Participating in the World Wide Panorama:
Rules and Restrictions
Updated July 2019
The idea is simple. Just photograph a VR image (cylindrical or cubic panorama, or an object movie) anytime during the open photography period. Prepare your single best, most interesting panorama, and upload it to the 'contributions' server. You may submit anytime during the contribution/upload period - usually at least two weeks during and immediately after an event (see upload instructions).
We would like everyone to join our facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/WorldWidePanorama/, so we can track participation and stay in touch with you. But this is not required.
RULES AND RESTRICTIONS
We need to keep this simple so we can create the site efficiently. So there are some strict limits on what will be accepted.
One* Contribution per Event. Please take as many panoramas or objects on as many variations of the theme as you'd like. And then select your favorite one to contribute to the WWP. Any extras can be linked to from your WWP page and hosted on your own server.
*) Some Events may host multiple contributions.
JPEG panoramic image as the main source. Sorry, no panoramas embedded in Java, Flash, or Shockwave formats. In the light of ever-evolving playback technologies, we need to be able to simply plug in standardized files and a few text blocks, without the complication of additional external code. We also want consistent navigation and interface. If your artistic vision goes beyond our simple pages, we will provide a link to your site.
Your panoramas must be 360º - the left side of your panorama must match with the right side of your panorama so the viewer can enjoy a fully immersive experience of looking all around without any visible seams.
The height of your panorama must be smaller than the width (vertical panoramas are not accepted)
- Enjoyable quality and appropriate content
- Fully spherical panorama or cylindrical panorama without any black borders (make sure you crop your images enough if you have black areas on top and bottom)
- Logos, if used, should be small and placed at the nadir (bottom). No big logos or advertisements are allowed. Exceptions: a small logo can be placed on the zenith (top) or very exceptionally elsewhere in the image ONLY if placing it on the nadir would cover an important feature in the panorama.
- No holes or black areas in the sky or distorted or badly retouched sky (zenith)
- No huge hole in the nadir nor distorted bottom of the panorama (nadir) - Exceptions: Shadows, tripods, small holes and small mirror balls are ok but discouraged.
- No major stitching, color or exposure errors
- The panorama must be level. The horizon needs to be in the center of the image so it does not look curved or leaning one way or another unnaturally. One way to test this visually is to rotate the image while checking to be sure that vertical lines, like telephone poles or trees, remain vertical as you pan around
Dimensions and file size. We don't want to stifle your creativity, but we do have to specify some limits so we can fit all the panoramas on the same size pages. We have also specified maximum file sizes, to keep download times (and server bandwidth) under control.
Full-screen ready, please. A fullscreen panorama is not a different type of file, merely a panorama image with sufficient resolution to look good when expanded to full screen size. Most source images bigger than 6000x3000 pixels will meet this request.
Only the shooting needs to be done during the event.
You will need some time to produce your panorama, especially if just beginning with panoramic photography, or if using film. The preparation server will allow submission of final panoramas during the last month of the event. Be sure to join our facebook group to receive informations detailing the exact dates. For those who hate facebook there is still the groups.io mailing list where important announcements will be posted but there is little other traffic lately.
Submission is done with a web browser form. The preparation server allows you to register as a participant, upload your images, and type in the title, place, caption and other data. You can view it exactly as it will appear on the final site and make corrections right up to the deadline.
A preliminary version of the full site will be available for viewing by participants only during the submission period. After the close of submissions the site will be edited for consistency and completeness. The final site will be announced and available to the public shortly after that.
Each photographer will retain personal copyright of their own work (as specified in U.S. law). By uploading a panorama you grant us permission to use your work on the World Wide Panorama website (http://worldwidepanorama.org). If you upload audio or incoporate any pictures besides your own in your panorama, make sure that you have proper permission under US or applicable copyright law to exhibit that work. There will be no commercial use at all.
There will be warnings to users about respecting your copyright. The overall site (exclusive of the panoramas) will be copyright by the World Wide Panorama Foundation, a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation.
Although all submissions that meet the technical and content requirements will most likely be accepted, the organizers reserve the right to refuse any individual submission.