Over on the official contest page at http://www.algonquinadventures.com/trip ... r5000.html , are a couple of pertinent details ...This year I'd like to start a new 'tradition' .. a contest for Algonquin Park trip-logs. It won't be for forum postings, but rather will be for conventional stand-alone, conventional "text-and-photos-compositions" in word-processor format. All contest submissions will be subject to inclusion in the website's Trip-log Inventory.
This year's contest will be limited to logs of trips actually done in 2015, with a submissions' cut-off of year's end and contest results being announced by March 31st of 2016.
Judging will not hinge on the difficulty of the trip, but rather on the quality of the trip-logs' literary, photographic and backcountry-ethical content. At this outset, I'm announcing that I'm providing 3 prizes .. main and two runner-ups .. merchant gift cards for $100, $50 & $50 respectively .. with a possibility of even more, if sponsors can be enticed to participate!
And thanks to Ken Born (Bo) for suggesting we have a trip-log contest!
"The text component will be judged on its literary merits .. the quality of the narration and the quality of its 'presentation' (its readability and grammar) .. towards a possible total of 50 points.
The photo component's images will be judged just as they are submitted .. also towards a possible total of 50 points.
In addition, up to an extra 20 points may be assigned in acknowledgement of exceptional exploratory initiatives, or of backcountry skills and/or ethics documented in the trip-log.
Lastly, the promotion, description or photography of unethical or illegal practices documented in the trip-log will be judged negatively .. towards a possible total of minus 20 points.
.. and ..
"The owner of the Algonquin Adventures website (Barry Bridgeford), its forum moderators and their family members .. plus advertisers on Algonquin Adventures, their employees and their family members .. are prohibited from participating in the contest."
Sorry PaP, the mod-squad's exclusion from the contest was part of my effort to exclude any perceptions of favouritsm. I'll try to make up for that exclusion somehow!