Desborough & Rothwell Photographic Society
Competition Rules – Updated on 3rd. February 2017
Applicable to all competitions.
The aim of the Society’s competitions is to encourage the showing of unseen work for discussion and critique, and members are asked to abide by the spirit of this rule, and not use photographs that have already been seen in club competition.
Competitions are only open to members of the Desborough & Rothwell Photographic Society (hereafter known as the “Society”).
The Slide Of The Year, Slide Trio and Slide Plaque competitions will take place on the same evening, and will be judged by a panel of club members.
All other competitions will be judged by an independent person (i.e. a visiting judge) unless for any reason the judge is unavailable, in which case the Competition Secretary will make other arrangements.
Photographs must not have been entered in a Society competition prior to the current year unless it is an “Improved Image” from the final heat of the previous year. (See Appendix)
All trophies are to be awarded at the Society’s Annual Dinner.
All entries in slide, print and digital image heats will be entered for the Annual League for the relevant section.
The independent judge will select a 1st., a 2nd. and a 3rd. in each section of each competition. The judge will also be asked to award one Highly Commended and two Commendeds in each section if there are more than ten entries in that section. League points will be allocated as follows: 1st = 12, 2nd = 10, 3rd = 8, Highly Commended = 6, Commended = 4. All entries will receive one point.
For sections with less than 10 images league points will only be allocated to the first, second and third placed images. The rest of the entry receiving one point.
After the final heat in the competitions, the photographer with the highest points total will be awarded the Annual League Trophy for that section.
Mount size to be 2” x 2” only.
All slides must be titled, correctly spotted for projection, and bear the photographer’s name.
No digital manipulation of the images is allowed. The slides must be analogue i.e as taken on film in camera. They can be original slides or copy slides
Slides to be given to the Competition Secretary, or other nominated person, on or before the night of the competition.
Slide titles to be given to the Competition Secretary, or other nominated person, by the Sunday morning prior to the competition.
Slide Heat Competition
Members may enter up to three slides per heat.
There will be one section only, an Open section.
Slide Of The Year Competition
Slides entered during the current year in heats, slide trio, and slide plaque are eligible.
Members may enter up to three slides in this competition.
The member whose slide is judged to be the best will be awarded the “Slide Of The Year Trophy”. Highly Commended, and Commended slides will be selected at the judging panel's discretion
Slide Trio Competition
Three slides are to be entered, either on a theme or telling a story.
Slides are to be marked 1, 2 or 3 to correspond to the order the photographer wishes them to be projected.
Entries are limited to two sets per member.
The member whose trio wins the competition will be awarded the “Slide Trio Trophy”. Highly Commended, and Commended trios may be awarded at the judging panel's discretion.
Slide Plaque Competition
Four slides are to be entered by the member, selected to show his/her versatility as a photographer.
The member whose plaque wins the competition will be awarded the “Slide Plaque Trophy”. Highly Commended, and Commended plaques may be awarded at the judging panel's discretion.
All prints must be mounted (but not framed), titled and bear the photographer’s name on the reverse of the mount.
There will be four sections – Novice/Intermediate Colour, Novice/Intermediate Monochrome, Advanced Colour and Advanced Monochrome.
The maximum mount size is 20” x 16” (50cm x 40cm).
Prints may be trade or home processed via conventional chemistry or digital production. It is essential that the entrant is the photographer, and owner of the original image(s) used in the creation of the print. The use of "copyright-free", or "no reproduction fee" free images by third parties is not allowed.
The prints are to be given to the Competition Secretary or other nominated person one week prior to the competition unless stated otherwise.
Competitors may enter up to three prints per heat in each of their sections. (For example, 3 in Novice/Intermediate Monochrome and 3 in Novice/Intermediate Colour). A print can only be entered in one heat, unless it is an “Improved Image”. (See Appendix)
Print Of The Year
Competitors may enter up to three prints in each of their sections. (For example, 3 Advanced Monochrome and 3 Advanced Colour)
Only prints entered in heats or the Print Panel Competition during the current year are eligible. This includes “Improved Prints”. (See Appendix)
The member in each section whose print is judged to be the winning print shall be awarded the Print Of The Year Trophy for that section. Highly Commended, and Commended prints may be chosen at the judge’s discretion.
Print Panel Competition
This is an open competition. A member may enter one panel of four prints – monochrome, colour, or a mixture of both – to show his/her photographic versatility. These prints can be new prints, or prints seen in the current year's competition heats, or, again, a mixture of both. The judge will then select which in his/her opinion is the best panel, and the author will be awarded the Print Panel Trophy. At the judge’s discretion, Highly Commended, and Commended may also be awarded.
Print Trio Competition
This is an open competition. A member may enter one panel of three prints, designed to be viewed together. The three prints should be linked in some way, such as by pattern, design, theme or story. They can be three separately mounted prints, or three prints mounted on one board. However, no mount board should exceed 500mm by 400mm in size. The prints can be monochrome or colour. They can be new prints or prints seen in the current year's competition heats, or any combination of this.
Digital Projected Image Competitions
The images are to be in JPEG format to a maximum size of 1600 x 1200 pixels. If the image is smaller than this maximum then the software/projector will fill in the space with black. The images will be projected using sRGB colour space. It is essential that the entrant is the photographer, and owner of the original image(s) used in the creation of the photograph. The use of "copyright-free", or "no reproduction fee" free images by third parties in the production of the photograph is not allowed.
The image files must be titled in the form “IMAGE TITLE by The Author”. For example:
MY BEST PICTURE by David Bailey
Digital Projected Image Heats
There will be two sections – Novice/Intermediate and Advanced
Digital images may be entered in one heat only unless it is an “Improved Image” (See Appendix)
Each member can enter up to three images in their section. These images can be monochrome, colour or a mixture of both.
The images are to be given or sent to the Competition Secretary or another nominated person at least one week before the competition.
Digital Projected Image Of The Year
Each member can enter up to three images.
Images, including “Improved Images” (See Appendix), must have been entered in heats during the current year.
The winning image in each section will receive the Digital Projected Image Trophy. Highly Commended and Commended may be awarded at the judge’s discretion.
The Society uses the definition as endorsed by the MCPF, PAGB and FIAP, which is:
“A black and white image fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category; such a work can be reproduced in black and white in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP patronage. On the other hand a black and white modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category; such a work requires colour reproduction in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP patronage.”
In other words a monochrome image is made of:
It is a colour image if:
Once an image has been seen in competition the author may wish to produce an improved version of the image, perhaps following comments given by the judge.
This “Improved Image” may be entered in a subsequent heat during the current year, but it must be clearly indicated to the Competition Secretary that it is an “Improved Image”, perhaps incorporating it into the original title, such as “Morning Mist – Improved Image”.
If the author wishes to improve an image seen in the final heat of the year the “Improved Image” can be used in the first heat of the following year.
An “Improved Image” cannot be used in “Print Of The Year” or “Digital Projected Image Of The Year” competitions unless the “Improved Image” has itself been judged in a competition (e.g. another heat or in the Print Panel competition) prior to these end-of-year competitions.
When a new member joins the club, or enters a category that is new to them, the Competition Secretary will discuss with that member the best league for them to enter competitions as a starting point.
Towards the end of the year the Competition Secretary will announce at club meetings and by e-mail that he/she is starting to look at possible league promotions.
Any member who feels that he/she has performed consistently well over the year in competitions, and deserves to be considered for promotion to a higher league, should inform the Competition Secretary. It may well be that the Competition Secretary has already listed that person for possible promotion, but it is a good idea to check that they will not be overlooked.
The Competition Secretary, together with two other members of the Committee, will consider the suggestions and applications for promotion. They will then pass their recommendations to the whole committee.
If approved the Competition Secretary will check with the member concerned that they are happy to go up to the next league.
If an application is turned down the Competition Secretary will meet with the member concerned and supply feedback as to why the committee felt that their promotion at this stage was not appropriate. The Competition Secretary will suggest to the member ways in which to improve chances for promotion in the following year.
There will be no relegation down to lower leagues. However the Committee reserves the right to review the entry level of any member under extenuating or extreme circumstances.