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Competition Rules and Etiquette

COMPETITION ETIQUETTE

Judging requires great concentration and should be unbiased. Thus, the audience is requested to remain quiet during the judging and to remain seated until all awards have been distributed. The use of cell phones and any other similar electronic devices without the written consent of the presiding officer are prohibited.

PURPOSE OF COMPETITIONS

The purpose of competitions is to foster excellence and education in photography.

COMPETITION RULES AND SECTIONS

Competitions are divided into SECTIONS. Entries for each section are defined below and generally adhere to the exhibition standards of the Photographic Society of America (PSA).

1. The Projected Image Section has no special restrictions as to subject or treatment.

2.
Nature Section Specific Requirements - Images are restricted to natural history, except anthropology and archeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject matter and to certify to its honest presentation. Titles should accurately describe the plant, animal or scene. The storytelling value of the photograph should be given primary weight in evaluating the image, however, technical and pictorial quality are still important elements for evaluating and judging images. Human elements should not be present in nature images except where the inclusion of the human elements enhances the nature story, i.e. Barn Owls are often times found in man-made structures and could be shown in that venue. However, the inclusion of the hand-of-man should be an unobtrusive element in the image. The final decision on the inclusion of human elements in the nature image shall be at the sole discretion of the judge. Photographs including artificially produced hybrid plants, domestic animals, mounted specimens or obviously set arrangements are ineligible and should not be submitted. Scientific tags or banding, visible on wild animals, are acceptable.

Image Editing All adjustments must be made in such a manner that the image reflects the actual scene.

Allowable Image Adjustments

A. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content are permitted.

B. Sharpening, including selective sharpening, of an image is acceptable. 11

C. The use of the clone stamp or similar tools shall be limited to removal of dust spots and scratches only.

  1. Croppingandhorizontalflippingareallowed.

  2. (a) Processing of multiple exposures of a single scene (HDR) or the processing

    of multiple versions of a single RAW capture for exposure control is allowed.
    (b) Processing of multiple captures of a single scene employing different focus points to achieve focus control is permitted. This process is commonly referred to
    as “Helicon” focusing.

CAUTION: Excessive use of even an allowable technique that causes the image to look “over processed” may cause the judge to “pass” the image.

Prohibited Image Adjustments
(Any manipulation which alters the truth of the image will be judged ineligible.)

A. Any technique which adds to, removes, relocates or replaces any pictorial element of the image except by cropping.

B. Artificial blurring of the background.

3. Photo Travel Section Specific Requirements - Requires that an image capture the feeling of a time and/or a place and/or portray a land, a people, or a culture. Travel images have no geographical limitations. Ultra close-ups which lose their identity and studio-type model pictures are not eligible and should not be entered. The image title shall be read when the image is first projected for judging.

Image Editing All adjustments must be made in such a manner that the image reflects the actual scene.

Allowable Image Adjustments

  1. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the pictorial content are permitted.

  2. Cropping and sharpening, including selective sharpening, of an image is acceptable

  3. The use of the clone stamp or similar tools shall be limited to removal of dust spots

    and scratches only.

  4. (a) Processing of multiple exposures of a single scene (HDR) or the processing of

    multiple versions of a single RAW capture for exposure control is allowed.
    (b) Processing of multiple captures of a single scene employing different focus points to achieve focus control is permitted. This process is commonly referred to
    as “Helicon” focusing.

CAUTION: Excessive use of even an allowable technique that causes the image to look “over processed” may cause the judge to “pass” the image.

Prohibited Image Adjustments
(Any manipulation which alters the truth of the image will be judged ineligible.)

  1. Any technique which adds to, removes ,relocates or replace sany pictorialel ement of the image except by cropping.

  2. Artificial blurring of the background.

4. Photojournalism Section Specific Requirements - This section requires a single story- telling image such as seen in news media, including human interest, documentary and spot news. The journalistic value of the photograph shall be weighed more than the pictorial quality. Artificially produced situations or image manipulations which alter the truth of the image are prohibited. The image title shall be read when the image is first projected for judging.

Image Editing All adjustments must be made in such a manner that the image reflects the actual scene.

Allowable Image Adjustments

  1. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the pictorial content are permitted, but should be limited to color, saturation, brightness and contrast adjustments.

  2. Cropping and sharpening, including selective sharpening, of an image is acceptable.

  3. The use of the clone stamp or similar tools shall be limited to removal of dust spots

    and scratches only.

CAUTION: Excessive use of even an allowable technique that causes the image to look “over processed” may cause the judge to “pass” the image.

Prohibited Image Adjustments
(Any manipulation which alters the truth of the image will be judged ineligible.)

  1. Anytechniquewhichaddsto,removes,relocatesorreplacesanypictorialelementof the image except by cropping.

  2. Artificial blurring of the background.

  3. Exposure blending, HDR, “Helicon Focusing” or similar image editing techniques.

5. Print competitions are divided into two sections:
a.
Monochrome Prints must contain a single hue, neutral in color or modified by overall toning with a single hue. Selective use of spot color, split-toning, quad-toning, etc., is not permitted.

b. Color Prints must include at least one color in addition to any overall toning.

Monochrome images are not eligible in Color Print competitions.
c. Except for the above, the print section has no special restrictions as to subject or image 
editing.

d. Entries may be commercially printed, however, all adjustments to the image must be the work of the entrant.

Other Competitions: The Executive Board may approve other kinds of competitions, under such terms and conditions as are published in advance in the St. Louis Camera Club Yearbook.

Web Posting: Images submitted for the St. Louis Camera Club competitions will be publicly displayed for judging at a meeting of the Club. Images receiving awards may be publicly displayed at other times in connection with Club activities. Such images may be posted on the Club’s website, in a manner identifying the maker. The images may not otherwise be published, nor will they be used for commercial purposes, without express permission of the maker. If the maker does not wish any image to be displayed and/or published in this manner, the image may not be entered into competition. By entering an image into competition, the maker represents to the club that the maker has the legal rights to display and publish the image in this fashion, including any necessary model releases. These images may be reduced file sizes.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY ALL SECTIONS

  1. All entrants must be a member of the club.

  2. All images for projected competitions, except the long and short sequences, must be in digital format. Film slides will not be eligible for regular club competitions. The club will no longer maintain projection equipment for film slides so if an entry in one of the Photo Essay competitions requires such equipment, it must be provided by the contestant. The contestant must notify the Committee Chairman in advance that they will be submitting a film slide program.

  3. All images must be the work of the entrant (including all digital post processing), except for film processing and printing. The projected image or print represents the artistry of the entrant; therefore the original image must be recorded by the competitor with a traditional film or digital camera or scanner. It is not permissible to use all or part of an image that comes from the internet, a publication or other source that is the work of another person.

  4. Images that have won points in any Section are ineligible for entry in any other section. Individual images that have been part of a winning Short Essay or Photo Essay/Documentary/Travelogue are eligible for entry in regular Sections.

  1. There are no time limits on when photographs are taken for theme competitions and for all regular competitions. Each member may enter one image per competition.

  2. Entrants must place their projected images and prints in the appropriate class category, either by using the proper submission procedures in the case of digital projected images or by labeling and placing prints in the indicated place. Those placed in the wrong class will be declared ineligible.

  3. No entries are permitted after competitions begin.

    PROJECTED IMAGE, NATURE, PHOTO TRAVEL AND PHOTOJOURNALISM SECTIONS

  1. Members may submit one digital image for each such competition.

  2. Digital images must be submitted using the form and in accordance with the rules published on the Web Site. Currently these require:

    1. The image must not exceed 1400 pixels in width or 1050 pixels in height and must be in

      .jpg format with a maximum file size of 800 KB.

    2. Image title is limited to 35 characters.

    3. A few characters (*?:”</>\|’#) are unacceptable in a title.

    4. Member must indicate whether or not they desire to hear comments by the judge.

    5. Images must be submitted before the published deadline (normally midnight of the

      Sunday before a Wednesday competition).

  3. While our software will correctly interpret color space tags like Adobe RGB during

    competition, the winning images will be shown on the Web Site where almost all software will assume the image is in sRGB format. These winning images will appear best if converted to sRGB before submission.

    PRINT SECTIONS

  1. Dimensions: (mounted and/or unmounted)
    (a) Minimum: One dimension of the print must be at least 9".
    (b) Maximum: No dimension of the print or mount may exceed 20".

  2. Mounting:
    (a) Prints may be submitted either mounted or unmounted; however, entries delivered by mail will not be accepted.
    (b) Print mounts
    must not have any hanging devices such as hooks, wires, clips or other attachments which could potentially damage another person's print during handling.

Prints which are deemed to pose a hazard to other prints will be removed prior to competition.

3. Identification: The back of all prints or mounts must be marked in the upper left corner with the maker's name, competition class and image title.

JUDGING PROCEDURES

  1. In theme competitions, judging will depend not only on photographic merit, but also on how well the image fits the assignment.

  2. Prints will be judged from a distance of 5 feet.

  3. Projected images shall be judged from a distance of at least 10 feet.

    RULES COMMITTEE

  1. The function of the Rules Committee shall be to review all rules relating to Club competitions, advancement in class, awarding of competition points and any other related matters as shall be submitted to it for consideration.

    Recommendations of the Rules Committee shall be submitted to the Executive Board for its consideration as soon as possible, but no later than the May Board meeting.

  2. The Committee shall be chaired by the immediate Past President or his designee and will include the current President, Vice President, Recorder, Section Chairmen and one at-large member appointed annually by the Chairman.

    APPLICATION OF RULES

  1. Entries that do not meet the Conditions of Entry may be declared ineligible.

  2. The presiding officer shall be responsible for any interpretation or decisions regarding the rules, if the need for such interpretation or decision arises in the course of a competition and

    before the winners are announced.

  3. If a member believes that an image, which has been awarded points in a competition, violated

    any applicable rule, that member may challenge the award by utilizing the following procedure:

a. Notice that the challenge is being made must be given to the President, no later than 72 hours after the close of the competition in question.

b. The specifics of the challenge, including the precise rule alleged to have been violated and the particulars of the alleged violation, must be given to the President, in writing or by e-mail, no later than seven days after the close of the competition in question.

c. The president may conduct such investigation regarding the alleged violation as he or

she considers appropriate, including asking to see the “as shot” film or digital image. Failure on the part of the maker of the image to cooperate with such investigation may be considered to be adequate grounds for disqualification of the image. The President should consult with the Chair of the Section involved, and may consult with any other persons at his or her sole discretion.

The President shall be the sole judge of whether or not the alleged violation has occurred. If the President determines that the rule has been violated, the points awarded in connection with that image shall be withdrawn and, if possible, other winners advanced accordingly.

4. Except in the case of a successful challenge, as outlined above, all results of competitions and awards are final when they are announced at the meeting during which the competition occurred.