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Photography Exhibition Categories and Guidelines

During the 2012 Laurel Highlands Communications Conference, we will host our first Photography Exhibition. This is an opportunity for students and faculty to display their best photographs and share their talent and passion with other people. Listed below are the categories and guidelines for this year’s conference.

Exhibition Categories

The following categories will be featured during the exhibition:

  • Landscapes/Nature: Landscapes and Nature photography capture different vast areas of our world. It covers scenery commonly free from man-made buildings. It is possible to have people in Landscape and Nature Photography but they are often not the main focus of the photograph. (Example of Landscape/Nature Photography)
  • Portraits: Portraiture photography has a strict subject of either one person or group of people. It should effectively capture the subject(s) personality or mood by the altering of lights, backdrop, and particular posing. (Example of Portraiture Photography)
  • Macro: Macro photography is categorized as photos taken at close range. When done correctly, your subject should be portrayed as greater than life size. (Example of Macro Photography)
  • Cityscapes/Urban/Architecture: Cityscapes, Urban and Architecture photography focuses on made-made buildings, urban settings, streets and other structures. It can provide a mood and sense of city living. (Example of Cityscape Photography)
  • HDR: High Dynamic Range photography, also known as HDR, is a photo technique where multiple photos are taken of the exact same image with multiple exposures. It usually consists of around three images layered together to make one final image. You must use editing software capable of merging all of your photos together. The combining of multiple exposures allows you to have a wider range of tones than if you were to take one single image. (Example of HDR Photography)
  • Photojournalism/Documentary: Photojournalism or Documentary photography is described as candid photos that produce truthful, objective, or real life events. The subject is usually a person. It is popularly used to report historical or significant events. (Example of Photojournalism Photography)

Guidelines for Submissions:

  • Only a total of two photographs may be entered in the exhibition. They may be entered in one or more of the above categories.
  • All photographs need to be the original, full-size file.
  • All photographs need to have been taken after January 2012.
  • Absolutely no copyrighted materials in any shape or form are permitted within photographs.
  • A release form is required for photographs featuring human subjects (click here to complete form).
  • Photographs can be enhanced using software such as Adobe Photoshop.
  • Photographs from student projects may be used.
  • Photographs must include the photographer’s full name and university e-mail address.
  • All photographs must be submitted electronically using the following format: Category_Firstname_Lastname (Example: Macro_John_Smith).
  • Photographs and release forms must be submitted electronically along with the Photography Exhibition form to

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, October 24, 2012.

All guidelines must be followed. Failure to comply will result in disqualification.

First-place winners and runner-ups will be selected by our panel of judges and will be notified of their award prior to the conference.

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