The SANParks VHR Photographic Competition 2014 is open for submission from 14 July until 15 August 2014!
There will be 7 categories for both Digital Compact and Digital Single Lens Reflex (dSLR) cameras. The categories are:
1) Portraits: All animals and insects-including reptiles and birds
3) Animals and insects: All animals and insects
4) Human activity in any South African National Park: This must be legal activity and it must be artistically interpreted. It can include things like being stuck at ellie roadblocks, traffic jams with lions, doors, windows, palm trees, lonely benches with the river in the background etc.
5) Plants: flowers and trees
6) Black & white: all subjects.
New for this year, we will have an Overall Winner.
SANParks will provide prizes for the winners.
Competition Rules 2014
1. Entries must be digital images, taken between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013. Scans or prints are not permitted. No picture may be entered in more than one category. Series shots are not allowed, please submit one image from any series. You can crop images before submission, but please ensure the image quality is maintained.
2. You must be a registered member of the SANParks forum or a fan of the South African National Parks group on Facebook.
3. SANPark employees, moderators and SANParks VHR judges are not allowed to enter the competition.
4. The number of entries per member is limited to two (2) pictures in each section.
5. The photos must be sent in jpeg format, resized to a maximum of 800 pixels on the longest side. Tthe original capture as it was recorded by the camera with no manipulation applied. (eg *.DNG, *.JPG, *.NEF, *.CR2, *.CRW) may be requested if your image reaches the final stages of the competition and if requested must be supplied to us.
You must be the sole author and owner of the copyright for all images entered. By entering your images into the competition, you grant South African National Parks a non-exclusive licence to publish the images for any purpose in connection with the competition including, but not limited to, the following purposes:
* judging the competition,
* display in the galleries,
* inclusion within promotion of the competition and exhibition organised by SANParks.
The photos must be taken in one of the SANParks managed National parks in South Africa. This means that for instance Pilanesberg photos are not allowed!
Domestic animals (cats, dogs, farm animals, etc) and cultivated plants (species or hybrids grown in a cultivated setting) do not count as wildlife and are not eligible subjects. You must declare at the time of submitting if a picture has been taken in captivity or conditions that are unnatural (eg if live bait has been used). Details of the subject and location must be provided in the file info.
8. Other competitions/publications
A picture that has already won a prize in a major competition (one receiving more than 500 images) is not eligible for entry. Please avoid entering images that have been widely published in the past 12 months or entered into other nature photography competitions.
9. SANParks and the judges have the right to refuse any entries which they deem unfit for display as part of the competition.
The faithful representation of what you saw at the time of taking the shot must be maintained. Sandwich shots, HDR, double exposures, photographs which consist in any way of more than one separate image and images that have been digitally manipulated outside of the guidelines below are not eligible.
The judges will make a preselection of 15 photos per category. They will be sent to SANparks HQ for the selection of 5 photos per category for the forum poll in September. The forum members will choose the winner via a blind poll. There will be no discussion about the preselection.
12. Should the quantity of entries in a particular category fall below a set amount or acceptable quality, SANParks reserve the right not to award prizes.
Winners and commended photographers will be notified after the polls have closed. All the entries will be published on the competition gallery.
14. Closing date
Closing date for entry is 15 August 2014.
15. By entering the competition you are deemed to have accepted the rules of the competition.
How to enter
You must e-mail your entry before midnight of 15 August 2014. Only e-mailed submissions will be accepted. The email address is: email@example.com
. The Subject of the email should read Forum Amateur Photo Competition 2014
Please name your photos as follows:
dslr or compact
category (just the number)
your name, with dots and no spaces between the two parts, like emily.crown
For example an entry into the compact landscape category should be named::
Other information required
Hardware details (i.e. name of camera) should be mentioned in the mail, and if possible in the EXIF-information of the jpeg.
Specify which categories you are entering. If you are not sure of the difference, pm a mod and we will help you out.
You should also include
- Your full name and/or forum name
- Your e-mail address
- A contact phone number
- A postal address
- Information on where and when your entry/entries was/were taken
There will be a thread about the competition on the forum where all questions can be posted.
You may enter submissions for both dSLR and Compact competitions but you will be restricted to 2 photos per category in each competition.
We have noticed that sometimes there is a bit of a confusion about the difference between the portrait and animal in a landscape orientated photo entered for the Portrait category. The basic rule is that the animal must fill the the image/photo. Roughly at least 70%. Entries to the Portrait categories will not be excluded if they don't follow this but it will be one of the judging criteria.
Calibration and colour
For the best result please submitted images colour profiled/corrected using a correctly calibrated monitor and utilising Adobe RGB 98 colour space before submission. Entries will not be dismissed if the colour management is not according to our request. But we can not be held liable for not accepting images of poor colour. Allowances will not be made for poorly colour managed/corrected images, in particular please ensure your images are not over saturated and faithfully represent the subject.
Adjusting your image
Digital adjustments are only acceptable if limited to minor cleaning work, levels, curves, colour, saturation and contrast work. The faithful representation of what you saw at the time of the shot being taken must be maintained.
Compositing and multiple exposures are not allowed. Sharpening and cropping (for instance to make a panorama-like photo) are allowed, but please ensure the image quality is maintained as they will be judged accordingly.