The MD Moments Photo Contest is a great way for Leser Slave River locals to showcase their photography skills while competing for one of the 13 top positions. To make the most of the contest and increase your chances of winning, take a moment to review the following answers to some common questions about submitting, voting, and the selection process.
Selecting and Submitting Photos
Do you have any recommendations on subject matter?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. From a perfectly-timed Flatbush sunrise to a hero shot of your mud-caked quad, any photo that captures the people, places and things of Lesser Slave River is fair game.
How many photos can I enter?
Each contestant can enter up to five photos.
How big do my photos need to be?
To qualify for a prize, photos need to be high resolution (roughly 10" x 8" at 300 DPI). A standard iPhone image (3088 x 2320 landscape format) would be the absolute minimum acceptable quality. A good rule of thumb: the bigger the better.
Is there a maximum file size for photo uploads?
The system can handle uploads of up to 10MB. This will likely be more than enough muscle to handle individual photo submissions.
I'm having difficulty uploading my photos. What do I do?
For a variety of reasons, uploading photos via the website may not work for some entrants. If you're having difficulty, please email comms (@) mdlsr.ca for further instructions.
Voting for Photos
Why can't I vote for any photos until November 1?
Entrants have until October 31 to submit their photos. On November 1, all photos will be available for viewing and voting. Posting them all at the same time prevents early submissions from garnering more votes than late entries.
How do I vote for photos?
From November 1 to November 15, you can browse all the photo entries by visiting mdlsr.ca/moments. By clicking the heart icon underneath a photo that you like, you enter your vote for it. You can "heart" as many photos as you like.
How many times can I vote?
You can vote for as many photos as you like...but you can only vote for the same photo once every six hours (based on your IP address). This restriction is in place to minimize irregularities and keep the voting process fair.
I can't seem to vote from my place of work. What gives?
Just like your residence, your place of business has a unique Internet Protocol (IP) address. The contest compares votes against the IP address of the voter. If you can't vote for a particular photo, this means someone in your office has already voted for it within a 6-hour time window. This rule is in place to minimize irregularities and keep the voting process fair.
Winner Selection and Verification
How do winning photos get selected?
The first determinant of a winning photo is how many votes it receives between November 1 and November 15. The top 13 highest-voted photos will be examined to ensure they meet the minimum photo eligibility requirements. Any photo that fails to meet image quality thresholds will be discarded. If this happens, the next most popular photo in line will be considered. This process continues until there are 13 verified winners.
What are the main reasons a top-voted photo gets disqualified?
It is possible that some of the top-voted photos won't make the cut due to:
- Poor resolution - if resolution is too low, it's gotta go. Some photos can technically be the right resolution, but the wrong pixel depth (meaning they were small photos that someone has simply enlarged).
- Wrong aspect ratio - a photo will likely be discarded if it's a vertical instead of horizontal. Remember, the winning photos will be featured in a wall calendar.
- Doctored photo - if a photo is grayscale instead of colour; or has been filtered/manipulated beyond acceptable photo optimization, it won't make the cut.
- Vote manipulation - we can see where the votes are coming from, and the type of computer or device that casts each vote. If we notice multiple votes from the same IP address or digital fingerprint, we will manually subtract any fraudulent votes. If it happens more than a few times, we will likely disqualify the submission.
Is there any wiggle room for photos that almost make the cut?
We strive to ensure the photos that are the most well-loved by voters are the photos that make it into the 2023 calendar. We will start at the top of the heap and carefully inspect each photo. When a good photo is borderline, we do our utmost to help it make the cut. However, we must also be fair to entrants that followed the rules to the letter.
But my photo was the most popular. No fair!
We agree that it's a bummer to get the most votes and still be disqualified. However, we need to remain mindful of the end product: a calendar that showcases the beauty and diversity of our region through high-quality community-submitted images.
Use and Ownership of Photos
What does the MD plan to do with the winning photos?
Generally speaking, we plan to use the photos to showcase the beauty and diversity of our boreal region. The winning photos will be featured in a wall calendar that the MD will produce in late 2022. The calendar will be available for the public to pick up at different locations across the MD (while supplies last).
What does the MD plan to do with photos that don't win?
It is likely that there will be many great submissions that don't make it into the top 13. The MD may still utilize these photos in its print and digital communications. The name of the game is to show off the people, places and things of the Lesser Slave River region to the world at large!