Internal Competitions

Internal Competitions

SDCC Internal Competition Information & Rules for 2017 –  2018.

Extra Theme for the 2017-18 season ” Portrait “

A portrait subject can be wide ranging in colour or monochrome but must be human and is print only.

New for the 2017-18 season is The Second Chance

Only in the League competition, you can re-enter an unaltered image from League 1 into league 2 and again re-enter an unaltered image from League 2 into league 3

Just 1 image per League either print or digital and it had to have scored 15 or less.

Higher Resolution Digital Images 

On Jan 1st 2017 the SPF new projector resolution came into force.

The new image dimensions are 1600×1200 pixels and as before is a jpeg file,  8bit with an srgb colour space. Using the new dimensions will mean  judges receive a higher quality image from us and we are already prepared for any SPF or other external competitions. We will however still accept member entries of 1400×1050.

As always a photoshop action will be required to optimize for our projectors specific file requirements and now lower resolution. This is also required for clubs with older projectors.

There is more projector information at the SPF link below

http://www.scottish-photographic-federation.org/new-spf-standard-resolution-1600×1200-1st-jan-2017

There are even larger options in the resolution mix 1920×1200 and 1920×1080 even 4K  3840×2160 .

Tom Dickson Trophy
Entry is up to 3 Prints and/or 2 Digital images.
The top image, digital or print wins the trophy

The Club League Competition
This competition consists of three separate but identical competitions held over the current season.
Entry (for each of the 3 competitions) is up to 3 Prints and/or 2 Digital images.

There are three trophies to be won for the league competition, one for the Print section, one for the Digital projected and a third for Mono Print. The Print award is to the member with the highest total score from six out of the possible maximum of nine prints entered in the 3 League competitions. The Digital award is to the member with the highest total score from Four out of the possible maximum of Six digital images entered in the 3 League competitions and the Mono Print Cup will be awarded to the member with the highest score from three mono prints out of the maximum of nine prints entered in the 3 League competitions.

The Annual competition 
Annual Print Cup entry is up to 3 Prints. The top print will receive the trophy
Annual Digital Cup entry is up to 2 Digital images. The top digital image will receive the trophy

*NEW *The Phototilly Portrait Print Trophy As part of the Five Internal competitions this trophy will be awarded to the member with the highest score from three Portrait prints out of the maximum of Fifteen prints entered in the 5 internal competitions.

* New * The Traditional Digital Trophy   As part of the Five Internal competitions this trophy will be awarded to the member with the highest score from three Traditional Digital images out of the maximum of  Ten Digital images entered in the 5 internal competitions.

New *  The Traditional Print Trophy  As part of the Five Internal competitions this trophy will be awarded to the member with the highest score from three Traditional prints out of the maximum of Fifteen prints entered in the 5 internal competitions.  

Theme / Category descriptions

Traditional  ( SPF ) – A traditional photograph maintains the original image content with minimal adjustments which should not alter the reality of the scene and should appear natural. Rearranging, replacing, adding to or removing any part of the original image except by cropping is strictly forbidden. Any manipulation or modification is limited to minor retouching and must not alter the truth of the original scene. (i.e. you cannot remove a lamp post or add a sky, but you can clean up sensor marks.

** Footnote SPF confirm “Mono” is traditional **

Monochrome Definition ( SPF ) – Monochrome is a black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category; such a work can be reproduced in black and white in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP Patronage. On the other hand a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category.

Portrait  ( SDCC )  A portrait subject can be wide ranging and in colour or monochrome but must be human.

The following general rules apply to the above competitions.

Entries may be on any subject, but any image considered offensive would be excluded.
There is only one grade of entry, which will operate for both Print and Digital Entries.
All images entered must be entirely the work of the photographer. Composite images are permitted provided all component images meet this requirement. For the avoidance of doubt, use of images from any other source including, but not limited to, royalty free image banks and clip art are not permitted. All images, including substantially similar cannot have been previously entered in any of the above competitions. The exception to this rule is the Annual competition where one previously entered print can be re-entered in the Annual print competition and one previously entered digital image can be re-entered in the Annual Digital competition.

All entries and forms must be submitted to the competition secretary 2 weeks prior to the competition

Prints can be of any size up to the metric size of 40cm x 50cm and preferably mounted with the title and membership number only on the back.  To fit SDCC Exhibition frames, print mounts must be 40cm x 50cm and under 4mm thick.

Digital images should be Baseline (standard) JPEG/JPG files no larger than 2MB. With dimensions of 1600 horizontal pixels max. and 1200 vertical pixels max. 8 bit RGB colour Mode with profile converted to sRGB colour space. Tutorials and further information on preparing your images for competitions can be found on this and other web sites.

Please note that images the wrong size or format may suffer from loss of quality or even fail to project at all.

The file name must contain the title and authors membership number.

Competition Entry Form     ( example below )

Stirling & District Camera Club        
         
Entry form for Print & Digital Competitions        
Please complete shaded areas where appropriate        
             
Themes Traditional = T Mono = M Portrait = P  Second Chance = S        
             
Member No. 73        
Print No Print Entry Titles Photographer’ Name T M P S
No 1 Stirling Castle Joe Bloggs T M    
No 2 Office Worker Joe Bloggs     P  
No 3 Fishing Boat Joe Bloggs        
           
PDI.  No. Digital Entry Titles Photographer’ Name T M   S
No 1 Wallace Monument Joe Bloggs        
No 2 Winning Racer Joe Bloggs T     S

 

A competition entry form must be completed if entering any of the SDCC internal competitions and be included with your PDI images or emailed to the competition secretary when only entering prints.

Image titles and names will be cut and pasted from this form into the competition score sheet to avoid any spelling or typing errors. The competition score sheet is then sorted alphabetically by image title so you have some control of position and spacing.

Keeping titles down to around 25 characters should ensure it will all fit on the score sheet.

Score Sheets are sorted alphabetically so think about the first letter of your image title and make sure the image title and file name are the same. Titles that are larger than 25 characters may get truncated in the score sheets.

Rule Enforcement: problems or infringement of the rules should be brought to the competition secretary’s attention as soon as possible for guidance and solution. His decision and action will be final.

Damage: all care will be taken but S&DCC cannot be responsible for any loss or damage to member’s entries.

On competition nights the external judge will be requested whenever possible to follow S&DCC’s preferred evening plan with prints being judged first followed by the Digital images allowing time for print viewing during our coffee break.

The judge will provide constructive comments on all the entries and award score points out of 20.

He will generally be requested to provide a clear winner plus 2nd and 3rd  places that will be held back and viewed as the final 3 images.

Judges are volunteers who are experienced amateur or professional photographers and are often members of other camera clubs in the area. They are familiar with the rules for entries, undergo training as judges and do their best to provide an informative and constructive assessment of the pros and cons of each entry. Like all of us, their assessments are to a certain extent subjective, and this may explain why good entries that meet all the rules may receive different assessments and awards. Some judges are more adept at discussing the artistic merits and weaknesses of an image, while others are fussy about seemingly minor technical ‘flaws’. It is important to remember that the opinion presented by the judge is a single opinion. Different judges can and do have varying opinions on the same image. We are very fortunate that these individuals take the time to travel here and spend an evening at the club, helping us all improve our photographic skills.

Use of Images: We ask that members who enter internal S&DCC competitions will allow S&DCC to use their digital images and prints for the web site, external competitions, or other activities that S&DCC may be involved in. Copyright of photographs will always remain with the photographer. We will assume that you are agreeable to this unless you advise us otherwise.

Help and information on any of the above will be available on club nights, the club syllabus and web site.

 

Tom Forrest

Competition Secretary