Just a reminder that we'll be holding our annual calendar photo contest at the September 16th meeting! Please arrive as early as possible so that all photos are displayed and ready for voting to begin at 7:10. When you arrive please enter your name(s) on the contest form. You will use the number beside you name as your entry number. This one number will be written on a provided post-it and attached to the front of each of your submissions and then displayed on the table for each subject matter. All members attending the meeting will vote on the photos by noting the number of their favorite photo in each category on the provided ballots.
The winners of the contest will be the photos used in our annual Austin Pond Society calendar. The calendars feature 12 – 11 x 8 1/2 photos printed on a semi gloss stock, along with glossy covers and plasticoil binding. And there are prizes, too! All winners will receive a free calendar. First place winners will also receive the princely sum of $10, second place will receive $5, and the overall winner will receive $25. The overall winning picture will be used for the calendar cover, as well as for one of the months inside. Only two winners per family will be allowed. This year we are not offering the option to substitute your own picture for one of the others.
Okay, the guidelines for the contest this year:
There will be 4 categories:
- Ponds and pond features
- Wildlife (any insects, amphibians, birds, critters, etc. found around or in our ponds, except fish)
- Pond Plants
You may only submit one photo per category and there will be 3 winners per category. Those with family memberships may submit one for each person. Please only enter photos which were actually taken by the person entering them (ie – don’t enter 2 pictures taken by one person under 2 different names.)
Photos should be landscape orientation (wider than tall). Any format from 5x7 up to 8x10 will be accepted. Smaller sizes will decrease the impact on your wallet but may not ‘show’ as well as the traditional 8x10.
You must be present to enter or win.
Afterwards: Winners will need to provide their photos electronically in the full 8x10 format (or larger). We will provide instructions on how to send the photos. The best formats to use are .tif and hi resolution .jpg. If your files are huge (let’s say over 6 meg), please reduce the dimensions of the original picture so it is not so large.
We will provide information on how to order calendars at the next meeting or shortly thereafter.
The photo contest is always a lot of fun - we look forward to seeing your photos!