Protea Perfect 2019

25 Mar 2019 05:55 - Today 01:36 #74829 by intrepid
Protea Perfect 2019 was created by intrepid
Essence Of The Dragon is a photo competition hosted by Vertical Endeavour featuring images of the Maloti-Drakensberg Mountains - showcasing their splendour & unique character, towards better recognition of their worth & enhanced enjoyment of those who explore them.

Vertical Endeavour has hosted these photo competitions since 2010. Visit our photo gallery to see all the amazing shots of the Drakensberg that have been collected during this time.

This is the official thread for Protea Perfect, which will run during the first half of 2019.

General rules and criteria that govern the competition should also be noted. Up to three entries are allowed by the same person.

Theme: Protea Perfect
Criteria: Entries should feature any of the various protea species growing in the Maloti-Drakensberg region
Album for submissions: www.vertical-endeavour.com/gallery/drakensberg/essence-of-the-dragon/protea-perfect-2019.html (entries must be posted on this thread and in the gallery with a proper
title and description)
Start date: immediate
Last submission date: 16 September 2019
Last voting date: 27 September 2019

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Last edit: Today 01:36 by intrepid. Reason: Changed dates

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21 Aug 2019 22:37 #75272 by intrepid
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My submission is called Perfection in Pink:
Gallery link

This Protea was shot in the Mlambonja valley on the way up Mashai Pass in the Southern Berg. I am no expert but I think it is a Protea dracomontana (Drakensberg Sugarbush) which is also a very short plant in comparison to the other species.

The intricate details and colours in this flower seem perfect in their way!


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26 Aug 2019 09:54 #75280 by AdrianT
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If I may constructively add my two cents to this thread. The manner and rules in which users are meant to submit and post are perhaps a little too regimented. To me they are not an issue and last year I posted my photos in the correct format no problem. But if you look at last years Essence of the Dragon, there were only 7 people (at a quick glance), that actually posted any photos and not all of them in the required manner. My feeling is that there would have been more submissions if it was simpler. Yes it sounds crazy but humans are lazy - they want to slap down a photo and move on with life. How many folk have actually read, understood, and followed the rules? To me, keep it simple. There are other ways to vote etc. Again, I realise the intention is also to further the gallery with quality content. 

Also, perhaps include all of South Africa for this photo submission as I can assure you the Western Cape (and other regions) also have huge amounts of beautiful proteas. And yes I fully realise this website is Drakensberg orientated, but it would get more response by increasing the scope here a bit. Just a thought. Keep up the great work on this fantastic resource! 

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29 Aug 2019 16:23 #75288 by Serious tribe
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Protea Perfect.

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30 Aug 2019 07:00 #75290 by intrepid
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@AdrianT: thank you for your comments. Constructive feedback is always welcomed and taken into consideration. I'm open to looking at ways to make this easier and simpler for people. Some of the rules evolved over time and they were only formalised once we had real prizes up for the grabs, with the intention of keeping the process consistent and transparent. In several cases we have helped people with their submissions so that they fit in with the rules and guidelines, and in rounds where there are no real prizes things are more relaxed in that respect.

I have sent you a PM providing you with my email address, please feel free to send me specific ideas you may have.

From the forum discussions at the close of the 2018 rounds, we came up with the idea that bi-annual rounds should have more challenging themes, but no actual prizes. The two annual categories have much easier criteria, and those do have real prizes this year - we hope this gives many members the chance to win the prizes. The theme of this particular round might be one of those themes that proves a little harder to get submissions for. I'm hoping we can keep the submission period open to obtain a reasonable number of entries. Widening the criteria might be an option if need be. We could also re-shape it into a general Maloti-Drakensberg flower category. I'm very happy if members of the site want to shape and grow content on mountains other than the Maloti-Drakensberg and am open to this. It may be better to have a totally fresh round for this though.

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31 Aug 2019 23:57 #75292 by Sterkhorn
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My main submission is:
Proudly Perfect


I have also submitted two other entries I like, to provide some variety.
Perfect in the Rain


Bold Perfection

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12 Sep 2019 07:11 #75317 by intrepid
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Thank you to all who have submitted entries. We do have 5 entries which is sufficient, but I felt it may be beneficial to extend the submissions deadline to Monday the 16th of September. So if anyone else has a photo they would still like to submit, here is your chance!

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Today 01:37 #75328 by intrepid
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Entries are closed and voting is open until Friday 27 September, when the winner will be announced. In order to vote click on the following link, which is the latest entry and thus is listed first in the gallery:
www.vertical-endeavour.com/gallery/drakensberg/essence-of-the-dragon/protea-perfect-2019/scarlett-o-hara-1664.html
Give each image a rating, clicking on "Next" to get to the following image.

In the screen-shot below you can see that you give the rating near the bottom of the page (note this was a screen shot from a previous round). If you move your mouse pointer over the stars you can give it a rating by clicking on one of the stars(1 star being the lowest rating, 5 stars being the highest). The actual rating result of the image is viewed near the top. If you move your mouse pointer over those stars you will see the exact score and how many times the image was rated.

Remember:
- the rating result is weighted (it takes into account the number of ratings as well as the average)
- you cannot rate an image more than once
- you cannot rate your own image
- you should rate all the images for the competition (not just your favourite one), the more each image is rated, the better


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