As you probably know, our next competition is the Silent Essay Competition. If you have not yet worked on the essay, it is now time to start doing it.
The results night will be at 7:30 pm on December 6, but the process will be starting much earlier. Here is the brief process:
- Your Silent Essay will consist of a maximum of competition size 12 digital images. The competition size is 1400×1050.
- Please upload your images using our regular competition upload page.
- The upload page for the Silent Essays will be made available on November 8. The upload page will be turned off at 11:45 pm on November 22. This means you will have two weeks for uploading your essay.
- The upload form “categories” are “Image 1”, “Image 2”, … “Image 12”.
- The title of the first image must be the title of the essay. The other images do not have to have a title.
- Make sure you upload the images in the same order as you’d like to show them in the essay. First image of the essay should be uploaded under “Image 1”, the second image in the essay should be uploaded under “Image 2” and so on.
Congratulations to everyone who submitted images for the silent essay competition. There were many great essays. If you would like a copy of your essay please email the webmaster and I will WeTransfer your silent essay mp4 file to you. This file format is playable on both Mac’s and PC’s.
It is time to start thinking about essays. Joyce Chew is the speaker for this seminar. She will talk about essay creation, apps for the sight and sound essay and the specific design of travelogue essays. Even if you don’t compete in our essay competitions, creating essays is a fun and creative activity for photographers at all levels. The upload form for the silent essay competition will be active Sunday, so don’t miss this seminar.
CAPA Fall Round Competition
On October 15, we will have the first CAPA competition of the season where we will be selecting images to go away to represent the club in the Nature, Fine Art and Photojournalism (Minimally Manipulated) categories. The upload form for this competition is active now.
In the Nature category, CAPA is awarding Botany awards for the top 3 Botany images. As part of an initiative to encourage Botany images, the Executive is holding a Botany competition so that PGNS will send at least one Botany image to CAPA in our Nature submission. The top Botany image will be selected to go away along with the top 5 images from the Nature competition.
CAPA’s definitions and eligibility criteria can be different from PSA so please take note of the following differences.
Titles can have an impact on the score of an image so chose a title that compliments or conveys the message you want to convey about the image as CAPA judges will take that into consideration.
Fine Art allows “Open editing” so all types of processing techniques are allowed including composites and use of filters. All portions of the image must have been photographed by the maker. A Fine Art image goes beyond merely capturing an image and cropping. The image can be of any subject but must convey or evoke a message, idea or emotion.
Both Nature and PJ have “Restricted Editing” so the RAW/original JPG file must be available as CAPA is being diligent about scrutinizing the image to ensure that all awarded entrants are complying with its restrictions. Do not submit an image to the Nature or PJ competition if you are not able to provide the original file.
Nature images depict all branches of natural history except anthropology or archeology. It can be of a landscape, geological formation, weather phenomena or extant organism. The image can be of a subject in controlled conditions (zoos, game farms, botantical gardens, aquariums, etc.) however human elements should not be present (i.e. fencing, posts, cut branches) as the human element is grounds for disqualification. Botany includes images of uncultivated trees, flowering and non-flowering plans, ferns, algae, fungi in their natural habitat. Images of floral arrangements, cultivated or hybrid plants, feral animals, domestic animals or mounted specimens are ineligible. No stitching, infra-red images or techniques (except for cropping) that add, move, replace or remove pictorial elements. Techniques (such as HDR, Focus Stacking, Dodging/Burning) that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or altering content of the original scene are permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural.
CAPA considers Photojournalism to be an image of people affected by an event or situation. The situation must not be staged or re-enacted. Only basic post-processing such as cropping, tone and colour adjustment is allowed. No selective adjustments like dodging/burning, digital gradient filters or vignettes. Techniques such as HDR, focus stacking, stitching, composites, filters, infra-red are not allowed.
October 8 is the upload deadline for submitting images for the October 15 CAPA competitions.
Looking forward to seeing your images!