[WMCEE-l] European Science Photo Competition 2015 [must read!]

Strainu strainu10 at gmail.com
Sun Oct 18 09:08:55 CEST 2015

Ivo, can you please shortly explain how can the competition happen
without a local team/prizes? If I remember correctly, you mentioned
this as a possiblity at the CEE meeting.


2015-10-16 3:42 GMT+03:00 Ivo Kruusamägi <ivo.kruusamagi at gmail.com>:
> Hi everyone!
> Some Q&A round about soon to come European Science Photo Comp.
> 1) Are you still looking for local teams? Yes we are!
> Someone should carry out the sub-competitions and organize sufficient
> promotion. You can all ask around on if your country has a person (or more)
> for this. Or step up yourself. Minimum goal is just to set up a local jury
> who would take care of the image selection process.
> 2) May we skip this year? No way that's gonna happen.
> There isn't any good reason to repeat this competition next year. What's the
> point of even setting up prizes if there would be two half-held
> competitions? Better to have one and do it big. This isn't WLM. The rate of
> new good images emerging yearly in this field also isn't that high. So:
> everyone will participate. Only difference is if you will participate
> actively or in a default mode.
> 3) Is there a time to do promotion? Yes there is.
> We are mainly aiming for images that are already there. That's why there
> isn't even a need to start the promotion before November (but it clearly
> doesn't do harm to start early). We want people to upload what they have and
> encourage them to take more images in the future.
> 4) But we don't have money /time to ask stuff from WMF? Well, you don't need
> to.
> It's a competition. Sponsors should be the ones paying for this stuff and
> not you. If you haven't learned that out by now, then this is the chance.
> There are plenty of organizations and companies who are willing to give
> prizes and/or money. Just go and ask.
> 5) What information is needed about local competition?
> Local competition subpages should be set up with the information about who
> are the local jury members, what (special) prizes will be given out and who
> to contact with problems or information. Rest of the information is already
> present in the international competition page. NB! Don't forget to add the
> big red button named "Press here to upload your photos".
> 6) How should we set up the jury?
> I'd recommend to include at least one professional photographer, a science
> journalist, a wikipedian who is competent in photo related stuff and some
> scientists in from different fields who know a bit about photography.
> It isn't going to be problem if some images presented to the competition
> will be from topics unknown to jury members. Description should be the thing
> that makes it clear how special it is or isn't and jury still needs to find
> images that are visually stunning and have some wow-effect related to them
> (this is a photo competition you know!). It is just the same in nature photo
> competition: no-one cares on how difficult it was to make that image (only
> the author knows that anyway). Question is about what story this image has
> for the audience.
> 7) What is the expected outcome of the competition?
> I would expect the total number of submission somewhere around 30k (but the
> numbers per country would of course differ substantially and the end number
> would be greatly dependent on what counties would have local
> organization/promotion groups and which ones would not).
> This is an excellent event to get some media attention, so please use it!
> I'd also expect that this would help to set up some cooperation with local
> organizations, get some good contacts with companies who are willing to
> sponsor Wikipedia-related activities and speed up some university
> cooperation.
> As a conclusion. We are perfectly positioned to carry out huge low cost
> photographic events. European Science Photo Competition could be just like
> that. So, do some promotion and set up a local jury. Already that would make
> ESPC the biggest science photo competition ever held. Help us to reach for
> the starts!
> With regards
> Ivo Kruusamägi
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