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Competition Rules

Rules For Entering Club Competitions

It is important that all competition entries conform to the following rules:

To enter a competition a member must have paid their subscription fees!
There is no fee for entering competitions.

PDI and Print entries must be handed in on the Hand In Night. We totally understand that you may not be able to attend the club on some Hand In Nights, so we are happy to accept USBs earlier. Perhaps members who live near one another can have reciprocal arrangements to bring one anotherís PDI and Print entries to the club on Hand In Night. If you are really stuck, then PDIs can be emailed to Alan before Hand In Night.

We are going to have to be quite strict in terms of deadlines as we need to collate all the info and get everything to the judges so they have enough time to evaluate your work before results night. We hope you understand. Your cooperation in this matter will be greatly appreciated by us both.

Projected Images - Digital Images or 35mm Slides

The maximum number of projected entries per competition is three. This can be three Digital Images, or three 35mm Slides, or one or two slides and one or two digital images. Projected images can be either colour or black and white.
 

Name your image with its title, followed by a dash, your LLPS membership number, and your choice  letter. These are: A = your first choice image, B = your second choice, and C = your third choice. So if you call one of your images Black Steam Engine and it is your second choice, then it should be labelled as below:

Black Steam Engine-LLPS 99-B 

If on an occasion the projected image entry is over subscribed for the judge, all the C choice images will be removed from the competition. Alan will remove memberís numbers before forwarding them to the judge, to preserve anonymity.

Images will only be accepted on a USB dongle on the specified night, or emailed to Alan before the specified night.

Any images not complying with the above rules will be rejected.

Re-sizing images with Photoshop

Open Photoshop. Go to Image and then down to Image Size and open the dialogue box. The resolution doesn't matter, but 300 will do. Make sure there are ticks in all three of the boxes on the left (Scale Size, Constrain Proportions and Resample Image.) Then type the required value for Width into the top rectangular box on the left. If the image is landscape format then type 1400 here. With Portrait orientation type 1050 in the rectangular box marked Height. (You only need to input one set of pixel size in either the Width or Height boxes as the resultant values will be automatically calculated.) Then click OK and save your image as a JPEG.

35mm Slides

Slides must be securely mounted in 2 x 2 inch mounts (no glass). Name your image with its title, followed by a dash, your LLPS membership number, and your choice  letter. These are: A = your first choice image, B = your second choice, and C = your third choice. So if you call one of your images Black Steam Engine and it is your second choice, then it should be labelled as below:

Black Steam Engine-LLPS 99-B

Written on the mount with a marker pen. No sticky labels please!

With the picture the right way up a red adhesive circle should be placed in the bottom left hand corner, to indicate the way the slide is to be viewed. Slides should be clean and dust-free. Slides will be scanned and entered as a digital image. There is no loss of quality. Often, the scanned image is better than the original slide!

Slides will only be accepted on the specified night.

Any images not complying with the above rules will be rejected.

Prints

The maximum number of print entries per competition is three. These can be colour, or black and white, or mixed. All prints must be mounted.

The minimum size for print images is 18cm x 13cm excluding the mount. The maximum size is 50cm x 40cm including the mount.

The image title is to be written on the back of the print Ė no membership number. So that we can identify the photographer, each competition entry ( up to three prints ) must be accompanied by a piece of paper with your name, membership number and the titles of your images in alphabetical order.

So if you call one of your prints Black Steam Engine, it should be labelled as below:

Black Steam Engine

Regarding the title on the back of your print, you may wish to consider typing and printing it out, and glueing it to the back  ( Fairly big type so the judge can read it in dimmed lights on results night .)

The only information required on your prints is the title. This should be positioned in the top centre on the reverse of the print. Under no circumstances should there be any indication of your identity. The backing board of the mount should be firmly affixed and the label containing the required information should also be firmly fixed to it.

Trade processed prints may be so noted on the rear of the mount for the correct assessment of the judge, both for black and white and colour.

Prints will only be accepted on the specified night.

Any images not complying with the above rules will be rejected.

Intermediate Section

We have an Intermediate section for competition entries. We have noticed that new members can be intimidated when they enter their pictures against 'The Big Boys' in the club, and therefore think they will be rubbished by the judge (this wouldn't happen - judges make constructive criticism designed to help and encourage members.)

New members, or indeed any club member, can join the intermediate group by informing the Competition Secretary.

Existing members of the advanced group who wish to join the intermediate group will have their past results discussed with the competition secretary who will then decide if that member may join the intermediate section.

The competition secretary will identify the intermediate group images when preparing the entry list for the judge.

The judge will take note of this, and make allowances for the memberís lack of experience. At the end of the season, the Intermediate member with the most points will be awarded a trophy.

Members can leave the Intermediate group and join 'The Big Boys' whenever they wish.

If an intermediate member wins 1st place (PDI or print) in more than three competitions in any one season they must move to the advanced group the following season.

No Intermediate member can win the overall image of any competition as this group is judged separately.

Scoring

The points awarded for the internal record of membersí success are shown below. Points only apply to competitions held by the society.

Whereas every care will be taken of competition material submitted, neither the Society nor its Officers can be held responsible for any damage to the material as this could have occurred anywhere.

Subjects for the competitions to be held in the ensuing year, selected from a list presented at the Annual General Meeting, and the final choice made by the Committee.

Provision of anonymity for competitors will be by entering the number provided on the memberís membership card on each entry.

 

  Position   Points Awarded
  First Place   5 points
  Second Place   4 points
  Third Place   3 points
  Highly Commended   2 points
  Commended   1 points