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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 combined

event, whereas Color Plants and Color Animals are two separate events. Contestants may use

any camera for all categories.

1. ScenicA picturesque outdoor setting.

2. Still LifeA picturesque indoor arrangement of objects.

3. AnimalsA picture of living animals, birds, insects, etc., taken in their natural or

unnatural habitat (zoo pictures permitted).

4. PlantsA 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 detailed

description on the Photography Report (CF37) of how you created your special

effect. Computer software (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, etc.) may not be used.

6. Character Trait PictureA picture that portrays one of the sixty character traits listed

below. 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 with

a film or digital camera and enhanced with computer software programs (such as Adobe

Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, or CorelDRAW). Anything may be done to enhance

the photographic image as long as it meets A.C.E. guidelines.


1. Entries must have been taken after the completion of the previous International Student

Convention 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 entries MUST conform to A.C.E. Student Convention dress standards.

7. Each photo may be entered in only 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 contrastnot enhancement), and printing only. No other

enhancement allowed in these categories.


1. Computer Photo Enhancement is a photographic image (picture) taken with a film or

digital camera and enhanced with computer software programs (Adobe Photoshop or

Illustrator, Corel Draw, or other image enhancing programs). Anything may be done to

enhance 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 be

removed and added to a new environment, or objects can be added to create a new

environment. 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 the

enhanced photo for comparison purposes.

Checklist for Photography:

1. For Regional Convention and International Convention:

a. Each entry must be labeled with a 3" x 5" card securely 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. For Regional Convention ONLY: 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 Forms

to see where points are given and make sure that the entry includes each point.


Meets A.C.E. GuidelinesThe subject matter or topic treated must conform to A.C.E.

standards of what is acceptable in behavior, dress, etc.

CompositionThe visual process of organizing the elements and individual details of a scene

into a balanced and pleasing arrangement.

MountingThe color, texture, and permanence of the material on which the photograph is



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 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 by

ugly telephone wires or distracting blotches of color that detract from the main subject. Nothing

in the photo, even though in the background and out of focus, should violate the A.C.E. standard

of dress, behavior, etc. Finally, pay close attention to the finishing touches. Your photo should

be clean and free of scratches, dust specks, or wrinkles, and should be matted attractively. Often

these are the factors that are used to break ties.


Areas of Evaluation

Meets A.C.E. Guidelines (1-5)


A. FIRST GLANCE: pleasing presentation human interest or photo

desirable to be displayed, a story conveyed (1-10)

B. Distracting elements eliminated (1-5)

C. The photo has a main subject of interest (1-5)

D. Rule of thirds, framing, contrast, etc. (1-5)

E. Purpose, visual impact, theme visualized (1-10)

F. Evidence of creative effort to achieve the image (1-10)

Technical Expertise

A. Subject in sharp focus, depth of field used creatively, (cameras automatic features used with understanding), no visible defects. (1-5)

B. Good composition, flow and balance subject matter. Image does not violate standard photographic principles (rule of thirds, balance, framing, etc.) (1-5)

C. Photographic print demonstrates full tonal quality, dynamic range, and good contrast ratio. Student is responsible for effective printing of photo from either film negative or jpeg image file. (1-5)

D. Creative Effects used: filters, lighting, special lenses. (1-5)

E. (Darkroom) Film developing demonstrates good understanding of darkroom techniques to produce quality photo (unloading film, using developing chemicals, using enlarger, proper final exposure, quality final print ). Show procedure record of all steps. OR (Digital Darkroom) Import image file into computer for color balance and tonal adjustment (lightness, darkness, and contrastnot enhancement). Sizing, cropping, scaling, rotating, and image cleanup spot and scratch removal). Remove any red eye with appropriate tools and sharpen image. (1-15)

The Mount will be judged on the following:

A. Mounting board and print reflect a permanent display (1-5)

B. Color and texture match the subject (1-5)

Proper documentation submitted (1-5)




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