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An Introduction to fovi8
If you haven’t already joined fovi8 or aren’t signed in, do it now. If you’re not signed in your actions can’t be credited to your account.
You start 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 Round One, the first competition. Every ten uploaded photographs compete against each other in a match. The top three photos in each match are given stars as prizes and advance to Round Two and beyond.
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.
It’s worth checking the Judge page frequently, as contests are created daily.
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 any progress it has 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 Tracks.
The Tracks 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 Track contests. You can enter Track contests here. Entering a photo into the first stage of a Track contest costs 4 stars or diamonds, which includes entry to all 10 stages in the track (if your photo makes it), earning increasingly bigger prizes along the way.
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.
The categories of Track 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 every month as chosen by the community.
At the end of each month every photograph that was uploaded is sorted into one of five stages and the community picks the Photos of the Month. Every photograph receives feedback, and results are listed for every photograph.
Of course you can’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. You can also ask questions and get answers on our FAQ Page.
Added in September 2019 – you can now tag photos, and our tags are contests. More information here: How Tags Work