Monthly Competitions


The 2nd Thursday of each month (except December) is dedicated to judged competitions in Monochrome Prints, Color Prints, and Digital Entries. Ribbons are awarded to the winners in each category.

About Competitions

The Atlanta Photographic Society is one of the oldest photo clubs in Atlanta. We realize the most important activity within a photo club needs to be image critiques and competitions done by independent judges and to a lesser degree by professional photographer members of the club. Listening to the critique is the only way to learn and improve our craft.

Monthly Competitions – Members have the opportunity to enter as many as 9 images per competition (up to 3 monochrome prints, 3 color prints, and 3 digital entries). Competitions are held at the first meeting of each month, January through October, with a master competition in November.

At each
monthly competition, a judge will critique and score each image as “in” or “out”. Any image that is scored “out” will no longer be considered for a ribbon. All images that receive an “in” will be compared by the judge and the best will be awarded ribbons (20% ribbon awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and honorable mentions for each category).

Master Competition – A collection of all the ribbon-winning images from monthly competitions throughout the year are entered into the November master competition on behalf of the winners. The master competition is the only competition where no critique will take place, but every member present will score each image. The scores will be tabulated after the competition and “Best of the Year” ribbons will be presented to the winners at our annual holiday party in December.

Competition Rules

All members in good standing who have paid their annual dues may enter APS competitions. All images entered (film or digital) must be exposed and manipulated (if applicable) by the entrant. Professional processing, printing and mounting are acceptable. Previously entered images in regular competitions are allowed in subsequent regular competitions provided they have not received a ribbon in the category they are to be entered in.

All entries in regular competitions are commented on by a judge in 3 distinct categories: Monochrome Prints, Color Prints & Digital. Members may enter up to 3 images per category. The entry fee is $1.00 per category.

Print entries must be mounted but not framed or glassed. Matting is optional. Mounts must not exceed 16” x 20” x 1/4” thick. The minimum mount size is 11” x 14” (or 154 sq. in); the minimum image size is 6” x 10” (or 60 sq. in). All prints must carry a title, the photographer’s name, and an arrow pointing to the top of the image on the back of the mount (preferably in the lower left-hand corner). No writing or decoration is allowed on the front of the entry except the title of the image, if desired. Print entries may be conventional prints or digital ink prints.

Digital entries need to have about 1280 pixels at their longest dimension and be in the jpg format with a #8 compression. The entries need to carry a title and the name of the entrant (Example: Flower by John Doe) and are to be submitted ahead of time via e-mail to the competition chairperson or to a designated presenter. The deadline for submissions is 8:30p the night before competition day.

Any entry may be disqualified when, in the opinion of the competition chairperson or the judge, the image is not in good taste, does not conform to the rules or does not fit the theme (in a theme competition).

Approximately 20% of the entries will receive a ribbon. There will be 1st, 2nd, 3rd and HM ribbons depending on the amount of entries per category.

How to Prep Your Digital Competition Entries

This guide was written for people that are just starting out with digital competitions. Print competition winners may also find this guide helpful for submitting electronic copies of their photos to be displayed on the web site.

Most laptops that we use for competitions have a screen size of 1280 x 960 ppi. Therefore, your image will fill the screen and show up big when you fill all the 1280 x 960 pixels. There are many ways to accomplish the same goal, and this is just one way that works.

Computer Preparation:

Establish a separate folder wherever you normally store your images and call it “Competition Entries.” Do this only once and use it throughout the year. This will establish a record of your entries and you will be able to quickly locate and replace a lost entry when needed without going through the resizing process again.

Image Entry Preparation:
  • Open your image in Photoshop (other programs are not considered here).
  • Before you do anything else, click “SAVE AS,” and give the image the following naming conversion: Use a short title, add the word “by” and then type your name (Example: Building Art by Bernd Greulich).
  • Select your new “Competition Entries” folder and click SAVE as jpg, using a #8 compression.
  • Do whatever changes, cropping, or enhancements to the image now.
  • As a final competition preparation, size your image by selecting Image Size from the Image menu in Photoshop.
  • De-select the Resample Image check box at the bottom, then enter a resolution of 214 pixels/inch and click OK.
  • Go back into Image Size from the Image menu and this time select the Resample Image check box at the bottom.
  • Enter a pixel dimension of 1280 as your largest dimension (depends if you have a horizontal or vertical image) from the Pixel Dimension dialog box. Click OK.
  • Save your image and your digital entry is now ready for uploading.

Repeat the above procedure for any remaining entries.

Uploading your digital entries:
Submit your digital entries to the APS Upload page by 8:30 PM on the night before the day of the competition.

Note:
There are many photo programs available and each one works differently. If you are not using PhotoShop you need to learn how to do the above by consulting your operating instructions. But please remember one important step: Always do the “SAVE AS” first before anything else or you may loose your original image.

Competition Score Sheet

7:30—9:30 PM, Thursday, January 9, 2014

Monthly Open competitions (Monochrome prints, Color prints, Digital) 

 

Open competitions means that members can enter any subject image such as Portrait, Nature, People, Animals, Buildings, Landscape, Abstracts etc. Ribbons are awarded to the winning entries. The images can be plain or manipulated but must be in good taste and must conform to all rules and regulation. 


7:30—9:30 PM, Thursday, February 13, 2014

Around the House - A plethora of photographic possibilities and subjects abound very close by, in and around your own home.
The wide range of awaiting images is astounding!  Just think: the yard's or ground's abundance of plants, flowers and living creatures.
The home's exterior and interior architectural details. 
All your stuff: furniture, kitchen items, clothing, garage (or workshop or basement) tools and contents, car(s), books (I'm writing this in my study), etc. 
I could go on and on, but, bottom line, all images must be taken in or around your own home.

7:30—9:30 PM, Thursday, March 13, 2014

Monthly Open competitions (Monochrome prints, Color prints, Digital) 

 

Open competitions means that members can enter any subject image such as Portrait, Nature, People, Animals, Buildings, Landscape, Abstracts etc. Ribbons are awarded to the winning entries. The images can be plain or manipulated but must be in good taste and must conform to all rules and regulation. 


7:30—9:30 PM, Thursday, April 10, 2014

Minimalist - A work of visual art set out to expose the essence, essentials or identity of a subject through eliminating all non-essential forms, features or concepts.

 Minimalist photography is the intentional showing of one theme only.

 All distracting elements that may lead to another theme are removed or avoided.

 When viewing a minimalist photograph only one theme should occupy our mind.

 A good minimalist image should not contain a reason to ask questions.


Here are some examples:

 

 

7:30—9:30 PM, Thursday, May 8, 2014

Monthly Open competitions (Monochrome prints, Color prints, Digital) 

 

Open competitions means that members can enter any subject image such as Portrait, Nature, People, Animals, Buildings, Landscape, Abstracts etc. Ribbons are awarded to the winning entries. The images can be plain or manipulated but must be in good taste and must conform to all rules and regulation. 

7:30—9:30 PM, Thursday, June 12, 2014

Still Life: Today's World - Photograph an object or collection of objects that capture the essence of now, life in today's world, what is current. 
Each image should convey to the future viewer what things were like circa 2014.  All images must be taken during 2013-14.
This is not your regular Still Life, this is a Still life where the theme is "current events". A regular still life of your coffee pot is not good enough unless your coffee pot is a model that was offered, designed, or first sold in 2013/14.

 

 

7:30—9:30 PM, Thursday, July 10, 2014

Monthly Theme competitions (Monochrome prints, Color prints, Digital) 

 

Around the House - A plethora of photographic possibilities and subjects abound very close by, in and around your own home.
The wide range of awaiting images is astounding!  Just think: the yard's or ground's abundance of plants, flowers and living creatures.
The home's exterior and interior architectural details. 
All your stuff: furniture, kitchen items, clothing, garage (or workshop or basement) tools and contents, car(s), books (I'm writing this in my study), etc. 
I could go on and on, but, bottom line, all images must be taken in or around your own home.

7:30—9:30 PM, Thursday, August 14, 2014

Monthly Open competitions (Monochrome prints, Color prints, Digital) 

 

Open competitions means that members can enter any subject image such as Portrait, Nature, People, Animals, Buildings, Landscape, Abstracts etc. Ribbons are awarded to the winning entries. The images can be plain or manipulated but must be in good taste and must conform to all rules and regulation. 

7:30—9:30 PM, Thursday, September 11, 2014

Monthly Open competitions (Monochrome prints, Color prints, Digital) 

 

Open competitions means that members can enter any subject image such as Portrait, Nature, People, Animals, Buildings, Landscape, Abstracts etc. Ribbons are awarded to the winning entries. The images can be plain or manipulated but must be in good taste and must conform to all rules and regulation. 

 

*In addition to the open competition, this is the time to collect all Assignment Zone entries for the digital competition, scheduled for the October program show date.

7:30—9:30 PM, Thursday, October 9, 2014

Wabi Sabi – A Japanese aesthetic emphasizing acceptance of transience and imperfection. 
Any further attempt at description of wabi sabi on my part would just serve to confuse.
One who wishes to learn more about wabi sabi might start with the Wikipedia article on the subject:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabi_sabi


But be warned, too much curiosity could start a very long journey.

This wabi sabi theme cometition is probably one that needs some research by the participants.

It will also be a challenge to whoever is the judge for this month

7:30—9:30 PM, Thursday, November 13, 2014

Master Competition 

 

This is your chance to be the judge. A collection of all the ribbon-winning images from the past year are entered into the November Master competition. No critique will take place at this competition. Instead, all members in attendance will vote on each image. All you have to do is show up, enjoy the images and decide which are your top picks of the year. The scores will be tabulated after the competition and “Best of the Year” ribbons will be presented to the winners at our annual Holiday Party in December. 

6:30—9:30 PM, Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Party and Awards Dinner

This is a Holiday Party and Awards dinner where we award the annual Trophies and Medallions as well as the Master Competition Ribbons to the best photographers of the APS club. We also honor members that have given extra time and efforts for the benefit of the club throughout the year.

All members, e-mail members and spouses are invited to participate.


Date: Thursday, December 11, 2015

  • Petite Auberge, on N. Druid Hills Rd.
  • 6 PM — Reception/Cash Bar
  • 7 PM — Dinner

Menu  choices:

Seasonal Mixed Greens with choice of dressings

CHOICE OF ENTREES (Please inform Helene): served with vegetable, starch, bread & butter

  • CHICKEN "HUNTER STYLE' :  chicken Breast in a Cognac cream sauce with mushrooms and tomatoes
  • TROUT ALMONDINE:  Sauteed fresh Mountain Trout topped with Lemon butter Sauce and Almonds
  • BRAISED BEEF BURGUNDY ROAST:    braised in a red wine MUSHROOM  sauce
  • SAUTEED FRESH VEGETABLE LINQUINI:  Fresh vegetables sauteed in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and tossed with Linguini Noodles

CHOICE OF DESSERT (Please inform Helene):

  • NEW ORLEANS BREAD PUDDING
  • CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

Coffee or Iced Tea

{Beverages are available on a cash basis at the Bar].


Cost of Dinner:  $33.75 per member


IMPORTANT!!!!!

All checks should be brought to the meetings on October 23, or November 13, along with Menu Choices!

CHECKS OR CASH. 

Certainly acceptable to bring to the October 23 meeting, MENU CHOICES IN WRITING, PLEASE.

Or, send  reservation and menu choices to Helene (by clicking here). Helene will send a confirmation, but be sure to pay $$ by Nov. 13. 

If preference is to send by mail, send to Helene Mewborn, P.O.Box 33931, Decatur, GA., 30033

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