For Alphabetography, Spring Has Sprung on Facebook
Charlottesville, Virginia, April 11, 2011 — Photo-games site Phoozl.com today announces the launch of the Spring edition of the “Alphabetography Photo Challenge: the Four Seasons” contest on Facebook. The “SPRING” challenge or contest runs for approximately 45 days to its conclusion on May 22. You can find the Facebook Application here: http://apps.facebook.com/alphabetography(requires a Facebook account and “allowing” the Request for Permission screen)
Inaugural “Winter” Challenge a Success
“Our first attempt went great!” enthuses Alphabetography creator Harald Johnson in describing the debut of the “Winter” contest from January to March. “We had 240+ submissions from 19 countries with 700 public votes cast and 15,000 total photo views. And we awarded 11 Prize Winners with all kinds of cool stuff from gift cards to books of value to photo enthusiasts.”
Overall winners were determined by the greatest total scores that combined both Judging Phase Scores and Phoozl Extra Points Scores (a task in interaction with Phoozl.com). And the grand prize winner who had the greatest combined total score for “Winter” was: Hannah-Felicity Copely from Leicester, England. Of her winning the whole Winter contest, Copely said “Joining this competition has given me motivation to go out and take photographs. I am already thinking of how to improve, especially working more towards the seasonal aspect.”
You can see the “Winter” Winners’ List (and photos) here on Phoozl:
A Unique Alphabet Photo Concept
During each season’s contest (using “Spring” as the example), photo enthusiasts submit photos that apply or relate to the current letter that’s in play. So during the “S” Letter Period, for instance, participants upload photos that are associated with (whose subject matter includes in the Title) a word starting with the letter “S” (examples: Spring, Soar, Slide). When the gameplay moves to “P”, “P” photos are submitted. And so on through the six letters of the word “Spring.” Entrants are allowed up to 5 submissions per letter maximum. 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 (“Spring”) Challenge, so they have multiple chances to enter.
Voting, Judging, Gallery, and Prizes
The Spring 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 (NEW!), and Course Technology PTR. There are galleries and public voting, and the Top 8 vote-getting photos for each letter move to the Judging Phase where a panel of three professional photographers – Rick Allred, Jon Canfield, Jonathan Smith—will judge and score the 48 Finalist Photos based on published criteria. Add any Extra Points, and the top scores win.
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.
To learn more about the Alphabetography Photo Challenge: the Four Seasons, or even better, to take the challenge and to participate, go to Phoozl’s Fan Page on Facebook and click the “Challenges” tab to enter the Application: http://www.facebook.com/phoozl OR… go directly to the Facebook Application http://apps.facebook.com/alphabetography (requires a Facebook account and “allowing” the Request for Permission screen)
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. A new contest will start with the next season in the calendar.
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 a Community section will be coming online soon. Phoozl’s tagline says it all: “photo games & more.”