Holiday Photo Contest

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About the Contest:

Tayren Theas and Hig Bing are sponsoring a Holiday photo contest on beautiful Nightless Isle 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 three fantastic top prizes! No purchase necessary. Detailed rules below.

This island is a stunningly decorated Winter holiday-themed land (rated M). There are a variety of amazing places to take your picture there, including the North Pole, stunning winter park areas, the beautiful fairy valley, and more.

Here is the SLURL for Nightless Isle (or search for Tayren Theas in SL and find on her pics)

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nightless%20Isle/135/190/23

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

The contest runs from November 19th to December 23rd, 2016. Judging will be completed by within a few days after the contest closes, and winners announced shortly thereafter on this blog, on the flickr group, and directly to the winners.

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PRIZES will go to the winners in 3 categories:

CATEGORY 1: NEW PURCHASES OVER 100 L  – Winner gets 2000 L plus one free outfit voucher each for Tayren’s Fantasy Fashions and Hig’s stores in SL, if you are using a new outfit purchased on or after November 1, 2016 from Tayren’s or Hig’s store at prices over 100 L.

CATEGORY 2: Bargain Purchases, Older Purchases, or Previous Prizes – Winner gets 1000 L plus one free outfit voucher each for Tayren’s Fantasy Fashions and Hig’s stores in SL if you are using one of Tay or Hig’s “Bargain” costumes (priced 100 and below), a costume bought from Tayren or Hig prior to November 1, 2016, or a previously won prize costume from one of our earlier contests. 

Category 3: Tay or Hig’s Freebies – 2 Winners get 500 L plus one free outfit voucher each, one for Tayren’s Fantasy Fashions and one for Hig’s specially marked 2016 freebies from their stores in Nightless Isle. You can upgrade a freebie however to category 2, if you purchase and add accessories from our stores.

Prizes (L “cash”) and vouchers will be delivered by Tayren Theas and Hig Bing within a few days of the contest closing.

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***RULES:*** YOU MUST FOLLOW THESE!

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

1. YOU MUST WEAR AN OUTFIT FROM TAYREN’S FANTASY FASHIONS (TFF) OR HIG’S.
2. YOU MUST TAKE THE PICTURE ON NIGHTLESS ISLE.
3. THE PICTURE MUST BE POSTED ON THE FLICKR GROUP BY THE DEADLINE OF DECEMBER 23rd, 2016, by MIDNIGHT SLT.
FLICKR GROUP: http://www.flickr.com/groups/holidayphoto
4. THE PICTURE MUST BE HIGH QUALITY/HIGH RESOLUTION.
5. YOU MUST FOLLOW ALL RULES including posting Required Info in Description:

REQUIRED INFO

Title of Work
SL Avatar Login name (not nickname)
Name of Outfit & Designer (Tayren or Hig)
Prize Category – Category 1, 2, or 3.
Windlight (Sky) Setting  (if changed)
Special filters or editing done (if any)

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DETAILED RULES AND EXPLANATIONS – YOU MUST FOLLOW THESE!

1. YOU MUST WEAR AN OUTFIT FROM TAYREN’S FANTASY FASHIONS (TFF) OR HIG’S. This includes our special freebies, so NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. You will simply qualify for different categories of prizes based on your choice.

The outfit MUST recognizably be a design by Tayren Theas or Hig Bing. You can tell by the package, contents, and enclosed landmark who is the creator.  Do not use just a small part of the outfit like a hat, shoes or necklace, with the rest coming from some other store. 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.

Tayren’s Store: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nightless%20Isle/165/195/22

Hig’s Store: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nightless%20Isle/182/58/22

OTHER DETAILS:

a) You may enter more than one category, you may use more than one outfit, and you may post multiple pictures (up to 4 per day), provided they are not very similar. We tend to only judge your personal best shots, so be selective. Too many photos won’t really help you and will only slow us down.

b) You will not have a higher chance of winning based on how much you spent at our stores. We will give equal consideration to all contestants.

c) You MAY use an outfit you previously purchased from either Hig’s or Tayren’s stores at some other time. We will check sales records to be sure when it was purchased.

d) If your friends are in the picture, the same rules about the costume apply to them.

e) You have equal chance of winning, regardless of whether the outfit you used in the photo was from Tayren’s OR Hig’s.

2. YOU MUST TAKE THE PICTURE ON NIGHTLESS ISLE.

The picture must recognizably be a location on the beautiful Nightless Isle 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, including the North Pole, the beautiful fairy valley, and more. You can be inside or outside.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nightless%20Isle/136/189/23

OTHER DETAILS:

a) You may use poses that are there, or rez your own poses (up to 20 minutes rez time is allowed on the land). You may rez minimal additional props (up to 25 prims) but you will be judged for how you creatively incorporate the existing props already on the island.

b) NO SEX PICTURES, NUDES, OR SEX POSEBALLS PLEASE – Please keep naughty bits covered.

c) You can tell a story with your pictures if you want, and some people choose to, but it is not required. You may depict any holiday you celebrate in winter, or make it just a simple winter shot.

3. THE PICTURE MUST BE POSTED ON THE FLICKR GROUP BY THE DEADLINE OF December 23rd, 2016, by 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. If you are uploading to SL, the pic should be should be shot at square 1024 x 1024 and sent by NC to one of us with required info. To preserve resolution and aspect ratio – instead of uploading in SL you can also send with required info to tayrentheas@hotmail.com. TO GUARANTEE POSTING ON TIME, IT IS BEST TO POST IT ON FLICKR YOURSELF.

HERE IS THE FLICKR GROUP: http://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 picture more than once. The person posting is the primary “entrant”. We reserve the right to not accept repetitive or highly similar photos.

b)  You may invite friends into the picture, but each photo can only be posted by one of the people in the picture – in other words you all cannot spam the SAME photo to Flickr.

c) If you are in a group of two or more, the main entrant will need to divide the winnings as she or he pleases in agreement with your friend(s). The free outfit vouchers you win will be transferable gift cards that you or a friend can use.

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) Feel free to share the photo with friends or other groups on Flickr, provided you are within the group’s and Flickr’s rules of course!

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

Your picture must be high resolution (at least 1017 pixels or higher in one or both directions, the higher the better, either square or rectangular). Lower res photos will not be considered. Amateurs and Professionals alike are welcome to enter. If you are obviously a professional SL photographer or fashion blogger we will weigh your picture-taking experience level. 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.

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. Over-editing is not suggested. We want to see our outfits!

b) You may choose your own windlight settings, or use the one on Nightless Isle. 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, then upload to Flickr or send in email (tayrentheas@hotmail.com) or on Notecard with required info to us. If you do not know how else to take an SL picture other than the “snapshot”, read the link 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. YOU MUST FOLLOW ALL RULES, including posting Required Info in Description:

You must follow rules 1-4 above PLUS enter all Required Info as we have asked for it. You will lose points if you do not.

Required Info: You MUST enter this information on your description in Flickr or send it on Notecard or email to us. Tayren’s email is tayrentheas@hotmail.com.

REQUIRED INFO

Title of Work – so we can know how to name it while judging
SL Avatar Login name
(not nickname) – so we know who to give the prize to.
Name of Outfit *and* Designer (Hig or Tayren). Example – “Christmas Fairy by Hig”
Prize Category – Category 1, 2, or 3. See above for category descriptions.
Windlight (Sky) Setting (if different than our island’s default)
Special filters or editing done (only if you did any)

OTHER DETAILS: Please note our judging guide below. This will help increase your chance of winning by taking and choosing the proper types of pictures to submit.

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 the outfit off nicely, fits you well, does not have obvious glitches, fits the setting well, etc. HINT: Try to make our outfit look its best!)

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, proper aspect ratio, not pixelated, not too dark to see, not overexposed or too bright, etc)

f) Following the rules posted here – 20 points. Enter all Required Info above or you will lose points. If you require reminding, you will only get partial credit. 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.

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

– Tayren Theas and Hig Bing

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