Win a print for commenting


in Daily updates, Internet matters, Ottawa, Photography

As regular readers will already know, next month I have a photography exhibition at Raw Sugar Cafe (692 Somerset, Ottawa). Some kind of an event corresponding to the opening of the show will be arranged, with details to be published here when known.

As a means of encouraging discussion, the following will be in effect for the time between now and the start of the show: anyone who posts a comment on any of my posts will be entered into a draw for a mounted photographic print of mine which I will select. Each comment will have an equal chance of winning, so people who post more will have better odds.

I will have the print delivered for free (though not necessarily immediately) to anyone in Ottawa, Toronto, or Montreal. Those farther afield would be required to reimburse me for the shipping.

Incidentally, if anyone wants a print of any of my photos, they are welcome to contact me. I am sure we could work something out.

The draw will work as follows:

  • The last comment posted before this post goes up will be assigned the number 0.
  • Each subsequent comment will be assigned a number in sequence.
  • The random number generator at will be used to generate a random integer.
  • If that number corresponds to a suitable comment, that person will win.
  • Suitable comments exclude the following: comments posted by me, comments posted by the dot persona, spam comments, and any other comments deemed ineligible for the contest by me.
  • If the number does not correspond to a suitable comment, another number will be drawn. This will continue as long as necessary.

[Update: 15 September 2009] The winner’s print has been mailed.

{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

R.K. August 19, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Comment #1 !

Matt August 19, 2009 at 7:04 pm


Matt August 19, 2009 at 7:04 pm


Matt August 19, 2009 at 7:05 pm


Matt August 19, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Well that didn’t work, it was meant to say “Very interesting idea” spread out over three posts.

I still get my three posts in anyway, so I guess it did work at the expense of making me look like a moron.

Milan August 19, 2009 at 7:08 pm

For the record, my 80,786th comment will be comment number 1 for the contest.

Milan August 19, 2009 at 7:09 pm


Your second comment got eaten by ye spam filters. But I restore such things pretty quickly, most of the time.

Milan August 19, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Those wanting to appreciate my spam problems should take note of this: of the 80,786 comments that appeared before this post, only 21,853 were not spam.

Hella Stella August 20, 2009 at 9:27 am

What a fabulous idea…

Milan August 20, 2009 at 9:39 am

I wonder where I could have gotten it from…

oleh August 20, 2009 at 1:05 pm

I also think this contest is a fbulous idea.

In the likely event that I will not be the lucky winner, can you post your photos on line so that I can fall into the category of

“Incidentally, if anyone wants a print of any of my photos, they are welcome to contact me. I am sure we could work something out.”

La Canadienne August 20, 2009 at 8:55 pm

I’m all over it.

La Canadienne August 20, 2009 at 8:56 pm

PS: Am I aloud to win from a different province?

La Canadienne August 20, 2009 at 8:56 pm

PPS: So you ship to Halifax?

Milan August 20, 2009 at 8:57 pm

If you win, I will find a way to get the print to you.

La Canadienne August 20, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Oh good! Very reassuring.

Sarah August 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm

I, too, would be interested to know which photos you’ve selected for the show. Is there a theme to the shots or did you just pick the images which appealed most when considered individually?

Emily August 21, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Golly that means I’m aloud too!

Milan August 21, 2009 at 4:02 pm

But of course.

As for the photo selection: they are being chosen to look good together and at a distance. Once it is all finalized, printed, and on the walls, I will post some photos of the exhibition here.

alena August 23, 2009 at 7:50 pm

I am thrilled about your show and I love the photos that I have from you already. I am feeling lucky though…

BuddyRich August 25, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Is there going to be a formal vernissage and/or other sort of release party for opening night at Raw Sugar?

Milan August 26, 2009 at 8:18 am

I have considered having an opening party, but am not sure what form it should take, how elaborate it should be, or how many people would show up.

David Scrimshaw August 27, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Milan, you must have an opening.

Any decision you make about how elaborate it should be will be fine. (Since Raw Sugar serves refreshments, you don’t even have to provide any.)

You do not need to decide how many people would show up because you can’t control that.

Milan August 27, 2009 at 10:08 pm

It looks like some kind of opening will happen on Friday, September 4th.

Feel free to spread the word.

Milan August 28, 2009 at 4:22 pm

can you post your photos on line

Have a look here.

Kim August 28, 2009 at 4:48 pm

I’ll certainly be there :) I love the pictures you took of my daughter at Blog Out Loud.

Milan August 28, 2009 at 4:52 pm


One of them is attached to this post.

Dave Edwards August 28, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Thanks for the wonderful LRBP photos, Milan!

. August 28, 2009 at 5:05 pm
Kim August 28, 2009 at 6:49 pm

That’s my favourite shot of her. Thanks :)

Milan August 28, 2009 at 8:07 pm

If you want a full resolution version, just let me know. It could easily be blown up to 12″ by 18″, or bigger.

Milan August 31, 2009 at 8:46 pm

We’re now up to comment 81,107. That means that any comment posted now has a better than 1 in 321 chance of winning.

The odds are actually rather better, since a lot of the comments were either spam or posts from the dot persona.

R.K. August 31, 2009 at 9:01 pm

1 in 322!

Rachelle August 31, 2009 at 10:03 pm

The colours really are mean. But you made up for them with your pronunciation guide. If you randomly select my number I will merit the photo with correct pronunciation. I don’t know about that longer second L business, though. That sounds hard.

zoom August 31, 2009 at 10:26 pm

I’m totally psyched about Friday night! And the prize!

Iris Moon September 1, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Good luck

Iris Moon September 1, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Want print …

Iris Moon September 1, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Your mom’s tops.

Hella Stella September 2, 2009 at 4:06 pm

Well this contest is a screaming success! Lookityou!

Milan September 2, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Comments are always much appreciated.

Woodsy September 3, 2009 at 8:53 am

Comment, comment, comment (is that worth 3 entries?). I know… “No!”.

Aggie September 4, 2009 at 11:02 pm

Milan – Great meeting you tonight and seeing your beautiful photographs.

Milan September 5, 2009 at 12:03 am

The contest is now closed.

Valid comments:




That’s 470 comments, total.

Lottery Numbers September 5, 2009 at 12:08 am


Milan September 5, 2009 at 12:13 am

Converted (with 80,785 added to each):


Milan September 5, 2009 at 12:34 am

81199 – INVALID, news persona
80882 – INVALID, news persona
80835 – INVALID, news persona
81067 – INVALID, news persona
81180 – INVALID, news persona
80978 – INVALID, news persona
81228– INVALID, news persona
80903 – INVALID, me
81099 – INVALID, me
81060 – INVALID, spam comment
81031 – INVALID, me
81205 – INVALID, me
80787 – WINNER, Matt

Milan September 5, 2009 at 1:09 am

Lest anyone doubt the validity of the draw, YouTube has the video.

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