Photo of the Month
TT-Forums holds a transport-related Photo of the Month competition in the General Transport Discussion forum.
How to enter
First, follow the rules listed below.
If you have a photo to enter and it is eligible, go to the General Transport Discussion area on TT-Forums. There will be an 'entries' topic available for you to upload your entry there. You may link from trusted uploading sites such as Flickr, DeviantArt, Photobucket, personal website, Facebook etc but uploading directly to the forum is the preference. Feel free to add a bit of extra info with your picture. A name, what it is, where it was taken, etc. It's as simple as that!
Entry topics will open near the start of each month after voting is complete and a new theme is posted. They will end on the last day of the month.
Voting lasts a week and will be up within the first day or two of the month. Entrants should also use this time to think of a new theme should they win. However, this must be kept to yourself and sent to the competition organiser(s).
Rules are adapted from the original (2008) POTM competition, written by Andel/Dave W.
- The photo must be related to transport generally. This is very open to an array of photos from railways, aviation, ships, cars, bridges, roads, airports, canals, ports, etc. As long as there is some relation to transport, any photo is welcome.
- Most months will have a specific topic or theme. Pictures entered that don't, in the opinion of the organisers, follow this topic will not be entered into the final vote. Discussion will be pursued with the entrant about the eligibility of the photo in regards to the topic.
- The topic will be chosen by the previous month's winner. If they decide not to choose a topic, the following month will have a topic selected by the award organisers or by popular demand.
- The photo MUST belong to the entrant. Photos must be taken by YOU. They must be your photos and not someone else's.
- Entrants may only enter one photo. However, changing your entry prior to the closing date is permitted.
- Entrants may not use multiple usernames to enter multiple photos.
- The decision of the organisers is final - although the voting process is entirely democratic and everyone's vote adds one point to the score of a photograph.
- Discussion of entries is permitted so long as comments do not deliberately try to influence one photo over another.
- "Photoshopping"/editing of images is not permitted. Basic colour correction is allowed (such as black & white, sepia, etc.) so long as it is not over-the-top. Watermarks are permitted if your photos have them providing they are small and not intrusive.
- Images must be at least 1024 x 768 pixels.
- Previously entered photos can be re-entered for other themes if it fits. However, winning entries may not be re-entered again.
- Please note that acceptance is at the organisers discretion.
- If a photo is found to have been taken whilst trespassing or has been taken without care to safety, the entry will be removed and the entrant possibly banned from the competition depending on the extent of the above. Do not endanger yourself or others!
Please abide by the safety regulations and laws for wherever you may be taking photos - especially on the railways.
As a quick guideline for railways:
- Do NOT trespass on the railways - no matter how good you think your photo is.
- Do NOT use the 'flash' on a camera, as stated by all TOCs.
- Do NOT photograph in areas where it may pose a danger to you or anyone else.
- Do NOT obstruct signalling or security equipment.
- Always be fully aware of your surroundings both for your own safety and others. Note and report any suspicious activity or behaviour.
For more information, see your local TOC's website or click here for the guidelines set by National Rail. These rules will typically apply to most countries but please check the appropriate site if you are outside the UK.
Hall of fame
- 2018 Winners - Photo of the Year 2018
- November-December 2018 - Artistic
- October 2018 - Terminal/Terminus
- September 2018 - After Dark
- July-August 2018 - Special
- May-June 2018 - Signalling and Control
- April 2018 - Wheels
- March 2018 - Forest
- January-February 2018 - Golden Age
- 2017 Winners - Photo of the Year 2017
- December 2017 - Open Theme
- November 2017 - Ground+Air
- September-October 2017 - Art
- July-August 2017 - Improvement
- June 2017 - Made in Asia
- May 2017 - The Serenity of Abandoned Public Transportation Vehicles
- March-April 2017 - Work in Progress
- February 2017 - Behind the Scenes
- January 2017 - Blur
- 2016 Winners - Photo of the Year 2016
- December 2016 - Hot and Cold
- October-November 2016 - Long Ago and Far Away
- September 2016 - Going Home
- August 2016 - Signs and Signals
- June-July 2016 - Natural vs. Artificial
- April 2016 - Human/Animal Power
- March 2016 - Setting the Scene
- February 2016 - Proximity
- January 2016 - Distance
- 2015 Winners - Photo of the Year 2015
- December 2015 - Weather
- October-November 2015 - Tickets
- August-September 2015 - Wheels
- June 2015 - Tunnels
- May 2015 - Maintenance and Breakdowns
- April 2015 - Twins
- March 2015 - Like in the Old Days
- January-February 2015 - No Vehicles
- 2014 Winners - Photo of the Year 2014
- November / December 2014 - Open theme
- September / October 2014 - Abandoned
- July 2014 - Strangeness
- June 2014 - Transit and its Environment
- May 2014 - Innovative and New
- April 2014 - Rush
- January 2014 - A New Start
- 2013 Winners - inc. Photo of the Year
- December 2013 - Strong and powerful
- November 2013 - Oddities and Unusual Things
- October 2013 - Lighted Signals
- September 2013 - Industrial
- August 2013 - Leisure and activities
- July 2013 - Compromises and Oddities
- June 2013 - Wilderness
- May 2013 - Urban Landscape
- April 2013 - Design & Architecture
- March 2013 - Change
- January & February 2013 - Dusk, Nighttime, and mornings
- December 2012 - Winter Wonderland
- November 2012 - Speed
- October 2012 - Fine Detail
- September 2012 - Construction & Maintenance
- August 2012 - Water
- July 2012 - Open theme
- June 2012 - Rarities, Oldtimers and Specialities
- May 2012 - Stations, Ports, and Terminals
- April 2012 - Bridges
- March 2012 - People
- February 2012 - Light & Colour