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Ubuntu Axe Laptop Competition After Just 2 Weeks

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Ubuntu Billboard in Ukraine

Ubuntu has been forced to axe a competition offering an Ubuntu-loaded Dell XPS laptop as a prize after just two weeks.

The ‘Billboard Photo’ contest, launched on May 14th, tasked Russian and Ukrainian Ubuntu users with locating and photographing one of several Dell-branded Ubuntu laptop advertisements on show in a handful of cities. The image deemed most original would win a Dell laptop, while 2 runners-up would snag some Ubuntu merchandise.

As of today the contest is officially over because, what Ubuntu’s David Planella refers to as ‘extenuating circumstances’, the billboards have been removed.

And no billboards means no contest.

No more entries will be accepted; and Planella says that anyone who submitted a picture to the contest pool on Flickr will be contacted with further details.

The (relatively) good news is that few will be inconvenienced by the contest curtailing, with only a single entry having been submitted since its launch – an image that was taken before the contest was announced!

What happens to the prizes, including a laptop and slick Ubuntu-branded messenger bag? Unknown at present.

But Dell, if you’re reading this, a) loving your work and b) feel free to send them my way! 😉

Ubuntu Axe Laptop Competition After Just 2 Weeks OMG! Ubuntu! – Everything Ubuntu. Daily.

Ubuntu Announce Billboard Photo Taking Contest

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Ubuntu Billboard in Ukraine. Image Credit: Konstantine R.

As concepts for contests go the latest one from Ubuntu is certainly unique. 

Ubuntu fans living in Ukraine and the Russian Federation have the chance to win a Dell laptops simply by spotting and snapping a photo of an Ubuntu billboard.

Dell are* currently advertising several of their Ubuntu-loaded laptops throughout major cities in both countries (ChelyabinskNovosibirsk and Izhevsk in Russia; Lvov, Kiev and Dnepropetrovsk in Ukraine).

But before you think any ol’ snap of a billboard will do photos are to be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Quality of the photo (40%)
  • Creativity/Originality (40%)
  • Number of views on Flickr (20%)

I’m not entirely sure how one can be ‘original’ and ‘creative’ in taking a photo of a whacking-great advert, but as I’m in the UK I don’t need to sweat too much about it.

Prizes are on offer for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed entries are as follows:

  • 1st Place – Dell XPS Laptop
  • 2nd Place – Ubuntu Swag, including messenger bag
  • 3rd place – 100GB Ubuntu One storage for a year

Each participant can submit up to three photos to the Flickr pool hosting the competition. Importantly, make sure that your camera has location metadata enabled. This requirement is necessary.

Pictures may be photoshopped/gimped as you wish, but must be based on an original image taken by yourself in one of the cities listed above.

So, next time you’re on your way to school in Russia, or driving to work in Ukraine, be sure to have a camera handy – it could just win you a laptop…

*Collective nouns can be plural in British English.

Ubuntu Announce Billboard Photo Taking Contest OMG! Ubuntu! – Everything Ubuntu. Daily.