Free Senior Portrait Contest Class Of 2014 | Free Senior Portraits in Monterey or Carmel!

**Class of 2014 win FREE Senior Portraits in Monterey or Carmel!**

You could win FREE Senior Portraits with Salinas Portrait Photographer Manuel Ortega!



Here’s how to enter:


Send me a current photo of yourself to  Then visit and “LIKE” my Facebook page HERE at  I will post your picture in a “SENIOR PORTRAIT CONTEST” album where you can send your FB family and friends to vote by liking your picture.  Be sure they “LIKE” my page before liking the photo.  At the end of the contest the senior with the most “likes” under his or her picture wins! 



Here’s what you win:


* A FREE 1.5-hour Senior Portrait Session   (up to 2 outfit changes)


* 3 FREE digital files (including a formal yearbook portrait)


* 3- 8×10’s 2-5×7’s and 24 wallet size prints  


* This is a $450 Value!



Contest Rules:


*Photos will be accepted starting NOW through Friday August 2nd (I will start posting pictures on July 19th so voting can begin).


*Voting ends Friday, August 2nd at 8pm (Winner will be announced on August 3rd)


*Be sure to tell your friends and family to “LIKE” my Facebook page before liking your photo! 


*You can help promote yourself on FB by posting a link to my page on your wall as often as you wish.  Please remember to tell your fans to “LIKE” my page when voting.


*Only one Senior will be chosen based on the number of likes below the picture.  Session will take place before Jan. 2014.  Free Session is for winner only.


Good luck!!  ~Manuel Ortega



disclaimer: facebook is not involved or responsible for this contest. the contest is not sponsored, endorsed, administered or associated with facebook. all content provided & will be distributed solely through Manuel Ortega



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