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Club Activities Information
 

What you will find here...

* Monthly Announcements 

* Special Announcements
* Photo Contests and Art Exhibits
* Recommended Activities
* Photography Classes
* Member Recommended Websites for Inspiration
* Club Image Competition Rules and Information

The Club has begun meeting in person again.  You can use the "Contact Us" link to request information.

The Club also plans group photo shoot activities/outings each month coordinated by our Activities Coordinator and notifies members by Email and Social Media links. Check with us by using our "Contact Us" link to learn the latest...

 

Our meeting location is:

   1326 S 26th Street, Omaha, NE 68105-2380

    Grace Ev. Lutheran Church * Please know - we do not have any affiliation with the Church -- The pastor and congregation have just been very supportive of our club each year by offering us the use of their community room each month.

 

Next Meeting times and events as follows:

* (MAY-2024)
     22MAY - 7pm - SOM Digital Image Competition "What-is-it" (Digital-Image)

* (JUN-2024)
     12JUN - 7pm - Program/Presentation - Guest Speaker - "Landscape Composition"
     26JUN - 7pm - SOM Print Competition "Complementary-Colors" (Paper-Print)

* (JUL2024)
     10JUL - 7pm - Program/Presentation - TBD
     24JUL - 7pm - SOM Digital Image Competition "Shadows" (Digital-Image)

* (AUG-2024)
     14AUG - 7pm - Program/Presentation - TBD
     28AUG - 7pm - SOM Print Competition "Motion" (Paper-Print)

* (SEP-2024)
     11SEP - 7pm - Program/Presentation - TBD
     25SEP - 7pm - SOM Digital Image Competition "Waterfalls" (Digital-Image)

* (OCT-2024)
     09OCT - 7pm - Program/Presentation - TBD
     23OCT - 7pm - SOM Print Competition "Straight-Out-of-the-Camera" (Paper-Print)

* (NOV-2024)
     13NOV - 7pm - Program/Presentation - "Open"

* (DEC-2024)
     11DEC - 7pm - Club Holiday Potluck Dinner

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Hot Shops Art Center - Omaha Nebraska

New Film/Print Darkroom
In this digital era, where pixels permeate our lives, nostalgia draws the hearts of photographers back to the roots of their craft. We are excited to offer the ability to explore this time-honored process that requires patience, precision and where tactile artistry reigns supreme!

EXHIBIT - POTTAWATTAMIE ARTS, CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT - PACE NEW MASTERS EXHIBIT 2024 (Hoff Family Arts & Cultural Center Council Bluffs Iowa)
     24MAY2024-through-28SEP2024 - PACE NEW MASTERS 2024 - The inaugural exhibition ‘New Masters’ to be held May 24th - September 28th, 2024, at the Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. 'New Masters' will feature up to 50 professional photographers depicting City/Street, Conceptual/Open Theme, Landscape/Nature, People, Photojournalism, or Still Life. Categories are subjective. Please select the category that you feel best describes your photograph.

Photo Contest Insider - Formerly, Photography Competitions Network
Photo contests are manually reviewed by the Photo Contest Insider team to ensure only the very best make it on to their website. It’s their policy to only list photo contests that are fair.
Photo Contest Insider keeps an up to date, comprehensive list of contests that are live and open to entries, but they are not just a photo contest directory. Tell them what contests you are looking for, and their unique Photo Contest Filter will find them for you. They can also send you a weekly email of contest updates and notify you via our Facebook page of new and interesting contests.

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EXHIBIT - 2025 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - ART GALLERY
     14JUN2024 - DEADLINE for submissions - Attention all botanical artists and nature enthusiasts! We are thrilled to invite you to be a part of the 2025 series of art exhibits at Lauritzen Gardens, where the beauty of nature and art collide in a stunning display. This is your chance to showcase your two-dimensional botanical artwork in our gallery space.
Each art exhibit in our gallery lasts approximately six to eight weeks, offering ample time for visitors to immerse themselves in the captivating world of botanical art. We're seeking pieces that capture the intricate details, vibrant colors, and extraordinary forms found in the plant kingdom. Whether you're an established artist or a rising talent, we welcome your unique perspective and creative expression.
Submissions are accepted digitally or by mail. See Link above for more information on submitting your art work.

FESTIVAL - FUJI SHIBAZAKURA FESTIVAL (Shibazakura, Japan)
     Through-26MAY2024 - Approximately 500,000 cherry trees, one of the largest in the Tokyo metropolitan area, bloom on a vast site at the foot of Mt. Fuji.  The vivid color contrast is beautiful, and it is a spring tradition that colors Mt. Fuji.

FESTIVAL - RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL 2024 (Bellevue Berry Farm, 11001 S 48th St, Papillion, NE 68133)
     18-19MAY2024 - 10am-6pm - Four days of Magic and Wonder over three weekends in May

EDUCATION - Nikon Learn & Explore - 2024 European Photo Workshops (Ireland)
     16-22MAY2024 - Spring in Ireland - a 7-day photography adventure through the beautiful, bucolic land of Ireland.

EVENT - PRESERVE OMAHA PREFEST (Joslyn Castle & Gardens, Omaha Nebraska)
     19MAY2024 - 12pm-5pm - PresFest is back and better than ever! Join us for our FREE annual community event at Joslyn Castle on May 19, 12-5, to enjoy a fun day filled with activities, food trucks, demonstrations, entertainment, walking and bus tours of the neighborhood, and more. Businesses, nonprofits, artists, neighborhood associations, and more that keep preservation in mind will be featured throughout the Joslyn Castle & Gardens!

EVENT - Horsemen's Park Live Racing Festival (Horsemen's Park - 6303 Q St, Omaha NE)
     19MAY2024 - Live racing begins on this day.  Horsemen's Park, located in Omaha, Nebraska.

EXHIBIT - POTTAWATTAMIE ARTS, CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT - PACE NEW MASTERS EXHIBIT 2024 (Hoff Family Arts & Cultural Center Council Bluffs Iowa)
     24MAY2024-through-28SEP2024 - PACE NEW MASTERS 2024 - The inaugural exhibition ‘New Masters’ to be held May 24th - September 28th, 2024, at the Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. 'New Masters' will feature up to 50 professional photographers depicting City/Street, Conceptual/Open Theme, Landscape/Nature, People, Photojournalism, or Still Life. Categories are subjective. Please select the category that you feel best describes your photograph.

EVENT - LAURITZEN GARDENS OMAHA ROSE SOCIETY SHOW (Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft Street, Omaha NE)
     02JUN2024 - 11am-4:30pm -   Join the Omaha Rose Society for their annual Rose Day and Show, to promote the culture and appreciation of the rose. Gardeners from throughout the region will exhibit a variety of superb rose blooms grown in their home gardens. Guests can also explore the rose garden to see more than 200 cultivars of garden roses and visit with rosarians to learn about roses and their care.

EVENT - LAURITZEN GARDENS - Rose Garden Twilight Tour (100 Bancroft St, Omaha Nebraska)
     06JUN2024 - 5:30pm-7pm - Enjoy a tram ride out to the Robert H. Storz Family Rose Garden at twilight followed by a tour of the garden from Don Swanson of the Omaha Rose Society. Learn about the roses in the garden's collection and about rose families and their unique characteristics.

EVENT - ELKHORN DAYS (Elkhorn NE)
     06-09JUN2024 - Festival Elkhorn Days - Four days of celebration including live music, games, a parade, fireworks on Friday night, and lots more. Elkhorn Days offers something for whole family. See website for more details!

EVENT - 2nd ANNUAL FALLBROOK SUMMER FESTIVAL (Fallbrook Town Center, Lincoln Nebraska)
     07JUN2024 - 5pm - 2nd Annual Fallbrook Summer Festival is back with 2 dates to kick-off and end your summer with a bang!  The festival will be held Friday, June 7th & August 9th in the Fallbrook Town Center.

EVENT - 50th ANNUAL OMAHA SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL (Aksarben Village, Omaha Nebraska)
     07JUN2024 - 11am-Sunset - June 7th, 8th, & 9th, 2024 is the 50th anniversary of Omaha Summer Arts Festival! They will have it all: incredible art, delicious food, rockin' local music, fun children's activities, AND MORE! Whether you're on the lookout for a new statement piece for your living room or you just want to wander around enjoying the excitement of the Festival, there's something for everyone at the 2024 Omaha Summer Arts Festival.

EVENT - MIDWEST FEST MARKET (RiverFront, 800 Douglas St, Omaha Nebraska)
     08-09JUN2024 - 10am-4pm - Secure your spot at the Midwest’s premier artisan event. Join us for a weekend of craftsmanship and community!

EVENT - MUNROE-MEYER GUILD GARDEN WALK (Omaha NE)
     09JUN2024 - The 55th annual Munroe-Meyer Guild Garden Walk will be held on June 9th from 9:00am till 4:00pm. Stay tuned for more info on the Gardens selected and when tickets go on sale. In the meantime, learn more about our Guild or the event at www.gardenwalk.info.

EVENT - 15th Annual Polishfest (Crescent Moon, 3578 Farnam St, Omaha Nebraska)
     10JUN2024 - 12pm-11pm - Mark your calendars and plan to celebrate some of the great heritage of South Omaha with the always fun and lively PolishFest in the Beer Corner "Beer Garden" when it opens at noon! What you can expect: Outdoor Beer Garden with a variety of Polish beer, Live Music, Polish food from the Ale House Grill featuring Frank Stoysich Polish Sausage, Pierogi & Cabbage Rolls. Families Welcome. Leashed dogs allowed in the beer garden.

EVENT - SWEDISH FESTIVAL (Stromsburg NE)
     14-16JUN2024 - Since 1953 people have been making the trip to Stromsburg the 3rd full weekend in June to celebrate their Swedish heritage or to be Swedish for the day. Swedish food, costumes, and dancing can be enjoyed throughout the festivities. There is plenty of free entertainment in the downtown square, the Stromsburg Public Library and around town. The Skjaldborg Vikings will educate you and entertain you while they reenact Viking life. The chicken BBQ on Friday night is a Stromsburg tradition. Basketball and horseshoe tournaments are annual events as is the Sunday car show. The kids can look forward to hours of entertainment while you enjoy crafts in the square or in the local shops. 

EVENT - COLLEGE WORLD SERIES (CWS) (Charles Schwab Field, Downtown Omaha)
     14-24JUN2024 - College World Series (CWS) - Have fun between 2024 NCAA Men's College World Series games at Fan Fest, open for the duration of the series. Check out games, photo booths, samples, and more. Even snap selfies with the championship trophy!

EVENT - BADMINTON WORLD FEDERATION - US OPEN 2024
     25JUN-30JUN2024

EVENT - WATER LANTERN FESTIVAL (Gene Leahy Mall, 1001 Douglas St, Omaha, NE 68102)
     29JUN2024 - 6pm-10pm - Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you'll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone. Friends, families, neighbors, and lots of people that you haven't met can come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience.

EVENT - LAKE RED ROCK BALLOONFEST 2024 (North Overlook Beach, 1007 Hwy T15, Pella, Iowa 50219)
     12-14JUL2024 - Balloonfest is an annual summer event, and a highlight of summer in the Lake Red Rock [Iowa] area! Follow them on Facebook for event updates @LakeRedRockBalloonfest.

EVENT - RAGBRAI START (Glenwood, Iowa)
    20JUL2024 - Starting point and first Community for the 2024 RAGBRAI.

FESTIVAL - LAVENDERSTOCK (The Loess Hills Lavender Farm, 2278 Loess Hills Trail, Missouri Valley, IA 51555)
     20-21JUL2024 - The third weekend in July is festival time at the Loess Hills Lavender Farm.  It’s the peak bloom for the lavender, when Mother Nature cooperates. Come cut a lavender bundle, attend a craft class, enjoy live music, and browse the many vendor tables throughout the fields.

EVENT - BENSON DAYS (Benson Nebraska)
     27JUL-28JUL2024 - Benson Days is a family-friendly, summer festival that celebrates the Benson neighborhood’s creative, diverse, and caring culture.

EVENT - 31st ANNUAL NEBRASKA STAR PARTY
     28JUL-02AUG2024 - Plan now to sail off on your own voyage of discovery this summer with us! The astronomical views from Merritt Reservoir's Snake Campground are fabulous, and there are plenty of recreational opportunities to keep the entire family entertained all week long at the annual Nebraska Star Party.

EVENT - 30th ANNUAL PONCA TRIBE OF NEBRASKA POWWOW (Niobrara NE)
     08-11AUG2024 - A 4-day Powwow - For the most up-to-date information, follow us on Facebook at: Ponca Tribe Powwow, or contact Culture Director Ricky Wright, Jr. at 402.371.8834 or rwrightjr@poncatribe-ne.gov.

EVENT - ZINNIA FLOWER FESTIVAL (Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard, 19481 225th St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503)
     17AUG2024 - 10am-6pm - Zinnia Festival held at Ditmars Orchard Northeast of Council Bluffs Iowa.

EVENT - DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM AIRSHOW (Offutt AFB, Bellevue NE)
    24-25AUG2024 - Offutt Air Force Base will be hosting the 2024 Defenders of Freedom Air & Space Show.  The USAF Thunderbirds will be in attendance!

EVENT - FUJI MOTOSUKO RESORT RAINBOW FLOWER FESTIVAL 2024 (Japan)
     01SEP-15OCT2024

EXPEDITION - A Photographic Expedition in Patagonia and Easter Island Chile (Patagonia Chile)
     09SEP-19SEP2024 - Five nights will be spent in Patagonia, from September 9th-14th and four nights will be spent on Easter Island, from September 15th-19th.
NIKON expeditions are led by NY based photographer and Latin America specialist Katsuyoshi Tanaka, who has traveled extensively in both Patagonia and Easter Island. In addition to Katsuyoshi Tanaka, one of explora’s bilingual guides will accompany you on each exploration, introducing you the history, flora & fauna, geography and other key features of each area. All of the explora guides have advanced level Wilderness First Responder certification and always carry a radio and emergency kit with them.

EDUCATION - Nikon Learn & Explore - 2024 European Photo Workshops (Italy)
     23-29SEP2024 - Fall in Tuscany - a 7-day photography workshop exploring the city of Florence, and the rolling hills of Tuscany.

EVENT - PLATTE RIVER PAINT OUT Memorial Event Art Show and Sale (Bader Park, 898 Bader Park Rd, Chapman, Nebraska 68827)
     10-13OCT2024 - CALL FOR ARTISTS & PHOTOGRAPHERS Platte River Paint Out Memorial.  Plein Aire Painting and Photography Event honoring Jana Van Housen & Ernie Ochsner.

EVENT - 29th ANNUAL HAUNTED HOLLOW AT INDIAN CAVE STATE PARK (Indian Cave State Park, Nebraska)
     11OCT2024 - 5:30pm-7:30pm - A number of wonderful Halloween activities for the family to enjoy!

EVENT - MIDWEST FEST HOLIDAY MARKET (RiverFront, Omaha Nebraska)
     14-15DEC2024 - TBD - Details to post soon...

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Rockbrook Camera:

     Photography Classes - Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska - click the link above to find and review the latest available classes offered by Rockbrook Camera.

EDUCATION - PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES (Lincoln Nebraska)

EDUCATION - Kansas City Photography Group Classes (Kansas City MO)

 EVENT - LAURITZEN GARDENS ADULT EDUCATION - Digital Photography: Garden Macro (100 Bancroft St, Omaha Nebraska)
     8JUN2024 - 10am-12pm - Digital Photography: Garden Macro Photography - In this class, participants will learn the fundamental techniques of macro photography in order to capture stunning extreme close-up images of the garden’s exquisite florals. They will gain knowledge on using specific settings, macro lenses, why manual focus matters, and creative elements to make their photos stand out. Pre-registration is required. $30, $25 for garden members.

EVENT - LAURITZEN GARDENS ADULT EDUCATION - CELLULAR PHONE PHOTOGRAPHY (100 Bancroft St, Omaha Nebraska)
     8JUN2024- 1pm-3pm - Some say the best camera is the one in your hand—your phone!  As the quality and sophistication of smart phones improves, more and more people are relying almost exclusively on their phone as their primary camera. In this class you will learn how to take beautiful pictures with your smartphone and how to focus, compose, and expose images correctly. Discover the different adjustment options, how to use filters, and how to take fun creative images with fresh perspectives. With tips and tricks, we'll have you shooting like a pro.

EVENT - LAURITZEN GARDENS ADULT EDUCATION - Portrait Photography (100 Bancroft St, Omaha Nebraska)
     13JUL2024 - 10am-12pm - In this introductory class, you will learn how to create stunning portraits in the gardens! Learn the most important rules of portrait photography: posing, lighting, focusing, and framing your subjects for beautiful results. Learn how to use portrait lenses and how to incorporate the tiniest details like catchlights using reflectors and natural light. Portrait lenses are required like the following: 85mm f1.8, or, 50 mm f1.2, 1.4, or 1.8, or a 70-200mm f2.8.

EVENT - LAURITZEN GARDENS ADULT EDUCATION - Cellular Phone Photography (100 Bancroft St, Omaha Nebraska)
     13JUL2024 - 1pm-3pm - Some say the best camera is the one in your hand—your phone!  As the quality and sophistication of smart phones improves, more and more people are relying almost exclusively on their phone as their primary camera. In this class you will learn how to take beautiful pictures with your smartphone and how to focus, compose, and expose images correctly. Discover the different adjustment options, how to use filters, and how to take fun creative images with fresh perspectives. With tips and tricks, we'll have you shooting like a pro.

EVENT - LAURITZEN GARDENS ADULT EDUCATION - Pet Photography (100 Bancroft St, Omaha Nebraska)
     13JUL2024 - 3:30pm-5:30pm - In this class we will learn tips and tricks to capture fantastic images of our furry friends. No experience is necessary and there are no camera or lens requirements. Bring your preferred camera, lenses, or phone and learn how to achieve sharp focus, perfect subject placement, good composition, maintain your pet’s attention, and capture that perfect expression–including the adorable inquisitive head tilt! We will reign in chaos by leaving the real pets at home, but feel free to bring a stuffed animal or equivalent to practice with. Woof!

EXTERNAL LINKS DISCLAIMER
* The Photographers Club (TPC) website contains links to certain websites that are not affiliated with our club or its members. These may include State and Local government agencies, international agencies, commercial and private entities.
* TPC cannot attest to the accuracy of information provided by such websites. If we provide a link to such a website, this does not constitute an endorsement by our club, or its members of the information or products presented on the non-TPC website.
* In addition, such websites are not within our control and may not follow the same privacy, security or accessibility policies. Once you visit such a website, you are subject to the policies of that site.

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Tip two of my Ten Quick Tips to Improve your Photography: Shoot Eye to Eye

Depth Of Field, Where To Focus & Infinity - by Mike Browne

AWESOME TIPS AND EXAMPLES OF OUT-OF-FOCUS (OOF) PHOTOGRAPHY - by 121 Clicks - a World Class Portal dedicated for the Arts & Photography

ULTIMATE GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING FOCUS IN PHOTOGRAPHY - By Leonardo Papèra and Iceland Photo Tours

FOCUS POINT PHOTOGRAPHY: HOW TO ACHIEVE ACCURATE FOCUS - By Shutterstock

DEALING WITH GRAY DAYS - from Digitial Photography

High Speed Sync Flash Photography with Hannah Couzens

In this video - Hannah will explain High Speed Sync. when and why you may wish to use it and demonstrate it in action with two photoshoots in very different conditions.

Shooting Portraits with One Speedlight by Sean Tucker

Great video providing a basic set-up and a list of the equipment needed to make photographic portraits anywhere with a single speedlight and a couple of modifiers.

Lorenzo Crinelli due-Attraverso l'immagine

Facebook member providing beautiful B&W images to inspire you.

Roksolyana Hilevych Photography 
Award-Winning Landscape Photographer based in Dolomites

Ansel Adams Inspired II
Facebook Group - dedicated to finding, creating, and sharing images in the style of Ansel Adams (This group REPLACES the Ansel Adams Inspired group)

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The Photographer's Club COMPETITION RULES

PRINTS/DIGITAL IMAGES (Presented 1985, Current Rev. 06-14-2017)
 

(1) The Photographer's Club CATEGORIES OF PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES
Subject of the Month (SOM) - pictures taken after the schedule was set in the October meeting for 10 subjects, one per month (Jan. - Oct.) of the coming year.

SOM Categories for 2024

  * (Jan) Snow Scenes (Digital)

  * (Feb) Candy (Print)

  * (Mar) Focus [Lack of Focus (or) a great deal of focus - Depth of Field] (Digital)

  * (Apr) New Growth (Print)

  * (May) What is it? (Digital)

  * (Jun) Complimentary Colors (Print)

  * (Jul) Shadows (Digital)

  * (Aug) Motion (Print)

  * (Sep) Waterfalls (Digital)

  * (Oct) Straight Out-of-the-Camera (Print)

Past Year's SOM Categories for 2023

  * (Jan) Patterns and Textures (Digital)

  * (Feb) Still Life Single Subject (Print)

  * (Mar) Winter Landscape (Digital)

  * (Apr) Early Spring (Print)

  * (May) Moon / Astrophotography (Digital)

  * (Jun) Reflections (Print)

  * (Jul) Sunset or Sunrise (Digital)

  * (Aug) Fireworks (Print)

  * (Sep) Pets or Animals (Digital)

  * (Oct) Fall Landscape (Print)


OPEN Category - Any subject, taken anytime during the current calendar year or in the immediately preceding calendar year; images may have unlimited alterations.

Number of images that a member may submit per month (submission months Jan. - Oct.)
Print entries for judging are limited to six (6) images per month.


These images may be distributed among the two categories (SOM or OPEN) with no more than three (3) prints in any one category. 


Entries are limited to six (6). They may be distributed among the two categories as desired or, all six may be in one category.


All entries will be assembled or projected in two groups:  SOM and OPEN


Projected images shall not be judged but may be discussed and critiqued.

(2) GENERAL GUIDELINES - Approved January 2009
a. These guidelines reflect changes in the specifications related to Subject of the Month (SOM) and Open Class (OC) entries submitted for TCP showings.

b. The changes resulted from actions taken by members at the regular TCP meeting on November 9, 2005 and changes made in January 2009.

c. The latest changes were largely made to accommodate both those members who wish to submit for judging prints whose images may have unlimited post-capture editing and alterations, and those members who wish to submit for judging prints with images that have only limited or no editing or alteration. The changes accomplished this by providing for the separate grouping and judging of entries according to various degrees of editing and alteration of images.

d. Members are encouraged to regularly submit at the second meeting of each month, January through October, mounted and matted prints of their newly produced work, whether from film or digital sources. These prints are to be judged by the members present to select the three best prints submitted at the meeting in each of two different groups: (1) Subject of the Month (SOM), (2) and (3) Open Class (OPEN).

e. Another aim of the foregoing action is to produce a body of work suitable for exhibition and competition.

(3) GUIDELINES FOR SUBJECT OF THE MONTH (SOM)

DEFINITION - For our purpose, a subject may be anything; for example, an object, an action, an event, an emotion or a person - anything that may be portrayed photographically.
 

SELECTION OF SUBJECTS

a. At a regular meeting in October of each year, the members present select a list of ten subjects, one for each month, January through October, of the coming year; each subject is assigned to a specific month.

b. Subjects are chosen to challenge the creativity and picture-taking skills of the members.

NUMBER OF SOM ENTRIES

a. Entries for SOM showing are limited to those pictures, film or digital, taken after the SOM schedules set in October. After that time, a subject on the schedule may be photographed at any time prior to the subject's scheduled showing.

b. SOM entries are limited to six (6) images per subject. The entries may be prints, and/or digital images in any combination within the total limit of six (6) SOM entries.

 

c. A SOM entry that does not conform with the designated SOM will be rejected.

 

PRINTS OF SOM IMAGES - Members are encouraged to submit each month up to three unframed but mounted and matted prints of that month's subject with limited or no post-capture editing or alteration. However, one of the three prints may be of any other subject not in the current SOM series and provided that the original exposure for this substitute print (SOM) was made after the SOM schedule for the year was set. In addition to these three prints, one may submit two more mounted and matted prints of images with unlimited editing and alteration, one a SOM and the other an OPEN.

 


(4) GUIDELINES FOR OPEN CLASS SUBMISSION

DEFINITION - Open Class (OC) includes any print or digital image of any subject not in the current SOM series that may have been taken at anytime in the past or present. Open Class images may have unlimited post-capture editing and alteration.

NUMBER OF OC ENTRIES - Open Class Entries are limited to six (6) images and may be prints or digital images and in any combination within the total limit of six. One of the OC images with unlimited post-capture changes may be submitted in print form for judging.

 


(5) PREPARATION OF ENTRIES

* All entries must be prepared in accordance with the specifications established for the various types of entries, i.e., prints or digital images. Improperly prepared entries may be rejected.

* All entries must be the original work of the entrant.

PRINTS - FORMATTING
* A print must be a minimum 8 x 10 inches, a maximum of 16 x 20 inches

* A print must be mounted on a mat board or other rigid flat backing, e.g., foam board, not to exceed 16 x 20 inches.
* The top mat, which may be of any color, must have a window at least 7 x 9 inches.
* Note: Typically, pre-cut mats for 8 x 10 inch pictures are 11 x 14 inches with a window of 7 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches. Pre-cut mats for larger prints are also available. Members, of course, may cut mats to other dimensions as long as they are within the minimum and maximum limits.
 

PRINTS - LABELING
* Because prints for as many as five (5) separate groups may be submitted for judging, it is especially important that all prints be properly mounted, matted, and labeled.
* Labels are to be in the upper-left corner on the back of the mount, and must include the following items in the order listed:
       - Title of picture
       - Maker's (member's) name
       - One of the following designations of the print's classification by group and division: SOM or OPEN.
       - Date of showing/judging: e.g., Jan. 29, 2009

DIGITAL - FORMAT
* Entries submitted as digital images must be in the JPEG format.
 

DIGITAL - DELIVERY MEDIA
* Digital images may be submitted by the following means:
       - CD-R
       - USB Flash Drive (Thumb Drive)
       - Email is another delivery option. To reduce prep time at meetings, digital images may be sent in advance via Email to the Digital Image Coordinator. This must be done no later than the day before the scheduled meeting.

 

* Note: If you submit digital entries intermingled with other digital images, e.g., on a CD, please be prepared to identify specifically which are intended entries.

 


(6) SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES

* In keeping with the current meeting schedule, photographic images submitted by members are shown at the second regular meeting of the month (January through October), which is held on the fourth Wednesday.
 

* All entries in whatever form must be submitted by the stated meeting time, 7:00 P.M.
 

* It is important that properly prepared entries be submitted promptly to avoid delay in arranging entries for projection or other display and judging.
 

* Members, upon arrival, must give their entries to the following coordinators depending on the type of entries, i.e., prints, or digital images:
       - Print Display and Judging Coordinator
       - Digital Image Projection Coordinator

 

* Matted and mounted prints to be judged must be kept from view until they are put in the hands of the Print Coordinator. This must be done, for example, by having prints in a bag, by having prints face to face if more than one, or by having face of the print covered with paper or other removable material. This is to ensure that the identity of the print makers will not be known until after the judging is completed.
 

* An image once submitted and judged may not be submitted again for judging in the same or another category.
 

(7) RULES CONCERNING EDITING AND ALTERING PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES FOR CLUB COMPETITION
Rule 1 - The following edits, enhancements and fixes are permissible for both film and digital images submitted for judging in the SOM category:
  * Cropping
  * Adjusting crooked images
  * Removing minor blemishes
  * Correcting skin tones, lighting, color, contrast, brightness
  * Lightening dark areas, darkening light areas
  * Eliminating red eye
  * Sharpening

Rule 2 - Images submitted in the OPEN category may have been produced with any alterations, edits, enhancements the photographer wishes to provide the desired effect.
 
Note: For prints to be judged in a given category, there must be entries by at least two members, each submitting at least one print. If only one member submits one or more prints in a given category, they will not be judged, and the member has the option of moving the entries to OPEN for judging or withdrawing the print(s) for later submission.

 

Rule 3 - Remember rules number 1 and 2.

(8) Document Templates and Labels (found below in the links provided)

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