COMPETITION RULES

SIDMOUTH PHOTOGRAPHIC CLUB – COMPETITION RULES AS AT AUGUST 2015

Image Identification: Each Club member who wishes to enter competitions must have a Competitor’s Number, obtainable from the Secretary. Prints should not show the entrant’s name but should have a title and the Competitor’s Number. Projected Digital Images are to be identified with the entrant’s name (Competitor’s Number not required). Refer to “Projected Digital Images” below for method of submission and format.
Entries

Entries: A print and digital image of the same picture may not be entered in the same Competition. However, where a digital image has been entered in one competition, the print may be entered in a future competition and vice versa, PROVIDED the image has not achieved GOLD or under new rules from 2014 a 1st , 2nd or 3rd rating or has come 1st in a previous internal Club Competition. Prints/Digital Images that have been entered once in a Club Competition cannot be entered again in a subsequent Club Competition. Exceptions to this are the Print and Digital Image of the year, any informal competitions and any inter-club competitions. These competitions are marked individually and do not contribute to the end-of-season points totals. Prints should be handed to the Competition Secretary at the meeting indicated in the programme. Digital images should be provided by the same date. Anyone wishing to compete, who is unable to be at that meeting, should contact the Competition Secretary in good time to make alternative arrangements, which are mutually convenient.

Judging: There are separate sections for prints and digital images. The competition season will consist of five Internal Club Competitions: Although all competitions will be "Open Subject" members are strongly encouraged to enter digital images in the first 3 comps that meet the criteria of the five Horseshoe competition subjects, for PDI's these are COUNTRY LIFE, TEXTURES, IN THE DARK, DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE, MOVEMENT. These subjects are compulsory for DPI submissions in competition 2 only in 2017/18. Those submitting prints are similarly strongly encouraged to enter prints in Comps 1,2 & 3 that meet the current five Horseshoe competition subjects for prints; CLOSE­ UP, LANDSCAPE, MONOCHROME, NATURE, PORTRAIT. For each print and digital image competition the Judge will be asked to do the following:

Award marks up to 20 for each print/digital image. There is no limit to the number of prints/digital images the Judge awards the same score to.

Choose a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the Print Section and the Digital Image Section. The "placed" pictures will not be given extra marks but will be taken into account in the event of a tie at the end of the season and will determine entries for the Print and Projected Digital Image of the Year Competitions. At the end of the season, the marks from each round will be added together to determine the winners of cups, merit plaques and certificates in the various categories.


Prints & Projected Digital Images: For competition 1 Members may enter up to two printed images and one digital image, in competition 2 Members may enter 2 digital and 1 printed image. This pattern will continue across all 5 competitions and overall Members will have had the opportunity to enter 7 digital images and 8 prints. PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR DPI's SUBMITTED IN COMPETITION 2 THESE MUST MEET THE HORSESHOE TROPHY COMPETITION SUBJECTS OF COUNTRY LIFE, TEXTURES, IN THE DARK, DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE, MOVEMENT. The images may be colour or monochrome (except where the individual competition rules stipulate). Prints may be home or trade processed, and must be properly mounted, the mount being not larger than 20 ins. by 16 ins. (50 cm. x 40 cm.) Prints should have only a title and the competitor’s number on the back of the mount. Careless mounting likely to cause damage to other entries cannot be accepted. Digital images may be edited, provided the author owns the copyright of everything in the image. The digital images are to be numbered 01 followed by a space and the title. The maximum image dimensions are to be no more than 1400 pixels wide in Landscape format or 1050 pixels high in Portrait format and saved as JPEGS at Quality Level 10. The preferred method of submitting images to the Competition Secretary is by e mail attachments but submissions on a CD/DVD or computer memory stick are also acceptable.


Annual Awards At the end of the season, cups, merit plaques and certificates are awarded to the winners and runners up. No award will be made unless at least three members have entered the relevant competition.