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The dooce® 2010 Camera Giveaway

Today is super super exciting, and it’s not just because I’m not on my period! (But phew anyway, am I right?)

Today is the start of a contest that we are hosting, something we’ve wanted to do for a while and have been able to time it so that it coincides with the holiday season.

Da da dom dom dom! (and then another dozen exclamation points)

We are giving away a Canon EOS 7D (18 Megapixels CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-inch LCD) with a 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens.

(PSSSST! This camera also shoots HD video!)

Here’s what you have to do to enter, and yes, sorry, it requires you to be creative:

1. Go to and create a profile.
2. Make a photobook with that profile and save it
3. Go to
4. Click the “Ask to become a member” link in the upper right corner
5. Post your photo book

If you have any questions please check out the Shutterfly group on the Community site.

The contest runs from today 11/9/2010 to 11:59 PM Eastern Time 11/22/2010, and we’ll be choosing one winner based on 50% design and 50% originality. ALSO, VERY IMPORTANT: please read the rules page before you get started!

Here are some sample pages of the book I created called The Year in Dogs 2010 (no, I’m not eligible for the prize, I just wanted to give you an example of what you can do):

I’m giving this book to my father for Christmas. He hates dogs.

Have fun and good luck!

  • Jen Ochej

    No love for Canada? Sad. 🙁 And I was all excited, too!

    On another note, will we be able to see people’s entires, or no? I feel like that would be fun. 🙂

  • dooce

    Jon is looking into this right now…. give us a sec…

  • Gemmyner

    Can I have a book of Chuck? I <3 him.

  • ohilyssa

    So excited! 😀

  • annahj

    oooh! So it has to be something original and artistic. hmm…. =)

  • cantgracefullyagree

    Such a gracious gift. I was thinking of a “winning idea”, but being a photographer and blessed as I am with 2 nice cameras, I am passing this link along to others. 🙂

  • Kathryn

    Jen – was also sad to see the only US thing – hopefully it will open up to Canadians?

  • lizwritesbooks

    In order to win a camera, you must first own a camera. If this had come ten years earlier, my cynical teenage self could have blogged about it for months.

  • blondevixen

    This is possibly the only time time I’ve ever been sad to be Canadian. 🙁 Boourns. But good luck to everyone else!

  • mightymarce

    lizwritesbooks– you can take creative and interesting photos using any point-and-shoot camera or even a camera phone (especially if have a fancy smartphone with cool photo apps). You don’t have to have a DSLR already to take “good” pictures.

  • mom2avamax

    OH MAN! No joking here…I was just looking up what kind of camera you use because I am trying to finally figure out all the technical crap that goes along with manual shooting. I even signed myself up in a photography class 2 days ago!! Are you feeling my camera-lovin vibe here?! It’s like it was meant to be. Not saying I’ll win, but I’m going to give it one heck of a try because these darn devices are much more pricey than my husband cares to see. So give me a week, I’ll give you something hopefully cute and fun to look at!! Yahoo Dooce!!
    Oh, and (whisper)…pick me. Uh-hmm, I mean, have a great ole time judging!

  • napangel

    What a fun idea.

  • sonjabean

    The rules state that “The Submission cannot have been submitted previously in a promotion of any kind or exhibited or displayed publicly through any means.” Does this include public photos you’ve uploaded to Flickr or other social photography sites?

  • RyantheGirl

    Oh man, I’m so excited! We’ll see what kind of photobook my crappy little $80 camera can produce.

  • mommica

    That’s awesome because I’ve already started a photobook on Shutterfly! It’s the finishing it part that concerns me…

  • luv and kiwi

    my guy and i so desperately wanted a camera for christmas, but the price of one of those bad boys stopped our wishing in its tracks. thanks for this opportunity to win. he has already threatened me that we have to win or else. i’m on it like white on rice. like morman children to jesus pajamas!

  • Kathi BG

    oh I would so love to win this for my wife. She loves taking pictures and does some amazing shots. Mine don’t even compare. Thank you so much for offering this. I hope the Canadians can join in too though.

  • azonicbruce

    Am I missing something here? It seems the rules state that the books are to be a maximum of 5 pages, with a maximum of 20 images. It appears that many people who’ve already uploaded are posting books with well over this limit. In fact, many are 20 PAGES or more. So, am I misunderstanding something? Or does each “page” really only count as one “image”?

  • Norabloom

    I have a question about one of the rules as well:

    “The Submission must not contain images or artwork not created by entrant;”

    Of course I understand that this means you cannot submit someone else’s photo as your own. However, does this include photos of someone else’s artwork? For example, if I took photos of a sculpture exhibit, are those photos ineligible because they are photos of someone else’s artwork, or does the fact that I’m taking the photograph make it my artwork?


  • mightymarce

    “The Submission cannot have been submitted previously in a promotion of any kind or exhibited or displayed publicly through any means.”

    I’m assuming The Submission means the entire photobook as a whole, correct? Or the pictures included? (meaning, can I make a photobook using pictures I’ve posted on flickr?)

  • Norabloom

    I apologize . . . I see that we’re to submit questions to the the Shutterfly group on the Community site. I will post my question there.

  • raynshannon

    Ugh…always with the no Canadians on all the *good* contests.

    Good luck!

  • Jessica Eiden Smedley

    Just submitted my book and I’m blown away by all of the talent out there. Took a gamble and did not include any captions.

    Great contest, Heather!

  • jon

    Submit your questions about the contest on this discussion page:

    The 5 page thing is just for judging. The book can be as long as you want.

  • Lillabilly

    All your Aussie fans will be saying “Crikey!” We wanted to enter too 🙁

  • actcreative

    I’m with lillabilly. super mega 🙁

  • ophelia174

    I’m trying to become a member on the shutterfly site, but I still havent been approved…I requested to add it like 7 hours ago, does it usually take longer than that?

  • pickledots

    Holy shite! This is the best web contest ever! I love that there’s something to do for it other than enter.

  • ladysarah

    I’m sad for all the international people. Especially myself in the UK!

  • ChristineM

    This was seriously a lot of fun to enter. And I swear I drew the images of Paris landmarks myself, I’m just a photoshop nerd. 😀

  • andyro

    YAY! I followed the rules and submitted an album with only 5 pages, but it wont let me delete the extra blank ones. Does that disqualify me? I hope not!

  • percival

    @andyro – you might want to head over to the contest group on dooce community. They changed the rules and and now the book can be as long as you want but they will only judge whatever they deem to be the best five pages.

  • LuckyMama

    Wow I have a million ideas bouncing around in my head!! To pick just one is going to be like picking which of my kids I love more!
    I am officially in creation mode!

    Thank you Heather and Jon for an amazing contest! I would love a REAL camera!!!

  • Shea

    what a predicament….I need the camera before I can enter. maybe I’ll think of something. Thank you, Dooce, for this opportunity and for sharing your life with us.

  • Horrhage

    I am so excited about this contest that I have to use the ~strong~ font. I totally entered and if I win I’m going to selfishly keep the camera and not gift anyone with it for Christmas.

  • luv and kiwi

    did i win yet?! i was really hoping my sad little pics taken with my little old camera would show that i’m a creative girl who needs a new swirl. the swirl is the camera…in case that poem was super duper lame.

  • jon

    @andyro, the book can be as long as you’d like.

    @percival, the rules have not changed. We are merely clarifying poorly written rules. 🙂

    The page/photo limits are for judging purposes.

  • tlcaseband

    Hello, I’ve tried twice over the last few days to become a member on the shutterfly site,but I haven’t been approved…something I said?
    ; )

  • Pups1

    I tried to become a member to enter my photo book, a few days ago, still have not received my email yet.

  • VickyNguyen

    Thank you so much for hosting this contest. It is awesome to see what everyone’s photobooks look like. And the prize is phatty! Judging is going to be a biatch, though.

  • Truthful Mommy

    This is the best contest ever because we actaully actively get to try to win this rather than it being so random. I want this camera so bad that my heart hurts.I am a bit of a photo-Aholic/Stalkarazzi to my 2 beautiful daughters.I am going to try my best to win this camera…I’m throwing down the gauntlet…Bring it!

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