PHOTO CONTEST 2017
Rules for the 2017 NSAGC Photograph Competition
1. The contest is open to amateur photographers (photography cannot be your primary business). The chair of the contest and others closely associated with organizing the competition, are not eligible. Questions of eligibility will be decided by the chair.
2. Contestants must be members of a club, society, or an affiliate, that pays dues to the NSAGC.
3. Contestants may enter one picture in each of the following classes:
Class 1 Spring flowers.
4. The finished photograph must accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it originally appeared.
5. Photos are limited to a maximum size of 4”x 6” and must be mounted on card stock, with a 1.5 inches or 40 mm borders.
6. Exhibitor’s Name, email and postal address, the Class Number, Class Name & Name of Club, Society or Affiliate is to be printed on the bottom front, left hand side of the mount. If the card stock is a dark colour, the information is to be recorded on a white label pasted in place.
7. Any identifying features about the photo: name of plant or location of garden, may be provided at the bottom right side of the mount.
8. Photos will be judged on originality, composition, focus and exposure.
9. Photographs that have received a 1st 2nd or 3rd place standing, in any class in the NSAGC Annual Photographic Contest, cannot be resubmitted in subsequent years. Photographs that have received a 1st 2nd or 3rd in any other contest remain eligible for the Annual NSAGC Photographic Contest.
10. Due to space restrictions, only winning photos will be posted for display at the annual convention. All others will be displayed in albums.
11. All photos may be claimed prior to the banquet on Saturday. Contest participants are responsible for photo pick-up. If you cannot attend, have someone pick them up for you. The NSAGC will not be responsible for returning photos.
12. Stickers will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place photo in each of the contest classes. The judge has the discretion not to assign all the stickers in any given class. One 1st, one 2nd, and one 3rd place prize will be awarded for the three “Best Overall” photographs.
13. Entries must be received no later than May 8th of each contest year.
14. In submitting your pictures, you grant the NSAGC permission to display or reproduce them for the following purposes: in order to promote, inform or advertise the photo contest to members of the NSAGC; for the NSAGC to use as promotional material. In all other matters, the owners of the images will retain their rights under copyright law. If you choose to include people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted.
Suggestions and Explanations for Competitors.
The judge or judges will accept any photograph that is a reasonable interpretation of the title of the class concerned. This means, that while the following comments are designed to help, they should not be used to exclude other reasonable interpretations of the class description. Remember, one of the four criteria of judging is “originality”.
What are Spring Flowers?
Spring flowers are usually, flowers which have evolved to be in blossom before the deciduous trees are completely in leaf. They are usually frost hardy. Some flowers bloom in late spring and continue to bloom into summer. To ensure that your flower is a Spring Flower, all photographs of spring flowers must be taken on or before June 20th of any given year. Photographs of flowering shrubs and trees are to be submitted in class 7 and not this class.
Autumn Splendour. This is a creative opportunity to photograph either the beauty of the autumn season or the activities of that season.
Nature’s Winter Art. Winter provides its own beauty or art that is unique to this season. Snow draped trees, swirling drifts of snow, frost patterns, frozen lakes and rivers and freezing rain that sparkles and coats the branches of shrubs and trees are all examples of where beauty can be found. Some gardeners choose plants whose beauty is enhanced during this season whether it be the blue of spruces or the coloured berries of holly, nature’s art can be found in winter gardens.
Garden Landscapes. The photographs entered into this class should capture the fun, beauty or creativity of a garden.
Food from or in the Garden. Vegetable and Fruit Gardens have a long history. In this class the photograph can be of the plants themselves, the garden itself or of the produce whether harvested or not. Anything that can be eaten, and is grown in a garden, is covered by this class.
Shrubs and trees in bloom. No further explanation is needed.
Woodland Beauty - Mother Nature's Garden. This Class is not restricted to a specific season nor to flowers.
Garden Art. This class can be either art which is made from the materials found in the garden or it can be a landscape addition to a garden. This covers a large number of possibilities from artistic categories found in flower and vegetable shows to Christmas wreaths and tableaus. In the outside garden it can cover sculptures, topiary, carvings, creative flower beds and added decorative objects that are all part of the garden landscape.
Close up of any single bloom or part of a bloom. No further explanation is needed
Along the Roadside. This class provides an opportunity to capture pictures of natural habitat, flowers, berries, grasses, fungi, shrubs, trees as well as the inevitable garbage.
Water in the Garden. Water is often used as a landscape feature. Photographs of ponds, fountains and streams are obviously topics to explore in this class but water can also include much more. For example, it can include drops of dew, a rainbow created in a garden spray, a drip from a garden water faucet, a close up of rain impacting on garden soil. This is a class where your creativity can find expression.