HOS Photographic Competition    

The HOS Photographic Show is held annually during the HOS Autumn Southern Meeting. Winning pictures are usually published in the HOS Journal and on the HOS website. The Maren Talbot Photographic Trophy is awarded to the best image in any format in the show. The trophy may be held for one year, and must then be returned.

Those members who wish to enter but cannot attend the meeting may send their photos in advance to one of the Committee whose name and address will be given in the appropriate Journal.

For all classes, competitors are restricted to one image per class. Prints may be produced either photographically or by computer printing. The competitor’s name and address should be written on the back of each print. Digital image classes will be judged prior to the meeting and the winning photographs will be projected for the audience at the Autumn Southern Meeting.

In addition to the competitive entries, HOS is always pleased to mount an exhibition of members’ non-competitive exhibits.

RULES

1. Judging will be based on the quality of the pictures, not on the rarity of the plants.
2. Plants may be wild or cultivated, though only ‘hardy’ plants are acceptable.
3. Members must inform the Show Manager in advance of the number of entries they will bring.
4. Each member may enter one picture only in each Class.
5. Pictures entered previously in HOS competitions are not permitted.
6. The name of the member entering a print must appear on the back only.
7. Each print must be accompanied by a small title note naming the plant and providing any information of interest to members. The print must be unmounted and placed in a plastic sleeve; it is the responsibility of the member entering the photograph to supply the plastic sleeve. The title note must either be in the sleeve with the print or stuck firmly on the outside of the plastic sleeve so that it is clearly visible when the print is displayed. The sleeve is essential for protection while on display and to ensure that the title and the photograph are not separated – entries without it will not be accepted. This applies to prints brought to the Show and those posted to the Photographic Competition Organiser in advance. Sleeves will not be supplied by the Organiser for postal entries or at the show. Notification of entries must be sent to the Organiser. Contact details of the Organiser and deadline dates for entry will be notified well in advance in the Journal and on the website. For entrants who cannot come to the meeting, the Organiser will accept postal entries (prints) by the deadline date. Prints cannot be returned by post. Members can collect their prints at end of the meeting or arrange for someone else to do this for them. The Organiser will bring all uncollected prints to subsequent meetings up to and including the meeting when the next year’s Photographic Competition is held. Members may collect them from the Organiser at any of these meetings.
8. When a class states ‘close-up’, the photograph should include only part of a plant. This would normally be the flowering part, but may be another detail of interest.
9. When a class states ‘a single orchid plant’, the picture should consist of the whole of a single plant which may be multi-stemmed.
10. For Class 13, a Novice is defined as an HOS Member who has never been placed First in a HOS Photographic Competition.
11. Images printed digitally may have minor adjustments to improve print quality and limited manipulation to remove distracting items
12. For classes 9 to 12 the images should be put on a CD and posted to the appropriate person with your name, contact details, a list of image titles and the classes they are entered in and a note naming the plant and providing any other information of interest to other members. None of this information should appear on the images themselves. Single images may be e-mailed.
13. All entries in any class should be of orchids photographed within two years of the competition.

 CLASSES

1. A wide area view (landscape or habitat) showing orchids in their natural environment, print size up to 7x5 inches.
2. A group of at least three orchid plants. These can be all the same species/hybrids or a mixed group, print size up to 7x5 inches.
3. A  single orchid plant, usually the single stem arising from one tuber, print size up to 7x5 inches (see Rule 9).
4. A close-up of an orchid, print size up to 7x5 inches (see Rule 8).
5. A wide area view (landscape or habitat) showing orchids in their natural environment, print size up to A4.
6. A group of at least three orchid plants. These can be all the same species/hybrids or a mixed group, print size up to A4.
7. A single orchid plant, usually the single stem arising from one tuber, print size up to A4 (see Rule 9).
8. A close-up of an orchid, print size up to A4 (see Rule 8).
9. A wide area view (landscape or habitat) showing orchids in their natural environment, max size 1400 pixels wide and 1050 pixels high in jpeg form.
10. A group of at least three orchid plants. These can be all the same species/hybrids or a mixed group, max size 1400 pixels wide and 1050 pixels high in jpeg form.
11. A single orchid plant, usually the single stem arising from one tuber (see Rule 9), max size 1400 pixels wide and 1050 pixels high in jpeg form.
12.  A close-up of an orchid (see Rule 8), max size 1400 pixels wide and 1050 pixels high in jpeg form.
13. Novice Class, any hardy orchid print, size up to A4 (see Rule 10).
14. A hardy orchid subject that has been manipulated creatively using any advanced software technique to create an artistic image. Print maximum size A4.

Note: Classes originally for slide images have been discontinued and all slides will be judged together with entries in their corresponding digital class (Classes 9-12). Slide entries will need to be converted into digital files by scanning. Entrants can do this themselves or use the scanning service which will be announced prior to each year’s show.

 

Digital entries must be sent by 14th October 2013

to Anne Kitchen at

knak@kenak.plus.com

they may be sent on-line

or by post to Mrs Ann Kitchen, Kincraig, Stonycroft Drive, Arnside, Cumbria, LA5 0EE

 

Notification of entries for the print classes must be sent to Christine Hughes by 4th November 2013

at cchughes1@waitrose.com

or by post to Mrs Christine Hughes, Linmoor Cottage, Highwood, Ringwood, BH24 3LE

 

For entrants who cannot come to the meeting Christine will accept postal entries by the same date.

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