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Photo competition rules

RDNHS Photographic Competition

This will be an on-line competition, with entries submitted in November, voting in early December and results presented at the Christmas Party Zoom meeting on December 15th 2020

Rules for exhibitors

  1. The competition is open to all members of the Reading & District Natural History Society.
  2. Each photograph should show some aspect of natural history, in one of the nine categories defined below.
  3. For the on-line competition, members can enter one photo per category in a maximum of six of the nine categories.
  4. Only minor editing, such as cropping and resizing, lightening or darkening or sharpening, is permitted.
  5. Photographs must not have been entered in a previous RDNHS competition

Categories

  1. Small is Beautiful: something small.
  2. Three of a Kind: three related subjects, on the same photo.
  3. Nature in Action.
  4. Colour Prejudice: anything brightly coloured.
  5. Pattern Perfect: pattern rather than colour is important here.
  6. Something to Make You Smile: connected to natural history, of course!

Photographs in categories 1-6 must have been taken in the British Isles.

  1. Any flora or fungi, photographed in the UK or overseas.
  2. Any fauna, photographed in the UK or overseas.
  3. Local in lockdown, anything photographed since March 2020 near to where you live (within 5 miles).

A winner will be declared for each category, and a prize will be awarded for the overall best photograph.

 

RDNHS Photographic Competition

This will be an on-line competition, with entries submitted in November, voting in early December and results presented at the Christmas Party Zoom meeting on December 15th 2020

Rules for exhibitors

  1. The competition is open to all members of the Reading & District Natural History Society.
  2. Each photograph should show some aspect of natural history, in one of the nine categories defined below.
  3. For the on-line competition, members can enter one photo per category in a maximum of six of the nine categories.
  4. Only minor editing, such as cropping and resizing, lightening or darkening or sharpening, is permitted.
  5. Photographs must not have been entered in a previous RDNHS competition

Categories

  1. Small is Beautiful: something small.
  2. Three of a Kind: three related subjects, on the same photo.
  3. Nature in Action.
  4. Colour Prejudice: anything brightly coloured.
  5. Pattern Perfect: pattern rather than colour is important here.
  6. Something to Make You Smile: connected to natural history, of course!

Photographs in categories 1-6 must have been taken in the British Isles.

  1. Any flora or fungi, photographed in the UK or overseas.
  2. Any fauna, photographed in the UK or overseas.
  3. Local in lockdown, anything photographed since March 2020 near to where you live (within 5 miles).

A winner will be declared for each category, and a prize will be awarded for the overall best photograph.

 In addition a prize will be awarded for the overall best photograph.

Submission of Entries

  1. All photos must be submitted as jpg files attached to an e-mail sent to info@rdnhs.org.uk  with the subject heading “Photo comp”
  2. There is a maximum of three attachments per mail: use attachments, rather than including the photos in the body of the mail.
  3. Each jpg file should be given a simple filename relating to its contents, this could be for example “kestrel” or “blueFlower1” or “acorns” or “amanita”.
  4. The mail must include the entrant’s name and the following information for each attached photo: a. File name
    b. Category in which entered
    c. Brief description of when and where taken
    d. Other info, for example identification of species, if known

For example

Kestrel.jpeg  /  Nature in action/ March 2020 at Lough Down / probably female. The information (c, d) is for the description of winning entries in the Reading Naturalist and will not be visible when judged.

5. Files should NOT be compressed before sending:  Large files may be compressed when added to the website exhibition, to make scrolling through entries for judging more efficient.

Rules for judging

  1. The entries in each category will be exhibited on the RDNHS website, with an identification number
  2. Each member viewing the exhibition is allowed one vote per category and two votes for the overall best in show.
  3. For this on-line competition, votes, using identification numbers, should be submitted to info@rdnhs.org.uk  with subject heading “Photo comp vote”  The mail should include the name of the person voting
  4. Voting begins on Tuesday 1st December and all votes must be submitted by Friday 11th December. 
  5. Winners will be announced on December 15th; the winner of each category will be the photograph with the most votes.
  6. In the event of a tie the Society President will be invited to choose a winner.

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Guidelines for Exhibitor’s Rule 2 “Some Aspect of Natural History”

Photographs should be of flora, fauna or fungi living in the wild.

Animals in zoos, aquaria, butterfly houses and similar are excluded
Farm animals are excluded. Domestic pets are excluded.

Birds kept for hunting or display purposes are excluded

In game reserves, deer parks and similar, native/naturalised species are allowed, but other species are excluded.

Museum specimens and manufactured artefacts are excluded.

Flower displays, cacti and decorative trees and shrubs in parks and gardens are excluded, but native species which occur there are not excluded, whether they were planted or occur naturally (which is often impossible to know)

“Living” can be interpreted as “which have lived” so can include plants and animals that have died naturally or accidentally, and even long dead things like bog oak or fossils as long as these are encountered naturally.

If, alongside excluded items, a photo includes non-excluded items as a significant part of its topic (not just as background) then it is allowed (for example a bird sitting on a cow).

It is more important to follow the spirit of the above guidelines, than the letter.

If in doubt the photo competition organiser will decide (before the competition if possible), with the Society President being the final arbiter.