Sponsored by Pete Nikolaison Photography

The 2019 photography awards is an e-learning competition, open to all primary and intermediate aged students in the Wairarapa area. This competition gives an opportunity for students to be inspired, to innovate and to create. For teachers the challenge is to further integrate e-learning and use technology effectively in their classroom practice to enhance students’ creativity and digital competencies. The awards evening will provide an opportunity for students at all levels to share and celebrate their e-learning skills and talents.

Following judging the award winning entries will be professionally produced and presented to the winners at the awards night. An overall winning photographer will also be selected and awarded with a prize. These framed prints have kindly been sponsored by Pete Nikolaison Photography.

Entries close: Friday 20th September 2019

Awards Night: Thursday 7th November at Masterton Intermediate School Hall

The photography entry categories are:

  • Living
  • Non-Living
  • Photo Essay
  • Graphic Design – Theme: Promote Your Region

Entry levels for each category are:

  • Living and Non-living Photography 
    • Years 1 and 2
    • Years 3 and 4
    • Years 5 and 6
    • Years 7 and 8
  • Photo Essay 
    • Years 1 to 4
    • Years 5 to 8
  • Graphic Design – Theme: Promote Your Region
    • Years 1 to 4
    • Years 5 to 8

How to submit entries

School entries need to be submitted digitally using box.com. Your school’s teacher in charge of the competition will be provided with the log in details for this.

We suggest schools set up a folder to change the photo names to the required format and to save all of your entries in before they are submitted.

RULES

  • Maximum of 5 entries per entry group in each category from each school
  • Only 1 entry in each category per student.
  • Entries must be taken by the student.
  • All entries must be a photo taken in 2019.
  • Written permission must be obtained for use of personal images. E.g. portraits. This information must be held by the school.
  • Image size must be at least 1 MB. This will make images reproducible. Photographs must be saved in jpeg file format. Graphic Design and Photo Essay entries can be saved in jpeg, pdf or .png format.
  • Images can be submitted in colour or black and white.
  • Images can be cropped but cannot be digitally altered in any other way.
  • Judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Images will be entered through box.net and must be named using the following format:
    • category (l), (n) or Photo Essay (pe)
    • year level of student
    • school
    • name
  • Entries must be free standing (science fair display boards) with a white or black background.

Examples: l_7/8_mis_janedoe.jpeg or n_1/2_lakeview_johnsmith or pe_7/8_mis_janedoeA (please use a underscore (_) in between each

CRITERIA

Photography Competition

Your digital photograph should:

  • Convey a message
  • Have good composition (Rule of thirds; foreground; background; balance and order)
  • Show one or more of the elements (pattern, line, colour, light)
  • Demonstrate awareness of angle; frame and/or macro
  • Be a large size (e.g. at least 1 MB), as images will be viewed on a screen for judging (check size)
  • Be saved in jpeg file format
  • Be named using the title of the photo and the name of the photographer, school, level and category. Example:  l_7/8_mis_janedoe.jpeg
Indicators
 

Novice

Apprentice

Proficient

Expert

Creativity

Shows very little attempt at original thought
Shows an attempt at originality and inventiveness
Shows some originality and inventiveness
Shows considerable originality & inventiveness

Elements

The main element of the photo is difficult to identify.
Main element of the photo can be identified
Uses 1 of the elements of pattern & line, colour or light to enhance the photo
Uses more than one of the elements of pattern and line, colour or light powerfully to add impact

Visual Components

Poor visual composition
(camera angles, lighting, rule of 3rds framing of shots)
Average creative, visual composition (camera angles, lighting, rule of 3rds framing of shots)
Well done creative visual composition (camera angles, lighting, rule of 3rds framing of shots)
Excellent creative visual composition (camera angles, lighting, rule of 3rds framing of shots)

 

Link to 2018 Photography Competition Place Getters 

Photo Essay

You digital photograph should

  • Tells a clear, compelling story, or Illustrates an emotion, event, or key competency
  • Demonstrates good photography techniques and composition
  • An appropriate, thought provoking title adds impact to the essay
  • Be a large file size (e.g. close to 1MB), as images will be viewed on a screen for judging and need to be reproducible. (please check the file size)
  • Be saved in jpeg, pdf or .png format.
  • Be able to be viewed in A4 size.
  • Be named using the title of the photo and the name of the photographer, school, level and category.  Example: pe_5/8_mis_janedoe
Indicators
 

Novice

Apprentice

Proficient

Expert

Story Telling

The photos do not form a good photo essay The story, emotion or event depicted is clear The photos depict a very clear story, emotion or event The story, emotion or event is clear, compelling and powerful

Photography Techniques & Composition

Weak photography techniques and composition are used

 
Some use of photography techniques and composition Good photography techniques and composition Very good photography techniques and composition

Title

No title, or it has little relevance to the photo essay

 
Has a relevant title Has a thought provoking title Has a very relevant and thought provoking title

 

Graphic Design 

A graphic design uses images and text to illustrate ideas. A graphic design could be a poster or advertisement.

This year the theme for the Graphic Design Competition is Promote Your Region.    

Your graphic design should:

  • Use imagery and text to communicate ideas visually to an audience. A graphic design could be a digital poster.
  • Be appealing to look at and grab attention.
  • Show imagination, creativity and originality.
  • Convey a clear message to an audience
  • Use a clear heading, subheadings and images/symbols to enhance the message where necessary.
  • Be original – your own ideas. Photos need to have been taken by the creator.
  • Be a large file size (e.g. close to 1MB), as images will be viewed on a screen for judging and need to be reproducible. (please check the file size)
  • Be able to be viewed in A4 size.
  • Be saved in jpeg, pdf or .png format..
  • Be named using the title of the photo and the name of the photographer, school, level and category.  Example: gd_1/4_dps_johnsmith

Indicators

 

Novice

Apprentice

Proficient

Expert

Overall Design

Little imagination, creativity and originality shown. Has very little visual impact.

Shows some imagination, creativity and originality. Some parts have visual impact.

Shows imagination, creativity and originality. Is eye catching.

Shows great imagination, creativity and originality. Has the ‘wow’ factor.

Relevance of Imagery

Little use of imagery or unrelated use of imagery.

Limited use of graphics related to the topic.

Design based on original imagery. Most graphics are related to the topic and make it easier to understand.

Design based on original imagery. All graphics are related to the topic and make it easier to understand.

Message

The design portrays some information.  However the designs purpose is not obvious.

The design portrays a point of view or information outline. However the designs purpose cannot be clearly understood.

The design portrays a very clear point of view or information outline. The designs purpose can be understood.

The design portrays a powerful point of view or information outline. The purpose can be clearly understood.

Use of headings text, images/ symbols

Headings, text and images/ symbols don’t display appropriate design layout with fonts, sizes, colours and alignments.

Some headings, text and images/ symbols display appropriate design layout with fonts, sizes, colours and alignments.

Most headings, text and images /symbols display appropriate design layout with fonts, sizes, colours and alignments.

All headings, text and images/ symbols complement one another. They  display creative design layout with appropriate fonts, sizes, colours and alignments.