Photo and Video Contest

The WORS Photo and Video contest seeks to reward WORS spectators and participants who capture the WORS experience with high quality photos and video clips. For each race, we will award prizes for the Best Photo in three (3) separate Categories and an Overall Best. The photo categories will change for each venue, and may be announced via WORS Facebook and Twitter.

Above all, we hope that the photo and video contest will increase the participation and enjoyment of our many talented WORS photographers!

Prizes:

  • Best in Category – $10 WORS bucks.
  • Best Overall – $25 WORS bucks.

WORS bucks can be used for race registration or merchandise at the WORS tent.

How to Enter:

Submit full-size, digital photos or short video clips via our FTP site. For photos, we recommend a minimum print-quality resolution of 600+ dpi. We prefer that you submit multiple photos and/or videos. Photos cannot contain a watermark.

FTP (please note that these credentials have changed for 2013!)

  • Host Name = ftp.wors.org
  • Username = worsphoto@wors.org
  • Password = hotshots-2010

 

If you need detailed instructions to use the FTP, they are found here.

Photo and Video Contest Categories:

To give greater breadth of coverage for WORS events, we will change some of the award categories throughout the season. For example, “Best Photo or Video from the Kid’s Race” may be a category at one event, and “Best Photo or Video of a Racer in the 50+ age group” at another. Two Categories that are likely to be included at every race are “Best Photo or Video of the Venue” and “Best Photo or Video of racer(s) and Sponsor Banners”.

Best Photo or Video of the Venue:
An important goal of the photo contest in documenting WORS events is to capture a panoramic view of the venue. Some venues lend themselves especially well to this. An ideal venue photo includes the following elements:

  • A view of the WORS Start and exhibition area that is as complete as possible (Start, exhibitors, sponsor banners, the WORS trailer, racers and spectators)
  • The large crowd presence around a significant group of racers leaving the start. Tip: At many races, the best time to capture this is when the first few waves of Sport Men begin. At midday, the spectator presence is always large, and the Sport Men have large starting waves. The Elite and Pro race at the Subaru Cup is another crowd favorite.
  • Any additional facilities. For example, the lodge at Treadfest.
  • If you are fortunate, good weather.

Best Photo or Video of racer(s) and Sponsor Banners:
WORS Heads already know that WORS Sponsors are a significant presence at WORS events. Team WORS makes sure that banners are present throughout the venue, including at favorite spectator areas along the course. One goal of this Category will be to document WORS Sponsor presence with great shots of our racers. To facilitate this, Team WORS will be installing sponsor banners on each courser in areas where spectators are likely to congregate, and where we expect great photos can be taken. Even if you are not planning on taking photographs, you may want to check out these spectator areas!

How WORS will use the photos and videos

By submitting your photo or video to the contest, you grant WORS permission to use the photo or video in marketing and promotion. Please note that this permission does NOT mean that the creator relinquishes their copyright. By entering the photo and video contest, you grant WORS permission to use the photo or video. That use includes, but is not limited to, posting the photo or video online at WORS.org, the Flickr account for Team WORS, the Vimeo account for Team WORS, and any secondary site that may promote WORS via news reports or other media attention. Whenever possible, we include photographer or videographer attribution. You will find good examples of how contest photos are used in national and international cycling media here. We may also use photos submitted to the Photo Contest in print media, our handbook, in displays and in other ways to promote WORS.

How to submit via FTP:

 


For those who are unfamiliar with “File Transfer Protocol” – once you know how to FTP, we think you’ll agree that it is easy, faster, and more convenient than uploading files to online photo sharing sites like Flickr or Picassa. Of course, we hope you’ll still upload your photos there for all of your WORS friends!

Four easy steps to upload your photos to the WORS Photo FTP site:

1. Take some pictures, and organize them in a folder labeled with your name.

2. Get free FTP Software

You will need an FTP client – the software that makes it easy to FTP. I use Win SCP on my PC and Cyberduck on my Mac. There are many good, free FTP programs.

3. Connect and log in via FTP

Open your FTP Client software. Every FTP client will have a place (a dialog box which automatically appears, or a menu selection which brings up such a box) where you enter information to tell the program which server on the Internet you want to connect to. You may have to hit a button labeled “Connect” in order to get this box to appear. When you have found this connection panel, there are three crucial pieces of information needed to log you in to your account as the account owner. They are:

  • Host Name = ftp.wors.org
  • Username = worsphoto@wors.org
  • Password = hotshots-2010

4. Drag and drop your folder of photos into the WORS Photo Contest FTP site.

Once you do this, you may need to stay online while the files transfer. Most programs will show the progress of the file transfer, and let you know that your transfer was a success.

Unofficial Step 5. Sit back and relax and maybe come pick up your winnings at the WORS tent?

If you are having trouble with FTP, or are in a state of photo or video emergency and must submit photos or videos in another way, you can always email us at teamwors at gmail dot com. Thanks!