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2013 Monthly Photo Contests & $10.00 Participation Fee

From: Teri V.
Sent on: Thursday, January 3, 2013 6:32 PM

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and has gotten the new year off to a great start! Last night I posted the Meetup for the January Photo Contest, and it reminded me that with the start of a new year, that means we start over for 2013 and the $10.00 contest fee for participation starts over as well. Many of you have already RSVP'd to participate in the January contest, so this email is a reminder...NEW YEAR = NEW $10.00 PARTICIPATION FEE!

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So I also decided to share the basic rules of the Monthly Photo Contest and the $10.00 Contest Participation Fee required to participate.

Monthly Assignment
This group revolves around taking pictures. You can only get better when you practice your photography. To get people shooting on a regular basis we developed a monthly assignment with a monthly contest. Everyone is welcome to participate in the monthly assignment. Get creative! If you would like to see how your results compare against others who participated in the monthly assignment, then you can enter your photo into the contest.

Contest Scheduling
The monthly assignment is topic driven. The winner of the previous month's contest gets to choose the topic for the next month. The assignments occur online on the meetup site. There is no physical shooting event scheduled. We create a meetup event for these contests so that automated e-mail reminders are sent.

Year End Contest
The year end contest is not topic driven. The year end contest consists of your three best image(s) taken during the current year. The subject is your choice, and can be taken anytime throughout the current year. Images that placed first or second place are "free" entries in the year-end contest and do not count towards your 3 image entry limit.

Dues
To participate in any of the contest, you must have paid the $10 member dues. The link is on the main welcome page of this meetup. Dues are not prorated and expire at the end of December of the current year. Paying your dues early in the year means you get to participate in more of the monthly contests! The contest prizes are awarded from the money submitted from dues, so more people participating means larger contest prizes at the end of the year.

Monthly Contest Eligibility
To participate in the monthly contest, you need to have paid your $10 member dues for the year. That's it!

Year-End Contest Eligibility
*To participate in the year-end contest, you need to have paid your $10 member dues for the year.
*In addition, you MUST have participated in at least one monthly contest prior to entering the year-end contest. This is to discourage "ringers" from joining in December and claiming the large cash prizes.

Contest History
This meetup has been running a monthly assignment and contest almost since the beginning. From the Contest History page, you can view all past contest winners and see what themes have already been used. At the bottom of each page is a link to the previous year's winners.

2 Win Rule
Our group is loaded with talent, and sometimes 1 photographer may win more that 1 contest in a calendar year.  So we have instituted the "2 WIN RULE".  If you win 2 monthly contests in a calendar year, once you win your 2nd monthly prize, you can only enter your images as "EXHIBITION ONLY".  We want to make this contest as fair as possible, and give opportunities to win to as many members as possible.

Number of Images
We accept 1 ENTRY PER MEMBER, per monthly contest!
However, you can enter as many as you like into the contest, but ONLY 1 photo will become a judged entry, additional images will be marked as EXHIBITION ONLY!  If you enter more than 1 image into a monthly contest, you will need to let us know the image you would like to use as your entry.  If you DON'T SPECIFY which image is your entry, by default, the image you posted 1st will become your entry.

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Thanks to everyone who participated in the monthly contests last year, they were a lot of FUN!  We hope that this year we get even more members to participate!  REMEMBER, the more people who participate in the monthly contest, the more money we collect, THE BIGGER THE PRIZES will be at the end of year!

Happy Shooting!

Teri V.

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