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2013 CALENDAR PHOTO COMPETITION - RULES & GUIDELINES

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Rocket:
THIS POST IS FOR RULES AND GUIDELINES ONLY. PLEASE DO NOT POST BANTER ON THIS THREAD (USE THE GENERAL DISCUSSION THREAD)

Rocket:
The photo competition is open to all forum members owning a Triumph Tiger 800

Photos should be of members Tiger 800 taken in a location of their chosing (please add details of the location of each photo for added interest)

Members can submit up to 3 photos for the competition and should be posted on the "Submit your photos here" thread

Anyone submitting s photo for the competition does so on the basis that it is their own work ie not a copy of someone elses material and gives their express permission for the photo to be used in the 2013 Tiger 800 Owners Calendar

The competition will open until 1st October 2012  (so you can modify your entries if you wish up to this date)

Judging will be by Forum members who will vote for their top 3 photos (in descending order).

You can't vote for your own photo.

Only one photo per person will be allowed in the calendar (to allow us amateurs a chance)

The winning 13 photos, based on the votes cast,  will be posted on line and submitted to the printers (Cafepress.com).

Calendars will be available for purchase directly from Cafepress.com by mail order in early November.

(The price of the calendars will be advised shortly but will be at "cost only" ie no profit for the organiser or the forum. The price will be that charged by Cafepress.com , which obviously makes a margin on the printing service it provides)

I will post details of the photo format required shortly (taking advice on this so to ensure we get a good quality calendar).

Rocket:
Since we are planning to use Cafepress for our calendar, below are some guidance notes from Cafepress on what file types and pixel size you should use to get the best quality prints on the calendar.

In simple terms , this is what I used last time:

LANDSCAPE FORMAT (WHEN YOU SAVE YOUR PHOTOS)
PHOTO SIZE IN THE CALENDAR WILL BE  11.5 X 9 @ 200 ppi ( REGULAR CALENDAR FORMAT)
PHOTOS NEED TO BE SAVED AT A MAXIMUM FILE SIZE OF 7 MB FOR A JPG OR 4 MB FOR A PNG FILE.

So, a 2300px by 1800px (or larger) in landscape JPEG will be perfect.



If it helps, below is some more detailed explanation of file types from Cafepress...


Calendar size

Each page measures 11" x 8.5"
Measures 11" x 17" when hung on wall
Full bleed dynamic color
100 lb cover weight high gloss paper, wire-o bound


What kind of photo files can I upload?

Generally speaking, JPG and PSD files work well for files that are anywhere up to 10 MB in size.

TIF and PNG files work well for images that are up to 4 MB in size.

For images that are above 10 MB in size, we strongly suggest using only JPG files.

What size should my image files be?

JPG files can be up to 10 MB, but files over 7MB in size can cause your internet connection to time out.

PNG files can be up to 4 MB.

[bJPG and PNG files[/b]

JPG - JPG's support over 16 million colors, but slightly "distort" the image to compress the file size. For photos, the human eye cannot tell the subtle changes in color, but along straight edges and in pictures with large solid colors, distortion is sometimes apparent.

PNG - Portable Network Graphics format is a completely loss-less compression. Gradients come out much smoother and do not have the distortions that may appear in a JPG. PNG is the recommended file format for image uploads to the CafePress system.

Whichever format you use, save all files in RGB color mode.

What are Resolution and DPI?

Resolution and DPI are often used interchangeably, but they are quite different. Knowing the difference between them will enable you to get the most from the CafePress services.

Any digital image is composed of pixels. The pixels are the small colored square dots that can sometimes be seen when images are enlarged too much, or if you look at your screen close enough. Resolution is the number of pixels in the horizontal direction by the number of pixels in the vertical direction. For example, a picture with 1200 pixels at the horizontal direction and 2100 pixels at the vertical direction would have a resolution of 1200 x 2100 pixels (pronounced 1200 by 2100 pixels).

As you've probably noticed, nowhere in the above definition it is said what size the pixels are. This is where the DPI comes in. DPI is simply Dots Per Inch. A picture with 100 x 100 resolution would be 1 x 1 inch when printed at 100 DPI, and 100 x 100 inch when printed at 1 DPI!

There's a tradeoff. The bigger the resolution, the bigger the image is. It will take more disk space, occupy more memory when loaded, and will take longer to be transferred through the Web. On the other hand, the bigger the resolution, the better the image looks when printed. We feel it is better to wait a bit more for your photo to upload than to have a bad print at the end.

Upload and File Sizes
If you are receiving a timeout error, check to see how large your file is. Depending on the speed of your internet connection, large files may timeout. Our maximum recommended file size is 7MB. Remember, smaller files means faster upload.


Extra Tips:
1. - Print the picture yourself on your own printer at the same size you want it to appear on your products. If it looks "chunky" or "dirty" on your printer, it will look "chunky" or "dirty" on your products too.

2. - If you save using JPG format, try using the lowest compression setting possible. Where this setting is located varies with different image software, but they should all have a 1-100 compression factor that you can set. Lower compression means less distortion. If you have the choice of having no compression at all that would be ideal.






Dilbert:
Originally Posted by Rocket The competition will open until 1st October 2012  (so you can modify your entries if you wish up to this date)

Does this mean:
a) You can edit your submitted photo's and resubmit them, or
b) You can enter 3 images, but then change one, or all of them for newer images anytime up to the closing date

Rocket:
Originally Posted by Dilbert Does this mean:
a) You can edit your submitted photo's and resubmit them, or
b) You can enter 3 images, but then change one, or all of them for newer images anytime up to the closing date

Both a) and  b) apply.  Its OK to swap and change your photos through the year or edit the ones submitted if you chose. The purpose of the flexibility is to give people the chance to submit the best 3 photos from their summer travels

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