Print Competition Guidance

Submitted by webmaster on Tue, 11/09/2018 - 15:05

Competitions

In the club's annual programme there will normally be several competitions, the aim being to provide at least four per year. The idea of competitions is to allow members to exhibit their work and to receive feedback from qualified judges, and for non-competing members to see a wide variety of print material.

Competitions have been categorised into three different areas : Normal Competition, Panel Competition or Project Competition. The rules for these competitions can be found below. The themes for competitions will be decided in advance to allow members sufficient time to prepare the necessary images. The theme and category of a competition will be notified to members in the programme and included here.

The image copyright remains in the ownership of the author but if agreed by the author, the Club reserves the right to display the image on the website or other promotional material. However you should be aware that all images uploaded to any website are effectively released into the public domain and can be downloaded by anyone.

Standard Competition Rules

  1. A competition will be held once per quarter in which there will be two categories - colour prints and black & white prints (only if more than 16 prints are submitted in this category) otherwise they will be included with the colour prints for judging.
  2. Members are permitted a maximum of four entries in each category which should be numbered 1-4 in order of your preference so that should the number of entries received be more than can be accommodated by the judge, then each fourth entry will be withdrawn.
  3. Maximum print size including mounts is 500 x 400mm, or 19.7 x 15.7 inches (previously 20" X 16")
  4. Both trade processed and home processed entries will be allowed for colour prints.
  5. Entries shall carry the official Competition label on the reverse side of the mount (labels available free from Club Secretary).
  6. The label is to be completed by the member showing the Member's number, title of the print,  competition name and date.
  7. No entry which has been previously submitted may be re-entered in a later competition unless it has been substantially altered.
  8. In the annual Open competition, entries submitted to previous monthly competitions may be re-entered   
  9. No entry which has been previously submitted may be re-entered in a later Open competition  unless it has been substantially altered.
  10. The competitor's name must not appear on the print or mount
  11. The original images submitted must have been produced by the author on photographic emulsion or by the means of a digital imaging device. Any modifications made to the original image or images must have been made by the author or under their supervision.
  12. Entries must be submitted by the closing date advised by the Competition Secretary : any entries which are not submitted by this date will not be accepted. Instructions for submission of entries will generally be emailed
  13. If insufficient entries are received in any category then that category may be cancelled at the discretion of the officers of the club.

Additional Panel Competition Rules

  1. A panel competition will contain the normal competition categories i.e. colour prints,  and black & white prints
  2. Members will be advised when the subject of the panel competition is announced, of the number of images required to make up a panel.
  3. Members are permitted a maximum of two panel entries in each of the categories.
  4. Maximum print size excluding mounts is 16" X 12".
  5. Both trade processed and home processed entries will be allowed for colour print and black and white print categories.
  6. Prints submitted to a panel competition may be mounted individually or all together.
  7. For prints mounted individually they should be numbered A1, A2, A3, etc. for the first panel submitted in a category, B1, B2, B3, etc. for the second panel submitted in a category; on the back of the mount. The numbering should reflect the order in which the member wants the prints to be displayed.
  8. The competitor's name must not appear on the print or mount.
  9. All images submitted must have been produced by the author on photographic emulsion or by the means of a digital imaging camera. Any modifications made to the original image or images must have been made by the author or under his supervision.
  10. Entries must be submitted by the date advised by the Competition Secretary, any entries which are not submitted by this date will not be accepted
  11. If insufficient entries are received in any category then that category may be cancelled at the discretion of the officers of the club.

Additional Project Competition Rules

  1. There shall be six prints of the chosen topic per member.
  2. Prints only are acceptable for a project competition
  3. The maximum print size, excluding mounting, is 7 x 5
  4. Prints may be black & white, colour or a combination of both.
  5. Prints may be home or commercially processed.
  6. Prints may be mounted individually or all together
  7. The competitors name must not appear on the print or mount
  8. All images submitted must have been produced by the author on photographic emulsion or by the means of a digital imaging camera. Any modifications made to the original image or images must have been made by the author or under his supervision.
  9. Entries must be submitted by the date specified by the competitions secretary, any entries which are not submitted by this date will be disqualified
  10. Prints will be judged on adherence to theme, technical and aesthetic quality, originality and presentation.