Salons

General Salon Information

The NFRCC Photo Conference Image Salons are an opportunity for you to have your work reviewed by international judges and shared with a wide audience of photography enthusiasts. If you are interested in submitting images for one or both of the Salons, additional details and entry access buttons can be found below.

Participation

Viewing

People who are not entering images in the competition but who wish to watch the live judging of the images that are entered may do so free of charge via Zoom. Judging of Digital Salon entries will take place on March 7, 2023 at 7:00pm. Free registration is required for anyone wishing to watch the competition. Approximately 3 days prior to the judging, an email with the Zoom meeting details will be sent to all registered viewers.

Entering

Entrants must submit digital entries through email (salons@nfrcc.org) prior to the convention.  Entrants competing in the Print Salon will need to bring their images to the convention.   There is a $15.00 fee for each Salon (Print or Digital Image Salon) that covers all images in that salon.  Digital Images payment is done via the website registration page.  Print Salon entry fee payable via the website or at the convention (Print Competition).  Note: Digital Salon Submission Fees MUST be paid prior to both the submission of any images and to the entry deadline.

General Rules

Photographs must be the work of the maker and not the product of a workshop, class or set-up, with or without an instructor’s assistance. Competitions are open to images that have been computer enhanced or computer manipulated (digital).  Digital images must be based on or composed from original optically or photographically generated images. Projected images or Prints are not to be totally computer-generated. All components (photo based) must be created by the photographer-no clip art or purchased software images.

You cannot re-enter an image that has won an award or honourable mention ribbon at a previous NFRCC convention salon. In addition, all entries must comply with the NFRCC rules on plagiarism which can be found at nfrcc.org/competitions/nfrcc-rules-on-plagiarism.

Digital Salon Specific Information

Digital Salon Entries must be received no later than Midnight on March 3, 2023

All of the General Rules noted above apply to any digital salon entries. Salon entry fees must be paid prior to submission of any images. Digital Salon Entries must be received no later than Midnight, March 3, 2023 in order to be considered for evaluation, no exceptions. Late entries will not be accepted.

ALL entered images may be displayed on the NFRCC website or social media accounts including but not limited to our websites, Facebook, and YouTube. The creator maintains full copyright of the image(s) and, by submitting an image agrees to grant the NFRCC a limited use license for the image on our web and social media, as stated above. If the image creator is a member of an NFRCC affiliated camera club, the image may also be selected to be part of any NFRCC regional competition.

Judging of Digital Salon Entries will occur prior to the Photo Conference. The live judging may be watched via Zoom on March 7, 2023.

Digital Salon Entries may be submitted in any of the four following divisions, up to a total submission of 7 digital images:

  • Pictorial Division – 2 images; usually, but not limited to, images that do not fit into the Nature or Wildlife Divisions. This division is open to all photographers.
  • Monochrome Division – 2 Images; a monochrome image is defined as having varying shades of no more than one colour (various shades of that colour from very light [white] to very dark [black]) but it may be any single colour. Note: multi-toned images (various shades of two or more colours) and grey-scale images with an added accent colour are not acceptable in Monochrome competitions and must be entered in one of the colour competitions. This division is open to all photographers.
  • Nature Division – 2 images; must follow the NFRCC rules for Nature entries as stated below. This division is open to all photographers.
  • Wildlife Division – 1 image of pure wildlife must follow both the Photographic Society of America rules for Nature and Wildlife photography, and be limited to the following:
    1. Mammals
    2. Birds
    3. Fish
    4. Reptiles
    5. Amphibians (Revised 2011)
      Note: Wildlife Division is open only to NFRCC members.

Additional Digital Nature and Wildlife Division Information

No elements may be moved, cloned, added, deleted, rearranged, combined, or changed in any way that affects the integrity of the image content. No manipulation or modification is permitted except resizing, cropping, selective lightening or darkening, and restoration to the original colour of the scene. No special effects filters can be added or applied, and any sharpening must appear natural.

Nature Division

Images entered in the nature competition must conform to PSA’s definition of a nature image.

Eligible subjects include trees, wild flowers, weeds, grasses, fungi, ferns, mosses, animals or birds (except domesticated), reptiles, insects, fossils, weather, land/seascapes (without boats or other human evidence), geological formations, etc.

Ineligible subjects include cultivated plants or flowers, domestic animals (dogs, cows, etc.) landscapes which show human artifacts (fences, buildings, telephone wires, etc.), mounted specimens, museum habitats or groups, or subjects no longer alive.

Wildlife Division – Open to NFRCC affiliate club members only

Submissions entered into this category must feature wild animals that are non-captive animals in their native habitat. Images can include a man-made objects that have become part of the creature’s natural habitat, such as a stork in a roof nest or a barn swallow in its nest in a barn, as well as tagged animals in the wild are acceptable. This division shall follow PSA Guidelines for Nature and Wildlife photography (revised 2011), and be limited to the following:
1. Mammals
2. Birds
3. Fish
4. Reptiles
5. Amphibians
Note: Images of captive animals may not be submitted.

The first-place winner of the Wildlife Division of the Digital Salon will be awarded the Diane Peyton-Majumdar Trophy.

Digital Salon Image Submission Requirements

  • Image format:JPG files only
  • Maximum pixel dimensions:1920 Pixels wide by 1080 Pixels high including digital mats and borders.
  • Colour space: sRGB
  • File naming: The file naming format is Division_Entry Number (1 or 2)_Last Name_First Name_Title.jpg e.g. P_1_Smith_John_End of the Day.jpg. The Underscores are important in the name. Please do not use spaces between the fields. Note: The jpg file extension may or may not show up on your finished image, but if you have saved it in that format, it is there.
    • Letter Codes for Divisions: P – Pictorial, B – Monochrome, N – Nature or W – Wildlife

Send Digital Salon Entries via email to salons@NFRCC.org. Entry fee payment must be made through this web site prior to image submission. Digital image submission at the actual Photo Conference is not possible as judging will take place prior to the conference.

Be sure to :

  1. Check your files carefully to be sure they match the requirements. The committee will not be responsible for making corrections.
  2. You must submit by e-mail in well in advance of the submission deadline.
  3. In your email submission, be sure to include your full name and address as well as the NFRCC affiliate club, (if any) to which you belong.

Salon Deadline for Digital Images is: March 3, 2023 at 11:59PM, NO EXCEPTIONS Images without payment will not be judged

Print Salon Specific Information

All of the General Rules noted above apply to any print salon entries. Salon entry fees must be paid prior to submission of any images. Print Salon Entries must be physically brought to the Photo Conference.

Up to 2 Print Salon Entries may be submitted in either or both of the two divisions Print Salon divisions – Colour and Monochrome, up to a total of 4 submitted print images. The monochrome print division definition is the same as the digital division definition seen above. A monochrome print that has part of it in colour would be entered in the Colour Division.

Prints will be accepted from noon on Friday between programs and during the Golden Horseshoe Competition time period on Friday evening. All prints must be submitted on Friday unless the person has a Saturday only ticket, then those prints will be accepted for 1 hour prior to 8:30am Saturday morning. Print drop off location is Strategy Room 5 or 7 on the 5th Floor. Late entries will not be accepted.

Print Salon Image Submission Requirements

  • Print Size:
    1. Minimum Total Area – 80 square inches or 516 cm2 (8×10), not including any mat
    2. Maximum Total Area – 320 square inches or 2,065cm2 (16×20), including any mat
    3. Maximum Physical Dimensions – no more than 30 inches or 76.2 cm wide and no more than 24 inches or 61 cm tall
  • Mounting: Prints must be mounted on some stiff substrate, such as Foamcore, that will stand independently in a print viewing box.
  • Matting: A print may be matted but it is not required. Finished mat size may not exceed 320 square inches or 2,065cm2.
  • Framing: No frames or glass or anything on the back of a print that may damage another print will be permitted.
  • Reverse Side: On the reverse side of the image, put an arrow of orientation, the image title, the submission division, your name and address, and if you are a member of an NFRCC club, the name of your club. Be absolutely sure that this information is attached securely but not in any way that would scratch or damage another print when all the images are placed in a stack.

Additional Print Salon Information

AWARDS: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place images are awarded in each Division. In addition, a Best of Show is also awarded.

The GEORGE BUTT COMPETITION for Colour and Monochrome Images. Convention attendees who are members of a NFRCC club and who include the name of their club on the reverse side of their print images are automatically entered in the inter-club competition for the George Butt Award. If you are a member of more than one NFRCC club, you need not assign all entries to the same Club.

HOW THE GEORGE BUTT TROPHY IS AWARDED: The ten highest scoring prints by at least five different club members will be the official Club entry. The club with the highest scoring monochrome entries and the highest scoring colour entries will each be awarded a 1st place George Butt trophy.