Snap it. Share it. Win it. Capture a fun summer photo of you and your family, and you could win our #SummerSelfie photo contest. Up for grabs are Toronto Zoo passes, and our grand prize, a GoPro Hero HD waterproof sports camera – perfect for all of your family adventures.

Why not put your best foot forward? Here are some tips for taking the best family selfie possible.

Perfect light

The perfect lighting can make a big difference. Making use of outdoor natural lighting is always a great idea. Try to avoid standing in front of direct light sources, which can either wash out your photo, or leave you looking like a grouping of shadows.

Selfie Stick

Have a large family, and short arms? A Selfie Stick may just be the solution you’ve been looking for. They range in length, but are generally around 29 inches long. You’ll want to keep in mind your phone’s capabilities before selecting your model. Some include Bluetooth, which allow you to shoot the photo using the handle, while others will require you to use a timer to get the perfect shot. Be sure to adhere to regulations, as some establishments prohibit the use of Selfie Sticks.

Use Filters

In a sea of smartphones, there are endless amounts of apps that allow you to apply various filters and effects to your photos, such as: fish eye effects, colour correction and more. You may want to check out the great tools from Adobe, Aviary and – of course – the native photo editing tools built right into your phone.

Our #SummerSelfie contest ends September 7thdon’t miss out!