July 22, 2012
Illustration and Design
Rules for Webs & Apps, Logos and Typography categories: In these categories it is allowed to use photography as element in final image. Any photography, or other image components, used in designs must have been created by you OR you must have a valid content licence. The Pixoto Marketplace is a great placed to find content. You must also have been given permission from your client to display any work owned by other parties. Text can be incorporated into final image, but only as design element, not as identifiable feature (watermark).
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,
Web & Apps – This category is for designs of websites and applications (including mobile phone apps). Subcategories include: Widgets, Pages, UI, Icons, App Icons
Logos – Corporate, non-profit or personal logo designs.
Typography – Design with words including quotes, fonts, words etc.
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, Sculpture, Calligraphy, 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. Subcategories: Waterdrops, Macro, Patterns, Light Painting
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; Snakes; 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 artistic shots of man made objects of all types from coffee mugs to violins. 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, Other Objects
Babies & Children – All photos of babies or children under the age of 16 without parents/adults. Subcategores: Babies, Toddlers, Child Portraits, Children Candids, Hands & Feet
Black & White – Here’s a place for just black & white photos of any sort (and slightly sepia 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.
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;
City, Street & Park - Photos of 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, Amusement Parks
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
Food & Drink - If you can eat it or drink it put it here. Also if photos of the preparation of food and drink. Subcategories: Alcohol & Drinks; Eating; Cooking & Baking; Fruits & Vegetables; Plated Food; Ingredients
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 or a natural object) – don’t put it here. Subcategories: Beaches; Mountains & Hills; Deserts; Weather; Prairies; Meadows & Fields; Underwater; Forests; Nightscapes; Waterfalls; Waterscapes; Cloud Formations; Sunsets & Sunrises
Nature Up Close – Photos of flowers, plants, trees and other natural objects. Don’t put landscapes here! If it’s not a close up chances are it belongs in landscapes. Subcategories: Flowers, Mushrooms & Fungi, Trees & Bushes, Sand, Rock & Stone, Water, Leaves & Grasses, Gardens & Produce, Webs, Hives & Nests, Other plants
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 of that contain nudity or are provocative in nature should placed here. Nudity is NOT allowed in any other category. Exposed genitals are forbidden.
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; Families; Group & Corporate; Maternity; Body Parts; Musicians & Entertainers; Body Art/Tattoos; Street & Candids
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. If the subject is a person, landscape or other natural object – place it somewhere else. Subcategories include: Bicycles; Motorcycles; Boats; Airplanes; Helicopters; Automobiles; Trains; Other
Wedding – Photos of weddings and engagement sessions. Please sub-categorize all simulated weddings related shots into “Fashion Shoots”. Subcategories include: Getting Ready; Reception; Ceremony; Bride; Details; Groom; Bride & Groom; Groups; Other
Travel Locations – Photos of travel related places that will be primarily used for stock photography. Subcategories: Air Travel; Holidays; Landmarks; Railway; Subway; Busses
Holidays – Photos of scenes, people, products or objects that have a holiday theme. Note that this is not a category for vacation/travel photos. Subcategories: Birthdays; Christmas; Easter; Halloween; Thanksgiving; New Year’s Eve; Valentines Day; July 4th; Other
Products & Objects – Photos of all types of educational, business, industrial and technology related objects including products, machines, computers etc. Subcategories: Business Objects; Technology Objects; Education Objects; Industrial Objects; Healthcare Objects
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.