Challenge Rules - Advanced Editing I
Any of the following rules may be overridden by the "Extra Rules" section of the challenge details.
Image Submission Format
Any photograph submitted to a challenge must be taken with a digital
camera and must follow these standards for submission:
- File Format: JPEG (.jpg)
- File Size: No larger than 150 kb.
- Dimension: No dimension may be shorter than 160 pixels or longer than 640 pixels.
- Exposure Date: Your photograph must be taken within the submission dates for the
Image Modification and Content Rules
The only thing you may not do to your
photograph during post-shot editing is add text (including copyright
This means you are free to use dodging and burning tools to correct exposure
issues, use the clone tool to remove dust spots, use third-party image
enhancement filters, etc.
make your photo "the best it can be". You
are encouraged to list all of the post-shot editing tools that you
used in the "Photographer's
Comments" section of your submission.
Members are reminded to hold photographic integrity in the
highest regard when both submitting and voting.
Your entry must come from a single photo, taken during the
week of the challenge. No multi-image compositions, no layering of
multiple exposures, no copying-and-pasting
elements from other photographs (even those taken during the challenge
Any modification done inside the digital camera itself is considered acceptable for challenge submission.
To summarize, here are the two important editing restrictions that
are still in effect:
- No text.
No text may be added to your submission. This includes copyright
- Single photo. No multi-image compositions. Your
submitted entry must come from a single photograph taken with your
Rules regarding content are as follows:
Subject matter must comply with the DPChallenge
restrictions on subject matter:
- Artwork. Literal photographic representations of the entirety
of existing works of art (including your own) are not considered
acceptable submissions, however creative depictions or interpretations
are permissible. This includes, but is not limited to:
paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, and computer
- Nudity. Nudity is an acceptable form of art on this site. Photographs may not, however, show a penis or a vagina
or any acts of sex. Nudity should be presented in a tasteful manner.
If the validity of your submitted photograph comes into question,
you may be asked to submit your original, unmodified photograph and steps
to recreate your submitted photograph from your original photograph.
This original photograph must contain valid, unaltered EXIF
data. If you are
unable to produce your original photo under these circumstances,
your photograph will be disqualified.
Entries can and will only be disqualified for:
- the photograph
being taken outside of the challenge week
- adding text to the
- creating a submission from multiple images/sources
- violating the
- use of a non-digital camera
A photograph may only be used in one
challenge, even if it is cropped or altered differently to fit
another challenge. Duplicate photos will be disqualified. A person
may only hold one DPChallenge
account and may submit
only one photograph per challenge. He or she will not be able to
vote on their own image.
Any registered user may recommend a submission for disqualification
if he or she feels that submission has violated a rule. In order to allow
sufficient time for research, disqualification requests should be submitted
as soon as the
voter becomes aware of a potential rule violation. Disqualification
requests should be submitted during the voting period whenever possible
but will be accepted up to seven days after the results of the challenge
the photo was entered are posted.
For more information please see The DQ Process: A Voter's Guide
Each challenge will state its dates for voting. Users should rate
each and every photograph in the challenge on a scale of 1 to 10
(with "1" being a "bad" photo
and a "10" being a "good" photo). At the end
of the week, the photograph holding the greatest average of votes
will be declared the winner of that challenge. Second and third
place photographs will also be recognized. While
voting, users are asked to keep in highest consideration the topic
of the challenge and base their rating accordingly.
If you feel a photograph deserves a vote of 1, 2 or 3, it is suggested
that you include a comment with your vote explaining why you felt
it deserved a "below average" score.
Users must vote on at least 20% of the entries in order to have their votes counted towards the averages.
Until a user votes for 20% of the images in a challenge, his votes are ignored. Voting patterns are also
automatically monitored. Users whose vote patterns suggest an intent to unfairly disrupt the system will have
their votes ignored and may be suspended from site functions.
If you feel a photograph has violated the site rules, you may click
the "Recommend Disqualification for this
Picture" link and enter your reason why. You should then vote on the photo as if the rule was not
broken, and leave the determination up to the administrators.
Users are highly encouraged to leave comments on a photograph by using the comment box under each
photograph. Criticism, praise, and other constructive comments are all welcome. Blatantly slanderous, rude, or
profane comments may be removed, and the owners of such comments may be suspended or lose their accounts.
Photographs are shown in the voting area in random order for each user. Absolutely no other preference is
applied to non-rated photographs. Once a photo is rated, it is shown on the main voting page along with other
submissions with the same rating. Users may adjust their votes directly from this thumbnail-view page only
after casting an initial vote for an image -- it is unfair to vote on the quality of a photograph based solely
on a server-generated thumbnail of that image.
DPChallenge also monitors and enforces a strict policy against fraudulent accounts and 'ghost' ballots. Any
attempts to alter the point totals in any way for any photograph will result in immediate loss of
account and a ban from the site. Photographs of any participating parties may also be removed from past or
Request for Proof
At any time, you may be asked to prove the validity of a challenge submission. Typically proof is requested during the voting period and the week after voting ends. The top-placing entries will always have proof requested so the photos can be validated by the Administrators and Site Council.
When proof is requested you will receive email about the request, and a notice will appear on the left-side of the home page when you are logged in. You will then be provided with instructions on how to submit your original, unedited, direct-from-camera file. It is important to keep the camera original for validation purposes.
To avoid the possibility of disqualification be sure to check that the date and time on your camera are set correctly before taking any pictures you may use as challenge entries. We will no longer accept this an excuse. You have been forewarned.
Last Updated: Jan. 23rd 2004
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