Kite Aerial Photography (KAP) photo contest rules vary with time and event. The American Kiteflyiers Association (AKA) hosts an annual Members Choice KAP photo contest each year as part of their annual convention. During the 2013 AKA KAP competition a bit of discussion arose related to various “rules” for entry including size of the print, date of the photograph, mounted or not, anonymous or not. I missed out on the convention and this fun discussion due to work! But I did promise to open the discussion on various KAP forums for updating the KAP photo contest rules going forward into 2014 and beyond. Bit of background:
Kite Aerial Photography photo contest are rare in general but several do exist as part of various kite events (such as Japan KAP, KAPi, AKA and a scattering of others). The number of entrants in these KAP photo contest are generally low given the somewhat unique aspects of KAP.
A couple of years ago I experimented with a simple “crowd sourced” KAP competition using the KAP flickr group. Top KAP photos were selected by simply counting the number of “favorites” each posted KAP photo received between date 1 and date 2. The most favorites win….simple and effective but not perfect. The winners got their photos published in the AKA Kiting Journal.
My main goal taking on this fun task is to explore ways to promote some of the best photographs within the KAP community and give some recognition to those who are interested.Looking to the future, 2014 and beyond.
The purpose of this post is to solicit comments on what the Kite Aerial Photography photo contest rules should be for two specific contests:
- AKA Members Choice KAP Competition
- KAP flickr group – photo contest
(time permitting I am going to give this a try again in 2014 (with help from others).
I will start with the second item “KAP flickr group photo contest
” as the proposed rules are fairly simple (I hope)!
*** Proposed flickr KAP Group Photo Contest Rules – Comments Please ***
- Only photos posted to the flickr KAP group will be considered
- Must be a KAP photo
- Photos with the most favorites win with places for 1st, 2nd and 3rd
- Annual date range based on when the photo is posted (not actually taken) to the KAP Group in flckr. Date range is from January 1 to December 31 each year
- Counting of favorites (this can take a bit of time!) would be during the 2nd Quarter of the following year. Example: photos with the most favorites in 2013 would be counted in April 2014 (this is to give some time for photos posted late in 2013 to “get some votes”).
- Awards – Article and publication of photos in the AKA Kitting Journal and on various social media KAP forums. …. Sorry no $.... ;-)
Please submit comments on any recommended improvements and please clearly state “flickr KAP Group Photo Contest Rules
Now for the rules discussion related to the AKA Members Choice KAP photo competition
First a bit of background. As the title of this competition indicates, AKA members who are in physically in attendance on the last day of the week long annual convention attend a very nice banquet where numerous kite related awards are handed out (best new kite, a bunch of kite competition (fighter kite, teams, artistic)) and the best KAP photo. During the banquet the KAP photos are displayed (in printed form) for all to see and vote on. Most votes win. The current rules are posted on the AKA web site but are hard to find (site search does not always find them for some reason). I have posted a link here to the existing KAP photo contest rules.
I have received a few comments for improving / changing the AKA KAP competition rules over the last month or so. Here they are:
- Post rules in one easy to find location on the AKA web site
- Communicate the rules in advance of the event
- Have no rules
- Change the voting process from members choice to an expert panel of KAP judges
- Restrict entrants to just KAP photos taken during the actual week of the AKA convention (see modified category below)
- Use social media to promote (campaign for votes) the best photo
- Keep the KAPer (photographer) anonymous to avoid bias
I will add a few of my ideas to the mix…
- Have two categories:
- Kite related
- Not kite related (or Open)
Rational – most of the attendees are kite fliers and are interested in seeing kites in the air from above. Thus have one category focused on just this subject (kites). The goal is to help promote interest in both kite subjects and non-kite subjects (which actually represents the vast majority of KAP shots in general).- Move to an all-digital format for all entrants (no prints allowed).
Rational – to promote more entries and eliminate the hassle of printing, mounting, shipping, hanging, displaying, security and return shipment. This also eliminates the touchy (at least this year) subject of size of prints.
Moving to an all-digital format does bring a few new logistical issues.
- How to display the images during the banquet – (propose large PC projector)
- How to do the voting process (currently attending members simply write the number of the photo they like on a special ballot they are given as they enter the banquet hall). My solution (not simple, is to prepare a collage of all the pictures on one page (kite related collage on one side and non-kite related collage on the other). Members are given the page in place of a ballot and after viewing a looping slide show of the images or just looking at the collage, they circle the top photo on each side of the page and turn in their “ballot” for counting. The voting process has to be simple and straight forward.
- Personal comment – I actually like the prints….but time is moving along…thoughts?
To get the ball rolling on comments within the KAP community I propose the following rule changes – please comment with “AKA Members Choice KAP Award
” Summary of proposed changes for AKA Members Choice KAP Award.
1. Keep the existing AKA Members Choice KAP competition rules found here
with the following exceptions / changes:
a. Add new rule. “Awards will be issued for the top KAP photograph in each of the following two categories:
i. Kite related (image must include at least one kite)
ii. Non-Kite Related (image must not contain any kites)”
b. Change Entry Guideline # 5 to read “Images must be submitted electronically as JPEG files via e-mail.”
c. Change Entry Guideline # 6 to read “No signature, title, watermark, name or explanatory text may appear on or with the image”.
Comments are welcome from all. I prefer an open dialog for all to see so please post your comments here and not via private e-mail. As stated above, please clearly state which set of rules you are commenting on (fickr vs. AKA). I will be dual posting this post over on the AKA web site with at request to leave comments on this forum also.
The goal is to crank through this open discussion process over the next few weeks and formally submit changes to the AKA process by the end of this year.