Rules Creative Focus Competition 2020

Pukekohe Franklin Camera Club - Rules for Creative Focus Competition 2020.

Creative Focus Competition Rules

The name of the competition shall be the "Creative Focus".

The aim of the competition shall be to encourage the development of creative photography.

The competition shall be open to all PSNZ members, and all photography enthusiasts New Zealand and Internationally.

The competition will be run on behalf of the Pukekohe Franklin Camera Club. A sub-committee of PFCC has been appointed.

All techniques and subject matter are accepted.
Use camera movement can be used to achieve impressionistic images e.g.Vertical (panning the camera); Horizontal (panning the camera); Circular (rotating the camera); Zoomed (zooming the camera during the exposure); Random (moving the camera in an irregular way).
You can also experiment with textured overlays, composite images, Vaseline filters, digital filters eg. Photoshop or other editing programs, and abstract shapes.

The competition will consist of four subjects:

  1. Creative Focus - This is our open section. Any subject or technique is acceptable for this creation. Filters, camera movement, make composite images…..anything goes, as long as it looks creative.
  2. The Blues - There are several interpretations for this topic.
    Music - Blues is an African-American music that traverses a wide range of emotions and musical styles. Trying to portray the musical interpretation could be quite a challenge.
    “Feeling blue” – Sadness - longing for a better life, lost loves, jobs, and money. The colour Blue – self explanatory.
  3. Blooming Beautiful - Something that is pleasing to the senses or mind aesthetically. The word ‘blooming’ – makes flowers spring to mind.
  4. All Jazzed UP - having been made more interesting, lively, or exciting.
    Inspiration from Jazz Music - which is characterized by swing ,blue notes, and improvisation. Full of excitement or enthusiasm.

The entry fee is $20.00 for the 1st subject and $15.00 for each additional subject. The Catalogue / Book is $45.00 NZ dollars. Australia add $20.00 postage. All others Countries add $40.

All participants will automatically be opted in for a book. You can manually opt out in the competition area. Otherwise you will billed the book fee when you finally submit your images.

Entries are open on the website from May 29th 2020. Entries must be received by the Coordinator by the closing date for the competition. The closing date is: July 6 2020. Results will be emailed by August 7th 2020 and price giving will be August 30th 2020. There will be a maximum of 4 entries per subject. The images shall have been exposed by the author. All entries are to be from individuals (2 people can't work on the same entry). Any manipulation of the images should be done by the author or at the specific direction of the author. Composite images must contain the original image of the author. Additional textures and digital techniques may be added to give the desired effect.
Judges will be looking for good camera technique & creative photographic skills. Images created solely by electronic means (e.g. Fractals, etc.) are not eligible for entry. There will be no extension of dates for entries.

Images must be:
saved as a JPEG – SRGB.
An image for judging must be a jpeg file with a maximum width of 1620 pixels, and a maximum height of 1080 pixels.
300 dpi.

Image title / Authors Name / Letters if applicable (compulsory fields).
Make sure your uploaded file name contains ONLY alphanumeric characters (no %^@!& symbols etc.)
Images must have a title – any image named 'No Title' will not be accepted.

The judges for 2020 will be: Lorraine Gibb, Diane Costello & Sue Riach.

The images will be uploaded to the Creative Focus Coordinator along with: the author's name, image title, Club affiliation (if appropriate) and contact details.
N.B. Check all details after confirmation on your PDF download as these are how your image will be labelled in the book if you are successful – If you need to make changes, please notify us ASAP.

The 3 judges will be sent a digital link from the website to judge the images in all sections. The images will be anonymous for judging purposes. Each judge will mark all images out of 5. The numbers will be collated to choose which images will be accepted, highly commended or honours. Those with the highest score will determine the first, second and third placings. In the event of a tie with any top images, they will need to be sent back for rejudging to finalise placings. The Judges decisions will be final.

The following overall prize will be awarded: Supreme Award
In addition each subject will be awarded the following: - 1st - Gold - 2nd - Silver - 3rd - Bronze - Honours - Highly commended - Acceptances
The three placing's of each subject will receive a trophy.
At the completion of the judging the image which has received the most points will be the Pukekohe Franklin Camera Club Creative Focus - Competition Supreme Award Winner.

By August 7, the Coordinator will notify individuals of their results. A list of all successful applicants and the top images will be displayed on the Creative Focus website after the prize giving on August 25. The Coordinator will prepare a slideshow of the images from each subject for showing on the website and at clubrooms of the Pukekohe Franklin Camera Club (Pukekohe Arts Centre) on August 25. All welcome.

The Pukekohe Franklin Camera Club shall be entitled without payment of any fee to the entrants, to display any image entered in this competition: on the PFCC Creative Focus website; or any other website (e.g. Flickr, Facebook) for promotional purposes; or as part of a slideshow at National Convention.
Any images shown on a web site will be resized by the Webmaster to a maximum of 640 pixels on the horizontal side and 640 pixels on the vertical side to deter piracy of member's images.

All personal details we hold in our database are visible to you only in the website, and may be modified by you at will. Copyright to entries remains at all times with you (the entrant). We will not divulge any of your personal details to anyone without your permission. We will use your details ONLY for important communication with you regarding the Pukekohe Franklin Camera Club Creative Focus Competition.

The Coordinator may at his/her discretion disqualify any image for failure to comply with these rules.

Any dispute concerning the interpretation of these rules or the organization of the competition may be referred to the Creative Focus Sub Committee whose decision shall be final and binding.