Friday, January 15, 2010

University of Delaware 2010 "Winter Has Come" Photo Contest

The following information was provided by Firery Broome:

University of Delaware 2010 "Winter Has Come" Photo Contest on the UD Islands in Second Life.

Winter has come to the UD islands in Second Life. Come explore the various winter scenes, try out the skating (alone or in pairs), consider tubing or a snowball fight, and maybe even ride the bumper sleds! Bring some friends, make some new ones, or just enjoy the winter wonderland. Practice your camera skills, and then enter your photos into our "Winter Has Come" island photo contest for a chance to win some Linden Dollars!

Photo Contest Rules:

All photos entered must be taken on the University of Delaware II island (winter island) and must be G rated.

Three Entry Categories:
--UD students (must have a UD e-mail address)
--Other students (e-mail from any another real-life school)
--and any SL resident.

Two Entry Points:
--edited: a photo that has been processed in a photo editor
--unedited: a photo that has not been processed in a photo editor

Entry Limit: up to four of your very best photos can be submitted, but only one chance to win a prize

First prize: 1000 Linden Dollars (L$)
Second prize: 500 Linden Dollars (L$)
Third prize: 250 Linden Dollars (L$)

Judges: University of Delaware faculty and staff

First, second and third place winners, as well as honorable mentions will be put on display in our SL art gallery, and highlighted on our UDsled Ning group. All entries will be featured in Firery Broome's Flickr account.

You retain all rights to your image but the University of Delaware reserves the right to use your entry in publications, presentations or promotional materials.

Entry Information
Your avatar name (first and last name)
Title of your photo
Entry category (UD student, non-UD student, non-student),
Entry point (edited image including software used in processing or unedited image).

You may include an artist statement if you like.UD students: e-mail your files with above information to All others: drop a notecard with embedded images and all required information in-world on Firery Broome.Name the notecard: Winter Has Come - [your avatar name]

To insure your image is free from distortion when put on display, include the original dimensions of the image before the SL-converted upload size. i.e. 6 x 3.52 inches or 900 x 528 pixels.

There are some objects and poseballs set out as props for your photos. If you would like to rez your own props, just IM Firery Broome and she will set that up for you.

If you have a Flickr account please add the images to our "Winter Has Come 2010" pool with following tags:University of Delaware, Winter Has Come 2010, Photo Contest, Second Life

Need some instructions on how to take photos in Second Life?
These helpful sites will help you to get the best possible Second Life images your computer can produce. Keep in mind that all of your settings are dependent on your graphics card. You may not be able to use all of the highest setting available to you but you can fiddle with the setting to get a good compromise for the look you are after.

1. Every thing you need to know about taking SL photos can be found on Torley's Guide to High-Quality Photography. This site includes both the basics, like how to alt zoom and change the time of day, to more advanced information, like how to change the location of the sun and windlight settings.

Advanced Second Life techniques Torley Linden's Advanced Snapshot Magic

2. Vint Falken has a few guides on her web site that are worth looking at some of them explain Torley's recommendations more comprehensively.

Need a copy of the all important Second Life Quick Start Guide?

Contest entries due: February 28, 2010 at midnight SLT.
Winners announced: March 5, 2010.
Gallery Show: March 8 - April 9, 2010.

Best of luck to all,
Firery Broome

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