ClubSNAP Photographer of the Year 2009 Competition - Theme 3 -"Fear, Terror & Fright"


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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!

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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 - Open For Submission.
* Theme 4 : Oct/Nov 2009
* Theme 5 : Dec/Jan 2009
* Theme 6 : Feb/Mar 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 Mar 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
* ISO
* 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.
 

chngpe01

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The 3rd bi-monthly theme for the photography competition will be Fear, Terror & Fright.
- What is this theme about? This is left to participants to interpret, decide and showcase.

Deadline for submission for entries will be midnight 4th Oct 2009
(based on timestamp on Gallery server).

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

Fear, Terror and Fright Submission Gallery

Remember to login before uploading.
 

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acerpic

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The theme getting more and more complex... :cry:
 

ZeroDivine

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Indeed... compared to last year's competition this year's standard is higher.
Theme is much more difficult . and I thought rebound and rejoice is hard enough ... now this is worse :eek:
 

chngpe01

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The result of theme 2 is out see this:
http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5396862#post5396862


All participants, please ready the rules carefully, especially para B-3 and D-2. We had to disqualify some good entries that contravene this 2 rules

Please do not PM us on the judges' decision as they are final. Thank You
 

HeiPiGu

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Indeed... compared to last year's competition this year's standard is higher.
Theme is much more difficult . and I thought rebound and rejoice is hard enough ... now this is worse :eek:

I feel the themes are genre biased.....in a way.
 

HeiPiGu

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hmm genre biased?
how so?

Ok, this is just my opinion. When I saw the topic for theme 2, the only idea that came to my mind is a guy/girl jumping into the sky in a flying V pose.
I want to be more creative and try not to restrict myself to a 'jumping man' photo, cause I don't really like to take 'portraits', but nothing comes into mind.
Maybe I'm not creative enough :bsmilie:

Look at all the results for theme 2 and you'll know what I mean.

I would say theme 1 is much better, less restrictive and more room for creativity :)
 

Redsun

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Ok, this is just my opinion. When I saw the topic for theme 2, the only idea that came to my mind is a guy/girl jumping into the sky in a flying V pose.
I want to be more creative and try not to restrict myself to a 'jumping man' photo, cause I don't really like to take 'portraits', but nothing comes into mind.
Maybe I'm not creative enough :bsmilie:

Look at all the results for theme 2 and you'll know what I mean.

I would say theme 1 is much better, less restrictive and more room for creativity :)
yes i understand what you mean
thats what most ppl will think of when they see the topic of theme 2
I thought of that too:bsmilie:
but now thinking back after what you said,im thinking that there could be other things which could represent Rebound and Rejoice,since its open to one's own interpretation like say maybe a burst of fireworks?
 

HeiPiGu

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yes i understand what you mean
thats what most ppl will think of when they see the topic of theme 2
I thought of that too:bsmilie:
but now thinking back after what you said,im thinking that there could be other things which could represent Rebound and Rejoice,since its open to one's own interpretation like say maybe a burst of fireworks?

Fireworks is a good idea. But 'rejoice' is a very human emotion, so I feel the restriction of human participation is quite unavoidable for that theme :)
 

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Tupi Guy

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chill guys. it just a contest that to let everyone here to enjoy.

this kind of issues will never end and the SOS contest results also created abit of Oh ah! No one can please everybody lor.

To me simple, happy you join and accept whatever the result is, if not, dont take part lor.

Congrats to all the winners :)
 

Tupi Guy

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Fireworks is a good idea. But 'rejoice' is a very human emotion, so I feel the restriction of human participation is quite unavoidable for that theme :)
not really too, it just one how u interpret it.

one can shoot a stray cat with happy expression that it been fed?

No matter what ideas one have, the others might think other wise.

So it just a lucky draw :)
 

chngpe01

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Ok, this is just my opinion. When I saw the topic for theme 2, the only idea that came to my mind is a guy/girl jumping into the sky in a flying V pose.
I want to be more creative and try not to restrict myself to a 'jumping man' photo, cause I don't really like to take 'portraits', but nothing comes into mind.
Maybe I'm not creative enough :bsmilie:

Look at all the results for theme 2 and you'll know what I mean.

I would say theme 1 is much better, less restrictive and more room for creativity :)
Creativity is restricted but oneself

The theme is there, it up to one to interpret. If one can bring forth his/her interpretation in a visually stunning way, will have an edge over the others.

If one tries to do what he/she thinks the judges/organiser would like see - then I don't think it may work
 

jopel

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Ok, this is just my opinion. When I saw the topic for theme 2, the only idea that came to my mind is a guy/girl jumping into the sky in a flying V pose.
I want to be more creative and try not to restrict myself to a 'jumping man' photo, cause I don't really like to take 'portraits', but nothing comes into mind.
Maybe I'm not creative enough :bsmilie:

Look at all the results for theme 2 and you'll know what I mean.

I would say theme 1 is much better, less restrictive and more room for creativity :)
stock market / financial crisis goes well with theme 2.
 

velasco

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Fireworks is a good idea. But 'rejoice' is a very human emotion, so I feel the restriction of human participation is quite unavoidable for that theme :)
There is really no need for human participation to be present.
Objects can personifies humans, fireworks are one example as listed above. Metaphorically, anything can be humanified or at least relates to something of human element.

I don't see how the themes are genre-biased. When interpretations are left solely to the photographer, it is virtually impossible to justify that remark you made.
It may be more difficult , but it is not restricting at all.
 

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Tupi Guy

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Come to think of it, the winner of any competition is just a reflection of the judges tastes and perspectives, not so much the photographer.

Maybe the winners and the judges do feel the feel way and that why they been selected.

Everyone has their own point of view, and ironically, because of this, it is pointless. ;)
 

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Come to think of it, the winner of any competition is just a reflection of the judges tastes and perspectives, not so much the photographer.

Maybe the winners and the judges do feel the feel way and that why they been selected.

Everyone has their own point of view, and ironically, because of this, it is pointless. ;)
Yea, this is very true, after today this is something that I found out. Aha.
 

HHenrYY

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Yea, this is very true, after today this is something that I found out. Aha.


not really true .
if ,
there's a set of "marking scheme" and feedback from the judges.
e.g.
set criteria : like grading method for certain things that they will look out for in a photo. (not like feelings, as i can feel differently for what i saw)
or give some comments why that photo that got first prize, got first.


this way, newbie photographer like me will benefit like never before.



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.

In summary, this sld be more transparent.

my 2cents worth :sweat:.
 

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