About Competitions

How to Enter Competitions

Introduction

We encourage all members to enter competitions, no matter what their experience. New members may find the idea of competitions a bit intimidating, but they are an excellent way to improve your photography and image making.
Constructive feedback from judges can be very useful, and it can be a great buzz to see your work on display and being talked about on competitions nights.

 

Print Competitions

What Can I Enter For Print Competitions?

Members may submit 3 prints for each print competition. They can be colour or monochrome. Should you be fortunate to have three prints placed in the competition, only the two highest scoring prints will count.

What is The Definition Of Monochrome?

Monochrome means shades of a single colour. Usually this is black to white, but it can also mean shades of any other colour too. A sepia image, for instance, could enter as a monochrome. This rule is important for the Print Of The Year competition because there is a monochrome print of the year.

What Can I Not Enter For Competitions?

Images that have been entered in any previous monthly competitions are not eligible. The exception to this rule is the Print Of The Year competition, when previously entered prints from the current season are welcomed.

How Do I Label My Prints?

Prints shall be identified on the back bottom right-hand corner using labels.

Please fill in all sections, which are as follows:

  • Competition subject
  • Title
  • Competitors club membership number
Mounting Of Prints

All Prints must be mounted on 500mm x 400mm  board. The thickness of the board must not exceeding 3mm.
Prints may be any shape or size, as long as they are mounted on board according to the dimensions above.
The reason we state a specific size for mount board is so that the mounted images are a snug fit in the storage box that is delivered to judges. Smaller mounted images tend to move around in the box during transport and have been known to damage other members’ prints.

 

Projected Digital Image (PDI) Competitions

What Can I Enter For Projected Digital Image (PDI) Competitions?

Members may submit 3 PDI’s for each PDI competition. They can be colour or monochrome. Should you be fortunate to have three PDIs placed in the competition, only the two highest scoring PDIs will count.

How Do I Name My PDI’s?

The naming convention includes the following:

The competitor’s club membership number
The title of the image

Example: 17_lone_tree.jpg
Example: 45_goth_portrait.jpg

What File Format For PDI’s?

JPEG only.
Web resolution preferred (72 dpi). You won’t see the benefit of anything larger on a screen.

What File Size For PDI’s?

Maximum width of 1400 pixels
Maximum height of 1050 pixels
Please note, images can be any shape, as long as these dimension along any given side are not exceeded. For instance, you can submit a square format image of maximum dimensions 1024 pixels by 1024 pixels.

How Do I Submit PDI’s?

Any conventional digital media such as a USB stick, camera flash card or a CD-R is okay.

 

Submitting Images for the Website Gallery

Images that come 1st, 2nd or 3rd in our internal competitions are invited to join the relevant gallery on the club website. Here is how to do this:

  1. Have your print come 1st, 2nd or 3rd in a club competition. Highly commended images do not make it into the gallery.
  2. Wait for an email from Don Stephenson to ask you to send your placed image(s).
  3. Send them to Don in reply to his  email. Please resize your print images to a sensible size for web viewing: 1400 pixels along the longest side at 72dpi.
  4. In your email please state:
  • The name of the competition
  • Print or projected image
  • The name of your image(s)
  • If sending more than one image, make sure your attached files have a meaningful name. 62526.jpg will not help us to match a file to the image name.
  • You will receive a reminder email to send your image. There will be no more reminders if you do not send your image after the second request.