This page outlines competition procedures and guidelines as well as information concerning submission of images to the Competition Secretary. This information is referred to on the final pages of the club’s printed annual Syllabus which is issued to all members upon payment of annual club fees. As competition rules may change from time to time, those listed below should be taken as current when entering club competitions.
Images entered must be entirely the work of the photographer. Image manipulation is permitted and images submitted for competitions must have been taken within 2 years of the competition date.
Competition Divisions: Club Competitions are divided into three general divisions depending on the experience of the member. New members are permitted to enter initially for the division they consider most suited to them, however they may be requested to submit at a different level for later entries.
- Division 1: This division is intended to include members with some years of photographic knowledge and experience.
- Division 2: Division 2 is for those who recognise that, whilst they do have some photographic experience, they do not yet consider themselves at Division 1 level of knowledge and ability.
- Division 3: Division 3 will be reintroduced this year for those who feel that they are not yet at Division 2 level. Division 3 competitions will be held separately as part of regular meetings to allow members to gain competition experience and will be judged by a division 1 member of our own club.
Division1 entries will be judged on the basis of mounted prints (see details below), each of which should be accompanied by an associated digital image file in JPEG format for projection on competition nights.
Division 2 and Division 3 entries should ONLY be submitted as digital image files for projection, and mounted prints are not required.
Members are invited to submit either two or four images as jpeg digital image files on any subject of their choice. This is necessary as images are judged in pairs by members present on the night, with the more popular image going through to the next round.
Members are invited to submit a maximum of two images, in the division formats specified above. Themes and dates for these competitions are contained in the Syllabus section of the website and in the printed Syllabus booklet. Members should take careful note of the submission dates for entries which are always some weeks in advance of the competition dates. Themed competitions will be judged separately for each Division.
Mounted Prints ( Division 1 )
In the case of Division 1 entries, printed images should be fixed to a mount and held firmly in place with mounting tape. Mounts should be no larger than 500mm x 400mm and prints must be no smaller than A5.
Each print should have an appropriate title on the back of the mount at the TOP LEFT CORNER. In order that the mount can be reused, titles should be written in pencil. There should be no other markings on the mount. The competitor’s name or club membership number should NOT be written on the mount.
Mounted Prints should be submitted to the Competition Secretary by the requested date along with:
- A Competition Entry Form with the competitor’s name and title of the image. and . . .
- An associated Digital Image File (see below), sent by email to the Competition Secretary. Every email will be acknowledged. If this is not received within 48 hours, it is the entrant’s responsibility to double check their entry has been safely received.
Note : The club will make every effort to look after mounted prints submitted to competitions and has purchased special equipment for the safe storage and transport of members’ entries to Division 1. Regretably however the club cannot ultimately be held responsible for any damage or loss may may occur.
Digital Images for Projection
All Digital Image Files, for all divisions, should be submitted to the Competition Secretary as JPEG email attachments of image size no larger than 10Mb per image, together with details of the competitor’s name and the title of the image. Images should be no more than 1600 pixels horizontally or 1200 pixels vertically. This is the maximum size set by the SPF and has now been adopted by the club. To comply with this standard, your entry should be resized if necessary, so that it fits within a rectangle of 1600 pixels by 1200 Pixels.
Every email will be acknowledged by return. If this is not received within 48 hours, it is the entrant’s responsibility to double check their images have been safely received.
As stated above, Mounted Prints should be accompanied by a completed Competition Entry Form:
Click Here to open the Competition Entry Form
For general guidance on how to submit your competition entries, we now have a PDF document to read in conjunction with the procedures laid out above.
Click Here to Open the Competition Submission Information Leaflet
If you do not have familiar software with which to resize your images, the link below will open a PDF document on the use of Microsoft Paint which has a basic resize option.
Click Here to open ‘Using Windows ‘Paint’ to Resize an Image’