ClubSNAP Photog of the Year 2009 Competition - Theme 5 "The World of Nature Thru ....

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We are extremely pleased to bring to our members (with the generous sponsorship of Nikon Singapore) The ClubSNAP Photographer of the Year 2009 photography competition.

First place winners for each of the themes will receive a Nikon COOLPIX S60 camera.
Points will be awarded to the Top 25 images as selected by a Panel of Judges.

At the end of the Final Theme, the total number of points won for each bi-monthly theme will be tallied and prizes awarded as follows:-

1st Place : Grand Prize of a Nikon D700 Digital SLR camera body (or its equivalent).
2nd Place : Second Prize of a Nikon D90 Digital SLR camera Kit (or its equivalent).
3rd Place : Third Prize of a Nikon D60 Digital SLR camera Kit (or its equivalent).
4th - 10th Places : Merit Prize of a Nikon COOLPIX camera P6000 (or its equivalent).

Read on for more details!


ClubSNAP Photographer of the Year 2009 Photography Competition

A) General Information

1. Sole Sponsor - Nikon Singapore

2. Organizer - ClubSNAP Photography Community

3. Competition Format - 12 month running total photography competition consisting of 6 bi-monthly themes. Themes and timeframes as follows :-
* Theme 1 : Yellow - Apr/May 2009 - Closed.
* Theme 2 : Rebound and Rejoice - Jun/Jul 2009 - Closed.
* Theme 3 : Fear, Terror and Fright - Aug/Sep 2009 - Closed.
* Theme 4 : Holidays - Nov/Dec 2009 - Closed
* Theme 5 : Jan/Feb 2009 The World of Nature - Thru My Lens Open For Submission
* Theme 6 : Mar/Apr 2010

4. Points will be awarded to the top 25 entries by a team of Judges comprised of Nikon Singapore, selected individuals of the ClubSNAP Administration team and invited guest/celebrity photographers as follows :-
* 1st place - 50 points
* 2nd place - 35 points
* 3rd place - 25 points
* 4th - 10th places - 20 points
* 11th - 25th places - 15 points

5. The 1st Place winner for each bi-monthly theme will receive a Nikon COOLPIX S60 camera.

6. Grand Finale - At the end of Theme 6, the grand finale winners will be tallied based on their total accumulated points and prizes will be awarded as follows :-
* 1st Place : Grand Prize of a Nikon D700 Digital SLR camera body (or its equivalent).
* 2nd Place : Second Prize of a Nikon D90 Digital SLR camera Kit (or its equivalent).
* 3rd Place : Third Prize of a Nikon D60 Digital SLR camera Kit (or its equivalent).
* 4th - 10th Places : Merit Prize of a Nikon COOLPIX P6000 camera (or its equivalent).

B) Eligibility

1. The ClubSNAP Photographer of the Year 2009 competition is open to all registered members of ClubSNAP Photography Community, up to and including appointed Moderators

2. Nikon Singapore employees, ClubSNAP Administrators and Moderators who are selected as Judges for the competition are not eligible.

3. Entries for this competition must be taken in the calendar year 2009 onwards (from January 2009 till Apr 2010).

4. Images entered into the competition must have been taken by the entrant and possess all the necessary rights belonging to the entrant.

5. Images that have won prizes in prior competitions, or have been used for commercial purposes and/or been published will not be eligible for entry.

C) Submitting Entries

1. Beginning February 2009 (and every two months thereafter), a Entry Submission thread will be published inside the ClubSNAP Forums and a corresponding section in the ClubSNAP Gallery will be opened to accept images.

2. To enter the competition, entrants must upload their entries to the correct section in the ClubSNAP Gallery.

3. Each photographer is only allowed ONE (1) entry per theme.

4. Submission and uploading of image(s) to the Competition Gallery indicates that the photographer has agreed to the terms and conditions of the competition.

D) File Format and Required Digital Information

1. Maximum size per JPEG image accepted is 200KB

2. All images submitted must have the following information listed in the submission Either in EXIF information intact or manually input in the comments column of the Gallery (if no EXIF are embedded) showing the following information :-
* Camera
* Aperture information
* Shutter speed information
* Date

3. Original image must be from a 3Megapixel camera or better.

4. Winners (top 10 images) of the bi-monthly themes will be required to submit the original image to ClubSNAP before prize(s) can be collected, failing which the entry will be disqualified and the prize(s) forfeited. Procedure for submission of original images will be announced at a later date.

5. Film Users - scanned entries at the appropriate size can be uploaded to the Competition Gallery. If a scanned film entry is chosen as a winner, a higher-resolution scan of at least 1200x1800 pixels must be submitted to ClubSNAP prior to award of prize(s). Failure to comply will result in disqualification and forfeit of prize(s).

6. Only ONE (1) entry per photographer is allowed for each bi-monthly theme. Image must not exceed 200KB in size.

7. Identifying marks, Watermarks, Signature - No watermarks, identifying marks or signature will be allowed for images entered into the Competition.

E) Image Editing and Enhancement

1. Image enhancements may be applied to optimize an entry for the Competition.

2. There must not be any significant removal or addition of elements in the image. To clarify:-

* Adjustments to color, saturation, contrast, brightness and sharpening are allowed.
* Cropping of images is allowed.
* Cloning must be limited to general cleaning work - significant addition or removal of elements in the composition is prohibited.
* Dodging and burning is permitted.
* Perspective adjustments for correction of lens distortion is permitted.

F) Judging

1. A Panel of Judges comprised of the ClubSNAP Administrators, representatives from Nikon Singapore, selected individuals of the Moderator team and independent distinguished photographers invited by ClubSNAP or Nikon Singapore will sit in on every judging.

2. The decision of the Panel of Judges is final.

3. The organizers will not enter into any correspondence regarding the judging or organization of the competition.

G) Notification

1. Bi-Monthly theme winners will be announced in the Forums as well as be notified via an email and Private Message sent approximately 14 - 30 days after the close of the bi-monthly theme.

2. ClubSNAP members are advised to update their particulars (especially their email address) in their profiles to avoid any breakdown in communications.

3. If there is no response from the winner by a specified date, the status will be revoked and the entry deemed null and void.

H) Copyright

1. The Entrant

* The entrant must be the sole author and owner of copyright, intellectual property and all other proprietary rights for the image(s) entered into the Competition.
* Photographers retain full copyright of all images entered into the Competition.
* It is the legal responsbility of the Entrant, and not the organizers or sole sponsor, to ensure compliance with all ownership and copyright requirements, and own the rights to reproduce the image(s).
* Entries which do not fulfill all the above criteria will be deemed ineligible and will be disqualified.

2. The Organizer and Sponsor
* The Sole Sponsor (Nikon Singapore) and Organizer (ClubSNAP) reserve the non-exclusive right, for a limited period ending 31st December 2010, to publish, reproduce, display, distribute and show on screen, any winning image on associated websites, photo exhibitions, tradeshows, prints or any other media which is under the management of the sponsor and organizer. In all cases where such images are used, the sponsor and organizer reserve the right to do so without obtaining the further prior permission of the winner, and without offering any further compensation of any form. However, where any image is reproduced in print, the photographer will be credited.

I) Prizes

1. The organizers and sponsor reserve the right to change or add to the prizes and substitute with a comparable alternative. Any changes will be posted on the competition website. Prizes are non-transferable and no cash equivalent will be offered. If the quality of entries falls below the required standard, the organizers and sponsor reserve the right not to award a prize/prizes.

J) Liability

1. Images are uploaded at the photographer’s own risk and the organizers regret they cannot accept any liability for the unauthorized duplication or use of images submitted to the Competition Gallery.

K) Agreement to Abide By Competitions Rules, Terms & Conditions

1. Submission and Uploading of an image to the specified Competition Gallery indicates to the Organizer and Sponsor that the Entrant has read and agreed with the Terms & Conditions of this Photography Competition.

The organizer and sponsor reserves the right to amend or modify the above terms and conditions of the Competition as required, wherein adequate notification and announcement on the changes will be made known to the Entrants and members in a reasonable manner.

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The 5th bi-monthly theme for the photography competition will be The World of Nature Thru My Lens.
- What is this theme about? This is left to participants to showcase the beauty or their ideas of The World of Nature - be it animal, insects or just the natural beauty of our world. Messages of conservation are also welcome to add strength to the image.

Deadline for submission for entries will be midnight 28th Feb 2010
(based on timestamp on Gallery server).

Entries are to be uploaded to the following section on the Gallery server :-

Theme 5 - The World of Nature Thru My Lens

Remember to login before uploading.


Senior Member
Aug 18, 2003
Two weeks for contest submission.


Senior Member
Nov 24, 2008
HDR okay also?

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