MSF 2016 Photo Calendar submissions
One of the lessons I learned last year was not to leave submissions too late. So of course I've left it late, even later than last year! But let's hope not too late.
So I'm requesting any images related to the sport of open water and marathon swimming for a potential 2nd MSF calendar, for 2016.
As you know, @evmo & I will spend the proceeds on cocaine and hookers, since apparently this sport is completely drug free and no-one will suspect us. Because someone with no humour (with a "u", dammit) might take that seriously, actually no, we'll use anything over the costs to cover MSF costs, and those who have seen @evmo's prodigious work on the new Swim Tracking site will see how significant those can get to be.
We are NOT restricting the images to those taken in 2015. For those who purchased last year's calendar or saw some of the images, you'll know I'm looking for strong good quality images.
Most of us are lucky if we even have a single image of ourselves with an arm over the water. Quite a few of those were submitted last year. They will have to be really good to make the cut, just saying...
Think about all the other facets of marathon swimming: cold days, suffering, post-swim bloat, (anyone got a good one?) the helpers, the feed boxes, kayakers, boats, pilots, weather, charts, feeding, boat loading, etc. Entertain us!
Your photos will remain your copyright. If we get this working and we have a process, you will retain ownership and copyright of your images, you just allow us to use them for this one project. We will not use them for anything else. Each image will have a title and the photographer's name.
SUBMISSION RULES (.ie. Lessons learned from last year).
1: The Deadline is the end of October. You have 5 weeks. Please send me everything as soon as possible though.
2: The image must be original full size. This is ensure sufficient print quality. Minimum resolution that will be considered is 1200 pixels wide. I will not look at thumbnail images and then have to chase you for it. Pictures shot on a Nokia 3300 in 2002, etc, I'm afraid not..
3: Landscape images are preferred. It's very hard to make both portrait and landscape work on the same A4-size page, so portrait images, while still acceptable, have an additional burden.
4: The aspect ratio / cropping must be standard 4:3 or 3:2. If you have a widescreen cropped image I'd have to crop it anyway so please do it yourself and retain control.
5: The file name MUST include the photographer name, and preferably also the subject name and location or any other essential detail that will need to be in the final description. Please put all the detail in the file name, because if you don't then, yes, you make it more difficult.
6: You must have the right to submit it, or if the image belongs to someone else, you must send me the permission and contact email of the person who took it.
7: Please do not send me a gallery of 20+ images. All you do is make more work for both of us. Please send your best images, not ALL your images. Gallery images leave me having to do more work on downloading & titles.
8: Submissions are limited to 5 per person. If you send me a gallery of 20 I won't look at them.
9: Images submitted last year are not allowed.
10: Don't "nominate" images. Please don't describe something and tell me to look for it. Please don't send me links to images and tell _me _to find out if I can use them.
11: Don't post images in this thread. Please don't send me Facebook links, I don't Facebook.