Photography

Camera Types:

  • Camera
  • Cellphone

Categories:

Contestants may use any camera type for all categories.

  • Landscape
    • Landscape photography is the capturing of nature, deserts and beaches
    • The focus on the outdoors (landscape page layout)
  • Portrait
    • Animals and people (portrait page layout)
  • Freestyle
    • Picture in motion including sport
  • Monochromatic
    • A monochromatic colour scheme that includes all forms of black-and-white photography (any picture)

General Photography Guidelines:

  • Entries:
    • Sole work of the student
  • Each photo may be entered in only one category
  • Subjects in categories MUST conform to the General Criteria of the Eisteddfod
  • Composition:
    • The visual process of organizing the elements and individual details of a scene into a balanced and pleasing arrangement
  • Every student will have to give their: 
    • Shutter speed
    • Aperture
    • ISO
    • Exposure
  • No editing of photos – natural photos
  • Each photo must be uploaded as a JPEG file
    • No bigger than 4MB

Tips  from the Photography Judges:

  • Judges will pay close attention to the technical qualities of your work.
  • Next to content comes composition.
  • This includes the number of subjects, their arrangements and the background of the picture.
  • When composing, keep your photography simple.
  • Too much symbolism or clutter is distracting to the viewer.
  • Avoid placing the main subject “dead centre.” This produces a dull, static effect, which is not very pleasing to the eye.
  • After composing the photo, carefully check the background for distracting, objectionable elements.
  • Many fine shots have been ruined by ugly telephone wires or distracting blotches of colour that detract from the main subject.
  • Nothing in the photo, even though in the background and out of focus, should violate the general criteria of the Eisteddfod.

Judges Scoring Sheet: Photography

  • Impact (10)
  • Content (10)
  • The Story it Tells (10)
  • Creativity (10)
  • Points of Interest (10)
  • Focus Zone (10)
  • Use of Colour (10)
  • Style (10)
  • Uniqueness of Photo (10)
  • Exposure (10)

         Total of Points (100

General Criteria:

  • Godly Character
  • NO Swearing
  • NO Blasphemy
  • Modest Clothing
  • NO Suggestive Moves or Lyrics

Upload Format:

  • The photo should be uploaded as a JPEG in high definition
  • Upload on the entry/submission form

Extra info regarding Photography:

  • ISO:
    • The ISO (International Standards Organization) setting on your digital camera controls how sensitive the image sensor is to light. The higher the ISO, the less light you need to capture a photo. Beware: An ISO set too high may cause an image with noise, or a speckled defect.
  • Aperture: (Focus)
    • What is Aperture? Aperture can be defined as the opening in a lens through which light passes to enter the camera. It is expressed in f-numbers like f/1.4, f/2, f/2.8 and so on, to express the size of the lens opening, which can be controlled through the lens of the camera.
  • Shutter Speed:
    • Shutter speed simply refers to the amount of time that the camera’s shutter is open. The longer the shutter is open, the more light passes through to the camera’s sensor. Conversely, the shorter the shutter is open, the less light  passes through.
  • Exposure:
    • Camera exposure is the overall brightness or darkness of a photograph. More specifically, it’s the amount of light that reaches the film or camera sensor when a picture is being taken. The more you expose the film or camera sensor to light, the lighter your photo will be. The less light, the darker your photo will be.

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