July 22, 2012
Illustration and Design
Rules for Webs & Apps and Logos categories: In these categories it is allowed to use photography as element in final image, but not as a background. Any photography, or other image components, used in designs must have been created by you. Text can be incorporated into final image, but only as design element, not as identifiable feature (watermark).
Specific rule for Webs & Apps: Any photography, or other image components, used in designs must have been created by you OR you must have a valid content license. The Pixoto Marketplace is a great place to find content. You must also have been given permission from your client to display any work owned by other parties.
Specific rule for Illustration category only: illustration images submitted must be the exclusive work of the Pixoto Member. If your “illustration” includes a photo then it should be placed in Photography/Digital Art and not Illustration.
Illustration – illustrations created using computer software (illustrator, Photoshop, etc). Subcategories include:Sci Fi & Fantasy; People; Business; Products & Objects; Flowers & Nature; Places; Animals; Cartoons & Characters; Abstract & Patterns; Food & Drinks; Buildings; Holiday
Logos – Corporate, non-profit or personal logo designs.
Typography – Designs containing letters, words and sentences. In this category you may use photography in the final image as element or as a background. Any photography, or other image components, used in the designs must have been created by you. Text can be incorporated into final image, but only as design element, not as identifiable feature (watermark). You may not use your name, username or the name of your business, in the design. Subcategories: Single Letters; Words; Quotes & Sentences; Captioned Photos
Web & Apps – This category is for designs of websites and applications (including mobile phone apps). Subcategories include:Widgets, Pages, UI, Icons, App Icons
Submissions in this content type must be a photo or a scan of a physical piece of art created by the contributing member. No other content is allowed in the image (i.e. frames, stands, people, etc) – it must be the Art only. Categories include: Painting, Mixed Media, and Drawing.
Not eligible for prizes.
Instagram & Mobile – Photos shot with a mobile phone camera. Special effects and compiled images are allowed. We rely on the honor system so if you didn’t shoot it with a mobile phone please don’t submit it to this category.
Novices Only – Photos taken by photographers who are working on developing their skills and want the opportunity to compete with others at their level. Winning a 5% or better award in another category (excluding Instagram & Mobile and Digital Art) will make somebody ineligible for further submissions. Images will not appear in stock and canvas searches.
Abstract – These are photos that don’t have a clearly definable subject or scene. Waterdrops on unnatural objects and waterdrop splashes can also be put here. Subcategories: Macro; Patterns; Light Painting; Waterdrops & Splashes; Fire & Fireworks
Animals – Photos of any type of animals except dogs and cats. This includes true Wildlife as well as Zoo animals and captive animals. Subcategories: Amphibians; Fish; Sea Creatures; Reptiles; Horses; Spiders & Insects; Birds; Lions, Tigers & Big Cats; Other; Other Mammals
Animals – Cats – Photos of domestic cats (no Lions, Tigers etc.). Subcategories: Portraits; Playing; Kittens
Animals – Dogs – Photos of domesticated dogs (leave your coyotes and wolfs out of here). Subcategories: Portraits; Running; Playing; Puppies
Artistic Objects – Here’s where you put all of those shots of man made objects of all types from coffee mugs to violins, and all types of educational, business, industrial and technology related objects including products, machines, computers. Natural objects modified from their natural form can also be placed here. The still life subcategory can be used when there are two or more objects in an unnatural setting as the subject. Subcategories: Musical Instruments; Glass; Antiques; Clothing & Accessories; Jewelery; Toys; Still Life; Business Objects; Technology Objects; Education Objects; Industrial Objects; Healthcare Objects; Other Objects; Cups, Plates & Utensils; Furniture
Babies & Children – All photos of babies or children under the age of 16 without parents/adults. If there is adult on photo it should be submitted under People category. Subcategories: Babies; Toddlers; Child Portraits; Children Candids; Hands & Feet
Black & White – Here’s a place for just black & white photos of any sort (slight color tints are OK too). Note that you can include a Black& White version of a color photo from another category here without violating the “very similar image” rule. A black and white work toned entirely in a single color belong in black and white category, however a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one color becomes a color work and can not be placed in black and white category.
Buildings & Architecture – Photos of interiors and exteriors of buildings. Subcategories: Statues & Monuments; Bridges & Suspended Structures; Office Buildings & Hotels; Homes; Places of Worship; Architectural Detail; Public & Historical; Other Exterior; Other Interior
City, Street & Park – Photos taken of cities and towns where the subject is the scene rather than the people. Subcategories: Skylines; Street scenes; Markets & Shops; City Parks; Historic Districts; Neighborhoods; Night; Amusement Parks; Fountains; Vistas
Digital Art – This includes photo montages, fantasy scenes, constructed landscapes, artificial scenes and any photo compilation that is surreal or unreal. If it isn’t even trying to look real – put it here. IMPORTANT: all components must be your creations. NO STOCK PHOTOS. Subcategories: People; Places; Things; Abstract; Animals
Flowers - Put your photos of flowers here. Subcategories: Flower Arangements; Flowers in the Wild; Flower Gardens; Single Flower
Food & Drink - If you can eat it or drink it put it here. Also if photos is of the preparation of food and drink. Subcategories: Alcohol & Drinks; Eating; Cooking & Baking; Fruits & Vegetables; Plated Food; Ingredients; Candy & Dessert; Meets & Cheeses
Landscape – Photos where the natural scenery is a subject. If the subject is anything other than a natural scene (e.g. a city, a building, a person, an animal, a natural or man-made object) – don’t put it here. City, building, person, animal, natural or man-made object can be object in landscape photography that adds interest to the scene, but it must cover less then 20% of photo and must not dominate the landscape.Subcategories: Beaches; Mountains & Hills; Deserts; Weather; Prairies, Meadows & Fields; Underwater; Forests; Starcapes; Waterscapes; Cloud Formations; Sunsets & Sunrises; Caves and Formations; Travel
Nature Up Close – Photos of plants, trees and other natural objects. Waterdrops on natural object or plant parts also belong here if the subject is waterdrop rather then object it is on. Natural objects modified from their natural form belong in Artistic objects category. Don’t put landscapes or flowers here! If it’s not a close up chances are it belongs in landscapes. Subcategories: Mushrooms & Fungi, Trees & Bushes, Sand, Rock & Stone, Water, Leaves & Grasses, Gardens & Produce, Webs, Hives & Nests, Other plants, Other natural objects, Natural Waterdrops
News & Events – Photos of newsworthy events and images that are relevant to today’s news. The primary search for this subject will be “date taken”. Subcategories: World Events; US Events; Business; Entertainment; Sports; Technology; Politics; Science; Health; Weather & Storms
Nudes & Boudoir – Photos that contain nudity or are provocative in nature should placed here. Nudity is NOT allowed in any other category. Exposed genitals are forbidden. Subcategories: Artistic Nudes; Boudoir
People – Photos where the subject is an adult or multiple people (including an adult with children). Photos of families are welcome here. Photos that include only children (under 16) should be placed in the “Babies & Children” category. Subcategories: Portraits of Women, Portraits of Men, Couples; Family; Group & Corporate; Maternity; Body Parts; Musicians & Entertainers; Body Art/Tattoos; Street & Candids; Professional People; Fashion
Public Holidays – Photos of scenes, people, products or objects that have a public, national and religious holiday theme. Note that this is not a category for vacation/travel photos. Subcategories: Christmas; Easter; Halloween; Thanksgiving; New Year’s Eve; Valentines Day; July 4th
Sports & Fitness – Imagery of sports (both people and objects). This category is focused on “timeless” shots to be used for art and stock. Newsworthy images should be placed in “News & Events”. Subcategories include all major sports (and some minor ones too).
Transportation- Imagery where the subject is a transportation device or means of transportation. If the subject is a person, landscape or other natural object – place it somewhere else. Subcategories include: Bicycles; Motorcycles; Boats; Airplanes; Helicopters; Automobiles; Trains; Railway Tracks; Roads; Other
Wedding – Photos of weddings sessions. Please sub-categorize all simulated weddings related shots into People category “Fashion” Subcategory. Subcategories include: Getting Ready; Reception; Ceremony; Bride; Details; Groom; Bride & Groom; Groups; Other
Photography Photoshop/Post Processing Rules
In an effort to find the best, and most striking imagery, extensive use of Photoshop or other post processing techniques is allowed in all categories. However images that look like “digital art” rather than photography should be categorized as such.