The Big Photo Show 2019

Get ready for one of the Guild’s most exciting events of the year: The Big Photo Show! Each CPG member is eligible to enter up to three photos (see categories below). The entry fee is $30 for up to three photos.

Framing Requirements

  • Photos must be framed with a solid black frame only.

  • Glass is require for all entries.

  • Photos must be ready to hang with taut back wire not visible from the front. 

  • Only single or double mats are allowed. The primary mat color must be white. For double mats, the secondary mats or edges may be any color.

  • Frames must be no more than a total of 112 linear inches for the exterior four sides.

Entries will be rejected from the show if they do not meet the above framing requirements or if they are not labeled according to instructions on the entry form. 

Please note one rule change for 2019: photos taken by specialized equipment (including drones, planes, and kites) will now be entered in the category most relevant to the image content. These photos are no longer restricted to the open category.

The entry form will be available soon.

Categories

 
Photo by Charles Opper, First Place Winner in TBPS 2018 Nature Category

Photo by Charles Opper, First Place Winner in TBPS 2018 Nature Category

Nature

Includes photos whose primary subject is animals, birds, flowers, plants, insects, etc., but not domestic animals or pets.

 
Photo by Ann Nermoe, First Place Winner in 2018 Landscape Category

Photo by Ann Nermoe, First Place Winner in 2018 Landscape Category

Landscape

Includes naturally occurring outdoor scenes such as mountains, seascapes, trees and flowers, or outdoor scenes with manmade objects such as buildings, boats, and city streets.

 
Photo by Duke Smith, First place Winner in 2018 People category and Overall Best in Show Winnger

Photo by Duke Smith, First place Winner in 2018 People category and Overall Best in Show Winnger

People

Includes photos or portraits of any human performing activities or posing.  Subjects may be involved in activities such as fashion, sports, etc.

 
PHOTO BY STEVE KENDALL, FIRST PLACE WINNER IN 2018 OPEN CATEGORY

PHOTO BY STEVE KENDALL, FIRST PLACE WINNER IN 2018 OPEN CATEGORY

OPEN

Includes photos that do not meet the definitions of the previous three categories, including but not limited to the following:

  • portraits of pets or domestic animals,

  • photos whose primary object is architecture or individual elements of architecture, and

  • images created or significantly altered in post-processing software for artistic effect rather than for technical improvement (i.e., creative digital); all image content must be the original work of the photographer.

 

Additional Rules and Information

Post-Processing for Categories Other Than Open

  • Photographs entered in categories other than open must accurately reflect the subject matter as it appeared in the camera viewfinder. No significant part or photographic element of the image should have been moved, deleted, added, distorted, or exaggerated for effect.

  • Normal processing of the image may be performed to crop the image, remove dust spots, sharpen focus, improve contrast, deepen color, and lighten shadows.  The term “normal processing” is akin to the work performed in darkrooms for film processing.

  • Lens filters in use during the shot may include polarizing, neutral density, and UV. Images created with special effects filters or lenses that drastically alter the image, such as a Lensbaby, should entered in the open category.

  • Color images may be converted to black and white or toned (such as sepia).

  • Lines of buildings may be straightened to correct lens perspective.

  • Panoramas may be created by stitching multiple images using post-processing software.

  • Using multiple exposures of a subject (HDR) is acceptable where the subject is not the HDR technique but the image itself.

Judging Criteria

For all categories, judging of each entry will be accomplished by independent judges using the following guidelines and weighting factors.

 I. Technical Excellence—40% (0–40 points)

Technical merit is the print quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing.  Sharpness, exposure, printing, mounting, and correct color are characteristics that represent the photographer’s abilities as shown by the qualities of the physical print.

Additional considerations for Technical Excellence:

  • Composition brings all of the image visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image and to hold the viewer in the image.

  • Center of Interest is the point or points on the image where the maker wants the viewer to stop as they view the image. There can be primary and secondary centers of interest. Occasionally there will be no specific center of interest, when the entire scene collectively serves as the center of interest.

II. Creativity—30% (0–30 points) 

 Creativity is the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought.

Additional considerations for Creativity:

  • Composition can be effective by pleasing or disturbing the viewer, depending on the intent of the image maker.

  • Lighting in the use and control of light refers to how dimension, shape, and roundness are defined in an image.  Whether the light applied to an image is manmade or natural, proper use of it should enhance an image.

  • Story Telling refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination. Each individual viewer might collect his own message or read her own story in an image.

III. Impact—30% (0–30 points)

Impact is the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time.  Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder, or another intense emotion. 

Additional considerations for Impact:

  • Lighting is used to enhance impact by creating drama and emotion in the image.

  • Composition elements such as cropping, placement, and depth of field contribute to the visual and emotional impact of the image.