Holiday Photo Contest 2018

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Tayren Theas and Hig Bing are sponsoring a Holiday photo contest on beautiful Wind Struck. Simply wear a costume from Tayren’s Fantasy Fashions (TFF) or Hig’s shops (which are on the island), post to Flickr (or we can for you), and you could win one of four fantastic top prizes! No purchase necessary – we have special freebies available, but you can qualify for higher cash prizes by using purchased outfits from TFF or Hig’s, as listed below.

PRIZE CATEGORIES:

Category 1: NEW PURCHASE (from Nov 1, 2018) of 250 L or more at TFF and/or Hig’s (a combination purchase of 250 or higher is OK, can be from either store.)

ONE WINNER: 2000 L + exclusive gift

Category 2: NEW PURCHASE (from Nov 1, 2018) of 150 L to 249 L at TFF and/or Hig’s (a combo is ok)

ONE WINNER: 1000 L + exclusive gift

Category 3: NEW PURCHASE (from Nov 1, 2018) of 50 L to 149 L at TFF and/or Hig’s (a combo is ok)

ONE WINNER: 500 L + exclusive gift

Category 4: FREEBIE  Must use TFF or Hig’s freebie, purchasable for zero dollars in small presents in shops on Wind Struck, or bought for 25 L “lazy” special at landing:

TWO WINNERS:
Hig’s Freebie – Wins 250 L + exclusive gift
Tay’s Freebie – Wins 250 L + exclusive gift

All participants get a special small gift of appreciation!

SUMMARY OF RULES:

1. YOU MUST WEAR AN OUTFIT FROM TAYREN’S OR HIG’S STORES bought Nov 1, 2018 or later (See categories above – applies to all people in picture).
2. YOU MUST TAKE THE PICTURE ON WIND STRUCK.
3. THE PICTURE MUST BE POSTED ON THE FLICKR GROUP BY THE DEC 31, 2018, by MIDNIGHT SLT. FLICKR GROUP:https://www.flickr.com/groups/holidayphoto/
4. THE PICTURE MUST BE HIGH QUALITY/HIGH RESOLUTION (Min 1017 pixels in at least one direction, no 512 x 512 squares please).
5. YOU MUST ADD THE REQUIRED INFO below into the Flickr description (or send to Tayren Theas or Hig Bing).

REQUIRED INFO TO ADD TO FLICKR DESCRIPTION

TITLE OF WORK:
CATEGORY OF ENTRY (1, 2, 3 or 4, see Prize Categories above):
SL AVATAR LOGIN NAME (not nickname):
NAME OF OUTFIT AND DESIGNER (Name plus Hig’s or TFF):
EDITING OR FILTERS USED (if any):

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

PHOTO WILL BE JUDGED IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS: Creativity, Composition, Use of Outfit, Use of Island, Quality, and Following of Rules. See below for details.

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DETAILED RULES AND EXPLANATIONS:

1. YOU MUST WEAR AN OUTFIT FROM TAYREN’S FANTASY FASHIONS (TFF) OR HIG’S. 

The outfit can be a “new purchase” (since Nov 1, 2018) or the current free hunt item. For the freebie, you can find it for free in the hunt, or buy the “lazy” version for 25 L at the landing. No purchase is necessary but you can buy outfits to qualify for higher prize categories (see above). You will simply qualify for different categories of prizes based on your choice of outfit.

You MUST use a full outfit available from either Tayren’s or Hig’s stores for your photo. The outfit must recognizably be a design by Tayren Theas or Hig Bing. Please wear all or most of the main pieces of the set, not just a small part such as the hat or necklace. 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.

In the market on Wind Struck, there are several stores with full outfits and accessories from Tayren and Hig. Accessories from TFF or Hig’s can raise your category depending on price. You may also use your own accessories to accentuate your look, but the majority of your full outfit must be designed by Tayren and/or Hig.

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 Wind Struck. You will simply qualify for different levels of prize category.

b) If your friends are in the picture, the same rules about the costume apply to them. If there are multiple people, the category of the outfit of the person *submitting* the picture is the category we consider the picture to be.

c) The outfit you use must be from Tayren’s or Hig’s stores (or a blend). It can come from Wind Struck, or our main stores, any of our satellite shops, or our Marketplace shops.

d) Please refrain from posting more than 4 pictures with the same outfit. This will not increase your changes of winning and will slow our grading down. We suggest to only post your best shots. 

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2. YOU MUST TAKE THE PICTURE ON WIND STRUCK.

The picture must recognizably be a location on beautiful Wind Struck. 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/Wind%20Struck/145/217/28

Here are some of the beautiful spots on the island:

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 Moderate. Keep naughty bits covered.

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3. THE PICTURE MUST BE POSTED ON THE FLICKR GROUP (or sent by email) BY Dec 31, 2018, MIDNIGHT SLT.

You can post the photo to the Flickr group, or email to Tayren Theas (tayrentheas@hotmail.com) and we will upload it for you. 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.

Due to Flickr restrictions we cannot guarantee we can keep your photo online after the contest. We strongly suggest you get your own free Flickr account so you can keep your photos online. This may be REQUIRED in the future so might as well get one now.

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. 4 are allowed per day.

b) You may invite friends into the picture, but each photo can only be posted by one of the people in the picture. If you have multiple people, only the entrant (the person submitting the picture or posting to Flickr) will win the prize, though you can split it with the others as desired. ALL people in the picture must wear one of our outfits.

c) 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.

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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). Low resolution photos will not be considered.

Amateurs and Professionals alike are welcome to enter. If you are a professional SL photographer, image editor, or fashion blogger we will hold you to a higher standard, to help level the playing field.

If you are unsure how to take a high resolution picture, here are some helpful links:

Taking High Quality Photographs on Second Life forum:

https://community.secondlife.com/forums/topic/405017-how-do-you-take-hq-pictures/

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. We suggest you send or post (on your personal Flickr page – not the contest page) your unedited version, so we can appreciate your efforts. Editing can enhance a good photo, but over-editing is not advised.

Flickr has a free, built in photo editor, and iPiccy has a great free photo editor: https://ipiccy.com/

NOTE: You will not gain points for editing, so do not worry if you are not experienced at it. We judge pictures on their own merit. You can make a shot look great with careful setup and no editing whatsoever. Take your time to chose a great scene, take several shots of it from different angles, then select the best.

b) You may choose your own windlight (i.e. your sky or environment) settings, or use the one on Wind Struck. Have fun playing with them for different effects – they make a huge difference! Go to WorldSun Position or WorldEnvironment Settings to choose your sky.

c) Do not use SL “snapshots” of the kind that are immediately uploaded directly to SL, because they typically distort the image and lower the quality. 512 x 512 snapshots will not be considered. Preferably save to your hard drive and upload to Flickr, or email it to tayrentheas@hotmail.com.

d) We strongly suggest you do your best to make our outfits look awesome. Showing just a small part of the outfit, showing clear glitches, having awkward poses, or fitting it poorly will not help you win.

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5. REQUIRED INFORMATION MUST BE PROVIDED!

You MUST add the required info below into the Flickr description (or send to Tayren Theas or Hig Bing). You WILL lose points or possibly even not be considered as an entrant if this is not added to the Flickr Description, or provided in NC or on email to Tayren Theas or Hig Bing. We cannot stress the importance of this enough!

REQUIRED INFO TO ADD TO FLICKR DESCRIPTION

TITLE OF WORK:
CATEGORY OF ENTRY (1, 2, 3 or 4, see Prize Categories above):
SL AVATAR LOGIN NAME (not nickname):
NAME OF OUTFIT AND DESIGNER (Name plus Hig’s or TFF):
EDITING OR FILTERS USED (if any):

a) If you have edited your pic, we suggest you also send or post (on your personal Flickr page – not the contest page) its unedited / original version, so we can appreciate all the hard work you have put into the picture.

b) To tell the outfit name and who designed it, simply look in your inventory at the folder it is contained in.

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

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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, not awkward or glitchy, etc)

d) Good use of the island – 20 points (choosing a good location on Wind Struck, 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. External, impartial judges will review top contenders, help confirm finalists, and break any ties.

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:
CATEGORY OF ENTRY (1, 2, 3 or 4, see Prize Categories above):
SL AVATAR LOGIN NAME (not nickname):
NAME OF OUTFIT AND DESIGNER (Name plus Hig’s or TFF):
EDITING OR FILTERS USED (if any):

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JUDGING AND WINNER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Judging will be completed by the following weekend after the contest, and winners announced shortly thereafter on the Flickr group and directly to the winners. We also invite you to join the Tayren’s Fantasy Fashions (TFF) group in SL for other helpful info.

Lindens & prizes will be distributed after grading has completed, and winners are announced on Flickr (a week or so after closing).

NOTE: We retain the right to use your entry photos on our island or within our SL store (for example posting the winning pictures, writing a blog post, or spotlighting the creativity of our customers). We will not use any photo without crediting you as the photographer, and we will not use your photo to make our own clothing ads.

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