What category should I submit my photograph to?
If you are unsure which category your photograph falls under, here are some category definitions to help you decide.
- A truthful, objective representation of a subject that can chronicle either significant events or everyday life.
- Photographs generally taken outdoors, capturing elements of nature (wildlife, plant life, landscapes, etc.)
- This category includes photographs of buildings or similar structures, cityscapes, and urban life,
- A style of photography that illustrates an idea or a concept, rather than a literal view of a subject matter.
- Submissions in the Youth category can be any style of photography. The only stipulation is that contestants must be under age 24.
Can I submit 3 photographs into each category?
No. Each artist is able to submit three photographs in total, not 3 per category, so choose your photographs wisely!
Do I need to matte my print before I mail it to the RMG?
No. All of the selected prints that are submitted to the RMG will be professionally matted at the RMG. Prints that are chosen to enter the live auction (this includes award winners) will also be custom framed at the RMG.
Will I need to provide a starting price if my artwork is selected to be in the RMG Exposed auction?
No. All artworks in the silent and live auctions are given a standard starting price.
What is an edition?
A limited edition print is an edition that has a fixed number of prints from the beginning of the print run, and the number of prints never changes. Limited edition prints are marked with two numbers: the unique number of the print and the size of the entire print run. For example, the first print in an edition of 20 would be marked as 1/20 and the last work in this edition would be marked 20/20.
The number of a limited edition print is usually marked in pencil on the reverse side of a photograph directly on the photo paper, or in pen or pencil on a label or the material which the photograph is mounted to.
An unlimited edition print is a print run that has no fixed number of prints from the beginning of the run.
How do I value my work?
Before a charitable tax receipt is issued for donation to RMG Exposed, the artist must first determine the Fair Market Value of the gift. Charitable tax receipts will be issued for donated works that are valued up to $1000. The Canadian Revenue Agency defines Fair Market Value as “the highest price, expressed in dollars, that property would bring in an open and unrestricted market, between a willing buyer and a willing seller who are both knowledgeable, informed, and prudent, and who are acting independently of each other.”
There are several ways to determine Fair Market Value:
- Exhibition history: Has your work been shown in non-profit, artist-run, or non-commercial institutions? Having an exhibition history in non-profit spaces can increase the “cultural value” of your work, which in turn can affect the “collect-ability” and therefore monetary value of your work.
- History of sales: The records of your past sales can be used to justify your current value.
- Comparable markets: The sales histories of other artists whose medium, body of work, exhibition history, gallery representation, or career stage are similar to yours can be used to determine your market value.
If you are unable to determine the fair market value of either the gift or advantage, the RMG cannot issue a tax receipt.
What medium is my artwork?
If you took the photograph with a digital camera, your medium would be digital print. If you took the image with film then you would have to specify the printing process, for example, silver gelatin print or Ektacolour print.