Liberia Contest

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Contest

I give up.  Jet lag doesn’t usually get the best of me, but here I am wide awake at 2:30 in the morning.  Actually being awake at 2:30 am isn’t that big of a deal for me, but the problem this time is I just woke up after sleeping for the past 8 hours.  I have a feeling getting back into a Pacific Time rhythm is going to be difficult.
I just realized, many of you probably have no idea what I am talking about.  I suppose if you haven’t been on my Twitter feed or Facebook Page you may be out of the loop.  Yesterday, I ended a 10 day trip to Liberia with 32 straight hours of traveling.   It’s good to be home to say the least.  I had an amazing time, met some wonderful people and saw a part of the world I had never been to before.  It was quite a learning experience, and I want to thank MiiR Bottles for working with me on this project.  I will have a lot more to say and show in the weeks and months to come, but that is not why I am writing now.

Before I left for Liberia, I started a fun contest on Twitter and I want to extend it to everyone who reads my blog as well.  It’s very simple.  Guess how many pictures I took in Liberia. The person with the closest guess will receive a free print from my trip.   One guess per person, and I will only accept guesses left as a comment on this blog post, on Twitter (@johnkeatley) or on my Facebook Page.  I am looking for the total number of shots.  I shot for 6 1/2 days, and I used my Canon 5D Mark II and Hasselblad H3DII.  I will stop taking guesses on the 21st of January at noon PST.  If the winner Likes this post on Facebook and or guesses the EXACT number correctly there will be a bonus prize.  Good luck!  Start posting your guesses.


I’m going to guess 3354 photos.

Love your work and the blog, John. Thank you.

posted by Rob Davidson on 01.18.11 at 9:00 am


posted by Josh Durias on 01.18.11 at 9:36 am

6001 Shots.

posted by Erik Holmberg on 01.18.11 at 9:59 am

My guess is 8769 :)

posted by Erik Flyg on 01.18.11 at 11:05 am

My guess is 1847.

Glad to hear you had such a fun trip.

posted by Paul Conrad on 01.18.11 at 12:29 pm


posted by Andrew McGibbon on 01.18.11 at 12:33 pm

I’m in !


posted by Antoine GRASSET on 01.18.11 at 1:01 pm


posted by Tim Broyer on 01.18.11 at 1:42 pm

I’m going to guess 11,231. Go big or go home I always say.

posted by Craig on 01.18.11 at 3:33 pm

I’ll say 7456 shots, ftw!

posted by Sebastian on 01.18.11 at 4:07 pm


posted by John W. MacDonald on 01.18.11 at 5:30 pm

I’m going to guess 6721 photos.

posted by Helen Clark on 01.18.11 at 6:53 pm

Man, either the guessers so far shoot a lot more frames than I do, or I’m not running my buffer hard enough. I’m going to assume John K. is a bit more judiciious with his shutter (like myself) and go with a 1,697

posted by Christopher Bersbach on 01.18.11 at 8:21 pm


Can’t wait to see your photos man!

posted by Rey Bugia on 01.18.11 at 8:21 pm


posted by Johnny on 01.18.11 at 8:24 pm

My guess is 2,397

posted by Annie on 01.18.11 at 8:35 pm

6.5 days, say 1500 images per day, so 9750 images – prolific!

posted by Shane Ambry on 01.18.11 at 9:56 pm

Quality over Quantity

posted by Chris f on 01.19.11 at 4:11 am

5245 images :)

posted by Juha Sompinmäki on 01.19.11 at 4:28 am


posted by Dennis Pike on 01.19.11 at 4:59 am

5600 frames

posted by Stephen Reed on 01.19.11 at 7:26 am


posted by Chris Fugitt on 01.19.11 at 7:39 am

2280. Looking forward to seeing the results of your trip John.

posted by Andrew Starks on 01.19.11 at 7:43 am

Liberia – 6226 shots.

posted by dan brien on 01.19.11 at 8:00 am


posted by Nick Nieto on 01.19.11 at 8:11 am


posted by Cooper Blade on 01.19.11 at 8:21 am

I just came back from filming and photographing in India. Since I plan on going back every year to finish the documentary I decided to let myself enjoy the trip and not go trigger happy because I wanted to to build a relationship with myself and the people and the places I visited. I played a little game with myself that dared me to think that I had film in my camera and only 1-3 times to get the shot . I also didn’t want to look like the tourist. So, from a month long trip a 5D and a video camera, I took about 2190. I’m going to guess…2200.

posted by Karina on 01.19.11 at 9:40 am

I guess 11,500.

posted by John Robenalt on 01.19.11 at 11:19 am

6 days… Im going with 18,384 shots!

posted by Tim Marvin on 01.19.11 at 12:07 pm


posted by John Bahr on 01.19.11 at 3:30 pm

4, 827.

posted by Daniel Berman on 01.19.11 at 8:42 pm

For 6.5 days, I think you probably snapped about 5,233 shots!

posted by Eric Lovelin on 01.20.11 at 11:46 am

I never win anything.


posted by Monica Schlange on 01.20.11 at 1:08 pm

5,750 Love your work!

posted by Mark Verner on 01.20.11 at 2:42 pm

lets see, I take between 100 and 200 pics per day when traveling. are you going to take more because photography is your main goal of the trip or less because you are a better photog than I who doesn’t need to shoot as much? hmmm….


posted by Tuffer on 01.20.11 at 2:48 pm

I’m going with 638.

posted by Matt on 01.20.11 at 3:02 pm

I feel like I’m on ‘The Price Is Right’, haha.

I’m going with a lower number than the rest: 1,133.

Can’t wait to see the work!

posted by Jessyel Ty Gonzalez on 01.20.11 at 8:22 pm

I have no idea how fat you shoot, but I’m guessing: 11,111.

posted by Anthony Gross on 01.20.11 at 9:27 pm


posted by Thomas Dagg on 01.23.11 at 8:41 pm

Is it too late to guess? I’m gonna guess 12,900. Hope you’re having lots of time to process & reflect on the trip.

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