Internal Competition Rules 2021-2022
1 Revision of the note on offensive entries.
2 Add SPF version of substantially similar rule,
3 Add note about image Titles
4 Clarification on SDCC use of images
Awards & Trophies
Be prepared for any last minute changes Due to Covid-19
Tom Dickson Trophy
Entry is up to 2 Prints and/or 2 Digital images.
The top image, digital or print wins the trophy
The Club League Competitions 1, 2 and 3
These three separate but identical League competitions are held over the current season with entry (for each of the 3 competitions) a max. of 2 Prints and/or 2 Digital images.
There are three trophies to be won in the league competition, one for the Print section, one for the Digital projected and a third for Mono Print.
The Print Trophy goes to the member with the highest total score from three out of the possible maximum of six prints entered in the 3 League competitions.
The Digital Trophy goes to the member with the highest total score from three out of the possible maximum of Six digital images entered in the 3 League competitions.
The Mono Print Cup goes to the member with the highest score from three mono prints out of the maximum of six prints entered in the 3 League competitions.
The Annual competition
Annual Print Cup entry is up to 2 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
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 ten prints entered in the 5 internal competitions.
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 Definition (SDCC) A portrait subject can be wide ranging and in colour or monochrome but must be human.
The following rules apply to the above competitions and follow SPF guidlines
The SDCC reserves the right not to exhibit an individual image, and delegates such decisions to the Club Committee, competition judge or the Organisers of each Event.
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 [SDCC] , virtually identical [SPF] or suficiantly similar [PAGB] cannot have been previously entered in any of the above competitions.
This very subjective rule to avoid repeated images seems to have just lengthy vague guidelines from the SPF and PAGB with this final advise.
“The SPF’s advice is to try your best to enter images that comply with the “spirit” of these rules.”
All entries must be submitted to the competition secretary 2 weeks prior to the competition
Prints can be of any size up to 40cm x 50cm and preferably mounted. The title and membership number only should be written 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.
1600×1200 is our club standard but the old 1400×1050 will still be accepted as long as we continue to use our Canon Projector. Please note that images the wrong size or format may suffer from loss of quality or even fail to project.
Digital Image Entry System
Naming Image Files correctly and Uploading images via Dropbox
With many competition upload systems now available providing easier club competition entry, we have decided to copy Edinburgh Photographic Society by using File naming identification and Dropbox upload
To have continuity with image titles and lists please carefully rename your image file using the following convention.
Your image Title followed by your Membership Number and Only use spaces between the words in the title.
For Digital Images Image Title with underscore and membership number.
Example Image Title_xxx
Where xxx is your membership number
For Print entries add an extra underscore and a print identifier pnt
Example. Image Title_xxx_pnt
And if Mono also an m Image Title_xxx_pntm
Type your image title as you want it to appear in the score sheet and if you use this naming convention correctly there is no need for entry forms.
Finally upload your images via the Dropbox File Request link.
Score Sheets are sorted alphabetically so think about the first letter of your image title and not be longer than 25 characters.
Titles [PAGB] It is highly desirable, and is best practice, for the Photographer to give each Image a unique Title, and for that Title never to be changed, whether print or projected.
Damage: all care will be taken but S&DCC cannot be responsible for any loss or damage to member’s entries.
Prints are posted without any special insurance using UPS carriers or similar.
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. Judging time available per image i
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 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 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. More information on judging is available at the SPF web site
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 in writing at the beginning of the season.
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.
Help and information on any of the above will be available on club nights, the club syllabus and web site.