Photography Show

Captured Beauty

1 CarbonCarbon is a solid non-metal element. Pure carbon can exist in two very different forms - diamond and graphite.
Black and white photo highlighting something from nature that contains carbon.
2 HydrogenMixed with oxygen = H2O.
Color photograph with water as the main feature.
3 NitrogenThe necessity of plant life existence, nitrogen provides our plants with sustainability.
Color photograph of an agriculture landscape.
4 OxygenAir is colorless, odorless, tasteless, gaseous mixture of Oxygen and nitrogen.
A color photo showing your interpretation of the air around us.
5 PhosphorusThe first form of elemental phosphorus that was produced (white phosphorus, in 1669) emits a faint glow when exposed to oxygen.
An abstract color photograph highlighting the glow of a sunset or sunrise. (An abstract photograph focuses on shape, form, color, pattern and texture. It seeks to show the subject’s essence, not reality.)
6 SulfurSulfur is a non-metallic bright yellow solid. It has been known since antiquity, being the brimstone found in the Bible.
A close-up photograph of a yellow flower.

Photography Guidelines

  1. The photography division is open to all GCV members and the public.
  2. An exhibitor may make only one entry in a class but may enter as many as two classes. Online advance registration is required and will remain open until either all classes are filled or September 4. Exhibitors will be notified if accepted or not, at the time of registration.
  3. If forced to withdraw, an exhibitor must notify the division chairman and/or class consultant and find a substitute unless there is a waiting list for the class.
  4. Each photograph must be the work of the exhibitor, under whose name it is registered. Mounting and printing may be done professionally.
  5. Any editing at any stage must be the work of the exhibitor. This includes enhancement for color or clarity, removal of a part of the image, combining images, or distorting the original subject.
  6. Photographs must be flush mounted on black foam core and may not be matted. The photograph is meant to be the same size as the foam core with no border. Overall dimension of entry must not exceed 50” in total perimeter measurement. Glass, framing and over-matting are not permitted.
  7. Each entry must have the entry form affixed to the back of the photograph mounting with the exhibitor’s name, garden club, email, address, phone number and class entered. The top of the photograph must be indicated.
  8. An optional title of brief statement of intent may be included on the entry form and the entry card itself. The statement must not exceed 25 words and be typed or printed in black, waterproof, ball point pen.
  9. Photos will be hung against a solid background.
  10. Photographs must be received no later than Wednesday, September 12, 2018.  Send photographs to Ann Heller, 27 West Locke Lane #3,  Richmond, VA 23226.
  11. All photographs will be passed by the photography committee to verify that class specifications have been met. If a photograph is not passed, the exhibitor will be notified and allowed, if time permits, to send a replacement photograph.
  12. Only the photography committee may reclassify an entry, but only with the permission of the exhibitor.
  13. While the Garden Club of Virginia will exercise due caution in safeguarding exhibits, responsibility for damage, loss or personal injury cannot be assumed.
  14. Use two 15” x 19” (or larger depending on size of photo) bubble wrap envelopes. (Smaller envelopes are too tight to easily get images in and out with their various wrappings. You may use boxes.
    • Wrap your mounted or matted image between 2 suitable pieces of foam core (this is very light) or non-bendable cardboard or any non-bendable still material, which will be reused for return. If possible, also place the photograph in a plastic or cellophane sleeve and securing it to the center of a cardboard w tape.
    • Securing the corners with extra reinforcements is also advised
    • Do not use tape of any kind directly on the packaging as this can accidentally attach itself to the photography during the unwrapping.
    • Rubber bands work well or wrap paper bands around foam core which may be secured with tape.
    • Place wrapped image and folded self-addressed return envelope inside the mailing envelope.
    • Mark your package with “Do Not Bend.”

Point Scale for Judging Photography

 Creative Technique ClassesAll Other Classes
Technical Skill2520
Conformance / Interpretation1020

Contact Claire Mellinger at 917-371-4171 or if questions arise.