NTC/FMC Photo Competition
Ruahine User Group Agenda and Minutes
NTC/FMC Photo Competiton
Previously scheduled for our NTC Club night 26 August. This will now be rescheduled. Those entering the FMC Photo Compeition should have sent photos to Sue Martin by 26th Auhgust.
NTC/FMC Categories (See FMC Rules below for the category description)
• ABOVE BUSHLINE (With no Human Element)
• ABOVE BUSHLINE (With a Human Element)
• BELOW BUSHLINE (With no Human Element)
• BELOW BUSHLINE (With a Human Element)
• NATIVE FLORA & FAUNA
• LONG EXPOSURE
PLUS Club Humour.
Photos should be 6 x 4 inches (30cm x 20cm) and no border.
Ensure your name is on the back of the photo, along with the category which you wish to enter.
There are great prizes to be won for 1st and 2nd place winners.
All members will vote for a winner in each category, which will be announced on the night.
Those entering the FMC photo competition should read on below.
Digital photos should be at least 1Mb, as it is about the minimum quality for print publication, should your entry win. Much beyond 3Mb is a little pointless, as there’s more pixels than the judges’ screen can display!
Send your photos (any number per category) to Sue Martin via email at email@example.com by 26 August.
Sue will arrange for the FMC entries to be judged, and she will ensure that the NTC entries are received by the FMC.
Entries close on 15 September 2021 for clubs.
1. Definition of a “human element”
The definition of a “human element” is flexible but the general intention is: Where the photo contains anything other than as a very minor feature: people, a hut, a track sign/marker, bridge, ice axe and anything else that has been introduced by humans into the environment – we would define that as having “a Human element”. But if a photo has what could be called a Human Element but that element is very small, inconsequential and not a feature in the photo then you could count it as “No Human Element”.
2. Entries for the contemporary categories must be taken after 1 Jan 2019. Any photos taken prior to this date will automatically be entered into the historic category.
3. Definition of “historic”
The intention for the historic category is for entrants to go back through club and individual archives to select “old photos” rather than “photos of old things”. As an example, a recent photo of a hut built in the 1950s is not a ‘historic’ photo. However, a photo of the same hut taken in the 1960s certainly is a ‘historic’ photo. Photos for the historic category must be taken before 1 Jan 2019. Judges tend to favour images which capture the essence of eras past, rather than images which qualify by date but illustrate a contemporary age. The prize for any winning photo from a club archive by a deceased member will go to the club. The prize for any winning photo from an individual archive by a deceased person will go to the person who entered the photo, whether through a club or as an individual supporter.
4. Definition of “Long Exposure”
The intention of the long exposure category is for photography of scenes that the naked eye cannot normally comprehend. These shots would require a very long exposure and the use of a tripod. The category is intended for highly technical images of shots taken at night (including star trails) or in extremely low light situations such as caves or canyons. The category is not intended for normal dusk/dawn photography, or images where a long exposure is used to ‘blur’ the image (such as flowing water, or movement of the subject).
The trial is intended to encourage more entries, by separating such highly technical photos into their own category. We hope to get more participation from entrants who are not put off by the thought of having to compete with such highly technical photos.
5. All photos must be taken within New Zealand, which is defined as within our Exclusive Economic Zone. This includes the following islands: North, South, Stewart, Chatham, Kermadec, Sub-Antarctic.
6. The following photos are not eligible for entry:
• Those which have been previously published (apart from in FMC club magazines and the photographer’s personal publication online).
• Those which have won any prize in any other photo competition (apart from FMC club competitions).
7. Rules on post-processing:
• Adjustments for exposure, white balance, contrast and levels are allowed
• Cropping is allowed
• Stitching for panoramic shots is allowed
• Removal or insertion of features not in the original image is not allowed.
8. Only one entry per club is normally allowed, containing a maximum of two photos per category. The club entry must be authorised by a club committee member or delegate.
9. FMC acknowledges the work of volunteer judges. These volunteers are unable to enter their images in the club competition they are judging. Therefore, each club may submit a second entry, comprised of photos taken by the judges of club competitions. The club’s second entry for the club judges may contain a maximum of two photos per category. These photos will be considered alongside all other club entries. The club judge’s entry must also be authorised by a club committee member or delegate. Please use the ‘club’ entry form.
10. The judges reserve the right to amend the category of a photo which, in their opinion, is entered in the incorrect category. FMC will not accept any entries which contradict FMC values, policies or any relevant laws. Where any entry is controversial, FMC may request that the photographer demonstrate how they adhered to any relevant rules. The photo competition organisers’ decision on accepting such an entry will be final.
11. Prizes will be assigned at the sole discretion of the competition organisers at FMC. Winners will be put in touch with sponsors to arrange delivery of any prize. Prizes are not transferable for cash.
Ruahine User Group
The Agenda and Minutes of the Ruahine User Group meeting held on Monday 19 July. Ruahine Users Group Meeting Agenda Actions and Minutes – DOC-6714645_20210727