Please note that the Society is only meeting via Zoom at the moment, due to the Corona Virus lockdown measures. This means that some of the items mentioned in these rules are not actually relevant e.g. there are currently no print heats or competitions. Also it may be decided to temporarily alter some other rules, such as the number of Digital Projected Images allowed in each heat. For the latest update on competition rules that are applicable at the moment contact the Competition Secretary John Spowart at [email protected]
Desborough & Rothwell Photographic Society
Competition Rules – March 2021
Applicable to all competitions.
The aim of the Society’s competitions is to encourage the showing of unseen work for discussion and critique.
Competitions are only open to members of the Desborough & Rothwell Photographic Society (hereafter known as the “Society”).
All 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 Appendices)
Members joining the Desborough And Rothwell Photographic Society from other photographic societies are also asked to abide by the spirit of this rule, and not use photographs already used in competition prior to the year of joining the Society.
All trophies are to be awarded at the Society’s Annual Dinner.
All entries in 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 Commended 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. There will also be 1 point awarded for every image which does not receive one of the aforementioned.
After the final heat in the competitions, the photographer with the highest points total will be awarded the Annual League Trophy for that section.
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 – Intermediate Colour, 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 Intermediate Monochrome and 3 in Intermediate Colour). A print can only be entered in one heat, unless it is an “Improved Image”. (See Appendices)
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 Appendices)
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 their 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 their 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_The Author”. For example:
My Best Picture_David Bailey
Digital Projected Image Heats
There will be two sections – Intermediate and Advanced
Digital images may be entered in one heat only unless it is an “Improved Image” (See Appendices)
Each member can enter up to four images in their section. These images can be monochrome, colour or a mixture of both.
The images are to be given (memory stick CD etc.) or sent (via email etc.) 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 four images.
Images, including “Improved Images” (See Appendices), 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.
Chairman's Challenge Trophy
This is an annual competition, held each year at the Chairman’s Evening in September. The author of the winning image will hold the Chairman’s Trophy for one year, as well as receiving a certificate.
It is an open competition so there are no Advanced, Intermediate or Novice sections. The competition is for Digital Projected Images. Entries need to be JPEGs of the same size as used in Digital Projected Image heats during the year (currently 1600 x 1200 pixels) and titled in the same way as for the heats.
e.g. My Winning Photo_Andy Capp
The competition will have a theme, chosen by whoever is elected Chairman at the Annual General Meeting in the year of the competition.
A maximum of five images per author on the chosen theme to be sent to the Competition Secretary at least one week prior to the competition, or earlier if the Competition Secretary requires it.
The competition will be judged by the current Chairman, or by someone selected by the Chairman or the Competition Secretary.
Mobile Phone Image Competition
Mobile Phone Heats
1. Each member can enter up to four images
2. There will be only one section - Open
3. Images taken on a mobile phone can be manipulated by software on the phone - but the only manipulation off the phone that is allowed is cropping and resizing
4. The images are to be given or sent to the Competition Secretary or another nominated person at least one week before the competition.
Mobile Phone Image Of The Year
1. Each member can enter up to four images
2. Images must have been entered in Heats during the current year
3. The winning image will receive the Mobile Phone 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.