Charlottesville, Virginia, USA – September 26, 2011 — Photo-games site Phoozl.com today launched the Autumn edition of the “Alphabetography Photo Challenge: the Four Seasons” contest on Facebook. This unique competition — which challenges photo enthusiasts worldwide to find or take and then submit (for free) photos based on a two-part theme of the season (“Autumn”) and the specific letters of the seasons (“A-U-T-U-M-N”) — started on September 26 and runs for six weeks to its conclusion on November 6, 2011. You can find the contest on Facebook at: http://apps.facebook.com/alphabetography
(requires a Facebook account and “allowing” the Request for Permission screen)
“We’re super-excited about the new AUTUMN Challenge,” says Alphabetography creator Harald Johnson. “Our first three seasons were great, but this promises to be the best season yet! We’re again awarding 11 Prize Winners with some cool prizes from gift cards to books of value to photo enthusiasts. We are all about offering a safe place for people to share their photos in a fun and unique way.”
A Unique Alphabet Photo Contest Concept
During each season’s contest (using “AUTUMN” as the example), photo enthusiasts submit photos that apply or relate to the current letter that’s in play. So during the “A” Letter Period, for instance, participants upload photos that are associated with (whose subject matter includes in the Title) a word starting with the letter “A” (examples: Autumn, Ambiance, Arachnid, Attractive). When the gameplay moves to “U”, “U” photos are submitted. And so on through the six letters of the word “A-U-T-U-M-N” with each letter active for one week only. Entrants are allowed up to 5 submissions per letter maximum, and all submissions are free. Photos can be submitted via Facebook or photo-sharing sites, or uploaded from local computers or mobile devices. Participants can even join the contest late as there are six Letter Periods in this season’s Challenge, so there are multiple chances to enter.
Contest participants need only a Facebook account to enter, and they must be at least 18 years old. Photo submissions are acceptable from anywhere in the world, and there are no restrictions on when photos are taken or if they have been manipulated.
Voting, Judging, Galleries, and Prizes
Alphabetography includes photo galleries and public voting, and the Top 10 vote-getting photos for each letter move to the Judging Phase where a panel of three professional photographers – Daniel J. Cox, Bruce Frazier, Andy Katz for this contest — judge and score the 60 Finalist Photos based on published criteria.
The AUTUMN 2011 Alphabetography Photo Challenge costs nothing to enter but is offering (to 11 different winners) prizes sponsored by such companies as: Blurb, Datacolor, Frame Destination, SanDisk, Course Technology PTR, and Phoozl. Winners are selected in four categories: (1) Total Overall Scores, (2) Best Letter, (3) Voters #1, and (4) Phoozl Awards (“Most Phun Photos”).
The full “SUMMER” Winners’ List (with photos) is available for viewing on Phoozl.com:
“SUMMER” Contest Kudos
Feedback from the recent SUMMER contest by entrants and judges…
“Joining Alphabetography’s Challenge made me eager to grab my camera and look for interesting subjects that best described the theme “Summer.” It drove me to capture my best images (if possible) and always to strive harder to surpass the previous shot that I had made. Winning first prize is indeed a great honor. And to be recognized with so many excellent photos and amazing photographers.” - Wilfredo Lumagbas Jr., First Overall Prize Winner, “Summer” Alphabetography Challenge
“The Alphabetography Photo Challenge is a great way to figure out the ‘meaning’ of the image. Some photos we take for a special occasion, like a wedding, or when we travel and say: ‘Here I am in Yosemite.’ But when we think beyond those ritual moments, what do we make of our photos? The random use of a letter and a theme, like Summer, provides the opportunity to do something out of the box. Like all experiments, some succeed, others do not. But I sense there is quite a bit of fun in playing this game. Will this one work? That one? One of my favs from this contest was ‘Recondite’ — that was a surprise.” - Joe Nalven, “Summer” Alphabetography Challenge Judge
“Thanks again to Phoozl for hosting a very good competition. The quality just keeps going up and the growth in volume is testament to how popular it is. Congratulations not just to the winners but to everyone who took part. The range of subjects and approaches is truly inspiring, and I look forward to heading out with my camera to try some new ideas as a result of what I’ve seen here.” - Ove Alexander, Second Overall Prize Winner, “Summer” Alphabetography Challenge
“There were many stellar images in this “Summer” Alphabetography collection. It’s obvious that there’s no lack of talent in the photographers who submitted their creations in this Phoozl competition. After viewing, reviewing and re-reviewing these images, there are several that remain in my mind… The green-on-green butterfly, the man in the boat with the umbrella, the “On Golden Pond” image of the old wooden dock, the lighthouse with a spectacular breaking wave, the mussels on the beach, and the picture of nature’s designs in the sand are among those that I will long remember. My thanks to everyone for adding your exceptional images to my always-with-me mental gallery. Keep on Phoozling!” - Tom Hubbard, “Summer” Alphabetography Challenge Judge
“I never gave much thought to my photography until a friend of mine urged me to enter Phoozl’s Alphabetography contest. I entered in the last three weeks of “Spring” and to my amazement, people really thought my photos were special. This contest has taught to take the time to look all around me; photos are everywhere if we just take the time to “stop and smell the roses.” - Laurrie Piland, Third Overall Prize Winner, “Summer” Alphabetography Challenge
About this Contest and the Four Seasons
Each temperate, astronomical season (Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn) comprises its own complete Alphabetography Photo Challenge from photo submission to announcement of winners.
The four seasons are based on the traditional names used in the temperate and sub-polar regions on the globe. Taking Winter as the example, this is the season with the shortest days and lowest average temperatures, due to the tilt of the earth’s axis and the lower intensity of sunlight striking its surface during that time. In the Northern Hemisphere, Winter corresponds to the months of December, January and February. In the Southern Hemisphere it’s reversed: Winter is June, July and August. So even though the Winter game takes place December-February, a Southern Hemisphere resident could select photos from THEIR Winter, if they want to meet the “Wintery” judging criterion (there are four different criteria). However, photos from ALL seasons are eligible for submission regardless of the season or the player’s location.
The Alphabetography Photo Challenge is run and administered by Phoozl.com. Phoozl is a website destination or portal that provides a safe place to have fun with photos and photography (and other visual arts). The core of Phoozl is the many online Flash or “videogames” organized in different categories. Games range from puzzles to quizzes to “click mysteries” to “first-person-shooters” and other unique categories. But Phoozl is more than just online photo games. There’s information and learning, too, in the form of Photo IQ quizzes, Photo Tips from experts, and educational games that even include “brain-training.” Plus there are contests, creative challenges, missions, hunts, and “secret events.” There is also a PhoozNews blog and soon to come mobile Apps! Phoozl’s slogan says it all: “Puttin’ the Phun in Photography.”