Competition Rules

1. An entry shall consist of 1-3 images in each category ie: B&W, Color Print, Projected Digital and /or Non-Traditional.  The 2 highest scores shall count toward your accumulated points.
2. All images must have originated as original photographs taken by the maker.
       The following are NOT allowed:
        a. photographs of other photographs, videos or art work (unless that of the maker)
        b. stock photos
        c. graphics produced entirely by the use of graphic programs ie: Painter
  No image, or part of an image, that has received a score of 7 or higher in this club or any other camera club may be resubmitted in any form. This includes resubmitting it in another format ie: digital converted to print, or after applying various manipulations, filters etc.
3. All entries must have a unique title or description on them, Untitled is NOT a title.
4. All prints must be mounted on rigid board no larger than 16x20.  (This rule does not apply to Non-Traditonal entries).  Loose mats or prints, or the presence of tape or objects which can damage another print will disqualify a print.
5. Black & White prints may be toned (over-all use of a single tone such as sepia) or may be hand colored using a single color.
6. All entries must be submitted with complete and accurate paper work, correctly filled out entry cards and labels.
7. Make ups:
    a. every member is allowed 1 make-up per season.  Permission of the President or Vise-President is required for more than 1 make-up.
    b. No more than 1 make-up per night per category is permitted.
    c. a make-up consists of 2 or 3 entries per category.  No partial make-ups are permitted.
    d. No make-ups are permitted on a theme competition night.
    e. All make-ups must be marked with a MU on the print, and entry card, along with the month the make-up is for.  Entry e-mail for Digital must indicate which titles are make-ups and which month the make-up is for.
8.  Theme Competition
    a. There will be 2 assigned theme competitions during the year.
    b. A member must submit at least one photograph of the assigned theme in each group they enter, which shall be counted      toward their accumulated points. 
    c. A member who submits a make-up for a theme competition month must submit at least one photograph of the assigned theme which will be counted toward their accumulated points but will not be eligible for theme awards.
    d. All theme entries must be marked THEME or TH on slide or print.  For Digital entries the entry e-mail must indicate which titles are to be entered for the theme.
    e. A separate THEME entry card shall be made out for theme print entries.
9.  NON-Traditional
     a.  Photos which involve the merging of two or more photographic mediums or photographic and non-photographic mediums can be entered in the Non-Traditional category.
10. Competition Behavior
     a.  Members shall refrain from making comments or talking during the competition.
      b. No comments by members shall be offered regarding the work in competition unless requested by the judge, and then only after a score has been given.
      c.  Questions re: conduct of the competition shall be answered by the competition chair.

    Getting Ready For Digital Competition

A.  Open your photo in your editing program and save as uncompressed TIFF or PSD document.

          1.Many cameras use jpeg as default - it is a compressed format and looses quality every time it is re-saved.

           2. If shooting in raw, convert to PSD or TIFF uncompressed

B.   Perform necessary editing - my preferred workflow is:

           1.Do a loose crop - many editing changes can be influenced by areas that will not be in the final image.

           2.Make global changes - exposure, color balance, contrast etc

           3.Make changes to selected areas

               a. Use Clone and Healing tools to remove unwanted elements - dust spots, etc. ( You may not remove anything but dust spots if entering PSA Nature)

               b. Use Dodge, Burn and Sponge to darken, lighted or add saturation to specific areas

            4.Make any other changes - add elements, filters, gradients etc.  as desired (NOT allowed in PSA NATURE)

             5.Make finalcrop - if required

             6.Save your file with MASTER in the file name wen editing is completed (Saving as a master allows you to go back and make changes, resize for different purposes etc. without degrading the image.  The file may be saved with working in the file name if all editing is not completed during the session.

C. Resize your image

             1. Go to Image>Size - (Image>Resize>Image Size in Elements)

                   Make sure Scale Styles, Constrain Proportions and Resample image boxes are checked.

                  a. Choose Bicubic or Bicubic Smoother as method

               2.  In the Pixel Dimensions set the largest dimension to 750pixels - the other dimension will change automatically to maintain original proportions.

               3.DO NOT change the resolution.  Resolution is only applicable for printing.  Changing it After you have entered the pixel dimension will change the pixel dimensions.


D. Flatten and Convert your image to 8 bit mode if necessary (this will only be necessary if you used layers or shot in raw (16 but).

   1. Go to Layers>flatten image

   2. Go to image>mode.8bits

E.  Convert Your image to sRGB if necessary

   1. Digital cameras shoot in sRGB as default.  Many professionals set their cameras and work flow to Adobe RGB because this is a larger color space.  The color space for a digital projector is sRGB, so to make sure the image on your monitor matches the image projected by the digital projector, you must make sure the image in in the sRGB color profile.

   2.  If your imageis ot in sRGB go to Edit>Convert to profile and choose sRGB from destination space drop down menu (n Elements go to Image>Convert Color Profile>Convert to sRGB

         a. Keep conversion option engine as adobe (ace) 

         b. For intent you may use relative colormetric or perceptual

         c. Black point compensation should be checked

F.Shapen your image

     1.All digital images will loose some sharpness during the analog to digital conversion and will require a little sharpening  to restore  the sharpness that was lost.

      2. Sharpening is affected by image size and should only be performed on an image after resizing for final output.

      3.Set your view to 100% before sharpening

      4.Go to Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask (in Elements - Enhance>Unsharp Mask) or use smart sharpen.

       5.Save your image using Save As and adding sharp to name so you remember that the image has beenresized and sharpened (sharpening more than once will quickly deteriorate the image)

   G. Final Save for PFLI

        1. Go to Save as and choose a place to save - I suggest a new folder named SSCC Competition + date

      ie: SSCC March 09 Competition (you can then send the entire folder to the digital coordinator)

         2.Change TITLE to fit PFLI Guidelines.

         3.Make sure to change the format to jpg

         4.Check imbedded color

         5.Click Save

         6.In the Jpeg options set quality at maximum (large or 12) and format otions to baseline standard

          7.Click OK

      H. Send your folder containing the files as an  attached file or folder in a single e-mail to the designated coordinator -

          1.For our competition send to Pat

           2.Make sure to put SSCC in the subject line of your e-mail- I receive many e-mails and sort on subject/SSCC to make sure I don't miss any entry

           3.When sending, make sure you check send original/full size in your e-mail  servers will resize images to allow faster uploads - but this will result in a smaller image on the screen.

            4.All entries must be received by midnight on the Sunday preceding the competition

             5. I will send you a confirmation after I do the final competition run-thru.  If you do not hear from me by Monday evening preceding the competition please email me.

DO NOT FORWARD files to me - they may become truncated or damages with some email programs.  send as attachment. 

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