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Photography Division

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Photography Division


There are two classifications: Color and Monochromatic (black and white, sepia, and grayscale).

Contestants may enter any of the classifications in the following categories.

Note: Monochromatic (black and white, sepia, and grayscale) Plants and Animals is a combinedevent, whereas Color Plants and Color Animals are two separate events.Contestants may useany camera for all categories.

1. Scenic - A picturesque outdoor setting.

2. Still Life - A picturesque indoor arrangement of objects.

3. Animals - A picture of living animals, birds, insects, etc., taken in their natural orunnatural habitat (zoo pictures permitted).

4. Plants - A picture of living flowers or plants taken in their natural or unnatural habitat(botanical gardens are permitted).

5. Special Effects (color only)TRICK PHOTOGRAPHY using objects, lighting, lenses,or other equipment to create an illusion or unusual effect.Include a detaileddescription on the Photography Report (CF37) of how you created your specialeffect.Computer software (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, etc.) may not be used.

6. Character Trait Picture - A picture that portrays one of the sixty character traits listedbelow.The Character Trait must be listed on the 3" x 5" card attached to your entry.

Appreciative. Creative. Fearless. Merciful. Responsible.

Attentive. Decisive. Flexible. Observant. Secure.

Available. Deferent. Forgiving. Optimistic. Self-Controlled.

Committed. Dependable. Friendly. Patient. Sincere.

Compassionate. Determined. Generous. Peaceful. Submissive.

Concerned. Diligent. Gentle. Perseverant. Tactful.

Confident. Discerning. Honest. Persuasive. Temperate.

Considerate. Discreet. Humble. Prudent. Thorough.

Consistent. Efficient. Joyful. Punctual. Thrifty.

Content. Equitable. Kind. Purposeful. Tolerant.

Cooperative. Fair. Loyal Resourceful Truthful.

Courageous. Faithful. Meek. Respectful. Virtuous.

7. Computer Photo Enhancement (Color Only) - a photographic image (picture) taken witha film or digital camera and enhanced with computer software programs (such as AdobePhotoshop, Adobe Illustrator, or CorelDRAW). Anything may be done to enhancethe photographic image as long as it meets A.C.E. guidelines.


1. Entries must have been taken after the completion of the previous International StudentConvention and must not have been entered in any other contest.

2. Entries must be the sole work of the student.

3. Entries should be approximately 8" x 10" mounted with a mat approximately 11" x 14"(no frames).

4. Entries must arrive for judging in satisfactory exhibition condition.

5. A.C.E. is not responsible for entries lost or damaged.

6. Subjects in entriesMUST conformto A.C.E. Student Convention dress standards.

7. Each photo may be entered inonly one event.

8. Students may use any camera for all entries.

Computer software (such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, or CorelDRAW)may be used for red eye, cropping, rotating, color balance and tonal adjustment(lightness, darkness, and contrast - not enhancement), and printing only. No otherenhancement allowed in these categories.


1. Computer Photo Enhancement is a photographic image (picture) taken with a film ordigital camera and enhanced with computer software programs (Adobe Photoshop orIllustrator, Corel Draw, or other image enhancing programs). Anything may be done toenhance the photographic image as long as it meets A.C.E. guidelines.

2. Objects may be added or deleted from the image (picture). For example, an object may beremoved and added to a new environment, or objects can be added to create a newenvironment. Text may be added to make a poster, church bulletin, greeting card, etc.

3. The student must attach the original photographic image (picture) on the back of theenhanced photo for comparison purposes.

Checklist for Photography:

1. For Regional Convention and International Convention:

a. Each entry must be labeled with a3" x 5" cardsecurely attached to the back of the mat with the following information: entry (Character Trait portrayed if entering Character Trait picture), students name, school name, customer number, school address, city, state, ZIP/Postal Code.

b. Photography Report (CF37) is only required for Special Effects (securely attached to the back of the entry).

2. ForRegional ConventionONLY: Judges Forms (CF38) - Three (3) copies with name,school, customer number, address, and entry.

Note to Sponsor:Be sure the contestant enters the correct category. Review the Judges Formsto see where points are given and make sure that the entry includes each point.


Meets A.C.E. Guidelines - The subject matter or topic treated must conform to A.C.E.standards of what is acceptable in behavior, dress, etc.

Composition - The visual process of organizing the elements and individual details of a sceneinto a balanced and pleasing arrangement.

Mounting - The color, texture, and permanence of the material on which the photograph isexhibited.


Judges will pay close attention to the technical qualities of your work. Next to content comescomposition. This includes the number of subjects, their arrangements, and the background ofthe picture. When composing, keep your photography simple. Too much symbolism or clutter isdistracting to the viewer. Avoid placing the main subject dead center. 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 byugly telephone wires or distracting blotches of color that detract from the main subject. Nothingin the photo, even though in the background and out of focus, should violate the A.C.E. standardof dress, behavior, etc. Finally, pay close attention to the finishing touches. Your photo shouldbe clean and free of scratches, dust specks, or wrinkles, and should be matted attractively. Oftenthese are the factors that are used to break ties.


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