Gift Giving

I love giving things away to readers, not for any sort of promotional gain really, just for the sake of putting cool things into the hands of those who have supported me. I had intended to give away a couple of things on the launch of the new design but because it happened so close to the holidays I chose to wait until now. I bought a new Holga 120N (plus a roll of Kodak Ektar to get you started) and pair of my current favorite pair of headphones, the AiAiAi Tracks, with the sole intention of giving them away. They were not given to me from any company as a promotional giveaway so this is not one of those advertised giveaways you see all over the place. Just me wanting to do something nice for my readers. In addition to these two gifts I also have four 5×7 darkroom prints which I made recently that I would also like to giveaway, you can see scans of them below. (or on flickr as well)


I have thought a long while about how to go about giving this stuff away. I don’t really want to do one of those silly retweet to win campaigns because they kind of annoy me, and I don’t want to make it difficult so I think I will simply do what I have done in the past and use the comments below as a means to collect entries and draw from that list to pick the winners. I do have one curve to add to the process which I will describe below.

To enter to win one of these great items simply enter your name and email (which is kept private and will never ever be used for anything other than this drawing) into the normal comment fields below. Then, in the main comment entry field, write in either Holga or Tracks as the item you would like to have the opportunity to win. I will split these two into separate drawings and select those winners first then I will enter the remaining entries into the giveaway for one of the four prints. If you would like to only enter for a print then simply mention this in the comment field. I will let the winners of the prints choose which they want in order of which they were picked to win.

I decided to split the two because I know not all of my readers will be interested in owning a Holga and I ask that you only enter to win it if you are interested in trying a fun film camera. I would be happy to give advice on using it and even help you find a place to develop the film if you would like!

It should be ok to offer this to anyone outside of the US as well which is a slippery customs slope so if you know of any obvious regulation in your country that would make it hard for me to send the camera or the headphones then please, consider putting your name in for a print only.

I plan on closing the doors to new entries December 23rd and announcing the winner shortly thereafter. I will do my best to mail them off before the start of the new year.

While I don’t require this of you at all I would love it if you could mention to your friends or followers about and let them know about this giveaway or the site in general. I thrive on your support which gives the site life and am always motivated push the site further when I read mail and comments from those who enjoy the site. As you know I devote more and more time to it as it grows and becomes more self sustaining so I can use all the help I can get, even in these little ways. Thanks so much and good luck in the drawing!


  1. Ali - December 23, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Tracks it is.

  2. Joshua - December 23, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Holga please =)

  3. Lee - December 23, 2011 at 2:46 am


  4. Brandon - December 23, 2011 at 3:26 am


  5. Paulo Coelho Alves - December 23, 2011 at 6:18 pm


    This is incredibly generous of you, thanks.

  6. Andrew - December 23, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I’d love a chance to try the Tracks, thanks!

  7. David Papp - December 24, 2011 at 12:21 am


    Merry Christmas mate!

  8. Martin L. - December 24, 2011 at 1:52 am

    Hey, man.

    Would love to win a pair of ‘Tracks’.

    Really enjoy your photography and gadget reviews. Keep it up!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


  9. Alex - December 27, 2011 at 7:34 am

    I would love to get the AiAiAi tracks. They look really cool and seem to work well too.
    I told a couple of my friends about this so hopefully you’ll get some more people entering before the contest ends

  10. Gilang - January 3, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Waiting for the print..:-)

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