The following "definitions" of various classes are for the guidance of photographer and judge alike. Competitors are warned that the Image Competition Committee will not undertake to reclassify images which are obviously misdirected. Note: In the event of the same (or virtually identical) image being submitted by two different entrants, i.e., photographer/digital imager/specialist, the image must be accompanied by a Statement of Purpose. The Statement of Purpose must be submitted in PDF form and submitted via e-mail to the Image Competition Chair and contain no more than 75 words explaining the entrant's role and involvement in creating the image. Indicate the purpose of the image(s), for whom it was made, and any other information that would be meaningful to the judges.
An architectural photograph must successfully define and/or portray outstanding architectural features of a building interior or exterior by dramatic use of point of view, perspective and lighting.
Fashion and Beauty Photography is selling a lifestyle. Creative visual excitement is the goal of current fashion designers. Today's fashion and beauty/glamour photography should reflect this creativity, and also stimulate interest and purchasing appeal within the viewer.
Images in this class must show a product or recognizable service in a unique and appealing way, and stimulate interest and purchasing appeal on behalf of the client.
A successful industrial photograph draws attention to an on-site industrial process or product, illustrating the maker's ability to produce dramatic images under challenging industrial conditions.
Depicting lifestyle or business environments and their story-telling activities, these images typically accompany an article or caption description. In successfully invoking a viewer's interest, these feature-oriented photographs include executive portraiture, annual reports, street photography, business activities in general, and may present images of an emotional, humorous or unusual nature. No Press images within this class.
Photographs that illustrate a news, sports, human interest or publicity event that have high impact, lasting emotional response, and often have required the photographer not only to be at the right place at the right time, but to have captured the action or event at its peak, often under adverse conditions.
A fine scenic photograph illustrates natural and/or man-made features of the environment in an aesthetically pleasing presentation of geographic settings or plant material. They must rise above the typical scenery/floral images by application of the same principles common to all landscape artists.
A mixed class covering wild animals photographed in their natural habitat and domestic animals photographed in a location of the photographer's choosing, i.e. studio, barn, corral, etc.
Images derived from unconventional means or images which defy classification into any other categories. A photographer's creative thoughts and technical skills can be brought to play in the most exciting way through the unusual use of lenses, light, and processing - a print that defies the normal traditions. Not all special effect images must go into this class. For example, an industrial image with special effects, if recognizable as industrial, should be entered in Industrial, not in Experimental / Unclassified. Images submitted in this class may be created using Computer Generated Imaging software.
Fine art photography is imagery created in accordance with the vision of the photographer as artist. Fine art photography stands in contrast to representational photography such as traditional commercial, photojournalism and most commissioned traditional photography which is literally representing objective reality rather than the creative vision of the photographer. Work is judged for its aesthetic, often unique, nature. Included in this class are unusual photographs, individual images or series of images on one entry, and can include classic black-and-white scenes, painterly effects, classic still life, bizarre images, and other unconventional approaches. The main subject featured in the images in this class must be created using in camera capture, supporting subjects may be Computer Generated imagery.
Images in this category are conceptual in nature. They illustrate a story, theme or subject by using the elements of the original image and adding your creative interpretation to build your own concept. As carefully constructed photographic scenes, they can depict visual narratives, events or abstract concepts. The entrant is responsible for all elements of the "post-image" production with the obvious strength of the composition based on what is created from those photographs and with the image still recognizable as a photograph following normal conventions of light, shading, perspective etc. The main subject featured in the images in this class must be created using in camera capture, supporting subjects may be Computer Generated imagery.
A presentation of images depicting a subject or occasion. Album to be judged on image content as well as overall quality of design, flow and emotional impact. No wedding related images within this category. One album per member, maximum of 12inch x 18inch format and any number of photographs within the page limitation. Book style albums only - no boxed sets of images. Maker must have personally exposed the original image (digital, negative or transparencies). NOTE: The entry fee is in addition to the regular 4-image entry fee.
A fine portrait presents an individual or couple in such a way as to reflect the personality of the subject, and also illustrates the personality, artistry, originality, creativity and technical skills of the maker.
Group portraits must be comprised of three or more people.
Portrait of one or two children, 12 days through 12 years of age. Studio or location, contemporary or traditional style. Class 15 has been changed to reflect the addition of Class 21 Newborn.
Skillful and creative artistic representations of the unclothed human figure; in whole or in part. Examples include art nudes, anatomical studies, life studies, editorial statements. Images may depict nudes in an emotional context or as a graphic design; may include the environment and body paint. Subjects must be at least 18 years of age.
Image of a bride and/or groom, or two people, one of whom is a bride or groom (individual or couple).
Image of three or more people, one of whom is a bride or groom.
Candid in nature and requires the photographer to have been in the right place at the right time to capture a moment of interest, emotion and/or action with neither posing nor prompting. Traditional considerations (posing, lighting, and composition) are secondary to interest, emotion and/or action.
One album per member. Judging emphasis on story content (from one wedding) and presentation. A minimum of 95% of the photographs in a wedding album must be certified by the maker to be his/her own images. Any images (up to not photographed by the entrant must be identified clearly in an e-mail sent to the Image Competition Chair. The judges will be made aware of which images are not taken by the entrant and will judge accordingly. NOTE: The entry fee for this is separate from the regular 4-image entry fee.
Portrait of one or multiple newborn babies aged from birth to 12 days old. (A child older than 12 days could be entered in Class 15 - Child Portrait) The newborn may be posed in a studio or environmental setting with or without props. A prop is defined as anything that supports the newborn baby and or enhances the story of the image. If another person is used as the prop, the primary subject must be the newborn. Safety is a major concern when photographing newborns. All precautions must be used to ensure the safety of the baby.
CGI (computer-generated imagery) New for 2018 CGI (computer-generated imagery) is the creation of still or animated visual content with imaging software. CGI is used to produce images for many purposes including visual art, advertising, anatomical modeling, architectural design, engineering, television shows, video game art and film special effects, as well as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) applications.
Note: Images may not contain a visual presentation, simulated or real, of a person who is, or is depicted as being, under the age of 18 years, participating in, engaging in or assisting another person to engage in sexual conduct or a lewd display of nudity. This includes images that show sexual intercourse, genitals, nipples, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. Definition of child pornography: Link to Government of Canada Justice Laws Website