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Aquatic Plant Central is pleased to announce the first annual Tank of the Year Aquascaping Contest 2009, inspired by our ever popular Tank of the Month feature. This is a great opportunity to hone your aquascaping skills, share them with the APC community and have them critiqued by an expert panel of judges.

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This will be a general aquascaping contest open to the Aquatic Plant Central membership. Any style, size, or tank shape can be entered.

Prizes:
We would like to thank our new owners, Crowd Gather, for generously offering to donate the prize money for the winners.

First Place: $350.00 USD
Second Place: $150.00 USD
Third Place: $50.00 USD

Deadline:
January 31, 2009

Contest Rules:
1. All entrants must be registered members of Aquatic Plant Central.
2. Only one entry per person.
3. All photographs submitted must have been taken between August 1st, 2008 and January 31, 2009.
4. APC requests right of first publication. Your work should not be published elsewhere or submitted to another contest before the close of the contest period.
5. APC retains the right to display submitted photographs for contest purposes, on APC's website, or for promotional merchandise.

Photo Requirements:
You may not post-process your entry to include elements of multiple images, multiple exposures, clip art, computer-rendered images, or elements from other photographs (even those taken during the contest). Entries submitted to previous contests, even those not administrated by APC will not be accepted. Duplicate photos will be disqualified.

Contestants are required to submit one full tank shot of the front of the aquascape. This photograph should be submitted in jpeg format and is limited to 72 dpi and 1100 x 800 pixels maximum.

Though not required for participation, contestants are highly encouraged to submit up to 3 additional images. These might showcase specific design elements, unusual features, progression of the tank over time, or a map of the particular plant species within the aquascape. These photographs should be submitted in jpeg format and are limited to 72 dpi and 600 x 400 pixels maximum.

Titles, dates, the name of the entrant, and other text must not appear in the images.

APC reserves the right to disqualify any entrant for content or behavior deemed to be offensive, inappropriate, or untrue to the spirit of advancing the hobby.

Photo Editing Rules:
* Selective Editing: Adjustments can be made selectively to your photo. Cloning, dodging, burning, etc. to improve your photo or remove imperfections or minor distracting elements is acceptable. However, using editing tools to duplicate, create, or move major elements of your photograph is not permitted.

* Layers: You may use layers, layer masks and alternative layer modes to assist in your selective editing.

* Filters: At your discretion, you may apply filters to your photo, in whole or part. Be aware that extensively altering the "look" of your photograph with an "effects" filter is often not well received by voters.

* Borders: It is suggested that if you decide to use a border, you should only use one or two solid colors around the outside of your photo. However, alternative borders are allowed, as long as they do not contain any text, clip art, photographs, or other artwork.

Any modification done inside the digital camera itself is considered acceptable for challenge submission.

You are highly encouraged to list all of your post-shot editing steps in the "Description" section or as a comment when submitting your photo.

Contest Judging:
• The winners will be determined by an impartial panel of qualified judges. These will be experienced aquascapers outside of APC's staff. The selected panel will be announced before the close of the contest period. They will base their review on the following criteria.
25 points for Originality. How original and creative is the aquascape?
25 points for Cleanliness. Do the plants and animals appear healthy? How clear is the water? Is there any algae present? Is there equipment showing in the photograph?
25 points for Composition. How well are the plants and hardscape composed? Are the fish an appropriate choice for the aquascape? Do all of the elements of the aquascape work well together?
25 points for Difficulty. How challenging was it to achieve the aquascape? How easy is the aquascape to maintain in the condition it is in?
• A popular vote will also be determined by the APC membership. The top ten popular entries will receive from 1 to 10 bonus points, according to their popular rank.
• All entries will be assigned a random number to keep them anonymous from the judges.
 

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Very exciting. The deadline should be just right when one of the main tanks peaks. I think I'll need to bring my buddy over with his superb camera for this one.:D (in order to compete with some of the pro's here)

The mod's so far really have made APC an enthusiastic, tactful, resourceful forum to be a part of. Congrats to ya.
 

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I don't think equipment showing should count. I have i drill tank. I can't take the overflow out so automaticly I lose point. Even Aga Isn't suppose to take equipment in consideration. Thanks for your understanding.
 

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I don't think equipment showing should count. I have i drill tank. I can't take the overflow out so automaticly I lose point. Even Aga Isn't suppose to take equipment in consideration. Thanks for your understanding.
I'm sure the judges would take such a situation into consideration. I would encourage you to submit a small note with your submission.
 

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The scoring item regarding equipment is to discourage people from leaving algae scrapers, easily-removed hardware, and other items that "clutter up" the aquascape. Items that are part of the actual aquarium and that can't be removed will not result in a score deduction in the cleanliness category. Keep in mind however that such items can impact the overall look of an aquascape (positively or negatively) and may affect the popular vote as well.
 

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These are some great prizes - cash!!! Anybody want to offer any glimpses or hints of what they may be working on?
 

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These are some great prizes - cash!!! Anybody want to offer any glimpses or hints of what they may be working on?
I just got a custom built rimless 60 cube Which I will be setting up once I go back to Boston in 2 weeks. I dont have any pics yet but hopefully it will be my best scape yet :D
 

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I'm afraid that I am on the verge of becoming a pain on only my third post here. Maybe I'm slow, but.... It seems to me that there is some confusion or at least ambiguity related to the photography rules for the contest. :doubt:

Rules as stated in this thread:
Adjustments can be made selectively to your photo. Cloning, dodging, burning, etc. to improve your photo or remove imperfections or minor distracting elements is acceptable.
Filters: At your discretion, you may apply filters to your photo, in whole or part.​

From the "Digital Photo Editing Rules" post in the Photography forum
Post-shot adjustments may be made to your image in a photo editing program, so long as the modification is applied to the whole image.
Excepted as provided above, absolutely no spot-editing is allowed. This includes, but is not limited to drawing tools, dodging/burning tools, and cloning tools.
Filters: The use of filters (or non-Photoshop equivalent) is strictly limited. .... Any filter permitted by this rule must be applied uniformly to the entire image. Selective application of any filter is prohibited.​

And yet again from the "Digital Photo Editing Rules" post in the Photography forum
Selective Editing: Adjustments can be made selectively to your photo. Cloning, dodging, burning, etc. to improve your photo or remove imperfections or minor distracting elements, etc. is acceptable. However, using any editing tools to duplicate, create, or move major elements of your photograph is not permitted.
Filters: At your discretion, you may apply filters to your photo, in whole or part.​

Am I the only one to find the rules contradictory?

Tex Guy
 

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The rules in the "Digital Photo Editing Rules" post in the Photography forum are outdated.

Please refer to the rules stated in post #1 for the purposes of this contest.
 

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Stay tuned. This is something that we're going to move forward with....... There are a few "background" details that we need to get sorted out first.
 
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