Valentine’s Photo Contest

Heart of Darkness Valentine Contest

ABOUT THE CONTEST:

Tayren Theas and Hig Bing are sponsoring a Valentine’s Day photo contest from January 15th to February 14th, 2016, on the beautiful island of Heart of Darkness in Second Life. In short, you just take a picture wearing one of their outfits on the island, post to Flickr (or we can for you), and you could win one of four fantastic prizes! No purchase necessary. Details below.

ABOUT THE ISLAND: Heart of Darkness is a stunningly decorated, Valentine-themed land (rated G). There are a variety of amazing places to take your picture there, including a beautiful fairy valley, a stunning ballroom, a gorgeous ice cave, and countless places with poses for both couples and singles. Yes, you can be single and enter too!

Heart of Darkness valentine_010

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Heart%20of%20Darkness/153/164/22

The contest runs from January 15th to February 14th, 2016. Judging will be completed by February 20th, 2016 and winners announced shortly thereafter on the Flickr group and directly to the winners. We will also invite you to join our in-world group for other helpful info.

FLICKR GROUP: https://www.flickr.com/groups/holidayphoto/

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PRIZES:

There will be one prize winner in each category. You may enter more than one category (which can help your chances of winning at least some prize).

CATEGORY I: NEW PURCHASE (BOUGHT from Tayren’s or Hig’s ON OR AFTER JAN. 1, 2016).
Prize: 2000 L plus plus two free outfit vouchers for both Tayren’s and for Hig’s stores.

CATEGORY II: PREVIOUS PURCHASE (BOUGHT from Tayren’s or Hig’s BEFORE JAN. 1, 2016).
Prize: 1000 L plus one free outfit voucher for both Tayren’s and for Hig’s stores.

CATEGORY III: HUNT ITEM – TAYREN OR HIG’S CURRENT “5 OR 25 L” HUNT ITEM (whether you hunted the 5 pieces for 1 L each, or bought it outright for 25 L).
Prize: 500 L plus one free outfit voucher for both Tayren’s and for Hig’s stores.

CATEGORY IV: FREEBIE – USING THE CURRENT SPECIALLY MARKED FREEBIE FROM TAYREN’S OR HIG’S on Heart of Darkness.
Prize: 250 L plus one free outfit voucher for both Tayren’s and for Hig’s stores.

Results decided by February 20th and announced on Flickr and to winners shortly afterward.

FLICKR GROUP: https://www.flickr.com/groups/holidayphoto/

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***RULES:*** YOU MUST FOLLOW THESE to qualify to win!

QUICK SUMMARY OF RULES: (Please see detailed rules and explanations further down.)

1. YOU MUST WEAR AN OUTFIT FROM TAYREN’S OR HIG’S STORES (See categories above).
2. YOU MUST TAKE THE PICTURE ON HEART OF DARKNESS.
3. THE PICTURE MUST BE POSTED ON THE FLICKR GROUP BY THE DEADLINE OF FEBRUARY 14TH, 2016, by MIDNIGHT SLT. FLICKR GROUP:https://www.flickr.com/groups/holidayphoto/
4. THE PICTURE MUST BE HIGH QUALITY/HIGH RESOLUTION (details below).
5. PHOTO WILL BE JUDGED IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS: Creativity, Composition, Use of Outfit, Use of Island, Quality, and Following of Rules.

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SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: CHOOSE A TEAM! Heart of Darkness or Heart Full of Love!

If you were with us in our earlier contest, you will know that our contestants were on Team Santa or Team Krampus. Thanks to you, Santa defeated the Krampus on Heart of Darkness and banished him. So now the island is trying to transform into Heart of Love! Can love overcome the darkness?

YOU can help!

Choose a team: “Heart of Darkness” or Heart Full of Love“.

Heart of Darkness team pictures might depict things such as “broken-hearted”, “crime of passion”, “single on Valentine’s day”, “lost love”, “regrets and sorrow”, “twisted love” etc. These are suggestions, you can use them or come up with your own.

Heart Full of Love team pictures might depict things such as “love at first sight”, “romantic dance”, “passionate love”, “hot couple”… even best friendship or family love! Again these are suggestions. The possibilities are endless!

You may do pictures for either or both teams if you wish (up to 4 per day are allowed). For people that depict either team especially well, we will offer special prizes and honorable mentions. So… surprise us with your ideas. Illustrate a story or depict emotions with your picture. And be sure to add your Team (Heart of Darkness or Heart Full of Love) to your picture in the description.

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DETAILED RULES AND EXPLANATIONS:

1. YOU MUST WEAR AN OUTFIT FROM TAYREN’S OR HIG’S stores. It can be a “new purchase” (since January 1, 2016) of a regular price or sale item, a “previous purchase” from Tayren’s or Hig’s (before January 1, 2016), the “5 or 25 L” hunt item (we don’t care if you do the 5 or 25 version), or the specially marked freebies from Tayren’s or Hig’s stores on Heart of Darkness. Therefore NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. You will simply qualify for different categories of prizes based on your choice of outfit. You may enter more than one category.

You MUST use a full outfit available from either Tayren’s or Hig’s stores for your photo. The outfit must be a design by Tayren Theas or Hig Bing. It must recognizably be one of our outfits, not just a small part of it like a hat, shoes or necklace, with the rest coming from some other store. Our outfits are in different stores this time, so participating stores are clearly marked with a sign. Please wear all the main pieces of the set. You may customize your hair, skin, shape, shoes or minor accessories, but the majority of the outfit must be Tayren’s or Hig’s. You MAY blend Tayren’s and Hig’s outfits (since some of you asked for this).

This is the market on Heart of Darkness. There are several stores with full outfits from Tayren and Hig (we each have an individual store, and then some other stores have BOTH our items). Participating stores are clearly marked. Two other stores have just accessories (shoes and jewelry). You may use the accessories to accentuate your look, but the majority of your full outfit must be a creation from either Tayren or Hig. Our freebie and hunt items (also usable for the contest) are in our individual stores (Tayren’s Fantasy Fashions at left, and Hig’s on the right). Heart of Darkness valentine_002

OTHER DETAILS:

a) You will not have a higher chance of winning if you purchase an outfit as opposed to using one of Tayren’s or Hig’s specially marked freebie sets on Heart of Darkness. You will simply qualify for different levels of prize category. We are trying to reward individuality and effort, while being open to all. Everyone has a fair chance to win, provided you meet the conditions on this page.

b) You MAY use an outfit you previously purchased from either Hig’s or Tayren’s stores at some other time. If you do, you will qualify for the “Previous Purchase” category. NOTE: An outfit you won in one of our earlier contests counts in the Previous Purchase category.

c) If your friends are in the picture, the same rules about the costume apply to all people in the picture. However if someone is playing your pet animal for purpose of the photo (dog, bird, horse, etc) and is in full animal avatar that is fine, provided you as the entrant are in costume from one of our stores. I was asked this question, so I had to make up a rule about it.

d) The outfit you use must be from Tayren’s or Hig’s stores, recently or from a previous purchase. Participating stores on Heart of Darkness that have our fashions are clearly marked with a sign. Other stores on Heart of Darkness are not participating and do not count.

e) You can win in your category or categories, regardless of whether the outfit you used in the photo was from Tayren’s OR Hig’s.

f) Your outfit in the photo will determine your prize category (new purchase, previous purchase, hunt item or special freebie). We will use our sales records to verify your category if needed. You may enter more than one category, or even all of them if you wish.

g) Please refrain from using an outfit you used in one of our previous contests. We would not consider that very creative.

2. YOU MUST TAKE THE PICTURE ON HEART OF DARKNESS.

The picture must recognizably be a location on the beautiful Heart of Darkness island in Second Life. We must be able to see enough in the picture to tell where on the island it is located. There are many amazing locations available. You can be inside or outside.

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Heart%20of%20Darkness/153/164/22

Here are examples of just a few locations on Heart of Darkness.

 

Romantic Gazebo on Heart of Darkness Ballroom on Heart of Darkness Fairy Valley on Heart of Darkness Romantic Ice Cave on Heart of Darkness

 

OTHER DETAILS:

a) You may use poses that are there, or rez your own poses (up to 30 minutes rez time is allowed on the land). You may rez minimal additional props (up to 20 prims) but you will be judged for how you creatively incorporate the existing props already on the island. Many objects have built-in poses, so be sure to explore!

b) NO SEX PICTURES, NUDITY OR SEX POSEBALLS PLEASE – the island is rated G. Lingerie is fine to wear but please keep naughty bits covered.

3. THE PICTURE MUST BE POSTED ON THE FLICKR GROUP by FEBRUARY 14th, 2016, MIDNIGHT SLT.

You can post the photo to the Flickr group, OR upload to SL and send it to Tayren Theas or Hig Bing, and they will do it for you. Instead of uploading in SL you can also send to tayrentheas@hotmail.com. TO GUARANTEE POSTING ON TIME, IT IS BEST TO POST IT ON FLICKR YOURSELF. The photo description must include all required info we ask for below.

HERE IS THE FLICKR GROUP: https://www.flickr.com/groups/holidayphoto/

OTHER DETAILS:

a) You may enter and post *different* photos as many times as you like. Please don’t enter the same or highly similar pictures more than once, or have your friends also enter it for you. This will not help your chances of winning.

b) You may invite friends into the picture, but each photo can only be posted by one of the people in the picture. You MAY have people on different teams (Team Heart of Darkness or Team Full of Love) in the photo, and that could be very interesting! If you have multiple people, only the entrant (person posting to Flickr) will win the prize, though you can split it with the others as desired.

d) Your photo having a lot of “faves” on Flickr will NOT increase your chances of winning the contest. This is NOT a popularity contest and not everyone has a ton of connections in there.

e) Please enter the required info into the Flickr description (or send it to one of us on NC with your picture in SL).

Required Info:

Title of Work – so we can know how to name it while judging
SL Avatar Login name
(not nickname) – don’t make us be detectives please.
Name of Outfit *and* Designer (Hig or Tayren). Example – “Valentine Fairy by Hig”
Windlight Setting (if different than our island’s default pink sky)
Special filters or editing done (if any)
Team – Are you on Team Heart of Darkness (depicts heartbreak, anger, longing, etc) or Team Heart Full of Love (depicts any happy love)?

4. THE PICTURE MUST BE HIGH QUALITY/HIGH RESOLUTION.

Your picture must be high resolution (at least 1017 pixels in one direction, the higher the better, either square or rectangular). Lower resolution photos will not be considered. Amateurs and Professionals alike are welcome to enter. If you are a professional SL photographer or fashion blogger we will weigh your picture-taking experience during our judging. Neither amateurs or professionals have a higher chance of winning.

If you are unsure how to take a high resolution picture, here is some good info.

Taking High Quality Photographs by Harlow Heslop

www.harlowheslop.com/taking-high-quality-photographs

Tutorial – Taking high-res blog snapshots by Strawberry Singh

strawberrysingh.com/2010/04/12/tutorial-taking-high-res-b…

OTHER DETAILS:

a) You MAY apply filters or effects in Flickr, Photoshop, Gimp or other software, provided it is still recognizably our outfit and our island. If you add filters or effects, please state as such on Flickr. Please don’t add things to the image that are not there, like real people, clip art, or bits from other photos or pictures.

b) You may choose your own windlight settings, or use the one on Heart of Darkness. Please state the settings you used, if they are different than our island’s setting.

c) You can enter more than one picture and enter in different categories, but please do not “spam” us with multiple highly similar pictures (i.e. the same pose and outfit at slightly different angles). This will not enhance your chances, and you can lose creativity points.

d) Refrain from using SL “snapshots” of the kind that are immediately uploaded directly to SL, because they typically distort the image, change the aspect ratio (“squish” it too narrow), and force it into square 512 x 512 size (too low to qualify). You should choose a high resolution and save directly to your hard drive instead. If you do not know how else to take an SL picture other than the “snapshot”, read the links provided above.

e) We retain the right to use your entry photos on our island or within our SL store (for example for posting the winning pictures, for writing a blog post or notice about the event, for showing some worthwhile entries that were not necessarily winners, or for spotlighting the creative uses of our outfits by our customers). We will not use any photo without crediting you as the photographer, and we will not edit and/or otherwise use your photo to make our own clothing ads.

5. PHOTO WILL BE JUDGED IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS:

a) Creativity – 20 points (unusual, different, captures the attention, is imaginative, tells a story, etc)

b) Composition – 20 points (good arrangement of items, colors, scenery and/or people, pleasing to the eye, etc)

c) Good use of the outfit – 20 points (shows it off nicely, fits you well, fits the setting well, etc)

d) Good use of the island – 20 points (choosing a good location on Heart of Darkness, good use of the props or scenery, etc)

e) Quality – 20 points (size at least 1017 in one or both directions, not pixelated, not too dark to see, not overexposed or too bright, etc)

f) Following the rules posted here – 20 points. By entering, you agree to these terms. Read them carefully! Ask Tayren Theas or Hig Bing for clarification if you are unsure what the rules mean, or if we did not answer a specific question you may have.

Total of up to 240 points (120 from each judge), and the person with most points in each category is the winner.

To help make sure you have followed the rules, please include the following info your Flickr post (or send to one of us with your picture):

Required Info:

Title of Work – so we can know how to name it while judging
SL Avatar Login name
(not nickname) – don’t make us be detectives please.
Name of Outfit *and* Designer (Hig or Tayren). Example – “Queen of Hearts by Tayren”
Windlight Setting (if different than our island’s default pink sky)
Special filters or editing done (if any)
Team – Are you on Team Heart of Darkness (depicts heartbreak, anger, longing, etc) or Team Heart Full of Love (depicts any happy love)?

So now have at it, and HAVE FUN!!!

– Tayren Theas and Hig Bing

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