FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

In this document: 
• What is the Vale of Evesham Camera Club? 
• Paypal & Entry Problems 
• How do I enter?  
• Can I enter manipulated shots?  
• Natural History Definition 
• Colour Category Definition 
• Monochrome Definition 
• Experimental/Creative Image Definition 
• How Do I Create JPEGS from Adobe Photoshop? 

What is the Vale of Evesham Camera Club?

VECC (for short) is a society for image takers and makers based around Evesham. 
Please visit our main web site for details about the club and the program: 

Paypal & Entry Problems

If you having problems paying with Paypal please make sure that, after selecting to pay by Paypal, that you click the SUBMIT at the very bottom of the page. 
A small number of Anti-Virus and Firewall combinations can prevent upload. Temporarily turning off the Firewall usually solves this. 
If an image starts uploading then stops with no further progress being shown. Click the X adjacent to the progress bar to cancel that particular image. Then repeat upload for that image - this then usually works OK.  
If you still have a problem or don't know how to do this then I can upload images for you. 
If husband & wife entrants, with separate computers but sharing the same Internet router, then please do not both log-in to enter at the same time.... I could explain why but life is too short !  
One Entrant with a new iMac running OS X Yosemite version 10.10.5.  
and using Safari version 9.0.3 browser has experienced problems trying to upload images. Reverting to his older machine running OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and Safari version 5.1.10 browser he, as in past years, didn’t have any problems.  
If any entrants do have problems uploading images then please contact me for assistance.  
Please also see notes in 'Contact Us' menu option. 

How Do I Enter?

Firstly, make sure you have read the rules and you qualify for entry.  
Online entry is our preferred method - see Rules for procedure. 
If you do not have an email address or prefer then you can enter by post using a CD see ENTRY BY POST 

Can I Enter Manipulated Images?

YES! Actually, we pretty much expect any entered image to be manipulated in some way, if only for contrast and colour. However, you may enter any image you like, with any amount of manipulating, montage or other processing you wish. However please note restrictions in Natural History and guidance for Colour section. 
You may enter these images in any class, however there is a special class "Experimental/Creative Images" which is intended for Reality Altered images or obviously manipulated images.  
The only requirement we have is that you own copyright on all parts of the image.  
We do not allow entirely computer generated images - there must be significant photographic work present in the image.  
Please note though, for Natural History entrants we do not expect to see manipulated images, the recently harmonized PAGB, RPS, PSA and FIAP Nature rules apply.  

Natural History

Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. 
The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. 
Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. 
No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. 
Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. 
Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to greyscale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.  
Images entered in Natural History section meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.  

Naming of Natural History Entries

The use of Cute or Humourous titles are best avoided. 

Colour Category

This is a general category judged on pictorial merit. Pictorial photography is the use of the photographic medium as an art form. The emphasis is on interest, visual impact, composition, and technical excellence. 
Images in the Pictorial Division are not confined to any particular subject, type, or style of photography. Pictorial images may be manipulated on the computer or in the camera, however "Altered Reality" Images that have been visibly manipulated should be submitted in the Experimental/Creative section. 
Nature style images entered in the Colour Category will be judged on pictorial merit.  

Monochrome Definition

A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black & white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black & white category; such a work may be reproduced in black & white in the catalogue. On the other hand a black and white work modified by partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category. 

Experimental/Creative Definition

This category means different things to different people and therein lies the appeal for photographers who like to think outside the box and use their imaginative skills. For the purpose of this Exhibition, there are other labels which cover this genre which include Abstract, Altered Reality, Contemporary, Creative, Surreal. The common thread is that this embraces a very diverse category of images made using an assortment of techniques and with equally varied intentions. 
All components of the image (which may include computer graphics) must have been created by the entrant (the inclusion of stock images is not permitted), and the photographic content should predominate. 

How Do I Create JPEGS from Adobe Photoshop?

Resize the image to maximum 1600 pixels wide by 1200 pixels high. Portrait format images will be 1200 high but less than 1600 wide. 
Check that the colour space is sRGB and if neccessary use Image/Mode/Convert to Profile to change your image to sRGB to ensure that it displays correctly. Also some other colour profiles create very large files. 
Choose to "Save As" and select a location directory. Enter a file name/title and for format select JPEG. 
In choosing a file name please avoid the following symbols "+", "(" or "&" within file names. Please do not add a full stop at the end of your file name otherwise when the file extension is added this will become Bird on a Stick..jpg (ie double dot) which can give problems with our file upload software. Next make sure the Format field is set to JPEG (ie .jpg) 
Only for entry by CD add a category prefix as defined in the "entry by post". 
Click save and then set the quality to 10. This will ensure the final file size is not too large (NB. do not exceed the 1,500 KB limit/image for online entry) but will retain the quality of the image. Click OK.