Strange though this might seem given what I said the other day about my attitude towards contests, it's now pretty certain that The Online Photographer will be staging one...except I've decided to call it an "event" rather than a contest*.
I've got some great judges lined up. There will be an entry fee—to help keep the numbers of entries down and the entries serious—but it will be modest. At no time will TOP or any entity associated with our event make any claim to any rights relating to your work—you'll retain 100% ownership at all times, including the right to withdraw your photo at any time.
The Event (it will have a name, but I won't reveal that just yet) will have several interesting stages; one might even call them "twists." The top prizes will not be specified exactly, but they might well be quite lucrative. Entrants will be limited for this event, although you'll be on your honor as to whether you qualify or not. (I'll explain what all this means in due course.)
I must say it's been very interesting designing this Event; once I settled a few key problems, everything seemed to fall into place.
I need to run the mechanics of the Event and the text of the announcement past the judges for their input, but once I hear from them I'll post the details. After that, we'll start with profiles of the judges. Stay tuned!
I hope this will be fun....
Featured Comment by Andy Burday: "Kittens? Bumblebees? Puppies? Pshaw. I have a picture of a sunset that I took with my 14–24mm set to 14mm on FF. It's looking over a crystal-clear lake with a range of rugged, snow-capped mountains beyond. There is a canoe on the near shore, set at an attractive diagonal so as to draw the viewer's eye into the frame. I stacked a CP on top of a 2-stop GND filter. I set WB to fluorescent and turned contrast and saturation up to 11. Read it and weep, also-rans. Your kittens are terminated."
Featured Comment by John Bates: "Please, please, please let the judging rules involve the Prisoner's Dilemma."