Reasons to enter:
1. You have some work that qualifies as science and/or math themed art
2. NO entry fees
3. NO other fees. Not even shipping. Finalists and winners are represented using digital files, transmitted over the internets
4. Cash prizes
5. Exposure on the website and archives, and at the festival
6. Possible bragging rights – if you win or place. This is an International competition!
You will need:
1. A jpeg photo of each piece ( a good one for judging)
2. A caption for each piece
3. A title for each piece
4. An explanation of the math or science content/ context/ relevance of each piece
5. Your address. email, etc (don’t worry, they’re legit)
If you are selected as a finalist they will request a high resolution tiff (*.tif) format version of your image. A good high resolution image starts with a good flatbed scan (if the original is small enough), a high quality large size render of a digital artwork or for large artwork a good sharp large picture using a DSLR camera (at least 14 megapixels).
They will ask you to perform color separations on your tif and send the color separated layers (CYMK as separate grayscale layers). This is a standard menu item in some image handling software, and an add-on that is easily integrated into GIMP.
Gimp is open sourced and also has a lot of FREE plugins. For plug-ins and how to use ’em:
- Separate + http://cue.yellowmagic.info/softwares/separate-plus/index.html
- Tutorial with instructions on adding CMYK color separations : https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/CMYK_support_in_The_GIMP
If you win a prize they’ll send a check out to you within a few weeks along with a big goofy ribbon.
The math and science level is not super high. This is a family oriented festival with an art contest attached, so think about descriptions of your science and math themes that will be accessible to a general interested audience. If your work is based on specialized or sophisticated science or math, be prepared to talk people through it in your captions.
The judges also do not practice “art speak”, so try for plain English.
A good jpeg for judging shows only the artwork – no barn walls, yards, curious cats, etc sneaking in from the background. Remember that they won’t see the original, so it’s better to get a clean image by cropping more than cropping less for a more “accurate portrayal” with messy stuff at the edges. Most clean glare free shots are either polarized or in the shade. This will muddy your colors and shift some of them to the blue end of the spectrum. Brighten and color correct them back so they don’t look like they’re underwater. And try a little sharpening to compensate for camera lens imperfections and sensor limits.
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