Phoozl Launches Unique “Alphabetography Photo Challenge” on Facebook
Photo games site Phoozl.com has announced the launch of its new, seasonal “Alphabetography Photo Challenge: the Four Seasons” contest as a Facebook Application. The first “Winter” challenge or contest has just begun after the start of the Winter 2010/11 season (in the Northern Hemisphere), and it runs for approximately 45 days to its conclusion in early March.
A Unique Alphabet Photo Concept
During each season’s contest (using “Winter” as the example), photo enthusiasts submit photos that apply or relate to the current letter that’s in play. So during the “W Letter Period,” entrants upload photos whose subject contains a word that starts with the letter “W” (examples: White, Winter, Wonderful). When the game-play moves to the letter “I”, entrants submit “I” photos. And so on through the six letters of the word “Winter.” 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 (“Winter”) Challenge, so they have six chances to enter.
Voting, Judging, Gallery, and Prizes
The Winter 2010/11 Alphabetography Photo Challenge costs nothing to enter but is offering 11 different Prizes sponsored by such companies as: Blurb, Datacolor, Frame Destination, and Course Technology PTR. There are galleries and public voting, and the Top 5 vote-getting photos for each letter move to the Judging Phase where a panel of three professional photographers will judge and score the 30 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.
“We’re super excited about this new contest that challenges photo enthusiasts around the world to sync up their creativity with the earth’s seasons and get recognition for their work,” says Phoozl’s Harald Johnson and the creator of the Alphabetography Photo Challenge. “Sure, there are other alphabet photo games out there, but there is nothing like this!”
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:
OR… go directly to the Facebook Application:
(you need to “Allow” the Request for Permission screen that appears)
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 (actually, starting in January), 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.”
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