He knows it works in the DJ world to get people to step up their game, so Chris Smith wanted to see if it would also help inject a competitive-edge in the photo world.

“I had this idea bubbling around for a while in my brain,” said Smith, who is the mind behind the Battle SNAP photography competition taking place at the Seahorse Tavern on Tuesday.

He first came up with the idea for the one-night, on-the-spot photo contest after watching a documentary about DJs and MCs who are always battling it out to see who is the best.

Instead of showing their spinning skills, the photographers are showing off their snapping abilities. Each will bring in works that will be placed on display, and a winner will be chosen that evening.

Registration takes place between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., with first, second and third place winners receiving printing services from Carsand-Mosher and studio time at Aperature Studios.

“The cool thing about this compared to most photography competitions you mail in your photo and that’s it — you win or lose,” Smith said. “But this forces photographers to be in one room and talk to each other, meet, and possibly form some friendships.”

The East Coast Music Award-winner held a BattleSNAP competition in St. John’s, N.L., earlier this month. More than 70 photographs were registered and it attracted a crowd of more than 100.

“The first four guys who showed up were all photographers, and they were lined up at the bar, had never met each other before, and were talking photography.”