time to submit your entries for the October N4C Digital Competitions

It is time to submit your entries for the October N4C Digital Competitions.

For those who are new to BHPC, our club is a member of N4C, the North Central Camera Club Council. N4C is an organization of about 40 camera clubs in the North Central States area of the United States of America. With BHPC being a member of N4C all of our members have the opportunity to participate in contests and activities of N4C. The N4C website is full of photography links and information. http://www.n4c.us/index.html I encourage everyone to visit the website and check out past photography competition winners at http://www.n4c.us/Winner_Galleries.htm. I also would encourage everyone to add the N4C photography links page to your favorites as they have many links to tutorials and other photography related links http://www.n4c.us/photography_links.htm

For October you may enter one image for each of the following five digital categories, Black & White, Creative, Journalism, Pictorial, and Travel. A full list of descriptions and rules are below. Our club is judging Nature Therefore we are not able to submit this month. If interested in submitting Digital Images for October submit one image for each of the five competitions to me at . I need to receive your submissions by 6pm Saturday, October 10th. If you have any questions or concerns let me know.

Set resolution to 300 dpi. (Resolution must be set before setting the dimension.) Set longest side to 1024 pixels. Give image a name. Save it as a jpeg and include your image name in the jpeg name. Then write an e-mail to me at and include the photos as attachments.  All images MUST be sent as Attachments. Do not include them in the text of the e-mail. 

Be sure to list in your email your name, titles for each image, which competition each image is for, and which competition you are submitting for (Black Hills Photography Club Competition submissions are also due, please do not make me guess). PLEASE follow these instructions. 

Thank you
Jacqueline Rinehart
Black Hills Photography Club Competition Chair


·         Digital Competitions

o   Digital Pictorial

§  In pictorial photography we are concerned with the artistic quality of the presentation of the subject rather than with the subject itself. Literally, all subjects qualify, but since “Interest” accounts for one-third of the score, subjects that catch the viewer’s eye will have an advantage. The judges will be seeking answers to the question, “Did the photographer simply record the subject, or did he/she through the photographic process enhance the viewer’s interest in the subject?” Pictorialism may be accomplished by meticulous photographic technique, proper presentation, careful composition, or most likely all of these factors.

o   Digital Creative

§  Creative photography is an opportunity for those who dare to explore the experimental and creative forms of photographic expression. These will include, but not be limited to derived images, ultra-high contrast, black light, bas-relief, solarization, multi-images, trick lenses and filters, and other ways to alter the image to produce a new abstract effect. Just about anything goes. The important thing is the result, not the means to create it. This area of photography bridges between photographic realism and creative art. It is very difficult to judge and there are literally no rules to follow. Generally concentration on form and color rather than detail in the image will help you succeed.

o   Digital Travel

§  Travel implies going to some place other than one’s customary environment, and travel photography suggests the photographic depiction of that new environment or the means used to get there. There is no definition of how far away that environment must be to qualify as “travel” or how different that new environment must be. However, the judges will generally award prizes to those photographs that depict more exotic and unfamiliar places, even though such places are “home” to someone. Good photographic technique and particularly the ability to convey the feeling and flavor of the place visited will help you be a winner. Try to emphasize the character that makes the place unique from other places. Be sure to state the name of the locale where the picture was made in the title of the digital image, slide, or print.

o   Digital Journalism

§  Journalism Photography or Photojournalism means simply the telling of a story by the use of a picture, or a sequence of related separate pictures arranged for presentation as a single entry. The type of photograph that one sees in the newspaper or magazines that depicts some event or activity is what is meant. The caption is important, but the best journalistic photographs tell their own stories and don’t always need a caption. A good picture is, after all, worth more than a thousand words. An element of human interest is important and virtually essential for pictures to succeed in competition. Interest is paramount, but good composition and technique will often make the difference that decides the winners.

o   Digital Nature

§  No photograph is worth the distress or injury to any wild creature. Nature photography is simply the recording of our natural world by some photographic means. Included are all branches of nature except Archeology and Anthropology. The hand of man shall not be present in any nature entry except where wild birds or animals have invaded mans world such as fence posts and other man made objects freely adapted for use by wild creatures. Banding or tagging on nature subjects is acceptable.  Photographs at bird feeders are not acceptable if any part of a man made feeder is shown in the photograph. Photographs taken in zoos, animal farms or game farms are acceptable as long as the setting remains natural and the hand of man is not visible. Cultivated plants, domestic animals and pets are not acceptable and should be entered in other categories.

o   Digital Black & White

§  Black & White Photography is also called monochrome. The resulting image is limited to monochromatic hues or shades of gray, although filters may be applied to give a hue or tint – for example, selenium, sepia and split toning (duo-toning). No fraction of the image shall be given a special color treatment.




·         Digital Rules

o   All contest entries must be the work of the entrant and must be made by the entrant either on photographic emulsion or acquired by digital means.

o   All images must be original work and may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else.            

o   Copies of copyrighted material or the creative work of others is not acceptable.

o   All images entered in any N4C contest remain the property of the entrant.

o   Image Format — Image files must be in jpg file format. Saving jpg files using sRGB color space standard is recommended for consistent color under the projection conditions used for judging the contest. No logo or copyright is to appear on the image for judging. Copyrights may be included in the file metadata.

o   Image Size – The longest side must be no more than 1024 pixels. The file size must be no more than 500 KB.


o   Additional Guidelines for Digital Journalism and Digital Nature

§  ACCEPTABLE ADJUSTMENTS All adjustments must look natural

·         Cropping, Color correction, Overall brightness correction, White balance correction, Flare reduction or removal, Saturation, Recovering shadow detail, Resizing, Straightening, Flipping or reversing the image, Contrast control, Noise reduction, Sharpening

·         In the interest of credibility, photographs which misrepresent the truth, such as manipulation to alter the subject matter, or situations which are set up for the purpose of photography, are unacceptable.

§   No elements may be moved, cloned, added, deleted, rearranged, combined or changed in any way that affects the integrity of the image content.

§   No manipulation or modification is permitted except resizing, cropping, selective lightening or darkening, and restoration of original color of the scene.

§   No special effect filters can be added or applied, and any sharpening must appear natural.

Jacqueline Rinehart

BHPC Competition Chair

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