capture the cover competition

Hawthorn Sunset via @houseofturtle #capturethecover @yellow_auSunset view from my balcony in Hawthorn on Thursday night

Whilst this winter has been ridiculously cold, we’ve also been blessed with some beautiful sunshine and amazing sunsets. This week I’ve seen some truly incredible shots from everyone on my Instagram feed. Imagine if these shots could see you share in more than $60,000 worth of prizes and star on the front cover of your local Yellow Pages!

Sound appealing? Well, here’s my challenge to you this weekend and for the next couple of months! Get out of bed (always a good start), put on your comfiest (and of course most stylish) clothes and wander down to your favourite cafe, shops, park and hidden haunts in your local area. Take your camera with you or be sure to have your smartphone handy. Snap lots of pics on your journey of what you know and love about the place you call ‘home’.

When you’re done, hop online and enter your best pics into the 2014 Yellow Pages Capture the Cover competition. Or, better yet, do it straight from your phone while you’re out and about via Instagram. Simply tag your pic with #capturethecover and mention @yellow_au in your post! Be sure to tag the name of your suburb also to give it the credit it deserves!

As the theme of this year’s competition is ‘Only Locals Know’, photos must be of your local area. And, no head shots or selfies!

So, go on… get out of bed, head out the door and get snapping!

Visit Capture the Cover for full details. Competition closes 1 September for Adelaide; 8 September for Perth; 22 September for Brisbane; 6 October for Sydney; and 20 October for Melbourne (2013).

Love Turtle xox

Image by House of Turtle

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post to promote the 2014 Yellow Pages Capture the Cover competition

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H-O-T News: Positive Posters 2010 finalists announced (#ptw)

Hailey McKenzie, Australia
Jesse Mallon, Australia 
 Tim Swainson, Thailand 
(Couldn’t resist including this one based on my injuries this year!)
Carlo Mussett, Australia

Whilst reading my latest newsletter from Desktop mag, I came across the Positive Poster 2010 finalists. As you know, I’m a big fan on the promotion of positivity, so I am totally loving the concept behind this competition.

Basically, graphic designer Nick Hallam founded Positive Posters in 2009 with the aim to plaster prominent cities like Melbourne with positive messages. Soon the concept turned into a competition for graphic designers and artists, and is run annually between July and October.

Designers are given a brief which they need to respond to and finalists are then selected, and judged by an international panel of judges (including Melbourne’s very own David Pidgeon and Michaela Webb). They then run an exhibition for all to see and soak up that creativity and positivity. Winners will be announced 12 October 2010 at the exhibition held at No Vacancy Gallery.
The lucky winner then has 4000 copies of their poster plastered all over the streets of Melbourne. I’d love to get my hands on one of those!

This year’s brief is based on an interpretation of Benjamin Franklin’s famous glass half full quote, “I havenโ€™t failed; Iโ€™ve had 10,000 ideas that didnโ€™t work.”

Turtle xox

Information sources:
Change. Today. Now. 21 April 2010, Desktop
Positive Posters โ€“ the top 30! 24 September 2010, Desktop
Positive Posters

Selection of images sourced from Positive Posters website

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Update: #positivetweetsweek Challenge

 Positive Tweets Week Photo of the Day by @CherieCheroo
Well the #positivetweetsweek challenge is on, and it’s starting to take off. Even the most cynical of us are getting into it and having some fun. Today was probably the toughest day of all being a Monday and the first viewing of #masterchef during #ptw.
Questions have popped up along the way regarding the rules. Quite simply, there are none. If you slip up and post a negative tweet, you just join back in. It wouldn’t be positive if you couldn’t. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And, anyone can join in, so spread the word.
I started a ‘Positive Tweets’ list so people can track who’s coping and who isn’t. I’ve been stalking the hashtags, which is how I put the list together, so if you want to be on it, be sure to use the hashtags #positivetweetsweek or #ptw, or just DM or tweet me, @houseofturtle. We’ve got 75 members on the list since the challenge started on Saturday.
Here are a few of my favourite #ptw tweets so far:
Monday 17 May, 2010

@houseofturtle omg! I’m the #ptw photo of the day? That makes me hap-hap-happy which is even more positivity for #ptw ! ๐Ÿ˜€

I don’t know if I kicked Zumba’s ass or if it kicked mine. In honour of #positivetweetsweek, I’m going to go with the former! ๐Ÿ™‚
#positivetweetsweek is making for a happier Squish..
Can I say that #positivetweetsweek is having an effect on me? Consciously making sure no negative thoughts are said out loud..
Today is going to be very, very challenging. But if it’s a complete massacre then at least the wine will taste better tonight. #ptw
Dressed head to toe in black & grey. Urgh. On the plus side, I am now camoflaged enough to go on secret squirrel spy-like missions! ๐Ÿ˜‰ #ptw
You were born a winner. You were the fastest sperm. Remember that. #ptw
It’s so cold this morning I’ve got shrinkage, but at least my nipples are bigger. #positivetweetsweek #ptw
Sunday 16 May, 2010

@houseofturtle McVeigh just screwed up a kick in resulting in a goal to St Kilda. On the upside, I have my health. #ptw

Photo of the Day
Photo: #ptw for @houseofturtle – โ€œwhen I get sad, I stop being sad, and be awesome instead. True story.โ€ :)…
Saturday 15 May, 2010
@houseofturtle What’s this with you wanting to make Twitter a positive tweets week? Are you crazy?!? Do you want to break Twitter? ๐Ÿ˜›
@houseofturtle @SquishT77 @Miss_GK @CherieCheroo @bronska01 @emilyryanmusic Morning Brady bunch. We feeling positive? Beaut! Let’s begin.
One atom to another: “I’ve lost an electron!” “Are you sure?” “I’m positive!!” #positivetweetsweek
Click here for full details about the #positivetweetsweek challenge and how it began.
Turtle xox 

Challenge yourself: #positivetweetsweek

I’ve just set a challenge to my followers and friends on Twitter – a whole week of positive tweets!

Starting tomorrow, Saturday 15 May to the following Saturday we can only write positive tweets.

Sounds easy, but it’s not. So many of us (including me) use Twitter as an outlet for our frustrations, to bitch, whinge and whine. My proposal is that we all have a positive attitude for the week. This doesn’t mean we can’t vent still, it just means we put a positive spin on it. Some of the tweeps who have joined the challenge have already labeled it “Disney week” and the “Shamwow of sarcasm” (thanks @idmacman). Haha!

Are you in? If so, challenge yourself, join in and spread the word. Hashtag is: #positivetweetsweek [Alternative hashtag: #ptw 15 May]

Good luck!!

Turtle xox

PS. Don’t stress if you don’t make it through the week. Shit happens. It’s the desire to try that counts, and the laughs we’ll have along the way.

Follow me on Twitter: @houseofturtle to see how we’re tracking.

Update 17 May: I have created a list on Twitter of those involved in our challenge. Follow the list to see who’s coping and who isn’t:

House of Turtle