GUIDANCE NOTES FOR COMPETITIONS
Prints may be any size, but the maximum size of print and mount must not exceed 500mm x400mm. Trade and home processed work is allowed in all print competitions.
In all competitions a digital file should be made of each of the prints to be entered and these digital files should be forwarded to the Competition Secretary as an e-mail attachment, Memory Stick, or by CD or DVD disk so that they may be projected.
These digital files or Digital Images should be prepared as follows:-
The digital files of the prints will be projected with a screen resolution of 1024 pixels x 768 pixels. Images for projection in landscape format should be prepared so that they are no more than 1024 pixels wide and no more than 768 pixels high. A portrait format image should be no more than 768 pixels high. These must be forwarded in the jpeg format with a medium quality of 6. When sending digital files by e-mail, memory stick or by Disk, the files must be labelled as given below.
Title; Author’s name Print e.g. Sunset Joe Bloggs Print
Please ensure that the title on the file matches that on the print.
Projected Digital Image Competitions
The Projected Digital Images for this section should be prepared as given above. These must again be forwarded in the jpeg format with a medium quality of 6. When sending these digital files by e-mail, memory stick or by disk, the file must be labelled as given below.
Title- Author’s name PDI e.g. Sunset Joe Bloggs PDI
Please ensure your name is clearly displayed on any memory stick or disc used.
Quarterly Competitions and The Photographer of the Year Competition.
1. The winner of the Photographer of The Year Award will be the person who accumulates the most points throughout the year from the four quarterly competitions, in prints or PDIs.
2. In the event of a tie, a count-back system will be used to determine a winner i.e. the person who has the most 1st places.
3. There are 4 Quarterly Competitions. The 1st Competition will be "Open" the remaining will be "Themed" and the themes will be selected by the committee.
4. All entrants of the quarterly competitions will receive one point for each entry then winners will receive an additional 10 points, 9 for second place, 8 for third place, down to 1 point for tenth place.
THE CREATIVE COMPETITION
1. The final image in this competition must show a high degree of composition and creativity.
2. Images can be obtained by any means, i.e. by photographic means, camera or scanner or by computer generation.
3. Fractals will be accepted, 'Bryce' etc.
4. This is a print competition and a PDI competition. (Sizes to comply with club rules)
5. 1st, 2nd and 3rd places plus Highly Commended and Commended at the judge’s discretion will be awarded on the
night. A trophy and certificates for places shall be awarded on Presentation Night.
1. A print competition and PDI Competition
2. A monochrome image is a black and white image or a black and white image which has been modified by the
addition of a Single Tone to the entire image.
3. Images which have been modified by the addition of more than one colour, by partial toning, or by the addition of
one colour to any part of the image are not classified as monochrome images.
4. 1st, 2nd and 3rd places plus Highly Commended and Commended at the judge’s discretion. A trophy and certificates
for places shall be awarded on Presentation Night.
THE ANNUAL COMPETITION
The Annual Competition will be in two sections:-
Section 1 - Colour/Monochrome Prints
Section 2 - Colour/Monochrome Projected Digital Image.
(Monochrome is defined as black and white or toned throughout.)
Certificates/stickers shall be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places plus Highly Commended and Commended at the judge’s discretion on the night. Also, certificates shall be awarded to best colour print and best monochrome print. A trophy and certificates shall be awarded on Presentation night.
1. Entries should be balanced “panels” of three prints.
2. Colour and monochrome should not be mixed.
3. A member may enter three panels in this section of the competition.
4. An entry in this section will be a panel of three photographs, on a theme chosen by the photographer and the theme to be clearly indicated on the back of each print.
5. Each print in the panel of 3 must be labelled on the back with:-
a) your name or club membership number
b) the title of your panel + Left, Centre or Right to indicate the order in which you wish to have them displayed
e.g. Sunsets Left Sunsets Centre Sunsets Right
6. Prints may be of any size but the print and mount must not exceed 500mm x 400mm.
7. Any single image shall not have been previously in an annual competition (including PDI of prints or print of a PDI) but may have been in any of the other club competitions.
Projected Digital Image section of the Annual Competition.
1. In this section a panel of 3 images on a theme chosen by the author is again required but the panel should be presented as a TRIPTYCH. Individual images should not be submitted.
2. The triptych containing your 3 images should be presented in a single PDI. The same rules about size apply, i.e. a landscape format image must be no bigger than 1024 pixels x 768 pixels, a portrait format image should be no taller than 768 pixels. (See Guidance Notes below).
This should then be forwarded to the Competition Secretary as an e-mail, memory stick or by disk in a jpeg format with a medium quality of 6 and labelled as below.
Title- Author’s name PDI.panel e.g. Sunset Joe Bloggs PDI.panel
3. In this competition the submission can be in either colour or monochrome but the two should not be mixed. You can submit up to 3 entries in this section.
There are many ways of making a triptych and the following is offered for guidance.
GUIDANCE NOTES FOR PREPARING YOUR PDI TRIPTYCH
Having previously prepared your photographs then:
Open Photoshop, go to ‘File’ and select ‘New’. Set the height to 768 pixels with the Resolution at 300. Landscape format will have a width of 1024 pixels, for portrait format the width will be 576 pixels. Background select ‘White’ or a colour of your choice.
Now go to ‘File’ and ‘Open’. Locate your 3 photographs for your panel and open these in Photoshop.
Flatten your photographs so that they only have one layer each then drag or copy and paste your three photographs into your new file.
Arrange them appropriately using the ‘Move’ tool and resize using “Transform”.
A background colour and borders are allowed, thus forming a pleasing image, but do not use a fourth image as your background, as the competition is for 3 images only.
When you are happy with the arrangement, “flatten” the triptych image and label the file as described above ie Sunset Joe Bloggs PDI panel.
Forward this new file to the Competition Secretary in the usual way.