Competition2021 Summer CompetitionMany photography clubs have extensive rules regarding competitions. The higher the level of competition, the more complex they become. Rules for entering and judging sound more and more like legislative pronouncements as you progress toward the national level, and that’s fine. We at RCC, though we’ve been around for a long time, have prided ourselves at being at a simpler and more fun level. We look at a photograph as a work of art, taken and developed to express a feeling or emotion, or to tell a story, but mostly just to be a work of art. Our only limits are in the photojournalism category, where we ask entrants to limit their post processing to cropping and minor adjustments in lighting and contrast, or conversion to black and white, with nothing otherwise added or deleted from the original image.For the rest of the categories, we have all heard judges recommend the removal or de-emphasis of distracting elements. The artist is free to do whatever is necessary to create something special. We recently had a question about Photoshop’s (and others’) capability to easily replace skies. RCC currently has no policy on sky replacement, but we do ask that any elements added to an image be the work of the entrant. In other words, you may add one of your own sky pictures, but not a stock image or one provided by the software. But be careful. Judges have become very skilled at recognizing bad compositing. The next competition will be our Summer Competition to be held the first week of July, once again on Zoom. The date of the comp will require some tweaking as the first Monday of July is the 5th, the official Independence Day since the 4thfalls on a Sunday. Right now, it looks like the competition will be on Thursday the 8thin a private Zoom session, to be viewed on the website within a few days.Competition entries will be accepted on our website www.redlandscameraclub.orgfrom the morning of June 7 through 11 PM, June 21. You may enter at whatever skill level (class) you wish: Apprentice, Intermediate, or Advanced. You will compete for ribbons within your own class. Images that are scored below 75 will not be eligible for ribbons.Categories include People, Places, Animals, Close-Up, Photojournalism, Open/Miscellaneous, and Category X (for this competition only “Altered Reality”).Full descriptions of categories are on the website. The Link Is: Image Competition GuidelinesTop scorers for each class and in each category will receive place ribbons for “First”, “Second, “Third, and “Honorable Mention”. The top scoring image for all images rated in this competition will be awarded “Best of Show”.Good Luck and happy shooting.Carl Detrow
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