Annual Exhibition Rules – for 2020

       1. General

        • The competition is open only to financial members of the Club
        • Submission of entries will imply acceptance of the Rules
        • This year's exhibition will be DIGITAL ONLY. NO PRINTS. Entries can only be submitted using the Entries Web Page. The Closing date and time of 11:59pm on Monday, 26 October 2020.
          May we suggest not leaving the uploading of your entries to the last moment as sometimes unforeseen things happen. The website has been known to slow down or even crash, which may leave you stranded without any entries in the competition.
        • This year, as last year, the Annual Exhibition and presentation night will be held at the (TBA).
        • All images must be captured using digital or film process. These may be manipulated later using computer software or at the printing stage in the case of film capture.
        • All images, including portion(s) used in montage etc, must have been taken by the member.
        • Any images submitted previously in the Club Annual competition are not eligible for entry in this year’s competition, regardless of the score achieved previously.
        • No title or identification of the author shall be visible anywhere on the face of an image, print mat or mount entered in the Exhibition.
        • New images and images previously submitted in the club’s regular and trophy competitions (irrespective of score) are eligible for entry.
        • Substantially similar images by the same author may not be entered in this competition, regardless of categories and format. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SAME IMAGE CANNOT BE SUBMITTED TO MORE THAN ONE SECTION OF THE EXHIBITION. Changing the image from colour to black & white, submitting to a different section, or changing the image name, does not constitute a new image and will not be accepted for judging.
        • There will be no fees to enter images in the 2020 Annual Exhibition.
        • All eligible entries will be projected at the Annual Exhibition.
        • The Club accepts that the copyright of each image remains with the photographer, however entries may be duplicated or copied, with Permission, for the ACC historical collection and/or web site or any other websites affiliated with the Adelaide Camera Club, including but not limited to the Adelaide Camera Club blog, the Adelaide Camera Club Facebook page, and the SAPF website. Entries may also be included for use in club sets to represent the Adelaide Camera Club in exhibitions and/or competitions.


  •        2. Online Exhibition Entry and Uploading Images

            •   All images must be entered in the Exhibition via the Online Entries software.
            • Images loaded online must first be resized to ensure they are no larger than 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels high and no larger than 2MB. The Club will not be responsible for oversized images not uploading correctly to the competition software
            • Each image must have a unique title. Image titles are to be less than 25 characters including spaces.

    • 3. Exhibition Categories

           Members are able to enter up to three (3) entries in each of the following categories.
            • Digital- Colour Open
            • Digital - Mono Open
            • Digital - Portraiture (Colour and Mono)
            • Digital - Landscape (Colour and Mono)
            • Digital - Nature (Colour and Mono)
            • Digital - Experimental (Colour and Mono)
            • Digital - Travel (Colour and Mono)
            • Digital - Special Topic * (Colour and Mono)
            • Digital - B Grade Open (Colour and Mono)

        * Special Topic in 2020 is "Still Life"    (Changed from "Abstract" 2-4-2020)

              4. Prints    (There will be no prints in the 2020 exhibition)

              5. Projected Images

            • The maximum horizontal dimension of each digital image must be no more than 1920 pixels and the maximum vertical dimension must be no more than 1080 pixels.
            • Each digital image file should in the JPEG-format, sRGB colour profile, and a maximum of 2MB in file size.
            • Entries must be submitted via the Entries Web Page.
      • Monochrome: Any image containing shades of only one colour. If toning is carried out, it must be over the whole image. Partial toning or the addition of one colour is not eligible.Colour: Any image completely or partially toned in more than one colour, or having had the addition of more than one colour by any means.

        Open: Open to images of any subject matter.

        Panoramic image: An image whose length: width ratio is greater than 3:1.

        A likeness of a person, especially one showing the face.

            • may include more than one person, but preferably not more than two.
            • may show all or part of the person i.e. may range from tightly cropped face to full length
            • may include settings and objects pertinent to the nature of the subject, eg home, work, leisure etc., but such settings or objects must be subordinate to the subject.
            • The subject should not be engaged in any activity to the total exclusion of the viewer.

        The following examples would not be acceptable as portraits;

            • A figure study, where the portrayal of the figure is the dominant theme of the image.
            • An image where the subject is actively engaged in any activity to the total exclusion of the viewer. eg a football player taking a mark.
            • A landscape where a figure is included, but the landscape is dominant.

        Classic Portrait:
        Any portrait image considered by the judges to be “classical” and have an enduring quality.


        The definition of a Nature photograph is as per the Fédération Internationale de l'Art definition (FIAP):

        • Nature Photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation.
        • The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality.
        • Human elements must 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 human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.
        • 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.
        • Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed.
        • Stitched images are not permitted
        • Color images can be converted to greyscale monochrome.
        • Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.
        • Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.

        Where exhibitions or competitions have a Wildlife section or are giving a Wildlife medal the following applies:
        Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat.

        Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections.

        Wildlife is not limited to mammals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species.

      • Experimental:
        An image that displays novel effects because of an unusual combination of objects and / or unusual viewpoint. Images that have been modified either during exposure or after exposure are eligible. All image components must have been exposed by the entrant.

        An image that features the natural scenery of the terrain.
        May include buildings, people and animals but they must not be the main subject.
        May include a seascape featuring the sea or waves.

        Still life:
        Still life is a work of art that focuses on typically a small group of inanimate objects.  Usually, the subjects are commonplace objects that can include both man-made objects (such as vases, items of clothing, and consumer products) and natural objects (like plants, food, rocks, and shells).

      • Travel:
        The definition of a travel photo is as per the Photographic Society of America (PSA):

        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 permitted. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the location.

        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 look natural. A travel photo is one that captures the feeling of the time and place, portrays a land, it's people, or a culture in its natural state, and has no geographical limitations.

      • In addition:
        Photos taken within the city limits of Adelaide, the suburbs of Adelaide and nearby towns (within 2 hours drive) are excluded.

      • B Grade Award:
        Open to B Grade members only.
        Open subject digital images only.
    • 7. Judging

          • Three or more judges will be chosen by the committee. The committee will award the trophies based on the advice of the judges. This is a list of the trophies to be awarded:
          • Top Colour Digital – Open
          • Top Mono Digital – Open
          • Top Portraiture Digital - Colour and Mono
          • Top Landscape Digital –  Colour and Mono
          • Top Digital Nature - Colour and Mono
          • Top B Grade Digital - Open - Colour and Mono
          • Top Digital Experimental - Colour and Mono
          • Top Digital Travel Image (Suitcase Photography Trophy) - Colour and Mono
          • Top Digital Image - Special Topic (Still Life) - Colour and Mono
          • Top Classic Portrait
          • Champion Print (either colour or mono)
          • Champion Digital Image
          • Encouragement award (Selected by the Committee)
          • President’s trophy

      Merit and highly commended certificates will be awarded as decided by the judges.

      A report card with the total score from the three judges will be provided to the entrant after the Annual Exhibition presentation night.

      Although entries must be made via the Entries Web Page.