Competition rules and information
Fall Competition Guidelines:
1. The Digital Image should be a maximum of 1024 (Width) x 768 (Height) pixels or 7.68” (Height) X 10.24” (Width) @ 100 dpi. It should be a Jpeg format with a maximum files size of 1.4 mb. Digital images must be submitted by email or CD to competition chair by posted deadline. The images should be put into folders labeled for the division entered. Image name should match title on score/report card. EXAMPLE: 1_Tugboat.jpeg
2. Digital Images may be emailed to the competition chairperson at the email address on the entry form. Images for each Division should be sent as attachments, not in the body of the email. Images for each Division should be sent in separate emails. Images received after midnight on deadline date will not be accepted. Entry forms and score/report cards are still required to be mailed to address on entry form.
3. The Digital CD entries will not be returned.
Any and all post-processing techniques are allowed in the Open divisions.
Photojournalism/Sports - Photojournalism images should reflect a newsworthy event and be depicted in an honest and objective manner. The sports image can be of any sporting event, professional, collegiate or amateur including children’s events. Manipulation of these images is allowed only if it does not compromise the original intent of the image. However no elements not originally in the image can be introduced by artificial means.
Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict 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 certify its honest presentation. Human elements shall not be present , except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible.Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals or domestic animals are also allowed.The Nature Divisions include all those subjects be they captive or free. The subject should not be moved to a studio setting, but should be depicted in its natural surroundings. Mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.
No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Color images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome.
Insects, Reptiles & Amphibians - The insect, reptile, and amphibian theme is restricted to those living creatures that are defined by science as an insect, reptile or amphibian. Common examples include; frogs, lizards, bees, butterfly’s, spiders. The list is not complete however no mammals, birds, fish, or mounted subjects are allowed in this theme. The subject should be presented in its natural environment and should not be moved to a studio location.