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Title: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: aimee on May 04, 2011, 01:36:18 pm
Here are  the basics:

I'm taking submissions from now through May 20th of Phoenix Cruisers on the road, embracing the "Adventure Anywhere" mindset. Beginning May 21st, and lasting one week, we will open the contest to public vote in this forum. The winner will get a $50 check from Phoenix Cruiser, AND have their photo featured in a full-page ad in FMC Magazine!

Here are the details:

All submissions should be a minimum 3MP
All submissions must include a Phoenix Cruiser
Submissions should be e-mailed to me:  comments@phoenixcruiser.com  Please include your name, where the photo was taken, and the year it was taken.
All submissions will be voted on by members of this forum and the Phoenix staff (we will monitor for double voting, so don't worry about that).
Upon submission, all photos will become eligible to be used in the Phoenix Cruiser website and/or print and electronic ads and Facebook.
I will keep your name (let me know how you want it displayed) as well as the year the photo was taken in a copyright watermark on the image, wherever it is displayed larger than thumbnail size.

WOOHOO!   (cheer)

edited to add: The winning photo will be used in a full-page ad in FMC magazine, and you can submit older photos. It doesn't have to be something you took right now.


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: ron.dittmer on May 04, 2011, 03:03:29 pm
Too bad it's only for a week.  We'll be doing a Great Lakes vacation in July, where opperunity will be at hand for some nice pis.  Oh well.

I surely want to participate in the voting process.


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: aimee on May 04, 2011, 06:37:08 pm
Ron,

We may run another one.  I'd like to do something early winter after everyone's traveled.  Right now I'm wanting something I can put in a full-page ad in FMC Magazine, and my deadline is the end of this month.  :'(


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: Jim on May 13, 2011, 07:35:47 pm
Ron,

We may run another one.  I'd like to do something early winter after everyone's traveled.  Right now I'm wanting something I can put in a full-page ad in FMC Magazine, and my deadline is the end of this month.  :'(


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: aimee on May 21, 2011, 08:29:41 pm
I'll open this up for voting tomorrow, guys.  Sorry I forgot that today was AAU regional qualifying championships for my kids' tumbling and trampoline, and we just dragged in after a grueling day. 

Cheers!


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: Bob Mahon on May 21, 2011, 08:37:37 pm
Aimee,

You, like us, are entitled to a personal life (no apologies required).
Anything aside from family will wait.


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: aimee on May 22, 2011, 09:36:55 pm
Thanks for understanding!  My state champs have recovered from celebratory dinners. My silver and bronze medalists have recovered from not being state champs this year, and I think I've slept off all the driving and tension etc. ;-)

The contest is open for voting in the Polls forum!
http://phoenixusarv.com/community/index.php?topic=512.0


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: aimee on May 29, 2011, 07:39:40 pm
It was a very close race, and there were really quite a few top contenders up there, but the results have been tallied, and the winner is...


Option 16: Scenic Byway
(http://www.phoenixusarv.com/assets/contest/scenic_byway.jpg)

Congratulations to Ron for this submission.  I'll mock it up into an ad tonight or tomorrow, and you guys can get the sneak peek.

Everyone remember to take your cameras with you this traveling season. I may not be able to coordinate a contest with cash prize frequently, but I could do three or four each year for fame and glory on the website and in print.  And you guys know I'm always excited to receive your submissions for our Adventure Anywhere page, and on our site's home page.

Thanks so much to all who entered submissions. We had several good photos, and you will see them displayed around the site. Stay tuned!


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: Bob Mahon on May 29, 2011, 08:26:59 pm
I know what made the decision; the absence of a ladder.
Actually, it is a very good photo and you can clearly see the Phoenix Cruiser name. y--

Congratulations Ron. A deserved vistory.

But just wait 'til I get some photos on our next trip running the coast roads of lakes Erie. St. Claire and Michigan, which starts Tuesday morning (you'll be sorry). 3:)


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: ron.dittmer on May 29, 2011, 08:40:12 pm
But just wait 'til I get some photos on our next trip running the coast roads of lakes Erie. St. Claire and Michigan, which starts Tuesday morning (you'll be sorry). 3:)
Bring it on Buddy!  I am up for the challenge, ha, ha.

Hopefully our Lake Michigan trip this summer will present opportunity to compete with all for next time.  Good PC picture moments are hard to come by for me.  Most often, we are pulled off the road to enjoy a scene.....then walking back to the motor home and ...."Ahhhh, I got one".

It is an honor to win this first competition.  Thank you all.   tymote


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: Bob Mahon on May 29, 2011, 09:33:40 pm
Hey Ron,
When are you going on your Lake Michigan trip?

We'll be in South Bend later in June to visit a friend and then stop at the factory on the way home to PA.


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: ron.dittmer on May 29, 2011, 09:42:46 pm
We are leaving Saturday June 25th, with hopes in staying somewhere around Warren Dunes or South Haven, most likely in a private campground given the weekend.  If private places are full, we'll wing it anywhere legal.


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: Bob Mahon on May 29, 2011, 09:50:17 pm
Ah, Nuts !!!!!
We'll be gone by then.

Next time.


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: TomHanlon on May 30, 2011, 02:26:29 pm
Congratulations Ron  :)(:

Great picture.


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: mciai2000 on May 30, 2011, 09:42:08 pm
Nice picture Ron.  Hopefully when we are out there this summer we can get some nice pictures too.

David


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: BillRo on May 31, 2011, 11:54:44 am
Great Pic, Ron and the one I picked. As a photographer I would make one suggestion - Photoshop out the piece of your red car - it detracts from the overall effect.

Bill


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: Barry-Sue on May 31, 2011, 12:09:52 pm
Congrats Ron.  Enjoy your trip to Michigan!

Barry and Sue


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: ron.dittmer on May 31, 2011, 01:18:24 pm
Great Pic, Ron and the one I picked. As a photographer I would make one suggestion - Photoshop out the piece of your red car - it detracts from the overall effect.  Bill
I was going to email Aimee and suggest the same......Photoshop the car and tow bar out from the picture.....and remove my rear licence plate, making the area 100% dark gray.

I picked my "Arches" picture with the orange/red rock behind the motor home, for 3 reasons.
1) The lighting on the motor home was perfect with no reflecting sunlight.
2) It showed that Phoenix Cruisers can tow fun-mobiles for increased fun-factor.
3)  I felt that view of my 2007 rig accurately represents a 2011 because nothing on that side of a no-slide rig changed since 2007.  The winning photo shows the passenger side with my box awning and big single door for rear outdoor storage.  But the awning was replaced a few years ago with a motorized one with those vertical side rails.  And rear storage is a drawer and door combo since 2008.

Just wanting to accurately represent a 2011 model.

PS:  Upon my request, Aimee did Photoshop my wife's feet out from the original picture here.
(http://www.phoenixusarv.com/testimonials/slides/RonDittmer2.JPG)

For reference, here is the picture I voted for.
(http://www.phoenixusarv.com/testimonials/slides/RonDittmer3.JPG)


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: pyrthkr on May 31, 2011, 04:58:52 pm
Congratulations Ron.  I've seen that pic on the site often & it's certainly worthy of this award.
 :cool


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: billy on May 31, 2011, 07:56:23 pm
Nice going Ron.      2o2


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: ron.dittmer on June 01, 2011, 09:11:47 am
Thanks all for the nice comments.  I just told my wife of this contest and that one of our pics was voted "best".  She was happy and grateful to all.   heartshower


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: pyrthkr on June 02, 2011, 04:42:57 pm
Told your wife????   :obm

That's going to significantly cut down on your personal options for spending the Grand Prize! (})

 ;)


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: ron.dittmer on June 02, 2011, 05:25:37 pm
Told your wife????   :obm That's going to significantly cut down on your personal options for spending the Grand Prize! (})   ;)
Funny you say that becasue my wife and I had a laugh over the prize money after I mentioned it to her.  Just before I told her about it, she was explaining a purchase she was thinking of, some kind of girly thing for the house.  I said after the prize money discussion....."So my prize money is already spent then?".  We did laugh hard over it.

Money is always a nice prize   (cheer)  but in my case I wished PC-USA would have offered a PC related gift item.  Maybe something like one of their zippered matress covers or a leather upgrade to my cloth dinette bench seats.  At least the prize would further enhance a my PC, instead of help in paying a bill on some dust collecting decorative thingy for the main house.  :'(


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: TomHanlon on June 02, 2011, 06:57:53 pm
Ron, I would be careful of what you say here. If your wife reads it, you could be catching "a dust collecting decorative thingy" on the back of your head. >( roflol

In Aimee's copy of the picture, there is line across the middle of the picture that does not seem to be there in your copy. Do you know what might have caused the line?

I would not worry about not having a ladder or rack on the back of your PC. After all, no one said any thing about the picture of my PC without a rack or rear window.  (exactly)


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: aimee on June 04, 2011, 05:50:21 pm
I am  very, very close to having the ad finished. I will fess up that I ended up cheating a little bit, and went with another of Ron's photos for the ad. It is the one towing the little red car.

It was the 2nd place photo submitted, and lost by 1 vote. I checked with Ron, and he's OK with me swapping it out. I would not have done this had #1 and #2 been different photographers. There were many marketing reasons that #2 worked a little bit better, but the reason I swapped it out was actually a technical one. The photo I ended up going with had much more consistent quality when printed at 7" 300ppi.  What was a little bit of muddiness/haziness on a monitor in the background of #1 became a lot of haziness when printed. I could tidy it up a little bit, but the blacks were blown out, and it gave the photo an unnatural appearance. It sounds bad reading it like this, but the difference was really quite minor, and one that most likely none but me would notice, but you don't get a job like mine without being the type of person who will burn 5 hours over the way pixels line up. ;)

I hope everyone is OK with this. I think it fits with the spirit of the contest. We have the same winning photographer/unit, and the same feel.

I'll have something for you guys to see as soon as it's approved by the folks in Elkhart. And then I'll let you guys know where to find the ad when it prints.


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: aimee on June 04, 2011, 07:31:33 pm

Here it is!  This is a web-ready version, and isn't print quality, but this is how it will look (only crisper and clearer)
(http://www.phoenixusarv.com/assets/ads/fmca-2011-2b.jpg)



Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: pyrthkr on June 06, 2011, 06:01:58 pm
Nice!
 ;)


Title: Re: The Phoenix Cruiser Photo Contest with $50 prize!
Post by: Trudy on June 06, 2011, 07:47:56 pm
Great job Aimee and great pic Ron!!  Congrats!!