Announcing a Stereo Photo Competition
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deadline September 8, 2005

We are announcing a stereo photo competition sponsored by Pokescope Products.   The grand prize is a complete digital stereo camera system based on the new Pokescope 3D Remote.  

3D Camera Remote and Slidebar
 
The system includes the Pokescope 3D Remote, two Sony DSC-V1 digital cameras, a slidebar mount, and tripod.  

The entries in this competition will be shown at the 2005 International Stereoscopic Union (ISU) Congress in Eastbourne England September 14-19, 2005 where the winning images will be announced.  The deadline for submitting images is September 8, 2005.   You need not be present to collect the prizes.   The prizes will be shipped to the winners if they are not present.  

The Competition

The competition is for the best set of three images one from each of the three categories below.   You can enter 2-3 images for each category.  Your top scoring image in each category will count toward the top prize.  However, we encourage you to select and submit only your best image or two for each category.  See Judging/Selecting below.  

There will also be several merit awards for sets of images one in each category, and for individual images in each category.   These awards will be special collectors' issue Rose Red Pokescope 3D viewers.   The collectors' issue viewers are molded from special Rose Red colored ABS plastic rather than the traditional black.   (Sorry we don't have an image to show you yet.  The viewers are still in production.)

How to Submit Images

Images can be submitted to:


Or you can send your images on a disk to:
Monte Ramstad, 211 Ridgecrest Drive, Cannon Falls, Minnesota 55009, USA

See Image Specifications below.  Along with your images, please include your name, address, and the stereo clubs you belong to if any such as ISU,NSA, and local clubs. 

If there is something interesting about your images which you would like to share, please help us understand your images by including a short description or comment with your images. 



The Three Categories

Stereo photography is about depth.  It is natural then to categorize stereo images by the arrangement of depth in the image.  The three categories below define three basic arrangements of depth in an image.  Learning how to shoot these categories requires learning how to adjust the distance to subject and stereo base depending on the arrangement of depth in the scene.

   
 
Sample Images
 
Category 1. "Surfaces or planes parallel to the stereo window"  

 

 
Sample Images
 
Category 2. "Objects and cavities with a near background or no background"  


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Category 3. "Relationships of objects in space"  

 

Rather than describe these categories in great detail, we hope to illustrate the range of these categories with the set of images above.  If you would like to participate in these competitions, you are encouraged to submit images which are not only nice images, but which also help better define the categories above as you interprete them.

Image Specifications (Changed)

The images will be projected with 1024x768 resolution projectors during judging.  In order to project the images without resizing, we appreciate receiving images with 1024 pixel widths for each side or 768 pixel heights.  However, slightly smaller or larger images will be projected without resizing or with resizing whichever is most pleasing to view.  If you do not have exactly these dimensions it best to submit what you have rather than resizing them.

We will not put these high resolution images on the web. Furthermore, we do not assume to own the copyright on the images.  We may put lower resolution images up to 500 pixel width per side on our website unless we receive a request not to do so.  However, we assume that for images submitted to us, permission is granted to us to use the full resolution images in educational presentations where the images may be projected with polarized projectors. 

Judging/Selecting

Due to the subjective nature of judging images, we prefer to use the phrase selecting images.  The details of selecting images for awards are not yet determined, but we hope to have several people involved in the process.  The images will be selected on at least these four criteria:

  • How well the image fits in the category
  • The artistic quality of the image
  • The technical quality of the image
  • The interest level of the image

   

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