The Winners Of The Fstoppers 2011 BTS Video Contest

Today we can finally wrap up the Fstoppers 2011 behind the scenes video contest. This contest ran for 4 months in 2011 and ended on December 31st. In January Patrick and I watched each of the 120 video submissions and narrowed our favorite down to 12. We then sent those 12 videos to our celebrity judges and they chose their favorites. without further adieu, these are the top 3 winners.

How we chose the winners: Before we heard back from the judges we came up with a simple rating system. Each first place vote got 3 points, second place got 2 points, and 3rd place got 1 point. In case of a tie, videos that had been placed by the most judges would win (this was the case for 3rd place). If there was still a tie Patrick and I would be the tie breakers (luckily, we didn't have to do this). It is unfortunate that 2, first place videos didn't place in the top 3 but we assumed there would be some sort of tie since there were only 12 videos and 4 judges. You can see the way each of the judges voted below.

Stacy Pearsall
First Place: The HDR Strobed Action Snowmobile Shoot
Second Place: The Making Of ‘Grolsch Idents’
Third Place: This Is How We Do Weddings


Scott Kelby
First Place: This Is How We Do Weddings
Second Place: The 360 Project
Third Place: Go Pro Wedding


Vincent Laforet
First Place: The Making Of ‘Grolsch Idents’
Second Place: The Whistleblower
Third Place: This Is How We Do Weddings


Chase Jarvis
First Place: The Chase
Second Place: This Is How We Do Weddings
Third Place: The Whistleblower


First place: This Is How We Do Weddings

Second Place: The Making Of ‘Grolsch Idents’

Third Place: The Whistleblower check out the final video here.

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CONGRATS to all the winners! Great job all of you

Fabian Pourmand's picture

Nice job guys! "Guys at 375 did a great job explaining things and they kept it up beat. 

Steven Hasegawa's picture

Congratulations!!! I especially like the Grolsch Idents. Excellent work.

James Quantz Jr's picture

Fantastic videos!  Congrats, Justin, now go get yourself some new curtains!

Nicholas Gonzalez's picture

Congratulations to the winners of this amazing contest!

Andrew Barros's picture

congrats guys!

Joe Gunawan's picture

Amazing work from all the top 3 winners! Really love the ingenuity of the Idents BTS especially!

Joe Gunawan |

good choice - that 1st place winner was always the one i kept thinking about and watching over and over

Ryan Angel's picture


Robert Simpson's picture

Well done!!!!!! Great results, and on to 2012!! :)

P C's picture

The top two were my favourites by far, congrats to the winners and a well-deserved prize package!

I'm going to work on a new bird video for next year and I promise it won't be as awful.

Ryan Angel's picture

does the 85 trick only work with an 85 (or other prime lenses).. I just tried it on my 24-105 f4 and it was tough trying to get a selective focus point. 

Deleted Account's picture

When I first saw the BTS video I knew it's a winner :) Great job. Congratulations!!!

Zachary Long's picture

Congrats to the winners!! Loved the winning video and it was very helpful with some new tricks. Thanks for the hard work in producing it Justin, hope to see you around Atlanta!

Nathanael Padgett's picture

I guess the Whistleblower video was "behind the scenes", but I don't think it had much educational value to viewers, at least not to me! It had a cool essence to it, but I think a BTS video should assist others in enhancing their work by learning something.

Kewal Rai's picture

 Congrats to all the winners!

mfmg's picture

It's cool to see some good dudes win this contest. I enjoyed so many of the entries, but I was very impressed with the winner's video. They did a nice job of keeping it flowing and doing exactly what it was titled. They showed us how they do weddings and made it fun for us to watch. Good work guys. (and fStoppers too) Also congrats to the runners up.

Bravo !!
Congrats to the winners, well deserved first places... 
Love Justin's reaction, congrats to his team and, by the way, FStoppers for having this wonderful idea... For me, by far the most interesting contest out there for us photographers !!
Thank you !

Jay Lessard's picture

Stacey Pearsall cheated at MILPHOG. 

It was a great contest.....congrats to all winners...the winning video was brilliant, I remember being well impressed when I first saw it.

Andy's picture

Nice shirt Patrick! Congrats to the winners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jonathan Goforth's picture

WOW I'm so glad you guys got it right.  I never watch a video multiple times in one week, but this one (this is how we do weddings) I watched 4 times in two days.  In fact, I'm watched it again more than a month since I first watched it.  I was totally blown away by all the tips Justin and his crew through out.  I'm so going to have to the 85 trick!  Justin, you guys blew it out of the water!!!

Richard Melanson's picture

You can't help but smile watching his reaction.  Gotta love genuine moments like that, and their video was really fantastic.

Zeno's picture

Awesome work guys...................Congrats

375photography's picture

Let me first thank you all for the encouraging comments!  WOW!  Thanks to the judges and sponsors for this amazing opportunity! 

Thanks Lee and Patrick for all your handwork and surprising us the way y'all did!  Words cannot descried the experience and our gratitude!