Santa Rosa Photographic Society

Rules

SANTA ROSA PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY COMPETITION RULES
(2019, v2)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1.0 BASIC RULES
1.1 COMPETITIONS
1.2 CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
1.3 COMPETITION FORMATS
1.4 RECORDS

2.0 MONTHLY COMPETITION RULES
2.1 LEVELS
2.2 COMPETITION SCHEDULE
2.3 SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
2.4 JUDGING AND AWARDS

3.0 CATEGORY RULES
3.1 PREAMBLE
3.2 PICTORIAL (P)
3.3 PICTORIAL MONOCHROME (M)
3.4 CREATIVE (C)
3.5 TRAVEL (T)
3.6 JOURNALISM (J)
3.7 NATURE (N)
3.8 NON-COMPETETIVE (NC)

4.0 ADVANCEMENT
4.1 ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE
4.2 PETITIONING FOR ENTRY AND MID-YEAR ADVANCEMENT
4.3 END-OF-YEAR ADVANCEMENT TO LEVEL A OR AA
4.4 ADVANCEMENT TO MASTER LEVEL

5.0 PALMER FIELD TRIP COMPETITION
5.1 LEVELS
5.2 SCHEDULE
5.3 JUDGING AND AWARDS

6.0 END OF YEAR COMPETITION FOR MONTHLY WINNERS
6.1 SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
6.2 JUDGING AND AWARDS
6.3 END OF YEAR MEETING

7.0 AWARDS BANQUET

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1.0 BASIC RULES

1.1 COMPETITIONS

1.2 CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

1.3 COMPETITION FORMATS

Two competition formats are acceptable: prints and digital images. The formats are judged together.

1.4 RECORDS

The Competition Chair will keep a record of each competition as a basis for determining awards and advancement. Records will be kept for a period of five years.

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2.0 MONTHLY COMPETITION RULES

2.1 LEVELS

2.2 COMPETITION SCHEDULE

2020 Schedule 
SRPS CompN4C Comp
Jan 9Jan PictorialNatureCreative
Jan 23Feb PictorialTravelJournalismMonochrome
Feb 13Mar PictorialNatureCreative
Mar 12Apr PictorialTravelJournalismMonochrome
April 9May PictorialNatureCreativeJournalsim
May 14Jun PictorialTravelJournalismMonochrome
Jun 11Jul PictorialNatureCreative
Jul 16Aug PictorialTravelJournalismMonochrome
Aug 13Sep PictorialNatureCreativeTravel
Sep 10Oct PictorialTravelJournalismMonochrome
Oct Nov PictorialNatureCreative

2.3 SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

2.4 IMAGE REVIEW

2.5 JUDGING AND AWARDS

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3.0 CATEGORY RULES

The category rules shall follow those of the Northern California Council of Camera Clubs (N4C) for projected images and are reprinted below.

3.1 PREAMBLE

The following holds for all Competition Divisions.
The Northern California Council of Camera Clubs subscribes to the Ethics Statement of the Photographic Society of America. Consistent with that Ethics Statement, all images submitted for competition in both Print and Projected Image mediums, and in all Competition Divisions shall originate as photographs by the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally.

By virtue of submitting an entry, the photographer certifies the work as his/her own. No clip art, digital art or photographs other than those made by the entrant may be used in whole or in part in any portion of the image. Images may only be manipulated as noted in individual division definitions. When graphic elements other than photographs created by the entrant are used in an image, photographic content must still predominate.

Maximum image size must conform to what is required by N4C, which for 2019 is no more than 1920 pixels in width and 1200 pixels in height.

3.2 PICTORIAL (P)

Pictorial photography is the use of the photographic medium as an art form. The emphasis is on interest, visual impact, composition, and technical excellence. Images in the Pictorial division are not confined to any particular subject, type, or style of photography. Pictorial images may be manipulated in the darkroom, on the computer or in the camera in a manner consistent with the standards stated in the preamble to these definitions. The term Pictorial includes color and monochrome images.

3.3 PICTORIAL MONOCHROME (M)

The Pictorial Monochrome category follows the same guidelines as the Pictorial category, except that only monochrome images are allowed.

A monochrome image refers to an image in black and white (grayscale), but also includes images made of tones of a single color. For example, sepia images, which display tones from light tan to dark brown, or cyanotype images (blueprints) are also monochrome. An image modified or giving the impression of having been modified by partial toning, multi toning or by the inclusion of spot coloring does not meet the definition of monochrome and shall be classified as a color work ineligible for submission in the Pictorial Monochrome category.

3.4 CREATIVE (C)

Creative photography is producing an image through the use of imaginative skill or originality of thought including the altering of reality. No image should be eliminated from competition simply because it looks realistic, provided it shows originality of concept.

Creative images may include modifications in the darkroom, on the computer, or in the camera, as well as unusual points of view, imaginative use of subject matter or lighting, or any other presentation that begins with the maker’s photograph or a collection of photographs.

All Creative images must be consistent with the standards stated in the preamble to these definitions.

3.5 TRAVEL (T)

A Photo Travel image must express the feeling of a time and place, and portray a land, its distinctive features or culture in its natural state. There are no geographical limitations. Close-up pictures of people or objects must include distinguishable environment.

Techniques that add to, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. All adjustments must appear natural. Conversion to monochrome is allowed. The title should give the location and complement the travel story. All Travel images must be consistent with the standards stated in the preamble to these definitions.

3.6 JOURNALISM (J)

Journalism entries shall consist of pictures with informative content and emotional impact, including human interest, documentary and spot news. Sequences in Journalism show a chronology of events or tell a story. Two to four images are permitted in a Sequence in the Journalism division.

The journalistic value of the photograph shall be considered over pictorial quality. In the interest of credibility, photographs which misrepresent the truth, such as manipulation of the image, or situations which are set up for the purpose of photography, are unacceptable in Journalism competition. The primary concern is to make story-telling and/or newsworthy photographs.

Techniques that add to, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping are not permitted. All adjustments must appear natural. Conversion to monochrome is allowed. Good titles are important and should add to the photo-story. All Journalism images must be consistent with the standards stated in the preamble to these definitions.

3.7 NATURE (N)

Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict 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 its honest presentation. The informative and nature story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality, while maintaining high technical quality.

Images entered in the Nature division can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on humans for food.

However, photographs of human-created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible. Also human elements shall not be present in the image and are ineligible except in situations where wild animals have been tagged with scientific bands, tags or radio collars; in situations where nature subjects (e.g. barn owls, storks, eagles, etc.) have adapted to an environment modified by humans, and these human elements are an integral part of the nature story; or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves.

Any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement is not permitted. This includes techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping. Infrared images (either direct-captures or derivations), are not permitted and are ineligible.

Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitching is allowed to complete the natural image. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Color images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome.

Sequences in Nature are permitted and should show a chronology of events or tell a story. A Projected Nature Sequence may have a series of up to four images, which count collectively as a single image; and no composite of multiple-images-in-one are allowed.

In Nature competition the title should be factual and descriptive. Scientific names are encouraged but are not required. All Nature images must be consistent with the standards stated in the preamble to these definitions.

3.7.1 SUBDIVISION: AUTHENTIC WILDLIFE (AW)

Authentic Wildlife is defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions, are not eligible. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species.

3.8 NON-COMPETETIVE (NC)

In addition to the above N4C categories, this category is for any image in good taste, a place where all members (regular, associate or honorary, in any level) may submit images which do not fit in the competition categories, and/or where members can receive constructive feedback about their images without entering them into competition. Members submitting Non-competitive entries must be present to have the entries shown.

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4.0 ADVANCEMENT

4.1 ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE

4.2 PETITIONING FOR ADVANCEMENT

4.3 END-OF-YEAR ADVANCEMENT TO LEVEL A OR AA

4.4 ADVANCEMENT TO MASTER LEVEL

4.4.1 Purpose

It is the intent of the Santa Rosa Photographic Society to recognize outstanding accomplishment in the field of photography by promoting qualified members to the Master level.

There are three (3) different paths to Master’s Candidate (MC) as follows:

  1. Achieve First, Second, or Third in AA Overall Point Average TWICE within a four-year period.
  2. Achieve First, Second, or third in AA Overall Point Average AND win a first place in one of the categories
    in the End of Year Competition (section 6) within a four-year period. Minimum two years to meet these
    two requirements.
  3. Advancement Committee decides if Master Candidate is the correct level to place a petitioning
    member. The photographer’s portfolio and experience are taken into consideration.

4.4.2 Qualifications

4.4.3 Advancement Procedure

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5.0 PALMER FIELD TRIP COMPETITION

5.1 LEVELS

All members compete in one group, regardless of level. Awards do not count toward member advancement.

5.2 COMPETITION SCHEDULE

The Palmer Field Trip Competition is held the second Thursday of November.

5.3 RULES

5.4 JUDGING AND AWARDS

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6.0 END-OF-YEAR COMPETITION

6.1 SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

6.2 JUDGING and AWARDS

6.3 END of YEAR MEETING

The top five images in each category-level, plus ties, will be shown to the membership, in no particular order, at the End of Year Meeting, to be held the Monday before the fourth Thursday of November. No further judging occurs at the End of Year Meeting.

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7.0 AWARDS BANQUET

Awards are presented to deserving members at the Annual Awards Banquet in December of each year.

To be eligible for High Point Total and/or Category Awards, a member must submit a minimum of fifteen digital and/or print images. There is no minimum number of submissions required for the winners of the End of Year (EOY) competition. The awards are as follows:

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DOWNLOADS

Current Open Competitions can be found at the Competition Website. New members will need to obtain access.

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