The Merrimack Valley Camera Club (MVCC) will host and conduct the 35th annual George W. Glennie Nature Salon on Saturday, February 21, 2015. Judging will be held at the Greater Lynn Photographic Association located at 564 Boston St, Lynn, Massachusetts. Judging will commence at 9:30 am and continue until finished in the afternoon. This salon is open to all camera clubs and photographic associations worldwide. Entry is by Club; no individual entries. The public is welcome to attend the judging.
This is a premier, international all-nature club competition of digital images known for its diversity of subjects which range from animals to botany to landscapes. In the animal categories, birds and mammals are usually well represented, but each year about a third of the entries are invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians or marine & freshwater life.
In recent years we typically have 100 participating clubs from approximately 8 countries and many US States.
Overall, the Glennie is a club competition, with additional awards to individual images. Each participating organization may submit 10 images, with no more than 2 by each maker. Images that have received awards in previous Glennie Salons are ineligible.
Makers who belong to two or more clubs must coordinate with the respective clubs to
ensure that no more than 2 of their images are submitted in total. In the event more than 2 images, or duplicate images,
are submitted from the same maker, the earliest submissions will be judged, and the other
submissions will be ineligible.
- Animals (consists of the following categories)
b. Invertebrates - Insects, Mollusks (snails etc.), Arachnids, Annelids (worms), Crustaceans
f. Marine and Freshwater Life - Fish, Marine Crustaceans/Mammals, Starfish, Corals etc.
The Glennie presents awards to both club and individual images. Club awards include:
- Top 5 Clubs Total Score
- Top 5 Clubs Diversity Award - (best score from club's top six categories, club must have entries in at least 6 of the 8 categories)
Individual image awards include:
- Best of Show
- Best Wildlife
- Best of Category (Birds, Invetebrates, Reptiles, Amphibians, Mammals, Marine & Freshwater Life, Botany, and Landscape)
- Subcategory and Honor Awards depending upon number of entries. (Last year we had 23 subcategories.)
At a minimum, awards will be presented to those clubs receiving the 5 highest scores. The individual awards will include but are not limited to Best of Show, Best Wildlife, and Best of each category. Some categories may be sub-divided, depending on the number of entries. A number of individual Honor Awards will also be presented, based on the level of submissions in each category. Additionally, Diversity Awards will be presented to the top 5 clubs with entries in at least 6 of the 8 Glennie categories. Diversity scores are calculated by totaling the club's top scoring image in their top 6 categories.
Images should be submitted by uploading using our online form. If you have problems, please send an email to email@example.com.
Each digital image may have a maximum width of 1024 pixels and a maximum height of 768 pixels (for a handy resizing calculator click here). The image must be submitted in JPEG (.jpg) format, and the size is limited to no more than 1 Megabyte (MB). It is suggested that the image resolution be no greater the 100 pixels per inch (ppi) and that the color space be sRGB.
An image filename shall consist of the following: 4 alphanumeric characters indicating the camera club (each club may choose their own); followed immediately by a dash (-); followed immediately by a 2 digit number indicating the image number shown on the registration form; followed immediately by a dash (-); followed immediately the image title (with spaces filled in with underscores); followed immediately by a dash (-); followed immediately by the maker’s first and last name separated by an underscore. As an example, the following would be the image filename for the 4th image submitted by MVCC, with “Purple Fish” as the title and John Doe as the maker.
New for 2012: Upon submission of the registration form, filenames will be generated using the information provided (i.e., Club Code, Image Title, and Maker's Full Name) and will be e-mailed to the registrant. These suggested filenames should be used for the uploaded image files.
The judges will be guided by the recently revised PSA definition of Nature. The following is a statement of the basic guidelines concerning Nature digital images:
“Nature Photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict observations from all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, in such a fashion that a well informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify as to its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining a high technical quality.
Human elements shall not be present, except on the rare occasion where those human elements enhance the nature story. The presence of scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals is permissible. Photographs of artificially produced hybrid plants or animals, mounted specimens, or obviously set arrangements, are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.
No techniques that add to, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photography without changing the nature story or the pictorial content are permitted. All adjustments must appear natural."
Images submitted for consideration for the Best Wildlife award must meet the additional definition for Nature Wildlife Photography.
“Authentic wildlife is defined as one or more organisms, living free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Therefore landscapes, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or any living subject taken under controlled conditions are not eligible for the Best Wildlife award."
For more information on photographing Nature, check out this great article from the PSA journal entitled "Working With the PSA Nature and Wildlife Definitions" (though note that this document has not been updated with the more recent PSA allowances for HDR images and natural-looking background blurring).
Submissions will be accepted beginning December 15th, 2014.
The submission closing date for 2015 is February 5th.
Registration is online, via our
The entry fee is US $20.00 for a club and is payable by PayPal.
Additional information and assistance may be obtained by contacting the Glennie Committee.
Entries must originate as photographs (image/captures of objects via light
sensitivity) made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired
digitally. By virtue of submitting an entry, the entrant certifies the work
as his own and permits the sponsors to reproduce all or part of the entered
material free of charge for publication and/or display in media related to
the exhibition. This may include low resolution posting on a website. The
exhibition assumes no liability for any misuse of copyright. Images may be
acquired digitally, or scanned from traditional film to create a digital
file. Images may be altered, either digitally or otherwise, by the maker
with the rules of the competition. All submissions must be as a digital
The Glennie competition respects the rights of photographers. Unfortunately, digital photography and the internet have made it very easy to acquire high quality nature images that individuals can pass off as their own. To help protect the rights of the photographer, we have instituted a plagiarism policy to help protect against the misuse of another photographer's images, either accidentally or on purpose.