The discussion that follows is old news. For the current rules to the G-Series Speed Challenge, please go to
Or read them in the latest challenge.
There has been some question about how much hosts can alter the challenge rules. The answer is, They can't. The only control a host has is choosing the topic and setting the boundaries for acceptable/unacceptable photographs.
We need a set of rules that doesn't keep shifting challenge by challenge. So I've listed the rules below in Black and what the Host can change in Red.
Please have a look. Changes can certainly be made in the rules AFTER DISCUSSION AND CONSENSUS IN THIS THREAD.
If you'd like changes -- or want to see the rules remain the same -- now is the time to say something.
POTN G-Series Speed Challenge #XX - [SUBJECT]
Challenge #XX is [TOPIC and any provisions, parameters, exclusions, etc.]
To submit, click "Post Reply" and put your Photo Name in the Subject Line. Don't forget your Camera Model.
Post until Sunday midnight GMT, [DATE].
[Name of host]
Please consider turning on Private Messaging in your profile.
This will allow the host to contact you about winning or ineligible photos. You turn this feature on by clicking "User CP, Edit Options, Enable Private Messaging" (about a third of the way down the page). Thank you.
1. Camera -- photos must be taken with a Canon G-Series Camera (G1,G2,G3,G5,G6) or Pro 1.
2. Time -- any on-topic photo taken at any time is eligible, although photos that have won other competitions should NOT be entered.
3. Size -- photo must be EXACTLY 640 pixels on the longest side, with NO BORDERS. Odd-sized photos ineligible.
4. Post-Processing -- do whatever you like and the host will decide if it works.
5. Posting --
- ONE PHOTO per photographer in each challenge.
- Photo Name in the message subject line.
- Camera model.
7. No Commenting by others -- When the posting is closed, comments can be made in this thread.
1. The Challenge Host is the winner of the last challenge.
2. Choose a topic and list any special rules -- but DO NOT POST a photo.
3. Post the topic in a thread with this title: “POTN G-Series Speed Challenge #XX -- [TOPIC]”
4. At the end of competition, choose a Winner and two Runners-up and explain why the photos were selected. Comments on other photos are nice but not required.
5. Post these in a thread titled “POTN G-Series Speed Challenge #XX -- Winners.”
6. Winner starts with Rule #1 above.
7. If the winner can't be contacted and doesn't respond by Tuesday midnight GMT, the second-place winner will host the challenge. Etcetera.
One challenge every week, on the following schedule:
- New Topic ... Tuesday by midnight GMT.
- Posting Starts ... Right after topic is announced.
- Posting Stops ... Sunday midnight GMT
- Winner Announcement ... Monday by midnight GMT.
Here is my reasoning on certain rules that may be questioned:
Comments by Photographers -- by all means, say what you like about the photo -- other than, "Please, please choose mine." These challenges should be a learning experience, not just a bulletin board full of useless photos. If you have a trick to share, please do. If you know there will be obvious questions -- where was this taken, what was the shutter speed, did you use any auxiliary lenses -- it would be great to put them with the photo.
Here's an example of what I mean -- I won a Macro Challenge once upon a time and added information on taking the photo... http://www.pbase.com/ctfchallenge/image/5212644
We're here to help each other.
No Comments by Others -- The original reason for leaving this out was that it would make the thread very long -- 10 shots and 50 comments on the order of "Great job" or "Nice eye."
No Photo Posted by Host -- let the participants interpret the challenge topic.
Speed Challenge -- The idea was to be like Speed Chess -- get it done and get on with life. There are plenty of challenges that go for two weeks. I think the 1-week limit -- especially as the timing allows for photography on the weekend and the rules allow for posting old photos -- adds to the interest.
POTN -- Stands for Photography On The Net and is a nod to Pekka for creating and maintaining this valuable resource.
And that's about all that's on my mind... if you'd like anything to change... or if you'd like to second these rules... now is your chance.