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2016 Oct. 19: Competition *scapes

Our next competition will be this Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Due to holiday school closing, we will have all three contests (e.g., digital, color prints, and monochrome prints) tonight. You may enter three each.

The theme this month is *Scapes (e.g., landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes).

Photographs of land, water, groups of buildings, clouds or a combination of these. The image should not be a close up. An image of a single tree or flower is not a landscape but a photograph of a forest or field of flowers is. A landscape photograph may include people, man-made objects, and wildlife but these should complement the scene and not be the primary subject of the photograph. Also includes cityscapes and seascapes. Click here for examples of LandscapesCityscapes, and Seascapes.

Competition rules, which include how to prepare your print entries are also posted on our website http://arundelcameraclub.org/rules-summary/

  • Mono and Color Prints– Prints must be matted. The print and mat assembly may not exceed 20”in size on the longest edge. The contestant’s name, picture title, category, class, and contest date (month/year) must appear on the back of each print.  PLEASE include an arrow on the back of the image to reflect orientation.
  • Digital
    • Email your digital entries in by Tuesday, at noon. Remember that the email address to send your digital entries to is contests@arundelcameraclub.org.
    • Send your images as email attachments. Mac users need to put their images in a zip file and attach the zip file to the email.
    • Resize your images to 1024 pixels on the long side (1024 x ??? or ??? x 1024).
    • Files should be named according to the following convention:
      • A class identifier, ‘n’ for novice or ‘u’ for unlimited, should prepend the file name and be followed by an underscore.
      • The image name should appear next. For multi-word titles, it is helpful to either capitalize the first letter of each word or separate each word with an underscore. Although most mechanisms of uploading/transferring/emailing files handle spaces in titles, this is not universal. If you have problems sending files with space-separated titles, try the methods mentioned above instead.
      • An underscore and the owner’s first and last initials should follow the title.
      • Finally, make sure the file extension (.jpg) exists.
      • Examples: Here are file name samples using the above convention:
        • jpg
        • jpg
        • jpg
        • n_some have trouble with this_cb.jpg
      • We will send you an email to confirm we have received your images and that they are named and sized appropriately. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact the contest chairman at contests@arundelcameraclub.org.
    • If all else fails, you may bring your images to the meeting on a USB drive, but we may not be able to put them into the contest.

Good luck.

 

2016 Sep. 21: Digital Contest – Open

All,

Our next competition will be this Wednesday, September 21, 2016 .

  • Only dues paying members may participate in contests, so bring your checkbook.
  • We will have our Digital competition.
  • You may enter three digital images.
  • The theme this month is OPEN, so anything goes.
  • Competition rules, which include how to prepare your digital entries; are posted on our website http://arundelcameraclub.org/rules-summary/
  • Email your digital entries in by Tuesday, at noon. Remember that the email address to send your digital entries to is contests@arundelcameraclub.org.
  • Send your images as email attachments. Mac users need to put their images in a zip file and attach the zip file to the email.
  • Resize your images to 1024 pixels on the long side (1024 x ??? or ??? x 1024).
  • Files should be named according to the following convention:
    • A class identifier, ‘n’ for novice or ‘u’ for unlimited, should prepend the file name and be followed by an underscore.
    • The image name should appear next. For multi-word titles, it is helpful to either capitalize the first letter of each word or separate each word with an underscore. Although most mechanisms of uploading/transferring/emailing files handle spaces in titles, this is not universal. If you have problems sending files with space-separated titles, try the methods mentioned above instead.
    • An underscore and the owner’s first and last initials should follow the title.
    • Finally, make sure the file extension (.jpg) exists.
    • Examples: Here are file name samples using the above convention:
      • u_BridgeOnTheRiverKwai_cb.jpg
      • u_bridge_on_the_river_kwai_cb.jpg
      • n_thistitleisveryhardtoread_cb.jpg
      • n_some have trouble with this_cb.jpg
    • We will send you an email to confirm we have received your images and that they are named and sized appropriately. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact the contest chairman at contests@arundelcameraclub.org.
    • If all else fails, you may bring your images to the meeting on a USB drive, but we may not be able to put them into the contest.

 

See you Wednesday night.

Mike Thomas

Enter the 2016 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards Program | Center for Railroad Photography & Art

In a sharp break with the past, the next John E. Gruber Creative Photography Award is being split into two categories:

  1. Exceptional images from mobile device cameras
  2. Most evocative images by living photographers

The deadline is October 31, 2016, for entries in both categories. Awards will be announced in December 2016.

Source: Enter the 2016 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards Program | Center for Railroad Photography & Art

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Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest

The 13th Annual Maryland Department of Natural Resources Photo Contest runs now through Aug. 31, 2016. Winners will be featured in the department’s 2017 wall calendar and published in the winter 2017 edition of the magazine. Enter now—online or by mail—for your chance to win cash, state parks passports and other terrific prizes!

Winners will be notified in September before the announcement is made on our website, newsroom and social media outlets.

Categories

Photographers may enter photos featuring birds, insects, flora, outdoor recreation, nature in action, scenic landscapes, and/or wildlife. New this year, judges will select first, second and third place winners by season. (See Prizes section for more details.)

There will also be one “Fan Favorite” selected by popular vote on Facebook. The photo with the most “likes” will also be printed in the calendar and magazine.We remind all participants to be careful of their surroundings and always put safety first!

Entries must be postmarked by August 31, 2016.

Source: Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest

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2016 May 14: End of Year Competition

Any photograph which has won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th place in a monthly contest is eligible to be entered in the year-end judging of that program year in the class in which it was originally entered, regardless of the contestant’s current class standing. It shall be the responsibility of the maker to return any eligible photograph to the Contest Chairman by the date designated for the year-end judging.

The year-end competitions will be held off site on May 14th and general attendance by club members will not be allowed. Typically three judges will be used to judge the year-end competition. Voting shall be done electronically using the club voting box.

No reprints will be allowed in the year-end contest. Thus, the maker should take precautions to ensure the preservation of the original photograph if he/she wishes to enter the picture in exhibitions or competitions outside the club and fears the original may be damaged in the process.

Based on the final year-end judging, awards will be presented as follows:

ALL CLASSES (color and monochrome prints and digital imagery): 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th in each class.

From among all of the 1st place winners of the year-end judging a single Photograph of the Year shall be chosen.

The member accruing the highest total points in a category (monochrome, color, digital) shall receive the following Photographer of the Year Awards:

  • Monochrome The Margaret H. Bevan Award
  • Color The John R Boykin Award
  • Digital The Howard L. Penn Award
  • Novice of the Year The Frederick R. Kelley Award

The end of year competition awards will be awarded at the yearly club banquet in May 25th.

2016 May 4: Club Events Contest

In May we will have our Club Events Contest. You may submit one color print, one monochrome print, and one digital image from each club event you attended during the club year. You may reenter images that have been entered and won during normal competitions.

  • This year’s club events include:
  • Last Year’s Banquet
  • Barnstormers Tour
  • Summer Picnic
  • The Club Christmas Party
  • Annapolis Photo Walk
  • Table Top Nights
  • Field Trip: Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Show
  • Field Trip: Lanaconing Silk Mill
  • Field Trip: Maryland Renaissance Festival
  • Field Trip: Baltimore Museum of Industry
  • Field Trip: Smithsonian Insect Zoo
  • Field Trip: Longwood Gardens
  • Field Trip: B&O Railroad Museum
  • Field Trip: Fire Museum of Maryland
  • Studio Portrait Outing

We also allow a number of local events to count for the club events contests including:

  • Fourth of July fireworks shot anywhere in the local MD/D.C. area
  • Maryland Renaissance Festival

The best in show wins a free club membership.

2016 Apr. 27: Color/Monochrome Prints Contests – Geometric Shapes

Our next competition will be this Wednesday, April 17, 2016.

  • We will have our Monochrome and Color Print competitions.
  • The theme this month is Geometric Shapes – The geometric shape/pattern can be made of anything. Lines, circles, squares, triangles, etc. Abstract works are not allowed, the geometric shape must be something present in the real world, something that we’ve seen and shot. It must be a characterizing element of the picture, but doesn’t need to be the only subject of it.The trick is in learning to find objects with appealing shapes and to capture them in an equally appealing way. Organic shapes occur frequently in nature (hence the name). They include curves, such as those you might see in the petal of a flower, and irregular shapes such as those you might see on a rock face. Geometric shapes, on the other hand, are straight and symmetrical. As you might have guessed, geometric shapes are found more often in the man-made world than in nature–they include things like buildings, roads and bridges.Click here for examples of Geometric Shapes.
  • Competition rules, which include how to prepare your prints and digital images are posted on our website http://arundelcameraclub.org/rules-summary/
  • Color and Monochrome Prints
    • You may enter three prints in each the Color and Monochrome contests.
    • Prints must be mounted on material such as a standard print mounting board.
    • The mat may be of any color desired by the contestant.
      • Tip: Most judges prefer white mats which look good in our light box which is painted black.
    • The mat may not exceed a size of 20″ in its longest dimension.
      • For instance 16″x20″ prints.
      • The actual inner dimensions/print size can be anything up to 16″x20″
        • Tip: You don’t have to print/mat large images and mats can be smaller 20″.
    • The back of the mounting board must be labeled with the print title, photographer’s name, contest date (month/year), theme, class (Unlimited or Novice), and color or mono.
    • The back should also have an arrow pointing to the top so the contests chairman know the proper orientation for your image.
      • Tip: You can write this information on the back of the print.
      • Tip: You can also use a label program like Avery Design Pro.
        • If you use removable labels, it makes it easier to reuse.
          • Sample LayoutExample2
          • ExampleExample1

2016 Apr. 13: Digital Contest – Geometric Shapes

Our next competition will be this Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

  • We will have our Digital competitions.
  • The theme this month is Geometric Shapes – The geometric shape/pattern can be made of anything. Lines, circles, squares, triangles, etc. Abstract works are not allowed, the geometric shape must be something present in the real world, something that we’ve seen and shot. It must be a characterizing element of the picture, but doesn’t need to be the only subject of it.The trick is in learning to find objects with appealing shapes and to capture them in an equally appealing way. Organic shapes occur frequently in nature (hence the name). They include curves, such as those you might see in the petal of a flower, and irregular shapes such as those you might see on a rock face. Geometric shapes, on the other hand, are straight and symmetrical. As you might have guessed, geometric shapes are found more often in the man-made world than in nature–they include things like buildings, roads and bridges.Click here for examples of Geometric Shapes.
  • Competition rules, which include how to prepare your prints and digital images are posted on our website http://arundelcameraclub.org/rules-summary/
  • Digital Images
    • You may enter three digital images.
    • Email your digital entries in by Tuesday, at noon. Remember that the email address to send your digital entries to is contests@arundelcameraclub.org.
    • Send your images as email attachments. Mac users need to put their images in a zip file and attach the zip file to the email.
    • Resize your images to 1024 pixels on the long side (1024 x ??? or ??? x 1024).
    • Files should be named according to the following convention:
      • A class identifier, ‘n’ for novice or ‘u’ for unlimited, should prepend the file name and be followed by an underscore.
      • The image name should appear next. For multi-word titles, it is helpful to either capitalize the first letter of each word or separate each word with an underscore. Although most mechanisms of uploading/transferring/emailing files handle spaces in titles, this is not universal. If you have problems sending files with space-separated titles, try the methods mentioned above instead.
      • An underscore and the owner’s first and last initials should follow the title.
      • Finally, make sure the file extension (.jpg) exists.
      • Examples: Here are file name samples using the above convention:
        • u_BridgeOnTheRiverKwai_cb.jpg
        • u_bridge_on_the_river_kwai_cb.jpg
        • n_thistitleisveryhardtoread_cb.jpg
        • n_some have trouble with this_cb.jpg
      • We will send you an email to confirm we have received your images and that they are named and sized appropriately. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact the contest chairman at contests@arundelcameraclub.org.
      • If all else fails, you may bring your images to the meeting on a USB drive, but we may not be able to put them into the contest.

2016 Feb. 10: Digital Contest – Macro

Our next competition will be this Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

  • We will have our Digital competitions.
  • The theme this month is Macro and Close-Up – The photograph should be taken from a position very near the subject. Generally this means that the lens should be focused at or near its closest focusing position. The use of screw on close up filters, extension tubes and macro lenses is permitted. Click here for examples of Macro.
  • Competition rules, which include how to prepare your prints and digital images are posted on our website http://arundelcameraclub.org/rules-summary/
  • Digital Images
    • You may enter three digital images.
    • Email your digital entries in by Tuesday, at noon. Remember that the email address to send your digital entries to is contests@arundelcameraclub.org.
    • Send your images as email attachments. Mac users need to put their images in a zip file and attach the zip file to the email.
    • Resize your images to 1024 pixels on the long side (1024 x ??? or ??? x 1024).
    • Files should be named according to the following convention:
      • A class identifier, ‘n’ for novice or ‘u’ for unlimited, should prepend the file name and be followed by an underscore.
      • The image name should appear next. For multi-word titles, it is helpful to either capitalize the first letter of each word or separate each word with an underscore. Although most mechanisms of uploading/transferring/emailing files handle spaces in titles, this is not universal. If you have problems sending files with space-separated titles, try the methods mentioned above instead.
      • An underscore and the owner’s first and last initials should follow the title.
      • Finally, make sure the file extension (.jpg) exists.
      • Examples: Here are file name samples using the above convention:
        • u_BridgeOnTheRiverKwai_cb.jpg
        • u_bridge_on_the_river_kwai_cb.jpg
        • n_thistitleisveryhardtoread_cb.jpg
        • n_some have trouble with this_cb.jpg
      • We will send you an email to confirm we have received your images and that they are named and sized appropriately. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact the contest chairman at contests@arundelcameraclub.org.
      • If all else fails, you may bring your images to the meeting on a USB drive, but we may not be able to put them into the contest.

2016 Jan. 27: Color/Monochrome Contests – Open

Assuming school is open, our next competition will be this Wednesday, January 27, 2016.

Remember that when school is closed, we do not meet. You can check the Anne Arundel County Public School website for closings.

  • We will have our Color and Monochrome Print competitions.
  • The theme this month is Open so anything goes.
  • Competition rules, which include how to prepare your prints are posted on our website http://arundelcameraclub.org/rules-summary/
  • Color and Monochrome Prints
    • You may enter three prints in each the Color and Monochrome contests.
    • Prints must be mounted on material such as a standard print mounting board.
    • The mat may be of any color desired by the contestant.
      • Tip: Most judges prefer white mats which look good in our light box which is painted black.
    • The mat may not exceed a size of 20″ in its longest dimension.
      • For instance 16″x20″ prints.
      • The actual inner dimensions/print size can be anything up to 16″x20″
        • Tip: You don’t have to print/mat large images and mats can be smaller 20″.
    • The back of the mounting board must be labeled with the print title, photographer’s name, contest date (month/year), theme, class (Unlimited or Novice), and color or mono.
    • The back should also have an arrow pointing to the top so the contests chairman know the proper orientation for your image.
      • Tip: You can write this information on the back of the print.
      • Tip: You can also use a label program like Avery Design Pro.
        • If you use removable labels, it makes it easier to reuse.
          • Sample LayoutExample2
          • ExampleExample1