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Amateur Photographer of the Year 2018 now live

Discussion in 'Amateur Photographer Of the Year (APOY)' started by Nigel_Atherton, Mar 11, 2018.

  1. Nigel_Atherton

    Nigel_Atherton Group Editor

    You will be pleased (I hope) to learn that we have just launched this year's Amateur Photographer of the Year competition. Once again it is sponsored by Sigma Imaging and as with last year we are running it on the Photocrowd platform.
    However, following feedback from readers about last year's competition we have made several significant changes to the rules which I hope addresses some of the issues raised. These include:

    • Only AP readers get a free entry. This will be via a voucher code which will be printed every week in AP. It can only be used once per round and the code will change for each round. Anyone entering through the Photocrowd platform has to pay to enter, though of course they too can get a code if they buy a copy of AP.

    • Up to three additional entries per round can be purchased but unlike last year only the highest scoring entry per round will be counted.

    • The threshold from what is considered a professional photographer has been reduced back to 10% as it was before, and made more prominent in the rules.

    You can find more details here, along with the link to enter: http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/apoy

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  2. Zubzubadoodle

    Zubzubadoodle Member

    I'm thinking of entering this year. Can you confirm that pictures entered should be take during the time frame of the round?
  3. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    The T&C say not. You can enter an image even if it has won an award elsewhere (though the elsewhere rules may forbid it)
  4. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Dear Pete,

    But they can't bind AP ex post facto.


  5. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Dear Nigel,

    We are. But you really should be allowed some time off at the week-ends. Speak to the Editor about it. He's a reasonable man, if overworked.


  6. Nigel_Atherton

    Nigel_Atherton Group Editor

    Ha ha, thanks Roger. I'll have a word with him.

    I can confirm that entries do not have to have been taken during the period of the round, or even this year.
  7. Nigel_Atherton

    Nigel_Atherton Group Editor

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  8. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    Is there any way to submit a picture WITHOUT being forced to use a social media website that I do not trust with my personal data?
    Perhaps the email to AP option should still be available, as long as the entry code (or subscriber number?) is quoted.
  9. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Nope. This question was well rehearsed last year.
  10. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    But what about 'forced to use a social media website that I do not trust with my personal data' in the Trump era?
  11. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    That was the thrust of it.

    Basically all the back-office work is avoided by using this platform and that advantage is overwhelming, so that's the way it is. They changed the rules this year so the end winner will have to demonstrate skill in all the categories rather than be very good at one or two subjects.
  12. Nigel_Atherton

    Nigel_Atherton Group Editor

    I couldnt have put it better myself.

    We no longer have the resources to go through dozens of emails and do not have any dedicated admin support. However, even if we DID have such support, the new GDPR data protection laws coming into force in May would make this impossible. Email is about the worst and most unsecure means of storing people's data and there will be strict new rules about how personal data must be kept and for how long. The penalties for a breach of this law by any company, or someone within it forgetting to delete any emails containing customer data, are eye watering: £17 million, or 4% of global turnover, whichever is higher. (You can Google it).

    You may be suspicious of websites but the data is collected and stored in a very safe and secure way, and will soon be even more so. Every company in the UK that handles data is currently undergoing frantic risk assessments and introducing new processes to ensure they don't fall foul.

    Photocrowd is a not really a social media website anyway. It is a competitions website. People don't go on there to talk about politics or their favourite brand of cereal. It isn't facebook.
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2018
  13. Trannifan

    Trannifan Well-Known Member

    Isn't that what Zuckerberg claims for Facebook?

  14. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

  15. Nigel_Atherton

    Nigel_Atherton Group Editor

    Facebook is worth taking the trouble to hack because of the amount of personal information that people share on there that's valuable to advertisers/political groups etc. Photocrowd is purely a photo competition website and the information stored there is much the same as what the AP site would ask for if we had the technology to host it ourselves. That data is only shared with third parties if users tick the box allowing it, and if they do, all that will happen is that they might receive marketing messages by (mostly) photographic companies considered relevant. Some people would consider that useful, and even if they don't it's hardly a traumatic experience to receive it.

    If people are that worried about the internet they probably shouldn't use it.
  16. miked

    miked Well-Known Member

    I was a regular APOY entrant, entering but a single image for each category, and, thouigh neveer a winner, always enjoyed the involvement, but I have to confess that since Photocrowd has been 'hooked-up, I simply lost interest, and like Lynn, simply don't have the trust to use it's facilities.
  17. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    I clicked hte link and now feel utterly confused. If you have just launched APOY 18, why does it apparently start with round 8? Why is the table showing the start/open/end/result dates start with the last round and work backwards? What? Is? That? About?
  18. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    He just launched it back in March - for some reason, Mike has Phiigied the thread.
  19. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    Ah! I thought it was a funny time to start a 2018 competition.
  20. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Did it just die or what?
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