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Clarifying “Photographic Elements” in Photographic Open

Our competition has two sections—Photographic Open and Electronic Imaging. Each section has

different rules, earns merits for different degrees and is judged differently—which can cause a lot of

confusion if you are new to competition!

The Electronic Imaging section of competition is to judge the electronic work that has been done to the

image. Whether it is a restoration or digital art piece, judges are looking at the reference images to see

how much work was done and how the parts are manipulated to make the whole, final image. As such,

the rules state that makers may use images that they themselves did not capture—so if a maker is

creating a composite of sharks on the moon, they can use stock images or any images they have

permission to use of sharks, the moon, etc., regardless of who the maker is.

In the Photographic Open categories, the images are judged as photographs (even if they are painted or

digitally manipulated) and the judges are only concerned with the final presentation of the image as

they view it. As such, the maker of the image MUST have created ALL the photographic elements that

are in the image. This rule has been beefed up this year, so it is even more important that the maker

have photographed each and every part of the image that is photographic. In Photographic Open, a

maker can enter an image that they created and composited to add in a sky, or a background element,

as long as they personally photographed each added piece. If a maker takes a portrait they created and

composites it onto a photographic scene that they purchased or did not personally create, then the

image will be disqualified.

The key word to the rule here is “photographic”. Because this is a photography competition and the

image is being entered into Photographic Open, the judges are evaluating the maker’s photographic

skills based on every photographic element in the image. There are enhancements that can be done to

images in Photographic Open that do not violate this rule—brushes, textures and other techniques that

do not appear as a photographic element in the final images are absolutely within the rules!

If you have any questions about the rules, categories, or competition in general, please contact the FPP

Competition Manager, Linda Long at Linda@LongsPhotography.com