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Useful tips: On applying for the 2009 Travel Photography Scholarship

WORLDWIDE | Friday, 3 July 2009 | Views [19471] | Comments [15]

Jason Edwards on assignment

We have been receiving a lot of questions about preparing your entry for the 2009 Travel Photography Scholarship . Our mentor and on-assignment National Geographic photographer, Jason Edwards has shared some of his thoughts on what he will be looking for and also some guidelines in relation to that grey stormy area of 'digital adjustments'.

We hope you find this useful when preparing your application.

Preparing your entries - digital adjustment guidelines


-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.

Some 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 postproduction 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.

Good Luck!

Jason Edwards

Ready to apply? Click HERE

 

Comments

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Greetings!

Hi! I am melvin, 24 years old from the Philippines, I am an amateur photographer, actually it's just my hobby, I just point and shoot whenever I saw a subject that I want to capture. It is becoming a passion for me. True Photography shows the real world; It is a window to many people.

Here,I would like to ask, if I can submit a photo that is auto-edited using the "microsoft picture manager"? and honestly, I don't have broad knowledge in photo editing. all I knew is that the use of microsoft picture manager...

I am looking forward to be on this mission and scholarship. I am really thankful to our Lord for this chance that you opened for us who love photography. Hope I can join!

Thanks and More Power!

-vin-

  melvin boie d. torres Jul 13, 2009 5:32 PM

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I am MRK Palash,wants to apply Travel scholarship.
My all of images are transformed from Raw file/jpeg.
So may u inform me that i am eligible for Black and white submission.If will u selected me for finalist
than i will give you Raw and Jpeg(Jpeg original color file).
I am waiting for your response.

Best
MRK Palash

  Paalsh Jul 16, 2009 3:52 PM

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i m Masood Kahn living in pakistan i m doing Studio & out Door Photography here in pakistan i want to lern more about photography but here in my country there is no Institute from where i lern about my craze in photography so i m trying my self if u give me a cance i can prove my self as a best photographer in the world

  Masood Khan Jul 23, 2009 5:10 AM

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I am MR reuben uduak asuquo wants to apply Travel scholarship.
My all of images are transformed from Raw file/jpeg.
So may u inform me that i am eligible for Black and white submission.If will u selected me for finalist
thanks .
I am waiting for your response.

  reuben uduak asuquo Jul 23, 2009 5:39 AM

5

i want to cry and laugh at the same time. what an opportunity

  rita attwood Jul 27, 2009 9:43 PM

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I am MR A.M.Ahad wants to apply Travel scholarship.I think creative eye makes a creative photo.After passed my three years photography practice I feel photography is as like as my blood,so i want a chance for developing my photography.

  A.M.Ahad Aug 19, 2009 7:43 AM

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Thank you Jason.Just stumbled on this and i think it is a laudable initiative for photographers to follow.I will be submitting my content from Cameroon, wish i am selected.Good luck to you all.

  Orock Eta Aug 23, 2009 6:08 AM

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I'm new to using a computer and sending stuff on it. How do you take pictures from your camera (if it's digital) and send it on the Internet?

  Deena tova Sep 7, 2009 5:25 AM

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Hi,

I want to get more information about the croping. What is mild croping for you? Can I do panoramic croping to an image? I have some images that are cropped just from bottom and some of them from bottom and top. Is this allowable?

Can't wait for you responce!

Good luck to everyone!

Kristijonas

  Kristijonas Sep 8, 2009 5:15 AM

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Firstly, I would like to thank you, Jason, with all my heart for opening up an opportunity like this to passionate & aspiring photographers like myself. I've spent the past two years teaching myself how to take better images & have been working vigorously on improving my technique as India offers a very limited scope for formal training in photography. I was overjoyed to hear about this scholarship and am extremely eager to apply. I'll put up my photographs on flickr within a week. Till then, if you could guide me as to how I can download a form, I would be very grateful.

Much luck to everyone applying!

  Kaamna Patel Sep 10, 2009 5:57 PM

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I just came from an amazing trip to Bangkok, and I see this contest again... I didn't even had a camera before, but I've taken lots of great pictures... I'll submit my application form in the next few days...!!! Love from Mexico, to all of you great nomads!!!!

  morphidae Sep 19, 2009 9:58 AM

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Hi -

Jason mentions converting to Adobe RGB 98 colour space. I've done this for my photos, but on Flikr they look really desaturated. I don't have this problem if I upload the same images exported as sRGB.

Is there a way to combat this, or will it be taken into account for judging?

Thanks, Kate

  Kate Sep 26, 2009 1:11 AM

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i am glad to have found this site in the internet.
i am hoping GOD will help me to get this scholarship.
i am a proffessional photojournalist based in kenya and working with the standard newspaper, a national paper in country.
i would really like to do this.
mbugua kibera peter

   PETER MBUGUA KIBERA Sep 26, 2009 9:55 PM

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i am glad to have found this site in the internet.
i am hoping GOD will help me to get this scholarship.
i am a proffessional photojournalist based in kenya and working with the standard newspaper, a national paper in country.
i would really like to do this.
mbugua kibera peter

   PETER MBUGUA KIBERA Sep 26, 2009 10:01 PM

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can i change the color photographs into black and white?

  santanu ray Oct 4, 2009 4:19 PM

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