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Silent Essay 2017

The Silent Essay competition this year is going to be different. You do not need a slide show app to enter the competition. Because the rules for the silent essay (6 seconds display with a 1 second dissolve) are the same for everyone, the essay can be created for you. In fact, you will not be allowed to create your own essay. This will guarantee that all the essays conform to the essay rules.

To enter the competition all you need to do is upload your images to the silent essay competition upload form, just like entering images in any other competition. This year everyone can enter the silent essay competition! All your images must be in competition format (1400X1050, jpeg). There are 12 competition “categories”, indicating the order that you want your images to be displayed. You can enter fewer than 12 images, but not more.

Individual image titles are never used in a silent essay, but you do need to enter your essay title. Use the “Image 1” title for your essay title. All the other image titles can be anything you want, and the form does require that you enter something, but those titles will not be used. Your essay title and image titles must conform to the restrictions listed in the Upload Guidelines document.

Note that the category list in the upload form is not “in order” but the descriptions are correct.

If you embed your essay title into your first image, as many people do, you still have to enter that title as the first image title in the upload form.

The Silent essay competition is Sunday, November 5, 2017 and the upload deadline is October 22, 2017. This upload deadline is two weeks ahead of the competition. The extra time is needed to create your essay.

Technical information:

Your essay will be created in the universal mp4 format, 30 fps, highest quality and no audio track. The essay dimensions will be 1400X1050, so some or all of your images may be letter boxed. That is fine for a projected essay. All essays will be built with the same template in FotoMagico 5 running on a Mac.

There will be a one second dissolve between images and each image will be displayed for six seconds. A three second blank slide will be added to the beginning of the essay (needed for our projector) and this allows for a one second dissolve from black to your first image at the start of the essay. A three second blank slide will also be added to the end of your essay, allowing the last image to dissolve over one second to black.

2017-2018 Program

The new 2017-2018 program for the Photographic Guild of Nova Scotia is being finalized now. The events, meetings and field trips for September through December have been posted in the Google calendar in the website schedule page.

There will be no printed program this year. Instead, as a cost saving measure, the Google calendar on the website will be updated as new events are added to the program or changes to the events are made.

You can download an ics file that you can use to import the program into your own PC or Mac calendars. This file will be updated as needed. The schedule web page also has instructions on how to print out the events directly from the Google calendar if you want a printed list of events.

External Trophies and Themes:

NS Bird Society Trophy
In past years the NS Bird Society limited the birds eligible for the trophy to species that had not won the trophy in the past 5 years. That limitation has been removed. Any bird species photographed in Nova Scotia is eligible this year.

NS Nature Trust Trophy
The theme for the NSNT is “Wildlife”. Images must be shot in Nova Scotia and can include mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles. The subject species must currently exist in the wild in Nova Scotia, e.g. an image of a blue parakeet escaped from the pet store is not eligible.

RK Mann Trophy
“The earth has music for those that listen.” (George Santayana)

Mayor of Halifax Trophy
“Halifax Public Gardens”

Canada 150
The Canada 150 theme replaces the treasure hunt this season. It will be a Show & Tell (non-competitive) on October 22, 2017. Up to 5 images in competition format. All images must have been taken in Canada. This is a very open theme, but as a guidepost consider “what Canada means to me”. 

Guild Assignment 1: Curves  (photographed after May 1, 2017) Upload by September 24, 2017.
Guild Assignment 2: Cemeteries  (photographed after September 1, 2017) Upload by January 14, 2018.

SILENT ESSAY: Upload by October 22, 2017.
This year it is even easier to enter the silent essay competition. You do not need any special software to create your essay.

A silent essay consists of up to 12 images which develop a story, theme or idea. There are strict rules for how the images form the essay. Each image must be in competition format. The essay will display each image, in order, for 6 seconds with a 1 second dissolve transition between images. No exceptions.

Because the rules for a silent essay are defined and are the same for everyone, all you have to do to enter the competition is to upload your images, properly named and numbered, just like any other competition. You do not produce the essay file yourself! That will be done for you. More information will be provided once we get a bit closer to the competition date.

Darryl Robertson
PGNS President/Webmaster