Photography contest, II

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Kodak Bantam 828, Kodak Signet 35 (l. to r.). The Kodachrome 64 is a mild anachronism.

This post announces the second (annual? Beginning to look that way) Panda’s Thumb photography contest. The winner(s) will receive a great deal of satisfaction and possibly a book.

The rules of the contest are simple:

  1. We will consider any photograph that displays scientific interest but will give preference to photographs that depict invasive or endangered species or environments. Photographs should display biological, paleontological, geological, or cosmological interest.
  2. Identify the subject of the photograph: common and biological name, mineral type, or geological formation, for example. If a species is invasive or endangered, write a sentence or two explaining why.
  3. Submit photographs in JPEG format.
  4. Reduce photographs to an information content of 600 pixels horizontally. If creationists require a definition of information, they may apply in writing to the management.
  5. Photographs may be enhanced but may not be montages.
  6. Submit a maximum of 3 photographs (or 5 photographs per family) between July 1 and July 15, 2010, to [Enable javascript to see this email address.].
  7. Submit the photographs as attachments to an e-mail. The subject line to the e-mail must have the form YourLastName - Photography Contest. The filenames for the photographs must have the form YourLastName.Descriptor as, for example, Young.Oxytropis_sericea or Young.Table_Mountain, as appropriate.
  8. Depending on the number of photographs submitted, we may post the best submissions and ask our readers to vote for the best photograph. Likewise, we may establish several categories with separate entries and separate ballots. In particular, students 16 and under should so identify themselves; if we receive enough entries, we will establish a student category.
  9. By submitting a photograph, you stipulate that you are the owner of the copyright and grant The Panda’s Thumb a nonexclusive license to publish the photograph on its blog.
  10. Contributors to The Panda’s Thumb are not eligible to enter the contest.
  11. The decision of the judges is irrevocable.
  12. The judges are irascible.
  13. Since we have hardly ever done this before, we reserve the right to change any of the rules, or add or subtract rules at any time at our discretion.

Reed Cartwright contributed to this post.

21 Comments

You have Kodachrome? They stopped making that, you know.

They don’t make the cameras any more either.

I have 2 rolls of Kodachrome in the freezer. They probably date from the time I got a digital camera, around 2002. I am sure they are perfectly good, but I doubt I could get them developed.

So would you consider mineral replacement like a malachite pseudomorph after calcite to fit the preference to photographs that depict “invasive species.”

Totally non-technical comment:

I thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent photos presented previously - even the non-prize-winning contributions were worth looking at. As long as the contributors are willing to put in the time and effort, I will be willing to look at and enjoy the results of their efforts.

Annual? Great. More frequent? A possibility: from the viewer’s point of view, YES.

So would you consider mineral replacement like a malachite pseudomorph after calcite to fit the preference to photographs that depict “invasive species.”

I assume that is a joke, but no, I think not. We meant invasive in a pejorative sense. An oil spill or a strip mine, maybe a lava flow or an eroded coastline, may be considered invasive.

I thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent photos presented previously …

Thank you for the encouragement – it is hard to judge the interest in the 1000 words feature. I am afraid, however, that 1 contest a year is plenty, and last year’s contest easily provided us with a year’s worth of excellent photographs.

I like the 2nd part of rule 4. lol.

Heard that there may still be a lab in Kansas City, but you better hurry (Contact Kodak first, however to confirm). Heard that Kodak will stop supporting the Kodachrome processing soon:

Matt Young said:

They don’t make the cameras any more either.

I have 2 rolls of Kodachrome in the freezer. They probably date from the time I got a digital camera, around 2002. I am sure they are perfectly good, but I doubt I could get them developed.

Having permanently retired as a combatant in the culture wars, I’ve taken up photography as a hobby. As much as I’d like to submit a snap or two of our famous oysters, they’re becoming a little hard to find.

Would a nice green anole do?

I’m still trying to work out what #4 means (and I’m not a creationist). How do you reduce an image to 600 pixels horizontally? iPhoto allows you to reduce images for emailing from e.g. 3.6MB (original) to 414KB (large) to 122KB (medium) to 63KB (small). How this relates to pixels, I have no idea. 600x400 pixels I think would be about 240 kilopixels, so I’d imagine it would correspond to roughly “medium”. Would that be about right?

Wayne Robinson said:

I’m still trying to work out what #4 means (and I’m not a creationist). How do you reduce an image to 600 pixels horizontally? iPhoto allows you to reduce images for emailing from e.g. 3.6MB (original) to 414KB (large) to 122KB (medium) to 63KB (small). How this relates to pixels, I have no idea. 600x400 pixels I think would be about 240 kilopixels, so I’d imagine it would correspond to roughly “medium”. Would that be about right?

Any photo editor software has a “change size” feature. For the PC, the freeware “Paint.net” at www.getpaint.net is excellent. For a Mac, I dunno. (I’m a Macophobe: “Oh no! I use the keyboards shortcuts I’m conditioned to using and it goes into core meltdown!”)

Picasa freeware by Google. Use the export button to easily re-size photographs.

[Enable javascript to see this email address.] is not recognized as a legitimate e-mail address by gmail. :(

Is there a correction?

In consideration of important issues being discussed on another PT thread, can photographs in (or against) support of “breasts can be used for good or evil” be submitted?

I thought not. Just had to ask.

MrG says “I’m a Macophobe …”

Actually, that’s the wrong term. Officially, it’s Apple, so the terms to be used are ‘applephiles’ (applied to sane sensible people who know what’s best for them, or else) or ‘crazies’ (for those who don’t know better and still prefer Microsoft’s inferior product).

Thanks Adrian, Picasa seems to work well; resizing to 600x400 pixels gives a file size of 193 KB, so roughly medium seems fairly close to being right.

Wayne Robinson said:

MrG says “I’m a Macophobe …”

Oh, I suppose if I used a Mac I would find the magic control characters on a PC just as frustrating. Don’t think a spreadsheet or a browser works much different on either – OpenOffice or FireFox run on both.

However, if you really want to get into the PC wars … to be fair we need to drag in a Linux bigot: “Get rid of your toy operating systems! You really SHOULD be running UBUNTU!” Yeah, if I want to take a sysadmin course … just so I can understand what you guys are saying.

[Enable javascript to see this email address.] is not recognized as a legitimate e-mail address by gmail. :(

Is there a correction?

No, that’s the right address, and I have already received 2 submissions. I just sent a test message to that address, and it was forwarded to me within about 3 min. Can you try again now?

Thank you, Matt - it was my fault. I used copy and paste, and did not see the period stuck on the end of the address. I just got a new monitor, running at a much higher resolution than my old one - the periods are tiny!

Sorry for your trouble. :)

No trouble, but I should add: I acknowledge all submissions, though not necessarily right away; don’t get worried till a half-day or so goes by (less after Wimbledon is over).

Is it okay for me and one other family member to both submit photographs (3 each) as two ‘individual’ entries, as opposed to entering 5 photos together as a ‘family’? The same camera was used to take the photographs but obviously the photographer was different. Or do we HAVE to submit 5 photos as a family since it’s me and my mother taking the photographs but sharing the camera :)

Photographs should be submitted by individuals, not families. The intention of the rule was to limit the number of entries submitted by children with the assistance of their parents. You do not say how old you are, but if you and your mother took the pictures wholly independently, then please go ahead and submit 3 each.

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