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Marty
09-16-2010, 10:38 AM
Time for the 2011 Calendar Contest.

2010 Calendars were amazing!!! I gave several of them to friends and family and the comments were all praising the quality of the photos

Lets get going on the 2011 !!!

Just like before
2011 Calendar will consist of 13 images (1 cover and 12 for individual months)

This was the winning cover photo of our 2010 Calendar:

http://www.geckosunlimited.com/community/gallery/data/644/contest_6.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 Oct 3, 2010 at midnight

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

This year I'm going to try something different. Instead of relying on CafePress for calendars, I'm going to order them from the printers. I already got a sample and I'm hoping to turn out a larger, higher quality calendar printed on a glossier paper, hopefully for less money than cafe press charges.

Lets turn out an amazing calendar.

Please email any calendar entries to
2011calendar@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, but I'm not going to be judging the photos...criterion for rejection will be the lack of focus, low resolution, watermarks, poor composition, etc - mainly not meeting requirements. After the initial weeding out, You guys are going to select who makes the calendar.


Contest rules.

1. Images must be submitted unsized and at maximum available resolution. The finished photos will be
12" x 12" in. at 200dpi. This translates to an image 2400x2400 at 200dpi. If your photo is larger, that's perfectly fine. In other words the bigger the better. If needed I will size the images, please don't do it yourself. This will give me more flexibility when doing the final layout. 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)). If the portrait submission is trimmable to 12x12" I may consider it.

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!

ryanv
09-16-2010, 11:07 AM
Deadline: Sun Sept 26, 2009 at midnight


:D Hmm, can anyone lend me a time machine so I can go back in time and submit an entry?

Marty, you can delete this post after you correct the date.

Marty
09-16-2010, 11:11 AM
:D Hmm, can anyone lend me a time machine so I can go back in time and submit an entry?

Marty, you can delete this post after you correct the date.

not sure what you're talking about :coverlaugh::blushing::evil:

Chris3004
09-20-2010, 03:15 AM
Can't wait for the poll :)

Nicolas
09-20-2010, 04:25 AM
http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m111/oldnico/vuegnrale.jpg

could it be OK in this size ?

Nicolas
09-20-2010, 04:31 AM
http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m111/oldnico/couvertureGGA.jpg

or this size

Thor Hakonsen
09-20-2010, 06:08 AM
Have you changed the ratio of the pics from last year - or we're they square last year too ?

I just think that square pictures are rather seldom - and I must say that none of my pictures are in a square format..

And you say they should be landscape format - 12x12 is square not landscape ?

Do I misunderstand something ?

Marty
09-20-2010, 08:49 AM
Have you changed the ratio of the pics from last year - or we're they square last year too ?

I just think that square pictures are rather seldom - and I must say that none of my pictures are in a square format..

And you say they should be landscape format - 12x12 is square not landscape ?

Do I misunderstand something ?

This is the format that the printer wants. Next years calendars will be great and will be much larger and higher quality than before. Yes I know no one takes square photo. We will need to do some cropping to put it in the calendar. Do not crop your photos though, in case I can manage to get a bit more horizontal ratio from the printer.

I find that portrait photos are harder to crop and maintain good photo composition. Also, if I do manage to get calendar photos more horizontal, portrait will need to be rejected right there and then. So lets keep it landscape.

Chris3004
09-20-2010, 08:56 AM
Marty,

I already sent you a picture that I had to crop. It's 3000x3000 at 200dpi which should give you some flexibility in terms of height. However, may I kindly ask you to confirm that'S fine from a technical point of view?

Thanks
Chris

Thor Hakonsen
09-20-2010, 09:40 AM
This is the format that the printer wants. Next years calendars will be great and will be much larger and higher quality than before. Yes I know no one takes square photo. We will need to do some cropping to put it in the calendar. Do not crop your photos though, in case I can manage to get a bit more horizontal ratio from the printer.

I find that portrait photos are harder to crop and maintain good photo composition. Also, if I do manage to get calendar photos more horizontal, portrait will need to be rejected right there and then. So lets keep it landscape.


Splendid.

MXWreptile
09-20-2010, 11:34 AM
Can't wait to see the finished calender.


Max

TM Geckos
09-20-2010, 01:29 PM
I think a email of confirmation would be nice to be sure we respected your rules (if we did not have well understood you)

Marty
09-20-2010, 02:51 PM
Marty,

I already sent you a picture that I had to crop. It's 3000x3000 at 200dpi which should give you some flexibility in terms of height. However, may I kindly ask you to confirm that'S fine from a technical point of view?

Thanks
Chris

I will look through them tonight and reply to them, if you could resend it uncropped with all the required info it would be great.

duzzt
09-20-2010, 04:59 PM
I think a email of confirmation would be nice to be sure we respected your rules (if we did not have well understood you)

i'm agree :biggrin:

sonicfrogg
09-21-2010, 04:09 PM
I can't wait to see the entries! This a great way to showcase the beauty and personalities of our wonderful geckos :)

Marty
09-22-2010, 09:20 PM
sent some replies to people that submitted ... we need more photos people!

Chris3004
09-23-2010, 01:25 AM
thanks!

Silver2Fox
09-23-2010, 05:09 PM
If our pictures are too small to use will someone let us know? I do not really know anything about "sizing", I just sent the file as is kinda thing.

Marty
09-27-2010, 04:02 PM
Deadline extended until Oct 3rd. We need more photos. I will send a nudge to everyone via email. Most probably missed this thread.

Debbie
09-27-2010, 04:17 PM
We missed it too, we hope to make a nice picture in time...

cindy
09-27-2010, 04:33 PM
This is my entry (I guess...);

http://i55.tinypic.com/153s8l5.jpg

Regards,
Cindy

Happygecko
09-27-2010, 04:57 PM
Hi Marty

thankx for sending a reminder email, bc we would have missed it. we talked just the other day about the new calender and when we submitted last year and thought it would be about the time.... so i'll try to send one as soon as I can make my decision, bc only being able to send one is really hard!!!!

kind regards


cindy

Alannah
09-27-2010, 07:45 PM
Shame we can only submit one, but I think I'll go with this one:

(if your looking for something more "Natural" please let me know:) )

Dcoy
09-27-2010, 08:16 PM
1st post on GU :P
http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/3274/dsc00272aw.jpg

Should I give it a try?

100robert
09-27-2010, 09:18 PM
were do i post the pic to

leofreaky
09-27-2010, 09:31 PM
Shame we can only submit one, but I think I'll go with this one:

(if your looking for something more "Natural" please let me know:) )

ha love it!

cairns_qld
09-27-2010, 09:36 PM
here are some pis of wild chameleon gecko's

alpha91
09-28-2010, 01:54 AM
I have sent my entry :)
Please confirm if you have received it, and if it fits within the rules.

sonicfrogg
09-28-2010, 07:16 AM
Some great pics!!

Marty
09-28-2010, 07:17 AM
rejecting a lot of photos for few reasons... either resolution is too low, photo is out of focus or it has paper towel or fake leaves in the foreground or a variety of foreign objects. Not looking for cute photos just natural ones displaying your gecko

houseape57
09-28-2010, 09:21 AM
My submission. I hope this is alright, I am not computer smart, so any changes on this side just doesnt work.
Eublepharis macularius
Kathy Henderson
houseape57

Dcoy
09-28-2010, 05:51 PM
Hope I'm still in the running. All natural palu here.L Williamsi posing on a mangrove tree leaf with some ficus pumila on the background. Pic should be sharp enough. Fingers crossed! :P

Succes to everyone, beautiful pics indeed.

latshki
09-28-2010, 06:33 PM
heres mine
Rhacodactylus ciliatus
Layton McAndrew
latshki
http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/latshki/geckoedit.jpg

InsanePirateDragon
09-29-2010, 12:53 PM
Dang I would try to enter this if my guys, they're still on paper towel from when they dropped they're tails.

Snakeguy101
09-30-2010, 12:14 AM
alright well here goes, Here is mine:
Rhacodactylus leachianus
Chris Hartmann
Snakeguy101

raku_ubun
09-30-2010, 09:17 AM
Time for the 2011 Calendar Contest.
2010 Calendars were amazing!!! I gave several of them to friends and family and the comments were all praising the quality of the photos....
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Can I use this for the contest?

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x412/raku_ubun/Teratoscincus/DSC00028b.jpg

If this is considered to be candidate, I can sent your the copy of 2400 x 2400 200dpi without watermark. ^^

bloodpython_MA
09-30-2010, 10:52 AM
I'll try to get some pics of my cyrto's on natural background. :)
This pic wouldn't do?
http://i578.photobucket.com/albums/ss228/azemiopsfeae/irianjayaensis/irianjayaensis062.jpg

Norman22
09-30-2010, 11:42 AM
Eublepharis macularius
Norman C. Celis
Norman22

Mack Snow Tangerine | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://flic.kr/p/8FfLKz)

Chris3004
09-30-2010, 01:19 PM
just in case as many are uploading pictures here: You're supposed to send them by email to the address mentioned in Marty's 1st post ;)

BLACKADDER
09-30-2010, 01:27 PM
My entry... good luck all ! ! !

http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz338/blackadder1222/Leopard%20Colony/lunch.jpg

Snakechild
09-30-2010, 06:37 PM
Emailed my entry - I hope it meets the requirments ^-^

Good luck everyone! <3

Marty
10-01-2010, 03:57 PM
we're getting some great shots... 2011 will be a killer calendar !!!

Karagain
10-01-2010, 07:12 PM
heres my little storm :)
http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/2773/geckon.jpg (http://img521.imageshack.us/i/geckon.jpg/)

Debbie
10-02-2010, 01:40 PM
Just emailed our entry.

Menhir
10-02-2010, 02:02 PM
Just a suggestion - I would always include the title of a photo; in the contest and in the calendar. A photo without a title is, well, somehow not complete. :)

Best,
Micha

Happygecko
10-03-2010, 05:23 AM
So I just finally send mine! Hope its fine in size and you'll like it! I am already really looking forward to the new calender!

Will it be possible to order them to germany?
Kind reagards


Cindy

earendel83
10-04-2010, 07:33 AM
Hi,

Here is my pic:

http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq130/earendel83/DSC_8368-1.jpg


My name: José Ramón López Rogel
Animal: Diplodactylus pulcher
Title of the pics: "The beauty in small things"

Diplodactylus pulcher is a small diplo specialist in termites; i have obtained very beutiful striped babies from my male striped and this beautiful high red female...

Hope you like the pic...

Regards! José R.

Happygecko
10-04-2010, 07:51 AM
That is a terrific picture!

I am really looking forward to the collection marty is going to give us for the poll!

kind regards, Cindy

GeckoHunter
10-04-2010, 10:30 PM
rejecting a lot of photos for few reasons... either resolution is too low, photo is out of focus or it has paper towel or fake leaves in the foreground or a variety of foreign objects. Not looking for cute photos just natural ones displaying your gecko

Damn. What a shame this wasnt mentioned in the officials rules.
Having only read this now (after submitting my photo entry) I fear my photo now wont be in the running. :cry:
Oh well, at least I shall know for next year to use a 'natural environment' for the shot.

Btw, how are the eliminations going? When can we expect to see the 'finalists'?
Im looking forward to viewing everyone's submissions! :-)

airforce1
10-04-2010, 10:59 PM
i havent gotten a comfromation email from you but i sent in a pic. my email is supernova1024@gmail.com. thanks

Riverside Reptiles
10-05-2010, 01:26 PM
Damn. What a shame this wasnt mentioned in the officials rules.
Having only read this now (after submitting my photo entry) I fear my photo now wont be in the running. :cry:
Oh well, at least I shall know for next year to use a 'natural environment' for the shot.

Btw, how are the eliminations going? When can we expect to see the 'finalists'?
Im looking forward to viewing everyone's submissions! :-)


While I agree that it should have been made clear in the rules that it needed to be a natural environment, I'm sure that if you wanted to submit a new, more natural picture, Marty would be cool with that. If it makes you feel any better, he turned down my pic for the same reason.

oli
10-05-2010, 01:46 PM
did you ever get my email marty or did you just not respond because my pictures were shit?

oli
10-05-2010, 01:48 PM
or should the pics be on a more natural setting? there's not much nature going on around here in Jersey, and I'm definitely not bringing any of my geckos for a trip to the park lol

Riverside Reptiles
10-05-2010, 02:46 PM
or should the pics be on a more natural setting? there's not much nature going on around here in Jersey, and I'm definitely not bringing any of my geckos for a trip to the park lol

How about a pic of the Naultinus chillin' in Snookie's hair bump???

clint545
10-05-2010, 03:57 PM
How about a pic of the Naultinus chillin' in Snookie's hair bump???

Too greasy. They'd slide right off.:biggrin:

oli
10-06-2010, 09:45 AM
LMAO, you're ridiculous Ethan hahaha. Maybe a naultinus in the tar pits? Or perhaps even alone in the midst of boarded up projects in the concrete jungle?

rhachic
10-06-2010, 11:34 AM
How about a pic of the Naultinus chillin' in Snookie's hair bump???

:crackup: awesome

oli
10-06-2010, 11:38 AM
How about putting a rule into place about not allowing any cresteds, or leopard geckos on the calendar?

Marty
10-06-2010, 01:35 PM
haha..funny... I was thinking that this would have been obvious. We can't have a photo of a gecko peaking from under a Yoplait container. That's not calendar material. You don't have to bring your gecko to Madagascar to snap a shot. I'll make that clear next year. I assumed it was given, since we're doing a calendar. There will be lots to pick from as far as high quality photos come, so I would not worry because even if the artificial props would make the cut, they would not stand a chance among the competition. We're going to have some nice pictures. I just have to find about 2 hrs to sort through them, size them all, upload and present them in a thread/poll. I've had a nasty virus that gives me migraines from hell. Every time I stay on the comp for too long, I'm ready to hurl .... Hopefully within the next few days I'll get the poll ready and we can start voting... Thanks to all that submitted the photos.

Happygecko
10-06-2010, 04:49 PM
Hey Marty

Lean back and get well first... I am really curious as probably all others, but we can wait some more day!!! So relax a litte!

Riverside Reptiles
10-06-2010, 05:31 PM
No worries Marty, it's probably just a small brain tumor. Nothing to worry about.

I think that the reason it wasn't "obvious" to some of us is that some of us would rather look at a picture of a rare species in a deli cup than another "leo/crested on a pretty flower" pic. My personal opinion is to let all the pics that are technically correct (size, etc) be voted on, and let the community decide which pics are appropriate. But I'm certainly no calendar engineer, so what do I know? I'm sure that whatever the results, it'll be a great calendar ;)

Anyway, get better soon bud. We're all anxious to see the choices. But I suppose we can all just put our lives on hold to wait for you to get better! :nana:

NigelMoses
10-10-2010, 03:52 PM
Oh the anticipation!

Marty
10-11-2010, 01:59 PM
after looking at the entries, hope you realize that deli-cup photos would not get far....and if you don't want to see leopards and cresteds in the calendar - DON"T VOTE FOR THEM :D

Here's the thread for voting - yes pics are up !

http://www.geckosunlimited.com/community/contests/51756-2011-gu-calendar-entries.html

Please, for next year calendar take pics at max resolutions on your cameras...There were amazing photos submitted that I had to cut, because they lacked the resolution..as you see in the above, no need to snap photos with a background of a waterfall in Africa. Great job everyone !

Lizard
10-11-2010, 02:07 PM
how I can participate in the calendar?

Marty
10-11-2010, 02:56 PM
how I can participate in the calendar?

for 2011 you can vote...for 2012 I'll be sending out an email around Aug/Sept 2011. From now until then, be sure to snap high res photos of your geckos.

wildvet
10-11-2010, 03:13 PM
Aw, bugger. I missed the deadline...