These instructions are also available as a downloadable PDF file (1.6 MB)
The Pi Photo Contest is intended to be fun, for those with the desire to create photographic images (using their Macs) as well as for those who want to sit back and enjoy seeing the fruits of other people’s labors.
Each image you submit must be assigned to one and only one subject. It is your decision.
Intent is to show homogeneous groups. Subject includes ethnic or religious groups, family members or a family portrait, family “life events” – like granddad holding new born grandchild for first time, dressed alike twins, a string quartet, or a barbershop, sports team members possibly in action, people in the military services, Rolling Thunder motorcycle “gang”. And more…
It is most everything around you that is not another man and not man made. This includes plants and flowers, animals and insects, large and small, seen life-size or through a microscope, most anything that lives at sea and along the seashore, landscapes, seascapes, and nightscapes, oftentimes panoramas, as well as the best and the worst of Mother Nature. And more…
Buildings large and small, inside and out, ancient and under construction, almost buried underground or scraping the heavens. Industrial factories are included, active or abandoned. Subject includes highway and railroad bridges as well as draw, covered, and suspension bridges. Religious places of all shares and sizes. Houses of each architectural period or of multiple periods. And more…
Tourist sights and sites, persons in native costumes or in their native habitat, tourists in action, and all the trappings of the tourism industry. And more…
This is the fun and imaginative subject. The subject includes recognizable things that fly or appear to fly. Subject includes birds, planes, Superman, kites, Frisbees, hot air balloons, pilots with or without their aircraft, paratroopers (in the air), parasailing enthusiasts, flying fish, flying squirrels, and, perhaps, flying pigs. And more…
You may improve your best images with image edit software with the goal of returning the image to what the photographer saw in the viewfinder before pressing shutter button.
Lesa Snider King showed how to do these edits using Adobe’s Photoshop Elements 6 during the March 28 General Meeting.
There are no limits on software image edits for Identified Flying
Objects images. You may change your image to what you wanted
to see in viewfinder before you pressed the shutter button. This might
include removing things from the photo, changing an object’s color,
as well as adding stuff not in the original image.
A contestant is the same person as the photographer and the submitter.
A contestant belongs to one peer group for all his/her images submitted to 2009 Pi Photo Contest. Peer groups reflect the photographer’s skill level, allowing novices to compete against each other, and the more advanced photographers to compete among themselves. Peer groups have nothing to do with cost of photographic equipment.
Test: Want to compete with Lawrence Charters, Ed Miller, Gene Haddon and Travis Good? Join the Advanced Photographers peer group.
Don’t know Lawrence, Ed, Gene or Travis? Consider your skill level. Have you sold images? Are you almost good enough to sell your images? Have you considered posting your images on iStockphoto.com or one of its competitors? If you said yes to any of these, you are an advanced photographer for the Pi Photo Contest. In other contexts, you may be a novice.
Not sure? Choose Advanced.
Submit all your images on same day? This is not necessary unless today is May 1.
Email has been known to alter image attachments. Some email clients reduce image density to 72 dpi; others simply “mangle” the image received so it is unlike the original sent. A solution is to archive/compress your image into a zip file. Leopard and Apple Mail 3.x in addition to Entourage deliver accurate images when image file is zipped.
Your email vendor or ISP may have limits on how big email attachments may be. If this is a problem, send your image file from your Washington Apple Pi email box. It has the same username and password as you use for downloading the eJournal.
Address your email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Decide if you want to cc yourself.
Set Subject to “Pi Photo Contest – Entry 01”
In body of email, provide on separate lines the following photographer information:
In body of email, provide image file information:
Caption for your image when published on Apple Pi web site, the Pi Journal, or Pi News.
Attach your zipped image file. In Apple Mail, attach the image file using
There are minor instruction changes to email content after first entry has been submitted.
Send email to email@example.com -or- come to the Pi Clubhouse Saturday, April 4.