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Competition Rules

All photographers are on the Honor System to follow the rules.

Digital Competition Categories
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 elements produced by anyone else. There are four categories: Assigned, General, Nature and Creative.  Novice and advanced photographers compete in the same group.  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.  Two may be in the Assigned category and the balance split between Nature, General and Creative.  If you choose not to submit an image in the Assigned category, you may submit a maximum of 3 images.  One of your entries is eligible for a critique by the club members at the awards/show meeting.  You may designate this image with a ‘C’ at the end of the selected image title when you submit your images. *see Naming and Format section below.

Assigned (A)
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 entered in the remaining categories.

General (G)
Any subject matter is acceptable.  Any manipulation of the image is acceptable.

Nature (N)
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.  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, 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.  No techniques that add to, relocate, replace or remove pictorial elements, except by cropping are permitted (i.e. no cloning).

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 images’ core content be identifiable.  Any subject matter is acceptable as long as Altered Reality guidelines are followed.

Each individual may enter a total of 4 images as long as at least one is in the Assigned category.  Two may be in the Assigned category and the balance split between Nature, General and Creative.  If you choose not to submit an image in the Assigned category, you may only submit a maximum of 3 images.  One of your entries is eligible for a critique by club members at the show/award meeting.  You must designate this images as described below.


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:
Jones-R-022019-A-1-4-Title of Image
Jones-R-022019-N-2-4-Title of Image
Jones-R-022019-G-3-4-Title of Image
Jones-R-022019-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 to Karen Lund -  karenlund@aol.com

DEADLINE:  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.

The projector displays the images with 1024x768 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.

Images must have been entered in a club competition during the year (i.e. November-March, 2018-19).  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 should email Karen Lund (karenlund@aol.com) the names and category of the images they wish to enter into Image of the Year competition. Do not email the images, just the name of the image.

Categories are the same as our digital competitions - General, Nature, Creative.  For rules, see digital categories above.

Each current member may submit up to 3 prints, one (1) per category (General, Nature, Creative).  Winning images (1st, 2nd, 3rd or Honorable Mention) of previous digital competitions may NOT be entered. Previous submissions which did not win, may be entered.  Members are asked to submit a digital copy of their submission to -karenlund@aol.com - to be included in the club website.

Submissions must be labeled on the back of the image in the upper right hand corner. 
Label must include:
Maker’s Name
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” x 10” and MAXIMUM SIZE is 16” x 20”, including mounting.
Prints must be mounted on sturdy material such as foam core or mat board. 
Maximum size of mounting material is 16”x20”.
Prints may be matted but not 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 back of the print and enter the information in a list which will be used by the scorekeepers.

In each category there will be First, Second and Third Place as well as Honorable Mentions.

There will be three judges for a print competition.  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 just is free to give a total score from 1 to 9.  The total score is cumulative and thus the best possible score is 27.