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X Marks the Spot - A Photography and Writing Contest


ENTRY THREAD

Who of us doesn't love the thrill of searching for buried treasure? Charting a course to a lonely islet, searching for the X that marks the spot, then digging with all of our might - it's one of the joys of being a pirate! So I got to thinking, wouldn't it be neat if there was treasure hiding near Xs in the real world? And that is what I would like you to find out.

This event has two parts:

Step 1: Find and Photograph an X

You need to find something in the outside world that looks like a letter X - crossed stems or tree branches, telephone wires, cracks in the ground - the choice is yours, but there are a few guidelines:

- It can't be a letter X written on a sign; the goal is to find an "unintentional X".
- You can't make the x yourself and photograph it: so no placing two sticks together on the ground and snapping a picture. If the X looks like it was staged, it will be disqualified. Trust me, once you start looking for Xs in the outside world, you'll find LOTS of them...
- Your photo should be posted as an image no larger than 700 x 700 pixels. In most cases, this will require you to resize your photo before posting it.
- Your photo must be taken by you for this contest. In order to prove that the photo is your own, you must include a link to an identification photo in your entry post. The identification photo should be a second picture of your X along with your hand with fingers crossed. Like this:
 

entry:


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Step 2: Write a story about the treasure you think is hidden near your X


What is it? Why is it there? Who put it there? Let your imagination run wild, but keep in mind:

- Your story must be 1,000 words or less as determined by http://www.wordcounttool.com/
- Although the event is open to pirates from all oceans, the story must be in English.
- Your story may include a title which will not count toward your word count (but please keep it under 15 words)
- You may edit your entry up until the deadline (11:59pm Pirate Time on Sunday, June 30), but entries edited after this time will be disqualified.
- If you plan on writing your story in another program, and copying and pasting it into the entry thread, it is often recommended that one use a plain text editor like Notepad to avoid the boxes and question marks that replace smart quotes. While some web browsers show smart quotes, it's a great idea to ask a hearty to look over your entry.

Once you've got your photo and your story, you can post them in the ENTRY THREAD. Your entry post should include:
- Your pirate name and ocean
- The photo of your X, posted as an image no larger than 700x700 pixels. (For instructions on how to use image tags, check out http://yppedia.puzzlepirates.com/Howto:Post_an_Image)
- A link to your Identification photo
- Your story.

Judging:

Your photo will count for 40% of your total score and will be judged based on overall quality and presentation of the X.
Your story will count for 60% of your total score and will be judged based on originality, entertainment value, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Prizes:

1st place: Your very own Xenops (aka a persimmon/tan parrot familiar named Xenops) and an inscribed trinket
2nd place: A standard renamed Xebec and an inscribed trinket
3rd place: A Xanthic Big Cat pet (lion with a yellow collar) and an inscribed trinket
4th place: An assortment of "X marks the spot" furniture (Pirate flag, crossed swords, treasure chest) and an inscribed trinket.

The Deadline for this contest is Sunday, June 30 at 11:59 PM Pirate time. Go forth and find the X that marks the spot!

One entry per pirate please :)
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The sign should be from the same tree or it may be 2 trees make X from certain view ?
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The sign should be from the same tree or it may be 2 trees make X from certain view ?


Good question! The two parts of the x don't actually have to be touching, they just have to look like an x from the angle you take the photo. So yes, it may be 2 trees that make an x from a certain view :)
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I read the identification way quickly and didn't look at the image as I thought it's just an image and identified the pic with my finger tips up would it be counted?
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I read the identification way quickly and didn't look at the image as I thought it's just an image and identified the pic with my finger tips up would it be counted?


I'm not sure what you mean by "with fingertips up", but if you mean you took the picture with your fingers crossed palm side up, then it's fine. I just happened to have taken my ID photo of the back of my hand, with fingers crossed.

Basically, as long as the ID photo has your X and your hand with a reasonable attempt at crossing your fingers, it will count.
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my fingers aren't crossed and i can't take the picture again as i founf that place by luck :( ...
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my fingers aren't crossed and i can't take the picture again as i founf that place by luck :( ...


I'm afraid I have to be pretty firm on the ID photo, as it's the only way I can tell that the photo was taken for this contest. I made it crossed fingers instead of, for instance, a card with your pirate name and the year, because I thought it would be easier that way.

That said, you can PM me what you took as your ID photo and I will consult the judges and see what they think (hope that's ok with you judges <3)
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OK. What if none joined the event except 1, what will happen? Does he take the 2 prizes? XD
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OK. What if none joined the event except 1, what will happen? Does he take the 2 prizes? XD

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Well if only one person enters, I will be a sad bunny.

But in the event that only one person enters, only the first prize will be given.
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I'm afraid I have to be pretty firm on the ID photo, as it's the only way I can tell that the photo was taken for this contest. I made it crossed fingers instead of, for instance, a card with your pirate name and the year, because I thought it would be easier that way.

That said, you can PM me what you took as your ID photo and I will consult the judges and see what they think (hope that's ok with you judges <3)



My pic is kinda farther away and you can see most of my fingers crossed (I mean it's OBVIOUS that it's my fingers crossed) but it doesn't have any of my hand in it.. is that close enough or do you need a link PM'd?

OH! And can we enter more than once?
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My pic is kinda farther away and you can see most of my fingers crossed (I mean it's OBVIOUS that it's my fingers crossed) but it doesn't have any of my hand in it.. is that close enough or do you need a link PM'd?

OH! And can we enter more than once?


As to the ID photo, as long as I can tell there are crossed fingers, it's fine. :)

As to the entries, one per pirate please :) I'll edit the main post.
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Quick Q.


Let's say I posted my entry today and such and then after a few days (before the deadline) I saw an award winning X.

Is it okay I edit my first post to change my entry?
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Quick Q.


Let's say I posted my entry today and such and then after a few days (before the deadline) I saw an award winning X.

Is it okay I edit my first post to change my entry?


Bunnylaroo wrote: 
- You may edit your entry up until the deadline (11:59pm Pirate Time on Sunday, June 30), but entries edited after this time will be disqualified.

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Just to clarify, the stories can be whatever the heck we want, not just particular to the pirate world, so long as they relate to the picture? :)
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Just to clarify, the stories can be whatever the heck we want, not just particular to the pirate world, so long as they relate to the picture? :)


As long as the story relates to the x and the treasure which is hidden there, it can be whatever you want :) So it doesn't necessarily need to be related to the pirate world, but it does need to relate to the x and to a treasure.
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can u plz check my ID photo cuz if i can't join with it i'll try to find another X :(
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Dexla wrote: 
 
Quick Q.


Let's say I posted my entry today and such and then after a few days (before the deadline) I saw an award winning X.

Is it okay I edit my first post to change my entry?


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- You may edit your entry up until the deadline (11:59pm Pirate Time on Sunday, June 30), but entries edited after this time will be disqualified.


Dexla is correct...sorry, totally forgot to comment on that. You are welcome to upload a different X if you run across a more spectacular one :)

khaloda2 wrote: 
can u plz check my ID photo cuz if i can't join with it i'll try to find another X :(


I've sent you a PM.
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Just one week left to find your X!
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This is your last weekend to find the X that marks the spot! Great entries so far :)
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Am I right in thinking only the entry photo has to be 700x700? The ID photo can be larger since it's only linked?
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Am I right in thinking only the entry photo has to be 700x700? The ID photo can be larger since it's only linked?


That's right :)
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Also, since the word count tool I linked in the first post is down, I'll be using http://www.wordcounter.net/
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Just over an hour left to get those last minute entries :)

As my head will be buried in my pillow (without any X to mark the spot, LOL) at deadline, this is your friendly reminder that any entry posted or edited after June 30 at 11:59:59 PM will not be vaild.

Can't wait to read through the lovely entries!
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Thank you to everyone who participated! I really enjoyed reading your stories, and am proud to be part of such a creative group of scallywags! I hope you had as much fun finding your X as I had seeing the photos! Difficult as you all made it, we had to pick winners, so without further ado, here are the results:

Honorable Mentions , who will receive a set of Notebooks (for sketching treasure maps) and an inscribed trinket, are:

Leyasaurus of Emerald
Otiss of Emerald
Pillowaddict of Emerald

Runners Up , who will receive a Desktop map, a Pile o' loot, and an inscribed trinket, are:

Faeree of Emerald
Siobhan of Emerald
Sweepea of Meridian


In 4th place, winning a furniture package (Treasure chest, crossed swords, pirate flag) and an inscribed trinket, is Gurndigarn of Emerald.

In 3rd place , winning a Xanthic Big Cat pet (lion with a yellow collar) and an inscribed trinket, is Sarahsparrow of Cerulean

In 2nd place , winning a standard-renamed Xebec (rename awaiting approval ;P) and an inscribed trinket, is Boggybloo of Cerulean.

And in 1st place , winning a Persimmon/tan parrot named Xenops and an inscribed trinket, is Catalinna of Emerald.



Winners, please verify that your pirate name and ocean are correct. For some of you I had to use the information in your signatures.

HUGE thanks to my judges...you guys are MY hidden treasure (lol). And a big thank you to Clotho for her help and support!
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Thank you so much!! I really enjoyed this event and appreciate the opportunity to enter. :)

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Great writing contest! Loved it!

Thank you Bunnylaroo! (And dun worry about Bob....I'm over him) ;)
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Prize list has been sent to the lovely Clotho.

The Xebec will be named "Treasured Eksi". :)
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NOO I forgot to post it...
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I had fun looking for the X and writing the story
Thanks for the event and the laptop...erm, I mean, notebook. >XD
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Thank you very much!

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