Give Us Your Best Shot: Enter the Lake Superior Photo Contest

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Self Published Images

Can you clarify which self-published images may be eligible? Social media such as Facebook or Twitter? Used in a blog article? Offered for sale in an online gallery or website? Thanks!

Kelly Doyle more than 1 year ago

Re: Self Published Images

All of those self-published uses are OK. Thanks for your interest.

Lake Superior Magazine more than 1 year ago

Minimum DPI

The rules state 300 DPI as the minimum, but below there is a comment about 400 DPI being the minimum. Is the minimum DPI 300 or 400?

Is posting the photo to social media such as Flickr considered publishing?

Benjamin more than 1 year ago

Re: Minimum DPI

That looks like an old comment. Sorry for the confusion. Go with what's in the rules above – 300 DPI or higher.

Self-publishing entered photos on Flickr and social media is OK by us.

Lake Superior Magazine more than 1 year ago

Lake Superior region and near by area

Can you clarify the lake superior region and neary area? Specifically how broad is the near by area considered in the state of michigan?

Jim more than 1 year ago

Re: Lake Superior region

We don't have a hard boundary. Generally, our "turf" is everything within 50-100 miles of Lake Superior. In Michigan, much of the southern U.P. qualifies, but a photo of the Lake Michigan or Huron shore would not. (We're Lake Superior Magazine, after all!)

Is there a specific location you're unsure about?

Lake Superior Magazine more than 1 year ago

20th Annual Photo Contest

When do the photos from the contest become available to see online?

Katelyn more than 2 years ago

Re: 20th Annual Photo Contest

Hi Katelyn,

Winning photos (and additional finalists) will be posted on February 2. The February/March issue, in which we first reveal the winners, is on its way to subscribers now.

Lake Superior Magazine more than 2 years ago

20th Annual Photo Contest

When does the February/March 2015 magazine come out?

Krysta more than 2 years ago

Re: 20th Annual Photo Contest

The issue mails to subscribers in mid-January and should be on newsstands by February 1.

Phil Bencomo (Lake Superior Magazine) more than 2 years ago

DPI?

My photos are 300 DPI. Is there a way to make them 400?

Brooke Simpson more than 3 years ago

Re: DPI?

You can use software like Photoshop to do this. There are lots of simple tutorials on the web. Try searching for "changing photo DPI."

Best of luck, and we look forward to your entries.

Phil Bencomo (Lake Superior Magazine) more than 3 years ago

DPI

Do this. Open your photo and do the ACR (if a raw file). In Photoshop (CS or Elements) go to Image, Image Size, Note the box Resolution in the Document size window. Change the number there to 400 to satisfy the dpi requirements of the contest. I know this is late for the contest, but happened upon your question while looking up the 19th contest rules. (If you are doing jpgs to start with, do your optimizing and go to Image, etc as above.

Stephen Ross. more than 3 years ago

Prize Package?

You are very specific about what you need from the photographer, but very vague about what the photographer gets in return. What, exactly, is a "Prize Package?

-gw

Gary Wright more than 3 years ago

Re: Prize Package

Great question. Here's the breakdown of the prize packages:

The Grand Prize winner gets $200, a one-year subscription to Lake Superior Magazine, a 2013 Lake Superior wall calendar and a Lake Superior note card set.

First Place recipients receive a magazine subscription, a wall calendar and a note card set, while Second Place winners get a subscription and a mini Lake Superior calendar. All winners, including honorable mentions and finalists, get an award certificate.

If we use your image on the cover, you take home $150.

Hope that helps. Thanks for your interest!

Lake Superior Magazine more than 3 years ago

Clarification on shooting RAW

I was wondering about a couple things
1. The rules state: " Photos may be adjusted for color correcting or removal of dust spots, but should not be manipulated in other ways unless being entered in the Artsy/Altered category. Altered images in other categories will be disqualified or moved to Artsy/Altered." Since I shoot RAW, does this mean I am not allowed to tweak with Levels/Curves, Shadows/Highlights, Saturation/Vibrance without either being disqualified/moved to Artsy/Altered? Or do those fall under "color correction, since it is raw sensor data that requires adjustments to be made?

Justin Baysinger more than 3 years ago

Re: Clarification on shooting RAW

Working with those attributes on a RAW image is "color correction" for us – as long as the tweaking does not take the image beyond the realm of real-world possibilities. When the image starts looking more altered than natural, that's when it enters the special category of Artsy/Altered. (And we like entries in that category, too!)

Lake Superior Magazine more than 3 years ago

HDR Photos

Do you considered HDR photos artsy or altered? HDR combines multiple photos into one final image by using multiple exposures, but need not be altered in any other way.

Rich Hoeg more than 3 years ago

Re: HDR

Feel free to submit HDR photos in any category; just mark them as HDR when you submit. If we think an HDR photo looks too wacky, we may move it to artsy/altered, though.

Lake Superior Magazine more than 3 years ago

Rule Clarification

My wife writes as an occasional freelancer for your magazine. Is this considered "staff", or may I enter?

Rich Hoeg more than 3 years ago

Re: Rule Clarification

As a freelancer, Molly isn't considered a staffer, so you're welcome to enter!

Lake Superior Magazine more than 3 years ago

Watermark

Are we allowed to watermark our images before submission?

Ryan Michalesko more than 4 years ago

Re: Watermark

We ask that you submit your images without watermarks. They can often be distracting, and we want your images to look their best when we're judging.

Lake Superior Magazine more than 4 years ago

Clarification of photo eligibility

Thank you for your question, Dawn,

Photos that have won in any photo contest or published else where - whether Lake Superior Magazine's or another's - should not be submitted. If they did not win, they can be submitted and photos submitted previously to this contest that did not win either a prize or honorable mention can be resubmitted. Hope that helps.

Lake Superior Magazine more than 4 years ago

Clarification of photo eligibility

Will you please clarify the following statement: "Previously published images are NOT eligible nor are images that have won or been honored in past photo contests or are being submitted concurrently to any other contest." Does this statement apply only to photos previously published in LS Magazine, or does it apply to photos that have been published anywhere? Similarly, does the reference to "past photo contests" refer to LS Magazine's contests or does it refer more broadly to any other contests? Thank you for clarifying.

Dawn LaPointe more than 4 years ago

clarification

Thank you for your question, Sharon,
For judging consistency and for reproduction quality, we can no longer accept prints or transparencies for the contest. We need the electronic images.
That paragraph about writing on prints and transparencies, left from previous years, should have been removed. Thank you for pointing it out and please accept our apology for the confusion.

Lake Superior Magazine more than 4 years ago

clarification

In your instructions for the photo contest, you state that "WE NO LONGER CAN ACCEPT PRINTS or color transparencies (35mm slide or larger)." Then you go on to say "We recommend that you DO NOT WRITE DIRECTLY ON THE BACK OF PRINTS because ballpoint pens can “engrave” through the photo, and gel or other inks do not dry properly. We suggest making a label for EACH SEPARATE PRINT..." There seems to be a contradiction here. Please clarify! May I or may I not submit prints?

Sharon Mitchell more than 4 years ago

Photo DPI

Most publications require only 300 dpi for their photo reproduction, but Lake Superior Magazine prints on presses of 175 lines, which means a minimum of 350 dpi. We prefer the higher resolution because the combination of the press and paper that we use emphasizes the quality of the image. 400 dpi fits the bill for now and future improvements in the printing process. Rather than ask for higher resolution after the judging has been completed, we prefer that all images fit the need prior to judging. As for reuse, we never would use the photos beyond the photo contest need (display as a winner or in promotion associated with the contest) without first contacting the photographer and completing an agreement for further use.

Lake Superior Magazine more than 4 years ago

photo dpi

I have another question. Why is the minimum photo resolution 400 dpi? I and some of my fellow photogs think this seems a little high. Also, if I submit photos what will they be used for if anything? Sorry, but I've never entered a contest before. Thank you!

Tiffany Rantanen more than 4 years ago

Clarification Needed for submission

Good catch, Tiffany,
We added the Artsy/Altered category just because we've gotten so many fun or beautiful photos that went beyond what the other categories allow. The rules should read: Photos may be adjusted for color correcting, cropping or removal of dust spots but should not be manipulated in other ways unless being entered in the Artsy/Altered category. Altered images in other categories will be disqualified. Thank you for asking for the clarification.

Lake Superior Magazine more than 4 years ago

Clarification Neede for submission

I need some clarification please as I am thinking of entering this contest.

You state:
Photos may be adjusted for color correcting, cropping or removal of dust spots but should not be manipulated in other ways. Altered images will be disqualified.

But, one of the catagories is Artsy/Altered.

Tiffany Rantanen more than 4 years ago

Photo Cropping

When you submit photos for consideration, whether for our contests or for use in the magazine, you should submit full images. If we feel the representation within the magazine warrants it, we will then crop according to our needs. Generally, we use images full out whenever possible.

Lake Superior Magazine more than 5 years ago

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