Youth contestants will be able to submit up to four unaltered, digital photographs that focus on one or more of the following four categories:
- Dominant focus on a posing Fainting Goat(s) and/or FGG exhibitor(s).
- Landscape focus on scenery around the farm or ranch. Fainting Goats must be included in the photo. Seasonal photos are also included in this category.
- People focus on FGG exhibitor and/or family, friends, other exhibitors, etc., who are involved in activities on the farm or at an FGG event (not posing for the camera).
- Farm focus that highlights activities around your farm.
- Beginner: 4 to 8 years of age
- Junior: 9 to 12 years of age
- Intermediate: 13 to 15 years of age
- Senior: 16 to 19 years of age
The age the contestant is when the photograph is taken will determine the age group in which the photograph is to be entered in.
Contestant photos will be displayed on the Fainting Goat Guild website for judging by Yana’s Photography, and winners will be announced after the contest’s deadline of December 31, 2012.
Judging will focus on two major factors:
- 80% on creativity, communication power, and composition
- 20% on technical quality (proper light exposure, color quality, sharpness focus, and effective cropping)
Judge's Score Card
- How technically correct is the photo? (20)
Are the following the best they can be? Focus, sharpness, detail, depth of field, color, brightness, contrast, saturation, usage of light.
- Subject Matter / Content (20)
How well does it fall within the brief/assignment? How creative is it?
- Composition (20)
Does the photograph tell a story? Where is our eye lead to in the photograph? Is the photograph balanced, if not, is it creating the visual impact it should?
- Does Judge Yana like the photograph? (All else aside) (40)
Like all art this is dependent on our own tastes, likes, dislikes and the way we see the world and experience it. It has nothing to do with how experienced photographer is.
TOTAL = (100)
- Images submitted must be the original work of the submitting photographer.
- Photos must be taken by the contestant during the current FGG season (January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012).
- Contestants are to use a digital camera, but photo cannot be altered or image-enhanced in any way.
- A maximum of four entries per contestant is allowed (one per category).
- Photos cannot have been presented for competition in a previous FGG photography contest.
- A qualified photography judge will determine the winners in each division. For 2012, Yana Nemkova of Yana’s Photography will be the judge.
- We suggest that the dimensions of the photograph be: For the long side, between 640 and 800 pixels. For the shorter side, no shorter than 480 pixels. All photographs are to be in JPG format. See below for an example of the dimensions.
Other Contest Rules
- The photographer must obtain a release for (permission to use) all recognizable persons in a photo.
- Photographs become the property of the FGG and may be used for promotional activities in the future.
- Submit photographs by e-mailing them to email@example.com, along with contestant’s name, age, and
state where the contestant lives.