Desert Viewfinders Competition Rules

Effective April 04, 2019

In This Document:

1. Eligibility

2. Competition Categories

3. Policies on Manipulation of Images

4. Policies on Entries

5. Archival Images

6. Proper Submission of Prints

7. Proper Submission of Projected Images

8. Disclaimer

1. Eligibility

All entrants in club competitions must be members in good standing of Desert Viewfinders Camera Club (dues are current).
All entries must be properly submitted by the start of the competition meeting.
All digital projection entries must be submitted properly by electronic means 48 hours prior to the day of competition. Note: at this date (April 04, 2019), the club does not accept projected images for competition. Projected image competition may be restarted at a future date.

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2. Competition Categories

a. Color

This category is for natural looking color images of any subject.

b. Monochrome

This category is for monochrome images of any subject. The image may have no more than one color (in addition to white), and that may be any color.

c. Subject of the Month (SOM)

This Category is for Color or Monochrome images on a specified subject. The images must comply with Color or Monochrome Category policies on manipulation (see section 3). Subjects are usually announced at the end of the preceding competition year (in May) for the following competition year (September through the following May) but may be announced earlier or later. See �Policies on Entries� below for limitations on dates of photography for this Category.

d. Creative

This category is for any image that the photographer creates as an artistic interpretation of his or her original capture(s). Significant alteration of the original look and feel of the image is encouraged. Any type of manipulation or alteration of images is acceptable in this category. Creative images will no longer be projected but will need to be printed in accordance with rule 6. Proper Submission of Prints.

e. Outings

This category is for photos taken on scheduled Desert Viewfinders Camera Club Outings by members who attend the event. This Category are usually (but not always) held on the first competition meeting following the Outing. The outings for each competition will be listed on the DVCC Meetup Group. There is a limit of two images per member. The images must comply with Color or Monochrome category standards. Entries not shown in this category may be entered in regular competition.

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3. Policies on Manipulation of Images

Creative Category:

The only restriction on image manipulation is that all manipulations must be the work of the submitter. Original source material for the manipulations must be created by the photographer. Creation of artwork (not originally a photograph) as part of the image is allowed, but use of a photograph or photographs as the source(s) is preferred.

Color, Monochrome, SOM, and Outing Categories:

Members are encouraged to create images in camera through careful composition and exposure. That said, creative use of the digital darkroom is also encouraged. There are just a few important guidelines/limitations on manipulation of images:

Manipulation should result in realistic-looking photographic images,as opposed to artificial-looking or overly-manipulated images.

Cropping is the preferred method of limiting the content of an image.

Adding or replacing elements (e.g. the sky or the background) in an image is not permitted. However, certain deletions are permitted such as removing dust spots, a piece of trash, or other small unwanted elements, as long as the image is not significantly altered in the process. Use of Photoshop tools such as spot healing, content-aware fill, and cloning are acceptable for such small deletions only. Generally, all correction tools available in Adobe Lightroom are allowed; for example, strong vignetting, dodging, or burning to obscure or highlight parts of the image are acceptable.

Use of special effects available in-camera is not allowed, except for directly shooting Monochrome in camera. Use of double or multiple exposure in camera is not allowed for film or digital cameras, due to the availability of special (non-film) modes in digital cameras. Special effects types of images and double exposures must be entered in the Creative Category.

Merged images such as panoramas, HDRs (high dynamic range) and focus stacking are permitted.

Correction of key-stoning (perspective) is permitted.

Infrared photographs may be entered in the appropriate Category depending on whether the result is Monochrome, polychrome (Color), Subject of the Month, or manipulated for submission in the Creative Category.

Heavily manipulated images depicting the Subject of the Month will not be accepted in that Category and must be entered in the Creative Category.

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4. Policies on Entries

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5. Archival Images

An archival image should be submitted for each competition entry.
Images should be submitted by the close of the competition meeting.
Images submitted more than 1 week after the competition will be posted to the website at the discretion of the webmaster.

Archival Image Format

Archival images should be formatted as follows:

 

Archival image files submitted digitally should be named as follows:
category, photographer's initials, 2-digit month, 2-digit year, orientation, image title.jpg

Example: m jad 0312 h clearing storm.jpg

 

Archival image shall be submitted as follows:

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6. Proper Submission of Prints

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7. Proper Submission of Projected Images

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8. Disclaimer

Members of the DVCC shall be honest and ethical in the making and
in the presentation of images to be shown to the club. The club is not responsible for
the unethical use of copyright by the photographer.

 

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Revised 04 April 2019