I agree that charging for entries is becoming more common and makes contests more difficult to enter. However, with some of the posts I've seen on DPReview and similar sites, having a fee system seems to be a good way to keep the trolls to a minimum. It also provides the contest sponsor with a way to verify who you are (via credit card) if they have to actually give you a prize or if they want to otherwise use your image.
I've looked at some of the entries in this particular contest and I know my photographs would never make the top ten. I will not entering since it would be a futile effort, but not because of the entry fee.
vastoulis: Capture date rules:•Images must be shot after the announcement date of the challenge
WHY?????Let us, for the sake of argument, suppose I took a lovely picture of people waiting for a bus,crowding in a bus, getting on a bus on their way home (I live two blocks away from one of my city's busiests bus terminals).Let us also suppose I took this picture ten days ago and I am quite happy with it.Does this pointless (to me) capture date rule mean I must go out and take the picture again in order to participate in the challenge?I hope someone will come up with a decent reason for the capture date rule.If not, as I do not want to cheat on EXIF data and suchlike, I will refuse to participate in challenges with the above rule. I will also awaken the activist in me (Occupy DP Review?) and suggest you all do the same!!!
To me, capture date rules get me out taking pictures, flexing my photography muscles. Personally, I appreciate that (one person's opinion).
It also keeps folks who have years and years of photos from just doing a quick metadata search to enter challenges, dumping whatever they have at hand onto dpReview. By eliminating an advantage that long-time shooters have over photographers who are just starting out, I believe the resulting challenge is more balanced.
For this particular challenge, most of us commute five days a week, so it shouldn't be a hardship to grab a few shots as you pass through your nearby bus terminal. You already know the camera angle and lighting that helped you create your picture a few weeks ago, and maybe you can do something different this time.
Learning that there are some folks out there who disagree with me about how to apply HDR. That's fine - I don't have to like it, but I can appreciate the artistic value in a different approach.
However, a few images in this challenge appear to be straight out of HDR software without so much as a look to see if halos or other artifacts were created. If you're going to do it, at least take pride in the outcome.
If you believe the coordinates on the can, this is Nairobi
I just voted my way through the challenge ... my overall reaction to the entries is that 'solitude' is not always 'loneliness'. A quick look at both loneliness and solitude in the dictionary emphasized this point. The entries are split between the two; I voted according to my interpretation.
Before those that submitted 'loneliness' pix complain, the challenge host hinted at the difference in his introduction saying "Where the loneliness ...", asking more for a place and less for a mood.
Great fog shot, but not easy to identify as San Francisco without reading the caption.
Although an OK shot, not really 'natural environment' per challenge rules.