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AQ Pix!

Digital Photography Contest

October 8, 2012 -April 12, 2013


Your opportunity to be creative, win a prize, and have your work displayed in the Library.


Hey AQ shutterbugs. Are you a current student, staff or faculty of Aquinas College? Do you enjoy snapping photos? Do you enjoy Aquinas College? If the answer is “yes” to all three of those questions, you (yes YOU) qualify to enter the library’s AQ Pix photo contest. So grab your camera start snapping. See if you can capture the essence of AQ in a single image. Oh, it’s on…

Keep reading for contest rules and regulations.

What it is
A contest to find the best color photos of the Aquinas College campus. Many entries will be displayed on the first floor of the Library!

Possible themes

      • What AQ means to you
      • The best place to meditate
      • AQ's prettiest space
      • Best view on campus


  • The essence of AQ
  • Having fun on campus
  • Your favorite place on campus
  • Basically, anything AQ
The contest starts on October 8, 2012 and runs through April 12, 2013.

Who can submit

  • Current students
  • Current staff & faculty

There'll two prize categories: one for students, one for faculty & staff.


First place: $100 Amazon gift certificate

Second place: $75 Amazon gift certificate

Third place: $50 Amazon gift certificate

Honorable Mentions


All winners and honorable mentions will be displayed in the current periodicals area of the library.


The Nitty-Gritty

    • Photographs must be in digital format
      • Digital cameras can be checked out from the Media Department
    • Size: 8" x 10" @ 300 dpi
      • Make sure you camera is set to take photographs at the highest image quality
    • Format: jpegs or tiffs
    • Color only
    • Please do not digitally enhance or alter your photographs (beyond the basics needed to achieve realistic color balance and sharpness) (See more details below)
    • Content must be appropriate for display in a public place on campus. Photos with content deemed inappropriate by jurists will be disqualified.
    • Photograph must have been taken between January 1, 2012 and the contest deadline, April 12, 2013
    • The photograph must be a single work of original material taken by the contest entrant. By entering the contest, the entrant represents and acknowledges the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photograph
    • For a photo in which a person or persons are/is recognizable, you must secure permission from the subject/s
    • Do not contact us about the status of entries
    • The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Aquinas College reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion. Decisions of Aquinas College will be final
    • One entry per person



Fill out the registration form!


Instructions: Complete and save the form. Attach both the completed form and your photograph to an email message and send it to by 11:59 pm on Friday, April 12, 2013.




Images will be judged on:

  • Overall Impact
  • Creativity
  • Composition
  • Technical Quality
  • Memorable Content and Delivery



Deadline: Friday, April 12, 2013

Winners announced: Friday, April 26, 2013

Details about manipulating photos
DODGING AND BURNING: Dodging (to brighten shadows) or burning (to darken highlights) is fine, but please don’t overdo it. Your goal in using digital darkroom techniques should be to adjust the dynamic tonal range of an image so that it more closely resembles what you saw.
COLOR SATURATION: Just as with dodging and burning, your goal should be to make it real. Please avoid significant over- or under-saturation. A lot of photographers make the mistake of over-saturating color, making their images look cartoonish.
SOLARIZATION, MEZZOTINT, DUOTONE, ETC.: These are discouraged as being too gimmicky. There are a myriad of alteration "filters" available in digital photo software; try not to be swayed to use them. They may be cool and fun, but they won’t help you in this contest.
CROPPING: Acceptable

FISH-EYE LENSES: Unless used underwater, they are NOT acceptable.

By entering the contest, entrants grant Aquinas College a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any educational, promotional, publicity, exhibition, archival, scholarly and all other standard Aquinas College purposes. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible.
For more information
Contact Library Co-directors Shellie Jeffries at 632-2130 and Francine Paolini at 632-2131
Contest sponsored by the Grace Hauenstein Library