Photo Hold’em

Welcome to Coldfear’s first contest.

First off I have to thank The Range Life guys for coming up with the great idea…

What is it?
It is a photo contest with a little poker strategy. But mostly its just another excuse to get some more eye candy up for people’s viewing pleasures.

How Do I Enter?
If you want to enter this contest, you must send a picture of yourself to aaron(at)coldfear(dot)com by midnight on Nov 30th. This photo will be part of the contest and if we get more than 16 participants, these photos will be judged and only the sweetest 16 will get to play – so don’t stretch you arm out and click. Make it count. Along with this photo, please include your full name, a brief description about yourself to intimidate, bluff, or otherwise psyche out the competition, and where you are from.

How Does the Competition Work?
On Dec 1st, The entry photos will be posted here in a bracket fashion. Each competitor will be randomly pitted against another.

By midnight on Dec. 5th, you need to submit your first Ice Climbing photo, which will be your entry for Round One.

On Dec. 8th, the Round One photos will be posted along with comments and results as determined by the Coldfear judges, as well as the new bracket for Round Two.

By midnight on Dec. 16th, if you are still in the contest you must submit your second Ice Climbing Photo, which will be your entry for Round Two.

On Dec. 19th, the Round Two photos will be posted along with comments, results, and the next round of brackets.

Dec. 25th – Christmas Day. Be Thankful to be a climber and hope for new gear.

By midnight on on Dec. 26th, if you are still in the contest you must submit FOUR Ice Climbing Photos, which will be your entry for the Third and Final Round.

On Dec. 30th we will post the photos for the Third and Final round along with the announcement of the winner of the First Annual Coldfear Photo Hold’Em. And in the words of Ricky Bobby, “If you ain’t first, your last.”

Photo Hold’em

Definitions and Recommendations:

Photo of yourself: Get creative. This can be a self portrait, or taken by somebody else. It is not limited to the genre of Ice Climbing.

Ice Climbing Photos: More Creativity, please. This does not have to be a Climber on a piece of ice. In fact we love lifestyle photos, but feel that they are harder to capture in the form of a quality photo. The more unique and creative photos will do better, but ultimately we just want photos that capture the essence of Ice Climbing. Feel free to add a short caption if you like, but this is not necessary.

Resolution: This is not a contest for only people with an expensive camera. I would encourage professional photographers and point-n-shoot users to enter. Let us know what camera you are working with and we will consider handicaps where necessary.

Size: I thought about requiring you to send me specificly sized photos. But fearing that I will not get enough participants this is not a mandate. However, if I need a tie-breaker, the photo that is sized at a maximum dimension of 500 on either side may win.

Of course, Coldfear, reserves the rights to do whatever we want, and change this contest as necessary, so just play along, and feel free to ask questions as necessary.

Finally, in classic blog-community style…Anyone out there want to stoke out the winner? Manufacturers wanna send some prizes? Magazines wanna publish the winner? Other industry folk want to get involved? contact me.