Competition Rules

MONTHLY COMPETITIONS

  1. Entry to monthly competitions is open to all honorary and paid-up members. A maximum of one print may be entered in the print competition and one digital image may be entered in the 'open' digital competition. In addition, one digital image can be entered in the 'themed' competitions in January, March, May, July and September. Entries in both the 'open' and 'themed' competitions will qualify for points in the annual consistency awards competition. See rule 13.
  2. Any picture may be used once only by the same member but the committee reserve the right to consider an image to be the same as one already used if, regardless of title or medium, it is so similar to the other as to be almost identical.
  3. A digital image, once used, cannot be entered as a print in any monthly competition and, similarly, a print, once used, cannot be entered as a digital image.
  4. Prints resulting from computer/digital imaging techniques will be allowed in all competitions. The original image or composite of images must be made by the member on photographic emulsion or acquired with a digital camera or scanner. Any modification of the original image must be made by the member or under his/her personal supervision and direction. Prints must be on photographic or electronic print material, mount excepted.
  5. Prints will not be accepted after the close of the meeting immediately preceding the competition night unless notified at a club meeting. Entries may be handed in by another member on behalf of someone who cannot attend in time. Digital images must be emailed to the organiser no later than 8 pm on the same night.
  6. All prints must be mounted on suitable stiff card, flush mounted, or with a border. A print with a window mount should have the back mount board flush all round with the top one and adhered without any adhesive tape being visible. Prints contained in picture frames are NOT permitted.
  7. Print mounts shall not exceed 50cm x 40cm in size but there is no minimum size.
  8. Prints must show the title on the back of the mount and may be black and white or colour and may be either home or trade processed. Members are also encouraged to submit digital versions of their prints for display on the web site. For this purpose they should use the same format as for projected digital images (see below).
  9. Digital images must be in jpeg format with maximum image dimensions of 1600 pixels wide and 1200 pixels high.
  10. The image title should not include any of the following characters: / ? % * : | " < >
  11. The digital images must be uploaded to the club's web site before midnight of the day specified as the closing date for submissions.
  12. In the ballot, 3 marks shall be awarded for a 1st place vote, 2 marks for a 2nd place and 1 mark for a 3rd place vote. The marks for each entry shall be added and the entries attracting the highest marks shall be placed 1st to 5th in order. In the event of a tie on marks, the placing shall be determined by the entry with the highest number of 1st place votes. If still equal, the number of 2nd place votes will determine placing. If still equal, entrants will be awarded equal placing and will receive equal points.
  13. For the annual consistency awards points shall be awarded as follows:
    Placing Points
    1st 10
    2nd 7
    3rd 5
    4th 4
    5th 3
    Not placed 1
  14. The members aggregating the highest number of points over the competition year shall the receive the appropriate Consistency Award for their medium. In the event of a tie on marks, the placing shall be determined by the entry with the highest number of 1st place votes, or 2nd place votes as described above.

ANNUAL COMPETITIONS

  1. The 'Print of the Year' and 'Digital Image of the Year' competitions are open to all honorary and paid-up members.
  2. Each member may enter up to a maximum of 4 prints and 4 digital images in the respective competitions.
  3. An image may be used in only one annual competition, but the committee reserve the right to consider an image to be the same as one already used if, regardless of title or medium, it is so similar to another by the same author as to be almost identical. However, an image once used in one medium in a monthly competition may be used in a different medium in one of the annual competitions.
  4. Prints must conform to rules 4, 6, 7 & 8 of the monthly competition rules. Digital images must conform to rules 9, 10, 11.
  5. Images may have been entered in a monthly competition but MUST NOT have been entered in any annual competition. Prints and digital images may be home, trade or digitally processed. See rule 4.
  6. Entries for these annual competitions must be submitted to the appropriate competition secretary by the closing dates published in the club's programme or announced at a club meeting.
  7. Prints and digital images must show the title etc, as described in rules 8 and 10.
  8. The judges of these annual competitions shall be asked to select the top three entries placed in order of merit and to award commendations to other entries as they consider appropriate.
  9. Certificates of Merit will be presented to the first three places in each competition and Certificates of Commendation will be presented to the authors of images that were commended by the judges. Where a member has more than one commended entry, the certificate will record the title of all these entries.