2023 SHARKATHON CAMERA RULES & REQUIREMENTS
Sharkathon does not provide camera’s to any participant, you must supply your own.
Top 10 things to remember about your camera & settings
1) Remember to bring your camera with you to check in to take required photo of rules.
2) It is highly recommended to use a “Tough” style camera to survive the elements on the beach.
3) Minimum 5 megapixel digital camera with working flash & removable memory card required.
4) The correct time and date must be set internally on the camera, do not have time/date imposed on photos.
5) Camera must be set at maximum resolution to provide as much detail as possible.
6) Remove all pictures from your data card prior to the event.
7) Do not delete any photos taken during the event.
8) Bring extra data cards and extra batteries, a backup camera is a good idea.
9) Bring the reader, cables, and software used to extract photos from the camera.
10) If we cannot download a picture to the Sharkathon computer network, the submission will not count
DETAILED CAMERA RULES AND REQUIREMENTS
TYPE OF CAMERA REQUIRED: A minimum 5 megapixel camera with working flash is required to submit an entry. Photos taken with digital video cameras, cell phones (including IPhone, Droids and similar devices no matter what the resolution), Polaroid cameras and other non-digital devices will NOT be accepted and catches will be automatically disqualified. The camera must have a removable memory card. GoPro style cameras are not allowed due to lack of flash, extreme FOV distortion and inability to review pictures.
CAMERA SETTINGS: Camera must have the correct time and date set internally on the camera. Do not turn on the feature that superimposes the time/date onto your photos. Camera must be set at maximum resolution to provide as much detail in the photo as possible. Remove all photos from your data card prior to the event. Bring extra data cards and extra batteries. A back up camera is a good idea. It is the angler’s responsibility to have enough storage capacity with their camera to take all the required photos during the tournament. Do not delete any pictures taken during the event.
DOWNLOADING PHOTOS: While Sharkathon will have several multi-card readers for catch submissions, it is the angler’s responsibility to bring the reader, cables, and software used to extract their photos in case of a problem downloading the photos at the awards location. If we cannot download a picture to the Sharkathon computer network, the submission will not count.
Metadata: All photo's must be original, any edit's or manipulations of any kind will result in disqualification. The METADATA must be intact for every photo taken during the event..
CAMERA SHARING: More than one angler's photos may be on one camera but it is not encouraged. It is the responsibility of the group of anglers with pictures on one camera to inform Sharkathon staff of this situation, and provide all anglers names who are on the card.
TRAIN YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER: It is the responsibility of each and every angler to make sure that whomever is taking their required catch photos has been shown all of these photo & camera rules, requirements, & examples that have been provided. It is a common mistake for the angler to never explain these details to the non-anglers within their camp. Make sure everyone within your camp reads and reviews this data we have provided.
SOLO ANGLERS: Sharkathon does not restrict people from fishing solo but understand all photos must comply with the rules and regulations set forth. While this is not impossible to accomplish, it is not a process you want to figure out while you are in the process of taking catch photos. If you plan to fish solo practice the techniques, camera settings, tripod set up, & distances to frame a picture correctly in advance. It is a poor decision to attempt these photos without a tripod and do so in a quick manner. If that fish does not swim off it does not count, remember that. Selfie’s taken trying to hold everything will not be accepted. A good tripod to use is one that is relatively short, which in fact is usually less expensive than a tall one. It is highly recommended to get a very inexpensive one simply for the fact that the beach is most likely going to destroy it. A quick search on Amazon for tripods brings up adequate models under $20.