What’s on Your Mind?
The Most Frequently Asked Questions.
We at Light and Composition want to thank you for showing interest in our books, magazines, and the most prestigious award. Here are the answers of most frequently asked questions we get every day.
What is the meaning of “completely unaltered”?
According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word unaltered means remaining the same; unchanged. Then you need to add the word “completely”, which means totally; utterly. For this award, a photograph should be straight out of your camera. Even when we mention completely unaltered, this often does not make any sense for many, as they are lured into the world of post-processing to such an extent that they cannot understand that it is possible to take a good photograph without doing any alteration. So for these people, we mean a photograph without doing any post adjustment, brightness, saturation, contrast, white balance, and so, not even minor ones. For some, it is also hard to grasp the concept of photography standards.
1. Can you please explain how I can submit a photograph without any processing or alternation, as I believe, all RAW photographs require some level of processing; even taking a RAW image and making it a JPEG breaks your award rules.
2. I believe JPEG files are processed in the camera; doesn’t this then break the award rules?
3. All my photographs are opened in Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop at some point, which doesn’t mean they are altered, just part of my standard workflow. How then can I submit photographs so the EXIF does not display as opened in post-processing software?
4. May I know the reason, why my profile, award, or interview is not yet published, even though I’ve submitted it for a while?