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Competition Rules
1. An entry shall consist of 1-3 images in each category i.e.: B&W Print, Color Print, Projected
Digital, Projected Creative, and Projected B&W (?). 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 i.e.: Painter
d. Any additional image elements or any pixels, such as skies or miscellaneous objects
that were not taken by the maker
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
i.e.: digital converted to print, or after applying various manipulations, filters etc.
3. All entries must have a unique title in accordance with SSCC and PFLI regulations, (see
Appendix A below for digital entries).
4. All prints must be mounted on rigid board no larger than 16x20. 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, or edited by an image processing program.
6. All entries must be submitted with completely and accurately, as follows:
a. Projected images must follow the PFLI file naming and file sizing rules as outlined in
Appendix A below and submitted by email to the competition chairman with a CC to
the club president by the assigned deadline.
b. Prints must be submitted with the appropriate PFLI (label and entry sheet). Print labels
must be placed in the upper righthand corner on the backside of the mounting board.
Labels and Entry Sheets must be accurately filled out with the same information (title,
group, category and date).

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7. Make-ups:
a. every member is allowed 1 make-up per season. Permission of the President or Vice
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 1, 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 digital image or print of the assigned theme in
each group they enter, which shall be counted toward their accumulated points. If no
theme digital image or print is submitted, then a score of zero (0) will be applied for
that category. The totalized points for the category will be a zero plus the highest
score in the non-theme entries in that category.
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 on the print label or TH on the digital file
name.
e. A separate THEME entry card shall be made out for theme print entries.
9. 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.

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Getting Ready for the 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 (Joint Photographic Experts Group) - it is a
compressed format and loses quality every time it is re-saved.
2. If shooting in raw, convert to PSD (Photoshop Document) or TIFF uncompressed
(Tagged Image File Format).
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 a final crop - if required
6.Save your file with MASTER in the file name when 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 (example descriptions below are for various Photoshop versions).
1. Go to Image>Size - (e.g. 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 (Long Side of the image) to 900
pixels - 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.
4. Consult with you image editing program for equivalent image sizing.
SKIP TO F IF YOU ARE SHOOTING IN JPEG, HAVE CAMERA SET TO SRGB AND ARE NOT USING
LAYERS.
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 bit).

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1. Go to Layers>flatten image (e.g., for Photoshop or Photoshop Elements or consult
your image editing program).
2. Go to image>mode.8bits (e.g., for Photoshop or Photoshop Elements or consult
your image editing program).
E. Convert Your image to the sRGB color space 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. If your images are in sRGB go to Edit>Convert to profile (e.g., for
Photoshop or Photoshop Elements or consult your image editing program) and
choose sRGB from destination space drop down menu go to Image>Convert Color
Profile>Convert to sRGB (e.g., for Photoshop or Photoshop Elements or consult your
image editing program).
2. Keep conversion option engine as adobe (ace).
3. For intent you may use relative calorimetric or perceptual.
4. Black point compensation should be checked.
F. Sharpen your image
1. All digital images will loose some sharpness during the analog to digital conversion
and 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 Photoshop or Photoshop 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 been resized and sharpened (sharpening more than once will quickly
deteriorate the image)
G. Final Save for SSCC or PFLI
1. Go to Save as and choose a place to save - I suggest a new folder named SSCC
Competition + date e.g.: 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 NOT jpeg
4.Check the imbedded color space (sRGB)
5.Click Save
6. In the Jpeg options set quality at maximum (large, 100% or 12) and format options
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 competition coordinator. You must use the SSCC abbreviation in the email’s

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subject field, e.g., SSCC- September Club (or PFLI) Competition, otherwise it may be
overlooked.
1.For the SSCC or PFLI competitions, send to dcreaco@yahoo.com (Domenick Creaco)
with a CC to vistech@aol.com (PAT Walsh)
2.Make sure to put SSCC in the subject line of your e-mail we receive many e-mails
and sort on subject/SSCC to make sure we 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. The competition Chairman will send you a confirmation after the final competition
run thru. If you do not hear by Monday evening preceding the competition, please
email the Competition Chairman.
DO NOT FORWARD files - they may become truncated or damaged with some email programs.
Create a new email and send the files as attachments. As always, Use SSCC in the subject field
Getting Ready for the Print Competition
Print Image Information and Requirements
A. Categories
There will be two categories for prints,
1. Color Prints.
2. Black & White Prints.
B. Rules
1. All prints must be mounted on rigid board no larger than 16x20. Loose mats or
prints, or the presence of tape or objects which can damage another print will
disqualify a print.
2. 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, or edited by an image processing program.
3. All print entries must be submitted with completely and accurately, as follows:
Prints must be submitted with the appropriate PFLI (label and entry sheet). Print
labels must be placed in the upper righthand corner on the backside of the mounting
board. Labels and Entry Sheets must be accurately filled out with the same
information (title, group, category and date). Refer to the “PFLI Rules and Guidelines”
at the following web address:
https://www.pflionline.com/downloads.html

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APPENDIX A. Guidelines and Rules for Inclusion of Digital Entries
Image Categories
Digital Image Information and Requirements
A. Categories
There will be three??? categories for submission on Competition Night, as listed below:
1.Digital-Open, including the theme images (A & B makers are judged separately).
2. Creative, including the theme images (no distinction between A, B makers, & are
judged together).
3. Black & White, including the theme images (A & B makers are judged separately).???
B. Rules
1. A maximum of three images are allowed per maker for each category, including any
theme images.
2. You must size your images to 900 pixels on the long side; (e.g., width x height 900 x
600 (Landscape), 900 x 900 Square), or 750 x 900 (Portrait). NOT 900 x 1200, 1100 x
900 etc., etc.
3. Listed Below Are the File Naming and Sizing Rules examples:
Digital B: C24-'maker code name'-B1-'image title'.jpg, e.g. C24-JaneDoe-B1-Relax .jpg
Digital A: C24-'maker code name'-A1-'image title'.jpg, e.g. C24-TomR-A1-Bad Dog.jpg
Creative: C24-'maker code name'-C1-'image title'.jpg, e.g. C24-rayw-C1-Two Men.jpg

Digital B Theme: C24-'maker code name'-B1-'image title TH'.jpg, e.g., C24-LynCobb-
B1-Down the Road TH.jpg

B & W B: C24-'maker code name'-B1-'image title BW'.jpg, e.g. C24-BenA-B1- Home
Sweet Home BW.jpg
B & W A: C24-'maker code name'-A1-'image title BW'.jpg. e.g. C24-BigAndy-A1-
Eagles Fighting BW.jpg
Remember:
1. Image titles can have spaces between words, but no special characters such as a
dash, comma, period, etc.
2. For creative entries there is only one group, A workers and B workers are combined,
so the group in the file name is C, not A or B, as shown above.
3. For Black & White entries there must be the letters BW after the image title as
shown above.
4. For theme Night, there must be the letters TH at the end of the image title and after
BW for Black & White images. Only BW and TH are allowed, and no other distinction
letters are allowed in the file name.
5. For a Makeup image, there must be the letters MU at the end of the image title
(following BW, if it is a monochrome image).

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6. There is always a single dash separating the 4 fields, club number (C24), maker code
name, maker group letter (A, B or C) and image title in the file name.
7. The image sizing convention is 900 pixels maximum on the long side as explained in
rule 2 above. A larger dimension will be rejected, while a smaller dimension is not
encouraged but will be allowed at the risk of a possible lower score by the judge.
8. The above rules must be strictly adhered to or the image will be rejected for the
competition after the first unsuccessful attempt, or permitted at the discretion of
the competition chairman, which may include extenuating circumstances.​