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Marty
09-15-2009, 02:40 PM
Lets start the much awaited 2010 Calendar Contest.

2009 calendars were amazing!!! A lot of you use them. Photos entered were superb!

Lets get going on the 2010 !!!

2010 Calendar will consist of 13 images (1 cover and 12 for individual months)

This was the winning cover photo of our 2009 Calendar:

http://www.geckosunlimited.com/community/gallery/data/593/2009_32.jpg


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 Sept 27, 2009 at midnight

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

Lets turn out an amazing calendar.

Please email any calendar entries to
2010calendar@geckosunlimited.com

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. 1 photo per member. Select your best entry and do not send more than 1 image.

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

Have FUN & GOOD LUCK!

eipper
09-15-2009, 04:54 PM
http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb271/eipper/SaltuariussalebrosusCracow1copy.jpg

Saltuarius salebrosus, Cracow,QLD
Scott Eipper


http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb271/eipper/Nephruruslaevis5-1.jpg

Nephrurus laevis
Scott Eipper

http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb271/eipper/Nephrurussphyuruscopy.jpg

Nephrurus sphyurus, Woolomin, NSW
Scott Eipper

http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb271/eipper/Nephrurussphyurus1copy.jpg

Nephrurus sphyurus, Woolomin, NSW
Scott Eipper

I have raw files of the above

Cheers,
Scott

Marty
09-15-2009, 06:06 PM
gorgeous! Send your favourite one to the address in the top post.

solfire
09-15-2009, 07:39 PM
I couldn't find the camera so I couldn't take any new pictures

Knob tail
http://i761.photobucket.com/albums/xx253/sol_fire/IMG_1966.jpg
http://i761.photobucket.com/albums/xx253/sol_fire/IMG_1967.jpg
http://i761.photobucket.com/albums/xx253/sol_fire/IMG_1972.jpg

Leopard geckos
http://i761.photobucket.com/albums/xx253/sol_fire/IMG_1994.jpg
http://i761.photobucket.com/albums/xx253/sol_fire/IMG_1932.jpg
http://i761.photobucket.com/albums/xx253/sol_fire/IMG_1936.jpg

CSMGecko
09-15-2009, 10:55 PM
Do a ton of people usually enter?

Geckofreek
09-15-2009, 11:05 PM
http://www.geckosunlimited.com/community/attachment.php?attachmentid=5641&stc=1&d=1253070615

Gekko Gecko
Erika Share
Geckofreek

Geckofreek
09-15-2009, 11:10 PM
this gecko did not make it i rescued her and unfortunately through all my efforts she couldnt hold on however she was the most intelligent tokay i have worked with. it would mean so much to me if she was in a calender. thank you for considering her.

CSMGecko
09-15-2009, 11:26 PM
I don't really know much digital photography. Can someone please explain the dpi and sizes to me. I really just know how to take the picture. Most of my picture sizes auto go to 600x400 pixels or something like that. Would that be big enough to send and not get disqualified? It can be blown up but the thread said not to resize yourself. I guess I am just a little confused on the requirements. Thanks for any help.

Talkenlate04
09-16-2009, 12:11 AM
Teenagers in love.

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm15/Talkenlate/cal-1.jpg

camper
09-16-2009, 02:34 AM
its so boring to see "studio Photographed reptiles.

would it not be much more of an effective photo, seeing the reptile in as much of a natural environment as possible? after all all, it makes a much more interesting natural shot.

Oregonherpaholic
09-16-2009, 03:21 AM
THESE ARE SO GREAT. Wish I knew how to take great photos. Here is my 1 & only good photo.. Named him Little Man.. This little guy came from such a horrible place, just being able to show him here is good enough..but calendar would be awesome.

Taken on top of plastic cup.

Stenodactylus petrii
Billie Scott
Oregonherpaholic

Nicolas
09-16-2009, 04:22 AM
http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m111/oldnico/P1020352.jpg

eligible ???

Naultinus grayii

Nicolas DEFABIANI
Switzerland

"Nicolas"

Marty
09-16-2009, 08:17 AM
yup, should work just fine. As long as the filesize is large

Dyesub Dave
09-16-2009, 09:30 AM
Hey Marty .... I have a question about file manipulation. I usually bring my photos into PICASA to simply lighten/darken, reduce saturation and occasionally sharpen a bit. I try to make the photo as close to the way I see it naturally as possible. Is there a problem with doing this before submitting it?

Thanks ... Dyesub Dave. :biggrin:

thrower
09-16-2009, 10:28 AM
For those of you who were asking, I would think that you would need to be using a camera with 5 to 6 megapixels or greater and shooting with the maximum file size and quality to be sure you had a large enough picture. You may be able to get away with a little smaller than 5, but I wouldn't want to risk having a good picture not qualify.

Thor Hakonsen
09-16-2009, 01:07 PM
Why the rule about just entering 1 photo... Now I have to pick one, argh - it's so hard !

thrower
09-16-2009, 01:31 PM
It's actually a good thing, this way we are sure to have 12 different people represented in the calendar. I do admit, it is tough to pick one.

xautomaticflowersx
09-16-2009, 02:18 PM
Species: Chondrodactylus a. angulifer
My name: Rachel Haines
Username: xautomaticflowersx

Chris3004
09-16-2009, 06:10 PM
eligible ???

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This is already my top favourite for the cover! I always loved this picture! You have my vote!

Check out the similarity to the GU logo ;)

Cheers
Chris

xtharsa
09-17-2009, 05:54 PM
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj143/xtharsa/picture083.jpg

http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj143/xtharsa/picture082.jpg

http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj143/xtharsa/picture077.jpg

http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj143/xtharsa/picture087.jpg

Rhacodactylus ciliatus
Tanya
xtharsa

Nicolas
09-18-2009, 01:00 AM
This is already my top favourite for the cover! I always loved this picture! You have my vote!

Check out the similarity to the GU logo ;)

Cheers
Chris

thanks a lot ;-):D

mernie
09-18-2009, 01:39 PM
I'd like to enter a photo of my now deceased Longshanks, but I'm not sure if it's portrait or not. This is the only photo I have of him, but I've got a larger version stored on my computer. This one just seemed easier for a forum preview. Does this meet the requirements? If not I'll choose a picture of my female to enter.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1164/1473217224_16184cf92a.jpg

wildvet
09-18-2009, 03:21 PM
@ Nicolas:
If your picture doesn't make it in the top three, then I don't know what good photography is!
It's certainly my favoirate, too!

cheers from a countryfellow
Berit

Thor Hakonsen
09-18-2009, 03:35 PM
If your picture doesn't make it in the top three, then I don't know what good photography is!


How can you say that, not having seen the other pictures ?

(not saying its's not a good picture... - but there can easily be more than 3 better pictures entered)

wildvet
09-18-2009, 04:53 PM
@ Thor

Maybe, and then I obviously don't know what good photography is: the composition, the colours and of course the subject itself in Nicolas' picture is simply awesome.

Your pictures are a completely different style, Thor. I'm not going to get into a discussion about photography now, or taste, and I'm sure you're very successful with your pictures. It's just my opinion that Nicolas's entry can hardly be topped. Good thing there'll be a simple vote and no jury :D

Regards
Berit

Nicolas
09-18-2009, 04:58 PM
:D

Thanks Berit I'm happy you're loving this little pict of a Kiwi's gecko in our swiss mountains.

wildvet
09-18-2009, 05:11 PM
Hello late bird.
Beware, Nicolas! I may find out what rock it is in the background and have a look at your jewels in person!

In the meantime, I'm curious as hell about the participating pictures of this year's calender contest!

:biggrin:
berit

Riverside Reptiles
09-18-2009, 05:24 PM
This is certainly not the time or place to argue about who's going to win. Although there's nothing wrong with being a bit competitive, this whole calendar contest is about coming together as a community and having some fun. So let's all keep that in mind. You can be assured that no matter which pictures end up being the final 13, it'll be a beautiful calendar that everyone will enjoy.

holocaustto
09-18-2009, 10:54 PM
I don't understand.
Should we post the pictures here or send them by email? (You are asking for large photos, so to attach here is complicated)
Is it just one pictures per user? (I see lots of pictures from every user)

thanks

Chris3004
09-19-2009, 05:27 AM
I don't understand.
Should we post the pictures here or send them by email? (You are asking for large photos, so to attach here is complicated)
Is it just one pictures per user? (I see lots of pictures from every user)

thanks

Rules say:
1. Submitted by email to above e-mail address.
2. 1 picture per user.

Rules can be found in the first post. Posting pictures here doesn't really make sense, unless you need clarification on format.

Cheers
Chris

Sourri
09-19-2009, 06:50 AM
If I bring up the 500 EUR for a new macro lens within this week maybe I'll also try to participate... :biggrin:

Hoping for a great calender! *gogo*

Thor Hakonsen
09-19-2009, 07:38 AM
@ Thor

Maybe, and then I obviously don't know what good photography is: the composition, the colours and of course the subject itself in Nicolas' picture is simply awesome.

Your pictures are a completely different style, Thor. I'm not going to get into a discussion about photography now, or taste, and I'm sure you're very successful with your pictures. It's just my opinion that Nicolas's entry can hardly be topped. Good thing there'll be a simple vote and no jury :D

Regards
Berit

Hi,

And thanks for the reply.

First of all, I must say that my post was not for telling that Nicolas picture is'nt good - because it is good (even thought it has some flaws - but they're mostly upweighed byt the great location they're taken in.)

What I find a bit peculiar is how some can say a picture is best, before you have seen the others ;)

As for my own pics, they're not even a subject in this discussion - not even sure if I'll send one in, because it's to hard to pick just one favourite :)

Chris3004
09-19-2009, 08:26 AM
Well, that's easy to explain, mate. When I saw this picture for the first time (months ago), I thought that it would be a great photo for the contest, as it shows a beautiful species, some nice landscape, is technically well done and, last but not least, has a brilliant reference to the GU logo.

When I saw that it'll be in the contest, I was quite happy and named it as my favourite due to the above mentioned "emotional link". I don't really have a problem if you think this is peculiar, but it's actually my decision and you can't know the reason for this decision.

Maybe you should reconsider arguing about this topic.

After all it's rather fun than competition...

Cheers
Chris

Thor Hakonsen
09-19-2009, 08:41 AM
Hehe

Offcourse I can't argue on a "emotional link" - and I truly understand that

One has ones favourites, something else would be weird - but there is large leap from having a personal favourite, to claim that a "picture is the best" (well, top 3 to be correct) ?




But let's not argue more about this, because I think we're not that far from each others opinions - just small details :)


Lets just hope the best picture wins ? Or the best liked ?

As a "photographer" I always hope for the best picture to win, but people with other interests might not feel it like that way - or even being able to see the difference between a good and not-so-good picture :)

Marty
09-22-2009, 06:34 PM
no need to bicker about this. In the past photos that I though would be a slam dunk for the cover didn't even make the calendar. Remember that the GU members vote for the calendar and one's personal preference means pretty much nothing when a few hundred people vote...

FOLKS...We need more quality photos...a lot of entries are not usable, some are amazing and some are out of focus and 1/10 of the needed resolution.

I know a lot of you hold back until the last minute...at least that's what happened last year.

Dyesub Dave
09-22-2009, 06:43 PM
I will try to get an entry in this weekend !!! There's just not enough time throughout the week. Hopefully I'll be able to get a decent shot anyways. I'm nowhere near an experienced photographer and the geckos don't always want to pose!! LOL

Dyesub Dave. :biggrin:

thrower
09-22-2009, 06:49 PM
If you're hurting for photos Marty, I'd be happy to add a few more to the mix. I could even wear a fake mustache and pretend to be someone else.

Marty
09-22-2009, 07:27 PM
hehe... we have photos, the more the better though, I'll shoot a reminder email to everyone on the weekend.

Chris3004
09-24-2009, 12:58 PM
a lot of entries are not usable

Do users get a notification if their picture doesn't meet requirements?

Thanks,
Chris

SeventyThree
09-26-2009, 01:19 PM
Here's a photo I have laying around of my marginata. It's not professional by any means, but I wanted to submit something and I don't have the time to take another photo of him right now :)

http://i706.photobucket.com/albums/ww70/cschwartz73/IMG_0467.jpg

tokeh
09-26-2009, 02:02 PM
i hope that there are also tokay owners that will send in photos mine are just not good enough to send in. and what should it be nice if there is a tokay at the calendar.

holocaustto
09-26-2009, 02:32 PM
i hope that there are also tokay owners that will send in photos mine are just not good enough to send in. and what should it be nice if there is a tokay at the calendar.


I'll send one of my Tokay pics to the contest.
I would also like a Tokay in it.
Wich one do you think I should send?

tokeh
09-26-2009, 02:54 PM
one like the tokay on the wood with his mouth right open.
http://www.tokeh.info/4.jpg

holocaustto
09-26-2009, 03:27 PM
I was thinkin' about that one actually... or the other that looks pretty much like that.

Sgvreptiles
09-26-2009, 03:45 PM
http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n35/phelsuman/DSCN0142-1.jpg

Does that size work?
If so I will send it to the e-mail.

Hilde
09-27-2009, 01:25 PM
Just for fun :)

Marty
09-27-2009, 03:25 PM
Deadline tonight at midnight... to all procrastinators, send in your photos :)

Airedale
09-27-2009, 11:09 PM
I sent in a fairly pathetic picture. But it's of my gravid female L. williamsi, and she is really healthy.

Happygecko
09-28-2009, 03:31 AM
Can't wait for the voting.... Last year was easier, being able to send two pics.... choose one was very hard ;-)

wildvet
09-30-2009, 01:03 PM
Hi.
Am I just impatient or where and when can we vote for the pics for the calender 2010 contest? :?

cheers
berit

CSMGecko
10-05-2009, 06:53 PM
I haven't seen anywhere to vote either. Does anyone know where/when this will take place.

Riverside Reptiles
10-05-2009, 09:19 PM
I haven't seen anywhere to vote either. Does anyone know where/when this will take place.


Just waiting on Marty to have time to put it all together. The calendar is his gig.

JBon3
10-05-2009, 09:24 PM
wish i would have known about this i got some good pic of my lil guys and of my dragon, o well always next year :crackup: the saying for Cleveland :biggrin:

Marty
10-05-2009, 09:43 PM
This weekend has been very busy....working on it...patience grasshopper :D

Marty
10-07-2009, 12:18 PM
OK, the wait is over... You can vote for the best photos:

http://www.geckosunlimited.com/community/contests/43495-2010-gecko-calendar-vote-now.html