- Registration opens January 1, 2021 -
Merrimack Valley Camera Club Presents
the 40th Annual George W. Glennie Nature Salon
The Merrimack Valley Camera Club (MVCC) will open registration for the 40th Annual George W. Glennie Nature Salon on January 1, 2021.
This is a premier, international all-nature club competition of digital images known for its diversity of subjects which range from animals to botany to landscapes. In the animal categories, birds and mammals are usually well represented, but each year about a third of the entries are invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians or marine & freshwater life.
In 2020 we had 68 clubs participating, including 22 international clubs.
The Glennie presents awards to both club and individual images. Club awards include:
- Top 5 Clubs Total Score
- Top 5 Clubs Diversity Award - determined by totalling the highest image scores for each category entered.
Individual image awards include:
- Best of Show
- Best Wildlife
- Best of Category (Birds, Invertebrates, Reptiles, Amphibians, Mammals, Marine & Freshwater Life, Botany, andLandscape)
- Subcategory and Honour Awards depending upon number of entries.
How to Enter
Registration is on-line. Each club may submit up to 10 entries, but no more than 2 from any one maker. The club entry fee is $50 payable via PayPal.
Detailed competition rules, and the instructions for payment and submission are found on the Merrimack Valley Camera Club's website.
Entries open - January 1, 2021
Entries Close - February 28, 2021
Competition - April 17, 2021
Results Posted - TBD
Marine & Freshwater Life
Additional information can be accessed directly from the Merrimack Valley Camera Club website.
This is a nature photography salon, and their definitions for nature photography are quite prescriptive
From their website:
The judges will be guided by the recently revised PSA definition of Nature. The following is a statement of the basic guidelines concerning Nature digital images:
“Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict 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 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 grey-scale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.“
Images submitted for consideration for the Best Wildlife award must meet the additional definition for Nature Wildlife Photography.
“Images entered as Wildlife are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species."
Entries must originate as photographs (image/captures of objects via light sensitivity) made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally. By virtue of submitting an entry, the entrant certifies the work as the maker's and the maker permits the sponsors to reproduce all or part of the entered material free of charge for publication and/or display in media related to the exhibition. This may include publishing the competition results on-line or downloadable slide shows.
The exhibition assumes no liability for any misuse of copyright. Images may be acquired digitally or scanned from traditional film to create a digital file. Images may be altered, ether digitally or otherwise, by the maker within the rules of the competition. All submissions must be as a digital file.
The Glennie competition respects the rights of photographers. Unfortunately, digital photography and the internet have made it very easy to acquire high quality nature images that individuals can pass off as their own. To help protect the rights of the photographer, we have instituted a plagiarism policy to help protect against the misuse of another photographer's images, either accidentally or on purpose.
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