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    Rules

 

**PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY**

(Clarification needed ?Please contact:  photocontest@sdc.org )

     

Forward:

As a part of the 2014 Festival of the Cranes, The Friends of the Bosque will again host a photo contest.  The contest rules and procedures are very similar to last year’s photo contest.

The Friends urges all photographers to submit their photos.

Please note that emphasis is placed on images that “say” something about the refuge.  In the past we have received many great up-close images of birds and other wildlife, but they are often not selected as winners because they do not necessarily represent Bosque del Apache.  Good luck to all.


     

Image & Photographer Information:

       

    Image information:

      • Aspect ratio must be approximately 2x3 and panoramic ratios are not acceptable.  Any panoramic image submitted will be removed from the voting pool.
      • Applicants are discouraged from submitting images of the night sky with limited or no view of the Bosque.
      • Images must be in JPG format with a maximum size of 3 Mb and RGB or sRGB color space.  
      • Winners will be encouraged to submit high resolution JPG or TIFF images in 11x19 aspect ratio.
      • Modifying Photos:  You may modify your photos for this contest, including color/B&W, balance, saturation, brightness, cropping, contrast, etc. However, please remember that this is a photo contest, not a digital art contest, and judges will be looking for true representations of people and the Refuge.  Please do not merge photos or photo elements. HDR (high dynamic range) is allowed 
      • You may remove or leave EXIF data on your JPG images.
      • Image must be taken within the confines of Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge.  You must obey all gate, fence, and other access restrictions as well as all traffic signs on the Bosque del Apache.
      • Images must be submitted via the web site.  No CDs or DVDs will be accepted.  Do not mail any image material to the “Friends” address.

    Photographer Identification:

    Entry is by web form with the following information required:

    • First and Last Name
    • Street address and city/state/zip
    • Primary and secondary phone numbers
    • Email address

Image Identification:  

    Image identification is repeated from last year

    • There are two sub-categories:
      • Refuge (any image without people in the frame)
      • People (any image with people or evidence of people, e.g automobiles or camera gear, in the frame)
    • The file name of the images will be named as follows:
      • First two alpha characters are the first initial of the applicant’s first and last name.
      • Second two numeric characters are the last two numeric characters of the applicant’s primary phone number.
      • Next is either a ”R” or “P” representing that the photo is either in the Refuge or People category.
      • Last two numeric characters are the image number beginning with 01 and ending with 20 (maximum).
      • Example for John Doe with a phone number of 555-111-1234 and three refuge images, his third image name is:  JD34R03.jpg

Payment Information:  

Each photographer may submit up to 20 entries at $5 for first image and $3 for subsequent images.  

  • Payment is by PalPal when you upload your images.
  • You do not need to have a PayPal account but you will be required to enter your credit card and contact information into the secure PayPal online form.
  • Checks and currency will not be accepted.  Please do not mail any payment to the Friends address.

Contest Deadlines:

The past photo contest will be repeated in 2014 with the following rules:

  1. There will be 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners for both categories and two honorable mention winners in the Refuge category.  There is no monetary gift for any winner.  
  2. Contest closes Wednesday, 1 October 2014 at midnight Socorro time.
  3. Photo Contest winners will be announced Tuesday, 14 October 2014 via email. 
  4. Winning photos will be displayed at the Bosque del Apache Visitor Center atrium starting prior to the Festival of the Cranes.  In addition all submittals will be on a repeating PowerPoint presentation during the Friends Dinner on Thursday night and winners will be acknowledged in person if in attendance.  Winning photographs may be published with credits in the Friends of the Bosque’s Habitat!, in our 2015 Festival of the Cranes brochure, and in future publications.  All winning photos will be published in the Festival of the Cranes web site.  

 

 

    Some Recommendations


Image Formatting

What are the image formatting specifications ?


  • Recommended Dimensions: minimum 1400 pixels on the shortest side.

  • File Format: Save all images as JPEG or Baseline Standard JPEG. 

  • File Size: JPEGs images must be under 3.0 Mb.

  • Color space: Save images in RGB color space or sRGB when available.

  • Highest Resolution:  Shoot in the highest resolution your camera can accommodate and resize if needed for submission.


Tools for photo file resizing and name changing:

  • IrfanView (ww.irfanview.net) is a freeware graphic viewer for Windows that can rename and resize photo files.

  • “resizer” (www.resizr.com) is a free online image resizer.


Can I modify my photos ?

  • You may modify your photos for this contest, including color/B&W, balance, saturation, brightness, cropping, contrast, etc..  However, please remember that this is a photo contest, not a digital art contest, and judges will be looking for true representations of people and the Refuge.

  • Please do not merge photos or photo elements.

  • You may remove or leave EXIF data on your JPG images.

What is resolution versus image size ?

  • Image resolution, otherwise known as dpi, is the amount of dots per square inch of an image when it is printed. Image size is the dimensions (length and width) of an image in a digital format. The difference between the two is that resolution reflects printer quality and image size designates how large your image will be viewed on monitors.


How do I rename my photo files ?

  • In Windows, just right click on the file name and look for “rename” in the popup dialogue box and enter the new file name in the blue highlighted area.

  • In Mac, you move your cursor to a file or folder, select it, wait a second and then click again on the name. A text edit field appears over the name and you can rename the file as desired.

  • Be careful not to change the JPG file extension.

I don’t have a PayPal Account-How can I pay?    All transactions are processed through PayPal. If you have an account this process is easier because your information is all stored.  You will have an opportunity to sign up for a free account when you pay.  If you do not have a PayPal account and do not wish to create one, you will be prompted to enter your credit card information and contact information for processing.  This information is not stored for future use.

Got Questions ?

    Terms & Conditions

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Photographs will be accepted only from the original photographer.
  • You must be the sole author and the owner of the copyright for all photos you enter.
  • Photographers must have sufficient permission of any recognizable persons appearing in the photograph to be able to grant rights to display the photographic submission online or in printed materials.
  • Photographers retain ownership of all copyrights. However, by submitting an image for entry in this contest, you automatically give the Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge permission and rights to store, display, and use the image, its thumbnails, and your name as the photographer, indefinitely in any non-commercial media without notification or compensation.
  • You must obey all gate, fence, and other access restrictions as well as all traffic signs on the Bosque del Apache.

GENERAL: By entering, entrants agree to be bound by these Contest Rules and Procedures, the Terms and Conditions on use of images, and the decisions of the sponsors and judges, which are final and binding on all matters.  This Contest is void where prohibited and is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.  


RELEASE: By participating, entrants release the Friends of the Bosque, Bosque del Apache NWR, the City of Socorro and the Contest partners and sponsors, their parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries and their agents, respective officers, directors, employees, Friends of the Bosque Volunteers, agents from any and all liability or responsibility for any claim arising in connection with participation in the Contest or any prize awarded.

Acceptance:

By completing the photo entry form on the web and paying for photo submission to the Contest, you agree and accept the Contest Terms and Conditions, the General clause, and Release clause.

    Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the cutoff date for photo submissions?

    • Submission of photo files must be received  by midnight Mountain Time Zone on Wednesday, October 1,  2014


  1. How many photos can I submit?  

    • Each photographer may submit a maximum of 20 photos in any combination from the “people” and “refuge” categories.


  1. How do I decide category of my photo?

    • If your picture contains an image of human of any age or evidence of humans (evidence includes automobiles, camera gear etc.), then it must be submitted in the “people” category.


  1. I have an old photo of a bird at the Bosque-can I submit it?  

    • As long as you are the original photographer and owner of the picture, you may submit the photo regardless of the date the photo was taken.


  1. Must my photo submission be taken in confines of the Bosque del Apache?

    • Yes.


  1. I do not understand all this file size and JPG stuff.  Can you help?

    • Your digital camera takes pictures in JPG format.  

    • After you down load the pictures into your PC, you can see how big the file size and resize then (if necessary) and rename them.

    • You can resize using the free on-line “Resizer” from www.resizr.com.

    • You can also resize and rename your photos using the free IrfanView (www.irfanview.com). This is a freeware graphic viewer for Windows that can rename and resize photo files.

    • If you don’t want to fuss with file size, just send your JPG images.


  1. I still do not understand how to resize and rename my photo file.  Can you help?  Just send us an email at photocontest@sdc.org and we will try to assist.


  1. Do I need to give an artistic name to my pictures?  No.






  1. Why do you want photos in such a small size as 3Mb?  They won’t look too good when you print them in large print sizes.

    • The small file size of 3Mb will facilitate ease of emailing and viewing by the photo contest judges.  If your picture is selected as a winner, the contest will be contacting you for a larger file size photo that is suitable for large size printing.


  1.  What is resolution and image size?

  • Image resolution, otherwise known as dpi, is the amount of dots per square inch of an image when it is printed. Image size is the dimensions (length and width) of an image in a digital format. The difference between the two is that resolution reflects printer quality and image size designates how large your image will be viewed on monitors.


  1. What is image aspect ratio?

  • The aspect ratio of an image describes the proportional relationship between its width and its height.  Aspect ratio is the ratio of the image pixel dimensions.


  1. I don’t understand the reference to EXIF data in the Call for Entries.  What is this?  Should I leave it or remove it?

    • If you don’t know what EXIF is, then just don’t worry about it.

    • If you are curious, then EXIF is information placed by your camera into each photo file.  This generally includes the following information:

      1. Date and time the picture was taken.

      2. The camera make and model.

      3. The f stop and exposure time of the picture.

      4. The file size and resolution.

      5. The ISO setting.

      6. Lens focal length.

      7. The Color Space.  i.e., sRGB or other

      8. White Balance setting.

      9. Higher end cameras might have copyright information.

      10. And other information.

    • As stated in the Call for Entries, you may leave EXIF date on your photo file or remove it.

    • You can use free FastStone Image Viewer from www.faststone.org to remove EXIF (FastStone calls it metadata).  Use Tools and drop down to Remove JPG Metadata.  This tool will remove the EXIF data (or metadata) and will not change the image characteristics.

    • You can use the free Opanda IExif viewer to view the EXIF data. See www.opanda.com/en/iexif/index.html

By submitting a photo entry you state you have read, agreed and accepted the Contest Terms and Conditions, the General clause, and Release clause above.

 
Please enter payment ONLY after uploading
ALL of your photos. Please select only ONE option.
You will be able to pay through your PayPal account or select "Don't have a PayPal account" to enter a credit card.
Entering 1-10 photos?
Entering 11-20 photos?
You will be contacted regarding any discrepancies between
uploaded entries and payment amounts.





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