S4C Report - September 2013


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Well, S4C is getting ready to start back up with their first competition opening Sept 14 and closing Oct 5 with the judging being held on Oct 12th remotely. LPA did real good last year and I’d like to see us start the 2013-2014 year with a lot of fresh, new images to be considered for Interclub competitions. For S4C Interclub and to participate as an Individual, you MUST have a UEN to enter. If you do not have one, please go to the S4C website and request yours today (just takes about 5 min)!. If everyone who entered in the fair would send me 2 or 3 images, I would have a nice pool of images to last a few months to choose from. When sending an image, please send me your UEN. If you have any questions about S4C or wish to send me images, please email me at bonniejmatthews@hotmail.com.

2013 Competition Definition Changes

Some of the definitions used for competitions have changed or been clarified. S4C essentially follows definitions used by the Photographic Society of America (PSA) for its exhibitions, and updates its definitions as PSA's definitions are modified. S4C, however, restricts or clarifies these definitions where necessary to avoid confusion.. Entrants to S4C competitions are advised to read the definitions and other entry requirements carefully to ensure that entered images are in conformance and are not DQ’d (disqualified).

The main changes to the definitions for 2014 are:

  • A new section has been added to the Pictorial Division: Pictorial Studio. Click here for the definition. Images eligible for entry into Pictorial Studio may NOT be entered into Pictorial Individual Color!

The main changes to the definitions for 2013 were:

  • The statement regarding modification of images that applies to all reality-based divisions (Nature, Photo Travel, and Photojournalism) has been augmented to make clear that derived images such as infra-red are not permitted.
  • A paragraph as been added to Nature Wildlife that clarifies that images eligible for Nature Wildlife are also eligible for Nature General, but also clarifies the kinds of images appropriate for Nature Wildlife.
  • The Photo Travel definition has been significantly modified and now makes it much clearer that the primary elements of an image must be distinctive with respect to features or culture.
  • A note has been added to the definitions of PJ General and PJ Human Interest that judges at S4C will be instructed to interpret the phrase 'images that misrepresent the truth and model or staged set-ups are not permitted' as including any images that appear to be posed.
  • The definition of excluded action in PJ Human Interest has been modified to read 'excluding recreational or organized sports action'.
  • A note has been added to the definitions of Nature General and Nature Wildlife to make it clear that the phrase 'human elements shall not be present' includes any objects made by humans (including part of humans!).

Changes to Competitions for 2013-2014

The S4C Board has approved the following changes to competitions for the 2013-2014 competition year:

Meetings: There will just be two ‘physical’ meetings at California Baptist University in November and April. The remaining competitions (October, December, January, February, and March) will all be digital and will be judged remotely.. The Delegates and Board meetings will be in November and April.

  1. Prints: Due to lack of participation, all Print Division sections have been discontinued.
  2. A new section - Pictorial Studio - has been added to the Pictorial Division. Images eligible for this section may not be entered into Pictorial Individual Color.
  3. Definitions: There are some changes to the competition definitions this year to bring S4C into conformance with PSA’s revised definitions and to clarify some of the definitions.

...Clarification regarding new Section

In an earlier email regarding the introduction of the new Pictorial Section into the range of S4C's competition offerings, I stated that  "    ...images eligible for entry into Pictorial Studio may not be entered into any other Pictorial section."

This is not quite the case. Such images may still be entered into Interclub and – suitably altered so as to become eligible - into Creative.

Of course, monochrome images (as we define monochrome) are not eligible for entry into Pictorial Studio since that section consists only of color images. However, monochrome images otherwise eligible for the Studio section may still be entered into Pictorial Monochrome.

Tentative Saturday Meeting Schedule (2013-2014)

Judging     Entry Opens/Closes

Oct 12         Sept 14 / Oct 5    Remote

Nov 9        Oct 12 / Nov 2     Judging, Delegates Mtg, Board Mtg

Dec 14    Nov 16 / Dec 7    Remote

Jan 11    Dec 14 / Jan 4    Remote

Feb 8        Jan 11 / Feb 1    Remote

Mar 8        Feb 8 / Mar 1        Remote

Apr 12        Mar 15 / Apr 5    Judging, Delegates Mtg, Board Mtg

Jun 7        Banquet Almansor Court

July        Judging 49th International Exhibition Photography


by Bonnie J Matthews-Franke

Bonnie has been taking pictures since she was a little girl, but she didn�t get into digital photography until about four years ago, just before she joined the club.

Matthews finds the club to be very beneficial to her. “The interaction with other members, being able to ask questions, the workshops and the knowledge that I take away from the club is phenomenal.”

She is very active, attending most of the workshops and field trips. She has missed only a few workshops the last few years and has attended about 70% of the field trips. The fall color trip is one she�s really looking forward to.

When asked what kind of photography she prefers, she said landscapes. She just finished a vacation trip to Oregon where she photographed lighthouses, old barns and covered bridges. “I really like old structures,” she said. She now loves portraits and has her own studio.

Matthews has a Canon 5D MKII and a variety of lenses and accessories. Her favorite lens is a 28-135mm ,70-200mm. & 100mm.

Matthews is our new secretary of the club and has made many changes – to help us grow. One improvement she hopes to make, however, is to archive the meeting notes she takes so new members can have access to them online.

“I�m really proud that the club is growing like it is, and that the workshops are so great.

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