competition rules

SECTION 1 – GENERAL CONDITIONS AND DEFINITIONS

REFUSAL:  The Competition Secretaries on behalf of the Club Committee have the right to withdraw or refuse any image considered for any reason to be unsuitable.

OWNERSHIP:  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 clipart are not permitted).

USE OF IMAGES BY THE CLUB:  The club has the right to store and to use any image submitted in any Club competition and may use it to publicise the club in any way, including publication on our website. The club accepts no responsibility for loss or theft of, or damage to, any photograph entered.

TITLES:  For Club (and SPF and PAGB) competitions, you should never change the title of a photograph, even if you enter it in a different form.

MONO/COLOUR:   Prints fully toned using just one colour may be entered as Monochrome Prints. Prints which are toned or printed with two or more colours or have one spot colour in addition to black, white & tones of grey must be entered as Colour Prints. The Competition Secretary may reclassify or disqualify as appropriate.

NATURE (N):   We use the PAGB Definition for Nature.  See http://www.thepagb.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/nature_definition.pdf  Our League Competitions have no Nature Category, but the Annual Competition does.

BEGINNER (B): A “Beginner” is anyone who has been a member of our club for less than 2 years at the date of the Annual Competition. judging and who has never won an Annual Competition Trophy or a Final League Trophy, or anything similar in a previous Club. The Beginner classification can be subjective and the decision to enter is purely down to the individual and we welcome any new member to enter regardless of their skill level.  Our League Competitions have no Beginner Category, but the Annual Competition does.

 

SECTION 2 – LEAGUE COMPETITIONS

 2.1 There will be Leagues for Mono Prints, Colour Prints and PDI, each with a number of Divisions.  Divisions A to C in each League will ideally comprise of not more than 8 entrants and League D, or E, if required, will have everyone else. The Competition Secretaries may modify these numbers before the judging of the first competition if there are many more or fewer entrants than expected. Leagues may be amalgamated for judging if necessary. The Competition Secretaries will, in conjunction with the entrant, allocate members joining after the first competition to the most appropriate Division.

 2.2  We can only finalise the League Divisions when we know exactly who is entering and we publish these as soon as we can - probably AFTER the first hand in. The top finisher in each League will be allocated in the following season to the Division above. The bottom finisher in each League will normally be allocated to the League below. The Competition Secretaries may modify this, possibly to cope with a reduced or increased number of competitors or to meet with the wishes of an individual to compete in a lower Division.

 2.3 There will be 4 Rounds in the Projected Digital Image (PDI) League Competition, 4 Rounds in the Colour Print (CP) League Competition and 4 Rounds in the Mono Print (MP) League Competition each season. Entries may be submitted in one or all of these League Competition but Prints and PDI entered in previous League Competitions are ineligible. 

2.4  Whilst it is permissible, and even useful as a source of work for external competitions, to enter the same photograph as a Colour Print, a Mono Print and as a PDI, this can be very repetitive for the audience. It would be very helpful in this respect if you entered as much new work as possible every round and avoided entering the same image in two different forms in consecutive Print and PDI competitions. It is very foolish to enter similar images as Colour Print and Mono Print on the same night as they inevitably compete against each other and it is very unlikely that both will do well.

2.5 The judges will be asked to choose a single winning photograph in each League and nominate others to 2nd and 3rd place, Highly Commended (HC) and Commended (C). For league purposes we shall allocate scores of 20, 19, 18, 17 and 16 respectively. All other photographs will score 15.  Judges are appointed from other clubs throughout the UK and we do our utmost to get the very best people we can. Judging is, however, an art not a science and it represents only that judge's personal opinion. You may not agree with that opinion, but that's ok!

 2.6 At the end of each season the Trophies will be awarded to the entrants in each league with the highest aggregate of 6 scores from a minimum of 3 Rounds with no more than 2 scores counting from any one Round.

 2.7 The number of entries may be limited at any time by the Competition Secretaries. The current maximum is 3 per author in each of the three Leagues (CP, MP and PDI).   In the event that we receive too many entries, we may withdraw your 3rd Print or PDI.

See also Scoring and Points https://www.dumfriescameraclub.co.uk/club/scoring-points

SECTION 3 – ANNUAL COMPETITION

The Annual Competition is separate and different from any Annual Exhibitions we may stage.

 3.1 The Competition Secretaries on behalf of the Club Committee have the right to withdraw or refuse any image considered for any reason to be unsuitable.

 3.2  PDI and Prints which have achieved an Award in a previous Annual Competition, including Trophies or HC & C, may not be entered again and will be disqualified.

 3.3 Entries will be accepted in two classes – PDI and Prints (monochrome and colour combined). The maximum entry per author will be set each year by the Competition Secretaries and you are expected to submit pictures for a wide variety of categories.  You may not, in the same year, enter the same picture as a Print and as a PDI, nor, in the same year, may you enter the same picture as a Colour Print and as a Mono Print.  The same people judge them all and you will be competing against yourself - and it is fairly boring.

 3.4 Both Print and PDI classes will be divided into Open and Nature Sections although some of the Award categories are available to both Sections.

 3.5 There is no entry form but you must enter PDI online and you must use the appropriate Annual Print Label, see Useful Downloads.

 3.6 At the discretion of the Committee, the competition will be assessed by one judge or a panel of three judges who will mark each photograph and will award the trophies specified, plus commendations. It will be the judges’ decision as to which category a particular entry belongs, unless otherwise specified. Nature (N) and Beginner (B) must be indicated on the print label and in the PDI Title - add NX at the end of your title for Nature and NW for Nature Wildlife. Trophies will not be awarded if there is no suitable entry in a particular category.    

 3.7 No PDI or Print may win more than one trophy. 

 3.8 The categories for which there are awards in the Annual Competitions are listed below.

ANNUAL COMPETITION PRINT   AWARDS

BEST MONOCHROME - GRACEFIELD SHIELD
  BEST COLOUR - BARNETT SHIELD


  MONOCHROME LANDSCAPE - GEORGE AUSTIN CUP
  COLOUR LANDSCAPE - SALON SHIELD
  CONTEMPORARY/IMAGINATIVE - SALON 93 TROPHY
  SPORT/ACTION - JOHNSTON PLAQUE
  STILL LIFE - SAN FRANCISCO TROPHY
  RECORD/JOURNALISM - LYTHAM ST ANNES PLATE
  PORTRAIT - SIMON REID TROPHY
  ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAIT - J K TURNER SHIELD

NATURE ACTION trophy required
  NATURE - JOHN HARRIES TROPHY
 

BEST BEGINNER-  GORDON RAE SALVER

ANNUAL COMPETITION PDI   AWARDS

BEST   OVERALL - Nithsdale Cup

LANDSCAPE - Syd Ball Trophy 

CONTEMPORARY/IMAGINATIVE - Glenkiln Shield

SPORT/ACTION - Warwick   Cup

STILL LIFE - Nith Quaich

RECORD/JOURNALISM - Doonhamer   Plate

PORTRAIT - Criffel Goblet

NATURE ACTION trophy required

NATURE - President’s Tankard

BEST BEGINNER - Frances Allen Memorial Trophy

SET THEME - Washington Lamp