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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 5:30 pm Post subject: Announcing Aquarium Photo Competition - March 2007 Reply with quote

 Since  this  is  an  Aquarium  Photo  Competition,  a  maximum  of  3  pictures  per  aquarium  can  be  posted.  Each  participant  is  however  allowed  to  enter  only  pictures  of  one  aquarium  in  the  competition.  Only  photos  of  fish  tanks  may  be  entered,  fish  bowls  are  not  permitted.
 
 Each  entry  must  include  the  following  details  or  will  be  disqualified  for  lack  of  information:
 
 1. Tank  capacity  in  US  gallons  (1  US  gallons  =  3.7854118  litres)
 2. Tank  inmates
 3. Category:  Planted,  non-Planted
 4. Owner:  Please  provide  your  real  name  if  you  want  credit  for  the  pictures
 
 Depending  on  the  response  received,  the  photographs  may  be  classified  into  categories  which  may  be  announced  during  the  course  of  the  competition,  but  before  judging  begins.  
 
 In  case  of  multiple  categories,  a  winner  will  be  announced  from  each  for  the  1st,  2nd  and  3rd  place.  All  other  rules  remain  the  same  as  the  previous  competition.  
 
 Last  date  to  submit  entries  is  20th  March  2007.
 
 How  many  and  what  kind  of  photos  can  I  submit?
 
 Number  of  entries  permitted:  Only  1  Aquarium  per  participant  may  be  entered  in  the  competition
 Topic  of  competition:  Aquarium  Photos
 Number  of  photographs:  You  may  submit  up  to  3  pictures  of  the  aquarium  being  entered  into  the  competition
 Suggested  photographs:  1  full  shot  of  the  aquarium  with  the  cabinet/stand  and  canopy  cropped;  1  side  profile,  and  any  one  other  profile  of  your  choice  that  you  think  looks  best.  These  are  not  mandatory  and  you  may  choose  to  submit  different  shots.
 Size  of  photographs:  Photographs  should  not  be  more  than  800  pixels  wide,  600  pixels  high  and  1  MB  in  size.
 Names  of  pictures:  Your  photographs  should  be  named  your  username  followed  by  1,  2,  or  3.  Example,  clownygirl1  is  my  main  shot,  clownygirl2  is  a  side  profile  of  the  tank  etc.
 
 How  do  I  submit  photos?
 
 1. Click  on  the  link  below  to  open  the  March  2007  Aquarium  Photo  Competition  Album:
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/gallery2/v/Competitions/March+2007+Aquarium+Photo+Competition/
 2. Click  on  the  â€œAdd  Items”  link  on  the  left.
 3. Click  on  the  â€œBrowse”  button  next  to  the  â€œFile”  box  and  select  the  correct  picture  from  your  computer.  Make  sure  that  the  photo  is  the  right  size  and  correctly  named.
 4. Scroll  down  to  the  bottom  of  the  page  and  click  â€œAdd  Items”
 5. Once  the  main  album  page  opens,  select  â€œEdit  Photo”.  Click  on  the  â€œCustom  Fields”  tab  on  the  top  and  fill  out  the  relevant  information  for  your  photograph.  Ensure  that  all  fields  are  filled  out  or  your  photograph  will  be  disqualified.  Click  on  Save.
 
 Code  on  conduct  for  Judges:  Judges  should  not  only  be  impartial  but  should  also  seem  to  be  impartial.  
 
 1.  Ranking  will  start  only  after  closure  of  competition.  
 
 2.  Judges  will  not  try  to  contact  the  participants.  
 
 3.  Judges  will  not  comment  on  any  photograph  before  or  during  the  competition.  
 
 4.  Judges  will  not  consult  with  each  other,  try  to  influence  each  other  or  be  privy  to  each  others  scores  during  the  course  of  the  competition.  
 
 5.  Individual  scores  kept  by  each  judge  will  not  be  made  public.  Only  the  final  scores  will  be  announced.  
 
 
 Judging  Guidelines
 
 The  following  guidelines  are  for  the  participants  to  read  and  for  the  judges  to  use  to  grade  the  photographs  as  fairly  as  possible.  All  aspiring  judges  need  to  carefully  review  the  content  of  this  article  before  volunteering  to  judge.  
 
 1.  The  judges  will  rate  each  photograph  based  on  the  grading  system  below.  
 
 2.  The  photograph  will  first  be  rated  for  relevance.  Only  photographs  that  get  a  majority  vote  from  the  judges  for  relevance  will  be  graded  for  the  competition.  The  rest  will  be  eliminated.  
 
 3.  Judges  will  then  rate  the  qualifying  photographs  on  a  scale  of  1  -  10  on  for  each  of  the  remaining  criteria.  
 
 4.  The  score  of  each  entry  (3  photographs  of  a  single  aquarium)  will  be  the  total  of  the  ratings  by  the  judges.  
 
 5.  The  maximum  score  can  be  up  to  80  points.  
 
 6.  In  case  of  multiple  entries  by  a  participant,  only  the  entry  submitted  first  will  be  considered.  All  others  will  be  disqualified.
 
 7.  A  ranking  of  all  qualifying  photographs  will  be  done.  
 
 8.  Only  the  3  highest  photographs  will  be  awarded.  They  will  be  ranked  as  1st,  2nd  and  3rd  place  winners.  
 
 9.  In  case  of  a  tie  for  any  place,  joint  winners  will  be  declared.  
 
 10.  Results  will  be  declared  by  8  pm  third  day  after  closure  of  competition.  
 
 Grading  System  
 
 RELEVANCE  â€“  Is  the  photograph  in  line  with  the  competition?  Rating  YES,  NO.  YES  indicates  picture  will  be  included  in  competition,  and  NO  means  picture  will  be  eliminated.  For  a  photo  to  be  included,  majority  of  judges  should  rate  it  as  a  YES.  
 
 IMPACT  â€“  What  you  see  first;  first  impression;  strong  feeling  of  power;  holds  your  eye.  Rating  1  â€“  creates  no  impact,  10  â€“  highest  possible  impact.  
 
 CREATIVITY  â€“  Use  of  imagination;  originality;  freshness  of  approach;  unusual  cropping/use  of  subject  matter;  invention,  design,  feeling  and  imagination  that  lifts  the  work  into  the  realm  of  art.  Rating  1  â€“  not  at  all  creative,  10  â€“  most  creative.  
 
 STYLE  â€“  What  sets  the  work  apart  from  others;  different  but  consistent  way  of  seeing;  different  approach;  real,  not  contrived;  experimental;  individual.  Rating  1  â€“  has  no  style  or  individuality,  10  â€“  very  different  from  other  photographs  in  an  experimental  way.  
 
 COMPOSITION  â€“  Good  placement  of  subject;  angle  of  photography;  successful  arrangement;  harmonious  proportions;  dynamic  symmetry  to  place  most  important  objects;  good  rhythm  in  repetition:  colour,  spaces,  moods,  divisions  of  photograph.  
 
 COLOR  BALANCE  â€“  Good  technique;  clarity  of  colour  of  subject  matter;  creative  use  of  colour  (complementary  colours,  dark  against  light,  strong  against  weak)  
 
 CENTER  OF  INTEREST  â€“  Dominance  of  subject  matter;  grouping  of  subject  and  arrangement  of  objects  so  one  centre  of  interest  prevails;  subject  holds  the  eye  without  distractions;  moody  or  misty;  strength  and  definition  gives  centre  of  interest;  secondary  subjects  don't  overpower  main  subject  
 
 LIGHTING  â€“  Good  statement  of  light;  good  portrait  lighting;  dynamic  lighting;  pattern  of  light  enhances  create  strong  mood  and  focuses  on  the  subject.  
 
 FOCUS  and  SHARPNESS  â€“  Picture  should  not  be  blurry,  out  of  focus  or  soft.  All  lines,  colours  and  shapes  should  come  across  as  sharp.  
 
 Credits:  
 
 Judges  Code  of  Conduct  and  General  Guidelines  have  been  put  into  place  with  Sandeep  Raghuvanshi's  help.  
 
 Part  of  the  Grading  System  has  been  inspired  by  the  Photographers  Forum  Judging  Guidelines
 
 PS.  You  may  not  use  this  thread  to  post  pictures.  You  may  however  post  any  queries  you  have  regarding  the  competition  here  and  we  will  respond  to  them  as  fast  as  we  can.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 2:04 pm Post subject: Re: Announcing Aquarium Photo Competition - March 2007 Reply with quote

 All  the  very  best,  guys  !!
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 9:39 pm Post subject: Re: Announcing Aquarium Photo Competition - March 2007 Reply with quote

 Hi  Vanita,  i  think  each  photo  must  also  include  details  as  to  what  substrate,  filteration,  lighting,  fert  dosage  if  any  and  water  parameteres.  tank  inmates,  should  be  both  ftora  and  fauna.  in  the  case  of  category:planted,  non  planted  we  have  to  then  specify  that  this  is  a  FW  competition.  that  would  not  be  fair  to  people  who  keep  marine  tanks.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 3:31 pm Post subject: Re: Announcing Aquarium Photo Competition - March 2007 Reply with quote

 Good  point,  I  think  I  can  add  another  field  saying  Freshwater  or  Marine.  We  have  not  decided  how  the  categories  will  be  used  at  this  point,  it  would  really  depend  on  the  number  of  entries  that  come  through.  
 
 If  we  have  enough  entries,  we  will  make  separate  categories,  other  wise  it  will  remain  a  general  fish  photo  competition.  
 
 There  are  text  fields  that  participants  are  welcome  to  use  to  provide  as  many  details  of  the  inhabitants  (flaura  and  fauna)  as  possible.  It  would  make  for  interesting  pictures   Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 5:31 pm Post subject: Re: Announcing Aquarium Photo Competition - March 2007 Reply with quote

 Hi  Vanitha,
 
 I'm  not  able  to  view  the  "Add  item"  link  in  left  side  after  clicking  and  logging  in  using  the  above  link  mentioned  by  you.
 Am  I  doing  something  stupid?  or  need  any  access?
 
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 11:25 am Post subject: Re: Announcing Aquarium Photo Competition - March 2007 Reply with quote

 Working  perfectly  for  me,  Babu.  Please  recheck  on  whether  you  had  logged  in  before  going  to  this  page.  If  you  had  clicked  on  this  link,  then  logged  in  and  pressed  the  back  button  to  get  back  to  this  page,  you  need  to  refresh  the  page  to  see  the  add  album  link.
 
 I  have  included  my  test  album  which  will  be  deleted  shortly.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 2:34 pm Post subject: Re: Announcing Aquarium Photo Competition - March 2007 Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 Unable  to  access  "Add  Link"  even  after  logging  in..  Posted  the  error  screen  shot  below.I  know  I'm  missing  something  Crying or Very sad  ,  can  you  please  guide  me
 
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 Doesn't  work  with  both  IE  &  Firefox  browsers.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 5:51 pm Post subject: Re: Announcing Aquarium Photo Competition - March 2007 Reply with quote

 Hi  Babu,
 
 Someone  else  needs  to  test  it.  Just  spoke  to  ClownyGirl  and  said  it  could  be  possible  that  since  I  had  admin  rights,  I  might  have  been  able  to  add.  
 
 Can  be  confirmed  only  when  someone  else  tries  it  out.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 7:20 pm Post subject: Re: Announcing Aquarium Photo Competition - March 2007 Reply with quote

 Ok..  Thanks  Suraj..  I  will  wait  till  this  gets  resolved  or  someone  with  a  non-admin  rights  tries  it.  Unsure
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 3:16 pm Post subject: Re: Announcing Aquarium Photo Competition - March 2007 Reply with quote

 The  album  is  working  all  right,  i  just  added  an  photo,  just  don't  look  at  that  Very Happy  .
 i  don't  think  we  have  a  single  submission  tull  now  Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 4:10 pm Post subject: Re: Announcing Aquarium Photo Competition - March 2007 Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  pointing  it  out,  tested  it  after  booting  nature_lover's  access  and  it  now  works  fine.  Please  try  posting  your  pictures  again  and  let  us  know  if  it  works.  We  are  so  looking  forward  to  our  first  entries.
 
 Remember,  max  3  pictures  of  your  1  aquarium.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 6:35 pm Post subject: Re: Announcing Aquarium Photo Competition - March 2007 Reply with quote

 Thanks  Clowny  Girl,  I'm  now  able  to  upload  my  photos
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 11:13 am Post subject: Re: Announcing Aquarium Photo Competition - March 2007 Reply with quote

 Ok,  now  if  we  can  please  see  some  more  entries.
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 I  thought  that  this  competition  will  have  more  and  more  participants.  At  this  rate,  judging  is  going  to  be  a  cakewalk.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 5:07 pm Post subject: Re: Announcing Aquarium Photo Competition - March 2007 Reply with quote

                                                   
nature_lover  wrote  (View  Post):                
I  thought  that  this  competition  will  have  more  and  more  participants.  At  this  rate,  judging  is  going  to  be  a  cakewalk.
 
 JUST  TWO  ENTRIES  !!!!!!!!!!!!   Surprised   Shocked   Shocked   Sad   Crying or Very sad                

 
 The  way  you  guys  have  made  the  rules  it  looks  like  you  do  not  want  to  have  too  many  entries.   So  enjoy  the  few  entries  and  have  a  cake  walk.
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