Competition Rules

PRINT AND PROJECTED IMAGE COMPETITION RULES

The following Competition Rules were made and approved by the Committee for use from September 2017. All previously issued Competition Rules are cancelled.

GENERAL

1. ELIGIBILITY OF ENTRIES
It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure that entries comply with the rules of any competition entered. If in doubt an entrant should seek a ruling from the relevant Print or PI Competition Secretary. Such rulings must be requested not less than one week in advance of the closing date for entries, and if necessary shall be accompanied by adequate documentation to enable a decision to be made. The Competition Secretary’s decision will be final.

2. USE OF TITLES
All entries shall be submitted with a legible title as required by the individual competition. For the Print and PI League Competitions this title will be read out or displayed immediately prior to judging. In all other competitions titles will not be read out or displayed unless the image is given an award by the judge.
Titles shall not be added to an entry in a manner which renders them visible during the judging process.

3. DEFINITIONS
For the purposes of these rules a photograph is deemed to be one individual capture on either photographic emulsion or digital camera or scanner.
Where the term ‘image’ is used in the rules this shall be taken to mean a Print or Projected Image created from one or more photographs as stipulated in the individual competition rules.

PRINT AND PROJECTED IMAGE COMPETITIONS/ LEAGUES

1 .Print OPEN competitions will consist of one section only.
PI OPEN competitions will consist of two sections; ‘A’ Section for the more advanced members and ‘B’ Section for all other members.
2. The SET SUBJECT Competitions will consist of one section only.
3. All entries must be photographic in nature and, the photographer must own the copyright of all the elements of each picture.
4. Members may enter a maximum of THREE prints and TWO projected images in each Open Subject Competition and THREE prints and TWO projected images in each Set Subject Competition. The scores for the best 2 out of 3 prints will count. Any print / projected image may be entered once only in League Competitions. It may however be entered into the Edith Barnes, TriPic, Knock-out and Print/ Projected Image of the Year Competition in the same season.
5. In the interests of a varied competition, substantially similar images are not eligible. This includes images which by nature of their subject matter, composition, lighting etc are very similar. If in doubt, the entrant should consult the relevant competition secretary for a final ruling before entering the image. Images that have been submitted once and then re-edited are not eligible.
6. Print Competition entries must be submitted to the Print Competition Secretary at least one week in advance of the judging date unless otherwise advised.
7. Each print must be (a) securely fixed to a 50 cm by 40 cm mount and (b) have the completed Label/Entry Form (available on request from the Print Competition Secretary) securely affixed to the reverse of the mount showing the member’s name and print title for easy identification. The Label is also the Entry Form. No label means no entry!
8. Digital images for projection should be submitted to the Projected Image Competition Secretary at least one week in advance of the judging date unless otherwise advised. The images should be in JPG high quality format in the SRGB Colour Space, and should be submitted via the online entry system, or given to the Projected Image Competition Secretary on CD, DVD or portable USB drive.
The maximum dimensions for landscape images are 1600 pixels wide by 1200 pixels high and for portrait images no more than 1200 pixels high. Each image file name should be made up of Open or Set, followed by the Member’s Name and the Image title, all separated by underscores. e.g. ‘Open_Joe Bloggs_Spinnaker Tower’ or ‘Set_Joe Bloggs_Spinnaker Tower’.
9. Marking will be by visiting judge or club judge. The judge shall decide whether an entry falls within the set subject category. Points will be awarded to a maximum of TEN for each print/projected image submitted. A Diploma will be awarded for any print/projected image scoring 9.5 or 10 points. The Judge may award further Diplomas at
his / her discretion.
10. The top six scores from each Open competition will be used to calculate the winners of these leagues. In the event of a tie, all eight scores will be counted. All 6 scores will be used in calculating the winner of the Set Subject leagues.
11. Any prints / projected images entered in Club Competitions should be made available to the Club Selection Committee Secretary for use in competitions and exhibitions as required. The Selection Committee is responsible for selecting prints / projected images for such external competitions.

PRINT AND PROJECTED IMAGE OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

1. There shall be only ONE section for Prints and ONE section for Projected Images.
2. Marking will be by the visiting judge.
3. Members may enter a maximum of TWO prints and TWO projected images. Such prints and projected images must have been entered in one of the Internal League competitions during the current season, or in the most recently held Club Exhibition.
4. Print and Projected Image entries must be submitted to the relevant competition secretary at least one week in advance of the judging date unless otherwise advised.

NEW MEMBERS / PROMOTION
1. For the PI Open Competitions, new members are automatically entered into Competition Class ‘B’ unless they have relevant photographic qualifications or successes, in which case they will normally be entered into Competition Class ‘A’.
2. Promotion to a higher section shall be decided at the end of each season by the Selection Committee, bearing in mind the quality of a member’s work, achievement in exhibitions and marks gained in open club competitions.

OTHER COMPETITIONS:

EDITH BARNES LANDSCAPE COMPETITION (PIs)
All entries must be on the subject of Landscape and have been taken within the UK. Members may submit up to THREE entries (subject to the volume of entries received) and none should have been submitted for this Trophy in previous years. Entries should be submitted to the Projected Image Competition Secretary at least one week in advance of the Competition. Entries can be made via the online entry system, or handed in on a CD, DVD or portable USB drive. Files must follow the standard sizing, file format and naming structure, i.e. Edith Barnes_Your Name_Image Title.jpg, e.g. Edith Barnes_Joe Bloggs_A Landscape.jpg.
A trophy will be presented to the winner at the end of the season and diplomas awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

SAME FILE COMPETITION (PRINTS)
1. Members will be given on request an identical digital image file. 2. Members may submit up to THREE prints, each wholly derived from the supplied digital image, to the Print Competition Secretary at least one week in advance of the judging date unless otherwise advised.
3. A part or whole of the file may be used and any derivative method used, if wished, to complete the finished print. No additional material may be introduced into the picture, e.g. from other files, clipart, text etc.
4. There are no separate classes and the winning print will be that which, in the judge’s opinion, presents the digital image to its best advantage.

TRI-PIC COMPETITION (PRINTS)
1. Members may submit up to THREE panels to the Print Competition Secretary at least one week in advance of the judging date unless otherwise advised, each panel to consist of THREE prints on a theme of their choice.
2. Prints will be shown as a panel.
3. Members should clearly title all their prints on the reverse of the mount, giving the title of the respective Panel. In addition, each print must be labeled as follows: “1” = Left, “2” = Middle, “3” = Right, as viewed from the front.
4. There is no bar on the prints submitted except that they may not have been used in previous internal Tri-Pic competitions.
5. The judge will choose a 1st, 2nd and 3rd and diplomas will be presented on the night.

TRI-PIC COMPETITION (PROJECTED IMAGES)

1. Members may submit up to three entries. Each entry shall comprise a composite image created from three photographs integrated into one digital file such that the three images appear on the screen as a panel. A panel is defined as three distinct images laid out in such a way as to complement each other. Where images do not fill the whole of space available then a non-pictorial plain background may be used in a colour of the entrants’ choice.
2. The Tri-Pic images for projection should be submitted to the Projected Image Competition Secretary at least one week in advance of the Competition date.
3. There is no bar on the projected images submitted except that they may not have been used in previous internal Tri-Pic competitions. Entries can be made via the online entry system or handed in on a CD, DVD or portable USB drive. Files must follow the standard sizing, file format and naming structure, i.e. Tripic_Your Name_Image Title.jpg, e.g. Tripic_Joe Bloggs_A Tripic.jpg.
4. The judge will choose a 1st, 2nd and 3rd and diplomas will be presented on the night.

KNOCK-OUT COMPETITION (PROJECTED IMAGES)
1. Members may submit up to THREE entries (subject to the volume of entries received). They should not have been submitted for this competition in previous years. Entries should be submitted to the Projected Image Competition Secretary at least one week in advance of the Competition. Entries can be made via the online entry system, or handed in on a CD, DVD or portable USB drive. Files must follow the standard sizing, file format and naming structure, i.e. Knock Out_Your Name_Image Title.jpg,
e.g. Knock Out_Joe Bloggs_Spinnaker Tower.jpg.
2. PIs will be shown in random pairs with one of each pair being eliminated, the other image going forward to the next round.
The total number of rounds will depend on the number of entries and will almost certainly involve a preliminary round to bring down numbers to the correct multiple.
3. The final round will consist of the last two PIs with a trophy being awarded to the winner.