PHOTO COMPETITION

RULES:
(Having sent a work to our competition participants automatically agree with the following rules and you will automatically get e-mails from our site about new contests and results of previous contests.
(You can easy stop these mails by clicking on a link "unsubscribe" in the mail with news.) )

About a site
The site www.photokonkurs.com holds regular photographic competitions in various categories since 2004. For the time being the site is in two languages - in Russian and English

Rules of registration
For registration on our site press Register on the main page.
Give both your correct e-mail and your real name and a surname, write it in LATIN letters. If you write a wrong e-mail or a false name you will not get a prize in case of a competition victory.
It is forbidden to show the same information on the fields "login", "name" and "surname" - such recording won't be activated.
It is not allowed to change a name after the announcement of winners. Give your real name at once please.
If you are known in the network by a nickname you can sign your works with it but your real name has to be known to the organizers of the competition.
Write to the site manager the letter on e-mail with the approximate text "Hello, I was just registered on your site by the name I am known in the network "John Johnson". My real name is Peter Jackson. Do not give this name to anybody and do not publish it on the site please".
If you have already been registered on this site and you have forgotten your entry data write to the site administrator, he will help you. You don't need to make a new registration and duplicate your website page. If you do this the second page will be removed and all the works will be thrown over to the first page. It is forbidden to duplicate the author's pages.



About the Prizes
Competitions are held in PRIZE and NON-PRIZE categories. The winner of the PRIZE category receives money or some other prize. The prize is indicated on the main site page beside the category.

The winner of the NON-PRIZE category is not supposed to get a prize, but the top ten works according to visitors voting are awarded distinctive marks you can see on an author's page. Within 20 days after the publication of the list of winners the winner is obliged to contact the administration in order to receive a prize. If it won't be done during this period the prize will go to the following or other competition and will not be given out.


About bonuses from the site Administration
The site Administration can award a certain number of points for works chosen in categories where the Administration is the main judge. The work that has not got the main prize but is considered noteworthy by the Administration will get 10 - 20 points. At a set of 100 points the Author will be awarded with a valuable honorable mention prize - a Swiss watch, a book or something else.
The information on the amount of points is placed on a special Page of bonuses. It is updated by getting results of the competitions.

Who can participate in competitions
Anyone can participate in competitions. People who reached the age of 18 for at the moment of taking a picture can take part in competitions with an erotic orientation. You have to be registered before sending your works to the competition.
Read about registration in "Registration rules"
Uploading photos to our competition the author automatically agrees with the given Rules.


Voting
Registered as well as not registered callers (visitors) can take part in voting.
Only registered users can write comments for the works.
Comments for the works are requested (welcomed.)
Winners of contests are chosen by VISITORS, JURY, the SPONSOR of a category, some famous photographers or the site owners VOTING. The kind of refereeing is indicated on the main site page beside the prize description and the date of carrying out the competition.
Irrespective of the winner's choosers the results of the callers voting awarding the distinctive marks to the top ten works are published.
If you want to vote you have to visit the competition site page, press on the chosen photo and vote by putting marks from 5 points (the minimal evaluation) up to 10 points (the maximal evaluation).
Note: If you want to see marks for your works there is no need to vote for yourself, it is enough to visit your author's page, open the photos and see the given marks. The voting for your own works is technically possible, but all the repeated votes will be withdrawn at the end of the competition during the voting check.


Photo specification
Please send us only YOUR OWN photos (those that you pictured yourself) to our site - NO copies from the Internet, NO borrowings from your friends, etc.
The following photos are not accepted to the competition (though they can be placed on author's pages):
1) bad quality;
2) the size does not correspond to the competition Rules ;
3) with a date in the corner of a photo;
4) with a very big size copyright and various big inscriptions; (If you put a copyright on your photo, do it more decently and laconically. The copyright's color should not to be too bright Ц the copyright aims to declare an ownership, instead of advertising the author. We PERMIT to put the link to the author's site as a copyright but ask you do it decently);
5) photos the Administrator considers inappropriate to the site politics.


Identical photos, also a little bit modified (for example one frame is a color photograph, another is black and white and also very similar photos) won't be accepted to the competition. That is: one work will be accepted for participation in the contest, and the second one will go to the author's page only.
To the Category Computer Art the works created only on the basis of your photos are accepted.
We earnestly ask you not to send to our contest the photos of "household garbage" and other "litter". We are not a trashcan, we hold a competition. Such photos will either be withdrawn or will be put to an author's page. They won't be accepted for participation in the competition.
Photos of pornographic trend, the propaganda of violence, insulting religious feelings and so on - they all will be immediately withdrawn.
Please do not send the photos of dead animals or people, photos with blood or blood imitation (two attractive models slaughter one another, one model holds a knife at the throat of the other: or the cut off head of a deer and so on), severe scenes from the wild nature (a beast tearing apart his prey, etc.) All the examples are taken from our personal experience.


Attention! The works sent to the competition remain on our site. Only the site Administrator can remove them specifying the reasons for removal. We do not sell the works and do not make a claim for copyrights, but any additional work with your photos (as the removal, etc.) requires time we do not have enough. Therefore the reasons for removal should be serious.

The removal of the first top ten works by the contest's results (they are asterisked) requires even more time because everything is done manually (that is we have to change manually all the remaining works in the top ten). We have no time for it. This work is done by a hired webmaster that has to be paid. If you are ready to pay you can delete your works from the top ten daily. The price for removal of 1 work from the top ten is 1 euro plus postage.

You can delete works whenever you like and as much as you like from your author's page, that concerns works declined from participation in the competition, works in a waiting mode, works sent by pass the contest. All the above mentioned concerns the works sent to the COMPETITION.

Categories of competitions
The photos of children go to the category CHILDREN.
We do not accept photos of nude children if their genitals are seen, because such photos can be referred to a children's pornography. As the site is in the American hosting we are obliged to observe the laws of this country.
All the photos with children put to other categories will be transferred to the category CHILDREN. (This is done in order to prevent the sending of favorite child's photos by loving parents to tens of categories at a time). The rule is not ideal but it saves to us a heap of time.

* Category MODELS accept not only models age 18 and over. We accept all age category for this theme.

Only works with a name of the represented model and also a full name and a surname of the author of a photo are accepted to the category MODELS +. For lack of the information such work will not be exposed in the contest. Besides the model on the photo has to be more than 18 years old. If we suspect the model is younger than 18 the photo will not be exposed in the competition until we get documents confirming the model's age.
Photos sent by models themselves can be exposed only in the category MODELS +; they won't be accepted to other categories.

Photos with a nude body without pornographic implied sense (which is determined by the Administrator) are accepted into NUDE, EROTIC GLAMOUR and other EROTIC categories. The model on the photo has to be more than 18 years old. If we suspect the model is younger than 18 years the photo won't be exposed in the competition until we get documents confirming the model's age.

Photos of nude or half-nude women are accepted to the category SUPER BEAUTY. (Look at our winners' photos in this category). The model on the photo has to be more than 18 years old. If we suspect the model is younger than 18 years the photo won't be exposed to the competition until we get documents confirming the model's age. The RULES for the Category "SUPER BEAUTY" from SuperBeauty.Org are HERE.

Only glamour photos are accepted to the category GLAMOUR. They have to be chic (a woman with glamour), rich (expensive) clothes or the ornaments, expensive interior and other chic attributes of glamour. The photo should be of a high quality. The photos depicting torn wall-paper, dirty young ladies among house furniture on the background of the central heating radiators and other "family life a la glamour" won't be exposed in the given category.

Photos of nude women in nature are accepted to the category WOMAN AND NATURE. The model on the photo has to be more than 18 years old. If we suspect the model is younger than 18 years old the photo won't be exposed in the competition until we get documents confirming the model's age.

Photos of individuals or a group of people united by one subject line are accepted to the category PORTRAIT and GENRE. Do not send photos of nude women and men please.

Collages of two and more photos are accepted to the category COMPUTER ART. The works completely created on a computer without participation of pictures, are not accepted.

Photos with a name of a place of shooting, (the country, city, district, etc.) are accepted to the category TRAVEL.

RULES for Categories "ISRAEL AND ISRAELIS" and "PANORAMA" HERE

RULES
for the Category "ALTERNATIVE EROTICA" HERE


RULES
for Categories "MOTHER AND CHILD" and "GOLDEN AGE" HERE

RULES for the Category "BODY AS A CANVAS" HERE




How to send works
&Send your works by means of the System of automatic loading. Before that you should be registered or enter our site under your login or the password. You can also send a photo from your author's page having pressed the link "ADD PHOTOS TO THE COMPETITION".
All the photos sent to the contest get to the WAITING MODE (or MODE of EXPECTATION) (24 hours approximately) until the Administration confirms their correspondence to the contest rules. If the photo is not exposed in the contest after 24 hours and more please make certain you sent it to the acting contest not the ended one. All the works sent upon termination of the contest will wait for the beginning of the following contest in the chosen category.
After being confirmed photos get to the author's personal page and to the contest page.
Photos in the MODE of EXPECTATION are seen only by the Authors of these works on the authors' pages who have entered the site under their logins. Other visitors will see the works only after the photos are exposed in the contest.
Authors have an opportunity to send photos only to their authors' pages passing by the contest. You have to tick the column "Send this photo to the author's page ONLY". If you want to expose these photos at the contest in future you will have to choose a category and press the link over the photo. After that your photo will get to the Administrator in the WAITING MODE. If your work meets the requirements of the contest Rules it will appear on a competition page after the first upgrading (updating).
If by the Administration opinion your photo cannot be allowed to participation in the competition (owing to the bad quality of a photo, the small size or to other reasons) it will all the same appear on your author's page, but will not participate in the competition.


The sizes and technical requirements for works
After registration it is possible to transfer works to competition using automatic system of loading of photos and observing the following requirements:
The linear dimensions of photos should not be beyond resolved. All the information about this is in the Table of the sizes of photos.
The maximal size of the photo sent to the competition should not exceed 400 Kb - not less than 800px and no more than 1200px; the exception is made with a category the PANORAMA - no more than 400 Kb.
In order to load a photo on a site without problems the following requirements should be observed:
- the sizes both linear and volume;
- files with extension jpg, gif and jpeg;
- the name of a file (not to confuse to the name of the work) should not contain punctuation marks, should neither be written in non-latin letters nor be long. Such variants as 111.jpg; 412.gif; foto1.jpeg;, etc. are optimum;
- the format of a file should be converted instead of manually corrected. It is important. Otherwise the file will not be read, the picture after loading will not be visible.
After loading photos on a site we recommend to come to the author's page to be convinced the loading has successfully taken place and the photos are visible. Sometimes it happens at the Internet failure that the photo has not been correctly loaded and it is not visible. In this case it is better to remove the photo from a page and to reload it.


Amount of exposed photos
It is exposed no more than one work a day from each Author in each category.
Many categories have limits in the amount of works exposed in the competition. You can send as many works as you wish, but they will be exposed in the competition according to the Rules and a limit for one competition. All the photos sent to the competition above a limit will be transferred to the long waiting mode prior to the beginning of the following competition of the theme.
The table on the amount of exposed photos by categories is here.
Photos participate in competition only once and in one CATEGORY only.
If the work has been exposed for the competition in one of the categories it cannot be exposed repeatedly in the other category. See to it yourself. You can be blocked for the repeated exposition of a photo for the following competition. The administration reserves the right to remove the repeatedly exposed photo directly from the competition without notice.
Explanatory notes: Supposing you have exposed a photo for the May competition in the GLAMOUR category and then in June you have again exposed the same photo for the same GLAMOUR category or, for example, for the Portrait category. Neither this nor the other is permitted!! The repeated exposure of the same photos to competition (even in a year) can lead to blocking of the participant. Mistakes are certainly possible but you can be mistaken one or two times and no more, as it is done by the some people.

Color frames system
We have created a system of "color frames" around the photos for convenience of Authors' work on author's pages. Right after the loading of a photo the author can see his works on the author's page: whether the works have been loaded, whether everything is all right with them, what mode they are in.
The green frame means the work is in "a waiting mode", i.e. it waits the Administration's authorization for participation in competitions.
The red frame - your picture is rejected for participation in competition because it does not correspond to the Rules of competition;
The yellow frame - this work is sent above a limit of the current competition and will be exposed in following one when it begins
The pink frame - the work is not sent to the competition but only to author's page.
The frame is absent - the photo participates in competition.
It is necessary to note the frameworks are visible ONLY to the AUTHOR of the PAGE if he enters the system UNDER his LOGIN.



Terms of competitions' summarizing
In 20-60 days after the end of the competition we publish the names of winners on the page Our winners . Sometimes this term is delayed, it especially concerns the competitions estimated by the Jury. We apologize in advance and hope for understanding.
All the estimations are checked by the administration at the end of voting and at summarizing voting. The administration reserves the right to delete all the exaggerated points. Therefore don't be surprised if at the publication of voting results the final amount of points will be another. All authors are in equal conditions on our site. The author of the best works wins, but not the person who has more than friends.
Keep in mind that if we inform you on the presence of big exaggeration of points for your work it does not at all mean that we accuse you in exaggerating. Unfortunately it is possible to put the exaggerated points for a work and without the knowledge of the author. Therefore we do not apply any actions to the author, but we delete the exaggerated points. For some years our "no-exaggeration" experience has immensely grown therefore we request you not to put the exaggerated points for works. So you will save both your and our time.
By the way it is strictly forbidden to put links for your own works at any forums with the request (or without it) to vote. (For more details look the heading: "IT IS forbidden").
The winner should watch HIMSELF what place his (her) work has got at the competition. If he (she) has won the first place in a prize-winning competition - he (she) HIMSELF should address us having sent his data on e-mail or in his personal message to the Administration.
If the winner has not addressed us within 20 days AFTER the publication of results - the prize WILL not be paid. You have exposed your work - please, supervise what comes of it. We consider the participation in competition means also an attention to its results.


Photos - winners
Photos - winners are marked by badges on author's pages:
- The winner of a prize-winning competition
- The winner of a prize-winning charitable competition
- The winner (the first place) by the choice of visitors' voting
- This photo is in the top ten by the choice of visitors' voting
- The winner (the first place) by the choice of Jury (or other person - the sponsor, the known photographer, the site owners, etc.)

IT IS FORBIDDEN!
All kinds of voting exaggerations are forbidden. It is forbidden to send links for the exposed competition works asking your friends and acquaintances to vote, to put links to the works at forums, in other sites and so on.
Let's admit your friend without your knowing has put a link for your work at his (her) site and 20-30 tens have been clicked on it. You are not to blame for this, but the estimations of your work are all the same exaggerated and will be removed.
It is also strictly forbidden to underestimate the marks of works of your competitors. This kind of swindle especially irritates us. Your A.P. will be undoubtedly blocked by us for such actions and you won't be able to vote at all.


The rights of administration

The site administration can change a category of a photo if it is incorrectly specified or mismatches the chosen category.
The administration has the right not to admit a photo for participation in the competition for the reason of not corresponding to the given Rules: a photo of bad quality, the small size or to other reasons. But the photo will all the same appear on your author's page (in a red frame).
The manager has the right not to admit to the competition and to delete the photos of pornographic sense, of the propagation of violence, offending religious feelings, etc.



About copyrights
All the rights to the works sent for participation in competitions remain for the authors. We do not sell, we do not change and we do not make any actions at all with the contest works. The works are YOURS and only YOURS.
Please read the rules more attentively if you take part in sponsor's competition where the theme of copyrights is mentioned and some special demands are made to a format of works. If the sponsor wishes to get a work of higher resolution you simply do not receive a prize from him until you send the sponsor the work meeting his (her) requirements.
Dear visitors and participants of our Photo competition! We try to check the belonging of photos to the authors as far as possible. Though mistakes are quite possible. If you suddenly notice a photo on our site which breaks someone's rights (the rights of the model or the author) please inform the manager of this site IMMEDIATELY. The photo will be immediately removed from the competition for the reason of finding the circumstances
.


For photo models
We give an opportunity to photo models to place the portfolio for their future employers on our site.
For this purpose it is necessary to be registered and place the photos on to the author's page. It is not obligatory to expose them for competition .You can place them on the author's page only having put a "tick" at loading. If you decide to take part in the competition you have to give a name of the photographer. (Models can participate in competitions only in the category MODELS +.)
Then send the manager on e-mail the link to your page and the information about yourself you would like to place on a site. All the data will be published here .



On points at issue
If you do not agree with voting results, with disappeared "tens", etc, - contact us immediately. br> Your letter or post in a forum should begin with the words: " I (your name and a surname) do not agree with the voting results of my work. I confirm that I did not vote for my works and did not ask my friends and acquaintances to vote for them" (though, if you do not put extra points for your work, but someone else has made it another without your knowing it, the voting for your work is considered exaggerated all the same). You should send on e-mail your phone number by which the Administration can contact you and solve all the problems. The Administration does not answer anonymous inquiries.
If it will be proved at investigation that you have nevertheless broken voting rules, it may result in removal of these works from the site, in the removal of the Author from the participants of competition and the publication of the information on this on the main page of our site.
The participants should understand that our competitions are held not for the amount of friends and acquaintances, but for qualitative photos!


Exchange of links
There is an opportunity to add links to favorite resources on an author's page. The rules of links addition are specified in the same place.
It is possible and welcomed to place links of our site to other resources, but the link should lead to the main page of our site, to the page of a theme, or to an author's page. Direct links to pages with photos are possible only after the end of competition in which they take part.
Links to author's pages are welcomed too. We even plan to hold a competition on the most popular author's page soon.




Frequently asked questions (FAQ's):
1. THE QUESTION:
I have sent a work to the competition three days ago, but it is still not exposed. Why?
THE ANSWER:
If the work is in "a waiting mode" (in the green framework) it means there is a reason why it is not exposed.
* The work is sent to the category where the competition has already ended and a new one has not yet begun.
* The competition has begun but the work is not exposed. It means that many works have accumulated during the time the competition was not held. The works are exposed in lots every day so that more of them could be put on one page of view in a category. Other works wait for their turn. Exhibiting begins from earlier sent works. All the sent works will be exposed for competition.

2. THE QUESTION:
It is impossible to send a work on a site. Why?
THE ANSWER:
Check up whether all the file loading rules are observed:

- first of all the sizes - both linear and volume. The linear sizes of photos should not be beyond resolved. The information about it is in the Table of the photo sizes.
The maximal size of the photo sent to the competition is no more than 400 Kb - not less than 800px and no more than 1200px; exception is made for the category PANORAMA - no more than 400 Kb.
- files with expansion jpg, gif and jpeg;
- the name of a file (do not confuse to the name of the work) should not contain punctuation marks, should neither be written in non-latin letters nor be long. Such variants - 111.jpg; 412.gif; foto1.jpeg etc are optimum
- it is important to convert the format of a file rather than correct it manually, otherwise the file will not be readable and the pictures after loading will not be visible.
More often the problems arise because of the name of a file (do not confuse to the name of work) if it is written in non-latin letters with punctuation marks and blanks such file will not be loaded. I advise you after loading your file to come to the author's p age and to check up how the loading has passed, whether the picture is visible.

3. THE QUESTION:
I have sent works to the competition but a part of them (or all) are rejected and are in a red framework on my page. Why?
THE ANSWER:
Check up whether the sent photos correspond to the Rules. Works sent in the smaller linear size than the resolved minimum are more often rejected. Remove your photos in this case and send them anew.





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