The Category Competition

The Category Competition

The purpose of the competition is to encourage members to take more photographs which can be submitted in the year end competition. The year end competition comprises a number of different categories where is the normal club meeting only has nature and pictorial categories. In the year end competition the pictorial category is divided into other categories, including photojournalism, still life, scapes, portraits, altered reality and open. The nature section is divided into nature and nature portraits.

So each month the committee will choose one of the categories for this competition. In order to enter the competition the members must enter one of their three images into the chosen category. For example, this month the category is photojournalism so members may enter a photojournalism image as one of the three club entries. The best photojournalism entry in each star level will be selected by the judge and the winning member will receive an extra point on the log.

In order to enter the category competition the images must be labelled correctly. As set out in the Constitution and rules, each category has a specific code. This must be used in the label immediately after the star rating. This month the category is photojournalism and the code is pj. So the image label must be as follows:

Star rating_pj_image title_members name.jpg

For example: 3_pj_ Soccer Action_John Smith.jpg

Photojournalism

The definition of photojournalism is as follows:

5.5.1.8 Photojournalism: Newsworthy/story-telling pictures, includes sports.  Photojournalism is distinguished from other close branches of photography by the qualities of: Timeliness—the images have meaning in the context of a recently published record of events.  Objectivity—the situation implied by the images is a fair and accurate representation of the events they depict in both content and tone. Narrative—the images combine with other news elements to make facts relatable to the viewer or reader on a cultural level. Manipulation is not allowed.

Sports and Sports Action Photography are included in this section.  This covers any aspect of a sporting event.  Images must depict an active pastime or recreation involving physical exertion and/or skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and is of a competitive nature. Images inthis section could include,  for instance, the judge or umpire in a sporting event.

The level of sport can range from children playing a sport to the Olympic Games

It is important that your image fits into the definition.  If it does not meet the criteria, it will be disqualified!

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