Welcome to our first photography/multimedia contest for 2014. The winner of this will be crowned our official "Sitepoint Shutterbug 2014."
This contest will be starting from today (right now!) and run until the 28th of February, 2014. At the end, our panel of judges will decide a winner and, as always for our photography contests, we'll award awesome prizes.
Sitepoint Shutterbug 2014 will win a full month's subscription to [Learnable and electronic copies of three [URL="http://www.sitepoint.com/store/"]Sitepoint books](https://learnable.com/) of the winner's choice.
The first runner up will win electronic copies of their choice of two Sitepoint books.
The second runner up will win an electronic copy of their choice of one Sitepoint book.
ALL WORK MUST BE YOUR OWN!
You may enter as many times as you wish, but only one image (whichever the judges deem to be your best), will be considered for the judges' final tally.
Photographs should look as natural as possible. No goofy Photoshop effects or overdone photo-manipulation. Entrants are allowed to correct colour, contrast, and make minor tweaks such as removing litter or distracting objects from a photo, but no surreal colours or crazy filters.
Entrants are encouraged to include at least a sentence describing the photograph or the process of making the photograph. This isn't a requirement, but it does add interest to viewers following along the contest.
All camera types are welcomed and will be judged equally. Your SLR, film camera, point and shoot, cell phone, bridge camera, are all valid. Please note that the judging will be based on concept and composition, and not on the technical capabilities of your camera. The story your image tells and your technique in composing the scene will matter. How expensive your camera is does not. A grainy, cell phone photograph of a wonderful, genuine moment which is well composed, will always rate much higher than a boring, poor composition from an SLR, no matter how many megapixels, how nice the bokeh effect, or lack of noise in the shadows.
We acknowledge that as the photograph creators, you will retain your copyrights/intellectual property rights to your submitted images. These are your images and you own them. We do, however, plan to share maybe two or three of the better entries in a given week on Sitepoint's social networks solely for the purpose of drawing attention to, and promoting, this competition thread. By submitting photographs to this thread you are kindly acknowledging this fact and granting us that permission.
Sitepoint Staff (Mentors, Advisors, Team Leaders, Administrators) may post in this contest thread as examples, or just for fun (we like to have fun too!), but please be aware that no images posted by Sitepoint Staff will be considered by the judges. The judges will only consider the submissions by you guys, the wonderful lot of you who make up the Sitepoint Community. You're the only ones who can win prizes and win the title.
So, all the formalities aside, the topic chosen by public poll for Sitepoint Shutterbug 2014 is...
We want to see photographs that highlight shapes, angles, curves, geometry in architecture or nature or the human body, shapes in food, whatever shapes you see, whatever angles you think of, whatever geometry you imagine and want to create.
Good luck, and have fun!