Rules

GENERAL COMPETITION RULES

COMPETITIONS AND AWARDS

Each season, Members can compete in the following four competitions for projected images

  1. Colour & Monochrome (Open Subject)
  2. Barry Michael Trophy (2 set subjects)
  3. Colour & Monochrome (Open Subject)
  4. Barry Michael Trophy (2 set subjects)

The Photographer of the Year award will be presented to the member with the highest total number of points awarded in all internal competitions.

GENERAL RULES

  1. Each member may enter a maximum of 3 images per Competition.
  2. Entries will be awarded marks out of 20. The Judge’s decision is final. Entries must not have been entered in any previous Club competitions in any format, unless they were non-competing entries when previously judged.
  3. Entries must be the member’s own original work. The member is responsible for obtaining any model releases or data protection consents that are relevant.
  4. Computer-manipulated images are acceptable.
  5. Use of clip art, stock images or copyright-free images is not allowed, even in creative competitions, although type fonts are permitted.
  6. Competition entries should be retained by the member in high resolution for possible use in the Annual Year Book and/or publicity and made available when requested.
  7. The Society will retain the images as entered for possible future use in external competitions, on the website or other publicity purposes.

PROJECTED IMAGES

  1. In Open and Set Subject competitions, the image should look like a single photograph despite any manipulation that may have been applied.
  2. For set subject Competitions the subject or theme will be decided annually by the Committee and Members may submit images with their own interpretation of the subject.
  3. Images will be projected at 1024 by 768 pixels, which is the display resolution used by the club’s projector. It is in the Member’s interest to resize any images that are larger than this to avoid loss of quality when projected.
  4. Images must be in JPG format.
  5. Each image must be titled. The filename should consist of the image title in capitals, followed by the author’s name,
    e.g. RED BOAT by Fred Bloggs.jpg.
  6. Images are to be submitted to the Competition Secretary by midnight on the Saturday prior to the competition night, preferably online at http://www.goringgapphoto.co.uk/competitions/online-submissions/.  Competitors  should list the names of the images submitted for the relevant competitions.
  7. Images can also be submitted by USB stick or CD/DVD to the Competition Secretary prior to the Saturday before the competition night.

RECORD KEEPING & SCORING

The Committee will appoint a Competition Secretary who will specify the dates for and the manner of each competition. The following details will be recorded for each entry in a competition:

  1. The competition title and date.
  2. The entrant’s name.
  3. The title of the image.
  4. A brief description of the subject matter (to aid identification).
  5. The score attained.

ANNUAL AWARDS

These will be presented at the Annual Dinner or Annual General Meeting.

EXTERNAL COMPETITIONS

The Club is affiliated to the Chilterns Association of Camera Clubs and the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain, and may therefore participate in their competitions. Full details of these competitions will be available from the Competition Secretary. There will also be battles with other clubs. The Committee will select entries for external competitions from those entered internally.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PORTFOLIO COMPETITION

(Judged by members)

  1. A Portfolio should consist of four images with a linked theme displayed on one piece of board.
  2. The maximum size of the mount board should be 51 x 40.5 cm (20” x 16”) and may be of any shape, provided it fits within the size limit.
  3. A title for the portfolio may be placed on the front if desired.
  4. The author’s name should be clearly marked on the back of the mount board, together with the title (if not placed on the front).
  5. The size, colour and method of mounting the images are at the discretion of the author.
  6. In scoring, the judge may take into account the photographic content of the images, the method, quality and creativity of the mounting and overall presentation and most importantly whether  the four images fit an overall theme.
  7. First, second and third places will be awarded.
  8. This competition does not count towards the Photographer of the Year award.

PRINT COMPETITION

(Judged by Members)

  1. Prints should be individually mounted and marked on the back with the author’s name and title of the  photograph.
  2. There is no restriction on print size.
  3. Either Monochrome or Colour prints are acceptable.
  4. This is an ‘OPEN’ competition, with no set subject.
  5. First, second and third places will be awarded.
  6. This competition does not count towards the Photographer of the Year award.