COMPETITION

All Photoshooters club members are encourage to participate in club competitions. If you fill that your photos are not good, or you are not ready for competition it is OK. Club will provide classes about competitions and photography so some day you will be ready check how good you are. Participating in competition members will collect points so we will have monthly winners and that one who collect most point will be photographer of the year.
Photoshooters are member of North Central Camera Club Council (N4C) and all monthly winning photos will be send to compete with other clubs in North Central area. N4C have about 50 camera clubs from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Wyoming, Nebraska and Illinois.
Members can enter work in two media categories. Digital slides and print. After judging digital slides will be review at salon night monthly.
Club will have two print competition a year. Print can be submit on any media size 8X10 up to 16X20 include matting.
Exception is journalism category. Print can’t be bigger then 8X12 inch. Print can be in protective sleeve and on matting board.
Club will have digital slides competition in:
• Nature category
• Pictorial category
• Journalism category
• Black and white category
• Travel category
• Altered reality category
• Assigned subject category

Print categories are:

• Altered reality
• Journalism
• Travel
• Pictorial
• B&W
• Nature

Definition of categories

Nature category

No photograph is worth the distress or injury to any wild creature.
The only digital editing that can be allowed must fit with the N4C definition for acceptable Journalism or Nature images
Nature photography is simply the recording of our natural world by some photographic means. Included are all branches of nature except Archeology and Anthropology.
The hand of man shall not be present in any nature entry except where wild birds or animals have invaded man’s world such as fence posts and other man-made objects freely adapted for use by wild creatures.
Banding or tagging on nature subjects is acceptable. Photographs at bird feeders are not acceptable if any part of a manmade feeder is shown in the photograph.
Photographs taken in zoos, animal farms or game farms are acceptable if the setting remains natural and the hand of man is not visible.
Cultivated plants, domestic animals and pets are not acceptable and should be entered in other categories.

Pictorial category

In pictorial photography, we are concerned with the artistic quality of the presentation of the subject rather than with the subject itself. Literally, all subjects qualify, but since “Interest” accounts for one-third of the score, subjects that catch the viewer’s eye will have an advantage.
The judges will be seeking answers to the question, “Did the photographer simply record the subject, or did he/she through the photographic process enhance the viewer’s interest in the subject?” Pictorialism may be accomplished by meticulous photographic technique, proper presentation, careful composition, or most likely all of these factors.

Black & White category

Black & White Photography is also called monochrome. The resulting image is limited to monochromatic hues or shades of gray, although filters may be applied to give a hue or tint. Different photographic processes and toners may also give a different hue to a black & white photograph; for example, selenium, sepia and split toning (duo-toning). No fraction of the image shall be given a special color treatment.

Journalism category

Journalism Photography or Photojournalism means simply the telling of a story using a picture, or a sequence of related separate pictures arranged for presentation as a single entry. The type of photograph that one sees in the newspaper or magazines that depicts some event or activity is what is meant. The caption is important, but the best journalistic photographs tell their own stories and don’t always need a caption. A good picture is, after all, worth more than a thousand words. An element of human interest is important and virtually essential for pictures to succeed in competition. Interest is paramount, but good composition and technique will often make the difference that decides the winners.
The only digital editing that can be allowed must fit with the N4C definition for acceptable Journalism or Nature images. In the interest of credibility, photographs, which misrepresent the truth, such as manipulation to alter the subject matter, or situations which are set up for the purpose of photography, are unacceptable. No elements may be moved, cloned, added, deleted, rearranged, combined or changed in any way that affects the integrity of the image content. No manipulation or modification is permitted except resizing, cropping, selective lightening or darkening, and restoration of original color of the scene. No special effect filters can be added or applied, and any sharpening must appear natural.

Travel category
Travel implies going to some place
other than one’s customary environment, and travel photography suggests the photographic depiction of that new environment or the means used to get there. Be sure to state the name of the locale where the picture was made in the title of the digital image or print. IF THE LOCATION IS IN THE UNITED STATES, LIST THE STATE IN THE TITLE, IF FOREIGN, LIST THE COUNTRY IN THE TITLE.
There is no definition of how far away that environment must be to qualify as “travel” or how different that new environment must be. However, the judges will generally award prizes to those photographs that depict more exotic and unfamiliar places, even though such places are “home” to someone. Good photographic technique and particularly the ability to convey the feeling and flavor of the place visited will help you be a winner. Try to emphasize the character that makes the place unique from other places.

Altered reality

The primary distinction for the Altered Reality category is that the maker intends (and the viewer easily recognizes) that the image is not a representation of reality. The Altered Reality image must have a photographic base of the maker’s own creation. Manipulation of the basic image or images can be done in camera and/or in computer. The makers of Altered Reality images should feel free to use a wide range of tools and resources, limited only by imagination.

Member can enter one digital slide and three print per category. For every submitted image member will get one (1) point plus for
1st place 3 points
2nd place 2 point
3rd place 1 point

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