ClubLexus August 2003 Photography Contest Rules

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Contest Description

Contestants submit photos to one or more categories. The ClubLexus
administration team will select the photos from the pool to become
finalists for each category. At the end of the photo submission period,
all the finalist are prestend on a voting page for each category.

ClubLexus general membership will view the photos and vote for their
favorites from each category using an online voting form. At the end of
the voting period, the votes are tallied and the Best of Category
winners are announced. The Best of Category winners are then entered
into a Best of Show contest. After the Best of Show contest period has
ended, a Grand Prize winner is announced.

Categories: Lexus ES, GS, GX, IS, LS, LX, RX, SC. Entrants upload a
photo (Maximum of one photo per category) to the correct contest
gallery. Photos must include the appropriate Lexus model in the image

Dates of Contest

This photo contest begins on 12:01 AM on August 11, 2003 and ends on 11:59 PM on September 7, 2003.

Contest Prizes

Grand prize: $100 Gift Certificate to Tire Rack

Best of Category Prize: AutoSharp Pen Gift Certificate

Contest Rules

  1. Only registered ClubLexus members are eligible to enter this contest.
  2. Only original photographs made with a digital camera, or photograph scanned from an original image will be considered.
  3. The original, unmodified digital camera image must be available to
    ClubLexus upon request. The original digital camera image must contain
    valid, unmodified EXIF data. EXIF data is information that the camera
    embeds in the original file, which our system must be able to read to
    validate your contest entry. The original, unmodified film camera image
    and negative must be available to ClubLexus upon request.
  4. Photographs will be accepted only from the original photographer.
  5. Size limits: Maximum dimensions 2408 x 1536 pixels and 500KB or smaller.

Copyrights and Permissions

  1. The photographer must hold the copyright to all photos he or she
    submits to the contest. Photographs that violate the laws of copyright
    will be disqualified.
  2. The use of public domain images is prohibited in all categories.
  3. Photographers retain ownership of all copyrights.
  4. If your submission is selected as a contest winner, ClubLexus
    retains the rights to store and display the bordered image and its
    thumbnails indefinitely as part of the Photo Archives/Galleries, on any
    page at, and in any advertising for any of its websites.
  5. Photographers must have sufficient permission of any recognizable
    models or other persons appearing in the photograph to be able to grant
    to ClubLexus the right to display their photographic submission online.
  6. Any contest entrants meeting legal challenges from either
    copyright or insufficient model permissions will be removed and

Image Modifications

Please note: This is a photography contest, not a photoshop contest.

  1. Camera add-on lenses, filters, and scopes are permitted without restriction.
  2. Third Party software filters or plug-ins are discouraged. Obvious
    manipulation of an image may prevent the image from being selected to
    compete at the category level. Keep in mind that the intent of any
    modification is to produce a more natural looking photograph rather
    than an obviously manipulated one, and judges will make their
    selections on this basis.
  3. Cropping and Rotation: Images may be cropped and rotated as long
    as a rectangular format is maintained. Contestants may submit images
    cropped into a panoramic format from a single photograph, however
    contestants are not allowed to use photo stitching software to create
    one image from two or more images.
  4. Resizing: Images may be resized as long as aspect ratio is maintained.
  5. Borders and Frames: No borders or frames shall be added to images
    prior to submission. Borders may be added by ClubLexus to all entries
    upon submission.
  6. Watermarks, Signatures, or Copyright Notices: These marks may be
    added to the photos to protect the photographer’s copyright. Keep in
    mind, however, that excessively large, distracting watermarks may
    weaken your photo and thus hinder its chances of being selected as a
  7. Spot Editing, including Red-eye Removal: Spot editing refers to
    the application of a change or effect to a selected portion of a photo.
    Spot editing and red-eye removal are permitted for the purpose of
    improving the appearance of a photograph and to give it a more natural
    look. Keep in mind, however, that excessive spot editing may weaken
    your photo and thus hinder its chances of being selected as a finalist.
  8. Adding or Replacing Elements: Elements or objects that do not
    exist in the original photo shall not be added to an image. For
    example, you cannot improve a sky by replacing it with a sky from
    another photograph.

Examples of Permitted Modifications

  1. One-step enhancement (known in various software packages as Auto Levels, Enhance, Intellihance, Quick Fix, etc.)
  2. Use of filters such as sharpen, unsharp mask, soften, blur,
    despeckle, JPG cleanup, and remove noise. These filters should not be
    used to the extent that they create a non-realistic or artistic effect.
  3. Use of corrective functions such as levels, contrast, brightness,
    curves, gamma, intensity, tone, hue, saturation, desaturation,
    lightness, value (in HSV model), RGB color channel adjustment, color
    balance, and tint.
  4. Use of the cloning or rubber stamp tool to remove minor blemishes
    and small, unwanted items such as power lines and debris that may spoil
    your composition.
  5. Barrel distortion and pin-cushioning correction.


  1. There are no age limit restrictions except where prohibited by law.
  2. You may submit one different photograph to each category.
  3. You may not submit the same photograph to multiple categories.
  4. ClubLexus may elect to re-categorize your photo if appropriate.
    Inappropriate categorization, however, will most likely result in your
    photo not being selected as a finalist.
  5. Obscene, provocative, or otherwise prurient content will not be
    considered. Photographs containing nudity will not be considered.
    Nudity is defined as the torso being completely or partially unclothed
    below the waist for all models and above the waist for female models.
    ClubLexus retains sole discretion as to what constitutes unsuitable
  6. The contest selection decisions are final. However, photos will be
    kept in the pool for the remainder of the contest and may still be
  7. If a tie occurs during the Best of Category voting or Best in Show voting, the ClubLexus will select the winning photo.
  8. System malfunctions, network delays, and other technical problems
    can happen and ClubLexus is not responsible to assure photos are
    submitted to the contest, nor does it make any guarantees of when the
    photos will be entered into the selection pool.
  9. Employees connected with ClubLexus or any of its sponsors, and their families, are not eligible to enter the contest.
  10. Prizewinners may be responsible for shipping charges, taxes, or import tariffs according to location and/or local laws.
  11. All federal, state, provincial, and local laws apply.

Public Voting

  1. All The Best of Category and Best of Show winners are determined
    by a web-based vote by registered ClubLexus members. Reasonable
    measures are taken to assure fairness in voting. A voter is allowed one
    vote per category.

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