View Full Version : 2009 Calendar Contest

08-12-2008, 10:05 PM
Time for another contest! The 2008 calendars were amazing!!! Many of you liked them and I still have and use them at home and at work, plus most of my family members have them too :biggrin:

Future proceeds (if any) from the sale of the calendars will directly support the growth of Geckos Unlimited community and will contribute to the software and hardware upgrades as well as costs of hosting and any other operating GU costs

I often look through the member galleries and there are some amazing photos there. It only makes sense that we showcase the cream of the crop in a calendar. We will crack the theme for this calendar wide open - Simply put - "GECKOS".

2009 Calendar will consist of 13 images (1 cover and 12 for individual months)

This was the cover of our 2008 Calendar:


Each winning photo will be captioned with the scientific name of the gecko and the real name and GU user name of the person who took and submitted the photo.

Deadline: Sun August 31st, 2008 at midnight

The top 3 voted images will receive copies of the calendar.

Lets turn out an amazing calendar.

Please email any calendar entries to

I will select the final choices and we will vote for the cover and the 12 images together. This is always very hard.

Contest rules.

1. Images must be submitted unsized and at maximum available resolution. The requirements are
11.5 x 9 in. (trimmed on calendar to 11 x 8.5 in.) at 200dpi. This translates to an image 2300x1800 at 200dpi
In other words the bigger the better. (template here (http://www.cafepress.com/content/help/img/templates/75_H_F.jpg)) If needed I will size the images, please don't do it yourself. This will give me more flexibility. Send the original files. Images that are too small will not be considered.

2. Orientation of the Image must be 'landscape'. Portrait entries will not be considered. (See example here (http://www.scriptus.co.nz/Orientation.gif))

3. Once you submit an image you give Geckos Unlimited 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 activities.

4. Submitted image must be your own work. Use of copyrighted material will result in immediate disqualification

5. When you submit the photos please be sure to include the following information.
Scientific Name:
Your Real Name:
Your Geckos Unlimited user name:

6. 2 photos per member. Select your best entry and do not send more then 2 images.

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


08-12-2008, 10:20 PM
Awesome!! Time to start taking pictures again! I cant wait to see the pictures people take this year.

08-12-2008, 10:22 PM
I agree...I think I saw last years finalists about 1000 times. I'm sure we can do even better this year.

miguel camacho!
08-13-2008, 12:05 AM
man, i really wish i still had geckos. unfortunately, the deadline is a lil too soon for me to do anything about that.

guess ill sit back and watch it as it goes. maybe next year...

08-13-2008, 02:28 AM
=) time to take Tank on a photoshoot. He sure loves getting his picture took. Such a camera whore. Have to watch out he might acctually try to make love to the lense however.

08-13-2008, 06:56 AM
Great photos so far...keep them coming !!!

08-13-2008, 07:07 AM
You've got mail ;)


08-16-2008, 03:54 PM
You've got mail

08-19-2008, 09:04 PM
We need more photos... please don't wait until the last minute to send them. We've got still ways to go, don't be shy. Send the large original files...if it's 10MB, send it over :)

08-20-2008, 12:36 AM
I will hurry and get some taken. It is just hard to get that right shot. Do you want only whole body shots or would a good head shot work?

08-20-2008, 04:06 PM
anything cool will work... let your creative juices flow. Just set your camera to the highest resolution setting.

08-20-2008, 04:40 PM
the juices have flowed, expect them soon.

08-24-2008, 08:53 PM
took some pics today idk if i should post them here too... so i guess i will email and post



nothing too great...

08-24-2008, 09:26 PM
The first shot has your hand in it, probably wouldn't do well, and the second shot is really great, but has a very plain background. They're both of a crested, and there's going to be a thousand entries of of them. If you want to enter the contest I'd honestly say to get some really good clear shots of your gecko doing something interesting on a natural background. Just trying to help.

08-24-2008, 10:15 PM

08-26-2008, 06:37 PM
Keep sending those photos, I'm hoping this won't be like last year, where I got a handful during the contest period and on the last day got 75% of the entries... don't procrastinate, send'em over. So far it looks like this will a kick ass calendar!!!

08-26-2008, 07:48 PM
i already sent 2... but i took some better pictures. rules say only 2 pics per person right

08-26-2008, 08:25 PM
if you have better ones, then send those and I won't count the others, just put that in the note

08-26-2008, 08:50 PM
shall do thanks :biggrin:

08-28-2008, 08:55 AM
just sent mine off. I look forward to seeing the other entries! I can imagine there are some really good photos this year.

09-01-2008, 09:08 AM
Did you get my mail ???

09-01-2008, 12:51 PM
Time in most of Ontario is 7 hours less than in Finland and 6 hours less than Sweden, so it might just be that Marty's busy with his real job.. ;)


09-01-2008, 04:11 PM
It's Labour Day today. If he's like any Canadian he should be sitting in a Lawnchair having a Beer:biggrin:

09-01-2008, 04:27 PM
:) Got the photos Erika, sent you a reply back.

Riverside Reptiles
09-01-2008, 05:42 PM
Canadians celebrate Labor Day? I thought that it was just a US holiday. Learn something new every day.

09-01-2008, 06:03 PM

Ethan, our Labour day is really a "National Moose Day" :biggrin:

09-01-2008, 06:53 PM
Do you know if my email got to you ok the other day?

Wasn't sure because the attachments were pretty big.

09-01-2008, 07:46 PM
Yup, got it... gorgeous shots ;) !!!

09-02-2008, 01:38 AM
When is the voting scheduled to begin?


09-02-2008, 02:34 AM
Yup, got it... gorgeous shots ;) !!!

Thanks mate ;)

09-02-2008, 11:14 AM
When is the voting scheduled to begin?


Great job everyone !!! This contest and thread are now closed, time to pick the winners!

Voting thread is located here (http://www.geckosunlimited.com/community/contests/33544-2009-gecko-calendar-vote-now.html)