Just a quick reminder that the first monthly competition of the new year (2018/2019) is a bit earlier than usual and closes next Thursday 13th Sept. It is a print competition and you can submit up to 2 images on any of these themes

Kilkenny Flora & Fauna

Kilkenny  Urban / Landscape

People of Kilkenny

Remember the mounts for this year’s print competitions must be sized 20×16”. This prevents images from being damaged during transit. The image can be printed any size within that. Also the Flora and Fauna section must comply with the Nature and Wildlife Guidelines as defined by Fiap.  See definition below.

Also Johnny Cuddihy is asking all members to look through their archives to see if they have any prints that might be suitable for the Biodiversity Display.

The Biodiversity themes are the same as the competition themes. Bring them in to him this Thursday or the next.

On Thursday night we will discuss updates on the Biodiversity Project and PicLogger, the Shield Competition and our upcoming AGM. We look forward to seeing you there.



Nature Definitions

Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict observations from all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and to certify as to its honest presentation. Human elements shall not be present, except on the rare occasion where those human elements enhance the nature story. The presence of scientific bands on wild animals is acceptable. Photographs of artificially produced hybrid plants or animals, domestic and farm animals, mounted specimens, or obviously set arrangements, are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. Manipulation includes but is not limited to adding or removing any element by means other than cropping. Please read the full definition for manipulation.

The faithful representation of what was captured at the time of shooting must be maintained. Digital & printing adjustments are only acceptable if limited to minor cleaning work (removing dust spots), levels, curves, colour, saturation and contrast work, dodging and burning. Sharpening is allowed. Compositing, multiple exposures, sandwich/montage shots and double exposures are not permitted except for new digital techniques such as HDR, stacking and stitching where the end result is a faithful representation of the original scene. Adding or removing animals, parts of animals, plants, distractions, people etc. into/from the image is not allowed. Borders, if used in digital projections, should be unobtrusive and generally limited to a thin stroke that separates the image area from the black projection background.


The following actions are allowed and are not seen as manipulation:

  • Cropping and resizing.

  • Correction of lens distortion, chromatic aberrations, purple fringing, lens vignette and vertical/horizontal perspective adjustments.

  • Removal of dust spots or scratch marks from sensor or scanned images.

  • Due to the limitation of digital sensors regarding dynamic range, the blending of different exposures of the same scene to broaden the dynamic range (e.g. HDR).

  • Adjustments to exposure and contrast, including dodging and burning.

  • Adjustment/correction of colour balance. This can either be done by selecting an appropriate white balance during the conversion in the RAW images, or by adding/subtracting colours in the photo editing software. The post capture application of digital colour correction filters like warming or cooling filters, similar to the 81 and 82 series of filters, is also allowed.

  • Application of colour saturation. Non-selective saturation that is applied to the whole image is permissible.

  • Reduction of digital noise, especially in high ISO images from digital cameras, or film grain in scanned images.

  • Sharpening of the image. All modern sharpening algorithms and techniques such as edge sharpening. Luminance sharpening and mode sharpening are permissible.

  • Focus stacking to widen the depth of field especially in Macro photography. In the case of Nature and Wildlife, HDR, stitching for panoramas and focus stacking will not be considered as manipulation and may therefore be used provided that the end result is a faithful representation of the original scene. The committee reserves the right to request the author to submit the original RAW file or negative to verify the image’s authenticity. Where no RAW file or negative is available, the committee will evaluate the entry and the author may be asked to submit evidence to the committee. The committee’s decision is final. By entering the competition the author implicitly accepts the ruling of the committee in this regard

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