Pictorial Arranged Monochrome Definition

A Monochrome Image is eligible for the Pictorial Arranged Monochrome section if the element(s) of the image are to a considerable extent controlled by the maker or another person(s) present for the purpose.

This applies whether or not the image is acquired indoors – such as in a formal studio setting – or outdoors in a natural or artificial environment. The arrangeable elements include but are not limited to: the lighting*, including the use of reflectors and diffusers; the arrangement of people, animals, or objects; props; backgrounds; makeup; or apparel. They do not include any elements introduced in the post-processing of the captured image.
* The use of fill-flash alone is not considered arranged lighting.

For example, posed portraits and arranged still lifes – whether taken indoors or outdoors – fall within this definition. Also, images of light-painted rocks are considered arranged images even though only a single element may be controlled. However, flora shot in natural settings during the day with just the use of diffusers or reflectors are not considered to be arranged images.

An image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no color (i.e., of containing only shades of grey which can include pure black and pure white); OR it gives the impression of being a greyscale image that has been toned in one color across the entire image. NOTE: Any border of a toned image must have the same tone as the rest of the image!

A greyscale or multi-colored image that gives the impression of having been modified by partial toning, multi toning, or by the inclusion of spot coloring does not meet the definition of Monochrome.

The content is otherwise unrestricted. All forms of post-processing compatible with the General Requirements are permitted, provided the "arranged" origin is dominant and evident to the judges. Such post-processing is not considered part of what qualifies the images as arranged.

In particular, monochrome images eligible for the Pictorial Creative section are permitted provided the "arranged" origin is dominant and evident to the judges.

Monochrome images are judged both for their technical and pictorial merit. The image must be properly exposed, be in focus, and have appropriate depth of field. A monochrome image should have strong composition; pleasing quality; and texture, pattern, and/or tone impact.

In the event of any doubt whether an image belongs in the Individual or the corresponding Arranged category, judges are instructed to give the benefit of the doubt to the maker of the image, and only to DQ the image if they believe beyond a reasonable doubt that the image does not belong in the entered category. If an image is DQed in one category, the Competition Chair will make sure that it is not subsequently DQed in the other category for the same reason.