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VEX Photography Online Challenge
Last season marked the tenth anniversary of the VEX Robotics World Championship, and after so many years of experience, we would love to see exactly what it is that you truly love about the program. Submit a photo that best represents what you love about being involved in robotics. Use photography to tell a complete story with one photograph, focusing on your favorite aspect of VIQC, VRC or VEX U. Compose a photo that conveys an emotion, specifically the feeling you experience when you are doing what you love most.
Grade Level Requirements
|Elementary School||Middle School||High School||College / University||No Grade Level Restrictions|
|VEX IQ Challenge||VEX Robotics Competition||VEX U||Open to All|
Five prizes will be awarded in each of two program categories – VIQC and VRC/VEX U, so ten prizes will be awarded in total.
Prize(s): Each of the top five entrants chosen by the judges in each category will receive a $50 vexrobotics.com gift certificate.
- Entrant grade range: Elementary, middle school, high school, and university students.
- VEX Robotics Competition team requirement: No team requirement.
- Previous Online Challenge entries are not eligible for submission.
- This is an individual competition, not team or school; and only one photo may be submitted per person. One team may have multiple team members submitting; however, only one submission is permitted per individual team member.
These are the minimum requirements for this challenge. The “Judging Information” section below will provide additional guidance on how your project will be judged. Failure to fulfill any of these requirements may result in your entry being disqualified from advancing to Finalist or Winner status.
Focus on what you love most about your experience with robotics and compose a photo that captures an emotion or feeling that the viewer can see clearly. Robotics is not all about winning; there are so many awesome aspects of being on a VEX team, from collaborating with teammates on planning and design, to testing trials and tribulations, to celebrating your team’s accomplishments at the end of an event or entire season. Submit a photo that best represents what you love about being involved in robotics. Use photography to tell a complete story with one photograph, focusing on your favorite aspect of VIQC, VRC or VEX U.
- A digital photograph in JPEG (.jpg) format, up to 20MB in size. The photograph needs to be at least 1000 pixels wide in the case of a horizontally-oriented image, or 1000 pixels high for a vertical image. Submissions that are too large or not in JPEG format will not be considered.
- You also need to label your photo submission with a title for the file name. Your title should support why you chose this photo.
- Only one photo may be submitted per person, so pick your best!
- This is an individual competition, not team or school.
- Upload your photograph directly to this online challenge site during the submission process (20MB maximum file size)
- Optional: You may also include a short statement in English of up to 100 words describing what we see in the photo and explaining your intent to the judges. Note that your photo can still be selected as a Finalist if you choose not to write a statement.
READ CAREFULLY: UPLOAD INSTRUCTIONS
- Instructions to upload your photograph:
- Click the green Enter Challenge button on the right side of the screen.
- Fill out the submission form, and type your text in the Full Description box according to the Requirements for this challenge.
- Click Save.
- Click the blue Files/Images button in the upper right of the screen.
- Drag/Drop your JPEG (.jpg) file into the Upload a File box.
- Be sure to edit the Display Name and file information according to the Requirements for this challenge.
- Save your edits and click Update on the entry screen.
- Your submission will now show when you click the blue All Entries button to view the challenge entries.
- If you are also including a short statement in English:
- Click the blue Entry Information button in the upper right of the screen.
- Type your text in the Full Description box according to the Requirements for this challenge.
- Click Update.
The winning submissions will be chosen by the staff of VEX Robotics along with additional design professionals, using the judging criteria. The top five photographs for VIQC and the top five for VRC/VEX U will be recognized online and will receive the prizes listed above.
Technical Rules for the Contest
- Submit photographs that are un-manipulated and real. We want to see what you see, not the result of Photoshop manipulation.
- Do not digitally enhance or alter your photographs beyond the basics of realistic color balance and sharpness. Do not digitally add or remove anything.
- Make your color saturation realistic. Please avoid significant over- or under-saturation.
- Do not use the alteration "filters" available in digital photo editing software.
- Black and white images are acceptable.
- Cropping is acceptable.
- Does the photograph tell a compelling story and is it clearly focused on the topic?
- Does the picture convey an emotion or feeling that can be experienced with robotics?
- Is the photo technically well done? Does it make effective use of lighting and composition?
- If a statement was also submitted, does the description (100 words maximum) support the image and mood depicted in the photo? Does it describe the reason this photo was selected for this challenge, and does it add to the story the photo itself is telling? Is the description clear and well written, with proper grammar and sentence structure?
- Does the title of the photo support the description and idea or concept presented?
Tips for a good submission
Focus on what you love most about your experience with robotics and capture an emotion or feeling that the viewer can see clearly. Robotics is not all about winning; there are so many awesome aspects of being on a VEX team, from collaborating with teammates on planning and design, to testing trials and tribulations, to celebrating your team’s accomplishments at the end of an event or entire season.