2. Only club members in good standing may vote in club competition.
3. All entries must be presented to the competition committee at least 15 minutes before meeting time.
4. The print or digital imaging competition officers reserve the right to reject any print or digital file that is deemed not to qualify for the theme in which it is entered or be in good taste.
5. Any entry using a computer to enhance or manipulate the image must contain only the maker’s images.
6. Three judges will be used with two judges coming from outside the club and one from club membership if possible except for annual competition at which time all three judges will be from outside the club. Judging will be by electronic instrument. The judges total score for each print or slide shall be announced to the club. The judges will determine first, second, and third place finishers in each theme.
7. First, second, or third place theme winners in either print or digital monthly competitions CANNOT be re-entered in any future club competition except in that year’s annual judging. (see item 8) Once an image places in the top three, it may NOT be submitted again in any format during that same year (other than year-end ) Any image placing in the top three may be submitted in a different format in a following season.
8. All prints and digital images entered in club competition during the current competition year will be eligible for the year-end judging for Print-of-the-Year or Digital Image of the Year. However an individual can only enter a maximum of 12 images in prints, and 12 images in digital. The annual competition will be judged by three outside judges. Unless modified by the current board, each competition will have a first, second and third place with approximately ten honorable mentions. The first three places will receive awards amounting to $50 for first, $30 for second and $20 for third place finishers. There will be no ties.
The following will be applied to the NATURE category. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.: Nature photography is defined as the use of the photographic process to depict a subject in its natural setting. Human elements may not be present. Zoo animals, as well as domesticated plants/flowers may be entered in nature categories provided there is NO hand of man visible. This would include fencing, landscaping, (mulch, mown grass, etc.), house siding, lattice, etc. Nature images may now be used to interpret any category other than Open-No Nature. Small amounts of digital manipulation are now allowed in order to REMOVE hand-of-man objects. Nothing is allowed to be ADDED to the image that was not already there. For instance, if you have a lovely scenic, but there is a split-rail fence or a trail going through the image, you may remove that object and clone brush, grass, etc that is already in close proximity. You may NOT move objects within an image for esthetic purposes. Also, if you had a lovely scenic, the sky is overcast, dull, etc. you may NOT add a beautiful blue, cloud-filled sky in its place. SMALL amounts of removal are allowed. NO ADDITION is allowed.
a. Members may submit one entry each in 3 of the 4 categories in Digital.
b. File type: jpeg
c. Longest axis: no longer than 1600 pixels. Click HERE for a helpful guide on how to prepare your images.
d. Color space: sRGB
e. Manner of submission: USB flash drive. If you do not delete the files from the USB flash drive after each competition, you must place each competitions files into a single folder using the month entered as the folder name.
f. How to label files: Class, category number, (space), First Name, (space), Last Name (.extension) Do not use any characters such as an asterisk, comma, period, dash, underscore, slash or parenthesis in the file name.
(Advanced) A2 Jane Smith.jpg
(Novice) N3 John Smith.jpg
g. Club members will vote for Image of the Month from first, second and third place images in each theme as determined by the judges. Awards will be given to each Image of the Month winner. In the event of a tie for Image-of-the-Month, duplicate awards will be given.
For details on the longest dimension / 1600 pixel rule, click HERE.