Exhibition of photographic slides & digital images
The Photographic Salon celebrates the ethereal beauty of projected images of caves and caving. Cave-related slides and images are projected once, during the Thursday night Salon Awards Program, with a background of instrumental music written for the occasion. Images or slides must be of caves, cave-related subjects, or cave-related humor.
ENTRIES: All entries must arrive must arrive no later than April 15th, 2017. Entries can either be uploaded via Dropbox, or may be mailed to:
NSS Photo Salon
P.O. Box 35
Beech Grove, IN 46107
Please complete the entry form, which asks you to assign each image a Category, a Number, and a Title. We encourage you to include a short description of the image (location, participants, unusual stories associated with the image or trip). Please also send a self-portrait slide or digital image. Please check the artist's Rights and Conditions release boxes and sign the form before sending it in.
Film Slides. Slides must be mounted in 2 by 2 inch (5 cm by 5 cm) mounts of 35 mm or superslides. Cropping is permitted (please use metallic tape or a cropped copy). Place a spot in the lower left corner of the slide mount as it is viewed by the eye when properly oriented. Write the photographer's name and entry number on each mount. If film slides are judged as Accepted for Show, they will be digitized for display at the awards show.
Digital Entries. Submit digital images on a CD or DVD in standard file format (JPG) in the highest resolution available. WE SINCERELY REQUEST THAT NO WATERMARKS OR IN-IMAGE SIGNATURES APPEAR IN THE IMAGES [though this remains optional]. All images presented in the Photo Salon will include the name(s) of the photographer(s) and other named individuals. If you do remove such marks, yet wish to indicate control under copyright, at your request we will include this information during the presentation.
Please submit images in the standard RGB color space (sRGB). Digital image files must be given a file name similar to the image's title and the photographer's entry number, e.g., 01-WinningCavePhoto.jpg. Digital entries are encouraged to include digital data in the Exchangeable image file (EXIF) format.
1. Story — maximum of 20 images depicting a caving story, a certain cave or exploration/expedition; include cutlines (caption information) for each photo
2. Entrance — a photo of a cave that includes the entrance in some way
3. Life — a photo of the biology found in caves; such as bats, salamanders, troglobites, plant roots, mold, etc.
4. Cave — a photo with the main content focused around the underground environment and/or cave passage
5. Caver — a portrait of a caver, where the photo is centered on the person
6. Formations — an image of a formation or formation area; macro photography is included here
7. Humor — a funny image taken inside or outside of a cave
8. Science — focus on the scientific aspect of caves; must explain the reason behind the photo and/or the subject of the research.
9. Manipulated — a photo that is created by computer manipulation; such as removing or adding parts to an image
ENTRY FEES: The entry fee is $1.00 per film slide or $0.25 per digital image. There is no fee if the film slide or digital image is donated to the NSS. There is a limit of 30 entries per photographer. If you wish your entry/entries returned by mail, you must provide postage cost and re-usable packaging. Entry fees are payable by check or money order payable to "NSS"..
ENTRY INFORMATION: Additional
information you choose to include about each slide on your entry sheet, such as the name of the cave, general area, state or country where it is located, name of persons in the scene, or process (or lighting / digital techniques) used to create an unusual photograph is appreciated.
JUDGING: Judging occurs prior to convention. Prior to formal judging, an initial screening process will take place. Entries deemed of suitable quality for judging will then be formally assessed by the judging panel. Judging criteria can be found at the link below. Each image category is judged separately, although there is a single 'Best in Show' award from among all entries in the Photo Salon.
RIGHTS AND CONDITIONS:
All entrants retain copyright and all moral and intellectual rights to their work. Credit and copyright notice will be included with all images displayed. Digital copyright information will not be removed from any image. The NSS requests the following rights, which are optional. Indicate your agreement with any or all by marking the box(es) on the entry form:
The NSS may publish winning images in periodicals for the purpose of showcasing contest winners, within one year of the contest.
The NSS may publish winning images in periodicals for the purposes of promoting future congresses and competitions, for not more than four years.
The NSS may use these images in low-resolution on Web sites to announce the winners of this competition, for not more than four years.
The NSS may use these images in low-resolution in a CD/DVD of all entries. This CD/DVD will be lent to NSS members for viewing at no charge.
FURTHER INFORMATION: If you have questions, please contact one of the co-chairs below, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.O. Box 35
Beech Grove, IN 46107