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Farktography Contests

How do I enter Farktography contests?

These guidelines and rules apply to all Farktography contests unless otherwise stated. Read the Posting Rules before submitting entries.

Here's what you need:

1. A FARK account

2. A camera:

It doesn't matter whether you're using a disposable film camera, a cell phone camera, a point and shoot digicam, a Holga, or the latest and greatest digital or film Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera. Be it digital or film, medium format or 35mm, RAW or jpg, are all acceptable.

3. An image editor:

You will probably need at least a basic image editor to handle things like cropping, resizing, color corrections, etc. Even if you are scanning from film, there will still be basic adjustments you will need to make to your image before you submit it to Farktography. You can use any image editor you want: Photoshop, Aperture, Paint Shop Pro, Picassa, etc. For you Linux/FreeBSD users (or Windows users that want a no-cost image editing solution), feel free to bring out The GIMP. Those folks looking to work across multiple platforms might want to check into Bibble, which works on Mac, Linux, and Windows. Fark.com does not endorse any specific product. These are just examples.

4. An understanding of Fark's acceptable posting guidelines

5. An understanding of the Farktography Rules for Acceptable Modifications:

A more detailed explanation of the Acceptable Modifications is handled later in this document, however the overarching ideal behind Farktography is that image corrections are acceptable, while adding or removing elements in the image (e.g. removing telephone poles, adding Elvis) is not acceptable. HDR, stitching, or otherwise combining exposures in post processing are not allowed unless specified for a particular theme (multiple exposures done in-camera are acceptable, however). Absent any specific exceptions for individual contests, you should always follow the standard Farktography rules for your submissions. Entries which do not conform to the rules of the contest are subject to deletion by Moderators.

6. An image host:

Many ISPs, broadband and dial-up alike, provide web storage space for their customers. While there is usually a storage limit on this space, there is often no bandwidth limit. This should be the first place you check. It's probably going to be the most reliable option, and you may as well get your money's worth. If that's not an option, or you need more space than your ISP's hosting offers, check out Image Host Advisory. This Farker-run resource has lots of information and links about finding a reliable image host to fit your budget.

NOTE: your image will be loaded thousands of times, so we don't recommend using your own server. Let one of the suckers that allow image linking take the hits for you. If you're silly enough to try to host your own images and you're trying to gauge how many GB/month you might need, count on at least two days' heavy traffic, at least 10,000 hits per day, or at least 2 gigabytes per day, per image. This is a rough estimate (as of March 2004) so your bandwidth pain may vary.

Make sure you test the ability to link images BEFORE you try it on FARK. (Try new hosts out in the scratchpad test thread.) Images that disappear into red-X land after posting will usually be deleted by our generous, demure, and talented moderators.

Here are some things you don't necessarily need, but possessing them can be an advantage:

1. An eye for composition

You don't have to be Diane Arbus, and you don't have to use the most expensive photography equipment available in order to participate and do well in Farktography. However, a good eye for composition goes a long way. If you are not already familiar with the Rule of Thirds and other ideals behind good composition, spend some time reading up on these concepts; there are lots of free online tutorials available. None of this is to say that every photo should rigidly conform to some academic formula for a "good photograph," however, learning some basics about composition can only make you a better photographer and will likely increase your votes.


2. A basic understanding of photography concepts

Not all cameras give you unfettered control over your aperture or shutter speed. However, many of today's most basic digicams do give you some level of creative control over exposure variables. If any of these terms are completely foreign to you, there are many photography 101 tutorials available online that can help clarify things. If you have a camera that allows for manual controls, learning the way shutter speed and aperture relate to exposure and depth of field can take you from merely snapping a grab shot to intentionally photographing your subjects.


3. A sense of humor

This is FARK, after all. Sometimes the most stunningly artistic photograph wins the contest, but other times a photograph that is quirky, funny, or in some other way stands out from the rest of the entries gets the big votes. Pay attention to the theme and its description, and stretch yourself to find an angle that might be outside of the expected. You can submit up to three photographs, so feel free to experiment with your photography. Themes are posted to the Farktography forums well in advance, so you have plenty of time to prepare. Above all, have fun with Farktography. It isn't a pretentious art competition, though there is plenty of excellent art submitted. The vagaries of Fark voting are well known, so if an entry of yours doesn't do well, it isn't necessarily a judgement on the artistic merits of your photograph.


Now that you're ready to begin, here's the 10 Step list:

If you've got all the above items going for you, then you're golden! Follow these simple instructions and you'll be on your way to fame and fortune in no time:

1. Check http://www.farktography.net 's list of upcoming themes for any that interest you.

2. Get out there and take some pictures! Alternatively, you can dig through the files on your hard drive or your shoebox of prints and negatives for something that would fit the theme.

3. Download your photograph from your camera's memory card or scan it in from film.

4. Edit the picture with your image editor.

5. Upload your work of art to your image host.

6. On Wednesday evening at 8pm Eastern (US), the Farktography thread will be posted to Total Fark. Liters will need to wait until the thread is greenlit. Click on the comments link of the Farktography thread to post your pictures.

7. Scroll to the very bottom and enter your FARK User ID and password.

8. Now here's the tricky part. It involves the use of basic HTML and it separates those who have read this page from those who haven't.

Type this into the comment box: <img src="http://URLHERE.jpg">, replacing the (URL HERE) with the URL to your picture.

Note that some image hosts require linking back to their site in order to comply with their TOS. You should familiarize yourself with the requirements of your individual image host.

9. If you want others to be able to vote for your entry, select the "Enable voting for this entry?" checkbox.

10. If you want to preview your post before submitting your entry, select the "Preview before post" checkbox. You will then see your submission and be given the chance to edit it, or submit it as is. Otherwise, click "Add Comment" and you're done!


If you followed the directions correctly, your photograph is standing proud with the rest of them. If you'd like to track your overall performance in Farktography, be sure to check out the Farker-run Farktography Statistics Manager ( http://www.schneeworld.com/fsm/ )

NOTE:

  • FARK's Posting Rules apply to all Farktography entries.
  • Entries that could be considered Not Safe For Work (NSFW) should be linked to. If you're ever in doubt, it's always safer to link. Moderators can and will delete NSFW entries that are displayed inline. Do it like this <a href="http://URLHERE.jpg">link text here</a>, replacing the (URL HERE) with the URL to your picture.

Example: <a href="http://URLHERE.jpg">Warning, boobies ahead! Click to see NSFW picture!</a>


  • You'll notice that "Taste" is not listed above as a prerequisite for participation. Still, the use of images depicting well-known tragedies such as 9/11 is not forbidden, but usually frowned upon. Images which depict people actually dying (falling to their death, engulfed in flame, being blown up) should not be used. Besides, it's a Farktography contest, not a "let's see who can find the most upsetting image to use" contest.


  • The first post in a Farktography thread contains the week's Theme and description. You should wait to post to the thread until the Theme/Description has been posted. Entries which are submitted before the Theme/Description post are subject to postdating by mods/admins so that the Theme/Description post will fall properly at the beginning of the thread.


  • You may have an internet connection that operates at twice the speed of light, but many of your co-Farkers still rely on the trusty old 56k dialup routine. Do them a favor and compress your images! In newer versions of Photoshop use the "Save For Web" option under the file menu. As an added bonus, this feature also prevents the embedded XML nastiness that makes IE go balls-up. Most of the images you post will be between 40-60KB. There are a lot of photographs entered into Farktography threads, so consider linking rather than displaying an image if it is larger than 70KB. Entries larger than 200KB will be automatically rejected. Entries larger than 640 pixels wide or 1100 pixels tall will be scaled proportionally (via width and height img tag attributes) to a maximum of 640x1100.


  • You can't vote for a picture more than once, but you can vote for as many pictures as you like. You are allowed and encouraged to vote for any photograph that you thought was particularly artistic, that made you laugh, or that you thought took a lot of effort, etc.


  • And finally... Have fun!


What are acceptable and unacceptable modifications?

These are the submission guidelines for all Farktography contests, unless otherwise stated in a theme description.

  • Submissions must be photographs; screen captures do not count as photographs.
  • You must be the original photographer of your entry. Do not submit anyone else's photography as your own.
  • You are only allowed to enter a photograph once. Do not submit the same photo to another contest later.
  • Up to 3 photos can be entered into each contest, as long as each photo is of a different composition. Please post each photo separately so they can be voted for individually.

General Photographic Guidelines (The number of the counting shall be 3):

  • Compositional changes that involve adding or removing elements of the photo are bad. No adding Elvis, no erasing utility lines. Cropping is fine, however.
  • Image corrections are accepted. Color or value correction? Perspective? Pin cushion? Unsightly blemishes? Stray hairs falling over your model's alabaster face? Fix these. That's cool.
  • You should strive to keep your results in the realm of the realistic. Cartoonish results from turning the saturation up to 3000, selective coloring (we can see your boyfriend's pretty green eyes without turning everything else black and white), and the use of "artistic" filters that turn your photos into paintings or drawings are not what we're going for here. Such use of these otherwise acceptable tools is discouraged and may subject your photograph to disqualification.

Unacceptable Modifications (These are right out):

  • Combining exposures in post-processing is not allowed (e.g. HDR, stitching, stacking negatives, etc.--not allowed). However, multiple exposures produced in-camera are always acceptable.
  • Removing or adding compositional objects or textures via cloning or copying. Cropping is fine, but no removing the branch that seems to be growing out of Aunt Edna's head. No giving Spot an extra leg.
  • DO NOT divide by zero


If you have any questions about the acceptable modifications, or if you'd just like to chat and learn more about photography, feel free to drop by the forums at http://www.farktography.net or email questions@farktography.net.

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