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    Default 2011 Geckos Unlimited Calendar Contest


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    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:




    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). 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!
    Last edited by Marty; 09-27-2010 at 04:01 PM. Reason: Deadline extended by 1 week

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty View Post
    Deadline: Sun Sept 26, 2009 at midnight
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanv View Post
    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

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    Can't wait for the poll
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    could it be OK in this size ?

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    or this size

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    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 ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thor Hakonsen View Post
    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.

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    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty View Post
    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.
    regards,

    Thor Håkonsen, Norway

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