#TwitpicOTM: What do you Love?

Love is always in the air during February. However, we decided to step away from the usual romantic ‘lovey dovey’ aspect and instead asked you to show us what love means to you. No other picture could explain love more than what Lynn Williamson of North Lincolnshire, United Kingdom submitted of her friends Tracey and Jack Marshall.

Tracey Marshall and her son Jack

Tracey explains, “This picture is of me and my late son Jack who passed away after a two year battle with a brain tumor. Our days were always the same when with Jack. They were always filled with love and laughter. On this particular day, Jack was in the middle of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments and had fallen asleep on the sofa because his treatments made him incredibly tired. I remember quietly snuggling in on him and he woke up turning round to kiss me on the nose, ‘Guess what mum, I love you!’ he’d say, as he always did. I snuggled up to him and kissed him back ‘I love you too, mate’ and then we gave each other the biggest squeeze. We miss Jack every day and this picture means and is the world to me. Our love will never be replaced.”

Lynn Williamson, who submitted the Twitpic of her friends Tracey and Jack, works closely with the Jack Marshall Brain Tumor Fund. Lynn explains, “There surely is no greater love than the love shared by this very special Mummy and her inspirational boy Jack. I have never seen any picture and there are literally hundreds of them where he is not smiling. Jack’s Fund is to become a charity which will hopefully reach and help more people affected by childhood cancer.”

A snippet from my poem called “How do I Explain You?”

Do I explain the times Jack & I, ran screaming through the rain?
Or Jack’s sheer determination to walk, to kick a ball again?
To play a favorite game of Jack’s, was always hide and seek,
In cupboards and behind curtains, from which you’d see him peek.
We filled our days with laughter, giggles and lots of fun,
Dancing, singing, reading, and ‘that wiggle’ of his bum.
Throughout Jack’s treatment also, music was his thing.
Kasabian, Britney, Crazy Frog, and his best love that was Queen.
Blowing kisses, giving winks, with the ladies Jack had fun.
Although deep down I always knew I was ‘his’ special one.
Jack accomplished so much, in his life cut far too short.
A smile, a wink, an eyebrow was the way in which he fought.
Do I tell you what it feels like to hear him say “Love you”
Or the honour I feel as Jacks mum, to say “I love you too”
-Tracey Marshall, Jack’s Mum

You can learn more about Jack’s Fund here.

#TwitpicOTM: New Year Resolutions

With a new year comes new beginnings, resolutions, and fresh starts. This month’s #TwitpicOTM winner captured the beginning of an exciting phase of life, her first child. Debbie Gillard of Ottawa, Ontario Canada has a New Year Resolution: “To bring a healthy, happy baby into this world.”

After several complications and pessimistic doctor’s visits over the past two years, Debbie was finally able to conceive a baby boy. Aidan Joseph Alexander is due to arrive on April 9, 2012.

“I started keeping a photo log of my entire pregnancy, saw #TwitpicOTM and thought hey, I’ve got something to share with the world! The Dr. said we wouldn’t be able to conceive so Aidan is my little miracle and I couldn’t have been more blessed. There are just somethings that make you sooo excited you want to stand on a mountain top and scream it over the world, Twitpic was my mountain! Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to shout aloud!”

When Aidan is old enough, Debbie plans on sharing all the photos she has taken during her pregnancy, including this one- their very first New Years Eve together.

#TwitpicOTM: What Makes Your Holidays Happy?

December is a time for gathering with family and friends and celebrating the holidays.  You all sent in some really great shots–  we saw lots of pups decked out in their holiday best, little kiddies patiently waiting for their presents, and your beautiful holiday decorations.  This shot was our favorite:

This pic comes from Mike Mittelstaed, an Art Director in Laguna Beach, CA.   “The weather was beautiful outside and this idea came to my mind.. How about we have Santa say ‘Christmas is Cancelled!’ and show him running into the surf?” From there, Mike rented the Santa suit, and set up the shot.  The pic came out so good, Mike’s boss even used it for a Christmas card!  Mike makes a good point, “nothing says a California Christmas like surfing.”

Here are our runners up!

We at Twitpic hope your holidays were happy and your new year is prosperous!


#TwitpicOTM: Movember

November is notorious for cooler weather, falling leaves, shorter days, giving thanks and of course, Movember: a worldwide moustache movement raising funds and awareness of men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. The prize winning shot comes from a group of gents who work together at Tyne & Wear Sport, based in the North East of England, UK.  ”We decided to take part in the Movember challenge because we wanted to help raise money for a great cause by doing something that was fun and a bit different (and secretly because it was a lot easier than running a marathon or jumping out of a plane)”, explains Xerxes Setna, #TwitpicOTM winner. “We took photographs at regular intervals and when I heard about #TwitpicOTM, I thought it was the ideal opportunity to show off our Mo’s to the world…  It’s been great seeing people’s reactions when they’ve walked into the office for meetings and been confronted by six hairy-faced men.”  By the end of the month the guys managed to raise £1130 [roughly $1513.52] for Movember.  What a great effort for such a great cause! Special thanks to all our submissions- you guys rock!

From left: Paul Thompson, Matthew Briggs, Adam Brougham, Ian Simon, Xerxes Setna and David Marrin

Check out our runners up:

..and the Twitpic Team!

 

#TwitpicOTM Contest Kicks Off Around the World

Our very first ‘Twitpic of the Month’ contest was really something!  Thanks to everyone who participated.  With our theme being ‘where in the world are you?’, we saw it all: sunsets in Rome, driving to the beach in Hawaii, beautiful gardens in London.. by the end of the month, we felt as if we had traveled the world!

The prize winning shot comes from Hery Suryono (@hertju) in Tanjung Pesona Beach in Bangka Belitung Archipelago Indonesia.  Hery was vacationing here with a friend on this day.  His inspiration, “to express freedom with the beautiful beach in the background”.

Here’s the shot via Twitpic.

Stay tuned– we will announce this month’s theme very soon!

#TwitpicOTM

All of us on the Twitpic team would like to say thank you.  Thank you for sharing your favorite faces, places, and memories with us.  We see everything from your latest sketches and newest additions to your family, to what you found in your fridge this morning.  You travel, you live, you love, and then, you share.

To have even more fun with your pictures, we are starting a Twitpic of the month contest (#TwitpicOTM).  Every month we will announce a “theme” and then, you submit your entries like so:

1.  Take your best shot (real time- must be shot and posted the same day)

2.  Upload the photo to Twitpic and tweet a clever caption (Twitpic uploads only)

3.  Don’t forget to mention #TwitpicOTM in your tweet to be eligible!

4.  Picture must agree with our Terms of Service

And Voila! You’re entered to win Twitpic of the Month.  If your picture is chosen at the end of the month, we will contact you and post your picture here on the Twitpic blog for all to see and enjoy.  We’ll also be sharing some of our favorites along the way.

Have ideas on themes and contests?  Tweet us your ideas @Twitpic and @TwitpicSupport