Why must entrants be members of CGTalk or CGSociety?
We need to be able to contact all entrants – we have one registration system. This also means that all competition entrants are covered by the same set of Terms and Conditions.
[i][b]Do I have to submit an image in the 2560 x 1600 size?[/b][/i] Yes. [i][b]What if I want to do a different aspect image?[/b][/i] You can fill it out to 2560 x 1600 with black borders. [i][b]Why do entrants have to be 18 or older?[/b][/i]
Prizes include travel packages that need to be sent to a person 18 years or older. There are also restrictions on minors entering competitions in some countries, so its only fair to apply the same age restriction to the whole world.
[i][b]Are there any work in progress uploads?[/b][/i]
No. This is not like a CGChallenge. There are no work in progress requirements. All you have to do is upload your entry before the deadline of February 10th 2009.
[i][b]Can NVIDIA use my art for marketing without asking me?[/b][/i]
No. NVIDIA can only use your art as part of gallery, wallpaper or other collections of similar images with your full credits attached. If NVIDIA want to use your work in some other way they will have to contact you directly to get your permission.
[i][b]Do I still own my entry?[/b][/i]
Yes. The copyright to your image is yours. The only uses Ballistic and NVIDIA have right to are those outlined in the rules.
[i][b]Why must entrants grant Ballistic Media and sponsor (NVIDIA) first right to publish their submitted work in any media?[/b][/i]
NVIDIA are the sole sponsors of this competition and have requested this to prevent any unscruplus competitor trying to exploit entrants work. We agree that it would not be fair to let some competitor benefit from NVIDIAs sponsorship of this competition. This is why we agreed to this restriction in running this competition its fair.
What image file size is best?
Try to keep images under 2MB. Compressing them with something other than Photoshop will help, as will using a lower compression setting - there is no need for 100% quality when compressing JPEG files.