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Old Thursday 1st January 2004, 01:35   #1
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Announcing January 2004 Theme/Challenge...

The theme/challenge this month is BEST BIRD IN YOUR YARD

Entries to be uploaded directly by entrants to the Monthly Photo Competitions 2004 Gallery.
Fill in the information fields ensuring that the rules below are adhered to and then hit 'submit'.

Please read the rules CAREFULLY - non compliance will lead to entry disqualification.

1. Entries to be taken between 1st Jan. 2004 and 24.00 GMT 24th Jan. 2004.
2. Date taken to be included in the entry.
3. Entries to be uploaded between 5th-24th.
4. Entries must be your own work.
5. Photos can be no more than 100 kb uploaded.
6. Dimensions cannot exceed 307,200 eg. 640x480, 480x640 etc....
7. The common name of the bird(s) MUST be given.
8. Location taken (town, county / state, country).
9. The subject must be wild and alive when taken.
10. Maximum of two entries per member.
11. Only minor image adjustment is permitted, such as cropping, sharpening, contrast, and levels. The photo must not be otherwise greatly manipulated ie. objects should not be added / removed in order to enhance the shot.
12. Once uploaded a photo is classed as an entry and cannot be replaced by another shot. However, you have until the closing date/time of this competition to ensure that your photo meets criteria.
13. A voting booth will be posted at the close of the competition.
14. Comments are permitted at any time.
15. As we allowed before, if you are confined due to living in an apartment/flat, then you may take the photo from a NEIGHBOR'S yard (don't get religious on me just for this, your neighbor lives nearby you! )


Please note that scientific name and details of equipment used / camera settings are no longer a requirement, but they are still requested.

Whilst it is only a fun competition the rules are in place to try to even the playing field so that more members can enter.

A helpful hint:
1) Don't make it too cluttered.
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Old Friday 2nd January 2004, 22:28   #2
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I dont have a yard....
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Old Friday 2nd January 2004, 22:39   #3
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I dont have a yard....
Use next doors,or the nearest yard you can find.There must be one somewhere.Only don't appear over someones wall waving a camera around or you may be arrested Ask permission first
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I dont have a yard....
I've got one 36 inches long if you need one!

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The theme this month is "BEST BIRD IN YOUR YARD".
Does this mean that the bird must be touching something in my yard? How about flying? At what point is it considered no longer in your yard?

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Re: As far as missing something, nope, that was my fault, now corrected.

As far as not having a yard, Christine is spot on. (Rule #15)

Bill, good question. I will consult with Ian on that one and let you know.
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My answer is that it has to be in your yard as in touching it, either on feeders, walls, fences, bushes, trees, pond or ground.

Flight shots are likey to figure in due course in another theme challenge.
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Old Saturday 3rd January 2004, 21:34   #8
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I agree with what Ian has said.
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Thanks bcurrie and IanF, I just wanted to be sure.

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Well shoot! I thought today was the 5th and I posted an entry. Did I just disqualify my picture?
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You can't enter until the 5th so it doesn't count. It will be removed so you can upload it again - within the competition dates
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Old Monday 5th January 2004, 00:14   #12
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Thanks a bunch Ian. I'll consider that a chance to practice posting pictures. I appreciate it.
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Old Monday 5th January 2004, 18:35   #13
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Does This Mean A Single Bird, One Bird In Photo, One Type Of Bird.
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Old Monday 5th January 2004, 18:38   #14
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Hi Jules,

Any of the above. Can be a single bird or group of birds of any species as long as they're are wild and in your garden / yard.
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I dropped a clanger!.
My Robin is 800x600. I have deleted this and resubmitted it as 640x480?. Or am I disqualified?.
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Old Monday 19th January 2004, 18:38   #16
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No problem Alan, all entrants have until the closing date to correct any errors
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My entry, Camouflage, is oversized in dimensions (ca 800x620). How can I change the dimensions?
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if you have TOOLS on your program, you should be able to copy and resize as jpeg.??????????
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Faith may be misplaced. I have resized the photo for you Gaukur, but the old one now ahs a broken link. Admin are on the job to get that image removed.
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I don't know how technical this was meant to be but #8 suggests that specific information is needed. I see alot of entries with locations like "my yard, California" or just city and state. If its not going to be specific then this rule should have been worded differently. To be on the safe side, check your entries and add the information.

8. Location taken (town, county / state, country).
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A very good point Widowmaker - many entrants this month appear not to have read the rules, though I am at a loss as to my. Rule 6 has been infringed on several entries too - not to menton one or two others.

Rest assured that some leniency is envisaged this month as it is after all a fun competition.

Be advised though that when the prize cmpetitions are run, rules will be strictly adhered to and any infringements will lead to disqualifications.
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A very good point Widowmaker - many entrants this month appear not to have read the rules, though I am at a loss as to my. Rule 6 has been infringed on several entries too - not to menton one or two others.

Rest assured that some leniency is envisaged this month as it is after all a fun competition.

Be advised though that when the prize cmpetitions are run, rules will be strictly adhered to and any infringements will lead to disqualifications.
Somewhat agree but it seems that sticking to the rules would be good practice for other competitions. As I recall there were quite a few disqualified images in the last few non prize comps. They were disqualified for the same violations that some of the current comp images are violating. Hardly seems fair, fun or not, for the people that were disqualified then. Rather than have sporadic leniency from comp to comp, why not shave the rules down?
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I know I may be out of place here since I am not one of the mods, and certainly not trying to offend anyone, but if the rules are shaved down anymore than one might as well put "Will accept any entry for the month of February." I am not trying to be flippant about it, rather logical instead.

Think about it. The only real rules are the time frame, what to be photographed, file size limits, resolution size, location taken, # of pics allowed, that it must be alive and wild, amount of image adjustment, and the name of the bird. Which one could really be left out and it still be a challenge/theme/competition? There is no way to guarantee the integrity of who posts, but strangely enough when rules are written in ink (so to speak) and enforced, people are generally better about complying and not lying. What fun is winning one of these things if the winner is not able to effectively compete against similar entries?
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Hi Widowmaker,

As implied in my earlier tread that is already in hand which is the reason they weren't enforced this month - being it's the start of a new year.

Starting Feb, the rules will be a little easier to follow, though it will be reviewed as the year progresses if any problems arise. Another week and you will be able to see the differences, but basically entries can be of the same dimensions and files sizes as the Gallery default settings as this is the main rule that continues to be infringed.

Number of entries will be a little easier as the subject lends itself to more likely one submission rather than two.

As Brian says if the rules get too lax, then it would be a free for all.

For prize comps they will be strictly enforced.

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