Now is the time to think
about what variety of gourd to grow and how you might creatively manipulate
the growth. Use your
imagination; try experimenting with a crazy new idea. This can be exciting
and fun. To be eligible to enter the National Jim Story Award competition,
you must first win a state-level manipulated gourd competition. If your
state does not have a manipulated gourd
category, express your interest and ask that they add one. You can also enter your gourd in any state that has a Jim Story or manipulated gourd category. Details for entering the Jim Story Award competition can be found on the AGS Website.
More and more art competitions are being judged from digital photographs. In fact, some AGS competitions are judged by photographs. Many non-gourd art competitions are also making it possible for artists to upload their images to a website. If you don't have a good digital camera, it's probably time you bought one or found a friend who can help photograph your artwork and show you how to send the digital files through a computer.
The National Jim Story Award has gone digital. Entering this prestigious national competition is quick and easy for the average computer user, but don't worry if you aren't into the computer age, entries submitted the old fashioned way (on paper, by the US mail, using printed photographs) will still be accepted. The submission deadline will be November 30, 2015.
Jim Story believed in sharing
information to help others learn, you can continue his sharing philosophy
by taking pictures showing how you manipulated your gourd. How-to photos
encourage and educate others, and assist the judges. In the Jim Story spirt
of helping others, here are some tips for photographing the gourds you will entering, whether they be photographed while growing in
your garden or your dried manipulated gourds.
1. Know your camera
2. Have the gourd in focus
3. Use the highest resolution your camera or camera phone is capable of
4. Photographs of your gourd with the winning ribbon and the entrant holding the gourd are required for the Jim Story Award entry
5. Use bright indirect or diffused light
6. Fill the frame
With a digital camera entering the National Jim Story Award is fast and easy. Join the Jim Story movement. Grow a gourd of any variety; change the shape of a baby gourd with whatever means you can dream up. Experiment with new ways to manipulate a growing gourd, carve a wooden mold, bind a baby gourd, tie a knot or think of innovative new ideas that have never been tried before. Just do it and enter your results in a state-level manipulated gourd category. Challenge your friends to see who can come up with
the most clever idea and have fun!
|Do have the gourd in focus||Don't submit blurry pictures|
|Do use a high resolution camera setting||Don't use low resolution camera settings|
|Do use diffused or indirect light||Don't use bright lights|
|Do put the ribbon next to the gourd||Don't put props in the picture|
|Do zoom in and make the gourd fill the frame||Don't layer the ribbon over the gourd|
|Don't leave large margins|