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Competition Bylaws

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Competition Bylaws

General Rules
  1. Only paid-up members may enter the club competitions. 
  2. An entry fee of $2 is collected for each entered print submitted for competition. 
  3. The regular competition is held each month during the season, defined as February through November. 
  4. There is no regularly scheduled meeting set for December and the annual dinner and awards ceremony takes place in January. 
  5. Photos entered for competition, accompanied by appropriate entry form and fees, are to be turned in by the start of monthly club meeting. This allows time for the Vice President of Competition to prepare the presentation. 
  6. A club entry form must accompany each print submission. Prints are to have the form taped to the backside. For judging, the photographer's name should not be revealed elsewhere on the work, unless it is included as part of the presentation. 
  7. A club member may enter three (3) photos per category and a maximum of six (6) photos per monthly competition. 
  8. Judging of the competitions shall be divided by classes. 
  9. Each print must have been taken by the member exhibitor. Processing/printing by a commercial processor does not disqualify an entry. 
  10. Competition entries must have been created within the last 12 months preceding the submission date. This rule promotes the purpose of the club regarding the "...mastery of photography". 
  11. The Vice President for Competition shall decide whether an entry is acceptable. Any photo that appears to be ineligible for competition or the entered category can expect to be challenged. Please review the definitions of the categories.
  12. Each print entry will be scored on the 6 to 10-point system. Entries receiving a score of 9 or 10 will be classed as an honor print. 
  13. The title of each entry will be read when it is presented for judging. The exhibitor's name will be announced for those prints which score 9 or 10. 
  14. A print which does not receive an honor scoring of 9 or 10 may be reentered one more time in any qualifying category. 
  15. At the conclusion of the monthly competition a Print of the Month will be selected using one of the following 2 methods:  
    1. If a judge is scoring the photos, the judge will select a Print of the Month out of any of the entries for that month. 
    2. If the membership is scoring the photos, the Print of the Month will be the print receiving the highest score for the month. 
  16. All entries are to be picked up by the competitors at the conclusion of each meeting. In the event a member must be absent, he/she may have another member represent them at the competition. 
  17. A club member who serves as a judge cannot enter his/her own prints in the same competition. 
Definition of Classes
  1. Class AA - For advanced or professional photographers 
  2. Class A - For those who have advanced beyond the beginning class based on accumulated points. 
  3. Class B - For beginners and those inexperienced in competition. 
  4. New club members shall start out in Class B, except for professional photographers and club transfers who were already in Class A or Class AA in their former clubs. 
  5. A Class B competitor shall advance to Class A upon accumulating 200 points scored by all his/her entries that received 9 or 10 points. 
  6. A Class A competitor must advance to Class AA upon Accumulating 300 points scored by all his/her entries that received 10 points. 
  7. Any time during the competition year, member competitors are required to advance to the next class when they acquire the requisite total points. The advancements are announced by the Vice-President for Competition and take effect at the conclusion of that competition. 
Definition of Categories
Discussion of photo manipulation in photo submissions

Images submitted for judging may be manipulated in the camera, in the darkroom, or on the computer. Manipulated photos are valid for all categories with the exception of Journalism and Nature. Images will be judged as presented. 

Open
Pictures in the Open category are not confined to any particular subject, type, or style of photography. Nature, people, travel, contemporary, photojournalism, and avant-garde are among the subjects that can be used in this category.

Monochrome
Monochrome is defined as shades of white-to-black or any single color tone (Black & White, Sepia Tone, etc.).

Subject
A different subject theme is featured each month. This category is designed to aid the photographer to develop his/her ability to "see", and make a personal interpretation and statement of a given subject. Guidelines are discussed in preceding meetings.

The monthly subject list for each competition year will be presented at the annual awards dinner and will be made available on the club website.

Portrait/People
Portrait photography is the capture by means of photography of the likeness of a person or a small group of people (a group portrait), in which the face and expression is predominant. The objective is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the subject. Like other types of portraiture, the focus of the photograph is the person's face, although the entire body and the background may be included.

This category is not limited to just the practice of portrait photography but may also include photos in which a person or people are the primary subjects.

Nature
The use of the photographic process to depict all observations of facts and phenomena from all of the various branches of natural history including: botany, zoology, geology, physical, chemistry, meteorology, paleontology, excepting anthropology and archeology. The images shall be presented in such fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. Human elements may be present, but they must be; 1) unobtrusive, (example: not a picnic scene or vehicle dominating a picture of a field of wild poppies), 2) directly pertinent, (example: a scale to gauge the size of a sample is permitted), 3) enhancing to the nature story, (example: artificial lighting to reveal characteristics of a subject is permitted). Entries depicting cultivated plants, still life studies, domestic animals, mounted specimens, museum habitats, dioramas or groups, derivations or any form of photographic manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement are ineligible and should not be submitted. Exceptions: Detailed macro and microphotographs and the scientific banding visible on wild animals will not be considered a disqualification. Technical descriptive titles are recommended (and often required at other competitions).

No manipulation or modification of Nature images is permitted except resizing, cropping, selective lightening or darkening, and restoration of original color of the scene. Any sharpening must appear natural. No elements may be moved, cloned, added, deleted, rearranged or combined. Horizontal flipping (equivalent to reversing the image) is an acceptable modification.

Travel
A Travel picture must express the feeling of a time and place, portray a land, its people or a culture in its natural state, and has no geographic limitations. Ultra-close-up photos which lose their identity, studio-type model shots, or photographic manipulations which misrepresent the true situation or alter the content of the image are unacceptable in the Travel category.

Journalism
Journalism entries shall consist of pictures with informative content and emotional impact, including human interest, documentary and spot news. Sequences in Journalism show a chronology of events or tells a story. Up to six (6) images are permitted in a Sequence in the Journalism category. The journalistic value of the photograph shall be considered over pictorial quality. In the interest of credibility, photographs which misrepresent the truth, such as manipulation of the image, or situations which are set up for the purpose of photography, are unacceptable in Journalism competition. The primary concern is to make story-telling and/or newsworthy photographs.

No manipulation or modification of Journalism images is permitted except resizing, cropping, selective lightening or darkening, and restoration of original color of the scene. Any sharpening must appear natural. No elements may be moved, cloned, added, deleted, rearranged or combined.
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