If you haven’t already joined fovi8 or aren’t logged in, do it now. You’ll want the things you do on fovi8 to be credited to your account. We start you off with four stars, our basic on-site currency. We hand out stars in a variety of ways on the site, so don’t worry about using them. If you haven’t already, use one of those stars to upload one of your photographs. When you upload a photograph it is placed into The Combine, our first round of competition. Every ten uploaded photographs compete against each other in a match. The top three photos are rewarded with stars (which you can use to upload more photos) and advance to the Second Round. Judging is done by the fovi8 community, including you. Click over to the Judge page and follow the simple instruction: Click on the better photograph. Every contest pays out a prize to the judge whose choices are strongest. You should check the Judge page often. After a contest is judged its results are posted, showing every photo’s rank. Here’s an example. Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look at that photo’s statistics and progress its made in other contests. You can access your own photos by clicking on your username in the nav bar and going to your profile. From there photos can be entered into a series of repeating fovi8 contests. We call them Stages. The Stages are currently divided into five basic categories – Black and White, Color, People, Places, and Brawl (we’ll get to Brawl shortly). All photographs are welcome to compete in Stage 1 of any of The Stage contests. You enter Stage contests here. Only competitive photos are allowed to advance to Stages 2 and beyond. Photos reaching even Stage 3 in a category are our best work. Beyond that, all the way up to Stage 10? Those are photographs to be very proud of. While the categories of Stage contests all pretty explanatory except for Brawl. Brawls are free-for-all contests where all photographs are welcome regardless of subject or technique. And here things get a little more interesting. To enter a Brawl, you’re going to need a diamond. You can easily buy diamonds in our store, but you can also win them if you’re the top judge for a Brawl contest. Diamonds are exchangeable for cash. You can also use diamonds to buy a copy of our monthly zine, which compiles the best work on the site as chosen by the community. At the end of each month we divide all of that month’s photographs into five stages and the community picks the Photos of the Month. Every photograph receives feedback in the form of likes, and the results are listed for all. Of course you shouldn’t rely on fovi8 to have a contest to fit every niche or genre. That’s why you can create your own contest on the site. For a small amount of stars, you can create a contest that you and other users will be able to enter and have your work ranked through the fovi8 judging system. And if you have a set of photos that you need feedback on, you can create a contest that only you can enter. We call it a portfolio. You’ll get honest feedback from our community and results for all photographs. To create a portfolio, just hit the Portfolio checkbox on the contest creation page. Much more to come, and we’ll add to this as we go.