Two months back, I thought of a fun, creative contest that I’d enjoy running in conjunction with my book promotion efforts. In case you haven’t seen the million and one links all around the site, I recently launched my first book, Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions.
Incorporating nearly 200 tweets from the community on pain, meaning, fate, happiness, love, and more, the book includes some of my own experiences in overcoming depression and creating joy and purpose, along with insights and suggestions from wise teachers throughout time.
It’s a book that acknowledges that much is uncertain in life, but also offers practical ideas to live in the moment, be the people we want to be, and live the lives we want to lead.
Since at its core, the book is about addressing the questions that don’t have concrete, one-size-fits-all answers, I created The Life’s Hard Questions photo contest to further advance this conversation.
To make it even more exciting, I decided to offer a wide range of prizes, including:
- 1 Canon DSLR Camera
- 2 Kindle eReaders
- 10 copies of my book
The contest ends on January 15, 2012, which means there are just a few more days to get involved.
To do that, all you need to do is share a photo of yourself somehow displaying the hardest question in your life.
There’s a whole photo gallery with more than 100 submissions if you’d like to see what other people have done. Bonus points for anyone who thinks of a creative shot, not using Photoshop to share the question!
You can find the official contest rules on the site, but just a few guidelines in advance:
- The photo cannot show any people other than yourself, nudity, or profanity
- It can only contain a question (as opposed to a statement and a question)
- The question needs to be large and dark enough to be legible from the slideshow
- The question cannot be sarcastic in nature
- The photo cannot be blurred, painted, otherwise enhanced using Photoshop effects
If you’d like to add your photo to slideshow and enter the contest, use the upload form here. One of the kindles will go to the most creative shot—the other prizes are by random drawing. I will announce the winners at the end of the month.
Here are a few shots to get your creative juices flowing:
I look forward to seeing your photos. Happy Friday friends!