HOLLOWS INSIDER Photo Contest, 2011

I teased you Thursday with me being excited about my first glimpse of the HOLLOWS INSIDER, which, if you missed it, is the Hollows world guide, the definitive source for all things Hollows, with spells, character descriptions, species descriptions, interoffice memos, murder and mayhem.  The last two were kind of accidental as I slipped a story line in among the dry facts.  It’s not necessary to read it to enjoy the regular Hollows books, but much like the novellas and shorts, it expands your understanding of the characters and world tremendously.  It was also a chance for me to cut loose and develop all sorts of tantalizing tidbits like what an After Hours Runner Pass looks like.

Needless to say, it’s illustration rich, with all of the photos for the newspaper articles coming from you, the readers–I hope.  This is your chance to be a part of the Hollows in a very real and public way.  Those chosen will not only get a signed copy of the finished product, but also a full-color, signed page (I’d call it a page proof) of the upcoming Hollows graphic novel, BLOOD WORK, due out July 12, just as a second thank you.  Here’s how you participate:

Over the next couple of months, I will be coming to you with a visual description of a photograph that will be featured in the HOLLOWS INSIDER, more specifically, a newspaper article.  You recreate the photo with your friends, send it to me, and then do what I do a lot of–wait.  (grin)  At the end of the week, I’ll pick out three to five of my favorites, post them on my webpages for you all to see, and send them to my publisher.  My editor will pick the final winner. (This is where the real wait comes in.  Months and months, probably.)

The winner will be the one who matches my description the best.  I will be leaning toward upfront and real photographs that look like newspaper photographs–no brandished wands, no pointy hats, no photoshopping pixies in.  I would love to see a hint of paranormal elements if it fits easily, but it has to be subtile, looking as natural as earbuds in a teenager’s ear.  (Err on the side of caution with this.  Less if more.  Maybe take one with the paranormal stuff, and one without.)  Before your photo can be included into the HOLLOWS INSIDER, there will be a standard release form to be signed that grants my publisher all rights to the photograph and assures them that you took the photo and that everyone in the photograph agrees it can be printed.  The only thing you’re going to get out of this is a signed copy of the book, a signed page proof from BLOOD WORK, my undying gratitude, and bragging rights into perpetuity. -grin-

I need about a dozen photographs, and I’d like to run each contest for a week to give you a chance to plan and take them, (or find them in your photo archives) but I might double up once I get a good system for you to submit them to me.  And again, winners will be those who pay attention to what I’m looking for and match it.

To Enter: Photographs are to be submitted to watchdogs@comporium.net   I would prefer you to submit  a lower resolution photo that fits within 640 by 480 pixels, but keep your high resolution copy in case you win.  If you crash my inbox by sending me huge pictures, it won’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy.  You can send me two photographs of the same subject matter per contest.  Submit them using an email address that will be good through October so I can get back in touch with you.  The contests are open to US and non-US residents, and there’s no cash value for the prizes.  Odds of winning depend upon how many people enter.  The winners will be chosen by me and my publisher on the basis of how well they fit the specified criteria, and is contingent upon signing release forms.  I can’t think of anything else except to please be sure that you own the rights to the photographs before you submit them. (i.e., take the pictures on your camera, don’t lift them from the web.)  Pictures that you have taken in the past are okay.

First Photograph!  Something easy for this first one.  I’m looking for a picture of a casino boat at the quay.  Ideally it will be cold, as the paper runs in December, and I’ll let a bit of photoshopping slide if you want to get creative and get Saladan’s name on the boat somewhere.  The caption under the photograph is going to read “Saladan’s floating casino before it exploded.” This can be taken at night or day, close or distant to show the Cincy skyline if you you are lucky enough to live there.  Perhaps one taken inside the boat.  Be creative!  And no worries!  If you don’t have access to a floating paddle boat to take a picture of, I’m going to have lots of other opportunities that are not so location specific.

I will accept photographs of the casino boat until Monday noon, EST (May 3rd)  I’ll post my 3-5 favorite pics on Tuesday so you’ll know if you’re in the running or not.

Have fun!


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56 responses to “HOLLOWS INSIDER Photo Contest, 2011

  1. Dayton Denise

    I live near Cincinnati…..looks like I’ll be heading down there this weekend to take some pictures!

  2. Victoria Eskey

    This is exciting!! I am loving the idea of being the newspaper’s photographers!! I’m no where near a casino boat, but I will definately be iin when I can!!
    Thanks Kim, for alllowing us to contribute! ^_^

  3. Theresa

    I got some gardening done on Sat. because it was so sunny and Easter was nice but rainy, I hope yours was good. Well now, I feel kind of bad because it seems to be that not a lot of people can enter this one and I can’t either because I don’t know where I would find a casino boat or even what one really looks like but maybe I could enter the next one, it sound really fun! 🙂 Have a wonderful day!
    Theresa =)

  4. trisha

    darn i can’t do this one i live near stl and the arch is bounded to get in the pic

  5. Magnificent, Kim. This is a brilliant contest, and an excellent way to involve your fans. I look forward to seeing what turns out, and who knows, maybe a subject will pop up I can participate in! Very neat, indeed. No party boats however in the San Joaquin Valley of California. 😀 *sigh* I have a great picture of a party boat at the coast… but it is a charter, and it’s a big deal, and I am not sure about the laws, photoshopping over the name with Saladan’s… I don’t know that I could legally sign over photograph rights, since it IS a big deal boat, and they actually sell photos of it and what not. Think I will hold out until the next one.


  6. US residents only?! Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

  7. . . . and the contest begins. You’ve really put a lot of thought into this, Kim and it sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun for you and your fans.

    Since Arizona has no such boats that I’m aware of, I’ll keep checking for future chances to submit.

    • I love it when you guys get involved, so I’m really looking forward to it. I’m sure there is going to be something you can submit eventually. I’ve got 12 pictures to find.

  8. This sounds fun. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this. Hopefully a subject will come around that I have a chance to work with. ^_^

  9. becca

    loving the idea kim
    but…..why only usa??due to copy rights??
    would love to have taken part,never mind be fun to watch be created

  10. Nicole

    do you prefer black and white or color photos?

  11. Kateryna from Montreal

    WHY US only?! Include Canada, plz, we are soooooo close…
    oh well, I cant wait to see the submitions.. it going to be awesome.

  12. NiNi

    We’ve been having a time with our paddle boats recently. Luckily, no one was hurt. If you have the time, or inclination:

    The gist of the story is “On Friday, the BB Riverboat vessel River Queen was docked in Newport and struck the Belle of Cincinnati while a Miami University sorority party was taking place on the boats.”

    Probably those Inderlanders stirring up trouble. 🙂

  13. hmmm I wonder if the Bob-Lo boat would suffice? 😀

  14. Stephenie

    UGH!! We used to HAVE a casino boat right downtown! And I’m actually here today! They moved the casino to land last year. UGH! There’s still the showboat which is landlocked, but if I can get a ride down there and get creative I might be able to make it look good. I could also see if we have any old photos…

    I’m so excited about the Hollows Insider. I think I’m freaking out over it a little.

  15. Vampyre

    Howdy ma’am.

    I’m out of luck with the river boat. There is only one riverboat casino in Georgia and it’s not a paddle boat. I’ll be relatively close to Cincy at the end of May but that’s too late. Sure yo don’t need a shrimp boat? 😉

    I can’t wait to see the entries.


    • Theresa

      OOOOOh Georgia!!!! I wish I could visit the south! I bet the magnolia trees are beautiful!!!!

    • Ahhhh, I don’t think you could make a shrimp boat look like a paddlewheel boat. Nahhh. But good try, Vampy. I’ll have other photos you might be able to do.

  16. Melissa

    this is really neat!!! now im wondering how the heck i can get a picture of a boat..lol

  17. damniela

    This sound like so much fun! However, I won’t be able to participate, since I’m in México, but good luck finding the ideal pictures! Can’t wait to see them!

  18. Treva

    Hello and good luck to all. Casino boat – near the ‘Nati… hmmm – my husband is NOT going to thank you for this. LOL. “No, hun. Really, I have to go to the boat for the contest.”
    Safe Journeys to all.

  19. Sonja Draxten

    Ohhh love it! Not so able to join the contest, but wishing congrats to all who can! Hope everyone had a good Easter!

  20. Angela L

    Oh the contests sound like fun! Hope you get some great submissions.

  21. Brittany

    I know this is a stupid question but I’m going to ask anyway. Does it have to be a photo or can it be an illustration?

  22. Lesley

    This is so cool. I can’t wait to see the photos!

  23. Jenn

    Well, I’m bummed that I won’t be able to participate since I’m in Canada, but I look forward to seeing all the photos! It sounds like an amazing contest!

  24. Jenny

    What a fun opportunity! I don’t know if I’ll be able to take any usable photos but it’s very cool you are asking us readers to participate.Thanks Kim 🙂

  25. (Tassie_Gal)

    Aw BUGGER about US residents only 😦

  26. Good luck to everybody in the contest!

    Happy Monday, Kim. 🙂 I hope you had a pleasant Easter. It rained all weekend here, so we did the hunt indoors. It was a lot of fun, actually. We hid the eggs for the kids, and then turned around and let them hide them for us. They got a real kick out of that.

    I had quite a bit of computer trouble over the weekend. I will spare you the dreadful details, but the long and the short of it is I got 0 homework done. Not sure what I’m going to tell my professors, but hopefully I can pull something off and keep my straight A average.

    • jkh

      Dear Greg, Are you old enough to remember the reasons we couldn’t get our homework done: I couldn’t get a new typewriter ribbon, and the only one I had jammed. The library was closed all weekend because of the holiday. I accidentally broke my slide-rule…

    • Yikes! I hope you get your computer up and running okay. That’s miserable.