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(Rules for the Digital Composition Challenge are listed below)

Rules of the T.O. Photo Group Club’s Print Contest

Revised October 2012

  1. Digital - Contest images must be taken with a digital camera and must be submitted as prints. Prints must be received on time at the entry table before 6:00pm on the day of the meeting or they will not be displayed and entered into the Print Contest, no exceptions.

  2. Members Only - Only paid-up club members of the T.O. Photo Group may enter the Print Contest.

  3. Color - Images may be in color or black and white.

  4. Categories - There are two separate categories in the Print Contest, Assigned Topic and Open.
    1. Assigned Topic Category -
      1. Topic - The subjects or themes for the Assigned Topic categories will be announced in advance of the Print Contests. See the Photo Group web site for the next assigned topic.
      2. Editing - Images in the Assigned Topic category may have a limited amount of digital editing. For example, pictures may be corrected for color (Black and White is acceptable), contrast, white balance, saturation, etc.
        In addition, minor corrections may be done such as removing distracting objects (i.e., a pole behind someone’s head), but no additions (i.e., a new sky or a different person added).
        The following should not appear in the Assigned Category
        • A triptych or image composed of multiple images.
        • Digital Art images.
        • Images with extreme contrast or extreme structure.
        • Other special effects.
        Prints not following the above Editing rules may be moved from the "Assigned Topic" category to the "Open" category, at the sole discretion of the Print Committee.
      3. Date of Image - There are no restrictions on when the image was taken. However, members are encouraged to take images specifically for the assigned topic in order to advance their learning.

    2. Open Category
      1. Topic - There is no assigned topic in the Open category.
      2. Editing - Images in the Open category may have an unlimited amount of editing or digital manipulation. This includes Digital Art. All elements in the image must be of the member's own making.
      3. Date of Image - There are no restrictions on when the image was taken.

  5. Number of Images - There is a maximum of 2 images per member, per contest. Members may enter either one or two images in the Assigned Topic category or one or two images in the Open category. However, the maximum total number of images per contest is 2.

  6. Mounting of Images - The print submission for both categories may be any size up to a maximum physical outside dimension of 16" x 20". You must mount your printed image on Foam Core or in a mat, (no double matting allowed) but the outside of the mount or mat dimensions cannot be larger than a maximum of 16"x 20". There are no hard frames allowed such as wood, metal, etc., and prints may not be mounted behind glass, or wrapped in plastic sheet.

  7. Identification - On all print submissions, the Category, (Assigned or Open), the full name of the photographer and title of the image must be written on the back of the print. For example, Open, Bob Smith, Lilies of the Field.

  8. Descriptive Titles - You may add a description or a title to the front of the print, but your Category and Name must only go on the back along with the title of the image.

  9. Judging of the prints will be conducted by a professional photographer. A first place, second place and third place ribbon will be awarded in each category, (Assigned or Open).
    The names of Ribbon Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the end of the evening, after the critique.

  10. Critiquing - If you wish to have your image critiqued by a professional photographer, please email a digital file of your print image(s), in JPG format, to PhotoEntries@topcc.org by 6:00 pm two days before the club meeting. Late images will not be critiqued.
    Only Print images for which you have submitted a Digital image will be critiqued.
    If you enter two digital image files, you must specify with the number 1 and 2 after your name, which entry is your preferred image for critiquing, in case time limits preclude critiquing all of the images.
    In addition to critiquing images, the judge may also independently award a Judge's Merit Award for exceptional images, in this case the photographer's name will be announced.
    Having your image critiqued is optional and is not required as part of entering the Print Contest.
    However, members are encouraged to participate in the anonymous critique process as it is one of the fastest ways to improve as a photographer.
    1. Resize - Emailed images must be resized to a maximum of 1024 pixels wide and 768 pixels tall (neither dimension may exceed those measurements).
      See the article entitled, Resizing Your Images for Contests on our website on the Photo Group Resources page.
    2. Rename - Before emailing your digital image(s), you must rename the digital file with the correct category listed first (see below), then your Full Name and finally the Title of the image in the file name. You must place the number 1 and 2 after your name to indicate the primary and secondary picture for critiquing (in case of time constraints). For example: Assigned_David Smith1_Sultry Sunset.jpg Do NOT use ALL CAPS but DO use spaces and underscores for legibility and read-ability.
    3. Sending – An email will be sent to confirm receipt of your images(s) or to notify you if corrections are needed in the sizing or naming of your digital file. If you do not receive a confirmatory email, presume that your images(s) were not received and contact the club for assistance. Enter early to be sure you have time to get your images entered with the correct naming conventions.

  11. Eligibility - Any images not following these official Print Contest rules will be disqualified and ineligible to win a Merit Award or Ribbon for that evening’s Print Contest. The decision of the Print Contest Coordinator and the elected leadership of the Photo Group will be final re: application of the Print Contest rules.

  12. Print Contest Procedures
    1. There will be a table set up outside the meeting room where members should enter their prints at the beginning of the meeting (you must arrive before 6:00pm to enter).

    2. Be sure to write on the back of each print your Category (Assigned or Open), your Full Name and the Image Title.
      For example: Assigned, Bob Jones, Lovely Lady.

    3. Judge's Merit Awards will be announced during the critiquing, and the final results of the judges ribbon awards will be announced at the end of the meeting.

    4. If you have submitted a digital version of your print and subsequently are not able to enter that image in the Print Contest, please notify us prior to the meeting by email at PhotoEntries@topcc.org. The image will not be critiqued.

  13. Use of Images - Generally members' names are announced at the club meeting only when they win an award, for example, First, Second or Third in the Print Contest, or if they win a Judge's Merit Award during the critiquing.
    Any image entered in a club contest may be published in the club newsletter or on the club website.
  
 
    
 
 
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Rules of the T. O. Photo Group Club’s Digital Composition Challenge

Revised October 2012

The Digital Composition Challenge is held bi-monthly on the opposite months of the Print Contest.
The purpose of the Digital Composition Challenge is to help members learn how to take better images by understanding and using the important elements of good composition in their images.
To learn more about composition, see the tutorials on Composition posted on the Photo Resources page of our web site: topcc.org/photogroup.
  1. Digital - All images must be taken with a digital camera, submitted digitally and will be projected for viewing and critiquing.

     
  2. Members Only - Only paid-up members of the T.O. Photo Group may enter the Digital Composition Challenge.

     
  3. Subject - There is no assigned subject for this category, only the assigned composition theme.

     
  4. Themes - Images must utilize the monthly Composition guideline or theme. See the club website for information on the composition theme for the next Challenge at: topcc.org/photogroup.

     
  5. Number of Images - Each Photo Group member may enter up to 2 images per Challenge.

     
  6. Editing - There is no limit on editing or using computer software to enhance or modify the image.

     
  7. Date of Image - There is no limit on when the image was taken. You may use an image from your archive. However, members are encouraged to take images specifically for the Digital Composition Challenge in order to enhance their learning.

     
  8. Images - All images for the Digital Composition Challenge must be entered via email by 6pm two days before the Challenge. Send images to PhotoEntries@topcc.org.
    1. Size - All images must be resized to a maximum size of 1024 pixels horizontal by 768 pixels vertical (neither dimension may exceed those maximums). Only JPG files (sRGB) are acceptable.
    2. Rename - All images must have the file name renamed to include the photographer’s full name and then the image name. Place the number 1 or number 2 after your name to indicate the primary and secondary image you wish to have critiqued (in case of time constraints). For example, Jeanie Smith 1_Desert Dunes.jpg. Do not use ALL CAPS; Do use spaces and an underscore for readability and legibility.
    3. Sending – An email will be sent to confirm receipt of your images(s) or to notify you if corrections are needed in the sizing or naming of your digital file. If you do not receive a confirmatory email, presume that your images(s) were not received and contact the club for assistance. Enter early to be sure you have time to get your images entered with the correct naming conventions.
       
    4. More Info - For detailed instructions on how to prepare your images for submission, see the article entitled, Resizing Your Images for Contests on the club website on the Photo Resources page at: Photo Group Resources page.

       
  9. Eligibility - Images not following these rules will be disqualified and ineligible for that month’s Digital Composition Challenge. The decision of the elected leadership of the Photo Group regarding eligibility of images will be final.

     
  10. Critiquing - Images will be critiqued anonymously by a professional photographer. Images will be evaluated based on their use of the composition theme and overall impact as well as their artistic and technical merit and creativity.
    Exceptional images that also include the monthly composition theme will be awarded a Judge's Merit Award and the photographer’s name will be announced.
    Winning images may be published on the Photo Group and/or Flickr website and in the club’s Digital Newsletter (space permitting).

     
  11. Use of Images - Generally members' names are announced at the club meeting only when they win a Judge's Merit Award during the critiquing.
    Any image entered in a club contest may be published in the club newsletter or on the club website.
     
  
 
    
 
 
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October 2012: Print Contest and Digital Composition Challenge, and image naming rules have all changed.

 
  
 
    
 
 
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