Prints are still accepted as entries, but digital submissions are encouraged as this facilitates the judging process and, likely, makes it easier and less expensive for those entering the competition.
NOTE: YOU MUST LABEL DIGITAL PHOTO ENTRIES WITH YOUR NAME, CATEGORY AND, IF ENTERING TWO IN THE SAME CATEGORY, WITH “1” FOR THE FIRST AND “2” FOR THE SECOND. E.G., JOHNDOE HUNTINGFISHING1. ENTRIES NOT PROPERLY LABELED WILL BE RETURNED FOR PROPER LABELING BY THE PHOTO AWARDS ADMINISTRATOR!
1. Only members in good standing are eligible.
2. Prints may be submitted only in 8x10- or 8x12-inch format with an entry form included with each photo submitted. A maximum of two photos per category may be entered. Submissions must be received by May 1, 2016, accompanied by a one-time submission fee of $5 in check form, payable to NYSOWA. Late entries will be disqualified. Entries should have the photo category indicated on the back of the photo. No name, title or caption should be provided. Chairman will assign a number to each photo and keep a record of photographer and photo number separate from the photos.
3. Each photo can only be submitted to one category. Photos from previous contests may be resubmitted if they did not place (1st, 2nd or 3rd).
4. All categories will be judged prior to the Annual Conference, and awards will be made at the Conference.
5. The following are the categories for the contest:
a. Hunting/Fishing--Hunting/fishing photographs, including, hero shots, action, hunting or fishing equipment.
b. Outdoor Recreation--Outdoor-oriented recreation photographs, excluding hunting and fishing but including boating, camping, RVs, shooting sports, hiking, skiing, windsurfing, etc.
c. Outdoor Scenic--Scenic photographs of either flora or fauna, landscapes, close-ups, panoramic.
These may include people, though the people should be part of the scene, not the subject of the photo.
d. Wildlife--Though the judges may take into consideration unusual aspects of the wildlife subject, such as size of antlers, length of beard and length and girth of fish, primary consideration should be given to the technical photographic aspects and general appeal of the image.
e. Published Photos--Photographs of any subject connected with the outdoors, taken in either color or black and white, that have been published. Published may be in print or electronic media. Photos in this category may be submitted in black and white or color. Published photos should be accompanied by a statement indicating the publication in which the photo appeared, including the issue date. We are considering reprinting the winning entry in a free booklet distributed only to our members, as we did for the most recent awards. Please check to see
if this is acceptable to your publisher, and please note with your submission whether NYSOWA has permission to reproduce your photo for our members if you should be a winner.
6. Categories “A” through “E” do not exclude photos taken with black-and-white film or in a color format.
7. Photo enhancement is limited to standard shooting and/or darkroom techniques, such as: color correction, contrast control, filter use and image cropping. Digitally produced photos should not be substantially manipulated, and the electronic image is limited to correction techniques as described for film.
8. All entries must be the member’s original work. If a dispute leads to a challenge, the member must defend that image and prove it is original work. Use of royalty-free photo images of clipart is prohibited. Their use is subject to disciplinary action by the NYSOWA Board of Directors.
9. Judges shall be recruited who preferably are associated with the outdoor industry and have a professional appreciation of the specific challenges of outdoor and wildlife photography. In the absence of judges meeting the criterion, judges with an expertise as photographers or photo editors will be recruited. At least two people must participate as judges, and three is preferable to minimize the possibility of ties. No minimum number of entries must be submitted in a category to validate the judging of that category. First, second and third place prizes must be awarded if at least three entries have been submitted. No honorable mentions will be made.
10. By entering photographs in the competition, the owners agree that NYSOWA has a one-time right to print and publish any winning image in New York Outdoors or an NYSOWA awards publication unless the member objects in writing when submitting the entries. Unless the copyright owner of a photograph specifically objects in writing, NYSOWA has the right to reproduce winning images for display purposes, including display at venues selected by contest sponsor(s), subject to the approval of !be NYSOWA board of directors.
11. Digital entries may be submitted to Bridget Keesler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Print entries are to be mailed to the Janice Keesler Memorial Photo Contest, c/o Bridget Keesler, P.O. Box 485, Newport, NY 13416.
12. To have contest entries returned, the entrant must include a stamped, self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage. Alternatively, entries may be picked up in person at the Annual Conference. Entries not picked up after the conference will be discarded. NYSOWA and any of its agents will use reasonable and prudent care in handling all submissions, but will not assume responsibility for any loss or damage beyond their control.