Desert Viewfinders Competition Rules

Effective June 1, 2012

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. 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 prior by the start of the competition meeting.

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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. Subjects are choosen and announced at the Holiday dinner.  Images submitted in this category must be taken after the subjects are announced. 

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 will be held on the first competition meeting following the Outing. 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

For the creative category, the only restriction on image manipulation is that all manipulations must be the work of the submitter.

For the remaining 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.

Adding or replacing elements (e.g. the sky) in an image is not permitted. However, certain deletions are permitted such as removing dust spots, a piece of trash, or other unwanted elements, as long as the image is not significantly altered in the process.

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

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

Correction of key-stoning is permitted.

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4. Policies on Entries

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5. Archival Images

An archival image must be submitted with each competition entry.
The Deadline is the close of the competition meeting.
Winning prints without on-time archival prints are subject to disqualification.
Runners-up will be promoted.

Digital Images

Archival images submitted digitally 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 in one of the following formats:

A. Digital via email

B. Digital via Disk submitted by the end of the competition

C. Print submitted by the end of the competition

A. Digital via email

B. Digital via Disk

C. Print

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6. Proper Submission of Prints

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7. 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 Aug 2014