Definition Changes for S4C Competitions


GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:

Old Definition: The original image must be made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally. All images must be original and may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else.

New definition: The original image must be made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally. With the exception noted below, all images must be original and may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else.

Exception: commercially produced textures that do not display reality-based elements (either originally or through modification) are permitted in Pictorial Division sections.

Add explicitly to Pictorial Interclub, Individual, and Arranged that Creative images are allowed.

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CREATIVE:

Old Definition:  Pictorial Creative is defined as altered reality that is apparent to the viewer. Pictorial Creative images are judged both for their technical and pictorial merit. The image should have strong composition, pleasing quality, and color, texture, pattern, and/or tone impact. The appropriateness of the technique selected to create altered reality is considered in judging. The content is unrestricted.

New Definition: Pictorial Creative is defined as altered reality that is apparent to the viewer. Pictorial Creative images are judged for their creative, technical, and pictorial merit.

Good creative images surprise the viewer with their originality of expression, their uniqueness, and their imaginative content.

As Pictorial images, they should have strong composition, pleasing quality, and color, texture, pattern, and/or tone impact. The appropriateness of the techniques selected to create altered reality is considered in judging. The content is unrestricted.

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PICTORIAL ARRANGED COLOR/MONO

Old Definition:  A Color Image is eligible for the Pictorial Arranged Color section if the elements of the image are to a considerable extent controlled by the maker or another person(s) present for the purpose, whether or not the image is acquired indoors – such as in a formal studio setting – or outdoors in a natural or artificial environment. Such elements include but are not limited to: the lighting*, including the use of reflectors and diffusers; the arrangement of people, animals, or objects; props; backgrounds; makeup; or apparel. For example, posed portraits and arranged still lifes – whether taken indoors or outdoors – fall within this definition. The content is otherwise unrestricted. * The use of fill-flash alone is not considered arranged lighting.

New Definition:   A Color Image is eligible for the Pictorial Arranged Color section if multiple elements of the captured image are to a considerable extent controlled by the maker or another person(s) present for the purpose.

This applies whether or not the image is acquired indoors – such as in a formal studio setting – or outdoors in a natural or artificial environment. The arranged elements include but are not limited to: the lighting*; the arrangement of people, animals, or objects; props; backgrounds; makeup; or apparel. They do not include any elements introduced in the post-processing of the captured image.

The use of fill-flash alone is not considered arranged lighting. For example, posed portraits and arranged still lifes – whether taken indoors or outdoors – fall within this definition; however, flora shot in natural settings with just the use of diffusers or reflectors are not considered to be arranged images. The content is otherwise unrestricted.

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NATURE GENERAL/WILDLIFE

Old Definition:   Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves.

Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.

New Definition: Human elements shall not be present, except ……where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves and those forces are acting directly on the human element and have clearly affected that element.

Photographs of human created hybrid plants (1), domestic animals (2), feral animals (2), or mounted specimens are ineligible.

Photographs of all flowers and plant blossoms, hybrid or not, in any stage of development are ineligible – unless they are acting as an adopted habitat for eligible living organisms that are the main focus of the image

Any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement is not allowed.

Footnotes:

  1. Fungi, such as mushrooms, are not plants or animals and are therefore allowed.
  2. See link below for list of domestic animals (only the first list is applicable). Feral animals are domestic animals gone into the wild or animals in the wild descended from domestic animals.
  3. Such as a bee in the wild pollinating in a flower, its adopted habitat for the purpose.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_domesticated_animals

http://www.pcms-photo.org/defs/nature_clarifications.html

 

 

 

 

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