ARS Middle/High School Digital Rose Photo Contest
The American Rose Society has a new contest for Middle and High School students. See rules below.
The entrant must be in junior high (middle) or high school by the deadline. Those individuals who have graduated in 2016 are eligible. The name and address of the school and the year that you will graduate from high school MUST be included on the entry form.
Contestants are permitted to enter a maximum of three (3) digital photographs per category in all categories.
Duplicate photos may NOT be entered in different categories.
Digital photographs must be .jpeg files and must be high resolution files no larger than 60MB with at least a 4 megapixel resolution. The high resolution is necessary to ensure that winning entries will print properly in the magazine. Low resolution digital files will not be considered for awards.
All photographs entered must have been taken by the student.
Photographs which have won awards in previous ARS Photo Contests are NOT eligible.
Grooming the rose(s) is encouraged and artificial backgrounds may be used.
Digital photographs shall be saved in the following format:
category number with the letters a-c for multiple pictures in the same class, last name of the contestant and the name of the rose or garden if it is known. If not known, please label as “unknown”. Example: 10c_Aumiller_Unknown. Only one entry would be 10a_Aumiller_Unknown.
Any added text that is on the photo itself will be cause for disqualification. This includes date, time, etc.
Digital photographs may be enhanced by the use of any graphic program, such as Photoshop, Elements or Photo Impact.
The chair of the committee reserves the right to disqualify any entry that does not conform to the stated rules prior to the entries being judged.
ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY JUNE 30, 2016.
Entries can be downloaded to Dropbox and submitted to americanrosephoto[at]yahoo[dot]com or by mailing a CD or thumb drive to:
5 Brentwood Rd
Camp Hill, PA 17011-2529
When submitting digital photographs on CD or thumb drive they must be placed in one directory folder. Make sure they can be read by a Windows compatible computer and are properly packaged for safe delivery. Photographs that are in a “program” to be viewed will be disqualified. Emailed photos will NOT be accepted but Dropbox will be acceptable.
All entries MUST be accompanied by the completed entry form. Entries received without the completed entry form will be disqualified.
The CD/DVD/Drive will not be returned and should have the contestant’s name, email and address printed on the CD/DVD/Drive.
Any individual that enters this contest gives express permission for the American Rose Society to reproduce their photographs for educations and/or display purposes with a credit line to the photographer whenever possible. The photographer retains the copyright of the photograph. The American Rose Society may use the photograph in any publication, but will not sell the photograph. Any inquiries about sale of the photograph will be referred to the photographer.
1: One bloom of any rose. There should not be other roses or buds in the photograph.
2: One rose, fully open, stamens must show. There should not be other roses or buds in the photograph.
3: One spray, two or more blooms, any rose. There MUST be at least 2 rose blooms of the same variety. A spray is when a rosebush has multiple blooms coming from one single stem.
4: Color Abstract or Impressionism: The photograph should evoke a sense of originality; a new and different way of imagining the rose or roses with the mind’s eye. This may include processes used the alter the original photograph such as texturing, dodging, burning, dithering, painting, shadowing, blurring, layering, cloning, filtering, merging, cropping, etc. This does not include abstract arrangements.
5: Black & White Abstract or Impressionism: The photograph should evoke a sense of originality; a new and different way of imagining the rose or roses with the mind’s eye. This may include processes used the alter the original photograph such as texturing, dodging, burning, dithering, painting, shadowing, blurring, layering, cloning, filtering, merging, cropping, etc. This does not include abstract arrangements.
6: A photograph of any rose garden. Photographs should show the use of roses within the structure of a garden, which can be widely variable. Roses should dominate in the photograph, and some layout of the garden should be visible. The name of the garden MUST be listed in the title of the entry.
7: Macro Photography: Photographs should be EXTREME close-up photos of any part of the rose or rose plant. Color, Black & White, Sepia or combinations of these are permitted in this class.
The judging panel will consist of ARS Accredited Rose Judges who are photographers.
All categories will be judged on photographic excellence and originality only.
The ruling of the judges is final.
There will be four (4) “Certificate of Photographic Excellence” Awards in each class IF warranted. The judges reserve the right to not award a first place award if the entries do not merit such an award. The best in each class will then be judged against each other to determine the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. There will be cash awards of $100 for 1st, $50 for 2nd and $30 for 3rd places. The names of all winners will be published in the American Rose magazine.