December 29th ---No Contest - Christmas get together, party etc. ??? 2017 assignments: January 26th ---City Skylines February 23rd---Black and White March 30th ---Eyes April 27th----Through a Window May 25th-----Delicate June 29th-----Copulas (on houses or businesses - find some really cool ones July 27th-----Street Shots August ------NO CONTEST September 28th --Wheels October 26th -Have a Seat (benches along side the road, bus seat, theatre, dinner table, train or flight seats, a dog sitting on his haunches or a bird sitting on a branch, use your imagination and show the idea of have a seat) November 30th-Out in the Country December - NO CONTEST 2018 January ----By Candle Light February ---Black and White March ----Inclement Weather (rain, fog, snow etc.)
MCC Monthly Contest Rules
1. A club photo contest will be held each month. 2. Contestants must be members in good standing to either enter or judge. 3. Divisions are "Assignment", "Open Division" and "Photo Art Division"-all print divisions. 4. Suggestions for assigiments shall be given in September, voted on in October and presented in November. Assignment images may not be taken until after the release of the list in November. Open and Photo Art division s may be taken anytime. 5. Print sizes: prints must be 8x10 minimum and no more than 16x20 inches maximum -Matts must be a minimum 11x14 and no more than 16x20 inches 6. All entries must be matted or mounted on mounting board. 7. Prints can be either digital or traditional chemically produced, can be either color or black and white and must be contestants own photos. 8. Entries may not be obscene. The club has the right to reject any entry and the decision of the President/ and or board is final. 9. Each contestant may enter up to three prints each month. Both in same division or split between divisions. Note: Temporarily we are allowing 3 prints per contestant . 10. All entries must have a title on a club entry label placed on the back top center of the entry. No titles are to be on the front of any print except in the photo art division. No names are to be on the club entry label until after the judging. 11. No first place winning prints may be entered a second time in any MCC monthly contest. 12 Members may not vote for their own entries or any prints they have assisted in preparing. 13. Assignment prints may be brought in by another person for judging but all other divisions the maker must be present for the judging.
Editing Rules for the Different Divisions All divisions: All entries must be taken and enhanced by the photographer. Photos may be printed by an outside lab providing that lab makes no other corrections to the print beyond what the photographer has done. Assignment Division: The purpose of these rules are to provide an even playing field for all entries so an advanced photographer does not have an advantage over a beginning one. It is also a test of your ability with the camera and not an editing program. 1. You may flip a photo such as reversing a slide. 2. You may straighten the photo and correct keystoning. 3. You may reduce noise, dodge and burn, correct exposure, color balance, white balance, saturation and sharpening. 4. HDR images are allowed as long as is not over the edge such as what are sometimes referred to as "Grunge" photos. 5. YOU MAY NOT add elements to your photo or remove any major elements other than by cropping. Open Division: All the above rules apply to this division except you may now remove elements such as beer cans , cigarette butts and power/ phone lines, etc. and replace bland skies with a different sky. NOTE: You should help the enviroment by cleaning up the garbage before you take the photo instead of doing it in Photoshop. Photo Art Division: There are only a couple of rules here. You may composite photos, run speciality filters, paint or any- thing else as long as it is your own work. We ask if possible for you to include a small photo(s) of your work so as to make easier for the judges to understand and judge what you have done.
Suggestions For Judging Catagories
ARTISTIC: is the "Wow Value" of a photo-the creative extra that makes a photo stand out from the ordinary photo and makes people take a second or third look. TECHNICAL: is the sharpness of focus, good exposure, etc., presentation such as neatness of matting and mounting. COMPOSITION: refers to how the subject and other objects and areas are arranged in the frame-such as the rule of thirds, filling the frame with the subject when appropriate-the use of color, saturation, light and dark areas, leading lines, avoiding such things as mergers. All compositional techniques should help emphasize the subject.
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