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Marty
08-21-2012, 03:33 PM
Time for 2013 Calendar contest.

We've learned quite a bit from last years contest. Although people liked the calendars, consensus was that the calendar was a bit too large and although it worked well as a wall calendar, many of you wanted to use it on your desks too for keeping track of appointments. This year we will make it smaller in size, like the calendars we did few years back through cafe press. The large size made it more expensive to ship too. We also ordered way too many, which majorly hurt GU funding. This year we will try to get things optimized a little better.

In addition a suggestion was made to offer advertising to vendors and businesses, so this year, we will try something new, a "flap" that will extend from the back cover, where businesses can place their logos. Space will be very limited and we may offer just a handful of these this year. These spots will be sold at first come basis

http://www.geckosunlimited.com/community/images/cal-sponsor.jpg

The blue spots, is where the ads will go, each ad will be 500x200 (at 200dpi) in size and costs $100 each. These can be purchased for a limited time here (http://www.geckosunlimited.com/Advertising-sponsorship).

GU is a general non specialized forum, so anything goes, so feel free to submit any gecko photo. Make sure it's well focused and crisp and that it meets the minimum resolution requirements.

2013 Calendar will consist of 13 images (1 cover and 12 for individual months). At my discretion and cost, we may have an image for back cover too.

All proceeds will go toward supporting GeckosUnlimited.

Few images of the 2012 Calendar:

http://www.geckosunlimited.com/community/images/calendars-sample.jpg

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

Deadline: Sun Sept 2nd, 2012 at midnight

Prizes:
In addition to being featured in the calendar, the top 3 voted images will receive free copies of the calendar.

Very Important:[/U] Please email any calendar entries only to
2013calendar@geckosunlimited.com. If you reply to my emails or send it elsewhere your photo probably will not make the list. There's a script running on the 2013calendar@geckosunlimited.com so use only that address for sending photos.

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 the cover and the 12 images together. This is always very hard.

Don't forget #5 below!

Contest rules.


1. Images must be submitted un-sized and at maximum available resolution. The minimum 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. I can always size it down for you. (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. Send the original files.

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 GeckosUnlimited activities.

4. Submitted image must be your own work. Gecko does not have to be from your own collection. Use of other or 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 GU username:

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

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

Have FUN & GOOD LUCK!


NOTE: Only 1 calendar per winner. In other words, If you manage to feature 2 photos in the calendar, you'll still receive only one calendar shipped to you.

Montium
08-22-2012, 08:06 PM
Well I guess I haven't posted in so long I'm a new member now :(

Riverside Reptiles
08-23-2012, 11:00 AM
People (procrastinators) keep in mind that's only two weeks to get your entry in!!!
Hopefully people will get on the ball and submit some great pics this year!
It seems like we always have a bunch of people that wait until the last minute to submit.
The calendars always turn out awesome.

CKeifer
08-23-2012, 05:15 PM
I sent in two photos for the calendar but I am not sure they arrived properly.

These are the photos I sent, re-sized for display on this thread. I hope I did this right.

Cathy Keifer

Gymcie
08-23-2012, 09:17 PM
hi, can i ask a question? i know the background of a picture is sort of like what pulls together a photo, i have some really good photos, but some of them my hand is in it, meaning the gecko is on my hand... is that okay? or should i just use ones of just the gecko by herself? i dont want to send in a picture that will not be chosen because of something simple like that? and also, can there be small edits? like blurred background? or sometimes i like to use the hdr effect to really make everything super bold...


thank you :)

contracteryin
08-24-2012, 04:22 PM
I'm one of the procrastinators! I decided to do it early though, I have other stuff to do as well and this didn't take long.
I only wish I had some good pictures of Katsu (mt Tokay), but nope! He's still being shy. :roll:
So, for the thread I made my pictures smaller. The Crested Gecko is Dmitri (first day I got him) and the Leopard Gecko is Ahriman, sometime about half a year ago-ish.

Montium
08-24-2012, 07:32 PM
I guess I'm too new to post a link :?

SamanthaLovely
08-25-2012, 12:45 PM
I submitted this one:
DSC00492 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/78671811@N02/7710994470/in/photostream)

Gymcie
08-26-2012, 10:30 AM
No one has answered my question yet! :( boo guess ill take new ones!

Riverside Reptiles
08-26-2012, 12:51 PM
hi, can i ask a question? i know the background of a picture is sort of like what pulls together a photo, i have some really good photos, but some of them my hand is in it, meaning the gecko is on my hand... is that okay? or should i just use ones of just the gecko by herself? i dont want to send in a picture that will not be chosen because of something simple like that? and also, can there be small edits? like blurred background? or sometimes i like to use the hdr effect to really make everything super bold...


thank you :)

Keep in mind that these pictures are going to be in a calendar in a large format that people are going to pay for. Then ask yourself if you would want the pic that you're submitting on such a calendar for yourself. As for small edits using photoshop, etc. I'm not sure...Marty would have to answer that.

Gymcie
08-26-2012, 01:04 PM
Okay thank you. Usually though ita just hdr. It just brings out everything idk. I love it.

Salzy
08-28-2012, 12:06 AM
Contest entry #1 for me. :)

http://i676.photobucket.com/albums/vv126/Gekkonidazed/U%20sikorae/IMG_5569contest640x447.jpg

m.roesch
08-28-2012, 11:22 AM
These are my Contest photos.

daggekko
08-28-2012, 07:20 PM
Markus, which species are those? I'm guessing P. cepediana in the first?

I'm seeing a lot of really awesome photos!

big tom
08-28-2012, 08:12 PM
Just sent them in! Good luck everyone.

m.roesch
08-29-2012, 02:27 AM
Hi Adam

You are close to, the first is Phelsuma borbonica agalegae and the second is Phelsuma breviceps.

Marty
08-29-2012, 09:55 AM
I'd rather that people don't edit their photos. If you're OK with photo editing and you won't leave any artifacts behind on the edited image I don't have much issue with it. I often get photos of people trying to rub something out of a photo, which looks 1000 times worse after the edit. HDR is fine with me.

I should say that some of you are sending 2 entries that are almost identical. I can put both entries into the voting contest, but if both of the entries make the calendar, I will only allow one. We don't want to have 2 virtually identical photos no matter how good they look

That said...few of the submissions are simply stunning !!!!

Gymcie
08-29-2012, 10:29 AM
Okay thanks marty i didnt edit the ones i sent but i know theyre probably not going to make it in the calendar anyway. Just wanted to participate. :) the pictures that were posted here are so amazing and beautiful! Mine dont compare at all lol but i cant wait to see all the photos and the final product :)

Thor Hakonsen
08-29-2012, 11:13 AM
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2694/5843146748_489e5799da_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thorhakonsen/5843146748/)
Rhacodactylus ciliatus (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thorhakonsen/5843146748/) by Thor Hakonsen (http://www.flickr.com/people/thorhakonsen/), on Flickr


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7037/6863509965_6667e88a2e_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thorhakonsen/6863509965/)
Rhacodactylus auriculatus (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thorhakonsen/6863509965/) by Thor Hakonsen (http://www.flickr.com/people/thorhakonsen/), on Flickr

Lordoftheswarms
08-30-2012, 12:24 AM
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k375/lordoftheswarms/BabyGiantdayGecko-1.jpg

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k375/lordoftheswarms/IMG_0997-1.jpg

Norman22
08-30-2012, 03:34 AM
here's my entry...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8298/7880908428_457ef69a2e_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8293/7880907738_dfbb7033a7_b.jpg

SamanthaLovely
08-30-2012, 01:15 PM
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2694/5843146748_489e5799da_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thorhakonsen/5843146748/)
Rhacodactylus ciliatus (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thorhakonsen/5843146748/) by Thor Hakonsen (http://www.flickr.com/people/thorhakonsen/), on Flickr


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7037/6863509965_6667e88a2e_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thorhakonsen/6863509965/)
Rhacodactylus auriculatus (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thorhakonsen/6863509965/) by Thor Hakonsen (http://www.flickr.com/people/thorhakonsen/), on Flickr

I'm such a sucker for them when they're licking their eyeballs. It's so silly and cute.

XoVictoryXo
08-30-2012, 03:48 PM
I dont have a great camera to take pictures of my 2 Leo's, but I am definetely looking forward to purchasing/supporting the 2013 calender! :)

Riverside Reptiles
09-01-2012, 12:07 AM
Remember folks...Sunday's the deadline!!! Get them in quick!
Have a great Labor Day Weekend! :)

Lunar Gecko
09-01-2012, 07:13 PM
http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc307/TheLunarGecko/BerryGecko.jpg

&

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc307/TheLunarGecko/Contest.jpg

gaijinboy
09-02-2012, 06:01 AM
Here's mine:

Doh! tried to link to the photo in my album here and I'm refused, most likely because of a lack of posts.

Make this my first official post. (although I've read a lot of useful info here)

If you wanna see my photo, go to my album. It's the only photo there.

Aellie
09-02-2012, 04:14 PM
How neat!

daggekko
09-05-2012, 08:26 AM
How long before voting starts?!?!?

Riverside Reptiles
09-05-2012, 10:09 AM
How long before voting starts?!?!?


Whenever Marty gets the time to get it all organized. He has to sort through all of the entries first just to determine which are even worth having in the calendar. THen he has to make the poll and put it all up on GU. He's a busy guy, so it sometimes takes a while.

Lunar Gecko
09-05-2012, 01:33 PM
Ethan can you message me on FB when Its up? I'll promote the contest on my wall/s for you guys... and NO I wont ask for votes. I hate when people do that!

daggekko
09-05-2012, 06:25 PM
Whenever Marty gets the time to get it all organized. He has to sort through all of the entries first just to determine which are even worth having in the calendar. THen he has to make the poll and put it all up on GU. He's a busy guy, so it sometimes takes a while.


Ok! I was just wondering if there might be a set date. I figured there is a lot to do to get it all setup and ready. I'M EXCITED!!!:banana::banana:

Oh, I'll just keep waiting!

Riverside Reptiles
09-05-2012, 06:45 PM
It'll be fairly soon. I know he wants to get the order in early this year so that there will be plenty of time to get them printed before Christmas and whatnot.

Graham_s
09-06-2012, 04:12 AM
Pants! I missed it!

GeckPhotographer
09-06-2012, 04:28 AM
Pants! I missed it!
You missed pants? Where have you been?

Lunar Gecko
09-15-2012, 02:11 PM
??? Any idea when this will happen?

Riverside Reptiles
09-19-2012, 01:58 PM
Just a heads up that I heard from Marty today and he's working on sorting through all of the photos that were submitted. Again, he has a real life full time job, AND a business of his own, PLUS several forums, AND a wife and kids to juggle. And this contest is entirely his project. So everyone needs to be patient. He hasn't forgotten us!

Marty
09-21-2012, 01:27 PM
not at all... I'm hoping to put up a voting thread this weekend

...didn't forget about it. It's actually sitting on the back of my head non stop and I'm feeling guilty that it hasn't been done yet, but that's life for me at the moment. Patience grasshoppers :biggrin:

Debbie
09-21-2012, 03:58 PM
Looking forward to the pictures!

sarahberry
09-21-2012, 04:59 PM
Waiting semi-patiently... :)

daggekko
09-21-2012, 06:54 PM
not at all... I'm hoping to put up a voting thread this weekend

...didn't forget about it. It's actually sitting on the back of my head non stop and I'm feeling guilty that it hasn't been done yet, but that's life for me at the moment. Patience grasshoppers

We are all very glad that it is sitting on the back of your head non stop, but don't feel guilty. Looking forward to it!

Marty
09-23-2012, 06:03 PM
OK, all done...here is the voting thread: http://www.geckosunlimited.com/community/contests/65834-2013-calendar-vote-winners.html

rickyliu
09-27-2012, 08:51 PM
is too late?
here is my cat gecko

http://sphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/319776_3520820252972_1381295465_n.jpg

Debbie
09-30-2013, 01:10 PM
When will the 2014 calendar contest start?

Riverside Reptiles
10-02-2013, 01:29 PM
This is usually about what time of the year we start it. However I haven't heard anything in regards to it from Marty. It's great fun for all the members and the end result has always been an awesome product with simply amazing pictures. Hopefully it will be continued again this year. I'll contact Marty and see what's up.

Riverside Reptiles
10-04-2013, 10:37 AM
Talked to Marty about it.
Keep your eyes out for a new thread coming soon with info and details for this years contest :)

Debbie
10-04-2013, 11:10 AM
Great! Thanks a lot!