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dani
(3 of 5 points)
wrote 9 months ago
Italy, 1 review

I am in Gurushots since May 2017. Previously I was in other similar photo challenge web sites. Gurushots is too much better than any other I was, but there are some critical points that must be improved.
One is the allowance to upload photo having sign, in the way anyone can see who is the owner of that photo. I think that the signed photo must be treat as off topics photo.
Another is that you see not special photos taking a lot of votes in the last few day of the challenge, giving the impression that exists some tricks.
Even if there are some issue, I feel well in Gurushots ;-)

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Stee Gee
(2 of 5 points)
wrote 1 year ago
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I just started this gurushots and already see a lot of fishy things.
You can't find/vote for friends or specific people you follow ... so how are the top contenders getting so many votes?
you can "like" but not vote or even find where they submitted to.
the page says it loads 100 random images for voting and to keep things fair but sitting here with a friend we get same 100 images loading up every time we try voting.
I'm actually wondering if the Top contenders are even unique accounts because most like they could be shot by same photographer using same post process.
I can see maybe ...what? 5-10 (at most) different styles for the top 100.

I haven't paid for upgrades but invited people to get boosts
that "seeeeems" to work but one of my shots has been hung at 1 more vote to got to top level (12 hours?) with autofill on AND a boost! hahaha #canyousayshady

It looked a little more legit than viewbug (which I wasted $$$ on subscribing to) but I was wrong.

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Mandy
Mandy writes 11 months ago

Well i have noticed this also but now i seem to have lost everything i cannot even get onto the site and im cross because i use all my own photos...Should of left well alone..

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Giovanni Gervasi
(2 of 5 points)
wrote 1 year ago
USA, Grand Junction, 1 review

I've been doing it a while and I've noticed a trend which I find disturbing. The top performing photos will get a thousand votes almost immediately and generally speaking will be achieved by the highest ranking photographers. I don't see how these photographs can achieve a thousand votes in a just one day after an contest starts. In many cases the photos achieving this are okay but aren't extraordinary. It seems like the individuals that achieve at this level are in a special league of elites and the voting is rigged somehow. Seems fishy to me....

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John Gerbase
John Gerbase writes 1 year ago

I have observed the same phenomena, as soon as voting begins a very select few will zoom ahead of the pack with pics that earn a thousand votes. They will than achieve a high rank if not winning outright..... Seems very fishy to me... As has been stated these achievers photos are good but not exceptional. Seems as though the game is rigged.

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cismyname
cismyname writes 1 year ago

I noticed that too in fact as soon as voting started within minutes there were gurus with crappy shots with hundreds of votes steaming up the ranks it's total BS!

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Cynthia
Cynthia writes 10 months ago

A lot of people boost the picture as soon as they load it up. You have to vote on other peoples pic to give your picture view play. The only problem I had was they stole peoples votes last weekend and I was never able to retrieve the votes back. Gurushots has helped me to become much more better as an artist I can also see flaws in others work that at first I didn't recognized you have to do some editing but I think some contest should be STRAIGHT OUT OF CAMERA and a person should not be allowed to continuously use same winning picture over and over in different contest this gives them an unfair advantage over others

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Eye
Eye writes 10 months ago

Very I was in the one also & loss votes! I would have been in the top 30% if they did not have that mass up! The ones really to enter are the exhibit contest. That was the one that the votes were all out of whack. The other ones u do not really win anything! They should put a limit on how many times a photo can win. I emailed them a half a dozen times last week & got one form answer back.

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martin brocklebank
martin brocklebank writes 9 months ago

You are correct in your observations Giovanni - I noticed this time and again ... now 6 moths on and there is no difference. Definately all the signs of a rigged system. Time and again I have been stopped short of the votes to move to the next level and unless you use many swaps then it fails. I am now at expert level but it is hard to get higher and looking back I got here quicker than I now seem to be moving!!!

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Dklipping
Dklipping writes 9 months ago

Straight out of camera? Really? Need to study through old masters of film even they tweaked images in 5he darkroom.

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dani
dani writes 9 months ago

Hi Giovanni, I am relatively new in Gurushots, let say 8 monthes, I saw what you describe but also some my pics has the lucky to get plenty votes at the beginning of the challenge. In one case I was in first posizion for 3 days, but after i fall down ... down... to arrive at the end more or less 90th. You must upload immediately when the challenge is open, immediately to vote, to rich the max visibility, and after to vote when the indicator of visibility start to fall down. Don' t miss the boost, when happen, and try some time to swap. In 8 months, participating to less than 40% of challenges, I rich Champion level. I am satisfied until now, even if I know that I will never rich the master level ;-)

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SHIRLEY ROBINSON
(1 of 5 points)
wrote 1 year ago
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I got back to newbie. lost all all rewards and place. I have written customer service and no help !!!!!

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mary
(1 of 5 points)
wrote 1 year ago
USA, 1 review

not at all happy been a member for past few years never made it much past elite and now all photos are gone and back to newbie. I have gone into emails i have received and they now all list me as a newbie-did they sell photo's or what? Do not like new policies.

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MP
MP writes 1 year ago

Hey Mary,
it sounds like you accidentally opened a new account.
this has happened to me and i contacted them and they sorted it out straight away

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david
david writes 1 year ago

same thing happened to me MP still waiting for reply

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Alex Woodrow
(4 of 5 points)
wrote 1 year ago
1 review

I find Guru shots an amazing system of viewing pictures from all parts of the world at the same time getting a universal recognition of pictures one submits. The program appears well designed and planned. It allows me to see and appreciate fantastic photography at no cost [I have been a member from early days and haven't bought or been forced to by anything]. The challenges are frequent, varied and interesting. The communication between Guru shots and competitors is consistent and when necessary critical. The rewards offered are useful and relevant but if one could win every reward without getting too rich. I don't profess to be a photographer of consequence but thoroughly enjoy the experience.

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Joe Dempsey
Joe Dempsey writes 1 year ago

Alex, I agree with you. I am a hobby photographer and although it would be nice to be full time and make money, for me it is about the photos. I get so many great ideas from this site ad i have not spent a dime...

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Laura Kay
(5 of 5 points)
wrote 1 year ago
USA, Fort Lauderdale, 1 review

I just started playing and my pictures were doing pretty good, but for some reason my profile name changed and my email. I emailed customer service, but no one has got back to me, it's been 3 days. Anyone else having a problem with this?

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Eva
Eva writes 1 year ago

Yes I have been sending them comments about my account freezing and not allowing swaps same pic frozen no response for 8 days. I send them an inquiry e v very day. I enjoy the game. Hate that they do not fix the glitches

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Connie Payne
(1 of 5 points)
wrote 1 year ago
USA, Gatlinburg, 1 review

As a long time photographer, I was urged by another photographer to give GuruShots a try. My initial downloads were excellent, and I quickly went form Newbie to Advanced, with images receiving 600+ points. Within a matter of weeks, however, equally good photos were receiving very low votes, although I was continuing to vote for OTHERS images, as well as purchasing swaps and boosts. There is NO DOUBT in my mind that the idea of this is to get you to a point where you see yourself as a successful photographer and participant, and being PAYING them for the boosts and swaps that help get you there.

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Mike
Mike writes 1 year ago

Have also noticed a drop off in my image prominence after a while. It seems harder and harder to get Photos voted for, although I'm sure I've submitted better photos as I've progressed as a photographer.

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John Gerbase
John Gerbase writes 1 year ago

I have observed the same phenomena with my posts. Initially they may receive a few hundred votes and then like magic they will receive little or no votes.... It makes no sense to me that a photo can receive a lot of votes on day one - three and then little or no interest for the balance of the contest. Likewise the response when I first joined was substantially higher in the beginning vs now though the submission quality hasn't diminished. I to feel it's designed to milk me of my money by inducing me to by swaps, keys and auto fills.

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Cynthia
Cynthia writes 10 months ago

You have to be able to successfully match the photo to the challenge and also understand how different people from different parts of the world view art what is appealing in the US may not be in ASIA or France you audience is also different based on time of day because when it is night her it is day on the other side of the globe so keep that in mine when looking for votes if you got a lot of votes when you first started playing that is because to a bunch of newbies you probably was great as you advance you are competing against better photographers and your work is not view from the same perspective as someone who is not advance in the art will see it hang in here and study and practice

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damir
damir writes 10 months ago

the game is definitely rigged - they let you progress to some level and then they control your progress by limiting the exposure of the images so you never get enough votes to win necessary achievements to progress to the next level while you spending your money on boosts and swaps hoping that it will help you to progress in the game.

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lynn
lynn writes 9 months ago

I noticed this too I used a boost on a very good shot and it was only seen by a little over 300 in that 24 he period I also wrote them about a glitch one photo says it was liked by 78 people in my notifications but when I click on the photo it only shows 61 likes they haven't answered back

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Doug
(5 of 5 points)
wrote 1 year ago
USA, Hibbing, 1 review

I've pointed out that some its members are not following the rules set, like:

"Similar images: Images with the same combination of subject, background, foreground and location are not allowed. Images must be distinct."

But, I was informed they couldn't possibly find the members that are delinquent using their ranking. Then I went back and reviewed only the Top 100 and found 33 individuals with "Similar Images", within 7 minutes. I let them know the names of these individuals and then they come back with :

"If all of the members you saw as similar would have been reported then we could have gone ahead and reviewed them immediately."

Since the contest was still in progress (and still is as of this writing), I believe that response means, We don't do anything about cheaters even if you shove it in our face!

So, clearly at least 33% are cheating at least in the contest I reviewed.

I'm currently not of the caliber to be in the top 100, but there are at least 33 individuals who could have been if not for the cheaters.

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Crystal salvaggio
Crystal salvaggio writes 1 year ago

What you say is 100%correct even the highest ranking guru's themselves are cheater with studio shot of all the same thing at different angles. I turn 9 different people in twice a day for 9 straight days it made no difference and the refused to respond to me messages. Just a big bunch of cheaters fighting over there shifty prizes. Crystal

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Connie Payne
Connie Payne writes 1 year ago

I have also noticed that when you first join, it's relatively easy to move from level to level. My images nearly immediately were getting 500 votes, now the same quality of images I am using can barely surpass the skilled level. SOMETHING is not right...

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damir
damir writes 10 months ago

in one challenge that i played, the guru picked 3 images from the same player, and two of those images were the same scene shot from slightly different angle - the definition of the similar - not only those two images should not be allowed in the game in the first place (according to rules), they are picked by the guru himself...

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Boggy
(3 of 5 points)
wrote 2 years ago
USA, Medford, 1 review

I enter often and usually get as high as Elite, but I don't agree with using the total votes for all four of your pictures counting toward your score. Each photo should be counted as an individual, not part of a group. How else can one photo be judged to be the best in any challenge?

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MP
MP writes 1 year ago

There are two different contests in each challenge - you also have a ranking for the Top Photo...

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Diane Beyersdorfer
(2 of 5 points)
wrote 2 years ago
USA, Saint Meinrad, 1 review

When I first started submitting photos to the contests, I really enjoyed gunshots, but I am not pleased with the new swapping options. I feel like they lost some integrity, first by trying to force us to buy swaps and thinking that we are dumb enough to think that method is advantageous to us. Then by dropping the numbers of photos we can submit to the contests to three, thus making us have even more need to buy swaps. I have also noticed that the bar was suddenly raised so it has become much harder to level up. I see it all as a ploy to force us to buy swaps and I am not impressed. I am losing respect and losing interest with every new change they announce.

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Maryann Kroencke
(1 of 5 points)
wrote 2 years ago
USA, 1 review

Liked it to start with and now it has turned into a bait and switch. They keep raising the votes needed to change levels, making it almost impossible to reach the higher levels needed to move up in the contests. After a year of doing pretty well, I now can't get past the skilled level.

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Diane Beyersdorfer
Diane Beyersdorfer writes 2 years ago

I have also noticed this and the way they now try to force us to buy swaps is really taking the enjoyment out of it for me. I feel like it has lost its integrity. After being quite active on this site,I am now ready to leave it.

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Kay McBeath
(3 of 5 points)
wrote 2 years ago
USA, 1 review

I enjoy participating in Gurushots.com live photo contests and viewing other photographers' work, whether winners, guru picks or not. Unfortunately, gurus haven't picked any of my photos to display. :)

In the past, I frequently hired this site's gurus for photo critiques. This paid service is unavailable now, although old critiques are still visible. Offering this advice again would be greatly appreciated as many amateur photographers have benefited from the critiques.

Also, I have had consistent difficulty navigating the current photo contest picks as scrolling down the screen takes much time & only rarely am I able to see and vote for an array of pictures 4th down or lower. I would have alerted the site managers to this problem, but cannot find any way to do so.

-Kay

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Mark
Mark writes 2 years ago

I have noticed that even when your number 11 on hour the next you will be 512 if your a free player. cheats

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Kobus Vorster
Kobus Vorster writes 2 years ago

You might have been number 11 on one level, then moved up to the next level where you now are number 512 in that new level. Keep in mind that, in order to move to the next level, you will be near the top of the lower level. If you do not understand how their system works it does not mean they are cheating!

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(c) Gurushots.comA photograph is an image created by light falling on a light-sensitive surface, usually photographic film or an electronic imager such as a CCD or a CMOS chip. Most photographs are created using a camera, which uses a lens to focus the scene's visible wavelengths of light into a reproduction of what the human eye would see. read more

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4. Lin­coln Wal­la­ce /lin­colnwal­la­ce
5. by Guru Oleg Zo­tov 300 Awards worth 6.3M Vo­tes /chal­len­ge/get­ting-in-costu­me/rank/top-pho­tog­rap­her
6. by Guru Da­vid Dare Par­ker 460 Awards worth 2Days Left 4.2M Vo­tes /chal­len­ge/crazy-weat­her/rank/top-pho­tog­rap­her
7. chal­len­ges /#page
8. by Guru Tom Bour­don 600 Awards worth 4Days Left 5.1M Vo­tes /chal­len­ge/self-portrait/rank/top-pho­tog­rap­her
9. by Guru Bryan Perei­ra 4000 Awards worth 5Days Left 10.8M Vo­tes /chal­len­ge/deep-purple/rank/top-pho­tog­rap­her
10. by Guru Mike Ha­gen 440 Awards worth 3Days Left 17M Vo­tes /chal­len­ge/solo-single-sub­ject/rank/top-pho­tog­rap­her

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