The Harvestfest Photography Competition is held annually in the fall, and is designed to permit photographers of all ages and skill levels to participate in a fun and educational experience. Through entering, photographers are able to get out shooting with a purpose, stretch their abilities and learn more about the wonderful activity of photography. Everyone is encouraged to participate. This competition is open to all residents of Nova Scotia, Canada.
This Competition intended for amateur photographers and provides seven categories in which to participate. The Harvestfest Competition does encourage the participation of more experienced photographers who would not be considered strictly amateurs. The “Advanced Open” category is designed for those photographers and allows them to compete with other photographers with similar skill levels. There are some guidelines for how photographers transition to this category (found in the Category descriptions below); however, anyone can compete in this category if they so choose. One caveat – once you participate in Advanced Open, you must continue to participate in this category in all future Harvestfest Competitions.
• September 15, 2017 – Contest Closes
• September 27, 2017 – Presentations 7:00 – 10:00 pm in the cafeteria of Truro Junior High School
Note That private judging will occur prior to September 27, 2017
This is defined as the impression and impact the image has on the viewer, the quality it expresses and how the photographer achieved the feeling.
- Is the viewer attracted by the image and compelled to look at it?
- Does the image have staying power to maintain the viewer’s interest?
- Does it provoke strong emotion or convey a sense of place?
- Was the image taken at a decisive moment?
- Does it show a subject in a new or unusual way? If the subject is ordinary, is it shown in an interesting way?
- Would you hang this picture on your wall and if not, why not?
- Components of the picture’s message can include but not be limited to:
- A statement or story-telling aspect
- An Idea or unique creativeness
- An interpretation of beauty
2. TECHNICAL QUALITY
In assessing the technical merits of a picture, judges should consider and decide on the appropriate weighting of the elements listed below.
- The choice and control of light. No areas too dark or too light OR use of shadow and brightness is intentional, creative and effective.
- Free of Lens Flare unless it is an effective element in the image.
- Handling of tonal range and color – Is it realistic or appropriate?
- Proper exposure; or overexposure/underexposure should be intentional, creative and effective.
- Correct focus: Focus should be sharp on the center of interest OR soft focus should be dreamy, not muddy.
- Other considerations: Depth of field; Contrast; Cropping; etc.
Assessing the choice of subject and how it is presented is important. It is often the uniqueness of the manner in which the elements in an image are arranged that makes the image stand out. Consideration should be given to:
- Effective arrangement of elements ‐ what is included and excluded.
- The choice of background of setting for the subject.
- Choice of format – horizontal vs. vertical.
- Does the image have a dominant center of interest to hold the viewer’s attention or does the image have a pattern, texture, line or form that holds the viewer’s attention?
- Does the eye travel through the use of leading lines or perspective? Are the lines, shapes, colors, form or textures selectively placed to achieve harmonious arrangement? Is it balanced?
- No distracting elements.
- Proper image alignment.
- Exploits a perspective.
This criteria allows you to assign score for an image based on the creative nature of the image. You should consider:
- Does the image have drama; beautiful lighting or that unusual creative element?
- Use of imagination ‐ a unique way of thinking or a unique vision of the subject.
- Freshness of approach.
- Image goes beyond predictable techniques and treatments.
- Subject revealed in an extraordinary way.