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Nikonians 10th Anniversary Photo Contest Rules



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To upload a picture in this year's monthly contest:

    1.1   You must be a registered Silver, Gold or Platinum Member to be able to upload.
    1.2   You need to be at least 21 years old.
    1.3   Task 1. In the period of the submission, before uploading your image to the contest gallery, you must have started a thread in the Nikonians forums, creating a new topic, whether with a question or a comment.
    1.4   Task 2. In the period of the submission, before uploading your image to the contest gallery, you must have replied to a post in the Nikonians forums.
    1.5   Task 3. In the period of the submission, before uploading your image to the contest gallery, you must have uploaded an image in the Nikonians forums, from your Nikonians Gallery.
    1.6   You can post only one image within the submission period established for uploading, as shown in section 6.2 below. You may participate in all three periods or segments open for the Nikonians 10th Anniversary Photo Contest.
    1.7   Deadline or last day to post an image is the last day set for that period. The posting time stamp that counts is midnight of the last day of the period, time of our image servers time in Germany. Missing the deadline means that the posted image will not be considered by the judges for that period's contest.
    1.8   Your picture(s) must be in accordance with our Terms of Use. Any pictures not complying with our Terms of Use will not be considered for the contest and may be deleted. No nude images are accepted in the contest. For Contest purposes only images made with Nikon or Nikon-mount hybrid bodies are accepted.
    1.9   To be able to upload your photos, you must first login into our Galleries server with your Nikonians member username and password, then follow the upload link, choosing the appropriate segment or period.
B&W May 2004
B&W July 2004
2.   Eligibility
    2.1   The contest is open to Nikonian photographers, beginners, amateur, semi-pro or professional, except if under 21 years of age and/or those mentioned in 2.10 below.
    2.2   You must have read, understood and accepted our Terms of Use before you register.
    2.3   You must be a registered Silver, Gold or Platinum Member at the Nikonians community.
    2.4   You must have completed all three tasks listed in the above section 1, at least once within the submission period.
    2.5   The photographer retains their images copyrights, however, by posting automatically gives Nikonians rights for publishing in any publications linked to Nikonians, for example in our eZine The Nikonian, banners here or elsewhere or a post in the Contests forum, the Galleries Picture of the Week, whether a winner or not, without compensation.
    2.6   Photos must have been taken with a Nikon® camera, whether film or digital and it must be specified in the appropriate field.
    2.7   Photos made with Nikon based hybrid digital cameras are also eligible; i.e. with Kodak DCS and Fujifilm FinePix cameras with Nikon lens mount.
    2.8   The lens does not need to be a Nikkor lens.
    2.9   You can digitally manipulate the picture any way you want, but you should use the comment field in the online form to indicate that the image has been manipulated.
    2.10   Members of the Nikonians Team (i.e. Administrators, Moderators, Finance, Marketing and other functions Team) are not eligible for this contest.
    2.11   Photos may have been taken at any time; i.e. they do not need to be taken during the period of the contest.
    2.12   Photos submitted to the Best of Nikonians - 2010 Images Photo Contest are not elegible for paticipation in this Nikonians 10th Anniversary Photo Contest.
B&W 2004
B&W 2007
Color 2007
3.   Entries
    3.1   Images shall be digitized images in a JPEG (.jpg) file format.
    3.2   Nikonians will only accept for judging images not larger than 1024 pixels at their longest side and not smaller than 900 pixels. However, if an image is deleted for non compliance of the above size requirement, it may be reuploaded in the correct dimensions before the submission term ends.
    3.3   We at Nikonians, may digitally manipulate the posted images in terms of size and borders if selected for web or print publication; however, no alteration will be made as to their brilliance, contrast, gamma, hue and sharpness as received.
    3.4   The Nikonians Galleries create thumbnails and a medium size image for easier viewing.
Sept. 2004
Color 2004
4.   Prints & Transparencies or slides
    4.1   Nikonians will not accept prints or transparencies for the contest.
    4.2   Only digitized images entries submitted to the Nikonians Galleries server will be eligible.
Color February 2004
Color, October 2004
Color April 2004
5.   Procedure
Contestants must follow this procedure for consideration.
    5.1   Nikonians and its agents will not be responsible for file corruption or loss of entries, whether in uploading transmission or from our data base.
If you are entering into the contest an image already in your gallery, we request you make a copy with a different image file name; that way if you later decide to eliminate it from your own member gallery, it will not disappear from the contest entries.
    5.2   Photographs will be received only as direct digitized image file uploads into the contest galleries.

You must explicitly fill the following data for each photograph to be able to participate, not relying on EXIF data being attached to the image:
a) Camera
b) Lens
c) Location

        It would be nice to have shutter speed, aperture, film -if applicable- filters used and any other complementary comments such as date -even if approximate- but these are not compulsory for admission to the contest.
Color May 2004
Finalist 2004
Coolpix 2004
6.   Categories
    6.1   Entrants categorize their photos by posting; however, this year there are no categories, but a single one: open.
    6.2   Current theme categories are as follows:
Submission Periods - Segments
Photography Themes - Categories
  February 1 to March 4, 2010
What Nikonians means to Me (Photo representation)
 March 5 to April 30, 2010
Fellow Nikonians at Work (Photo Representation)
 Mayl 1 to June 30, 2010
On the Nikonians Road (Photo representation)
    6.3   Images can be color or Black & White (including sepia, duo tone and similar essentially monochrome treatments)

7.   Awards
    7.1   Period or Segment Contests
        First place winners and two Honorary Mentions by period will be selected among the entries for that period and the pictures will be published at the Nikonians Galleries web site in the 10th Anniversary Photo Contest Winners Gallery. There will not be second and/or third place segment winners in this contest. The judges reserve for themselves the right to decide whether a segment contains work that merits awards; in the remote case their verdict is negative, no awards nor prizes may be awarded in that period. All winners images will also be displayed prominently in the homepage or posted in the Nikonians Contest s forum. Winners are expected to share comments to such posts with the community.
First Place winners of a period's photo contest automatically become finalists, eligible for the Grand Prize of this Nikonians 10th Anniverary Photo Contest with their entry.
    7.2   Period Contests Wins Acknowledgements
        Period winners who fail to acknowledge and reply to their win announcement email within 3 weeks will not receive their Period Contest prize(s) and their finalist right, elegible for the Grand Prize, will be lost. All participants are therefore strongly encouraged to keep their email address current via the My User Menu facility. In such event, the judges may select among the Honorary Mentions awarded the winner for that period.
    7.3   Final Contest
        All photographers whose photos win a period or segment of this contest, automatically compete for the Grand Prize and two Honorary Mentions of the Nikonians 10th ANniversary Nikonians Photo Contest with their entry. The winners will be announced no later than May 15, 2010 and will receive the Nikonians Certificate of High Photographic Achievement, a winners page will be built at this community. In addition, the winner(s) will receive photography related prizes from our contest sponsors.
    7.4   Final Contest image submission requirements
        Entries for the Photo Contest finals, resubmission's of previous winning images, need to be of 300 ppi resolution and 6 inches at their longest side (i.e. 1800 pixels long) to an email address that will be given out by email. Reminders of this requirement will be sent to the periods winners.
    7.5   Final Contest maximum number of prizes per photographer
        Nikonians has decided to grant 1st place and two Honorary Mentions in the finals; however, no photographer will be eligible for more than one place prize(s) in a given period.

The Nikonians Photo Contest has become a very prestigious one among Nikonians and the photography world.
If you have any questions regarding our contests, please send us a note.

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