The Warrior Wiki:Winter 2013 Photo Drive

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A Sculptural Environment. Photo by Sassan Sanei

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Winner Announcement

This was The Warrior Wiki's very first photo drive, and the response was terrific. In just under two weeks, contributors uploaded over 400 photos of campus and UW life to the wiki. These photos are the beginning of a royalty-free repository of UW photos that anyone can use. Many wiki pages have been made more engaging with the addition of these fantastic photos. You can look through all the submissions to the photo drive on. Thank you to all the contributors who helped make this possible.

There were also five prizes available to be won. Without further adieu, the winners are:

Best Photo Overall

DWE to UWP Overhead by Osama Sidat

Due to the very high quality of their photography, Osama Sidat managed to capture this prize, and both runner up positions for this award.

Prize: $30

Runner Ups

Most Interesting Photo

Steam Pipes and Valves by Jordan Melo

Prize: $20

Runner Ups

Best Photo of Historical UW Event

QNC Foyer Under Construction by Jordan Melo

Prize: $20

There were surprisingly few submissions for this category. The "event" part of the definition was eased, making it closer to a "Best Historical Photo" category, and this picture was chosen for its artistic quality.

Runner Ups

Most Points Overall

Y637wang, submitted an astounding 176 photos, earning a total of 420 points. Points were awarded according to their perceived usefulness to the wiki, and then their artistic merit. See the "Most Points Overall" below for the rubric.

Prize: $50

Runner Ups

  • Sampson Chen, 107 photos with 380 points
  • Osama Sidat, 31 photos with 255 points
  • Meaghan Mechler, 52 photos with 160 points

Most "Plaques" Bounty Prize

Y637wang

There were only 12 plaques submitted to the Photo Drive, and Y637wang submitted the most.

Prize: $8

Claiming Prize Money

Prizes can be picked up by the respective winners by visiting the Imprint Office in the Student Life Centre (SLC 1116). Winners will have until Friday April 5 to claim their prize. Unclaimed prizes after April 5 will be forfeited by their respective winners. If for some reason, the winners are not be able to pick up their prize in person, accommodations will be made within reason (contact thewarriorwiki@gmail.com). Winners will be asked to provide identification and/or log into their account in order to prove their ownership of the winning account.

Closing Remarks

Thank you again to all the contributors to the Photo Drive. You have helped seed a new repository of royalty-free images for the UW community to enjoy. Your contributions are being used today to help add context to the pages already on the wiki, and for many more that are yet to come.

Introduction

The Warrior Wiki is a community-run wiki that aims to be the best source of UW history by providing a place where all members of the UW community can contribute their knowledge.

A large part of improving accessibility is making subjects easier to comprehend. A picture is worth 1000 words, and images play an important role in explaining a topic.

In order to make the wiki more accessible, vibrant, and interesting, The Warrior Wiki is holding a "photo drive" (like a blood drive, but for photos). All submissions to the drive will become part of a free repository of UW images that anyone can use for any purpose.

There are also several cash prizes for the best and most plentiful submissions that help forward the UW community.

Prize Categories

Best Photo Overall

Reward: $30

This is where you let your photography skills shine. This prize is for the best photo. We're looking for superb technical and artistic quality. The photos can be of any aspect of UW, and should not be so abstract that the subject cannot be seen/understood.

Most Interesting Photo

Reward: $20

This prize is for the photo that makes people go "Oh wow, that's really cool". Again it can be of anything related to UW, as long as it gets a similar reaction from people.

Best Photo of Historical UW Event

Reward: $20

This award is exactly as it sounds. It is a combination of the above two awards, but is awarded to a photo showing a past event on UW campus.

Most Points Overall

Reward: $50

The Warrior Wiki wants to make a repository of freely available pictures of UW for anyone to use. Photos that frame UW topics nicely are more useful to the community and are therefore will be awarded more points. This prize will go to the contributor that accumulates the highest number of points across all their submissions. Points will be awarded according to the following table.

5 points: Awarded to photos that are not of particularly good quality, but still have some merit to the community or wiki.

10 points: Awarded to photos that nicely frame UW topics. Examples include photos that aim to capture the distinguishing features of buildings, portraits of important people of UW, etc. These are generally useful photos for a wiki article, or for the community to use.

50 points: Awarded to photos that are not only useful for framing a topic, but are also technically and artistically photographed. These are beautiful shots that still manage to capture the content that is useful for explaining a subject.

Some ideas of UW topics:

  • Rooms of buildings
  • Buildings
  • Sculptures/Artwork
  • Geese
  • Pretty much anything on campus


The current photo collection is quite sparse, so photos of almost anything related to UW helps improve the entire community.

Most "Plaques" Bounty Prize

Reward: $5-$250, scales with the number of entries

There are an estimated 1500 plaques on campus. They capture snippets of historical events that people felt were important enough to immortalize. There is a lot one can learn from reading these plaques and having pictures of these plaques available to the community will help provide a more complete record of the events.

The prize for the "Most 'Plaques' Bounty Prize" will increase with the total number of unique plaques submitted to the drive.

This prize is awarded to the contributor that submits the largest number of pictures of unique plaques. The definition of plaque is fairly flexible, but generally we mean:

Any piece of permanent signage, often affixed to or embedded in a wall, for the purpose of recording past events.

As we said, our definition is very flexible, so we'll be quite generous in awarding points.

For each plaque, you must submit two photos: One clearly capturing the writing on the plaque. Another must capture the location of the plaque in its surrounding area. Failure to submit either photo will result in the submission not being counted.

The prize’s award scales according to the below table:

Total # of unique plaques submitted by contributors Prize amount
1 $5
2-980 $5+0.25n, where n is the number of unique plaques submitted.

That is to say, the prize goes up by $0.25 for each unique plaque submitted. (Combined count of all submissions by all contributors)

981+ $250

The winner of the prize will be the contributor who submits the most plaques.

Example Entry

An example plaque entry can be found in the two pictures:

Entries do not need to be so detailed in their descriptions.

Official Rules

Submission

All photos submitted to the photo drive must be submitted under one of the following licensing options.

  • Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)
  • CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication (CC0 1.0)

The contest part of the drive runs from Thursday March 7, 00:00 EST until Wednesday March 20, 18:00 EST. All photos to be submitted for the contest must be uploaded during this period. No photos submitted outside of this period will be accepted into the judging.

Photos submitted DO NOT need to be taken during the contest period, only submitted to the site during that time. The Warrior Wiki encourages submitting historical photos or pictures taken previously, so long as the contestant took the pictures themselves and are eligible to be submit them under one of the above license options.

See the FAQ for information about how to upload files. Essentially, simply log in, click "Upload file" in the sidebar, and follow the instructions.

Judging

Judging for the “Most Interesting Photo”, and “Best Photo of Historical UW Event” will be decided by a joint group of Imprint Publication and The Warrior Wiki volunteers.

Finalists for the “Best Photo Overall” will be decided by a joint group of Imprint Publication and The Warrior Wiki volunteers. The top 5 finalists will then be sent to a trained photography judge the overall winner.

A group of The Warrior Wiki volunteers will tally the points for the “Most Points Overall” and “Most ‘Plaques’ Bounty Prize”. The contributor with the most points for each prize will be chosen as the winners of the respective prizes.

Winner Announcement

Winners will be announced at http://warriorwiki.ca/wiki/The_Warrior_Wiki:Winter_2013_Photo_Drive on Friday March 22. Prizes can be picked up by the respective winners by visiting the Imprint Office in the Student Life Centre (SLC 1116). Winners will have until Friday April 5 to claim their prize. Unclaimed prizes after April 5 will be forfeited by their respective winners. If for some reason, the winners are not be able to pick up their prize in person, accommodations will be made within reason (contact thewarriorwiki@gmail.com). Winners will be asked to provide identification and/or log into their account in order to prove their ownership of the winning account.

Some Restrictions

All photos submitted must be related to the The Warrior Wiki's topic (ie. the University of Waterloo), and legal under all laws applicable to the Region of Waterloo.

The Warrior Wiki reserves the right to chose the winner of all the prizes, in all circumstances, especially in cases of ties, cracking, or technical failures.

The Warrior Wiki also reserves the right to disqualify any contestant for any reason, especially in cases of: abuse of the wiki, abuse of the rules of the contest, abuse of users of the wiki, plagiarism, or forgery.

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