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10 Sep

Contest: Headers Up!

The Prize:

Do you get tired of seeing the same seven shots of me across the top of this blog? Want to see yourself up there instead? Now’s your chance. Take a fitness photo, and if it’s good enough, it will be added to the rotation of header images for the rest of the Primal Challenge.

Other than being able to gloat to your friends that your photo is plastered on top of my blog, I’m also sending everyone in the photo a free Grok shirt. And for all the female Groks out there who have been emailing me about the lack of lady-shirts, I’ll be coming out with a couple new designs in the next week or so, and the winners of this contest will have first dibs.

The Contest:

Take a fitness photo. What’s a fitness photo? It’s a picture that in some way represents an aspect of Primal Fitness. Whether moving frequently at a slow pace, lifting heavy things, or sprinting, the photo should give newcomers to the site an idea of what Primal fitness looks like. There are two requirements:

  1. The photo must be exactly 640 by 225 pixels. Exactly. Anything else, and the photo gets trashed. Keep in mind the “rectangularness” of the header when framing your photo as you’ll most likely need to crop the top and bottom of your pic before emailing it in.
  2. There must be at least three people in the photo. You may have noticed an emerging theme in this year’s contests, that camaraderie can play a big role in how much success people have on the Primal Blueprint. So get some friends in the shot with you. There’s no real upper limit, but I don’t plan on mailing out a hundred Grok shirts, so be careful about stuffing the frame.

Finally, this contest isn’t about showing off who has the most muscles, or who can lift the most weight. It’s more about capturing the essence of Primal fitness, a photo that depicts an action. And you don’t have to be Annie Leibovitz to win this one, but if you pay a little attention to lighting, framing, and composition, you’ll definitely improve your odds.

Once you’ve cropped and re-sized your image, email it to me.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Be sure to include “Header Submission” in your subject line or I may miss your photo entirely.

The Deadline:

September 13, midnight PST. That gives you the weekend and a day.

Who is Eligible:

Anyone on the planet. Do you live in Djibouti? You’re eligible. Antarctica? Eligible. Do you live in space? Not eligible. On second thought, scratch that, if you live in space you’re eligible as well. In fact, a picture from space is an automatic win.

How a Winner is Chosen:

I’ll be hand picking this one.

Fine Print:

  • Because I’m picky about what I put on my blog, I’m reserving the right to cancel this contest if none of the submitted photos meet my standards. Conversely, if more than one photo is exceptional, there’s a chance I may pick more than one winner.
  • No collages or heavy photoshopping. Adjusting the brightness and contrast of a photo is fine, but adding text, pasting on a Grok logo, or chroma-keying yourself into a stock landscape is no good. Keep it classy.
  • No heavily featured trademarked images. Sure you can wear Vibrams, or use a specific brand of kettlebell. And it’s not a problem if you take the photo in Times Square (littered with background advertising). But don’t wear a shirt advertising your eStore or take the picture right in front of the entrance to a Bally’s Gym. And yes, wearing a Grok shirt is absolutely okay.

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. No, I don’t get tired of seeing photos of you. But, it will be interesting to see what people come up with for this contest. Could be a great addition. We will see.

    Sharon wrote on September 10th, 2010
  2. Ooh, ladies’ shirts. Cool!

    BarbeyGirl wrote on September 10th, 2010
  3. Three people in the photo? Bah. I work hard with my tai chi master who is also coaching me with crucial back rehabilitation – and there are good reasons why I no longer engage in groups of more than two! (e.g., drunkeness, bad attitudes, too much talking, tardiness, etc.)

    Debra wrote on September 10th, 2010
  4. Hmmm… Okie doke! We’ll work on this! :) Thanks Mark!

    Manda wrote on September 10th, 2010
  5. Um…yeah…I never get tired of seeing those photos in the header! 😛 Three people will be next to impossible for me…too bad dogs don’t count! LOL

    kennelmom wrote on September 10th, 2010
    • I bet it would be ok if a dog(s) were in the picture. They just wouldn’t get a shirt 😀

      Peggy wrote on September 10th, 2010
  6. I look forward to seeing the winners. This is a fun idea (except for the 3 people thing. And, I’m not interested in staging something!)

    Debra wrote on September 10th, 2010
  7. Do cats count as “people”?

    SlimIcy wrote on September 10th, 2010
    • If you can get your cats to do 100 burpees for time, then yes.

      Mark Sisson wrote on September 10th, 2010
      • Guess I don’t count as “people” then either! I can only make it to about 55 LOL

        JennF wrote on September 11th, 2010
  8. Yeah, three people — that’s tough. Horses? Dogs? Cats? Sheep? Chickens? Ducks? Got ’em covered. But actual FRIENDS? Nah. 😉

    BarbeyGirl wrote on September 10th, 2010
  9. I’m definitely going to work on this and will hopefully have something to submit.

    Very cool contest!

    Steven S wrote on September 10th, 2010
  10. 100 burpees for time. Great idea, Mark! 11 minutes, 10 seconds.

    AP wrote on September 10th, 2010
  11. Did gork die of cancer?

    Mark whats your take on this one..??

    maadu wrote on September 10th, 2010
  12. Maybe you should have a dress code for this primal work out stuff : )

    km wrote on September 10th, 2010
  13. Oh, what if you love lifting solo? Someone else wrecks my shot!

    Katelyn wrote on September 10th, 2010
  14. I hope the Ladies Shirts will be either Tank Tops or at least V-Neck Shirts.

    I can’t stand the basic T-shirt cut, it suffocates my throat!
    And the waist lines aren’t tailored in, regular T-shirts make the ladies look fat around the waist line.

    I’d buy a tank top that’s forest green with a pink Grok. Heck, I’d even buy a Jacket if there was one available.

    Suvetar wrote on September 10th, 2010
    • Yes, we ladies always need tight, low-cut shirts. Or not. 😉

      MamaGrok wrote on September 13th, 2010
  15. I’d have too much trouble rounding up two fit friends for this contest!

    But I definitely have to second the request for tanks or v-neck shirts. I’m sick of swimming in men’s sizes that still make me feel like I’m being strangled.

    Pepper wrote on September 10th, 2010
  16. Does our dog count as a 3rd person? Me, wifey, dog?

    Ben in Abu Dhabi wrote on September 11th, 2010
  17. WooHoo. I’ll have to set the tripod up on Monday when we lift heavy things. Thanks Mark

    hiker wrote on September 11th, 2010

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