I realized at some point late yesterday afternoon that I had a contest to wrap up today. It has been a busy week. Winners had to be picked, prizes arranged, and a post had to be written.
The first two were relatively manageable when compared to the third. I always forget what a minor pain it is to move things from email to my hard drive and then back up into WordPress while making sure I do not lose anything along the way. You would be surprised at the number of ways you can mess that up when shepherding a pile pictures along the way.
In the end there were 43 images submitted by 19 different people. Thank you all for participating! Here is the list of those who sent in pictures, in order of when I received them.
- Ripard Teg / Jester (who also kindly linked to the contest from his site)
- Robyn Aurilen
- Jack Holt
- Kirith Kodachi
- Mark726 of EVE Travel
- Hull Nightstar
- Yulian McElroy
- Cheradenine Harper of Diaries of a Space Noob
- Anna Karhunen
- Ty Delaney
- Kara Kardan
- Rofelia Amphal
- Duncan Ringill
- Dunarian Ozran
All of you adhered to the rules, so far as I can tell, and a good percentage of you managed to follow the instructions. I did not penalize anybody in any way because they didn’t rename their screen shots so I could identify the owner or because they decided to branch out to file formats beyond .jpg and .png.
I did save off all entries that were not JPEG into that format, just for the sake of size. Some of you are running at 2560×1440, which makes for a sizable .png file. I do not believe that picture quality was compromised in anyway way.
I was interested to see what people would choose to submit. Some of you went right to the heart of the matter. I have a number of entries that are just planets. Others chose screen shots where planets were a looming presence, watching over our actions in space. And they do flavor the game and give a sense of scale to what we are doing. Have you seen a titan next to a planet or a moon? It is so tiny that you can zoom out until it disappears and the planet will barely have changed size on your screen at all.
So it is time to get to the winners, and all the entries, right after the cut.