Photo Tip: Another Photo Contest to win a southern Africa safari

One of my potential entries: Totem at Sunrise - Monument Valley - copytight P. B. Eleazer

I’m becoming a fan of the folks at C4 Images and Safari (Shem Compion and Andre Cloete).  They are celebrating their 5th year and to kick things off, they are offering a safari for two.  Some strings attached, but not bad, so read onward and consider entering … but time is short, so GET MOVING!

C4 Birthday – Your Present.

Yes you read correctly, C4 Images and Safaris is 5 years old this month. In these past five years we have shared many excellent nature sightings, photographed beautiful animals and birds and travelled to exciting wildlife destinations with you. To thank you for all the special moments they’ve shared, they are giving a little back: a 4-night photo workshop at Mashatu game reserve for 2 people sharing, worth R16 140.00 ($2250).

Got your attention? Good, because you’re going to have to work for your prize. C4 is running a wildlife photo competition for one month from today (till 20 May). The winning image will be awarded the prize of a 4 night workshop at Mashatu for 2 people sharing valid for one year.

The concept:
They want to encourage authentic nature images with an emphasis on good camera use to create compelling and striking images. We want the winner to be a top class wildlife image that encompasses creative camera use coupled with good technical’s.

Your benefit:
If your image is the winner, you will get to come on a photo workshop for 4 nights with us at Mashatu game reserve. You can bring a friend or partner or give your prize away to your parents if you like, but we can’t give you the cash. We will organize all your Travel from Johannesburg or Pretoria to Mashatu.
You get there, we will take care of the rest.
Here is an example of one of our workshops and what you can expect: http://www.c4images-safaris.co.za/index.php?page=mashatunovember2010
You will only have to pay for your drinks during the workshop.

Our benefit:
The simple joy of sharing our passion of nature and photography with you, the winner.

Here’s how it works:
1. The theme is wildlife and nature. It can be birds, mammals, landscapes, underwater, insects etc. You can submit images from any continent or country. We will be judging on the aesthetic appeal, creativity and impact of the image.
2. Two images per person allowed.
3. Entry is free
4. At the end date we will judge the images and announce the winner.
5. We will announce the winner on 24 May 2010
6. We will post the winning image on the C4 blog and website as well as the 5 runner up images and other special mentions.
Here are the submission rules:
1. Any one may enter
2. Images are to be submitted as 72dpi jpgs, sized at 800 pixels on the longest edge.
3. Images are to be labelled with your name and the title of the image. ie. JoeBlogs-Eagle.jpg
4. Send your entries to minette@c4images-safaris.co.za
5. Closing date: 20 May 2010
6. We want true nature images represented via the camera. Thus, no sandwiches, HDR, or stacked images. No post processing selections, layers or layer masks.
7. Because we want true nature images, Post processing manipulation is limited to levels, curves, basic cropping, saturation, contrast and dust removal.
8. As we want authentic nature images, we reserve the right to ask for the RAW/original image if need be.

Dates:
1. Closing date: 20 May 2010
2. We will announce the winning image on 24 May 2010 via our newsletter and blog. (If you enter you will be added to the newsletter)
3. Please share this with as many people you know via twitter, facebook, e-mails and good old word of mouth. We want as wide a scope of entries as possible!

It’s as simple as that.

The Fine print:
Our decision on the winning image is final, of course. Copyright remains with you. We take no responsibility for images used from our website/flickr site. We will credit all images used on our website/blog.
This is about sharing your great images with us at C4 Images and Safaris and receiving something in return. We are really excited about this competition as we know how many excellent photographers we have worked with over the years.
So get out there, dig in those archives or get out and get creative. You’ve got a whole month to find that winning image. Wildlife is all around us. We can’t wait to see your images!
May it be an enjoyable, creative process for you. It has been for us.

Learn more about C4 Images and Safari at their blog by clicking here

main Site for C4 click here

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