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Contests update - upload fixed ... !

Posted by Teresa Hanafin November 19, 2012 05:04 PM

As you know, many of you have had trouble getting the photos you submitted to the past few contests - June's 'My Backyard', July's 'Need for Speed', August's 'Center It', and October's 'The Color Green'. It's a problem that has plagued every department here that uses the photo submit tool, from News to Sports to A&E.

One of our newsroom developers has given us a snippet of code to add in front of the code for the form you fill out to attach and submit your photos. Early reports are that it works. So I've added it to our August and October contest forms; if you have tried to submit a photo, but didn't get a confirmation or see your photo in those galleries, please try again.

Here are the links to those pages:

June 'My Backyard' contest

July 'Need for Speed' contest

August 'Center It' contest

October 'The Color Green' contest

Sorry for the hassle you've had to endure ... meanwhile, we've signed a contract with a photo-upload company called Cell Journalist whose software we think you'll like. I'll let you know when we switch to that platform.


August contest theme: Center It

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 1, 2012 04:13 PM

With all we have learned about the Rule of Thirds -- and seen how effective it is -- why would you ever center your main subject in a photo? Here's what some of the pros say:



'Rule of Thirds' photo contest Top 10

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 22, 2011 04:48 PM

By Paul Marotta
Perfect Bokeh Photography

I think I must have changed my mind at least a dozen times on both the Top 10 and the Top 3 ... so many in the Final 50 had wonderful and redeeming qualities, both in terms of technical characteristics and content.

And in the end, what it should come down to is an image taking the eye directly to the subject matter, not any of the technical issues. If the subject or content is strong enough, has enough meaning, and strikes a response in a viewer, then other things can be overlooked.



'Rule of Thirds' photo contest Final 50

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 6, 2011 12:00 PM

By Paul Marotta
Perfect Bokeh Photography

Three rules for Rule of Thirds: Edit in the camera, edit in the camera, and edit in the camera. It is vitally important in photography to pre-visualize, i.e. how and what do you see in a shot or a moment. And, that includes everything from color to emotion to composition and more. And Rule of Thirds is all about composition: Where to position a subject and how to compose a shot are both critical elements to Rule of Thirds.

That being said, there were many extremely lovely images in this round, some that made the Final 50, and some that did not.



September theme: 'Outdoor Sculptures'
(and an August contest extension)

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 6, 2011 11:22 PM

First, August contest news:

Some of you wrote to me asking if the deadline for the August "Rule of Thirds" contest could be extended because so many people in New England were without power for several days after Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene struck. And you can lose even more days just getting back to normal after a situation like that.



August contest theme: The Rule of Thirds

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 3, 2011 02:48 PM

The Rule of Thirds is an important rule to know and practice in your photography, one that often yields dynamic, interesting images. (Of course, rules are made to be broken, but you have to master them before you can break them!)



The August 'Pets at Play' Top 10

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 19, 2010 10:23 PM


Alphanikonrex - Schuylar

Comment by judge David Ryan of the Globe staff: "The composition is great, there's wonderful lighting, and the pony looks like it is interacting with the photographer. It's really a nice moment."

(Ed. Note: alphanikonrex is 14-year-old Arman Bilge of Lexington, whose portfolio of photos underwent a Globe Critique by staff photographer Yoon Byun in July, and who captured 3rd place in our Spring Sports contest in June of 2009.)


Cool HDR (ChrisPokorny) - Catch Me If You Can

David's comment: "This is an excellent grouping. Nice cropping as well, with no paws or ears cut off. I also like the near-square format. Very effective."

(Ed. Note: Chris placed 2nd in our May "Landscapes" contest.)


suzfoldsfive - Play Ball

David's comment: "Another great moment that depicts the interaction between a dog and a human, but shown in shadow. Very creative. Not sure I like the vignetting around the edges, possibly from a lens hood, but that's not a big deal; it captured a really wonderful moment."

Here's a full-screen gallery of all Top 10 winners. Congratulations to all!

We have close to 70 photos of stormy weather for our September contest ... you still have 11 days to enter.


The August 'Pets at Play' Final 50

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 15, 2010 05:32 PM

A little curveball today, folks: Barry Chin was unable to judge the contest after all, but we were lucky to get another Globe photo veteran: David L. Ryan, well-known around here for his daredevil willingness to take photos from any heights, anywhere, anytime.



Your August 'Pets at Play' contest entries

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 31, 2010 01:56 PM

The deadline to enter the August 'Pets at Play' contest has passed. We'll finish adding your entries to our full-screen galleries over the next few days. If you don't see your photo in our galleries, please read this.

Here are the eligible photos: Gallery 1 | Gallery 2 | Gallery 3

And here's more information about this contest.


August contest update

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 24, 2010 09:32 PM

Hey, folks -- several of you have written because you are unsure whether your photo has made it into the contest. Here's some guidance for you.

1.) Check your contest tags to make sure they are:

Boston.com contest August2010 pets

That 4th tag isn't "pets at play" -- it's simply "pets".

2.) Make sure that there are at least 5 photos in your Flickr account. That's the minimum number Flickr requires before it will add your account to its search index.

3.) Make sure your privacy settings allow Flickr to add your account to its search index. On this page, UNcheck all 3 boxes:


4.) Check this page, which is a search on the contest tags, to see if your photo is here. (You can see the tags in the search box.)


5.) If your photo is there, but it's not in one of our full-screen galleries yet, don't worry -- it will get there. We build those galleries manually.

6.) If you have followed Nos. 1, 2, and 3 above, and still don't see your photo on the Flickr search page in No. 4, then write to us at raw@boston.com, include a link to your photo on Flickr, and we'll check it out.

NOTE: Next month, we're going to try using an in-house photo upload tool built by one of our developers for the monthly contest. That means no Flickr! I'll be interested in hearing what you think about it.

Again, thanks for taking part.


August contest theme: Pets at Play

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 3, 2010 09:38 AM

Okay, so this may seem a little self-serving, but honestly, I'm choosing this theme for you as well.

We've had a couple of challenging assignments in a row (Lines and Curves, Self-Portraits), so let's do one that's also should be challenging, but fun.

In addition, we launched a new Pets section on Boston.com -- that's what's been keeping me so busy -- and I thought a tie-in between RAW and that new section would be interesting.



The winning Architecture photos

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 15, 2009 08:22 AM

Judge Bruno Debas was very impressed by the work of everyone who entered.

The top three winners are:



Don't remove your tags!

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 8, 2009 08:45 AM

There are two Final 50 August contest photos missing from the Voting Machine.

We use Flickr's API to pull your photos into the VM, so please do not remove your contest tags, and please make sure that all of the boxes on this page are UNchecked: http://www.flickr.com/account/prefs/optout/

We'll give those photographers until noon today to fix their photos/accounts, but then we're going to open voting with or without their photos.


The August contest's Final 50

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 4, 2009 11:51 AM

Sorry, folks, but we can't post the Voting Machine yet because as happens every month, some of the finalists have incorrect settings on their Flickr accounts that are preventing us from using Flickr's API to pull their photos into the VM.

I've sent them emails via their Flickr accounts; as soon as they fix things we should be good to go.

Our judge for our August "Architecture" competition, Bruno Debas, has finished choosing the 50 photos from among all the submissions. His comments:



Meet the August contest judge

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2009 03:20 PM

Our judge for the August "Architecture" contest is Bruno Debas, a professional photographer who divides his time between his commercial photography and teaching.



August contest closes Monday

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2009 11:25 AM

The August contest, with the theme "Architecture," closes at midnight Monday, so be sure to get your entries in by then. We already have dozens of spectacular photos. You can see them in these galleries:

Gallery 1 | Gallery 2

Here's more information on the August theme and how to enter the contest.


August contest theme: Architecture

Posted by Teresa Hanafin July 24, 2009 12:54 PM

We're about to celebrate our one-year anniversary here at RAW, and we're thrilled with the success of the site -- and how so many of you have jumped in to participate, share your photos and tips, and make RAW what it is today.



And the winners are ...

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 22, 2008 09:49 AM


No Dogs Allowed
No Dogs Allowed by richgurska

A cute yet forlorn doggie looking longingly at Revere Beach while sitting next to the sign banning her from joining the fun proved a winner for RAW readers, who voted this photo by photographer Rich Gurska First Place in our August photo contest, which had the theme, "At the beach". The award comes with $100 prize.

What's remarkable about this photo, other than the touching subject and nice composition, is that it was taken with a cell phone camera. Rich writes:

"I was walking my daughter's 12-week-old puppy, named Reina -- a beagle, Boston terrier, Chinese crested powder puff mix. When we approached this break in the wall, she turned and sat down on the cool sand in the shade of the wall. The only camera I had was my Samsung Alias camera phone, so I shot away hoping for the best."

RAW readers thought it was the best of all 238 entries, so congratulations. And now for the rest of the prizes:




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