Enter my Star Citizen screenshot contest for your chance at some great digital prizes!

   UPDATE: 2021-06-10   

THE CONTEST IS OVER… and here are the results

May’s screenshot contest “Horizon” ended with over 140 entries! Check out the top three prize winners and the two shots that tied for honorable mentions below along with some comments from the judges. You can also see ALL the entries further down the page. The next screenshot contest will start in July! So check my site, sign up for my email list, and follow me on Twitter for updates!

FIRST

“Into Darkness”  by Sufi_Paul

Looking at this picture I have only one question in my mind: what is behind the planet, what is behind the horizon? There is such vast space painted by light and shadow. And tiny ship hanging exactly where the night and day meeting on the planet, creating yet another horizon. I like this composition because it tells many stories.SpaceGamer
It can be difficult to show the shear scale of things in this game. But as I starred at the Cutlass’s unmistakable silhouette, delicately slicing the horizon and the great vastness beyond, this image, for me, screams “SPACE”.WeeHamster
The tiny Cutlass silhouette and engine trails are framed nicely against the massive horizon of microTech. The 21:9 aspect ratio helps establish this as an epic, cinematic moment. Well done.Hasgaha

SECOND

“IntoTheRabbitHole”  by Haxlu101

I had mixed feelings about this one because so big part of the composition is just nearly black inside of the spaceship. I’ve realised that the darkness of the spaceship makes what’s behind the window even more beautiful I am on this ship, I am travelling behind the horizon of this planet. And just thin glass between me and the Universe.SpaceGamer
A slice of the world below is beautifully carved out by the framing of the open hatch. One can’t help but feel the stillness of the scene, as your eye look out to the horizon. Then, without warning, apprehension kicks in as you realise, you are exposed to open space.WeeHamster
Using the circular window and interior to frame the moon’s horizon and textured surface was genious. The interior has just enough detail and contrast to establish WHAT it is without distracting from the subjuect of the image.Hasgaha

THIRD

“Red horizon”  by ln_nova

I love well-balanced compositions and this one is exactly this. A very classic story expressed in bold shapes, light and shadows. Good work on DOF and perspective. It’s all about the horizon. But behind the ship. And you cannot go wrong with sundowns and sunsets!SpaceGamer
Nicely proportioned with the background blurred and zoomed in, creating a beautiful backdrop, worthy for the end scene of THX 1138. It helps you to focus on the subtle detailing of the indistinguishable bulk, that is, The Valkyrie.WeeHamster
I like that this is a horizon shot without actually focusing specifically on the horizon. It’s there… and it’s part of the story. But by focusing on the Valkeryie, the theme is visually more subtle and unique in this image.Hasgaha

HONORABLE MENTION (tie)

“New opportunities await behind every horizon”  by KC85_U880

What a classic and simple approach! When I saw the topic for this contest, probably this is the vie I had in front of my eyes. What I love is how blurry light from the star rising behind the horizon makes the whole view worthwhile, dreamy and f tranquillity.SpaceGamer
With the sun just below the horizon, helping to create a very clam looking scene, and a misty surface, perforated with mountain tops, all coming together nicely to create this very ethereal looking screenshot.WeeHamster
I love everything about this shot. From the incredibly soothing colors to the mountains appearing to emerge from a fog of myst. It’s incredibly serene. I think my one complaint is the use of chromatic abberation (the blur and color shift at the edge/corners of the frame). I think the effect distracts from an otherwise perfect capture.Hasgaha

HONORABLE MENTION (tie)

“Horizontally Challenged”  by CaptEightySix

This is my type of composition. Many time I’ve experimented with ships and models going from out of the screen. I also love the symmetry. I think I would like to see the same shot in B&W. I think it would bring a different vibe to this photo.SpaceGamer
I do like thinking out of the box, so when a horizon is turned into a vertical, a surreal image can be created and still be beautiful. By a simple change of perspective, a scene where a Buccaneer engine jet blast can be wonderfully offset by the low-lying sun that reflects off the water surface.WeeHamster
A very unique and interesting angle for the theme. It’s hard to go wrong with a Hurston sunset. If it were me, I might play with different focal lenghts and alignments to see if something more interesting came out of the framing.Hasgaha

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners!! I’ll be contacting them shortly. And thanks to all who participated as well as my fellow judges on this contest; SpaceGamer and Weehamster.

Make sure you look through ALL the submissions below:

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My last Star Citizen screenshot contest ended in March with many fantastic entries for the "on foot" theme. Congratulations again to krosisen, MAXPER, and RedSolstice for winning the Star Citizen gift cards and to MasterOfHell for the Honorable Mention. If you want to see the results from March's contest, go here. And again, a huge thanks to CrucianGaming for effectively doubling the prize values that I was offering for that contest!

This month's contest will work the exact same way... except with new prizes, a new theme ("Horizon"), and new guest judges (SpaceGamer and Weehamster). So, check out the prizes, read through the rules, fawn over our guest judges and submit your winning shots!

RULES PRIZES GUEST JUDGES

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PRIZES:

FIRST

One Esperia Talon Game Package

  • Star Citizen in-game vehicle
  • Star Citizen game package
  • Lifetime Insurance
  • Provided by CIG

SECOND

One Avenger Stalker Game Package

  • Star Citizen in-game vehicle
  • Star Citizen game package
  • 72 months insurance

THIRD

One Kruger P-72 Archimedes Emerald

  • Star Citizen in-game vehicle
  • Lifetime Insurance

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RULES:

THEME

HORIZON

Capture an in-game screenshot that creatively represents the theme… literally, figuratively, artistically, etc.

CONTEST ENDS: May 29, 2021 at 11:59 PM CST   (May 30, 2021 at 04:59 UTC)
  • No purchase necessary.
  • You must be over the age of 13 and reside in a jurisdiction where the contest and your participation is legally permitted.
  • Entries must be uploaded through this page's submission form by the "CONTEST ENDS" date and time above.
  • A username and valid email address are required during the screenshot submission process.
  • Only in-game screenshots from Star Citizen will be accepted.
  • Entries must be your own screenshot.
  • Screenshots must fit the theme of the week, as stated in this post.
  • Screenshots may be in any aspect ratio (native or cropped) BUT must have a resolution of AT LEAST 1080px height by 1080px width at 72 ppi (pixels per inch). Upscaling an image to meet the requirements IS allowed but beware of a possible degradation of quality.
  • Screenshots must be in any of the following file formats: JPG, PNG.
  • Each person is allowed to enter up to THREE (3) different screenshots (three separate submissions).
  • Only ONE (1) screenshot from each participant is eligible to win.
  • Minimal post-processing effects/edits to tweak the screenshot are allowed (levels, curves, contrast, downsampling, sharpening, DOF, cropping, rotation, color correction, black/white, etc). Working in image editors (like GIMP and Photoshop) and real-time post-processors like ReShade IS ALLOWED. Extensive edits that significantly change the image are NOT allowed; adding ship, removing a person, combining images, and things of that nature are NOT allowed (we play a lot, we know what the game looks like).
  • Multiple people may help you achieve your screenshot in-game but only ONE (1) prize will awarded to the SUBMITTER for each winning entry.
  • Judges for this current contest are NOT allowed to enter.
  • Prize sponsors for this current contest are NOT allowed to enter.
  • Prize winners from the MOST RECENT contest (March 2021) are NOT allowed to enter. Entries that receive "Honorable Mention" are NOT prize winners and are allowed to enter.
  • By submitting an image/screenshot to this contest, you give us the right to display & share your image with credit to you, the creator, on this website (https://hasgaha.com) as well as our associated social networking accounts for the use of promoting this and future contests.
  • Winners will be notified through email with the email address supplied during the entry/registration process. Winners will be announced to the public using the supplied username on this site and it's related social networks.
  • Your entry may be disqualified if it is deemed to not follow these rules. While we will attempt to communicate with participants of disqualified entries, we are not obligated to do so.
  • No purchase, payment or other obligation is necessary to enter or win.
  • Void where prohibited.
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THE PROCESS:

On the CONTEST ENDS date listed above, submissions will stop and our esteemed judges will start the process of meticulously looking through ALL the entries. Entries will be judged on the following:

  • Interpretation & execution of the THEME:
    How well does your screenshot capture and/or convey the theme of the contest.
  • Composition:
    The arrangement of the elements within the photo should be pleasing to the eye. How well did you use the available space within the frame? Does the placement of the elements and position of the camera suit the idea or theme of the image?
  • Creativity:
    Does your image convey the idea or theme in an original and imaginative way? Does the image hint at a deeper story or was it captured in an unconventional way?

Judging will be done privately and on an individual basis by the selected judges. This is NOT done in committee or with discussion among other judges. Judge votes are theirs alone and theirs to be given as they see fit. All votes from the judges will remain anonymous and will never be disclosed to the public. While voting, judges will only see the images and image titles. They will not see usernames attached to entries nor how many votes from other judges an entry might have. 

Judging, unless otherwise specified, will occur in multiple rounds. Entries with the lowest votes will be removed and NOT proceed to subsequent rounds. The number of rounds could vary for each contest based on how many entries are received.

Things to consider that won't hurt your chances, but are NOT required:

  • As high a resolution image as you can take. 1920 x 1080 is the bare minimum... go higher if you can.
  • The highest image quality (as little compression) as possible. Remember, while JPGs are easy, they are a LOSSY compressed format and are a degraded form of what you saw in game. Lossless PNG is recommended.
  • Submitting older screenshots from previous versions of the game IS allowed if they match the theme and meet the requirements. However, the game's graphics, textures, lighting, shadows, etc are constantly being improved and older screenshots might have a hard time competing with current screenshots.
  • An image with the first person GUI (ammo count, health meter, etc) or third party overlay (Discord, FPS counter, etc) does NOT look great. Try to remember to use the robust Advanced Camera System AND hide any overlays BEFORE capturing your shot.
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ESTEEMED JUDGES for this contest:

SpaceGamer

Virtual photographer, streamer, wannabe PvP pilot. I am secretly dreaming about a content creator full-time career but I enjoy every moment of space gaming regardless of the dream will come true. What I appreciate the most in Star Citizen is its unprecedented beauty.

You can find SpaceGamer at:

Weehamster

Hi, I am the co-manager of The Base Radio, "Star Citizen's premiere 24/7 radio station". I love to take screenshots, especially reference shots for the starcitizen.tools wiki. I also have shot 100's of hours of SC video footage for The Base Radio twitch background. I love music and everything space related, especially astronomy.

You can find Weehamster at:

Hasgaha and me, Hasgaha

SPONSORS & THANKS:

The first place prize for this contest generously supplied by CIG (Cloud Imperium Games). This is a big help in maintaining the frequency of this contest and the size of the prize pool.

The second and third place prizes for this contest come from funds I've squirreled away from my incredibly generous Patreon supporters. Their support, from both past and present patrons, always surprises and amazes me. They help make things like this possible.

Current supporters on Patreon:

  • Captain Richard
  • Daniel Danielsen
  • Hardroc77
  • HotTarBurn
  • Jeremy Yu
  • Jonathan Kleissler
  • Karolinger

  • Lovable BlueFox
  • Narayan
  • Nathan Chow
  • Relay
  • SeaFox2
  • Whitesnake

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DISCLAIMER:

  • Prizes are non-negotiable.
  • If a prize as-listed becomes unavailable, one or a combo of Star Citizen digital pledge items of comparable value will be issued at as close to the original prize value as possible.
  • Winners have 14 days to claim digital prizes from the initiation of the gifting process. Unclaimed prizes will be considered forfeit and used in future contests or giveaways.
  • This contest is hosted and run by me. It is not an official CIG (Cloud Imperium Games) or RSI (Roberts Space Industries) contest and is not associated with them in anyway.
  • All game content and materials are copyright Cloud Imperium Rights LLC and Cloud Imperium Rights Ltd.. Star Citizen®, Squadron 42®, Roberts Space Industries®, and Cloud Imperium® are registered trademarks of Cloud Imperium Rights LLC. All rights reserved.
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