Announcing the MotoringFile Photo Contest

Back in July of aught-six, we introduced a new MotoringFile group on Flickr to encourage our readers to post their own photos of MINIs, events, and MINI-related stuff. Since then we’ve had nearly 200 Flickring MotoringFile readers join us and have seen over 1700 beautiful and inspiring pictures. Now we want to see more.

Starting this month we’ll be watching for the best photos taken and added to the group and we’ll pick a handful to feature on a MotoringFile post at the beginning of each month. Finally, in the begining of each month we’ll pick a single winner who will receive a magnetic MotoringBadge of his or her choice and have their photo be a part of the permenant rotating collection of images at the top of MotoringFile.

The Rules

This will be a running monthly event; starting this month, we’ll keep an eye on the pictures added to the group, and choose the finalists from that batch at the beginning of March. Now, note that we’re looking for photos that have been taken during the month; the spirit of this contest is to encourage you to get out there and take pictures, be creative, and capture the spirit of motoring. Don’t rifle through your archives looking for stuff to throw into the group so you can win the fabulous prize. Make sure that when you’re uploading pictures to Flickr that you’re keeping the picture’s EXIF metadata intact and that we can see when the picture was taken. Some cameras (like the ubiquitous-yet-utterly-crappy Motorola RAZR) don’t embed this data into the image, so we will make allowances there; we want this to be as open as possible and not exclude anyone because they don’t have a fancy camera. Remember: cameras don’t take good pictures, photographers do! In general, minor adjustments are fine (tweak the exposure, futz with the contrast, that kind of thing), but major Photoshop jobs are not. We’re smarter than we look, so don’t try to pull any fast ones over on us, mm’k?

To enter your photo into the contest, you’ll need to have a Flickr account (yep, they’re free!) and join the MotoringFile group (again very free). Add your photo to the group when you upload the picture, and you’re done! While these photos will be considered for the contest, we also want to encourage everyone to share their pictures, so the group’s not exclusively for the contest; think of it as a really big fridge that Mom sticks your photos to, and some of them will get extra stars. But please use some common sense and don’t flood the group with a gazillion images; try to just upload the ones that you think other people will really enjoy. We won’t need to police the group (we are, after all, adults here) but we will keep an eye out for stuff that’s blatantly not suitable for a family-friendly site. Pretty much anything goes in terms of themes, as long as the photograph is in the spirit of the MINI community: pictures of MINIs are fair game, of course, but so are pictures of events, gatherings, and that sort of thing.

Let’s Photo

So, with all that out of the way, get out there and show us what you’ve got!

  • AJ

    Any chance some of these pics make it as desktop wallpaper? I need some variety here

  • db, just be be clear, you don’t need us to tag the images with anything in particular to be entered into the contest? just add them to the MotoringFile pool. is that right?

  • AlwaysOpenCharlie05

    Oh, this could be QUITE cool…

  • oops, sorry Brian – just assumed db wrote this. (permenant :P)

  • Timmee, you’re correct, no tagging required; just add them to the group! (you’ll have to be a member to do that, of course.)

    I couldn’t make those images in the main post link to both the Flickr page and have them pop up with the Lightbox functionality that we use here to give you a slideshow fo larger images. Here are each of those thumbnails linked to their Flickr page.

    Montecarlo on Flickr Silueta on Flickr Water on Roof on Flickr DSC Off on Flickr GPMINI Mass on Flickr OOPS on Flickr MINI Cooper JCW GP on Flickr Light stripe on Flickr DMC South Mtn. Run 1-13-2007 - on top 2 on Flickr πρ and Hellas on Flickr MINIcle 3 on Flickr Vineland Drive-in MINI Light Show on Flickr

    Gabe, if there’s a more elegant way to do this, please let me know; not sure how I overlooked this.

  • Diam

    some of us do not use digital cameras but some old fashioned but very professional analog ones that do not show date and time. Suppose that is ok too

  • O(=^=)O Capn

    So, by definition, the OOPs picture would be ineligible?

  • “Oops” is mine. 😉 These pictures aren’t being judged, they’re just representative samples of some of the fine photographs that are out there. Obviously, the judges aren’t eligible for winning prizes (which is good, since I’ve used up all my badge storage space).

    As for scanned prints/negatives/slides and other images that don’t have EXIF data, like I said, we’ll have to use our best judgment. We won’t consider your picture in July if it’s in front of a Christmas tree, see? If it’s an issue for a particular image, we’ll do our best to discuss it with the photographer.

  • I like the “oops” most. It’s quite cool & funny! Can we get the large pics of the original ones?

  • Each of these images are hosted on Flickr. The owner specifies a license for each image, either by default, or explicitly per image. Additionally, the user may choose whether or not they want others to (easily) access the original image. If you read my comment above, each of those images is a link back to its respective Flickr page, and from there you’ll have a chance to access the full-sized image.

  • O(=^=)O Capn

    Hey blalor, I love the OOPs, just wondering, since it was featured.

  • Hey,

    One of those photos is mine!!!! Way Cool!!!!

    Thanks Guys!!!

  • Heyyy!!!

    2 photos!!!!!!!!! sorry i don’t speak english, i’m spanish.

    I don’t understand the rules XD

  • OK. So, who won? 😛

  • Patience, Grasshoppah. 🙂 February still has a few hours to go for some of us. We’ll be choosing among all pictures added to the group by 11:59pm GMT on 2/28/2007 (so just a few hours from now).

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