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No image or design on this site may be copied or used in printed or digital form 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’s 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 someone for the Portrait section but if you can portray mood/atmosphere or find a different angle 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’s the image you enter that’s 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. 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; 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; would be considered to be graphic art, an illustration or cartoon. 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 person or a group of people it would make sense to submit it into the Portrait section and the Open section is for entries that don’t easily fit into any of the other sections. 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. For example, don’t enter a photograph which clearly represents movement into the Creative category unless you are very clear why it is creative and why it’s better placed in that section. 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, if you’re over 14, you may enter a maximum of twelve 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. 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. What is the School Trophy? Starting with the 2018 competition a trophy 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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Copyright © Wolverhampton Photographic Society 2019
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’s 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 someone for the Portrait section but if you can portray mood/atmosphere or find a different angle 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’s the image you enter that’s 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. 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; 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; would be considered to be graphic art, an illustration or cartoon. 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 person or a group of people it would make sense to submit it into the Portrait section and the Open section is for entries that don’t easily fit into any of the other sections. 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. For example, don’t enter a photograph which clearly represents movement into the Creative category unless you are very clear why it is creative and why it’s better placed in that section. 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, if you’re over 14, you may enter a maximum of twelve 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. 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. What is the School Trophy? Starting with the 2018 competition a trophy 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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