2017 Annual Fall Photo Contest Rules

2017 Annual Fall Photo Contest Rules:

This contest is for The Woodlands Photography Club (TWPC) members only. To enter the Fall Contest, previous members must renew their membership no later than the July 2017 club meeting and new members must join the club no later than the September 2017 meeting.
Contest Participants should be active members and must attend a minimum of at least three meetings prior to the contest in the same calendar year. The annual club membership dues are $15/student, $25/individual, or $35/family.

Entry Fees: There is a $5 per picture entry fee for each photo submitted, with a maximum of two photos per eligible category per member.

Entry Rules: All entries will be subject to TWPC Rules. The board reserves the right to remove any entry without question for any reason. 

Nudity is not allowed.

Photographs must have been shot within the last two years by the person entering them in the contest. Thus, the photos must have been taken no earlier than October 7, 2015, for the 2017 Fall Contest.

Prior contest entries will not be eligible.

Entry Forms are available here, at general TWPC meetings, and at contest check-in.

Color or Black/White photos from slides, negatives or digital cameras are acceptable.

A digital jpeg image of each photo must be submitted at the same time prints are submitted for entry to the Fall Contest. For the best resolution on the TWPC Smugmug Gallery, we request that photos be in the original full size jpeg.

Image manipulation is restricted to ordinary techniques generally applied to the printing of photographs. Minor adjustments such as: contrast/brightness; removing dust and scratches; burning/dodging; and cropping are allowed. All other image alterations must be entered in the “Open” category where special techniques are allowed.

All entries must be physically presented during the specified time. No mail-in entries will be accepted. All entries must be accompanied by completed entry forms & entry fee/s, even if they are dropped off by someone else.

All entries must be picked up during the specified time, normally at the end of the Fall Contest (October) meeting. If an entry is not picked up during that time, it will be considered abandoned and dealt with at the Board’s discretion.

Presentation Rules:
All photos shall be mounted on lightweight foam board (Ultraboard, Gatorboard or something similar). The foam board shall be ½ inch thick or less. Ultraboard in several sizes (8”x10”, 11”x14” and 16”x20”) will be available for purchase through TWPC.
The maximum overall dimensions for the foam board shall be 16” in the narrow dimension and 20” in the long dimension.
The foam boards may also be cut to any sizes selected by the photographer as long as the overall maximum size restrictions are not exceeded.
The foam boards shall be either black or white.
TWPC will provide self-adhesive Velcro tabs for hanging the photos for viewing and judging.
The photographic paper must cover the entire front face of the mounting board. The actual photo may be cropped to any ratio appropriate for the photo. Physical matting boards placed over the photograph are not allowed.
For cropped images, the border around the photograph can be any solid color as selected by the photographer.
The photo may be submitted in either landscape or portrait orientation.
Entry Forms:  Entry forms can be downloaded and filled out before the contest here.  Copies of the entry form will also be available the day of Entry Submission.
Judging will be held prior to the general meeting on October 11th. Our judge(s) will stay during the meeting and share comments and critiques. First, Second, Third, and Honorable Mention will be awarded in each category.  There will also be one “Best of Show” and one “Member’s Choice” selected from any category.
Saturday, October 7th; 10:00 am -12:00 pm
Late entries will not be accepted.
Location: Montgomery County South Regional Library (2101 Lake Robbins Dr.)
Wednesday, October 11th; 6:45 – 8:30 pm
Location:  South County Community Center (Next to the Library.  2235 Lake Robbins Dr.)
In each category the following prizes will be awarded:
First place – $35.00
Second place – $20.00
Third place – $10.00
Also, $35.00 will be awarded for both the Best of Show and the Members’ Choice winners.

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