The SNAPSHOTS Selfie Challenge

A Call For Photographic Submissions

Allan Rae (alto)
Mar 26, 2018 · 4 min read

Welcome to the second SNAPSHOTS photo challenge. Though before I get into the details, I just want to say a huge thank you to the writers who submitted their work to our first challenge, the 3 in 1 photo challenge.

I know I speak on behalf of the entire editorial team when I say that we were truly blown away by both the interest in, and quality of the submissions we received. Your photos covered the spectrum from emotionally moving, to beautifully breathtaking, to weirdly disturbing (in a good way), through darkly humorous. The totality of the work resulted in an amazing and diverse curated collection, one that can be found in the 3 in 1 section on our challenge feature page. Amazingly great work!

Our New Challenge

I’ll provide some examples of exactly what I’m talking about. The header image at the top of the page is of me, and was taken last spring in Toronto’s Riverdale Park on a blazingly sunny afternoon. I edited the shot using various light techniques and a bit of Photoshop.

The two images below were created using grainy filters on top of a regular selfie pic.

And as I mentioned, you don’t have to submit a picture of yourself at all. For instance, below is a shot of a few things that do a good job of making me feel comfortable, and would likely be viewed by my friends as representative of the person they know. An old sweater, trademark sunglasses, my worn, 15 year old Roots backpack, and books by two of my favorite authors, David Sedaris and Joan Didion.

If you are anything like me, you and your pet likely share one or two disturbingly similar traits, thus you could go the pet route.

Of course, you are more than welcome to stick with a traditional selfie, perhaps in black and white, or if color is more your thing, that’s fine too.

The Rules:

  • You may submit more than one entry, though please include no more than 8 images per entry. to this specific challenge.
  • You may include a short narrative or poem with your images, though this is not required.
  • All photos are required to meet the content guidelines of Snap Shot, as outlined in our submission guidelines.
  • When you submit, please format your draft with an image at the top of the page, followed by your title, then subtitle if you are using one. You may format the rest of your piece in any style you choose.
  • Please tag your submission with Photography, and selfie. You are free to add up to 3 other tags of your choosing.
  • This will be an open submission (no closing date) beginning tomorrow, March 27, 2017.

This challenge is open to anyone with an active Medium account. If you are not yet a writer for us, but would like to participate, simply leave a response to this post asking to be added and one of the editors will add you right away.

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!


An art and photography publication focused on visual…


An art and photography publication focused on visual narrative in storytelling.

Allan Rae (alto)

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Educator, HIV researcher, former flight paramedic, MFA, poetry, creative non fiction, memoir, intersectional justice, satire, dog stories.


An art and photography publication focused on visual narrative in storytelling.