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    Gift Topper Fine Jewelers Contest V "Mad Contest: The Pitch" (Post Pictures Here)


    The Concept:
    Your work for the advertising firm "W.U.S. Contestants & Associates” and you have just landed an appointment with Ball Watch U.S.A. where you hope to land them as an account, and supply them with "creative" for magazine advertising. You know that their typical slogan is "accuracy under adverse conditions" and you're debating whether or not to use it in your pitch. You have four different submissions to make, and they will pick the best one for their campaign. What type of entry will you make? Will your work be a pure photograph or it will it be photoshopped? Will you focus on their technology, history, style, or extreme durability? It's up to you, it's your pitch. Please be advised that when setting up your appointment, the secretary told you that the last agency who had a meeting was immediately shown the door for double entrende jokes involving their name, so you know that you can't go there. (Please don't go there! It's been done more than puns involving Shih Tzu’s at a dog show, and we'll have to delete the entry. )

    The Prize
    Perhaps in real life, Ball watch U.S.A. will be so impressed with what you provide that they'll sign you! That however, is beyond our control. The winner of the contest will receive the $1,895 retail Engineer Master two DLC, and the winner will chose whether or not they want the watch to have yellow or blue accents. Other prizes are TBD. Everyone who gets a judges point will get a prize.


    The Points System:
    The contest will have three judges. Each judge will pick first place, second place, third place, fourth place and fifth place. Each judge can only select one photo from a single contestant,
    A Contestant will earn the following points if their work is selected by a judge: First place 5, Second place 4, Third place 3, fourth place 2 & fifth place 1.
    Example: Contestant Barney gets 3 points from each judge for Photo A, and contestant Barry gets 5 points from judge 1 for Photo B, 0 points from judge 2 for any of his photos, and 5 points from the third judge for Photo C. Even though Barney's single picture scored more points than any of Barry's, Barry wins 10 to 9.
    Tiebreaker: If two contestants receive the same score, then each judge will review the total works of the two contestants and vote for one of them. The contestant with two or more votes will win the tiebreaker.

    This scoring system is designed to allow people to feel free to submit multiple entries without fear of splitting their own vote, and at the same time since a judge can only select one work from each artist, it will help to cut down the bias that can come from a judge falling in love with one contestant's work. In order to make it fair to someone who wants to work really hard on one entry, and so our judges can give additional time to each entry we have caped the total number of entries at 4 entries.

    The Judges

    None of the judges are actually from Ball Watch U.S.A., but they all are Watch U Seek members: All judges have been given strict instructions not to take geography into account when judging the entries.

    D N Ravenna – WUS Moderator on the Zenith forum
    Jxavier – Winner of our last photo contest
    Watchuseek Admin - WUS Forum Owner


    Who can enter

    This photography contest will have our highest value prize to date and is open to all WUS Members at the time of the close of the contest. This means that you are allowed to join WUS to enter this contest. This is the "photoshop" contest. While contestants must start with a photograph that is of their own taking, they may process that photograph with any effect that they wish. For those that do not own a Ball watch and wish to participate, you can use any Ball watch photograph taken by robattopper or samanator in our photo gallery as your starting point. A photoshoped work or a pure photograph has equal chance to win. The judges are being asked to select the work that has the highest "it" factor, the most appeal, and puts Ball watches in the best light. Principles and employees of other Jewelry stores as well as WUS moderators are excluded. Must be 18 years old to enter for prizes, though anyone can enter for fun.


    The entries

    You are allowed four submissions… Each submission must be no larger than 1100 X 1100 pixels. After your Submission….

    1. Name Your Submission
    2. Describe your concept, why it works, and how you made it: (no more than 100 words)
    3. Place a smaller photo no more than 500 pixels wide of each original photograph that you used in the creation of the piece. The judges will be instructed that if you are starting with a work that is not of your own creation, the amount of content you add should be taken to affect into the scoring of your work
    4. Please be ready to show that you have copyright permission for your entry for any material not created by you (Pictures taken from Robattopper and samanator are a given).


    The Rules

    • Must be a WUS member to enter
    • This contest will allow Photo Shopping pictures
    • One entry with one submission including components 1,2,3 & 4 per 48 hours.
    • Limit on submissions per member is 4 pictures total
    • Contest will start on August 1st through August 15th
    • Photos must be hosted at WUS or a commercial site like Photo bucket (If your photos take too long to load you will be asked to move them elsewhere)
    • Submissions will be made to the contest thread
    • Submitted photos are the property of WUS and Topper Fine Jewelers
    • Max resolution 1100 x 1100

    ·The 48 Hour Rule: Each entry must be submitted at least 48 hours apart from any of your previous entries. Submissions may take place any time during the contest's open period. Judges have been instructed to disregard the time that someone that submits their photo in their scoring, but please keep in mind that the contest will benefit from some early submissions as everyone enjoys looking at them, so if possible try and make at least one submission early in the contest.
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    Gas Giant



    Gas Giant

    Highlighting the tritium gas illumination system, this creative work transports the viewer to another planet. Ball's designs and technology are truly out of this world when compared with their competition. This composition is a combination of a simple lume shot and the planet/star elements which were created from scratch using Gimp and Corel Photo-Paint software. The company name was then added to the dial in such a way to emulate the look of the green gas tubes. This composition evolved from a simple design as successive layers were added to arrive at the lush finished piece.

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    Aqualung

    A name given to the world's first open-circuit, underwater, breathing apparatus, Aqualung is based on the concept of constant-flow. The Ball Engineer Master II Diver flawlessly executes constant-flow through its design and functionality. Continuous curves and a smooth, sweeping second-hand flow effortlessly just as the dial's visibility evolves throughout daylight and dark.

    The photograph was taken with a pocket-size Canon camera and brought into Photoshop to emphasize the true definition and realistic detail found only upon close inspection of this piece.




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    Re: Topper Fine Jewelers Contest V "Mad Contest: The Pitch" (Post Pictures Here)

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    In any Light
    The concept was to show the main reason I purchased a Ball watch, and that is the readability in any light. The photo is showing the seamless transition from viewing the time with just the tritium tubes at night to seeing it in the daylight. The photo is made with 3 images layered together. The first is the watch in the light, the second is the lume shot, and the third is a shot with the crown screwed in to get the crown closed in the final picture. The images are then layered with a gradient mask for the effect.

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    Re: Topper Fine Jewelers Contest V "Mad Contest: The Pitch" (Post Pictures Here)


    The 10:10 right on time.

    My main concept of this photo was to emphasize Ball's storied history with the railroads. At the same time showing how they have moved forward with their famous gas tube illumination on all of their most recent collections.
    I made the photo with pictures from the sky over my condo, a train arriving at a local small station, and my own Ball B&O.

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    Ball Nebula Litho




    Ball Nebula Litho

    Ball watches are truly "art on the wrist." The principal image mimics a matted lithograph of a painting. The otherworldly nebula setting imparts an epic feel to the composition. The viewer is transported to an intergalactic place where they cannot ignore the Ball Watch Company's massive influence. The distinctive hands pop out of the painting, drawing in all those who near their gravitational wake. This ad piece has been optimized for immediate magazine publishing. A guaranteed attention grabber.

    Orion Nebula image courtesy NASA / Public Domain

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    Re: Topper Fine Jewelers Contest V "Mad Contest: The Pitch" (Post Pictures Here)



    Adversity

    Ball watches are designed to survive in the toughest of conditions and in the most unforgiving of places. I took the original photo of the penguin standing in front of the wrecked boat in Antarctica on a trip there in 2007. Even in summer, the conditions can be very harsh and the temperatures extreme. The watch composite is actually not a photograph, but a vector drawing, i.e., a drawing made entirely of lines and curves that I made last year.



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    Re: Topper Fine Jewelers Contest V "Mad Contest: The Pitch" (Post Pictures Here)

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    Light Up the Sky
    Fitted with 80 micro gas tubes and a lumed bezel, the Spacemaster X-Lume rules the night. With this technology, the colors and lights in space can be visually experienced on the wrist and represents Ball's continued dedication to creating new and innovative timepieces.

    The picture mainly focuses on the amazing lume, but transitions to show the amazing lines and shape of the case and crown guard. I layered the lume and normal pictures and applied filters to the images/layers and drew a lens flare to represent a shooting star through the dial.

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    There but not seen
    In 1892 Webster Ball regulated the rail industry by implementing the National Standard for timekeeping. Other than people that directly saw and worked with it it really wouldn't be seen. So the concept was a smaller ad that shows the rail industry with a ghosted watch showing that the influence is there if not always seen.

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    Fire in the sky!

    I wanted to emphasize Ball's 120 years of watchmaking. Notice the train number is 1891-2011. I thought the use of brilliance could not only speak of their great watchmaking through the years, but also be a subtle reference to Ball's progression to the gas tubes.

    I used three of my original photos and added some duplicate clouds to the finished photo.

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