GADC 4th Birthday Challenge

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!

The Grey Arrows Drone Club is pleased to announce that today, the 17th August we are FOUR years old!

In order to celebrate our fourth birthday, we’re holding a Birthday Competition, with actual PRIZES!

In keeping with tradition we’re also offering you the chance to win a super rare, exclusive badge to grace your Profile page! Haven’t heard of GADC’s awesome awards? Check out our announcement regarding Badges, Awards and Challenges.

So, without further ado:

Welcome to the ‘2021 Treasure Hunt and 4th Birthday Competition’.

The objective is simple - collect (by means of photo or video) as many of the treasure hunt items listed below in the allotted time frame (approx. seven weeks).

Each treasure hunt item collected earns you one point. Bonus points are also available for all treasure items.

The winner will be the person who has ‘collected’ the most points at the end of the Competition.

We have three actual CASH PRIZES available for you to win in our Birthday Competition!

The prizes are:

1st Place Winner - £200

2nd Place Winner - £100

3rd Place Winner - £50

On top of the physical prizes, we also (and more importantly!) have three exclusive awards available for you to win in our competition. They are:

:1st_place_medal: 1st Place Winner - Gold Trophy

:2nd_place_medal: 2nd Place Winner - Silver Trophy

:3rd_place_medal: 3rd Place Winner - Bronze Trophy

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RULES:

Welcome to the 4th Grey Arrows Drone Club Birthday Challenge and Treasure Hunt.

PLEASE read and understand these rules before flying. They are NOT the same as last year’s or the years’ before.

The Challenge:

You have a list of 25 objectives that form the Treasure Hunt. You gain a point for posting a photograph or video that matches the requirements of each objective. Each objective has one or more bonus points available. There is no requirement to achieve all objectives or all points for each. At the end of the Challenge the person who has accrued the highest number of points is judged the winner.

Rewards:

The first-placed contestant will win the top £200 cash prize. They will also win the unique 1st Place Gold Trophy Badge for the 2021 Birthday Challenge that can be displayed on every post that you make in the forum. :1st_place_medal:

The person who achieves the second-highest number of points will be awarded £100 cash and the 2021 Birthday Challenge 2nd Place Silver Trophy. :2nd_place_medal:

The contestant who has accumulated the third-highest number of collected items will be awarded the 3rd Place Bronze Trophy and a cash prize of £50 :3rd_place_medal:

In the event of a tie at any position the Challenge Committee reserve the right to declare an outright winner or to allocate the rewards as they see fit.

The Rules

All flights are the sole responsibility of the individual conducting them. Each competitor must abide by the drone code and adhere to the limitations and restrictions imposed upon them by aviation law, the aircraft being used and the qualifications they hold. Landowners wishes and permissions must be respected and adhered to.

1. To enter an item for the Challenge you need to make a post in this thread containing:

  • Your photo or video
  • The number and name of the objective it relates to
  • Which, if any, bonus points relating to that objective you are claiming
  • The link to the newly published information in Drone Scene (if required as a bonus)
  • Any other information that has been requested or a link to it

In the absence of Drone Scene information you MUST state when and where (geographically) the photo/video was taken and provide some information about any significant items included in the image

To earn the point a Drone Scene marker and description must be placed on the map shortly after your flight. The place to which it relates must be at least 1 kilometre measured on the Drone Scene map from any prior entry for the same subject.

Failure to include the required information may result in your image being rejected

Example entry below

2. Entries:
You may only post TWO entries per day during the Challenge which will run from 0800 Tuesday, August 17th until 22:00 on Thursday, September 30th. All entries must be taken within this time frame, any photos or videos taken outside of this time will not be accepted.

Once your entry has been confirmed as eligible and/or added to the Leaderboard it may not be replaced or substituted for another entry at a later date

Entries must have been obviously taken from a drone in flight and within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland except for our overseas members, all media must have been captured exclusively in their home country.

In the case of any dispute or query the committee may request the original, unedited and uncropped image that has formed part of a submission. This may be sent to them by means of a message to @Challenges_Committee.

3. Format
The objective illustrated must be framed as the dominant subject of your image; the judges may disqualify images they consider do not match this requirement

Only one image is allowed per post, the image may only illustrate one objective. Two or more images captured from the same location will be disallowed.

Images may be a photograph, panorama or 360. They may be videos less than thirty seconds long, posted on YouTube or Vimeo and the link to them placed in your post. They may incorporate time- or hyperlapses.

Images, both photo and video, must be as they came from the camera. Cropping is allowable but no colour manipulation, copy/pasting of other images or erasing of any objects in the original images is permissible

4. Help
If you are unsure about the definition or specific requirements of any item in the treasure hunt list or require clarification of a rule please ask first, before going to the effort of capturing your intended subject. If you are uncomfortable asking in public, message @Challenges_Committee for clarity and confirmation

5, The stern stuff
The Challenge Committee reserve the right to modify the rules at any time, including retrospectively to existing entries, should the committee decide there was an unforeseen loophole that has been exploited.

The Challenge Committee’s decisions are final

If you have read this far then well done, good luck and, above all, HAVE FUN!

Example entry:

Item 33. Second World War structures

Hayling Island Heavy Anti-Aircraft Site

I claim 4 bonus points for:

  • Remaining in military use after 1950 - Royal artillery to 1956
  • Repurposed original building - Ammunition store used for council storage
  • Drone Scene entry
  • Scheduled monument. Link to Historic England

dronescene.co.uk

Hayling Island Heavy AA Gun Site

This location has been recommended to fly your drone in the Historic Buildings category in the South East region.

Ferry Road, Hayling Island, Hants. 30/09/2021 DJI Matrice 600, Zenmuse z30**

The site was constructed in 1941/2 and was home to four 4.7 inch anti-aircraft guns as part of the defences for the City of Portsmouth. Three of the gun enclosures remain (the fourth and the control room are buried beneath the grass of the council landscaped site) A memorial plaque to the six men killed by an aerial mine can be found in one of the gun pits

Please remember:

All flights are the sole responsibility of the individual conducting them. Each competitor must abide by the drone code and adhere to the limitations and restrictions imposed upon them by aviation law, the aircraft being used and the qualifications they hold. Landowners wishes and permissions must be respected and adhered to.

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:point_down:Your Treasure :point_down:

  1. Traffic Roundabout
  • Bonus point if 4 or more exits
  • Bonus point if no vehicles
  • Bonus point if single tree in the center
  1. Abandoned Building
  1. Royal Mail Depot
  • Bonus point if 10 or more red Royal Mail vehicles are there
  • Bonus point if 5 or more Postman/Women are outside
  1. Commuter Train
  • Bonus point if Moving
  • Bonus point if it has 4 or more carriages
  • Bonus point if the train is an Intercity
  1. A Dronie/Selfie
  • Bonus point for a Monument being in the background
  • Bonus point if holding a Happy Birthday Grey Arrows Poster Make it a good one, these may be judged at a later date :smirk:
  • Bonus point for adding to Drone Scene and posting a link with your entry
  1. Viaduct or Aqueduct
  • Bonus point if a vehicle or vessel is crossing it
  • Bonus point if 12 or more arches
  • Bonus point for adding to Drone Scene and posting a link with your entry
  1. Mobile Crane
  • Bonus point if in motion
  • Bonus point if being escorted
  • Bonus point if it has more than 6 axles (visible)
  • Bonus point if on a single track road
  • Bonus point for NOT being yellow
  1. Tennis Courts
  • Bonus point if a doubles game is being played
  • Bonus point if 4 or more courts are in use
  • Bonus point if the courts are green
  1. Car Park
  • Bonus point if over 100 cars
  • Bonus point if 4 or more red cars are adjacent to each other - i.e in a column or row
  • Bonus point if 4 or more blue cars are adjacent to each other - i.e in a column or row
  1. Canal or River Lock
  • Bonus point if a boat is in the lock
  • Bonus point if there are 4 or more people in 4 or more kayaks and/or canoes
  • Bonus point for adding to Drone Scene and posting a link with your entry
  1. AONB Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or In Scotland it’s National Scenic Areas National Scenic Areas of Scotland: maps - gov.scot
  • Bonus point for adding to Drone Scene and posting a link with your entry
  1. Citroen H Van Example: Citroën H Van - Wikipedia
  • Bonus point if it’s not sign written or used for catering
  • Bonus point if it’s not white
  1. 360 Excavator, Wheeled or Tracked
  • Bonus point if it’s loading a truck
  • Bonus point if there are 2 or more
  1. Cricket Match
  • Bonus point if you video the batsman out
  • Bonus point for adding to Drone Scene and posting a link with your entry
  1. Motorsport Track
  • Bonus point if there are vehicles on the track
  • Bonus point if you capture an open wheeled car, F1 style on the track (including Go-Karts)
  • Bonus point for adding to Drone Scene and posting a link with your entry
  1. A Castle
  • Bonus point if there is a water filled moat
  • Bonus point if Wikipedia Link is provided
  • Bonus point for adding to Drone Scene and posting a link with your entry
  1. Narrow Gauge Railway
  • Bonus point if it has a train on the tracks
  • Bonus point if its Commercial
  • Bonus point for adding to Drone Scene and posting a link with your entry
  1. Lake or Reservoir
  • Bonus point if there’s a jetty
  • Bonus point if there’s a fisherman
  • Bonus point for adding to Drone Scene and posting a link with your entry
  1. The Highest Point In My County
  • Bonus point if you get a 360 pano
  • Bonus point for adding to Drone Scene and posting a link with your entry
  1. Sun Reflecting Off The Water
  • Bonus point if clouds visible in the water
  • Bonus point if a swan or goose is in shot
  • Bonus point for adding to Drone Scene and posting a link with your entry
  1. Wind Powered
  • Bonus point if there are 4 or more sails
  • Bonus point if the subject is commercial
  • Bonus point for adding to Drone Scene and posting a link with your entry
  1. Construction Site
  • Bonus point if 4 or more colours of safety helmet visible
  • Bonus point if there’s a cement truck in shot
  • Bonus point if there’s a mobile crane in shot
  • Bonus point if a crane is lifting a roof truss
  1. Solar farm
  • Bonus point if there are 30 or more rows
  • Bonus point for adding to Drone Scene and posting a link with your entry
  1. Isolated Church/Chapel
  • Bonus point for having no other buildings within 100M
  • Bonus point for adding to Drone Scene and posting a link with your entry
  1. Something innteresting in an FRZ - THREE points for this item
  • Your entry MUST be accompanied by documentation showing that you had obtained permission to fly in the FRZ

  • This is the guide to obtaining permissions

  • If you still need guidance message @macspite

  • Wildcard entry, completely open to any interpretation but make sure it’s interesting, this is a competition remember!

  • Tell us why it’s interesting!

  • Bonus point for adding to Drone Scene and posting a link with your entry

GOOD LUCK

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GADC 4th Birthday Challenge and Treasure Hunt LEADERBOARD

Dateline 22:00 Thurssday September 30th

And the final scores are:

Contestant Points Position
@Acedrone 93 1
@john768 90 2
@DroneGeek 89 3
@ensignvorik 83 4=
@clinkadink 83 4=
@rustybarnet 80 6
@Steviegeek 78 7
@Earwig 67 8
@Drumsagard 65 9
@ResilienceUAV 61 10
@Fatboy 56 11
@TheFatController 49 12
@DEFarnes 43 13
@TonyDM 38 14
@kvetner 31 15=
@RichGBiscuit 31 15=
@Truscom 30 17
@Rutlandboy 17 18
@MA2flyer 16 19
@stevesb 15 20
@Slim 11 21
@harmchar 6 22
@JoeC 5 23=
@Sam_B 5 23=
@sparkyws 4 25=
@Wez1200rt 4 25=
@tnxphotos 3 27

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Unless I’m being blind there’s nothing in the rules that state the photo must be taken during the competitions open window. Can this be confirmed?

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Hope this clarifies but yes, all entries must be taken within the competitions running time.

Updated :+1:

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Happy birthday Grey Arrows.
I love these competitions, not for the prize which is nice, but the challenge.
:clap::clap::clap:

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Happy Birthday GADC! :birthday: :clap: :clap: Looking forward to this, as Steve said, for the challenge, though the prizes are a bonus :+1:

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Whoot! Happy birthday!

It feels like tradition now that I do this on all treasure hunts, so here goes…

Let the hunt commence!

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This treasure hunt has already earned its keep by causing me to Google (with a straight face) “What is the highest point in Norfolk?” :rofl:

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County! Jeezo, I read that as country and was still trying to decide if I can face Ben Nevis! :smiley:

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Stares back at Joe

https://www.cricketscotland.com/

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Does Norfolk have a high point. I thought it was flat. :rofl:

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The sea - at high tide.

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I’ve been, compared to Yorkshire its like my front step.

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103 metres AMSL

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The fact I had to Google this after living here for nearly 7 years should tell you something… :upside_down_face:

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103m is pretty much what we would call in Scotland as …FLAT :+1:

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Just walk around until you trip over an ant hill Andy :+1:t2:

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A Very Happy Birthday and I’m honoured to be a member.

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