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|10 Maart||SANLAM uit|
|24 Maart||Human Portraiture||Kompetisie|
|19 Mei||Creative visual art||Kompetisie|
|20 Oktober||Wildlife incl birds||Kompetisie|
Set Subjects for 2020
FEB = MONOCHROME
Monochrome is a black and white image. A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category. On the other hand, a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category. Nature Colour images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome for entry into Monochrome sections.
MAR = Portraits (Human): Colour or B&W
A likeness, personality and mood of a living subject, (only human), where that subject is dominant in the image. Portraiture is not restricted to head and shoulders and may include just a part of the face, a back view or even a full-length study.
Digital manipulation is allowed
APR = Photo Travel & Street Photography
Street photography records un-posed scenes in public places. The primary subject is people and/or symbols of people, at rest or in motion, alone or with others, going about their everyday activities. Manipulation should be confined to colour correction and judicial cropping. (PSSA Definition)
Photo Travel: A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographic limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not appropriate. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment. Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise, restoration of the appearance of the original scene, and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted. All images must appear natural.
MAY = CREATIVE/VISUAL ART (COLOUR OR MONOHROME)
Digital manipulation is allowed in this category.
These images should go beyond the straightforward pictorial rendering of a scene. The image does not have to employ derivative or manipulative techniques to be Creative or Visual Art. However, all work should be that of the author and not copied or derived from elsewhere.
Entries can consist of:
Abstract: An exercise in composition for the sake of art. The real identity of the abstractionist’s subject is not important and the result is not intended to be anything.
Altered Reality: An image created by altering reality in an obvious manner, created digitally or in camera. The intention is the creation of an image that conveys a feeling or message, or tells a story.
Creative or Visual Art These images should go beyond the straightforward pictorial rendering of a scene. The image does not have to employ derivative or manipulative techniques to be Creative or Visual Art. However all work should be that of the author and not copied or derived from elsewhere.
JUN = Architecture (Interior or exterior)
Architectural photography is the photographing of buildings and similar structures that are both aesthetically pleasing and accurate representations of their subjects. Architectural photographers are usually skilled in the use of specialized techniques and cameras
By definition, interior photography is the art in which photographers revolve their work around different interior designs an infrastructure has to offer. They have the ability to create a masterpiece with what appears to be a dull interior.
JUL = MOTION – Motion – Action shots, freezing motion, slow SS, panning
In cinematography and photography panning means swivelling a still or video camera horizontally from a fixed position. This motion is similar to the motion of a person when they turn their head on their neck from left to right.
Frozen motion photography is a basic technique that suspends movement completely and keeps the moving subject in complete, or near complete, focus. This film photography technique requires a fast shutter speed to freeze the motion without blur.
In photography and digital photography the shutter speed is the unit of measurement which determines how long shutter remains open as the picture is taken. The slower the shutter speed, the longer the exposure time. The shutter speed and aperture together control the total amount of light reaching the sensor
AUG = Colour – Scapes:
A genre intended to show different spaces within the world, usually vast and unending. A landscape comprises the visible features of an area and physical elements such as landforms, water, living elements of flora and fauna and abstract elements like lightning and weather conditions. It could be pure nature or include man and/or beast. ‘Scapes is a term that covers the depiction of scenery such as mountains, valleys, trees, rivers, forests, sea, cities etc. where the main subject is a wide view with its elements arranged into a coherent composition. ‘Scapes may be natural or man-made. Derived terms include: Cityscape; cloudscape; nightscape; seascape; snowscape; streetscape; sandscape; urban scape etc. A panorama is an image with elongated fields of view, with an aspect ratio of 2:1 or larger, the image being at least twice as wide as its height.
Digital manipulation is allowed
SEP = MACRO / CLOSE UP
MACRO – manipulation is allowed* Macro photography is extreme close-up photography, where you get close to a small subject by physical or optical means. Starting at approximately 1/4 life size i.e. when the subject being photographed is four (4) times the size of the film frame or digital sensor. There is no limit on the upper end. The size of the subject in the finished photograph is greater than life size. *Macro fits as a subsection of Open as well as Nature; when entered in a Nature section, manipulation is NOT allowed.
OCT = Wildlife including birds
Wildlife, birds and garden birds may include images of undomesticated animal species in their natural habitat.
Wild Animals in their natural habitat
Endemic garden birds
Wild birds in their natural habitat
Domesticated animals and birds – pets, Aquarium fish, Insects, Animals in captivity
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 artificially created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, obviously set arrangements, mounted specimens including insects or animals doped or killed for macro (or any other type of photography), are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.
Any action which causes harm, no matter how unintentional it may be, is not acceptable. The use of live bait and actions such as chilling, freezing, spinning or light anaesthesia of any creature is unethical and therefore not acceptable. 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. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to greyscale/monochrome. Stitched images are not permitted. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.
Please note that this month’s set subject is defined as WILDLIFE—NOT nature, and that the appropriate rules are applied.
NOV = Story Telling
In photographic practice, visual storytelling is often called a ‘photo essay’ or ‘photo story‘. It’s a way for a photographer to narrate a story with a series of photographs. … Captions are also an integral part of a photo story that should help the viewer understand each image
Manipulation shall constitute any or all of the following modifications to the original image:
In the categories Nature and Photojournalism, manipulation is not allowed. In Open there is no restriction whatsoever in the way authors choose to post process an image. The following actions are allowed and are not seen as manipulation:
In the case of Nature and Wildlife, HDR and focus stacking will not be considered as manipulation and may be used provided that the end result is a faithful representation of the original scene.