View Full Version : Contest - 2008 Gecko Calendar

10-02-2007, 06:17 AM
Time for a contest! This one will give something tangible to everyone and future proceeds from calendar sales will support this growing gecko community.

I know a lot of you snap amazing photos of your geckos. How about we publish our own Gecko calendar with member submitted photos.


Calendar will consist of 13 images (1 cover and 12 for individual months)

Each photo will be captioned with the name of the gecko and the name/username of the person who took the picture.

Deadline: Saturday Oct 20 at midnight

For now prizes will include copies of the calendars to the top 3 highest voted photos.

If you would like to sponsor an additional prize, contact me via PM

This will be a great project I hope we see some great entries.

Please email any calendar entries to

You may post a sized version (not larger then 640px in width) of your image in this thread for all to see. I will select the final choices and we will vote for winners together.

Contest rules.

1. Images must be submitted via e-mail to calendar2008@geckosunlimited.com unsized and at maximum available resolution.

2. Once you submit an image you give GU the right to manipulate it/size it/crop it and alter it in any way we want in order to use it, and also re-use the image at a later time in conjunction with other GU related activities.

3. Submitted image must be your own work. Use of other or copyright material will result in immediate disqualification

4. When you submit the photos please be sure to clearly caption the photos with correct full names. Also, please specify your real and and your GU username in your email.

5. Maximum 3 photos per member. Please do not send more.

6. Please make sure the photos are free of any watermarks or text.


10-02-2007, 04:10 PM
So pics are sent to you first, you narrow them down and then we get to see them?

10-02-2007, 04:52 PM
Yes. Once the deadline expires I'll make a new thread where everyone will be able to vote for their favourites. I want to make the 1st qualifying round, because I'm sure there will be photos of poor quality, some with watermarks, etc, so I want to weed those out. The rest will be shown in the voting thread. Top 13 will be featured in the calendar and top 3 will get calendars as prizes sent to them. However, if you want to show off your photo, you can do so in this thread.

10-02-2007, 05:10 PM
Some gorgeous photos are coming! This will be a great calendar ! Keep them coming !

10-06-2007, 08:29 AM
A lot of people are sending me great shots, which are not usable because they're so small... Please send completely unsized photos from your camera with the width of the image at least 2000px wide, otherwise no matter how great the photo, it will look like crap once printed at 300 dpi.

Ken Bartenfeld
10-06-2007, 04:19 PM
Like seeing a picture I took on the calender already! Thanks, Marty! Looks good!

10-06-2007, 05:16 PM
Heh... you're yet to email me that one though... It's a great shot, I'm sure it would make it into the calendar

Kevin McRae
10-11-2007, 09:41 AM
I had sent some pics but they weren't 2000 pixels across, unfortunatley I deleted the full resolution pics a long time ago, haha.

All well, we'll let the actual good pics get on. :p

10-11-2007, 09:47 AM
I have to say that the turn out is pretty poor...For the quality of pics I've seen on this site I was expecting to see much more participation and some top quality photos entered .... I got pretty much just a handful of photos, which isn't enough to make a calendar. If nothing much happens until Sun, might have to cancel this one.

Riverside Reptiles
10-11-2007, 10:37 AM
A lot of people tend to wait until just before the deadline to submit their pics in case a better pic comes along. You just never know when your geckos are going to do something crazy. I have pics to submit. But I've been waiting until the last minute. I wouldn't cancel it unless it actually gets to the deadline and there's still not enough. Also, maybe make the banner blink or something to attract more attention.

10-11-2007, 11:07 AM
OK, I'll stay put then :)

10-11-2007, 03:20 PM
Yea, don't cancel. I plan on submitting my limit of 3, I just have to get the right pics.

10-11-2007, 05:35 PM
Marty did you get mine? i was sending 3 pics soon after you started this thread (Pachydactylus rangei, Uroplatus fimbriatus and Paroedura gracilis)??

10-11-2007, 07:17 PM
tanala... I got yours.

10-11-2007, 07:58 PM
Please don't resize your photos and leave them the way they are (un-shrunken originals), but make sure that your photos are close to or at minimum 2200x1700 pixels, which translates to an 8x11.5 inches at 200dpi. Those are the requirements for the template... any smaller and the photos just won't look their best when printed.

10-11-2007, 10:08 PM
I am going to submit one more so I have my 3, I am just waiting for that right one to come along.

10-12-2007, 12:51 PM
Marty...was the pic I sent you of the T. chazaliae ok, or do I have to resize it or anything? Did not hear back so I assume it was ok? Thanks...

10-12-2007, 01:08 PM
Scigeek: it should be OK

Cicada Hollow
10-13-2007, 05:03 AM
Maybe some actual photos will get the ball rolling on pictures posted to the thread. Here are my three entries. :)

Photo #1
Aslan - Male Creme Pinstripe Crested Gecko
Owner: Dorothy Gunzel of Cicada Hollow Crested Geckos
Forum Id: cicadahollow

Photo #2
Soldier - Male PI Chahoua
Owner: Dorothy Gunzel of Cicada Hollow Crested Geckos
Forum Id: cicadahollow

Photo #3
Lucy & Ricky - Retic Gargoyle Pair
Owner: Dorothy Gunzel of Cicada Hollow Crested Geckos
Forum Id: cicadahollow

10-13-2007, 09:56 AM
Nice Dorothy. Oh, I forgot to mention that only landscape orientation can be used for the calendar. Only the 1st two would make the cut...I'd have to crop the 3rd, if it will have enough resolution left and still frame nicely, it would work. The higher the resolution, the better and crispier it will later look when printed, plus more forgiving when cropping - Nice photos!

10-13-2007, 11:40 AM
btw, just goes to show you how quickly the spammers get a hold of your email address when you post it in a public place like here. I made a new address just for this contest. Once the contest will be done, I'll scrap it. I'm already starting to get spam at the address calendar2008 email...

10-14-2007, 04:53 PM
Hi Marty,

I think I have sent you pics that are much more than the size you wanted! I am sorry!

Please, if possible resize them or tell me to send you new ones!!

Thomas (hoping to be in the calendar!!)

10-14-2007, 04:58 PM
Yeah...my pics I sent were too small, I believe. Grr...I'll go take more =D

10-14-2007, 07:23 PM
Majority of the photos I receive are too small and even though are great shots, are completely unusable for print... These would be OK for photo contests to post in the thread, but nowhere near the quality we need to print on a large sheet of paper and have decent quality. Please, please, please sent those huge 3MB photo files :) Those are the ones I'm looking for

10-14-2007, 07:28 PM
Was my photos big enough and good enough quality? If not I can take more.

10-15-2007, 01:00 AM
is 3mb the minimum??

10-15-2007, 09:27 AM
is 3mb the minimum??

I was just making a point, no, 3MB in not the cut off. The files should be quite large though (probably between 1MB and 8Mb depending on the camera megapixels and content of photo and format you save it in). If you're sending a 40K JPG file at 800x600, they just won't work.

Let me illustrate this... If we take a low quality image and try to print it on a large sheet of paper it will come out looking something like this:


On the other hand, if you take a high resolution image and print it, it will look like this:


nobody wants a blurry gecko calendar :)

10-15-2007, 10:21 AM
lol oh i know that, i just wasn't sure if 3mb was the minimum... i know how many pixels you said but i'm not sure how it translates into mbs.
No more dumb questions lol, promise.


10-15-2007, 11:34 AM
Best analogy I could use is, imagine taking a postage stamp and stretching it to make a road side billboard out of it. The stamp just doesn't contain enough information (pixels) to fill up a large billboard.

10-15-2007, 09:47 PM
No, i know about that... The reptiles take up all of my time, and so does the photography of them lol. I was just making sure u didn't change it.

10-20-2007, 08:05 PM
I just send you two pictures.
I hope it is not too late.


10-20-2007, 11:05 PM
When will voting take place?

10-20-2007, 11:15 PM
what voting?

10-20-2007, 11:23 PM
Ok i am so confused, I thought people were voting to pick the best pictures.:?

10-20-2007, 11:38 PM
I'll make a new thread in a few days with all the photos that made the cut. Then voting will start

10-21-2007, 12:08 PM
ok cool can not wait!!!!

10-21-2007, 12:12 PM
Hey Marty!
I just sent you an email on the gecko calendar adress! Let me know if theres any problems!
Thanks alot!

Riverside Reptiles
10-22-2007, 01:44 AM
Marty, perhaps you would extend the submission date for another week for us slackers...err...busy people that haven't had the time to get ours in yet?

10-22-2007, 08:16 AM
sure, send the photos over if you're late

10-22-2007, 06:11 PM
Hey Marty!
Did you get the pics I sent you?
Thanks alot!

10-23-2007, 12:15 AM
Seems like that's a little unfair to those who did their stuff on time and went with what they had...Just a thought:idea:

10-23-2007, 07:51 AM
I agree, but then we're not really running a mission to Mars here :)

10-23-2007, 09:14 AM
I'll admit I had an ulterior motive. I'm really kind of impatient, and I want to see what everyone has to offer. I don't know if I can wait another week or two:roll:

10-23-2007, 09:31 AM
hehehe... It's worth the wait ;) I'll do my best to do everything today or tomorrow... which means, if you're a slacker, then please get your photos in by the end of today

10-23-2007, 04:26 PM
OK, Contest is now closed ! Slackers, better luck in 2009 :)
Look for the voting thread in a few hrs ...

10-23-2007, 04:44 PM
AWESOME!!!:biggrin::biggrin: I do not even think I can wait a few hours. haha

10-23-2007, 08:34 PM
Voting thread is here: http://www.geckosunlimited.com/community/contests/26728-2008-gecko-calendar-vote-now.html

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