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Wolverhampton Photographic Society Wolverhampton Young Photographer FAQ Page If you feel you need a little help or inspiration this is the page is just what you need! I’d like to enter my photos into the competition. What should I do? A good place to start is to look at the images which made the finals in previous years to check the overall standard you’d be competing against. It is also a great way to get ideas and inspiration but don’t be tempted to try and copy what’s been done before - okay, there’s only so many ways you can take a photo of a sunset for the Landscape and Nature section but if you can find a different angle or ensure your image has impact and drama your entry might then stand-out against its competitors. You should also read the rules of the competition to make sure you don’t fall foul of those. What sort of camera do I need, or will my phone be okay? What you use to create your photographs is not part of the judging process because it is the image you enter that is important. You can use any sort of camera available to you - your phone, a small compact camera, a DLSR or mirror-less camera - but it must create a good quality image, meaning it should be at least 6 mega- pixels, which is quite low compared to most modern phones and cameras. Should my entry be in black & white or colour? It doesn’t matter because it is entirely up to you to choose the style you think works best for the image you create. My camera/phone allows me to apply filters to the pictures I take. Is it okay to enter a photograph which has had these filters applied? Your photograph will be judged as submitted and will not be moved up or down in its ranking because of the techniques you’ve used to create the final image. You should concentrate on creating the very best image you can using your camera and its features or the features of any software you might use afterwards to process your image. What if I’ve never used Photoshop or any other image processing software? You don’t need to be an expert in using photo processing software though you will see it has been used by some finalists, particularly in the Creative section. It’s probably best to ask for advice about this and a good place to start is your school or college, or perhaps you know someone who can give you guidance on preparing your image for entry. Images made using software to create composite images are allowed but remember that all the components that make up the image must be your own work. Are there any types of photo I can’t enter? Make sure you read the rules of the competition but basically you cannot enter a photograph which: breaks the law in some way or contains images of weapons or portrayal of violence; brings you, the competition or people or organisations connected with you into disrepute; is someone else’s work or contains work done by someone else; is based on the ideas or themes in TV, theatre or radio; contains images which are restricted by copyright such as company logos or trade-names if those feature as the main subject of your image; contains an image of a living person and you do not have their permission to use it; is considered to be graphic art, an illustration or cartoon or contains elements of graphic art which is considered to be a prominent component of your image. Can I enter photos of anything else? Basically yes, as long as you understand what kinds of image would be deemed inappropriate, but it is important you choose the most suitable category or section to enter your photograph. If your photo is of a sunset, animal or flower it would make sense to submit it into the Landscape and Nature section with the Creative section for entries which contain the unusual, surprising or imaginative aspects of photography. In the end however, it is your choice which section to enter but do think carefully about this and choose the category where you think your entry has the best chance of success. To be clear then, don’t enter a photograph which clearly contains strong patterns and shapes into one of the other sections when there is a category specifically for that type of image. Can I enter a photograph I’ve created into different categories? No. You can enter a maximum of three photographs into any category which means you may enter a maximum of nine different photographs. You are not allowed to enter any single photograph into more than one category so think carefully about which category to enter your image in case it gets rejected because it doesn’t fit with the subject. What is meant by ‘Landscape & Nature’ in the Junior section? Think of these as two sections really. You can choose to enter an image of the landscape, capturing the spirit of the outdoors and the world around you, or a nature photo where the subject might be flowers, birds or other animals. Be careful with animal photos however, because photos of your pet dog or cat are unlikely to find favour with the judges and are difficult to be more than something you and your family think is great. What kind of image are you looking for in the Patterns category? We do not want to give too many ideas away because we are looking forward to seeing your interpretation. However, think about repeating patterns or lines which may occur naturally, perhaps within rocks or wood or in the way a group of animals are standing or a group trees forming a pattern in some way. What about man- made patterns too? Architecture and roads or other structures. So take a closer look at the world around you and pick out the patterns and structures in our environment, which can even change with the weather and seasons. There are patterns everywhere once you tune in to them but remember though, it’s likely to be the unusual that will catch a judge’s eye. Can I use photographs I took as part of my Art coursework? Yes of course, providing the photograph was taken by you and is within the rules and guidelines of the competition. If you have used a photograph to create a painting you shouldn’t then photograph the painting and enter that instead. This is a photography competition after all. What is the School Trophy? This is awarded to the school or college of the person who wins the title of Wolverhampton Young Photographer. The trophy is then kept by the school/college for one year when it is then returned to the organisers so it may be awarded to the next winner. This is different to the trophy awarded to the overall winner who is entitled to keep their trophy and do not need to return it.
Copyright © Wolverhampton Photographic Society 2021
No image or design on this site may be copied or used in printed form or digitally without permission and all photographs remain the property and copyright of the original photographer.
Wolverhampton Photographic Society Wolverhampton Young Photographer FAQ Page If you feel you need a little help or inspiration this is the page is just what you need! I’d like to enter my photos into the competition. What should I do? A good place to start is to look at the images which made the finals in previous years to check the overall standard you’d be competing against. It is also a great way to get ideas and inspiration but don’t be tempted to try and copy what’s been done before - okay, there’s only so many ways you can take a photo of a sunset for the Landscape and Nature section but if you can find a different angle or ensure your image has impact and drama your entry might then stand-out against its competitors. You should also read the rules of the competition to make sure you don’t fall foul of those. What sort of camera do I need, or will my phone be okay? What you use to create your photographs is not part of the judging process because it is the image you enter that is important. You can use any sort of camera available to you - your phone, a small compact camera, a DLSR or mirror-less camera - but it must create a good quality image, meaning it should be at least 6 mega-pixels, which is quite low compared to most modern phones and cameras. Should my entry be in black & white or colour? It doesn’t matter because it is entirely up to you to choose the style you think works best for the image you create. My camera/phone allows me to apply filters to the pictures I take. Is it okay to enter a photograph which has had these filters applied? Your photograph will be judged as submitted and will not be moved up or down in its ranking because of the techniques you’ve used to create the final image. You should concentrate on creating the very best image you can using your camera and its features or the features of any software you might use afterwards to process your image. What if I’ve never used Photoshop or any other image processing software? You don’t need to be an expert in using photo processing software though you will see it has been used by some finalists, particularly in the Creative section. It’s probably best to ask for advice about this and a good place to start is your school or college, or perhaps you know someone who can give you guidance on preparing your image for entry. Images made using software to create composite images are allowed but remember that all the components that make up the image must be your own work. Are there any types of photo I can’t enter? Make sure you read the rules of the competition but basically you cannot enter a photograph which: breaks the law in some way or contains images of weapons or portrayal of violence; brings you, the competition or people or organisations connected with you into disrepute; is someone else’s work or contains work done by someone else; is based on the ideas or themes in TV, theatre or radio; contains images which are restricted by copyright such as company logos or trade-names if those feature as the main subject of your image; contains an image of a living person and you do not have their permission to use it; is considered to be graphic art, an illustration or cartoon or contains elements of graphic art which is considered to be a prominent component of your image. Can I enter photos of anything else? Basically yes, as long as you understand what kinds of image would be deemed inappropriate, but it is important you choose the most suitable category or section to enter your photograph. If your photo is of a sunset, animal or flower it would make sense to submit it into the Landscape and Nature section with the Creative section for entries which contain the unusual, surprising or imaginative aspects of photography. In the end however, it is your choice which section to enter but do think carefully about this and choose the category where you think your entry has the best chance of success. To be clear then, don’t enter a photograph which clearly contains strong patterns and shapes into one of the other sections when there is a category specifically for that type of image. Can I enter a photograph I’ve created into different categories? No. You can enter a maximum of three photographs into any category which means you may enter a maximum of nine different photographs. You are not allowed to enter any single photograph into more than one category so think carefully about which category to enter your image in case it gets rejected because it doesn’t fit with the subject. What is meant by ‘Landscape & Nature’ in the Junior section? Think of these as two sections really. You can choose to enter an image of the landscape, capturing the spirit of the outdoors and the world around you, or a nature photo where the subject might be flowers, birds or other animals. Be careful with animal photos however, because photos of your pet dog or cat are unlikely to find favour with the judges and are difficult to be more than something you and your family think is great. What kind of image are you looking for in the Patterns category? We do not want to give too many ideas away because we are looking forward to seeing your interpretation. However, think about repeating patterns or lines which may occur naturally, perhaps within rocks or wood or in the way a group of animals are standing or a group trees forming a pattern in some way. What about man- made patterns too? Architecture and roads or other structures. So take a closer look at the world around you and pick out the patterns and structures in our environment, which can even change with the weather and seasons. There are patterns everywhere once you tune in to them but remember though, it’s likely to be the unusual that will catch a judge’s eye. Can I use photographs I took as part of my Art coursework? Yes of course, providing the photograph was taken by you and is within the rules and guidelines of the competition. If you have used a photograph to create a painting you shouldn’t then photograph the painting and enter that instead. This is a photography competition after all. What is the School Trophy? This is awarded to the school or college of the person who wins the title of Wolverhampton Young Photographer. The trophy is then kept by the school/college for one year when it is then returned to the organisers so it may be awarded to the next winner. This is different to the trophy awarded to the overall winner who is entitled to keep their trophy and do not need to return it.
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