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2018 Year End Awards

2018 Image of the Year – “Tobacco Farmer” by Willie Gorham

Our judge was given 149 digital images and 27 prints from which he needed to select awards.  He immediately replied that it was going to be difficult because our images as a body were so strong.  Upon completion of the judging he told me “I believe strongly that photography, as any art, is very subjective. On the other hand, there are technical norms and standards in photography that we use to evaluate and experience images.  For instance: there is the rule that the main subject of an image should be in focus. Of course, I have seen many fantastic images where the main subject was not in focus. And we as artists are always choosing when and how to break the “rules” of our medium. And I assume everything I see in an image is a choice. (Even things that are beyond our control are a part of the image we choose to present, so they count as a choice). So if you chose to present an image with the main subject out of focus, then (a) that choice needs to make sense within the rest of the context of the image (b) that choice need to add to the overall quality of the image, and (c) you run the risk of that choice distracting the viewer (me, in this case).  I use these “rules” as a vocabulary to evaluate an image and identify things I find distracting (or an opportunity missed) in the image. And finally, with a set of images this strong, I often had to fall back on very subjective judgments. I had many personal “favorites” in this collection, and it was difficult to narrow these choices down. Thanks.”

The gallery has been posted here and if I can ever get the slide show uploaded to YouTube, I will let you know.  The delay is one of the drawbacks of living in the boondocks!

2019 Salon Rules Changes

The 2019 Salon Rules have been updated.  The biggest change is in the description of the Creative and Realistic categories.  The Creative category description has been revised to make it stress the fact that all elements must be the work of the entrant.  That has been the case for ALL salon images since before I joined the club in 2011.  The other change is for Realistic, which we have decided to change to Pictorial because it is more descriptive of what we have always intended it to be.  We also removed most of the previous limitations in processing.  Basically, Pictorial images should look like a straight photograph, even if it has been manipulated, cloned or added elements from other photographs.  The new rules are posted here and there is a link to download the complete rules that include category descriptions and a “quick guide”.



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