Some feedback on a bunch of questions we have received thus far.
One entry per person ?
Quite a few folks are tagging more than one image for each category – Unfortunately that’s going to mean all your entries have to be disqualified and overlooked. This is the only way we can be fair to all the other participants who only tagged once. We will make our best effort to let folks know who have tagged more than once, but it’s up to everyone to play by the rules.
Don’t panic if you have multiple tags, just go back and remove the tags on all but your best image. Nobody will be disqualified before the closing date, as long as they only have a maximum of one image per category.
Why these themes ? What does each theme mean anyway ?
Depending which way you look at it, the first three themes are based around the major prizes, or the prizes are based around the themes. The idea is that if you shoot that kind of stuff, odds are the prizes will be up your alley.
The European and American themes are to celebrate our international expansion, and encourage folks from those regions into our bubbleverse – That doesn’t exclude the rest of us though, photos you’ve taken in those places, or just on those themes are just as valid… eg. A photo of a US flag over an embassy can make a strong photo and fit within the theme.
The intention isn’t that any of the themes will be interpreted too strictly. We want to see some great images, and the themes are a way of grouping them together for prizes.
Theme 1: Landscape, Nature and Travel
Landscapes, Macro of flowers, bugs and critters, wildlife as well as people and places images can all fit into this theme.
Theme 2: Portrait, Fashion and Commercial
Individual faces, environmental portraiture, fashion shoots, architecture and product photography could all fit into this theme.
Theme 3: Black and White, Street and Reportage
Black and white images, photo journalism, streets and cities, colour is fine in the street and photo journalism styles.
Theme 4: Europe
Anything taken in Europe or with a european flavor. Scandanavian tourists in Australia are still european for example…
Theme 5: America
Anything taken in America or with an american flavor. An american flag anywhere in the world is still american etc.