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    Exclamation December '08 Photo Contest - Triptychs

    December's contest theme is "Triptychs".

    Before we start, please consider some compiled suggestions for future contests:

    We've had some challenging contests this year. Some of the entries were interesting and others perhaps needed some fine tuning and/or rethinking altogether. Lately, it's been a little difficult for the judges because it was hoped that there would be more imaginative entries.
    One of the objects of these contests is to get the creative juices flowing and allow the imagination to run free, resulting in more 'out of the box' thinking.

    Could it be that some people are tackling the contests only with a view to get something in their camera? Try tackling the subject without a camera in mind in the first instance and then give considerable thought as to how to depict the subject matter with a camera.

    Also, show the photo(s) in the photo forum and ask for some critique to see if improvements could be made. If the shot can be taken again, try shooting at different angles and don't be afraid to experiment with other techniques to produce varying results.
    Ask yourself if it really fits the theme of the contest and if it's creative enough to really stand out.


    According to many of the original meanings of a Triptych (pronounced “trip-tick”), it can be:

    • A painting which consists of one center panel, with two paintings attached on either side by means of hinges or other means, as "wings."

    • A set of three associated paintings displayed side by side.

    • Refers to a three-paneled artwork. Historically, triptychs were hinged together so that the two side wings could close over the central panel.

    • A triptych is a single image or photograph divided into three distinct canvas pieces. The canvas panels on a triptych are almost always hung together. Each canvas print can be identically sized, or three different-sized panels can be used. When viewed together they seem to be a single canvas print.

    In essence, a triptych can either consist of one scene divided into three, or three separate scenes that relate to each other. (Added note) But they must be side-by-side as noted above.

    Samples just to give you an idea: Sample 1 Sample 2

    Because it's late, you may use photos taken from the 1st of Nov through the 31st of Dec. It will be closed out the following day to allow for any entries taken on the 31st.

    Please reduce your entry to approximately 800 pixels in width.
    The Album is located here -
    Log in using this User name: 43photo and Password: december.
    If you have a smugmug account, please log out then in again with the above user name/password.

    The photo must be taken in the month(s) of the contest. You are allowed to submit one (1) photo. You can resubmit another one, but be sure to include your user name again and PM me so I can remove the one previously submitted.

    Please include a title with your entry, along with your user name (or PM me so I know who it belongs to).
    We must be able to see the exif, so please make sure it is attached to the photo. If you need help with that, PM me. If the original exif is not there, I will contact you asking for the original photo so I can retrieve it.
    The entry
    must also be from a 4/3 SLR camera, which includes (but not limited to) the Olympus E-3, E-1, E-300, E-330, E-400, E-410, E-420, E-500, E-510, E-520, Panasonic L-1, L-10, etc.

    The entries will be judged according to these criteria:
    • Subject: Does the subject fit the theme?

    • Creativity: How effectively/dramatically/interestingly is the subject presented?

    • Composition: Has the subject been composed appropriately/interestingly?

    • Lighting: Has lighting been used appropriately/effectively for the subject?

    • Technical: Has the subject been exposed, focussed, etc appropriately/correctly?

    1st place winner will have a choice of one of the prizes below, then 2nd place winner will get the other prize.
    There will also be two who place 3rd and 4th, and they will have a chance at the end of the year for the Photographer of the Year.

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    Last edited by AnnF; 12-31-2008 at 06:13 AM. Reason: Added note

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