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N4C Interclub Competition Division Definitions

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Preamble

The following holds for all Competition Divisions

The Northern California Council of Camera Clubs subscribes to the Ethics Statement of the Photographic Society of America. Consistent with that Ethics Statement, all images submitted for competition in both Print and Projected Image mediums, and in all Competition Divisions shall originate as photographs by the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally.

By virtue of submitting an entry, the photographer certifies the work as his/her own. No clip art, digital art or photographs other than those made by the entrant may be used in whole or in part in any portion of the image. Images may only be manipulated as noted in individual division definitions. When graphic elements other than photographs created by the entrant are used in an image, photographic content must still predominate.

Now that N4C is judging on a monitor rather than a projector, it is more imperative that members use the N4C standard resolution, a maximum of 1600 pixels in width and 1200 pixels in height so that the judges can better determine whether the focus is sharp.

 

Pictorial 

N4C has adopted the following definition for Pictorial (includes both color and “monochrome”)

Pictorial photography is the use of the photographic medium as an art form. The emphasis is on interest, visual impact, composition, and technical excellence. Images in the Pictorial division are not confined to any particular subject, type, or style of photography. Pictorial images may be manipulated in the darkroom, on the computer or in the camera in a manner consistent with the standards stated in the preamble to these definitions. The term Pictorial includes color and monochrome images.

A monochrome image refers to an image in black and white (grayscale), but also includes images made of tones of a single color. For example, sepia images, which display tones from light tan to dark brown, or cyanotype images (“blueprints”) are also monochrome.

Printed and Projected Pictorial Images

(Alameda Photographic Society does not currently accept competitive Printed images in any category.) 

There are four Pictorial Projected competition levels: B = Basic, I = Intermediate, A = Advanced, M = Masters

There are four Pictorial Print competition levels: B = Basic, I = Intermediate, A = Advanced, M = Masters

Color Print entry labeling (in upper left corner): P/B, P/I, P/A, P/M

Monochrome Print entry labeling (in upper left corner): M/B, M/I, M/A, M/M

Examples of Pictorial Color Images


“Grand Prismatic Spring and Approaching Storm”
by Bob Fournier

“Sugar Shack”
by Ellie Webster

“Merganser In Gold”
by Ellie Webster

“Canola Field in Bloom”
by Bob Fournier

Examples of Pictorial Monochrome Images


“Leaf”
by Ellie Webster
 

Creative (C)

N4C has adopted the following definition for Creative

Creative photography is producing an image through the use of imaginative skill or originality of thought including the altering of reality. No image should be eliminated from competition simply because it looks realistic, provided it shows originality of concept.

Creative images may include modifications in the darkroom, on the computer, or in the camera, as well as unusual points of view, imaginative use of subject matter or lighting, or any other presentation that begins with the maker’s photograph or a collection of photographs.

All Creative images must be consistent with the standards stated in the preamble to these definitions. In Creative image competition the title is read when showing the image.

Printed and Projected Creative Images

(Alameda Photographic Society does not currently accept competitive Printed images in any category.) 

There are four Creative Projected competition levels: B = Basic, I = Intermediate, A = Advanced, M = Masters

There are two Creative Print competition levels: B = Basic, A = Advanced

Creative Print entry labeling (in upper left corner): C/B or C/A

Examples of Creative Images


“Space Station and Red Planet”
by Bob Fournier

“Dreams Of Glory on Mechanical Bull”
by Bob Fournier

“Lookout World, Here I Come”
by Bob Fournier
 

Travel (T)

N4C has adopted the following definition for Travel

A Photo Travel image must express the feeling of a time and place, and portray a land, its distinctive features or culture in its natural state. There are no geographical limitations. Close-up pictures of people or objects must include distinguishable environment.

Techniques that add to, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping are not permitted. All adjustments must appear natural. Conversion to monochrome is allowed.

The title should give the location and complement the travel story. All Travel images must be consistent with the standards stated in the preamble to these definitions.

Printed and Projected Travel Images

(Alameda Photographic Society does not currently accept competitive Printed images in any category.) 

There are four Travel Projected competition levels: B = Basic, I = Intermediate, A = Advanced, M = Masters

There are two Travel Print competition levels: B = Basic, A = Advanced

Travel Print entry labeling (in upper left corner): T/B or T/A

Examples of Travel Images


“Hill Tribe Child Chaing Mai, Thailand”
by Ellie Webster

“Outrigger in Bora Bora, Tahiti”
by Ellie Webster

“Sheepherder – Tuscany”
by Bob Fournier

“Sydney Opera House and Ferry Boats”
by Bob Fournier
 

Journalism (J)

N4C has adopted the following definition for 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 tell a story. Up to four images are permitted in a Sequence in the Journalism division, which applies to Projected Image competition only. 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.

Techniques that add to, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping are not permitted. All adjustments must appear natural. Conversion to monochrome is allowed.

In competition the title is read when showing the image. Good titles are important and should add to the photo-story. All Journalism images must be consistent with the standards stated in the preamble to these definitions.

Printed and Projected Journalism Images

(Alameda Photographic Society does not currently accept competitive Printed images in any category.) 

There are four Journalism Projected competition levels: B = Basic, I = Intermediate, A = Advanced, M = Masters

There are two Journalism Print competition levels: B = Basic, A = Advanced

Journalism Print entry labeling (in upper left corner): J/B or J/A

Examples of Journalism Images


“Just Hanging on in Rugby Match”
by Bob Fournier

“Girl Hangs on The Win Mutton Ride”
by Bob Fournier

“Roller Coaster Ride”
by Bob Fournier

“Hair-Raising Turn in Barrel Race”
by Bob Fournier
 

Nature (N)

N4C has adopted the following definition for Nature

The Nature Division is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict observations from all branches of natural history except anthropology and archeology in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject matter and certify as to its honest presentation. The informative or nature value of the photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality. Sequences in Nature show a chronology of events or tell a story. Up to four images are permitted in a Sequence in the Nature division, which applies to Projected Image competition only.

Human elements may be present only where those human elements add to the viewers’ understanding of the nature subject’s behavior and/or habitat. This habitat may be natural or adopted. The presence of scientific bands on wild animals is acceptable.

Photographs of artificially produced hybrid plants or animals (any plant or animal that has its appearance changed by breeding and selection by man (domesticated), mounted specimens, or obviously set arrangements) are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.

Techniques that add to, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping are not permitted. All adjustments must appear natural. Conversion to monochrome is allowed.

In Nature competition the title should be factual and descriptive and should be read when showing the image. Scientific names are encouraged but are not required. All Nature images must be consistent with the standards stated in the preamble to these definitions.

Printed and Projected Nature Images

(Alameda Photographic Society does not currently accept competitive Printed images in any category.) 

There are four Nature Projected competition levels: B = Basic, I = Intermediate, A = Advanced, M = Masters

There are two Nature Print competition levels: B = Basic, A = Advanced

Nature Print entry labeling (in upper left corner): N/B or N/A

Examples of Nature Images


“Elephants in the Masai River, Kenya”
by Ellie Webster

“Reticulated Giraffe Portrait”
by Ellie Webster

“Lioness Feeding Cubs, Kenya”
by Ellie Webster

“Grizzly Catches Salmon, Katmai NP”
by Ellie Webster
 

Authentic Wildlife (W)

N4C has adopted the following definition for Authentic Wildlife

Authentic Wildlife is defined as one or more organisms in the animal kingdom living free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Therefore, photographs of zoo or game farm animals are not eligible.

Projected Authentic Wildlife Images

Authentic Wildlife applies to Projected Images ONLY.

Examples of Authentic Wildlife Images


“Hyena with Cubs Serengeti NP”
by Ellie Webster

“Purple Gallinule Everglades FL”
by Ellie Webster
 

Sequence (S)

N4C has adopted the following definition for Sequence

A sequence consists of a series of two or more related images. A Sequence print must have all images printed on the same sheet of paper, or matted in the same mat.

A projected Sequence can be used as a single image, ONLY in the Nature and Journalism Divisions. A projected Nature or Journalism Sequence comprises two to four images. All Sequence images must be consistent with the standards stated in the preamble to these definitions.

Printed Sequence Images

(Alameda Photographic Society does not currently accept competitive Printed images in any category.) 

There is only one Sequence Print competition level:  S=Sequence

Example of Print Sequence Image


“Raider Fans”
by Jane Postiglione
Last Modified August 2012



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