As you all are likely aware, the July Contest to win a free copy of the superbly powerful OnOne Software Plugin Suite is now closed for entries.  The next week or so will be spent poring over the entries and determining the finalists as well as the grand prize winner.

It is somewhat disappointing though to see half the entries whittled away by virtue of the fact that the giveaway guidelines were not adhered to.  In particular, it was noted in the blog specifying the guidelines that all images should be no longer than 800px or shorter than 600px on their longest dimension.  This was apparently not evident because a fair number of entries that are otherwise exceptional either missed that element or did not  see the link to the post that talked about the guidelines.

ETA:  It’s also come to my attention that there was some misunderstanding over the dimensions:  the longest side needs to be between 800-600px.  Short side dimensions can be whatever fits your particular style…

When I noticed the number of entries that did not meet the criteria, I debated over sending each person a notice saying that their image was not within the parameters and to please re-submit accordingly.  That would have required more time than I really had, and been a bit unfair to those who respected the guidelines, so…

A short paragraph post was added to the now-closed thread, indicating the two guidelines not met.  Without calling out people individually, I did feel that letting the group know collectively was appropriate.  All entrants have 24 hours to re-submit their photos to me directly via email if they still want to be considered.  A notice was also sent via Twitter, and now here.

So, if you submitted an image to the contest – go check it!  Can it be downloaded or did you not allow it?  Is one of the image dimensions either 800 or 600px on the longest side?  If  either of these conditions applies, a 24 hour reprieve has been set for those who still want to be considered.  Don’t let a $500 software package slip through your fingers because of a simple lack of understanding.

This is also a good point where the “educational” component of the blog comes about:  When submitting images to contests and giveaways – make sure you adhere to image guidelines.  Just like galleries, it’s kind of like a job interview, and not following the guidelines does not make a good impression.

Since I don’t like ending on a bad note, here’s some kudos for those that did follow the guidelines – a little extra shout out…

OnOne Software Giveaway Contest Entries Gallery

Hint: – if your image is not among them, you know why! 🙂

7 thoughts on “Contest News

  1. Hi Jason, I see onOne are having a sale on their Plugin Suite, with a fairly large discount. The sale finishes on August 13, is it likely that the competition winner will be announced before then? Would be nice to give those who don’t win the chance to purchase the Plugin Suite at the discounted rate 🙂
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  2. Thanks Matt, the problem is that the native size is often smaller than the requested range which was between 800-600px on the long side. No worries though, got it all straightened out. Finalists should be announced Monday too, so be on the lookout for that! 🙂

  3. all of the photos on flickr are downloadable at the size that you see. just right click and save as or drag and drop.

  4. Mine was 798 by 564 and downloadable….question?

  5. Lil aka XaosQueen says:

    Hmmm I know mine was the right size (original was 719×612)… and I THOUGHT it was downloadable .. how do I make it downloadable so this does not happen next time? I am not really a 🙁 Can provide screenshot where it allowed me to download … *SIGH* Wasn’t ignoring the rules ….

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