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GENERAL COMPETITION RULES All members may enter Open competitions. Members entering the annual print and projected digital image (PDI) competitions will be placed in one of three categories namely beginner, intermediate and advanced according to their ability and experience. New Members shall be assigned a category by the Print Leader and the Projected Images Leader jointly and they may be required to provide examples of their images to enable this assessment to be made.The holding of external distinctions shall not influence the assigning of a category. At the end of each competition season, the winners of the print and PDI competition finals will normally be promoted to the next higher category, i.e. beginner to intermediate and intermediate to advanced. Members who believe that they should not be promoted or that they should be in a different category may, before the commencement of the new competition season, appeal to a Sub-committee comprising the Print Leader, the Projected Images Leader and the President, who shall decide if the Member shall move up or down a category or remain in the assigned category. A Member may only appeal once in a competition season and shall remain in the agreed category for the duration of the season. Prints or Projected Images placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in any competition in previous seasons are not eligible for further internal competitions. Entries must be submitted at least one week prior to each competition.
PRINT COMPETITION RULES
All prints must be mounted, the maximum mount size being 50 cm x 40 cm. Print title, entrant’s name, competition name and competition date are to be marked on reverse side of each print.
OPEN PRINT COMPETITIONS Open competitions are set subject competitions and open to entries from all members of the Society, irrespective of their category (beginner, intermediate or advanced). The title policy described above applies and print sizing is open to interpretation within the maximum sizes stated.
STRONG TROPHY – THEMED PANEL An entry of six prints is to be displayed and judged as a coherent panel. No more than one panel per entrant. Maximum size of prints to be 50 cm x 40 cm.
JOHN BURN MEMORIAL TROPHY - NATURAL HISTORY No more than two prints per entrant. Maximum size of prints to be 50 cm x 40 cm.
THE GIRLING AWARD - LANDSCAPE No more than two prints per entrant. Maximum size of prints to be 50 cm x 40 cm.
SPECIAL COMPETITION - SET SUBJECT (to be decided upon each year) No more than two prints per entrant. Maximum size of prints to be 50 cm x 40 cm.
ANNUAL PRINT COMPETITIONS (Four rounds leading to the final)
FOUNDERS CUP (Advanced) Maximum size of prints 50 cm x 40 cm.
KEITH DONALD SHIELD (Intermediate) Maximum size of prints 50 cm x 40 cm.
PAVILION CUP (Beginner) Maximum size of prints 50 cm x 40 cm.
In each of the above competitions there will be four rounds during the season with members entering a maximum of two prints in each of the rounds. From each round a number of prints will be selected by the judge for the final. In addition each entrant may re-submit one unsuccessful print from the rounds into the final. The number of prints each entrant may submit and the number of rounds may change from year to year. If in doubt please check with the Print Leader.
PROJECTED DIGITAL IMAGE (PDI) COMPETITION RULES
GENERAL All digital images submitted for a competition must be titled in the format shown under the ADVICE section below.
OPEN PDI COMPETITIONS Open competitions are set subject competitions and open to entries from all members of the Society, irrespective of their category (beginner, intermediate or advanced). The title and image sizing policy described under the ADVICE section below applies.
SOUTHERN CROSS TROPHY
PDI PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - PORTFOLIO The portfolio is to comprise six digital images that demonstrate the photographer’s versatility. No more than one portfolio per entrant.
ROGER BLACKWELL TROPHY - NATURAL HISTORY No more than two digital images per entrant.
BETTY WELLS TROPHY – LANDSCAPE No more than two digital images per entrant.
SPECIAL COMPETITION - SET SUBJECT (to be decided upon each year). No more than two digital images per entrant.
STAFFORD TROPHY - VILLAGE COMPETITION - PORTFOLIO The portfolio is to comprise of six digital images which represent the essence of the chosen village. The images must have been taken only on the specified date but may be taken at any time on that date. No more than one portfolio per entrant. A different village and date will be selected each year and notified in the programme of events.
PEGGY ASH MEMORIAL TROPHY - AUDIO VISUAL SEQUENCE No more than two digital audio visual sequences per member may be entered. Each sequence to be a maximum of 5 minutes long. Joint entries are permitted. If entering two sequences members must indicate which sequence they would prefer to go into the annual Colour Show should there be more entries than time available. Entry subject and music to be registered with the Digital Co-coordinator as early as possible.
CAMERA CENTRE AWARD - AUDIO VISUAL SOUND TRACK This award is for the best soundtrack accompanying an audio visual sequence in the Peggy Ash Memorial Trophy [See paragraph in ADVICE section below as to what is required in this competition].
ANNUAL PROJECTED IMAGE COMPETITIONS (Four rounds leading to the final)
ALBERT HILLMAN CUP (Advanced)
SUSSEX SHIELD (Intermediate)
SWALLOW CUP (Beginner) In each of the above competitions there will be four rounds with members entering a maximum of two digital images in each of the rounds during the season.
From each round a number of images will be selected by the judge for the final. In addition each entrant may re-submit one unsuccessful image from the rounds into the final. The number of projected images each entrant may submit and the number of rounds may change from year to year. If in doubt please check with the Projected Images Leader.
NATURAL HISTORY The judge has the right to exclude any image they believe may have been excessively treated so as to alter its authenticity. Garden flowers, domestic pets and farm animals are not accepted. Zoo animals are permitted if cages, wires and people are not visible. The subject should be shown in its natural habitat whenever possible and can include wildlife, birds, bees and butterflies photographed in the garden. Trees, leaves and fungi fall within the compass of these competitions. As this is a record class judges do require your image to have an applicable title that may include a Latin name wherever possible. The title of digital images is limited to thirty characters.
LANDSCAPE Seascapes and cityscapes are acceptable.
CAMERA CENTRE AWARD The following guideline is given to the judge. “The Camera Centre Audio Visual Soundtrack Award should be presented to the member who has had a creative input into the soundtrack to generate a unique audio track that compliments the images on display and is not merely a direct copy of a commercially available piece of music.”
REPEATED ENTRIES Although not a rule, members are asked to refrain from entering an image in more than two competitions. In this context this is irrespective of format so an image entered once in a print competition and once in a projected images competition would be deemed as having been entered twice.
PROJECTED DIGITAL IMAGES - TITLE AND IMAGE SIZING POLICY
All digital files are to be submitted in the following format -
a) Mode – RGB colour, 8 bits only or Greyscale, 8 bits.
Please Note – 1400 x 1050 is the native resolution of the projector so these dimensions will give optimum viewing. Images will not be resized however the PI Leader will provide assistance in image sizing to members who require it. If images are smaller than the required size, they will appear smaller on screen.
e) The picture area itself (image area 1400 x 1050) must not display title or author’s name.
f) Image ‘Filename’ should be named as follows:-
- numbered 01, 02 (Please ensure that all entries for a round have a different number).
- followed by _ (‘underscore’)
- followed by the title of the image.
- followed by _ (‘underscore’)
- followed by your name (Christian and Surname).
For example, the file name for a 2nd image, titled ‘The Red Hut’ entered by John Smith is:-
02_The Red Hut_John Smith
g) The images for a competition should be saved to a memory stick or CD and, if with other data, identified in a folder with the competition and/or round number as the title. An entry of individual images may be emailed to the Projected Images Leader with their prior consent.
How to resize your image. Please refer to the Society website ‘How to’ tab.