Every fall, AMLI throws a social media contest for the residents living at its communities around the country. Last fall, we held an Instagram and Facebook photo contest called My AMLI View, which sought the brightest, best, and most creative shots residents could muster from in and around their AMLI communities. Some residents chose to snap photos from their balconies, others looked to their building’s unique design for inspiration, and still some chose to focus on the natural areas and neighborhood surrounding their AMLI community. A select few even decided to capture a scene straight from their very own living rooms.

The point of it all was to get residents’ creative energies flowing and foster pride in the local neighborhoods and communities in which they live. Each AMLI community champions a feel of its own that blends the character of its surroundings with the style of the day. Apartments in Houston will be different from apartments in Florida, and apartments in California are in a class of their own. And those local particularities were put on full display by AMLI residents living in the nine regional areas where AMLI has apartment communities.

A cohort of AMLI judges narrowed down a pool of hundreds of photo submissions to an impressive group of finalists consisting of three photos from each of AMLI’s nine regions. Residents and the public at-large then voted for their favorite of the bunch and a week later winners emerged. The photo with the most votes won the grand prize, and nine runners-up with the most votes in their regions won prizes as well.

This month’s photo of the month is brought to you courtesy of Sambit, a resident of AMLI at Interlocken, which is about 30 minutes northwest of Denver and just 20 minutes southeast from Boulder. Sambit was Denver’s regional winner of the My AMLI View contest and won a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 camera with film for his efforts. We caught up with Sambit for a brief interview about his photo, his process, and his inspiration. Find that interview below.

1. What kind of camera(s) do you use?

I use my phone, a Sony NEX-5 and GoPro 5. I am not a professional, so what I use is based on the event and convenience and, of course, whatever technical features I’m looking for.

2. Do you use any special equipment that you especially like when you take photographs?

Not really. Sometimes, I use a tripod or wide lens for product photography though.

3. What types of things do you like to take photos of? What inspires you?

Anything and everything!

4. What was the inspiration for your My AMLI View photo?

The stunning fall view and the overall landscape. I thought about the angle and field view to capture the most broad frame.

5. Are there any Instagram accounts or photo blogs you love to follow? Which and why?

Nope!

6. Do you have any tips for aspiring photographers and Instagrammers out there?

Be authentic as possible and be sure to plan ahead.

7. What’s the best part about living at your AMLI community?

Its clean and safe, close to my office and staffs are super friendly.

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About Nick Kotecki


Nick is AMLI's Social Media and Content Marketing Manager. When he's not on the AMLI Blog you can find him in the woods, in a book or on a plane headed away from it all. He has written and edited for many publications, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, Denver Post, Time Out and Newsday.