-Calibration and colour Images must be colour profiled/corrected using a calibrated monitor and utilising Adobe RGB 98 colour space before submission. Allowances will NOT be made for poorly colour managed/corrected images.
-Please ensure your images are not over saturated and faithfully represent the subject matter. The same applies to Contrast Levels, the resultant image should be realistic.
-Sharpening is allowed but use sparingly – many images are ruined by over-sharpening. Likewise for Noise Reduction, only use this function where absolutely necessary, and keep it to a minimum.
-Mild cropping is allowed, but please be mindful that if you are a finalist and the original file is requested for comparison with your submitted image, you may be penalized for excessive cropping. We are interested in your ability to capture the image at the time, not find the perfect composition whilst sitting at the computer.
-Digital adjustments are only acceptable if limited to minor cleaning work (removing dust spots), levels, curves, colour, saturation and contrast work. Setting the Black and White Points, minor adjustments to the Curves and correcting for any colour shifts should be all that is required.
-Compositing and multiple exposures are not allowed. Sandwich shots, double exposures, photographs which consist in any way of more than one separate image and images that have been digitally manipulated are not eligible.
-Adding or removing people, animals, parts of animals, plants, reflections, distractions, architecture, objects etc into/from the image is NOT allowed. Always keep in mind as a finalist you may be required to submit the original file or film for comparison.
The faithful representation of what was captured at the time of the shot
being taken must be maintained.
2. Judging Process
Jason has identified the 10 key criteria your entry will be judged on in the judging process below. Please read them carefully before lodging your application for the
best chance of success.
1. Composition: Every element should have it's place in an image, even shadows and highlights.
2. Exposure: The exposure should match the tone and mood of the image, without manipulating the integrity of the subject matter.
3. Originality: There are more images being taken in the world today, but there are fewer photographers. See it differently.
4. Story: Every individual frame should tell a story, if an image doesn't do this then remove it.
5. Opinionated: Is your story opinionated? It does not have to be a moral or ethical viewpoint just your emotion coming through.
6. Depth: Have you explored your story or scraped the surface?
7. Captioning: Do not rely on an editor seeing everything you see in an image. Provide at least some background to what is happening in the frame.
8. Reason why you should win: Always a personal viewpoint, entrants are ranked based on what they hope to gain from the experience and what they hope to contribute back to the greater community. Entries over 300 words will be ineligible for judging, so don't go over!
9. Willingness to learn: Very, very important! It is a scholarship, and the successful applicant had to be willing to learn, and in some cases re-learn elements of their photographic technique and how they behave as photographers.
*Note: In addition to learning about you as a person I also look for answers to Judging Criteria 8 and 9 in the 300 word essay. But please do not exceed the word count!
10. Contribution to Photography: Did the images and story as a whole contribute something to the art of photography?
3. Some final thoughts from Jason...
Today the world is awash in imagery but there are fewer Photographers. Is the art of photography dying, quite possibly, and the root cause is the reliance on post-production software to make poor images better. Our scholarship provides a unique opportunity to learn the art of making a beautiful image in the field rather than in front of the computer. I am not interested in your skills with imaging software, in fact quite the opposite.
We are looking for an individual with potential, and the greatest desire to listen and learn. I am working on this assignment and will need your assistance; this will take patience and focus. Remember that we analyse every image in your submission, so read the Judging process and Conditions carefully. If one frame is weak then leave it out, you do not necessarily have to submit five images. In addition, the format of your entry does not matter, film, digital, and 35mm or medium format. However, if you are mixing formats ensure the images work together.
The theme of your story does not have to be wondrous or exotic, just a place you have visited. Look at your immediate life and be creative.
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