Who will find the most adorable ghostie?
Based on J∙ Okram's novelwww.okram.fr
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THEME: EYE-HOLED GHOSTLY LEAFS
Only shots of individual (solitary) leafs from trees and shrubs are valid for this year's competition. Do not submit herbs, flower petals, groups of two or more leaves, or other photos now. In all contest categories of this year, only two-eyed leaf boggarts can be submitted (i·e·, your submitted "specters" should have no noses, mouths, etc·). Minor natural cracks and perforations do not count as a reason for disqualification.
Your leaves unsuitable for the current competition will not be wasted: Do not throw away leaves of different shapes or leaves from the currently unauthorised plant species. In future years, we will also compete with leaves of non-tree and non-shrub species as well as leaves with a different number or distribution of holes! It is advisable and worth collecting every interesting leaf.
Current competition entries can be submitted until the end of:
15 November 2024
Voting 2024 closes on 31 December 2024. Entries 2025 will be accepted until 2025-11-15, and voting 2025 will close on 2025-12-31.
Entries submitted after the deadline will automatically be moved to the next year's competition. Time is always determined by Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). You will need to convert the deadline time according to your local time zone, for example by using the quick web calculators featured here: TOOLBOX . . .
Anybody can participate. All corners of the world are eligible.
This competition is held worldwide in two categories: 100% NATURAL (purely wild-grown leaves) and ARTISTIC (artistically processed natural leaves). Besides the main winners, there will be additional sub-categories evaluated for auxiliary features (best eyes, color, shape, and spookiness; see details in the voting-related section below).
Only the entries receiving 100 or more votes can become finalists.
Those finalists in each category that receive most votes will become the ultimate winners. If two or more finalists are tied with equal number of votes, the earliest time stamp of the latest vote will be the next determining factor.
All winners will receive an electronic certificate of their international victory.
In addition, both main winners will receive a package of tangible prizes: 1. a complete copy of the 56-page master version of the instructions for making the spooky candle-, LED- and electricity-based lamps; 2. a complete set of printed color postcards with book-related themes (1 of each kind), as well as a professional-quality 1200 DPI graphic file for further printing of more postcards at home for personal, non-commercial use; 3. a copy of an exclusive chef's version of the culinary recipe for the palace specialty "French Meat" once famous among the high nobility, as well as a file to print additional copies for private non-commercial use among family and friends.
The winners in the auxiliary sub-groups will receive only an electronic version of the winners' 3-pack.
For all worldwide competitors, the first prize is in English.
All graphic and textual data submitted via the competition forms can also be used for open and unprotected public display, including public evaluation and voting. The competition organizer reserves the right to reject or delete any number of entries, even without giving a reason. Any portion of any of the submitted entries may or may not be made public.
Only realistic photographs of actual leaves will be accepted. Global all-image adjustments to contrast, brightness, histogram, etc· are allowed. Editing of leaf shape, colour or perforations - and any digital tampering in general - is prohibited. There is no limit to the number of entries per participant. Entries must be entered manually, without the aid of robotic tools, and only via the prescribed forms provided on this page.
Only JPEG, JPG, PNG and GIF formats, please.
The maximum size of the contest photos is 100 kB, i·e· 0.1 MB or 100 000 bytes per photo. If you are unable to control or edit the size of the photos yourself, it is recommended to use one of the easy online reducers:
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