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FXhome Photography Challenge (Judge Hunt FINISHED)

Posted: Tue, 6th Jul 2010, 4:38pm

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B3N

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Right, so before I begin, I am going to getting a competition up and running, hopefully in the next few weeks, but first I need to track down five judges with an understanding of photography and cinematography, and are also fine with giving away 500 of their own FXperience points to the winners.

Now, onto the details to see if you fancy being a judge of this competition.
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Basic Idea
There are four categories a competition. One category is given out each week to the users of FXhome, they each have a week before one category ends and another begins. This process is repeated until all the categories are done. When all the catergories are finished, a further week will be used for judging. The winner will be announced for each category and receive the prize(s).
The categories can be anything, such as a romantic theme, a theme of distress, sport or something impossible in reality.

The judges will be looking for composition, style, quality, whether the photo has stuck with the category, individuality and attention to detail. Judges will be required to save all the photos that are submitted and place them into different folders relating to the category.
example:


Judges must let me know the winner by the Sunday before the results day.


Why have this competition?
It will hopefully help the photography forum boost its posts up, and also invite the photographers on FXhome to show of their skills. Also with it being FXhome, I’m hoping that Photokey users shall be taking part.
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Rules and submission methods shall be posted when the competition begins.

But for now we need three judges, one of which is me.
You will be required to be up for losing 500 FXperience points which will go to a category winner of your choice and be at least free for up to five weeks to collect and judge the submissions.

One judge will be in charge of handing the FXperience over to their category winner of their choice, but all judges will have to agree on a winner for all the categories.

So, let me know if you wish to be a judge and I shall add you in the confirmed judges section! smile

All judges chosen. Competition should begin on the 19th July

Confirmed Judges
1. Ben 'B3N' Bayliss
2. Conor 'Serpent' O'Sullivan
3. Axel 'Axeman' Wilkinson
4. Ben 'Ben3308' Adams
5. Bryce 'Bryce007' Haag

- B3N

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Posted: Tue, 6th Jul 2010, 5:10pm

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Serpent

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I'd be happy to judge and donate some force. I love the idea of this contest. Like dpchallenge though, we should set what "level" of image editing is allowed for each category.
Posted: Tue, 6th Jul 2010, 5:13pm

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Sweet, I'll add you in then!
I had a feeling you'd take part or judge so my instincts were correct! smile

Ahh this is a good idea. Any ideas on this thought? Like, no paid for stock photos (has to be your own image)?
Posted: Wed, 7th Jul 2010, 9:01am

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Fantastic idea, B3N! Don't know if I'm exactly qualified to be a judge of photography, but I'm definitely excited to give the contest a go, albeit as an entrant! If you generate a list of interested persons, feel free to mark me down. smile

As far as image editing is concerned, I don't know if there should be any rules - at least to start out. Why put off any potential entrants to a new competition? Perhaps have each entrant submit the original file with their entry, and review all of the data after the first round. If heavy post-processing creates an unfair advantage for some photographers, then you can start imposing rules. Otherwise, I'd be excited to see what our community, unfettered by petty restrictions, will turn out each week!

So, when do we start? smile

(Oh, and by the by, I'd hazard a guess that a friendly PM to the likes of Tarn may result in FXhome "donating" FXperience to the winner outright. Worth a shot)
Posted: Wed, 7th Jul 2010, 9:45am

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Great! I won't be creating a list of interested people though seeing as I want the community to just enter when they want and enter into a category that they think they'll do well in smile

Well my issue regarding the whole post processing is stock. Yes, people do pay for stock photography to use in an image but it's not exactly their own work, so I think that people shall have to improvise and use their powers of perspective and innovation to create something that really isn't, such as my image in Serpents topic.

Anythings possible, if someone wanted to create a 'above the clouds' effect then simply place a load of cotton wool on something and take a photo above it and use a image editor to make them look cloud like. smile

And it shall start once all four judges are selected and then on a sunday at 00:00 I shall post the main topic. smile
Posted: Wed, 7th Jul 2010, 3:38pm

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I'm in! I'll judge with you guys, if you want, and donate some force. You say we need three judges, but then there are four spaces, btw. An odd number would probably be best, to prevent a gridlock in deciding.

I also think it would be fun to have one of the contests PhotoKey-specific, requiring greenscreen to be involved somehow.
Posted: Wed, 7th Jul 2010, 5:38pm

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I only mentioned that I'm tracking down three judges because I wasn't including myself, I was going to not be a judge and just an overall spectator to make sure the judges have the submissions and take control of the actual event but I figured because I wouldn't be giving force then and it's my competition so it seemed a bit selfish.

I might take the judging up to five actually in that case, good call on the gridlocking. I know Redhawk has stated he's interested also.

Great to have you on board Axeman!
Posted: Wed, 7th Jul 2010, 5:47pm

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You guys should look at the DPChallenge editing restrictions. "Advanced editing" pretty much means any processing that isn't manipulation or anything, but includes vignetting, dodging/burning, more selective methods. "Basic editing" is anything you can do in Aperture/Lightbox, or Photoshop adjustments like levels/curves, etc. "Expert editing" is pretty much anything.

I think if multiple pictures are used to achieve your final image, the images should all be your images, and depending on the theme we should set editing restrictions. It's much easier to convey certain things when you have no restrictions on what your image could look like, and it would make it much more difficult to judge.

I think Photokey would limit a lot of people, I've never used a green screen in photography in my life. But I think we should mention it and show how it can be used in one of the categories with "Expert editing."

What do you guys think? As for the other rules, again, DPChallange runs successful contests like this every week, we could learn something from their set:

http://www.dpchallenge.com/challenge_rules.php?RULES_ID=14

Very simple, easy to follow, and fair.
Posted: Wed, 7th Jul 2010, 6:43pm

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PM'ed you Serpent. smile
Posted: Wed, 7th Jul 2010, 7:41pm

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Although I don't have a huge background in stills photography, I would be open to judge if you need someone, for sure.
Posted: Wed, 7th Jul 2010, 7:55pm

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B3N

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Entirely up to you! if you want to be a judge then you can be! And to be honest, if you freeze frame some of your films you've got great composition so you're welcome to be a judge! let me know if you definatly want to do it smile
Posted: Sat, 10th Jul 2010, 7:54am

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The rules are being overlooked now and should be ready soon!

There are still two judging slots open (unless Ben3303 does want one slot) so get them whilst you can.
Posted: Sat, 10th Jul 2010, 8:20am

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Okay, yeah, I actually would like to be a judge if possible. biggrin
Posted: Sun, 11th Jul 2010, 8:13pm

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I'm reasonably well versed in photography/cinematography. I can take spot 5 if needed.
Posted: Sun, 11th Jul 2010, 8:34pm

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Only if you want the slot man!
I'll put you down though and welcome aboard if you're fine with being on.

As for when the actual competition starts, I'm just awaiting Serpent to read through the rules and terms as he mentioned about having some editing boundaries. So hopefully this won't be too long and the competition can start on the 19th July!
Posted: Sun, 11th Jul 2010, 8:40pm

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Give the rules to the other judges too, I'm sure they will see something I don't. Still need to look through them, but I have some obligations to attend to in the next couple of days. Will try to have my thoughts/additions by tomorrow night.
Posted: Sun, 11th Jul 2010, 8:41pm

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Right on. Also, it's two A's and one G.
Posted: Mon, 12th Jul 2010, 7:00am

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Okay, Hagg.
Posted: Thu, 15th Jul 2010, 1:08pm

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B3N

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I've had a fair few replies back now regarding the rules with the judges and such, so expect the competition to go underway this Monday! smile