End of Year Competition 2014 Rules
 

Camera Club of Richmond (CCR)

2014 End of Year Competition

 

            Judging will take place on November 9 or 16, 2014 (closed event).  Winners will be announced at the annual awards banquet to be held on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, and will be published in the January 2015 edition of Southern Exposure.

 Entry Rules

Deadlines (no exceptions)

Prints.............................................................. Saturday, October 25, 2014*  

Digital Images by email ................................  Midnight, October 25, 2014

 

*It will be most helpful if you could deliver your print entries to the print director at the October meeting.  However, if you are unable to do so, please contact him at prints@cameraclubofrichmond.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make arrangements for delivery.

 

General Submission Requirements

  • Current paid CCR Members may enter a maximum of 15 images—up to 5 of the images may be images which have never previously been submitted for a CCR evaluation or a CCR competition (each referred to herein as a “Wildcard”); the remaining images must have been submitted during 2014 for a monthly evaluation (each referred to herein as a “Standard”).
  • Images must be entered in one of the subject categories listed below and designated as either "Color" or "Black and White."  Members will assign the category and designation for each of their own entries.
  • All rules as to size and presentation are the same as for evaluations.  Please refer to evaluation rules and guidelines on the CCR website for details.
  • A Standard image must be submitted in the same medium (print or digital) used for its 2014 evaluation.
  • The title of a Standard image must be exactly the same title used for its prior evaluation.
  • Images submitted in an “assigned subject” category, must have been submitted in that  assigned subject category at the respective 2014 evaluation for that subject.  Wildcards will not be accepted for any of the "assigned subject" categories.
  • It is permissible to incorporate minor adjustments suggested by an evaluator into the final image submitted for competition.  The revised image must originate from the same source file.

 

 

Judging Rules

  • First, Second and Third place winners may be awarded in each category.  Placement will be left to the discretion of the judges.
 
  • Honorable mentions may be awarded at the judges’ discretion for up to 10% of the total number of images submitted in each category.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

GROUPS

            The division of Groups allows participants to compete and be judged with others of similar skill levels.  It is highly possible that a member of Group B might produce a photograph as good as or even better than a Group A member. Despite this, it can be somewhat daunting to compete against more experienced members when you are first learning the craft. Submitted image requirements for each group are identical.

 

Group A (Seasoned Exhibitor)

                        Any member may enter images in the Group A competition; however, if you have won any Camera Club of Richmond Memorial Award or have received more than 3 award certificates, you are required to compete in this Group. Once you have competed in Group A, you must remain in this Group for all future competitions, unless otherwise decided by the board of directors.

 

Group B (Novice Exhibitor)

           Any member who has not won a Camera Club of Richmond Memorial Award or has received 3 or fewer award certificates may enter images in the Group B competition. Once a member is awarded any Camera Club of Richmond Memorial Award or has received more than 3 award certificates, he or she must participate in future competitions as a member of Group A.

 

 

 

 

BLACK AND WHITE

This color designation, with respect to this competition, is defined as monochrome images produced in black and white or in varying tones of only one color.

 

 

CATEGORY NAMES (ABBREVIATIONS) and DESCRIPTIONS

  

Scenic (S)                          

Landscape and Architecture

 

Nature (N)           

Fauna and Flora, including wildlife but not domestic animals.  It is strongly suggested that no manmade objects appear in images of this category.

 

Portraits (PO)

Posed (not candid) people or pets

 

Pictorial (PI)      

Images of varied subjects including candid people, photojournalism, and any image that does not meet the criteria of another category.

Images in the four categories listed above may be enhanced, but these manipulations must be kept to a minimum and used only to enhance the existing image and ensure realism, such as with:

  • Levels
  • Exposure
  • Tonal Changes
  • Sharpening
  • Cloning (for minor retouching such as removal of telephone wire or trash)
  • Any other adjustments to exposure, contrast, sharpness, acceptable cropping, altering between horizontal and vertical, enhancement (but not changing) of overall color.

Quick Check: Does the image meet the criteria of “realism" where enhancements and modifications are allowed to improve the presentation, but without changing the truth of the original image. If your answer is No, then this image should be submitted in either the "Altered Realism" or “Creative or Digital Art” category.

 

 

 

Assigned Subject- “After Hours” (ASH)

Subject: Subject as described during the year.

CATEGORY CRITERIA: Any image previously submitted in the assigned subject of “After Hours” category at the August 2014 evaluation.

 

Assigned Subject- “Old Times” (AST)

Subject: Subject as described during the year.

CATEGORY CRITERIA: Any image previously submitted in the assigned subject of “Old Times” category at the September 2014 evaluation.

 

Assigned Subject- “Motion” (ASM)

Subject: Subject as described during the year.

CATEGORY CRITERIA: Any image previously submitted in the assigned subject of “Motion” category at the October 2014 evaluation.

 

Altered Realism (AR)

Subject: Any subject.

CATEGORY CRITERIA: Images where the photographer can use the full capabilities of photo editing software or the darkroom to enhance the image, while maintaining a realistic looking picture. Elements, such as clouds, plants, animals, people, buildings, etc., from one or more images may be combined into a single image.

Creative or Digital Art (CD)

Subject: Any subject.

CATEGORY CRITERIA:  This category is designed to show the creativity of the photographer, as well as his or her digital editing skills or skills in the darkroom.  Images in this category will be judged on their imagination, creativity, uniqueness, and editing skills.

 

 

 

 

 

Media Types and Submission Requirements

 

Digital

 

Any digital image submitted must comply with the rules and regulations as defined in the Camera Club of Richmond’s Monthly Evaluation Rules and those listed below:

 

  1. Images may not exceed 1920 pixels on the longest side.

 

2.         Do not include the photographer's name on the face of the image.

 

3.         Submit no later than midnight, October 25, 2014 to:       digital@cameraclubofrichmond.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

4.         Enter “EOY” in the subject line of your email.

 

5.         Category abbreviations are:

Scenic – S

Nature – N

Pictorial – PI   

Portrait – PO

Assigned Subject-After Hours-ASH

Assigned Subject-Old Times-AST

Assigned Subject-Motion-ASM

Altered Realism – AR

Creative -CD  

 

 

Color Classification Abbreviations are:

Color-C

Black & White-BW

 

If you previously submitted the image for a 2014 evaluation, it is a Standard-ST

If you have never previously submitted the image for evaluation or a competition it is a Wildcard-WC

 

6.         The following naming convention must be used when submitting your digital entry:

 

[Group]-[Color Designation]-[Category Abbreviation]-[Title of Image]-[Standard  or Wildcard]-[Your name]                                  (Include the hyphens)

 

 

As an example, a Group A member submitting a color image of a portrait that has never been submitted previously:

 

A-C-PO-Susie Smiles-WC-Joe Schmo.jpg

 

“A” is the group

“C” is the color designation

“PO” is the Portrait category

“Susie Smiles” is the title of the image

“WC” indicates that this is a Wildcard image which has never been submitted previously

“Joe Schmo”.jpg “ is the maker’s name (with jpg as the format)

  

Prints

 

Any print submitted must comply with the rules and regulations as defined in the Camera Club of Richmond’s Monthly Evaluation Rules and provided below.

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  • Prints must be mounted on mat boards which should be proportional to the size of the prints.
     
  • Framed prints are not allowed.
  • Minimum print size is 5” x 7”.
  • Maximum print size is 16” x 30”.
  • Do notinclude the photographer's name on the face of the image.
  • Toning is permissible.
  • Prints will be judged on a light box, according to PSA rules.

 

A completed copy of the Year-end Print Submission form must be attached to the upper-left corner of the back of the mat.  Please ensure that all writing is legible.