Photrade, the Cincinnati, Ohio-based photo sharing and monetization site for photographers of all kinds, has unveiled an interesting tool for users that makes conducting online photo contests easy. With ad-supported or white-label options, Photrade’s contest creation tool is intuitive, easy to use and so easy to set up it takes about two minutes to build it.

Despite the fact I’ve known Andrew Paradeis, Photrade’s CEO, and Krista Neher, their marketing director, for almost a year, and they live just an hour or so up the road in Cincinnati, I caught up with them in Las Vegas at Blog World & New Media Expo to see the tool in action. Neher showed us how it works for an episode of SME-TV.

While I will admit guilt in defaulting to Flickr for my photo sharing needs, I have been on Photrade since last November and was an initial beta tester. I love what they do and would certainly recommend checking them out, especially if you would like a way of sharing your photos but also potentially monetizing them as well.

Check out Photrade and tell us what you think in the comments.

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  • http://www.budgetpulse.com CraigK

    Thanks for the find. I have a lot of great photos from my international travels and would love to possibly have other people view them and even see if I can make a buck or two off of them. Thanks.

    Craig
    http://www.budgetpulse.com

    • http://socialmediaexplorer.com JasonFalls

      You're welcome. I'm friends with the folks there so I'm hopeful for their success. I still have to get around the Flickr tendency, but I've told them before the plugins and what-not for WordPress and the like make Flickr easier for what I need. Plus I don't need to monetize my pictures. But it's certainly something worth exploring if you do.

  • http://www.budgetpulse.com CraigK

    Thanks for the find. I have a lot of great photos from my international travels and would love to possibly have other people view them and even see if I can make a buck or two off of them. Thanks.

    Craig
    http://www.budgetpulse.com

  • http://www.socialmediawiz.com Shailesh Ghimire

    Thanks for this information. I'll be using it for sure. For one thing Flickr has become too “corporate” – I can't get a response back from them on any questions I ask and it's counterproductive in my mind that they don't allow photo contests. YouTube wants you to go at it like crazy and Flickr is snotty about it – I don't get it.

    So, for the clients I'm working with who want to do photo contests Photrade will be my recommendation.

    • http://socialmediaexplorer.com JasonFalls

      Glad I could help, Shailesh and thanks for commenting. Ironic that Flickr would be too corporate since they have slapped my wrist a couple of times about it being for non-commercial use only. When you press them on it, though, they give you the, “We let the community decide,” bullshit line. They either need to grow some balls or take that part out of their terms of service, in my opinion.

      Glad I could help point you somewhere good. I love the Photrade folks.

  • http://www.socialmediawiz.com Shailesh Ghimire

    Thanks for this information. I'll be using it for sure. For one thing Flickr has become too “corporate” – I can't get a response back from them on any questions I ask and it's counterproductive in my mind that they don't allow photo contests. YouTube wants you to go at it like crazy and Flickr is snotty about it – I don't get it.

    So, for the clients I'm working with who want to do photo contests Photrade will be my recommendation.

  • http://socialmediaexplorer.com JasonFalls

    You're welcome. I'm friends with the folks there so I'm hopeful for their success. I still have to get around the Flickr tendency, but I've told them before the plugins and what-not for WordPress and the like make Flickr easier for what I need. Plus I don't need to monetize my pictures. But it's certainly something worth exploring if you do.

  • http://socialmediaexplorer.com JasonFalls

    Glad I could help, Shailesh and thanks for commenting. Ironic that Flickr would be too corporate since they have slapped my wrist a couple of times about it being for non-commercial use only. When you press them on it, though, they give you the, “We let the community decide,” bullshit line. They either need to grow some balls or take that part out of their terms of service, in my opinion.

    Glad I could help point you somewhere good. I love the Photrade folks.

  • http://www.timsdd.com/ timsdd

    I've never really “gotten into” OPC' s (online photo contests) but with the advent of Photrade's new system I'd be dumb not to participate!

    Of course what I did not realize (until after the fact) that the contest widget you can use to promote your entries, anyone can vote,not just Photrade members…yeah, I'm a dork!

    • http://socialmediaexplorer.com JasonFalls

      The good news is that now you know. There's something to be said for being able to do it better next time!

  • http://www.timsdd.com/ timsdd

    I've never really “gotten into” OPC' s (online photo contests) but with the advent of Photrade's new system I'd be dumb not to participate!

    Of course what I did not realize (until after the fact) that the contest widget you can use to promote your entries, anyone can vote,not just Photrade members…yeah, I'm a dork!

  • http://socialmediaexplorer.com JasonFalls

    The good news is that now you know. There's something to be said for being able to do it better next time!

  • http://www.timsdd.com/ timsdd

    I've never really “gotten into” OPC' s (online photo contests) but with the advent of Photrade's new system I'd be dumb not to participate!

    Of course what I did not realize (until after the fact) that the contest widget you can use to promote your entries, anyone can vote,not just Photrade members…yeah, I'm a dork!

  • http://socialmediaexplorer.com JasonFalls

    The good news is that now you know. There's something to be said for being able to do it better next time!