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A photograph in which a single image tells a complete story in one image, so that a viewer can immediately get the answers to who, what, when, why and where. One interpretation of the category is that it shows humankind and its world. Titles must be included, as they are an integral part of the story telling.

Rules Affecting All Categories

  1. All images and editing must be the work of the entrant only.
  2.  Multiple shots taken of the same scene [i.e. images taken at the same time, from the same position, with the same equipment] may not be entered in more than one category during any one monthly competition.
  3. Images winning First, Second, Third place awards may not be re-entered in the same or any other category in subsequent competitions — EVER. It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure that winning entries are not resubmitted. All such entries will be disqualified.
  4. An image not winning a place award may be re-entered in subsequent competitions. This includes Honorable Mentions.
  5. A winning image that has been physically altered through digital or other manipulation such as using overlays, montages, etc., where the original content of the image has been changed, will be regarded as a new image and can be re-entered.
  6. All entries must have titles unique to that entry, in order to facilitate record keeping. Different entries in the same category should not have the same name during any given competition year. Titles are especially important for entries in the Photojournalism Category, as the title is taken into consideration by the judge and can play an important role in the judging.
  7. Images that contain nudity, tasteless, violent or insensitive subject matter, or anything else that may be considered inappropriate may be disqualified from competition by the Competition Coordinator, Club President or Club Vice President without appeal. The Coordinator, President and Vice President are the sole judges of what may constitute inappropriate content, and their decision is final. In the event that the Coordinator, the President and Vice President cannot agree the matter shall be brought to the Board for a vote, either at a regularly scheduled Board meeting, or at an emergency meeting, if time requires it.

Image Manipulation & Editing

Digital manipulation and editing allows enhancements and modifications to improve an image while maintaining the photographic essence. It allows adjustments to exposure, contrast, sharpness, acceptable cropping, altering between horizontal and vertical, enhancement of overall color and High Dynamic Range (HDR). Composite photographs are acceptable as long as all elements included are the entering-photographer’s own work and the final result is still photographic in nature. Commercial clip art, parts of commercial photographic collections, or the work of another photographer may not be included. Removal of elements, is permissible.

Any type of manipulation or alteration is acceptable in the Creative Category, when applicable.

Category Definitions

Open (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Master levels)

This category can be interpreted liberally as that area of photography that shows the viewer a scenic vista, cityscape, pets, reflections, travel, nature, or any other image demonstrating impact, color, composition and a point of interest. Portraits, photojournalism, and nature images may also be entered in this category, at the photographer’s option, but will be judged as Open.

Black & White (all levels combined)

Black & White Prints may be toned (sepia, brown, blue, or gold) but may not be hand-colored or tinted.

Nature-General (all levels combined)

A photograph depicting the nature of our planet, such as a natural environment, landscapes of natural beauty, wild and cultivated plants, etc., are all in this category. Images that show the obvious hand of man (man made patterns, rows, etc.), domesticated animals, scenes showing cultivated fields, fences, houses, telephone lines, mowed grass, etc., will be disqualified. However, images in which a man made object is part of the creature’s natural habitat, such as a stork in a roof nest, a barn swallow in its nest in a barn, as well as tagged animals in the wild, are acceptable. Cultivated plants ARE accepted in this category as long as the hand of man is not present or visible in the image.

Nature-Wildlife (all levels combined)

A photograph depicting animals in the wild, birds in a natural environment, or other natural creatures in their environment, etc., are all in this category. Images that show the obvious hand of man (man made patterns, rows, etc.), domesticated animals, scenes showing cultivated fields, fences, houses, telephone lines, mowed grass, etc., will be disqualified. However, images in which a man made object is part of the creature’s natural habitat, such as a stork in a roof nest, a barn swallow in its nest in a barn, as well as tagged animals in the wild, are acceptable. Cultivated plants ARE accepted in this category as long as the hand of man is not present or visible in the image.

Not acceptable are images such as birds on a fence post, or man made surfaces (decks, concrete, railings etc.).

Assigned October – Solitude

Solitude is the act of being alone without being lonely. Solitude suggests peacefulnessIt is a means of enjoying the quiet and can be used for reflection, inner searching, or appreciation. Try to create an image that captures someone alone or at one with his/her surroundings, enjoying the privacy, peacefulness, and comfort of a special
place.

Assigned November – Water

Water covers more than half the planet; capture it in any original way you can design. The trick will be to compose something special. “Water” might include lakes, waterfalls, faucets, tears, droplets, rain, puddles and anything else that has water, front and center.

Assigned December – Have a Seat

Benches alongside the road waiting for bus passengers; a theater just before the performance; at the dinner table; on a train, seats on your next flight; a dog sitting on its haunches or a bird on a branch. Wherever your imagination takes you, show us your ideas on “have a seat”.

Assigned January – Photojournalism

A photograph in which a single image tells a complete story in one image, so that a viewer can immediately get the answers to who, what, when, why and where. One interpretation of the category is that it shows humankind and its world. Titles must be included, as they are an integral part of the story telling.

Assigned February – Framed

Create a “frame” around your subject, natural or otherwise.

Assigned March – In the Dark

Light is one of the key elements of photography. There doesn’t have to be a lot of it for a photo to have an impact on those who view it. Images captured under the cloak of darkness will need longer exposure times, which always means a tripod. You may also fill the darkness with your own light. Be as creative as you want, using your imagination to compose the photo.

Assigned April – On the Spot

The “spot” is Quincy. Make an image somewhere in the city. Use your creativity to make the spot yours. You’ll be ready with an entry for the Quincy Arts Festival 2018!

Images of the Year Competition

The meeting held during the second week of May is reserved for the Images of the Year Competition. All the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners are eligible for entry in this competition. Images that have earned Honorable Mentions are not eligible for entry into this competition. Awards will be chosen for each category, as well as Best Overall Image of the Year.

Special awards will be given to the winners of this event. This special competition is conducted with live judging, and commentary on individual images is made at the discretion of the judge(s).

Awards are given by the judges solely on their judgment upon viewing the images, and DO NOT affect the cumulative points awarded for the Annual Photographers of the Year described in the Judging and Scoring explanations on the website.