Announcing the Classic-Castle Calendar Contest
Later this year Classic-Castle will be producing an official calendar, illustrated by YOU. Each month will be illustrated by a LEGO Castle themed photo, and the twelve photos will be chosen as part of a contest. Photos could be anything, ranging from a close-up photo of a Castle figure, to a full scale castle covering multiple baseplates. Any scale or building style is acceptable - micro, fig scale, miniland, sculpture, mosaic, etc. The emphasis here is on presentation, not necessarily on MOC building. Your prize is inclusion in the calendar, which will have photo/builder credits and will be marketed to the greater LEGO community. Who can enter
- Anyone in the larger LEGO community is free to participate.To enter
- Submit your photo to the Classic-Castle Calendar Contest
Flickr group. If you do not have a Flickr account, you can sign up for a free account [url]here[/url]. By entering the contest you are giving your permission for Classic-Castle.com to use your photo in the calendar or in the promotion of future contests.Entry limit
- Each person can enter up to five photos. However, you can only win one of the twelve month slots.Photos
- Photos must be ready to be included in the calendar (that is, we will not crop the photos, balance the colors, etc.). Photos must be in landscape orientation, and the size must be at least 3300x2550 pixels. -Edit- I hadn't realized that there was a 2048 pixel size limit for non-Flickr-Pro-users. If you are a non-Pro-user, post the largest photo you can, maintaining a roughly 8.5x11 aspect ratio. Ideally, if your photo is selected, you could e-mail me a copy at the higher resolution at the point we actually produce the calendar.Subject matter
- Anything castle-related is relevant subject matter. This could be fantasy or historic. Historic will be broadly interpreted as post-Roman Empire, pre pirate-era. Non-European castle subjects are welcome (e.g. Ninja or Persian). Castle-relevant licensed themes are welcome.Seasonal entries
- Seasonably appropriate photos will be considered for inclusion on appropriate months - for example, if a number of Christmas-themed photos are submitted, one of them may well be chosen for December.Text
- text is allowed in an image, though not encouraged, except that you are not allowed to include your name, nickname, or website as text in the image. Builders/photographers will be credited on each page of the calendar, but we want to keep this credit constant from month to month rather than have each person watermark their image in a different way.Time frame
- You can submit any photo/new MOC produced after January 1, 2013 - note that this means you can submit something you have already posted online in the first half of this year. The deadline for submissions is July 1.Calendar
- Details will be posted sometime in October, so you'll have time to order calendars before the new year (or as Christmas gifts!). Calendars will be produced by a third party service such as Lulu.com. Prices will probably be somewhere in the US$10-20 range. If possible we will also look for a similar service based in Europe to minimize shipping costs.
Some clarifications for the rules. I know, the deadline was yesterday. I'm just putting these here as a placeholder for next year's contest while these are fresh in my mind.
Customs/non-LEGO parts: Customization is allowed. Reasonable non-LEGO parts are allowed (e.g. custom flags or sails, use of string, etc). Photographing LEGO creations in non-LEGO environments is allowed - e.g. you could place your MOC or figs in a natural setting, or on rocks, or interacting with other toys, or whatever. Custom parts by AFOLs who create and sell accessories/decals/etc are allowed. Clone brand parts are not allowed. And, yes, we realize there is an inconsistency between those last two rules.
Seasonal entries: Remember that this is for a calendar
. As such we welcome entries that would be appropriate for specific months. For instance, snow covered scenes would be given special consideration for winter months, or forest scenes with colorful leaves for autumn months, etc. Courtly love for February, spooky scenes for October, yule-tide feasts for December. Depictions of actual historical events for those months when they actually happened. This may give an advantage to seasonally appropriate MOCs, but should not be construed as a guarantee of inclusion over more generic MOCs.