Hidden Treasures Competition Rules



In simple words, the rules of the competition, which are described in full below, state that the submissions have to be produced from data from the ESO telescopes, be previously unpublished by ESO, not infringe any copyrights, have not been “painted” in an unscientific way and that ESO is allowed to use the image afterwards against crediting.

  1. The competition is organised by the education and Public Outreach Department of the European Southern Observatory, on behalf of the European Southern Observatory
  2. The competition is open to everyone, except ESO employees and contractors, and their immediate family. Children under the age of 18 must have their parent’s permission.
  3. By submitting an image to the competition, you do confirm to the organiser that
    1. it was produced and processed by you (ie. your original work);
    2. it does not infringe the copyright or any other right of any third party.
  4. The submitted image cannot duplicate an image already published in the ESO gallery. If the submitted image is of a celestial object of which an image is already available in the gallery, it should be significantly different because a different telescope(s), instrument(s) or filter(s) were used.
  5. The submitted image must be based on data produced with one of the ESO telescopes on La Silla or Paranal, for instance accessible through the ESO Science Archive . A simpler query form is available here.
  6. There is no restriction on the number of images submitted by anyone. Each entry will be judged separately.
  7. An entry can be submitted by a group of people. However, there is only one prize per image. It is up to the members of the group to decide how to share it.
  8. The raw data can be processed to remove the instrumental signature (bias, dark, flat-field). Cosmetic defects (cosmic rays, saturation bleeds, bad pixels, bad columns, vignetting...) can be removed (either manually or via algorithm). There is no restriction on how many frames can be combined, through any number of filters, from any instrument. The dynamic range of the images can be adjusted using any function. Part of the frames can be masked, and small areas can be corrected via manual image edition (eg in GIMP or Photoshop) to correct blemishes such as cosmic rays, saturation bleed, bad pixels, ghosts, satellite or air plane trails, etc. Images with significant manual modifications (i.e. image painting) are not accepted. Image enhancements through filtering, sharpening, deconvolution, etc., are allowed.
  9. The competition accept entries until 30 November 2010 at 24:00 CEST.
  10. The entries must be submitted via the Flickr group “ESO Hidden Treasures”, and the contact information, including a valid email, the list of raw archive files used and the ESO User Portal ID, must be submitted upon request. That email will be used to contact the authors, and the winners.
  11. The jury can request a full-sized version of the final image, in TIFF or Photoshop or GIMP format for detailed evaluation.
  12. By submitting an image, you grant ESO a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to use, publicly perform and publicly display your image, under the ESO copyright rules described in http://www.eso.org/public/outreach/copyright.html (“Creative Commons Attribution”), with credit to ESO/Your Name. The actual image published may be either the file you submitted, or a reprocessed image using the same dataset and same concept as yours. The winning images, and possibly other entries may be published on the eso.org web site, or affiliated web sites.
  13. You agree that if you win a prize, your name and image can be used for public relations publications.
  14. The images submitted will be evaluated by a panel of 5 judges, including astro-photography specialists and astronomers from ESO. The decisions of the judges are final.
  15. The images will be judged on their
    1. aesthetic quality;
    2. processing quality;
    3. originality.
Deadline: November 30, 2010