New members generally begin in B Grade, or if you are a more experienced photographer, you can choose to go into A Grade.
On Evaluation nights, a visiting Evaluer comments on all images entered in the Evaluation. A maximum of two prints or three projected images, per section, are allowed. Merits and Credits are then awarded to the best deserving images in each section, where a sticker will be placed on the back of the image. Please ensure there is a card backing on your images. These Merit and Credit images can then be entered into the Print of the Year Competition. In any one Evaluation, an author should not enter the same or substantially the same image in more than one section.
Print and Projected Image Evaluation are conducted on seperate nights. Prints are mounted on matte board for display on print stands and Projected Images are digitally projected onto a screen.
Images that have previously been awarded a Merit or Credit in any section (print or projected image) or an image that is substantially the same cannot be re-entered in a subsequent club evaluation. Images not gaining awards may be re-entered in subsequent club Evaluations.
Print entries will be received until 7:15pm on the evening of the Evaluation. This time limit will be strictly enforced. Entry forms are to be filled in clearly and legibly. All prints must be marked on the back with the photographer's name, grade, a title for identification purposes and an arrow to show correct orientation.
Print Evaluation sections:
A Grade Colour
A Grade Mono
B Grade Colour
B Grade Mono
Projected Image sections:
The Projected Image section has colour and mono combined.
Print Sizes - all prints shall be suitably matted, with a backing board. There is no minimum size.
Maximum Print Size: A3 ( 16.53 x 11.69 inches)
Maximum Mount Size: 20" x 16"
Maximum thickness with backing is 6mm.
PROJECTED IMAGE EVALUATIONS
Instructions for Projected Image Evaluations
EVALUATION THEME GUIDELINES
**All our Competitions follow the Competition Definitions which can be found on the FCC website. (as used for FCC Topshot and/or FCC Interclub Competitions). If you can't find the definition you're after here on our site, please visit the FCC website.
Any photograph that is not monochrome. It includes a monochrome photograph that has been partially toned or had colour added.
A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category. On the other hand a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category.
Any pictorial treatment of a subject which contains the element of good arrangement of composition and reflects the interpretation of the photographer.
A subject based around one particular topic, but open to interpretation.
Abstract photography concentrates on shape, form, colour, pattern and texture. The viewer is often unable to see the whole object. The subject of the photo is often only a small part of the whole piece. You will understand what the image subject is, by what is implied. Often the image will not be a literal view of the subject itself.
Focus can add to the conceptual feel of abstracts by isolating parts of the subject through the use of blur. Good quality blur, bokeh, is the frosted-focus effect created by control of the Depth of field. The other dimension is movement blur.
Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife. Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food. The original image must have been taken by the photographer, whatever photographic medium is used. Any manipulation or modification to the original image is limited to minor retouching of blemishes and must not alter the content of the original scene. After satisfying the above requirements, every effort should be made to ensure the highest level of artistic skill in all nature photographs.
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MACRO from Creative Photography
Traditionally, using a dedicated macro lens, macro meant anything that was 1:1 or higher. The term macro relates to the magnification of the image as it appears on the sensor. For example, if you have a small metal ball 10mm in diameter and the image cast onto the image sensor is 10mm as well, then this is called 1:1 magnification (life size). If it is 5mm on the sensor it is 1:2 (half magnification), and if it more than fills the sensor such that it would be 20mm across it is 2:1 (2x magnification). Read here for more on Macro
CLOSE UP from PhotoKonnexion (edited)
A picture taken with the subject close to the camera.
The classic close-up is about getting detail. That usually means getting right into the subject. The idea of a close-up is to make the viewer 'feel' the subject is right up close. So in some cases the picture can be taken further away than a metre and then cropped. If the subject fully fills the frame and detail is clear then the size of the subject can imply closeness rather than actual distance. The use of long lenses to bring the subject into the shot optically also implies closeness. A close-up should be considered different to a 'macro' which is also a close shot. Macro images are usually taken with a dedicated macro lens with magnification factor in the lens.
A photograph of a person or persons that may range from a head study to full body length. This section includes candid photographs and formal portraits. A portrait does not necessarily have to include the face.
LANDSCAPE / SEASCAPE
Landscape - A photograph of natural scenery. Evidence of man, animals or the sea may be included provided they do not dominate the picture.
Seascape - A photograph of natural coastal scenery, wave study, or the open sea, where the sea is the main interest. People, boats, man-made structures or other items of marine interest may be present but must not dominate the photograph. Large saltwater inlets are eligible.
Inland waters are included.
CREATIVE / ALTERED REALITY
Creative photographs display a novel effect because of an unusual combination of objects and/or unusual viewpoint. Photographs in which the images have been modified during or after exposure by using in-camera techniques or digital editing, this includes set up scenes, zoomed photographs, double exposures, etc. Digital manipulation processes may be employed providing the original photograph was exposed by the entrant, including any textures used.
Altered Reality images are created in the author's imagination beyond what is seen through the camera's lens, including images manipulated in various computer software programs. The final result must be all the photographer's own work, including the original image.
A Landscape is a photograph of natural scenery. It may include evidence of man, people, animals, even part of the sea provided that none of these elements dominate the photograph.
A Seascape is a photograph of natural coastal scenery, a wave study, or a picture of the open sea, provided always that the sea is the centre of interest in the photograph. People, boats, man-made structures or other items of marine interest may be present but must not dominate the photograph. Large saltwater inlets are eligible. Inland waters are included.
1. Wikipedia definitions
Light painting is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera. The term light painting also encompasses images lit from outside the frame with hand-held light sources.
2. Digital After Dark
A: Using a controlled light source to illuminate an object that the camera records.
B: Directing a light source into the lens for the camera to record.
C: Purposely moving the camera while it is recording a light source.
Panoramic photography is a technique of photography, that captures images with elongated fields of view. It is sometimes known as wide format photography. The term has also been applied to a photograph that is cropped to a relatively wide aspect ratio.