Novice Competition 2021
The intention of this competition is to encourage members to participate in club competitions. By limiting this competition to novices, our hope is that they will feel comfortable submitting images and that they will learn from the process. Critiquing will be done in a helpful, positive manner so that the novice can learn and advance.
The competition is open to all Fort Myers Camera Club members in good standing who meet the criteria specified below.
Open to any club member who has never won any award at any level of any club, including FMCC, F3C, PSA or any other photo competitions.
While our criteria of a novice is broad, the intention is to encourage novices to compete, not to provide an opportunity for experienced photographers, who may not have won an award, to win one. We rely on the integrity of our members to disqualify themselves if appropriate.
NOVICE (NO) - The original image must be made by the entrant. All images must be original and may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else. Any subject matter is acceptable. Any manipulation of the image is acceptable.
First, Second and Third Place will be awarded, plus Honorable Mentions will be awarded to the balance of the top 1/3rd of total entries.
Each individual may enter a total of 3 images.
All files must be sent in JPEG format.
The projector displays images with 1024 x 768 pixel resolution. To maximize the quality of your displayed image, your images should be prepared with 1024 pixels for the horizontal or 768 for the vertical but neither limit should be exceeded, and recommend that Maximum Image Quality is set to 12 to optimize quality.
The naming format is as follows: Full Last Name-First Initial-Date of Competition-Category (NO for novice)-Image Number-Total Number of Images Entered-Image Title.
This is the same format as regular competition format, so novices will be accustomed to it for future submissions.
If you wish one (non-award wining) image to be critiqued by the club members, put -C at the end of the image you want critiqued.
Date Format is MMDDYY.
Image number is the image sequence of your total submissions. Total number of images is the number of images you are submitting. Example: If you are entering 3 images, your image number would range from 1 to 3. So each image number-total number of images would look like this: 1-3, 2-3, 3-3 (with NO for Novice)
The file names of your images would look something like this:
Jones-R-012221-NO-1-3-Title of Image
Jones-R-012221-NO-2-3-Title of Image
Jones-R-012221-NO-3-3-Title of Image-C (chosen to be critiqued)
Images must be submitted for competition by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Images are due 14 days before the competition (Friday midnight 2 weeks prior). This is necessary to prepare and provide the images for the judges.
Please attach the images to an email, do not imbed them in the body of the email. It is best to attach all images to one email.
Karen will send an email back to you when she receives your images. Please be sure you receive your confirmation email from her.
All photographers are on the Honor System to follow the rules.
Digital Competition Categories
(Novice Competition, please scroll down)
The competition category defines what is to be the main or predominating part of the picture, while observing the basic principles of good photography (impact, interest, composition and graphic quality). All images must be original and may not incorporate photographic elements produced by anyone else. Due to the meeting venue, nudity is not allowed in any category.
There are four categories: Assigned, General, Nature and Creative. Awards will be based upon the scores, with a percentage of the entries awarded ribbons for First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention in each of the four categories. Each individual may enter a total of four (4) images as long as at least one is in the Assigned category. If you choose not to submit an image in the Assigned category, you may submit a maximum of 3 images in General, Nature and Creative. A maximum of two images may be in the Assigned category, the remaining images can be entered in any of the other categories. One of your entries is eligible for a critique by the club members at the awards/show meeting. You may designate this one image with a ‘C’ at the end of the selected image title when you submit your images. *see Naming and Format section below.
Images must reasonably depict the topic which has been assigned. Any manipulation of the image is acceptable. A maximum of two images may be submitted in this category. If no image is submitted in this category, only three images may be decided between in the remaining categories.
Any subject matter is acceptable. Any manipulation of the image is acceptable.
Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict observations from all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and to certify as to its honest presentation.
The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality, while maintaining high technical quality.
Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements enhance the nature story (such as burrowing owls on man-made wooden stands or birds on wood/wire fences).
The presence of scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals is permissible.
No techniques that add to, relocate, replace or remove pictorial elements, except cropping are permitted (i.e. no cloning).
Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or pictorial content are permitted, including HDR, focus stacking and dodging /burning are permitted.
The removal or manipulation of colors contained within the original image to enable the production of monochrome images is permitted.
Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots and digital noise are allowed.
All adjustments must appear natural.
Photographs of artificially produced hybrid plants or animals, cultivated plants, domestic or feral animals, mounted specimens or obviously set arrangements are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.
Infrared images are not allowed.
The definition of Creative is “Altered Reality”. The image must obviously display a change in natural color, form, shape or any combination of these three. Creative images are often montages (a blending or composite of multiple images. HDR (High Dynamic Range) images and monochrome images, without further changes, are not considered ‘altered reality’. All images must be original and may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else. Original images must be altered by the maker; artwork or computer graphics generated by the maker may be incorporated if the original photographic content predominates. Images may not be constructed entirely within a computer. It is necessary that the image’s core content be identifiable. Any subject matter, except nudity, is acceptable as long as Altered Reality guidelines are followed.
PREPARING AND SUBMITTING DIGITAL IMAGES
Each individual may enter a total of 4 images as long as at least one is in the Assigned category. If you choose not to submit an image in the Assigned category, you may only submit a maximum of 3 images total. A maximum of two images may be in the Assigned category, the remaining images can be entered in any of the other categories. One of your entries is eligible for a critique by club members at the show/award meeting. You must designate this image as described below.
Images should be sent as attachments, not imbedded in the email (Mac users take note, and send as attachments).
SUBMITTED IMAGES MAY NOT INCLUDE THE MAKERS NAME, IMAGE NAME OR ANY OTHER WATERMARK TEXT. IMAGES CONTAINING THIS KIND OF INFORMATION WILL BE DISQUALIFIED (Except required information for Print Competition on the back of the Prints - See Print Competition information).
All files must be in JPEG format. The naming format is as follows:
Full Last Name-First Initial-Date of Competition-Category (A, N, G, C)-Image Number (sequence number of your images submitted 1,2,3,4)-Total Number of Images you are submitting-Image Title -‘C’ (at the end of one image only - to designate it for critiquing by club members at the meeting). Date format is MMDDYY.
The file naming code is as follows:
A = Assigned
N = Nature
G = General
C = Creative
Example: If you are entering 4 images, your number would range from 1 to 4. Your image number-total number of images would be like this: 1-4, 2-4, 3-4, 4-4.
The file names of your images would look something like this for November 15, 2019:
Jones-R-111519-A-1-4-Title of Image
Jones-R-111519-N-2-4-Title of Image
Jones-R-111519-G-3-4-Title of Image
Jones-R-111519-C-4-4-Title of Image-C
Note the last image was designated for a critique by the club members at the meeting.
Images should be sent as email attachments (not imbeded) to Karen Lund -
DEADLINE: Digital images must be submitted no later than 14 days before competition (midnight Friday 2 weeks before the competition). This is necessary to prepare and provide the images for the judges and presentation.
PREPARING THE IMAGES
The projector displays the images with 1024 x 768 (this may be updated to 1400 x 1050 pending Board action) resolution. To maximize the quality of your displayed image, your images should be prepared with either 1024 pixels for the horizontal or 768 pixels for the vertical, but neither limit should be exceeded. Images can be displayed with different pixel ranges, but the projector then makes adjustments to the images which may not be optimal. Images must be saved in JPEG format, with maximal image quality recommended 10-12 to optimize quality.
DIGITAL IMAGE OF THE YEAR
Images must have been entered in a digital club competition during the current year
(i.e. November-February, 2019-20). Members are allowed to enter a total of 4 images (in the 3 categories Nature, Creative and General). Images need not have won a monthly digital competition. Images originally entered in an Assigned Category may be entered in an appropriate category (General, Nature or Creative) for IOY competition. Members must email Karen Lund (email@example.com) the names and category of the images they wish to enter into Image of the Year competition two weeks before the competition. Do not email the images, just the name of the image, by March 20, 2020
PRINT COMPETITION RULES
The categories are the same as our digital competitions - General, Nature, Creative, there is no Assigned category. For rules, see digital categories above.
Each current member may submit up to 3 prints. Only one (1) print may be submitted in each category (General, Nature, Creative). Images entered into digital competitions may NOT be entered into print competition. Members must submit a digital copy of their submission two weeks prior to the competition to be included in the club website - firstname.lastname@example.org .
Submissions must be labeled in the upper right hand corner of the back of the image.
Label must include:
Title of Image
No markings that might identify the maker should appear on the front of the image. This includes graphics, logos, names, etc.
Nothing can protrude from either side of the image that would damage other images when they are stacked (waiting to be shown to the judges).
MINIMUM SIZE is 8”x10” and MAXIMUM SIZE is 16”x20”, including mounting.
Maximum size of mounting material is 16”x20”.
Prints must be securely mounted on sturdy material such as foam core or mat board.
*Prints may not be matted or framed, nor should the image have any covering such as glass.
During the intake, we assign a unique number to each image, write that number on the label and enter the information on the list which will be used by the scorekeepers.
In each category there will be First, Second and Third Place as well as Honorable Mentions.
Viewing distance for judging will be 6 feet from the image.
Scoring is on a basis of 9 points: three (3) for technical merit, three (3) for composition and three (3) for impact from each of the three judges. Impact is the viewer’s initial response to an image and is the WOW! factor. Based on these criteria, each judge is free to give a total score from 1 to 9. The total score is cumulative and thus the best possible score is 27.