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OPEN - CREATIVE - NATURE - MONOCHROME - PORTRAIT - SCAPES

General Rules & Requirements

9th AUSTRALIAN DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS-2017 APS APPROVAL NUMBER  2017/12

  • Entries will be accepted from residents of the Commonwealth of Australia and its Territories and from APS member's resident overseas.
  • Unless otherwise specified, permission to reproduce entries in the catalogue for publicity and distribution purposes will be assumed but the author retains the copyright to their images.
  • Each entrant will receive a report and details of acceptance or awards. The report and catalogue as forwarded will be available on the website in PDF format  and the report details will be forwarded to the email address supplied on the entry form.
  • A maximum of FOUR IMAGES may be submitted in each section No Image shall be entered in more than one section of the exhibition.
  • An image accepted in any previous APS National Exhibition may not be entered into this exhibition.
    We want to see your new images.
  • All images must have been taken by the Entrant.
  • Images must have a photographic origin and entrants must hold the copyright for the images.
  • Entries and entrant details can only be accepted electronically via the entry form on the website.
  • Entries submitted by email or CD's cannot be accepted.
  • The organising committee reserve the right to call for the original digital image file if any doubt arises to the authenticity of any submitted photograph. Failure to acknowledge the committees request or submit the image may result in the disqualification of that entry.


Entrance Fee

  • Entry is free to current FIN members of the Australian Photographic Society.
  • For non members of APS an entry fee of $20 applies, payable direct to the APS office.

Exhibition Contacts

Exhibition Director
Pia Jessen EFIAP/s GMAPS pia@piajessen.com

Digital Division Chairman / Exhibition Upload Systems
Dennis Nolan >>Email Dennis

 

 

 Section

Judging Panel

 Open Anne Russell AFIAP
 LRPS
Dan Demy-Geroe AFIAP FAPS

Noel Clark EFIAP FAPS
 Nature Gary Cranitch Professional Photographer

Margaret O’Grady EFIAP/b GMAPS  

Steve Axford Nature Photographer
 Creative Adrian Donoghue Creative Urban Landscape Photographer

Jacqueline Hammer EFIAP/g
 GMAPS
Steve Scallone Professional Photographer/Producer
 Portrait Steve Wise Master Photographer AIPP 

Tony Scott Expert Photographer

Wendy Geddes EFIAP FAPS
 Monochrome    Dianne Osborne AFIAP 
 AAPS
Vicki Moritz EFIAP/b
 MAPS
Yvonne Hill EFIAP/b FAPS
 Scapes Jannick Clausen Master Photographer AIPP

Joseph Tam EFIAP/g APSEM
 GMPSA
Mel Sinclair Associate AIPP, Creative Landscape Photographer
 Open for Entry   14th January, 2017
 Entries Close   26th February, 2017
 Judging completed by   26th March, 2017
 Reports emailed by   10th April, 2017

Definitions

A photograph is a visible image originating from the action of light or other forms of radiant energy upon a photosensitive medium or device.

Open  -  Any subject that is treated pictorially, embodying the elements of good design, arrangement or composition, which reflects the personal interpretation of the photographer.

Creative  -  (Altered Reality) Creative covers photographs that display a novel effect because of an unusual combination of objects and /or viewpoint. They are images that have been modified during or after exposure. The image must have a photographic base with the original work being exposed by the entrant.

Scapes

Landscape
A landscape is a picture of natural inland scenery. It may include houses, other evidence of man, people,
animals and even part of the sea provided that none of these dominate the picture.
Seascape
A seascape is a photograph of natural costal scenery, a wave study or a picture of the open sea. People, boats and items related to these
may be present as incidental items in the picture.
Urban/City/Other
The choice of subject matter can vary to offer a variety of "scapes", it will be up to the maker to ensure that the end result is
apparent to the viewer - i.e. the impact of the image will come from the subject matter chosen. A "cityscape" or "urban landscape"
subject will be identifiable to the viewer.

Generally a scape could be defined as a 'vista' or a 'broad view' of the subject. There are all sorts of scapes available
which is only limited by the authors imagination!

Portrait (Human)  -  A photograph of a person or persons that may range from a head study to a full body length.  This section includes candid photographs and formal portraits.
Must be a live human being (manikins, statues, ornaments will not be accepted).

Monochrome  -  Any photograph containing shades of only one colour. If toning is carried out, it must be over the total photograph - partial toning and/or the addition of one extra colour is not acceptable as a monochrome section.

Nature  -   Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality.

Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible.
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.

No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct captures or derivations, are not allowed. Images used in Nature Photography exhibitions may be divided in two classes:

Nature and Wildlife - Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.

Wildlife - Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species. Wildlife images may be entered in Nature sections of Exhibition'

 

FIAP/PSA/RPS/APS. NATURE DEFINITION CHECKLIST

The new Nature definition will be used from 1st January, 2015, and some exhibitions/competitions will have both a Nature and a Wildlife section. While it is permissible to enter Wildlife images in the Nature section, there are additional requirements for images entered in the Wildlife section. When deciding whether or not a particular image meets the requirements of the Nature and/or Wildlife definitions you need to consider the following factors.

 

GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER

 

ALLOWED

NOT ALLOWED

NATURE

Anything to do with natural history (the study and description of organisms and natural objects), except anthropology or archaeology.
Subject matter must be identifiable.

 

Anything that is classified as anthropology (the study of humans) or archaeology (the study of historic or prehistoric peoples and their cultures)

WILDLIFE

Same as Nature.

Same as Nature.

 

 

SPECIFIC SUBJECT MATTER

 

ALLOWED

NOT ALLOWED

NATURE

All extant (not extinct) organisms (plants, animals, etc); landscapes, geological formations, and weather phenomena.

Human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, mounted specimens of plants and animals.

WILDLIFE

Animals, birds, insects that are free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted environment. Carcasses of extant species.

Landscapes and geological formations. Animals, birds, insects, etc that are in captivity or under controlled conditions. Botanical species under controlled conditions (such as plants growing in a hothouse).

 

 

 

HUMAN ELEMENTS

 

ALLOWED

NOT ALLOWED

NATURE

Human elements that are an integral part of the nature story (such as birds nesting on a man-made structure).
Scientific bands, tags or collars.

 

Human elements (such as buildings) that are not part of the nature story being told by the image.

WILDLIFE

Same as Nature.

Same as Nature.

 

 

IMAGE ALTERATIONS

 

ALLOWED

NOT ALLOWED

NATURE

Cropping.  HDR techniques. Focus stacking. Removal of dust spots, digital noise or scratches on film.
Subject must be presented honestly.

 

Anything (such as cloning) that alters the content of the original scene by adding, moving or removing image elements. Stitching together multiple images (e.g. to create a panorama)

WILDLIFE

Same as Nature.

Same as Nature.

 

 

IMAGE ADJUSTMENTS

 

ALLOWED

NOT ALLOWED

NATURE

Techniques (such as contrast adjustment) that enhance the image without changing the nature story, or altering the pictorial content of the original scene.
Grey-scale monochrome images.

Adjustments that change the nature story, such as turning a daylight scene into a night scene.

Toned monochrome images.
Infrared images.

 

WILDLIFE

Same as Nature.

Same as Nature.

 

NOTES:

  1. Images are expected to be of high technical quality.
  2. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality

Awards

  • Presented to the Gold, Silver and Bronze placing in each section (Herbert Medallion).
  • APS Silver plaque for the most successful exhibitor.
  • At the discretion of the judges acceptances in each section that have not received a placing, may be awarded a Merit or a Highly Commended.
  • VIRTUAL JUDGING will be used with judges in different locations within Australia.
  • Acceptances gained in this exhibition may be applied towards APS honours.

Image Information

The filename must not have more than 48 characters including spaces and the .jpg extension. Do not include any other information in the filename or on the image.

  • Image Sizing
    If the image is Landscape orientation, the width should be exactly 1920px wide (and let height take care of itself – as long as it doesn’t exceed 1200px high)
    If the image is Portrait orientation, the height should be exactly 1200px high (and let width take care of itself – as long as it doesn’t exceed 1920px wide)
    If the image is Square format, then the size should be exactly 1200px by 1200px

Each Image file should in the sRGB, JPEG format and a maximum of 2MB in file size.

  • IMAGES LARGER 2MB IN FILE SIZE WILL BE REJECTED BY THE UPLOAD SYSTEM.
  • ORGANISERS WILL NOT ALTER, RESIZE OR ROTATE IMAGES.
  • For judging purposes images will be displayed exactly as submitted and as such the image should be uploaded in the correct orientation. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure uploaded images and accompanying data are correct. Images and their accompanying entry details which do not meet the entry criteria may be rejected for judging.