Welcome to the International Year of Light 2015 AV Competition

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Final report to International Year of Light


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AV Makers South Africa presents an International Audio Visual Competition – “LIGHT”

Supported by the National Laser Centre and Photonics Initiative of South Africa

Entry is free and entries from around the world are invited

Entries are now closed. Here is the entry form:


Prizes include R12 000 cash (approximately US$1 000), medallions, a ribbon and PTE licences

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About the Year of Light and the competition
The International Year of Light is a global initiative which will highlight to the citizens of the world the importance of light and optical technologies in their lives, for their futures, and for the development of society. It is an unique opportunity to inspire, educate, and connect on a global scale.

The National Laser Centre and Photonics Initiative of South Africa supports this competition. The competition will be managed by a committee from AV Makers – South Africa and the National Laser Centre.

In line with the IYL’s goal of raising awareness about light-based technologies, AV Makers is committed to reaching as many citizens of the world as possible through this competition.All Audio Visual enthusiasts worldwide are cordially invited to enter.

AV Makers South Africa
The purpose of the AV Makers Club is to promote the making of digital Audio Visual shows amongst its members and the wider public by means of lectures, demonstrations, shows, competitions and other appropriate means. It is expected that members will be active in the production of digital Audio Visuals. This Club has been in existence as an informal group since 2010, when the first meeting was held.

The National Laser Centre and Photonics Initiative
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) provides a critical core of laser technology knowledge and expertise through the research, development and implementation of laser based technologies and applications in Africa. This knowledge, housed at the CSIR National Laser Centre, enables the South African industry to improve their global competitiveness and expand their market share. The CSIR National Laser Centre works closely with local higher education institutions and supports laser related research at these institutions.

What is an Audio Visual?
The definition of the Photographic Society of South Africa is as follows:
“An Audio Visual (AV) is a compilation of still images, which may include movie/video clips, with an integrated theme or storyline where audio, transitions and images are interdependent. An effective sequence will therefore have unity of the various elements, i.e.: the conception, the visuals, the audio, communication and technique. Artistic expression within it can take many forms and is only limited by the author’s imagination and creativity.”

Photographers are encouraged to explore the photographic medium and to use it to communicate their own personal vision incorporating feeling, senses and imagination to the viewer. The photography is not restricted in any way, neither in subject matter nor in manipulation during the taking or reproduction stages of the photography provided that it addresses the theme of “LIGHT” in some way. Sunlight, moonlight, starlight, laser light, painting with light, playing with light could all be your inspiration. Allow your creativity to run wild and make an AV on the theme of “LIGHT”. The theme can be interpreted in the widest possible way. It is not restricted to technological gadgetry and can include light as art, for example.

Competition Director
Telephone: +27 12 803 2105 Mobile: +27 83 840 5459
Email: avmakerssouthafrica@gmail.com

Competition secretariat
Ms Ria Katzke APSSA AFIAP riakatzke@gmail.com
Tom Bayfordmwtandm@mweb.co.za
Eric Thorburn APSSA wenderic@absamail.co.za
Prof Andrew Forbes PhD Chief Researcher and Research Group Leader CSIR National Laser Centre, South Africaaforbes1@csir.co.za

Website: http://av-makers-south-africa.wikispaces.com/IYL2015 for the full set of rules and further information.

Register here to receive updated news through the year: http://goo.gl/aQaEkk .

Competition timetable
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1st February 2015 Competition announced
1st September 2015 Entries open on the website
1st November 2015 Entries close
18th December 2015 Results announced and AVs shown at 15h00 at Outdoorphoto, Pretoria. Results emailed to authors on the same day.
15th January 2016 Awards posted
January 2016 Exhibitions in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Knysna (dates and venues to be announced)

Judging panel
Robert Albright, FRPS, Great Britain

Lorenzo de Francesco,FIAF AV-BFI Director of Audio Visual Service FIAP, Board of Audiovisual Department, Vice President G.F. Famiglia Legnanese, Italy

John Hodgson,EFIAP/b, FAPS, AV-FAPS, ESFIAP, Hon.FAPS, Hon.AFB President, AV Club of South Australia, Councillor, AV Division, Australian Photographic Society, Australia

Professor Andrew Forbes, PhD Chief Researcher and Research Group Leader CSIR, National Laser Centre South Africa

Results and awards
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Best entry
o Cash prize R7 000 (approximately US$580 dependent on exchange rate in December 2015)
o AV Makers South Africa Gold medallion
o Licence for PicturesToExe Deluxe version 9.0 sponsored by wnsoft.com valued at approximately R1 500 (US$129).

o Cash prize R2 500 (approximately US$200 dependent on exchange rate in December 2015)
o AV Makers South Africa Silver medallion
o Licence for PicturesToExe Deluxe version 9.0 sponsored by wnsoft.com valued at approximately R1 500 (US$129).
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o Cash prize R2 500
o AV Makers South Africa Bronze medallion
o Licence for PicturesToExe Deluxe version 9.0 sponsored by wnsoft.com valued at approximately R1 500 (US$129)
o If the winner and/or runner-up are from South Africa, this prize will be awarded to the next best South African entry.

Results will be published on the AV Makers South Africa website and elsewhere.

No Acceptance cards will be issued. Acceptances do not qualify for South African Diamond ratings or points towards the PSSA Impala trophy.

Technical requirements and submission instructions

  1. There is only one theme – “Light”.

  1. Entries are welcome from anyone regardless of residence or citizenship, so long as the laws of their jurisdiction allow participation. Entrants are subject to all applicable South African laws and regulations. Contest is void where prohibited by law.

  1. Entry is open to single entrants, groups and clubs. All participants must be disclosed on the electronic entry form.

  1. Entrants/Groups/Clubs may submit only one AV each with a maximum duration of 8 minutes.

  1. By participating in the Competition authors of Audio Visual sequences indemnify the organisers against all and any action that may be taken against them by owners of copyrights.

  1. The organisers will accept no responsibility in the case of dispute or litigation. The jury’s decision is final.

  1. The production must be the original work of the entrant and his/her declared co-authors and collaborators.

  1. Any third party material must be appropriately identified and credited.

  1. Video may be included in the AV sequence but should not dominate the work.

  1. Dimensions from 1024 x 768 px (4:3 aspect ratio) up to 1920 x 1080 px (16:9 aspect ratio) may be submitted.

  1. The on-line entry form will be available from 1st September 2015 as a link on the competition website. Enquire by email to avmakerssouthafrica@gmail.com if you do not get an email confirming receipt of your entry by 2nd November 2015.

  1. Name your entry with title only e.g. “Yellowstone.exe", "Mardigras.mp4".

  1. No entries will be returned and all entries will be destroyed after judging and the exhibitions.

Delivery options for entries
1) Internet transfer (preferred) using WeTransfer, YouSendIt, etc:
to avmakerssouthafrica@gmail.com files should not exceed 250Mb per entry. Larger files are to be sent on DVD or memory stick by post or hand delivery.

2) Post:
AV Makers
PO Box 912 805, Silverton 0127, South Africa
3) Courier and hand deliveries
164 Hoëveld Street, Meyerspark, Pretoia 0184, South Africa

updated: 2015-09-23