Club Competitions

Competitions, where Member’s photos are critiqued and scored, are popular events at our Club but there is no pressure to enter and you don’t have to submit images for competitions if you’d prefer not to.  Only Members with fully paid up subscriptions for the current season are allowed to enter competitions.

Competition image size guidelines at a glance

1200 pixels

Prints & Projected Digital Images

Entries should be recognisable as the photographer’s interpretation of the subject as shown in the programme.

 

Images will be awarded a scored between 10 and 20 by the attending judge, the Judge’s decision is final.
 

PDI Image

Portrait or Landscape

Dimensions

Printed

Image

Portrait

or

Landscape

500mm/20"
1600 pixels
400mm/16"

Projected Digital Images (PDI)

All digital images must be submitted in JPEG format, sRGB colour space, and sized to a maximum of 1600 x 1200 pixels if in landscape format.  Vertical images must be contained within this horizontal size. ie. max. Height 1600 pixels and width in proportion to that height. 

 

If the image size is smaller than 1600 x 1200 pixels the canvas size must be sized to 1600 x 1200 in landscape format.  Unused areas need to be filled with grey or black.  Images need to be flattened to enable the black or grey fill in. Similarly in a vertical format image “unused” areas require a grey or black fill.

 

PDI’s should not have a file size that exceeds 2mb.

 

All Mounted Prints and PDI’s must have an appropriate title.

 

Digital images should be presented so that the file name is the name of the image which will be used in the competition. Untitled or images with unconnected numerical file-names will be disqualified
 

Continue reading below for full in depth rules and guidelines 

Mount image on black/grey

Printed Images

All printed images must be mounted and backed, and not presented in plastic envelopes or laminates
 

All Competition Rules and Guidance

 

  • Membership subscriptions must be paid in full to enter the Competitions

               

  • No image or any part of any composite image should be from a negative or digital file that is more than 5 years old at the time of the competition.

 

  • All images must be the work of the member, all elements of the image should be the work of the member and all principle elements created photographically.

 

 

Printed Images

  • Maximum mount size 500mm x 400mm (20” x 16”). The 20” x 16” size is allowable in this club only. The L & CPUI are clear, 202x16” is not 500mm x 400mm and will be disqualified as being out of size.

 

  • All printed images must be mounted and backed. 

 

  • Printed images should not be submitted in any kind of plastic “envelope”

 

  • There MUST NOT be any adhesive, adhesive tape or remnants thereof, of any kind exposed on the rear of mounts as this may damage other images.

 

  • Print entries must have the title to be shown on the rear of the mount positioned in the top left hand corner. For reasons of anonymity, the print must not bear the name of the author

 

  • Print Images do not have to be printed by the author, they can be trade processed.

 

  • Images must be sized correctly and submitted on time.

 

Projected Digital Images (PDI)

  • All digital images must be submitted in JPEG format, sRGB colour space, and sized to a maximum of 1600 x 1200 pixels if in landscape format.  Vertical images must be contained within this horizontal size. ie. max. Height 1600 pixels and width in proportion to that height. 

 

  • If the image size is smaller than 1600 x 1200 pixels the canvas size must be sized to 1600 x 1200 in landscape format.  Unused areas need to be filled with grey or black.  Images need to be flattened to enable the black or grey fill in. Similarly in a vertical format image “unused” areas require a grey or black fill.

 

  • PDI’s should not have a file size that exceeds 2mb.

 

  • All Mounted Prints and PDI’s must have an appropriate title.

 

  • Digital images should be presented so that the file name is the name of the image which will be used in the competition. Untitled or images with unconnected numerical file-names will be disqualified

 

Prints & Projected Digital Images

  • Entries should be recognisable as the photographer’s interpretation of the subject as shown in the programme.

 

  • Images will be awarded a scored between 10 and 20 by the attending judge, the Judge’s decision is final.

 

 

Submitting your images for any competition

 

  • PDI’s are to be emailed to the competition secretary by the date and time specified in the club’s programme, or as otherwise indicated by the competition secretary.

 

  • Print entries must be handed in on the date specified in the club’s programme.

 

  • Any question not expressly covered by these rules will be settled by the committee.

 

 

Members Evenings Competition Rules

 

  • Image requirements as above.

 

  • Scoring is on an accumulative basis

 

 

  • Member’s evening competitions are divided into three groups (formats)  Monochrome prints, Colour prints and projected digital images.

 

        Subject as per programme

        2 Monochrome prints

        2 Colour Prints

        3 PDI’s (only two scores counted)

 

  • You can enter up to two entries in Monochrome prints and two in the Colour prints.

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        You can enter up to three in the PDI’s but only your top two scores will be recorded.

 

  • Images can only be entered once in any members evening competitions.  The image cannot be entered again with a different name. 

 

  • An image can only be entered in one format in the season.  

 

  • The winner in each format of this competition will be the member with the highest total score from the summation of the points attained from all of the seasons Members Evening competitions.

 

  • The overall winner in each format will be awarded the trophy for that group.

 

The overall winner of any group shall automatically enter the Advanced Class in that medium (i.e. Monochrome prints, Colour prints or projected digital images) in the Annual Competition in subsequent years.

 

 

 

Annual Competition Rules

This is a “stand-alone” competition. The competitions are:-

 

Projected Digital Images

 

Open Subject, a beginners and advanced competition

Nature, a beginners and advanced competition

People/Portrait, a beginners and advanced competition

 

The projected digital image entry is limited to 6 images per member, divided between the 3 sections.

 

Annual Competition Prints:

 

Monochrome Section:

Open Subject, a beginners and advanced competition

 

Colour Section:

Open Subject, a beginners and advanced competition

 

Colour or mono (authors choice)

Nature, a beginners and advanced competition

People/Portrait, a beginners and advanced competition

 

  • The total number of prints to be entered across these 4 sections is 6.

 

  • There is no requirement to enter 6 images but 6 is the maximum.

 

  • A print or PDI once entered in an annual competition of this Club may not be entered in the annual competition of this Club in any subsequent year.

 

  • Images entered in the members evening competitions can be entered into an annual competition. The image format can be changed for example if it was shown as a colour print it can be entered as a PDI or monochrome print.

 

  • Prints or PDI’s entered in an Annual competition can be entered in subsequent member’s evening competitions if they have not been in a previous members evening competition.

 

  • New Members who have not previously belonged to a photography club and are relatively new to photography can be classed as beginners if they wish in the annual competitions.​

 

  • New members from previous photographic Society’s should enter in advanced or beginners as they were classified in their previous club.

 

  • Members who have won trophies in any of the past annual competitions or have won any of the Members Evening trophies are not permitted to enter as beginners.

 

  • Beginners are not prevented from entering competitions as advanced workers.

 

  • An entry form will be supplied by the competition secretary to enable members to indicate whether they are beginners or advanced authors

       It will require members to indicate clearly which competition their prints / PDI’s are to be entered in.

 

  • Members are required to rank their print & PDI’s in case the number of submissions is so great that it is thought a “cull” is required.  No. 1 is your “best” image and no. 6 be your least favourite.

 

  • A Judge awards points up to 20 for the images in each section. The image with the most points is the winner.

 

Any question not expressly answered by these rules will be settled by the committee.

 

Cumbria Trophy Rules

This is a stand-alone competition comprising a panel of three prints (colour or mono or both) depicting Lakeland or Cumbria

 

1. The photographs must have been taken in Cumbria

2. The panel of images should have a “coherent theme”

3. A title is required to cover the panel as a whole

 

  • The Cumbria trophy will be considered as part of the annual competition.

       Entries will not be counted as part of the 6 prints entered for the annual print competition.

 

  • A Judge awards points up to 20 for the whole print panel (all three picture).  The panel with the most points is the winner.

 

Website

 

  • Your PDI may be shown on the club’s Website or Facebook page following a competition.

 

  • If you enter a colour or monochrome print and you would like it shown on the website please email the file to the Webmaster.

 

  • If you object to your PDI being on the website please make the webmaster or competition secretary are aware of this.

 

  • All image rights and usage are © Copyright of the author.

 

Image Category Definitions:

 

'Open'        

Covers all subjects with no restrictions.

  • 'People and Portrait'     

The image must be of a person or people

 

 

'Nature'     

Not Allowed

 

  • Stich images

  • Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations.

  • Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove pictorial elements

 

Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alter the truth of the photographic statement.

 

Allowed

 

  • All adjustments must appear natural.

  • Techniques that remove elements added by the camera such as dust spots, digital noise and film scratches are allowed.

  • Colour images can be converted to greyscale

  • Cropping is permitted.

 

  • Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation.

 

  • The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality

 

  • Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves.

 

  • Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible.

 

  • Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning.

 

  • Images entered in Nature can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.

 

 

Update February 2018.

As predicted, there have been a growing number of disqualifications from high level competitions, exhibitions etc. as salon organisers have required to see the original RAW file. Nature entries have often been noticeably down in number in some competitions. In 2018, the PAGB have modified the nature rules to allow again removal of intrusions in the background, even overlapping elements like grass in front of a subject…and where the subject is too close to the edge of the frame it will now be possible to extend the frame artificially. Some cloning will be allowed. But at this time it is only for PAGB competitions and the rest of the organisations retain the above.

 

IN THIS INSTANCE KPC WILL ADOPT THE MORE RELAXED PAGB RULES


End of year Competition Awards

Trophies, to be held for 1 year, they must be returned cleaned prior to the competitions.

They are awarded for the following:

 

Members Evening

  • The Highest score for PDI’s

  • The Highest score for Colour Prints

  • The Highest score for Monochrome Prints

 

 

Annual Prints

Advanced

  • The best monochrome - Open

  • The best colour - Open

  • The best image – People & Portrait

  • The best image - Nature

 

Beginners

  • The best monochrome - Open

  • The best colour - Open

  • The best image – People & Portrait

  • The best image - Nature

 

Annual PDI’s

Advanced

  • The Best Digital Image - Open

  • The best Digital image - people and portraits

  • The best Digital image – Nature

 

Beginners

  • The Best Digital Image - Open

  • The best Digital image - people and portraits

  • The best Digital image – Nature

 

Cumbria Trophy

The best panel of 3 prints

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