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Photography Non-living Objects Color Grades 9-12

Entry #:


Entry Title:

Lonesome Practicality

Project Description:

The entry is a photograph of a lifeguard chair on the beach at night. I took this picture during a very difficult time for me. The entry is titled “lonesome practicality” because it depicts a lone lifeguard chair in the dead of night, still doing its job with no one around it. The contrast of colors between the sand and night sky are symbolic of how peaceful, yet how isolating it can be to be alone. The lifeguard chair’s size also is representative of how insignificant one can feel when alone. When I took this picture I was walking home alone late from work after a long day. Everyone was asleep and it felt like I was the only person left on Earth, and that’s when I saw the lifeguard chair standing small and alone on an empty beach. It resonated with me. No editing was done to the photo.

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All entries must be photographed by the student.

All photographs will be entered digitally via the online school entry form.

Students may enter a total of 6 photos with ONLY 1 per sub-category. (Use the chart below to assist you.)

Each photo must have a title. The title should reflect what the photographer was trying to capture.

A captured image can only be entered once. For example, a color photo may not be manipulated and also entered as a monochrome photo. In brief, if you click the camera once, you can only enter once!

Judging Criteria

Content Achieves Purpose

The element of content deals with the overall choice of subject matter. It should be appropriate for the purpose indicated. It should be timely and well thought out. It should have a purpose and theme and should capture a moment of time or place.

Content Suitable to Audience

The element of content deals with the overall choice of subject matter. It should be appropriate for the audience indicated. It should take into account aspects of the audience including age, gender, knowledge on a subject, etc.


The term originality applies to the creative aspects of a print. Have you presented your subjects in an unusual or interesting manner? If you photograph animals, have you placed them in unusual costumes or backgrounds?


The principles of art composition apply to still photography. The use of line, texture, forms, and color creates interest as well as grouping forms. Planes or parts of forms must be aesthetically arranged. For example, if three objects are grouped, it is considered more aesthetic to have them placed at unequal distances than to have them spaced equally in a row. It is also more interesting to have one of these objects placed at a different angle (plane) than the others. Composition should also include balance in relation to form and color. Lighter or smaller objects on the other side may balance a heavy or large object on one side. Colors need to be distributed throughout the print. Composition may also include movement. Forms or objects may be arranged to give direction to the eye of the observer.

Overall Effectiveness/Presentation

This criterion allows the evaluators to look at the total photograph and critique it as representative of the subject area in which it was placed by the photographer. The question asked by evaluators will be: Has the student photographer selected the best subject area in which to evaluate the photograph? While content deals with the choice of subject matter, appropriateness to subject area deals with selecting the right category in which to judge the photograph

Appropriate Design Techniques/Resources

Techniques should be used to make the print unique. If there is a moving subject, was this highlighted by placing the background out of focus? Are night-lights softened or highlighted? Is the subject matter presented at its most advantageous position in relation to the photographer? Is depth-of-field utilized in highlighting subject matter?

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