WARNING – VERY SHORT NOTICE TO RESPOND! DEADLINE FRIDAY, MARCH 1.
Due to high member interest, The club has decided to submit an entry into the George W. Glennie Memorial Nature Salon, but we must move fast! A great opportunity for the club has presented itself, for us to enter the George W. Glennie Memorial Nature Salon. The salon is an international competition in which each club chooses their ten best nature images from their members to compete against other clubs and organizations. We would like to be a part of this year’s competition; however the deadline is next week! The rules of the salon limit the entries to a maximum of two photographs per person, and ten total images per club. There are also file size and category requirements. As this is a club competition, not every image or every member who submits to us will be selected for final entry. We appreciate everyone’s support and understanding regarding this.
We are opening submissions to interested members. If you would like to enter, select one or two of your best nature photographs, identify your image category, size and title them according to the guidelines below, and email your entry to email@example.com with the subject line as “Nature Salon Entry”. The deadline for entry is this Friday, March 1st, 2013 at 5pm est.
Only the club’s top 10 images can be entered into the contest and there is a maximum of 2 images per person.
Deadline: Friday, March 1st, 2013 at 5pm est
Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Animals (consists of the following categories)
b. Invertebrates – Insects, Mollusks (snails etc.), Arachnids, Annelids (worms), Crustaceans
f. Marine and Freshwater Life – Fish, Marine Crustaceans/Mammals, Starfish, Corals etc.
Each digital image may have a maximum width of 1024 pixels and a maximum height of 768 pixels. The image must be submitted in JPEG (.jpg) format, and the size is limited to no more than 1 Megabyte (MB). It is suggested that the image resolution be no greater the 100 pixels per inch (ppi) and that the color space be sRGB.
An image filename shall consist of the following: 4 alphanumeric characters indicating the camera club (each club may choose their own); followed immediately by a dash (-); followed immediately by a 2 digit number indicating the image number shown on the registration form; followed immediately by a dash (-); followed immediately the image title (with spaces filled in with underscores); followed immediately by a dash (-); followed immediately by the maker’s first and last name separated by an underscore. As an example, the following would be the image filename for the 4th image submitted by MVCC, with “Purple Fish” as the title and John Doe as the maker.
LVPC image selection:
Lehigh Valley Photo Club down selection for submission: Due to the time constraints of this contest, we will have a private judging by a single judge selected by The Club’s Executive Board. Our judge will make the final decision on our 10 best images and forward them to the contest entry site for the multi-club completion judging.
For the multi-club competition and judging:
The judges will be guided by the recently revised PSA definition of Nature. The following is a statement of the basic guidelines concerning Nature digital images:
“Nature Photography 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 material and certify as to its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining a high technical quality.
Human elements shall not be present, except on the rare occasion where those human elements enhance the nature story. The presence of scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals is permissible. Photographs of artificially produced hybrid plants or animals, mounted specimens, or obviously set arrangements, are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.
No techniques that add to, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photography without changing the nature story or the pictorial content are permitted. All adjustments must appear natural.”
Images submitted for consideration for the Best Wildlife award must meet the additional definition for Nature Wildlife Photography.
“Authentic wildlife is defined as one or more organisms, living free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Therefore landscapes, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or any living subject taken under controlled conditions are not eligible for the Best Wildlife award.”
For more information on photographing Nature, check out this great article from the PSA journal entitled “Working With the PSA Nature and Wildlife Definitions” (though note that this document has not been updated with the more recent PSA allowances for HDR images and natural-looking background blurring).
Thank you and good luck to everyone!