Ubuntu Billboard
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.
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