Additional Information about Competitions

SELBY CAMERA CLUB.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT COMPETITIONS.

 

JUDGING OF COMPETITIONS.

Judges are asked to comment on all images and to pick 1st,2nd, and 3rd places, plus at their discretion, any images to be Highly Commended or Commended in each category.

With the exception of the Annual Prints & Annual Digital Imaging Competitions where there are specific categories, all other competitions are “Open Subject”

ENTRY TO COMPETITIONS:

All club competitions are open to all club members and the format for both prints and digital images is shown below.

In the case of external or inter club competitions entries will be selected from those submitted by a sub committee convened by the Competition Secretary.

Points are awarded for each placing: 1st = 5pts, 2nd = 3pts, 3rd = 2pts ,HC &C =1pt.

These are then accumulated to determine the overall winners of the Points Competitions and The West Trophy.

 

Trial for 2017 -2018 season

After seeing many comments from our club review, at the latest committee meeting it was decided, once more to try out a format to encourage all members to enter competitions and have some chance of success. This will begin in September 2017.

There will be two classes: Improvers and Experienced. The Improvers will not have gained a total of 3 recent successes previously in competitions at 1st, 2nd, or 3rd places. The Experienced will already have at least 3 similar successes; both classes include successes in either print and/or projected images. The competition secretary and committee will monitor.

To begin the trial, all members will be asked to decide independently which category they should be in and to mark their entries accordingly, in the title for projected images, and for prints on the label after the member’s number. No indication will assume “Experienced”. For improvers, please be sure to mark “I”. Membership of the selected class will be maintained until the end of May each season.

Judges will be asked to assess the competition as a whole – as usual. Then, also assign 1st, 2nd and 3rd and any Commended to the entries in the class marked “I”. These will be eligible for points towards the annual points competition as well. Only one set of points will be available to members in either section of the competition.

The committee believes this may give the possibility for all members to be successful and improve. When an “I” member gains three successes – as defined above -they will move from ”I” to “E” sections at the end of May in the season they do so.

Entries for all competitions is subject to a fee of 50p per image payable to the Treasurer or Competition Secretary.

FORMAT REQUIRED FOR PRINTS & DIGITAL IMAGES.

PRINTS.

All prints should be mounted on 400mm x 500mm or 20” x 16” mount board. If you do not have the facility to cut mounts the prints can be surface mounted (the print itself can be any size).

Please ensure that if you use any form of glue or tape then all surfaces which may come into contact with any other print should be completely dry to prevent prints sticking together.

A label needs to be stuck on the back of the mount for all competitions and should bear the following information: Title of print, Category entered, ( i.e. Monochrome ) and your Club number but NOT your name.

The label should be put in the TOP RIGHT hand corner whether landscape or portrait format.

A template for the labels is available from the Competition Secretary as is a range of mount boards.

To encourage “new work “ images should not be entered for competition which have been entered in a previous year.

For all of the mentioned competitions, if you are entering more than 3 images/prints can you please, as well as the other information required, also number the entries in your order of preference for entry. There are times, especially for the Annual Print/Digital Image competitions, where the entry may to high for the Judge to cope with. If any entries have to be withdrawn by the Competition Secretary in these circumstances you will be informed before the final entry is submitted.

DIGITAL IMAGES.

Digital images can be submitted for competition on CD, DVD or USB device or via E Mail to the Competition Secretary and should be clearly marked with your club number.

In order to show the images to their best advantage and so that we have a consistent size and format for projection please adopt the following tips.

 

  1. All images should be flattened i.e. no layers if you have been manipulating the picture in any way.
  2. All images should be JPEG files in sRGB format.
  3. To display images on the club projector they need to be re-sized to the following:
    Maximum width 1400 pixels    Maximum height 1050 pixels 

If you are using Photoshop, go to: Image, Image size, and when the dialogue box appears firstly make sure that the three boxes in the bottom left hand corner are all ticked, and then in the Pixel Dimensions enter either 1400 for a landscape picture or 1050 for a portrait picture. You only need to enter one or the other, as when you click OK, the other dimension will be done automatically.
Resolution is not important.

POINTS COMPETITION

 This competition consists of four rounds. The winner of the overall competition is the person who scores the most accumulative points over the four rounds. 1st = 5 points, 2nd = 3 points, 3rd = 2 points & HC = 1 point.

There are 3 categories for the competition: Colour Prints, Monochrome Prints, and Digitally Projected Images – both Colour & Monochrome, no separate categories.

ANNUAL PRINT COMPETITION

There is a separate category for Monochrome in the Pictorial section only, all other sections include both Colour & Monochrome.

All entries for this competition will be displayed in Selby Abbey during the August Bank Holiday so it is especially important that all mount sizes conform to that advised in the later section on prints.

There is a club rule that members do not enter the same image in the two Annual Competitions ( Annual Print/Annual PDI’s ) e.g. as a print and as a digital image.

However, images that have been entered in the Points or Panel of 3 or Set Subject competitions may be entered in the Annual Competitions.

ANNUAL PROJECTED IMAGE COMPETITION.

Entries for this competition must comply with the conditions advised previously in the Digital Images section.

For both Annual Competitions there are a number of categories, which apart from Monochrome Pictorial, which is in Prints only, are the same.

  1. Architecture & Record – includes buildings and things such as classic cars, clocks statues, bridges, stained glass windows etc. There should be NO Pictorial portrayal in any entry in this category.
  2. Sport & Photojournalism is people involved in sporting activities or reportage of events. Street photography would come into this category.
  3. Portraiture includes candid shots of people, studio type shots of head and shoulders and full body, tasteful nude shots and portraits of people in the environment.
  4. Natural History includes plants and animals in the wild and should have the minimum of editing e.g. cropping, sharpening.
  5. Cultivated Plants & Captive Animals includes all those plants and animals found in a captive or domesticated environment.
  6. Pictorial includes all other types of images including Landscapes.

( Categories 4 & 5 are club definitions for our internal competitions. If you are thinking of entering any natural History or Wildlife images in competitions outside the club then please refer to the PAGB/FIAP definition as shown later in this article)

Any doubts about which category to enter please ask.

PANEL OF THREE.

This competition will be judged on the evening by the members.

To enter you will need to submit three images which must be related in their subject matter. They could be three images that when viewed together relate to each other. The subject of the images is of your choosing.

Entries can be in Colour/Monochrome Prints or Digital Images but there will only be one overall winner.

SET SUBJECT

This competition is to encourage “new work” as entries should have been taken since the AGM when the “Subject” was chosen, and will be judged on the evening by members. Entries can be Colour/Monochrome Prints or Digital Images.

NB. For all of the competitions, whilst there is no set limit, if you are entering more than 3 images/prints can you please , as well as all the other information required, also number the entries in you order of preference for entry. There are times, especially for theAnnual Print/Digital Image competitions, where the entry may be too high for the Judge to cope with. If any entries have to be withdrawn by the Competition Secretary in these circumstances you will be informed before the final entry is submitted.

OTHER COMPETITIONS

SETTLE TROPHY

This competition is held annually and is an inter club competition between Selby, Howden, Doncaster & Wakefield camera clubs.

 

All entries submitted by members are viewed by a small committee to choose those that will represent the club.

Points are awarded – maximum 20 for each entry and the club with the most points holds the trophy for the following year.

PAGB & YPU COMPETITIONS.

Both of organisations hold competitions during the year, some by invitation to represent them at nter Club events and some open to all members to enter.

Details will be announced at club meetings and also posted on the websites.

OTHER INFORMATION

PHOTOGRAPHIC ALLIANCE OF GREAT BRITAIN (PAGB) AND YORKSHIRE PHOTOGRAPHIC UNION (YPU)

The PAGB is the organisation that has under its umbrella most of the photographic clubs in the country. Under its stewardship are 15 Federations of which YORKSHIRE PHOTOGRAPHIC UNION (YPU) is the one for our area.
Both of these are non profit making organisations.

Nearly all clubs in Yorkshire belong to the YPU Federation and club members are expected to support the YPU where they can. There is an Annual Exhibition & Assembly – usually held in March – when members can enter prints/images,
Full details of the rules/venue will be advised as soon as they are known.

www.the pagb.org      www.ypu.org.uk

Awards for Photographic Merit from the PAGB

The awards are open to all members of clubs affiliated to the PAGB through their Federation and they are at three levels:

 

Credit (CPAGB); Distinction (DPAGB); Master (MPAGB) The awards are normally held for life without any annual fee, although there is a fee to enter, and holders are entitled to use the designated letters after their name. All applicants must have supported the YPU for 2 years (ie entered the Annual Exhibition) and adjudications are normally held twice yearly in April & November.

You can also attend a workshop – held several times a year – with adjudicators who will give an honest assessment of your work, again these are very popular so it is advisable to apply early.

Further details can be found on the PAGB website   www.thepagb.org.uk

 

ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY.

Membership of the RPS is available to anyone with an interest in photography

( an annual fee is payable. ) and they also have an award scheme starting with LRPS

( Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society ) and held by a number of our members. Further details can be found on their website: www.rps.org

 

FIAP – INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ART.

FIAP is an international federation,which affiliates as operational members, the national associations of photography. FIAP counts more than 85 national associations in the five continents and represents the benefits of nearly one million individual photographers.national associations in the five continents and represents the

One of the principle functions of FIAP is in the co-ordinating of International Salons ( exhibitions ) of photography around the world.

Awards are earned, starting with AFIAP, by entering the salons and gaining acceptance from the judging panels.

Further details can be found on the website.       www.fiap.net

Selby Camera Club has many members holding distinctions from the PAGB, RPS & FIAP and the club encourages members to pursue these awards in recognition of their photography.

 

THE FOLLOWING DEFINITION SHOULD BE ADHERED TO WHEN ENTERING COMPETITIONS OTHER THAN CLUB COMPETITIONS. eg; PAGB, RPS, FIAP OR YPU COMPETITIONS.

COORDINATED FIAP & PSA NATURE DEFINITION

Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation.

The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves.

Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.

No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted.

All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to greyscale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.

Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife.

Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.

Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species.

Wildlife images may be entered in Nature sections of Exhibitions.

 

For updates to programme, results of competitions, or any further information please refer to the website at: www.selbycameraclub.co.uk

August 2017.

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