Welcome to the Trillium Photographic Club online photo judging main page.

This is one of five general competitions for our club members.

For this competition, each member submits up to 5 images. They may request a comment on one of these.

Categories

We try to make sure images are in the right category but make no guarantees. If you are convinced the image does not fit the category, please give it a lower mark.

We have three categories: Pictorial, Creative and Nature:

The complete definitions are below. Briefly, we have made some changes to try to keep birds that look like nature images out of pictorial, and creative images that look completely computer-generated out of the competition.

Pictorial is the “general” category, but we have added the caveat that if a picture looks like it belongs in Nature, it should not be in Pictorial. The corollary is that we do allow some minor alterations in Nature.

We have not gone as far as some O3C clubs regarding alterations in Nature, though. We have nonetheless adopted a number of O3C points, such as allowing HDR, focus stacking, and monochrome desaturated. We also adopted the language about story-telling and titling. If there are too many alterations in a nature-type image, or the naming criteria cannot be met, the only other place for the image is in creative, if the image can go there.

The creative definition is quite general. However, if there are computer-generated effects, the result must still show its photographic origin: “Artwork or computer graphics generated by the entrant may be incorporated if the image’s photographic origin is still evident.”

Here, then, are the definitions:

[Start of category definitions.]

1. Pictorial

A pictorial image should express an idea, create a mood, or stir an emotion. This is a “general” classification encompassing landscapes, seascapes, sunsets, etc. Included are photographs of architecture, industry and agriculture. Photographs of cultivated biological subjects, domesticated zoological subjects and nature images showing the impact of man belong in this category. Photographs of people, portraits and candid images are included. The pictorial artistic quality of the image will be the main criterion evaluated. Images that appear to meet our nature criteria cannot be entered in pictorial.

2. Nature

Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict observations from all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology.

Included are wild plants, wildflowers, ferns, fungi, algae and lichens, etc. represented in their natural habitat (not cultivated or formally arranged), images of geological formations and specimens, astronomic images, natural phenomena such as weather phenomena and special light conditions.

Also included are images of wild animals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, insects, etc. The presence of scientific bands on wild animals is acceptable.

Human elements shall not be present except on the occasion where those human elements are a minor part of the image and enhance the nature story. Computer manipulations such as adjustments to exposure, saturation, burning and dodging, spot removal and sharpness are permitted. Any other computer manipulation must be very minor, such as removing small signs of restraint like jesses on raptors, and in no way alter the authenticity of the original nature subject or scene photographed.

The primary objective of this category is to depict an accurate record of the subject in its natural environment. The completed image should look “Natural.” Subjects must appear to be in their natural habitat regardless of where photographed. Backgrounds should be secondary to the subject unless illustrating habitat. Extreme close-ups or high magnifications are acceptable to illustrate detail. However, the main subject should still be easily identified and have a fairly realistic portrayal.

HDR: The use of HDR techniques is acceptable for nature images as this technique falls under the allowed selective lightening and darkening technique; however, the result must appear natural. Over-processed HDR images or artistic HDR images are not acceptable as nature images.

Focus Stacking: The use of Focus Stacking techniques for Macro images will be allowed. The result must appear natural.

Monochrome Desaturated: Full Monochrome Images are allowed in the Nature category. This refers to images that contained colour information when taken, but the colour was subsequently removed through desaturation or other similar processes to become a monochrome image. Selective colour in a monochrome image will be deemed as Creative and is not allowed.

Story-telling: The inclusion of a story-telling element in nature images is strongly encouraged.

Respect for wildlife: Good manners and a true respect for nature and all wildlife must be the paramount objective of any photographer. Close-up photography of nests of newly born birds and mammals is to be avoided as the process disturbs the nesting area and usually puts the young animals at risk. Shooting from a distance via a long telephoto lens is recommended for this type of photography.

When titling, the scientific names or common names must be used. Catchy titles are not acceptable. A subject description may also be included (i.e. Heron in mating plumage). Refrain from overgeneralizing your title such as “Bird,” “Bee” or “Flower.”

Nature images that do not meet the naming or post-processing criteria may only be entered in Creative, if the images meet those requirements.

3. Creative

This category promotes the manipulation of photograph(s) in both in-camera and post processing for artistic purposes to create a fictional or conceptual image or photographic art.

Any subject or topic is acceptable in this category provided that the original captured image is the work of the photographer.

The entrant must have captured the source images and hold the copyright for them. The entrant must also have taken all components of the final image and performed all aspects of the post-processing of the submitted image.

Images may not be constructed entirely within a computer. Non-creative images are not eligible for this category.

All different in-camera, on-camera and post-processing techniques may be used. This includes combining multiple images and elements in a final image. Digital frame, pin-line, borders and mats are permitted in this category. Artwork or computer graphics generated by the entrant may be incorporated if the image’s photographic origin is still evident.

The image title should complement or contribute to the vision or message being presented in the image.

[End of definitions]

Judging

Our images are a maximum of 1400 pixels horizontally and up to 1050 px vertically. They are sRGB colour jpg files.

Please confirm you have the following computer display attributes:

Displays are set to a minimum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 32 bit colour. (The software will shrink the image a little bit if the monitor is less than 1200 px high.)

Images should be viewed around 18-24 inches from your Monitors.

Laptops will NOT be acceptable (due to variances in viewing angles).

Displays should have been recently calibrated by a proper hardware/software display calibration system. Viewing of images should be done in the same conditions as the initial calibration of the monitor.

Since our judges our from the O3C, we have not set out other general criteria for judging but rely on the O3C training.

Judging form

Dual monitors would be best, as you can view images on one monitor and scoring on the other monitor.

Before judging click the category heading as this will sort the images by category.

Please note the first time you access each category in the judging interface, it may take 2-3 minutes before you can use the interface as the images are cached on your computer. After the first time they will come up quickly.

In the left hand column of this scoring form, for each image there is a thumbnail and the title. If the maker has requested a comment we require you to offer a comment in the text area in the Comment column. The last column is a drop down option box for your score.

When you click on an image thumbnail, it will open the image in a separate window and you should arrange the two windows so that you can view the entire image within the image window and the scoring form in the other window. You can also use two screens. The scoring window is flexible and may be narrowed substantially if necessary.

We encourage judges to use the entire range of scores from 5 through 10. Half-points should be used, like 7.5. We do not score below 5.

After all scores have been received and compiled, you may may be asked to reevaluate and/or comment on images with a variance of 3 points or more.

If Required is shown above the comment field, the submitter has requested a comment. These are randomly presented to the judges and are mandatory. You have a 500 character limit. Your comment should offer suggestions which would help the maker improve their image.

If you want to comment on any other image you may do so as well.

You can click on the test pattern to display a calibration image to check your contrast and brightness levels.

Each “Save All” button saves all unsaved items. A red outline appears around these boxes indicating which images you have changed but not yet saved. It is recommended that you save often (every few images) so that you don’t lose any unsaved entries.

• A small box at the bottom left of your screen keeps track of how many items you have completed.

• You may also sort the images by using any of the available sort buttons at the top of the columns

• Reloading the page will revert it to the original alphabetical Title order

• You must score all of the images before completing the judging

• You are able to change your scores and edit your comments until you have completed your scoring form and press the “Finished” button

• Please ensure that any entries marked with Comment Requested is filled in prior to finishing.

Once you click Finished you will not be allowed back into the judging area unless an Administrator resets your status. If your judging is missing a score or comment, it will show an error and tell you why you cannot submit your final scores.

We will send you the final compiled results from all 3 judges for your reference. We also have the O3C judging analysis spreadsheet for comparison.

If you have any questions contact David Evans by text at 905.975.3138 or at [email protected]. For technical issues you can also contact Dan Copeland at [email protected].

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