Orange
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Baseball
Blueberries
Cherries
Ice Cream Cone
Stripes
Sunglasses
Green
Flip Flops
Flower Crown
Seashell
Sprinkler
Zoo
Hammock
Parade
Goggles
Outdoor Concert
Swimsuit
Hike
Red
Car Wash
Sunset
Barefoot
Kite
Tomato
Drive-in Movie
Scooter
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Water
Rain
Hug
Volkswagon Bus
Rainbow
Puddle
Garden
Hand-picked flowers
Tree climbing
Ice cream truck
Friends
Tattoo
Cannonball
Hula Hoop
Fireworks
A ClickinMoms member
Waterpark
Freckles
Watering Can
Front Porch
Barn
Grasshopper
How You Click #howiclick

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HOW TO PLAY:

1. Gather up your kids, your significant other, and/or your best friend, and let them know that summer just got a lot more fabulous. A wet, wild, sticky, sweet, joyful July awaits!

2. Download the list, print it out, stick it on the fridge, or fold it up and tuck it in your pocket!

3. Photograph an item on the list. Pictures may be taken with any kind of camera and processed (or not) as you see fit.

4. Post your photo to Instagram with hashtag #ClickinMomsHunt and #ListItem (e.g., #popsicle or #hotdog). Every photo you take of a list item counts as an entry. That means that whether you post one image or one hundred, you’re part of the game and eligible to win. The more you post, the better your chances!

Every photo you take of a list item counts as an entry. That means that whether you post one image or one hundred, you’re part of the game and eligible to win.

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Submit your entries on Instagram by 11:59 PM PST on July 31, 2015. 

THE RULES:

Have fun, be creative, play fair. You can photograph multiple variations of the same item (ice cream every day? Go for it!), and you’re welcome to interpret the list items creatively … but we will be peeking in entrants’ feeds to make sure you upheld the spirit of the game. 300 burst mode shots of your sunglasses won’t give you an edge.

Prize Winners will be announced on or before August 7, 2015, as follows: 

    • 1 Members-Only Winner will be selected from a Scavenger Hunt Picture Share thread on the Clickin Moms forum.* The Members-Only winner will receive a full registration ticket to the Click Away 2015 photography conference in San Antonio PLUS her choice of any one prize package.
    • 7 Winners will be randomly selected from the #ClickinMomsHunt feed to receive each of the remaining prize packages. All decisions are final. We will tag the winners of each prize package, and you will have one week to reply to claim your prize. Alternate winners will be selected if prizes go unclaimed.

* Not yet a Clickin Moms member? We’d love for you to join us! You don’t have to be a member to join in the Hunt, but only members are eligible to be selected as the Members-Only winner. Learn more and sign up here.

No tradesies. There will be no transferring, trading, or substitutions for prizes. If your prize package contains something you do not want or need, you may decline it, or you may pay it forward.

THE PRIZES:

Our Members-Only Winner will receive a full registration ticket to Click Away PLUS her choice of any one prize package listed below.

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Additional prize packages will be distributed amongst randomly chosen entrants who enter list images with the #ClickinMomsHunt hashtag!

Prize Package #1
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One Year Free – 5000 Photo Plan (ShootProof)
Tee Bundle (CMstore)
$100 Shopping Spree on Design Aglow Templates & Resources (Design Aglow)
Mini Book of Names & Faces (Pinhole Press)
PRIZE PACKAGE VALUE: $421

Prize Package #2
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RadLab (Totally Rad! Inc.)
Diana Mini and Flash Package-Black (CMstore)
$100 Gift card to Shutterbag (Shutterbag)
JD Beautiful World Foundations (Jessica Drossin)
PRIZE PACKAGE VALUE: $487

Prize Package #3
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Online Editing Webinar (CRAVE Photography)
Through My Lens & Photographer Charm Necklace (CMstore)
A Photographer’s Guide To SEO by Ava Hristova (CMstore)
77mm ExpoDisc 2.0 (ExpoImaging, Inc.)
PRIZE PACKAGE VALUE: $495

Prize Package #4
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Photo Bundle (Alien Skin Software)
COLLAGE COLLECTION – Over 50 Collages! (The Album Cafe)
Senior Year Photography Magazine Template (Hazy Skies Designs)
Tamron Domke camera bag (TAMRON)
PRIZE PACKAGE VALUE: $482

Prize Package #5
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Ketti Schoolgirl Camera Bag (CMstore)
Coco + Ollie Art Prints | your choice of 2 (Coco + Ollie | Pops of Art)
3 subscriptions for Click Magazine: A free year for you and 2 friends! (CLICK Magazine)
Blog Collage License (Fundy Software)
PRIZE PACKAGE VALUE: $462.99

Prize Package #6
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The Öff the Wall” Pack. One Photoshelfie, One Album Block and One Image Box (Simply Color Lab)
$50 in Free Editing! (Photographer’s Edit)
White Lace Camera Strap (Capturing Couture)
Capture the Moment by Sarah Wilkerson (CMstore)
PRIZE PACKAGE VALUE: $476

Prize Package #7
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Lifetime Membership to Clickin Moms (Clickin Moms)
The Avocado Fotostrap (Fotostrap)
The Sunkissed Set by Brit Chandler (CMstore)
Gift Certificate from CRAVE Design (Crave Design)
PRIZE PACKAGE VALUE: $445

Prize Package #8
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LiteDome Extra Small Kit (Photoflex, Inc)
16×24 Canvas Gallery Wrap (Artsy Couture)
Flawless: The Secrets of Skin by Sarah Wilkerson (CMstore)
Missy camera bag in Mint (Johansen Camera Bags)
PRIZE PACKAGE VALUE: $466.95

Thank you again to our generous sponsors, and to all of you photographers, Happy Hunting!

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