Special Editing Rules for December Member Challenges
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
challenge unless otherwise specified in the 'extra rules' section of the challenge.
Challenges Affected By The Trial
Only the Member challenges that start in December are affected by this
Specifically, the following 5 Member challenges will use the rules described
- announced on December
1 (submissions due on December 7)
- announced on December 8 (submissions due on December 14)
- announced on December 15 (submissions due on December 21)
- announced on December 22 (submissions due on December 28)
- announced on December 29 (submissions due on January 4)
Image Modification and Content Rules
During this trial, most of the normal
DPC post-shot editing restrictions are being temporarily lifted
(for Member challenges).
Specifically, 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". During this trial, 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. This
trial is intended to allow the best
quality photographs to be submitted -- without them looking like obviously
manipulated digital art. We are hoping to see the highest
quality photograph submitted, not a manipulation of a
photograph created by applying "special effects" filters in
an editing program.
In addition, 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
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
The content rules will remain the same during this trial:
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.
During the trial, entries 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
- the photograph not being taken with a 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.
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 ban from the site. Photographs of any participating parties may also be removed from past or
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