Annual Competition Submission Guidelines 2019

ANNUAL COMPETITION 2019

This competition is held once during the club year.  (Usually at the end of the club year, September).  It will be an open competition in digital, in the categories listed below.  Only images which have been presented at a club evening during the course of the current club year are eligible for the Annual Competition.  An image cannot be entered in more than one category.

All images entered must be the author’s own work, from pressing the shutter, to final processing and editing. Any composite entries must comprise only elements belonging to the photo author and may not include purchased or downloaded elements. Any images not meeting these criteria will be disqualified.

The deadline for submissions is midnight, Tuesday 1st October, 2019. PhotoVault will close on this day at 23h59 and no further entries can be considered.

You can enter as the star rating you were on at 1 April 2019, or higher, but not both. Please pay attention to each category definition to avoid any of your images being disqualified.

Categories

Nature: Images may be colour or monochrome. Restricted to depict observations from all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well informed person will be able to identify the subject material and to certify to its honest presentation. Human elements shall not be present, except on the rare occasion where those human elements enhance the nature story. The presence of scientific bands on wild animals is acceptable. Photographs of artificially produced hybrid plants or animals, domestic and farm animals, mounted specimens or obviously set arrangements are ineligible as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.  Manipulation includes but is not limited to adding or removing any element by means other than cropping. Compositing, multiple exposures, sandwich/montage and double exposures are not permitted except for digital techniques such as HDR, focus stacking and stitching where the end result is a faithful representation of the original scene.

Altered Nature: Images may be colour or monochrome. As above except that compositing, multiple exposures and double exposures are allowed provided that the image remains realistic.

Scapes: Colour images ONLY. Any scape whether nature or pictorial may be entered in this category and the subject matter is not limited so may include city, sea, sky or landscapes. Manipulation is allowed but should be such as to enhance the scene and not change it. Manipulations which drastically alter the reality should be entered under pictorial.

Human Portrait: Images may be colour or monochrome. A likeness, personality and mood of a person, where that person is dominant in the image.  Portraiture is not restricted to head and shoulders and may include just a part of the face, a back view or even a full length study.

Animal Portraits:  Images may be colour or monochrome. A likeness, personality and mood of an animal, where that animal is dominant in the image.  Portraiture is not restricted to head and shoulders and may include just a part of the face, a back view or even a full length study.

Still Life: Colour images ONLY. An image depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, includes table top and floral arrangements.

Altered Reality: Images may be colour or monochrome. A creative, experimental, imaginative and/or a departure from realistic representation.  An image created by altering reality in an obvious manner.  It can be created digitally or in camera.  The intention is the creation of a new image that conveys a feeling or message or tells a story.

Photojournalism: Images may be colour or monochrome. 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.

Open Colour: Colour photographs ONLY. All photographs not covered by the above sections. Images which should be in any of the other categories must not be entered in this category.  Any image entered in this category which should be in any of the other categories will be disqualified. Manipulation is permitted.

Open Mono: Mono photographs ONLY. All photographs not covered by the above sections. Images which should be in any of the other categories must not be entered in this category.  Any image entered in this category which should be in any of the other categories will be disqualified. Manipulation is permitted.

The maximum number of entries will be 1 in each category, ie. each person may enter 10 digital images. There are three categories:

1 + 2 star workers

3 + 4 star workers

5 and 6 star workers

Certificates of Merit may be presented in any or all of the sections or categories listed above at the discretion of the judges.  Awards or certificates of merit gained in this competition will not count towards the Log competition as set out in 5.3.

Any image which is entered in the incorrect category will be disqualified as well as images entered that were not presented at club meetings during the period October 24th 2018 to September 25th 2019.

All images must be entered via PhotoVault in the correct competition that matches your star rating.

PhotoVault will take care of the naming standard for you. All you need to supply is the image title, but remember, it must be an image that was submitted for a club evening or set subject during the same calendar year.

The category abbreviations are as follows:

  • Nature
na
  • Altered Nature
tn
  • Scapes
sc
  • Human Portrait
po
  • Animal Portrait
ap
  • Still life
sl
  • Altered Reality
ar
  • Photojournalism
pj
  • Open Colour
op
  • Open Mono
mo

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