What is a CREATIVE Image?                       rev. 1/31/2012

At PFLI We Have Revised Our Creative Definition:

Creative photography is an extension of conventional photography into creative art. Its purpose is to stimulate creative thoughts and encourage experimentation with new ideas going beyond a simple photograph. The final result must be based on and have some resemblance to the maker's original photographic work, modified exclusively by the photographer.  

PFLI Creative InformationPFLI Requires that images originate as photographs taken by the maker. After manipulation enough of the original image must remain to be discerned.

What is a ‘Creative’ Image?

          •Any image can be considered creative.

          •Creative does not have to mean ‘Photoshopped’.

          •Perhaps the subject or perspective is creative. Or it may be an artistic interpretation of a scene.

          •The maker may be the best person to decide – if they feel they did something different or special to make an image fit their own interpretation, they may feel it is a creative image, and should be judged as such.

          •The PFLI Definition of Creative is "Artistic Interpretation"

          •The image may be made completely within the camera if the subject or perspective are unusual, dramatic or intriguing.

          •Or the image may be modified by the maker to reflect their artistic interpretation of the original scene, creating an altered reality.

          •Such images may display obvious change in natural color, form, shape, or any combination of these three.

          •Creative images are often montages (a blending or of multiple images).

          •The original image must be made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or captured digitally. All images must be original and may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else.

          •Original images must be altered by the maker; artwork or computer graphics generated by the entrant may be incorporated, if the original photographic content predominates.

          •Images may not be constructed entirely within a computer(i.e. it starts in a camera).

          •It is necessary that the image's core content be identifiable.

          •Any respectable subject matter is acceptable as long as the Artistic Interpretation guidelines are followed.

          •Due to the public nature of the online forum, all images should be 'family friendly'.

          •The Clubs will determine how to select creative images for submission and how to decide which digital category best fits an image.

          •There will be a single class for all creative entries.