Instructions / Rules for Entering Competitions.
At the present time (Covid restrictions apply) all competitions have been moved to a Projected Digital Image (PDI) format only. PDI entries have been set at a maximum of 4 although the 4th image may be dropped in order to retain an acceptable number of images per person in the case of a large entry.
PDI's submitted for competitions etc. (unless specified otherwise) need to be of the following size - NOTE: These are the maximum sizes permissable, smaller sizings are acceptable: 1600 (on the longest side) x 1200 (on the shortest side) pixels and at a resolution of 72 dpi. If an image is square it should be 1200 x 1200 pixels at 72 dpi.
All entries should be emailed to email@example.com by the date published in the appropriate Deadlines section of this site. Entries received after this date may not be forwarded to the judge for critique and scoring.
The full set of rules regarding competition entries under 'normal' (Non-Covid Restrictions) are shown in the section below.
Rules for Monthly Competitions and Annual Awards
Prints - Images from film or from digital files and printed by wet, analogue process or by a printer via a digital file.
Projected Digital Images - Images presented in digital form via a CD or other means of digital recording.
Competitions are to be held on a monthly basis
Not more than 4(four) images per member may be entered for each PDI competition and entries should be numbered from 1 to 4.
Not more than 4 (four) prints per member may be entered for each print competition and entries should be numbered from 1 to 4.
If the number of entries is considered too large for judging in one evening, the competition secretary may, at his/her discretion, decide to restrict the number of entries per member. The entry numbered ‘4’ for PDI competitions, or the entry numbered ‘4’ for print competitions, will be removed from each individual’s entries.
Both print and PDI entries must be submitted 2 weeks prior to the competition, the date being published in the annual programme.
Potential new members may only enter and judge one competition before paying their subscription.
Two or more prints / projected images entered by at least two members shall constitute a competition.
Prints may be the entire work of the members or may have been commercially printed.
Prints may be of any size and mounted on a 40cms x 50cms mounting board. Style and method of mounting is at the discretion of the member. Each print shall bear on the reverse side, ranking number, entrant’s initials and title.
Digital files must be of JPEG format (.jpg) and files must be flattened. The file name must include the image number from 1 to 4, the entrant’s initials and titled. For example : 1_JGT_sunrise.jpg. The maximum pixel dimension should be no larger than - NOTE: These are the maximum sizes permissable, smaller sizings are acceptable - 1600 (on the longest side) x 1200 (on the shortest side) pixels and at a resolution of 72 dpi. If an image is square it should be 1200 x 1200 pixels at 72 dpi. The file should be saved at the maximum quality possible with a file size of not more than 1.5MB.
Digital images for projection may be presented on a CD, on a flash drive or sent via Email to the competitions secretary at least 2 weeks prior to the competition.
The presented image entered for any competition should have been produced within 2 years of the start of the current programme.
Any print / PDI attaining 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th placing in a competition may not be entered into a future monthly competition. A digital image having been placed in a PDI competition may not be entered into a subsequent print competition or vice versa. Unplaced prints / PDIs may still be entered into future monthly competitions.
Any print / PDI attaining 20/20 in a competition may not be entered into any future monthly competition. A digital image having been placed in a PDI competition may not be entered into a subsequent print competition or vice versa. Prints/PDIs scoring less than 20/20 may still be entered into future monthly competitions.
Monthly open competitions will be scored out of 20 marks by an external and independent judge.
There will be 2 themed competitions (1 print and 1 PDI). These will be scored out of 20 by all the members present with an average score being awarded.
At the end of the season, the overall accumulated scores will be adjusted for each member. Each member will have their lowest scoring 4 print scores deducted from their overall print total and their lowest scoring 4 PDI scores deducted from their PDI total. After deductions, the member with the highest number of points at the end of the season for the print and PDI competitions will receive an award for the best worker of the year. Separate awards will be given to the best print worker and the best PDI worker as well as to the best scoring new member.