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    Smile * New MFK POTM Contest Rules *

    In appreciation of the strong patronage by the valuable members of Aquariacentral.com and MonsterFishKeepers.com, the staff has decided to collaborate in a new inter-community contest that will involve the participation of members from BOTH forums.


    * PHOTO OF THE MONTH *

    Sponsored by TFHmagazine.com



    ~Photo Requirements~


    All entries must comply with the following:


    - Photo must be submitted in company with the participant's MFK or AC username respectively.

    - Photo must not have any watermark, copyright mark, or any such mark, imprint, label, or representation which identifies the photo to a specific source.

    - Photo must be a minimum of 600 pixels in length and 300 pixels in width. Higher resolutions are more desirable.

    - Photo must not had been tampered, manipulated, or distorted. Quality of photo is to be determined by Monster Aquaria Network Staff Team.

    Photo of the Month Contest will only admit aquatic-related animal/plant photos. Subject(s) can be any or any combination of the following:

    - Fishes
    - Invertebrates
    - Reptiles
    - Amphibians
    - Mammals
    - Plants

    Please be advised, that invertebrates, reptiles, mammals and/or plants that are not aquatic-related will not be considered for admission.


    ~Member Requirements~

    All candidates must adhere to the following:

    - You must have a minimum of 25 posts to enter this competition. If a submission is received, and your post count is lower than this figure, your entry will not be allowed to go for voting.

    - Participant must obtain a valid member account/name on MonsterFishKeepers.com or Aquariacentral.com to be eligible for this contest.

    - Participant may only submit an entry of his/her own photo, which is of his/her own work, or under his/her ownership.

    - Participant may only submit one photo into each contest category.

    - Participant on "PROBATION" status or any other "limited" member status may not be recognized for qualification.

    - Participant who has assumed offenses to any one or more rules of this contest may be restricted to partake this and/or any future contests and community events bestowed or sponsored by Monster Aquaria Network.


    ~Contest Guidelines~


    Participant may submit his/her entry at any time, however, only those submitted prior to the deadline, which is the last day of each month at 11:59 PM GMT will be placed in the current contest. Later entries may enter the contest of the succeeding month.

    Contest begins on the first of each month. There will be a limited 14 days voting period, followed by the selection of a winner with the highest number of cumulative votes from both Monsterfishkeepers.com and Aquariacentral.com. If in the instance of more than one winner is selected (same number of votes), a secondary 7 days voting would be held to determine the winner.

    ANY SOLICITATION OF VOTES VIA PM, PROFILE MESSAGE, OR THREAD WILL RESULT ON AN AUTOMATIC DISQUALIFICATION.

    Winner of a POTM contest will not be eligible to enter another Photo of the Month Contest for the next three months, to ensure fairness and opportunity for other participants to win.

    Entries are only accepted through electronic mail (e-mail). Unless otherwise noted, only the following e-mail addresses should be used:


    Please ensure your photo's consents to the above requirements and please do include your member name in the e-mail.

    You must include the following in the e-mail title or it will be deleted as spam/junk e-mail.

    "MFK POTM - MFK Member Name"

    "AC POTM + Member Name"


    Upon submitting your entry, you hence endorse the following:


    • Entrants who submit any malicious, inappropriate, or unrelated material to this contest may be penalized for such action and behavior.


    • Monster Aquaria Network and any affiliated sponsor(s) reserve the rights to deny or reject any participant. Only one submission per member per category. No member is allowed to attempt registering under more than one member name/identity on both MonsterFishKeepers.com and Aquariacentral.com, an only ONE entry per person bewteen both sites. Members are allowed one vote per site. Any member caught violating this will be immediately disqualified from the contest.


    • By entering this raffle, you are confirming and agree to have done in full - completely and comprehensively reviewed the terms/rules that apply and you have complied to hold no liability to either Monster Aquaria Network or any of affiliated sponsor(s) in violation of any State and/or Local law(s) in your Country/State (and/or within that Country/State).


    • Members on "Probation" status or any member who registers under more than one name might not/will not be qualified to enter our Monster Aquaria Network raffle(s) and/or contests. Members who have (previously) offended one or more terms/rules of our Monster Aquaria Network raffle/contests may be restricted in partaking in this and/or any future raffles, contests and community events bestowed or sponsored by Monster Aquaria Network.


    • Certain au courant raffle rules may be voided in different/separate raffles. Details and Guidelines are subject to change without advanced notice.


    • The winning photo of the previous POTM contest winner will be used on the following months "Enter" banner, and a random photo from the previous months winners will be used on the banner for the "Vote". By entering your picture into the competition, you are accepting that your picture will be used without Monster Aquaria Network Staff asking for your permission. The photograph will NOT be used outside of Monster Aquaria Network.


    ~The Prize~


    • The prize awarded to the winner of the competition will be a One Year Digtial subscription to Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine (TFH) along with a MFK bracelet. Sponsored by TFHmagazine.com


    • The prize information will be sent to the winning member via Personal Message (PM) upon the winner thread being published.

    • The prize is offered to all Monster Aquaria Network members, regardless of age. All other entry requirements as per the Member Requirements above still apply.

    • The winner of the respective competition will only be allowed to win the prize once every 6 months.
    Last edited by Pharaoh; 02-16-2011 at 7:32 AM. Reason: Updated the rules
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    Just to clarify!!!

    YES to cropping

    YES to adjusting levels

    NO to blacking out your background, unless done naturally.


    Good Luck. I look forward to your photos!

    Questions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD7.62
    I always pictured J as a skinny Asian middle aged guy with probably salt and peppered hair, typical school teacher type, not some tatted up dude that could almost kick my butt!



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    I wanted to take a second and further explain the idea of what is acceptable and what is not in terms of blacking out your photo.

    When blacking out it is ok to get rid of LITTLE things like water marks, water debris and particles, etc.

    The following is an example of what is acceptable.

    BEFORE

    Name:  original.jpg
Views: 10616
Size:  23.0 KB

    AFTER

    Name:  fix.jpg
Views: 10563
Size:  18.0 KB

    The following are examples of what is NOT acceptable.

    BEFORE

    Name:  blackout1.jpg
Views: 10655
Size:  107.3 KB

    AFTER

    Name:  blackout2.jpg
Views: 10595
Size:  39.5 KB

    Another example of what is NOT acceptable.

    BEFORE

    Name:  original.jpg
Views: 10616
Size:  23.0 KB

    AFTER

    Name:  fix2.jpg
Views: 10430
Size:  17.0 KB


    Who decides what is minimal editing/photo shopping/blacking out? The MFK staff. If you are unsure whether or not you are blacking/editing to much then simply send in both BEFORE and AFTER pictures with your entry. Otherwise, it might be disqualified.

    * Special thanks to JohnPTC for helping me out with these great examples!
    http://www.youtube.com/user/Gr8KarmaSF/videos

    Quote Originally Posted by JD7.62
    I always pictured J as a skinny Asian middle aged guy with probably salt and peppered hair, typical school teacher type, not some tatted up dude that could almost kick my butt!



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    Exclamation POTM Rule Changes

    In order to increase the quality of our site, starting in Feb. the MFK staff would like to announce two new additional rule changes to our Photo of the Month (POTM) contest.

    Our first rule change is that all photo entry files must now be named with your MFK member name. This will help expedite the contest process.

    Our second rule change is that there will now be a undetermined amount of photos allowed in every POTM contest. The majority of the POTM entries will range from 20 - 30 photos. The reason for this is to eliminate photos of lesser quality. Many of you might be asking yourselves, "What constitutes a photo of lesser quality?" If you photo is in focus with clean glass then it will be most likely entered. All I am asking for is pics in focus and clean glass.

    Below are examples of photos that will no longer be allowed in the contest.

    Name:  a.jpg
Views: 21373
Size:  72.4 KB

    Name:  b.jpg
Views: 21432
Size:  36.2 KB
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    Quote Originally Posted by JD7.62
    I always pictured J as a skinny Asian middle aged guy with probably salt and peppered hair, typical school teacher type, not some tatted up dude that could almost kick my butt!



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