Competitions

General information on the Club Competitions and guidance on entry requirements

PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITIONS

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Regulation & Guidance

1 The competitor must be a fully paid-up member of the Club.

2 The competitor must have taken the original photograph and hold the copyright for all elements of a print or digital projected image (DPI).

3 The original photograph would normally have been taken within the last few years although older images, not previously used, or images which have been substantially altered may be used. Members may submit up to three prints and three DPIs to the standard competitions. Pictures from one standard competition may not be used in a subsequent standard competition, but may be entered in the Annual End of Season (EoS) competition.

4 The commercial processing, printing and mounting of competition entries is permitted.

5 The competitor should refer to the Nature Photography rules for guidance.

6 Currently there are two classes for entries: Intermediate and Open. Winners in the Intermediate class are strongly encouraged to move to the Open class for the following season.

7 An Entry Form shall be completed by each competitor for each competition. The form will show the details of the images, listed in the competitor's order of preference, in the event of a large number of entries and the necessity to reduce the numbers for presentation practicality. The prints, projected images and a hard-copy of the completed entry form shall be submitted by the due date, normally two weeks before the date of the competition, as shown in the Club Programme.

8 There are two Open competition sections: General and Nature Photography. A maximum of 3 print and 3 DPIs may be submitted for the Open competitions. Members can choose to submit their maximum of 3 images in one or across both sections, but images that are predominately Nature Photography should be submitted as Nature Photography. The Competition Secretary has final ruling on the appropriate competition section for an image.

9 In the case of too many images being submitted into a single competition then it may be necessary to cull the images. In the first instance, images will be removed from the Open DPI competition and only removed from the Open Print competition as a last resort. If three images have been submitted to the Open Competition and split between the Nature Photography and General sections then the section containing two images will have one of them removed.

10 Images that have been culled may be used in other competitions.

11 The implicit rule applies that the images shall be suitable for public showing.

12 The following rules apply to the two kinds of images.

Prints

Colour and monochrome prints are treated as one category
Mounting board size:- Open class: 50cm x 40cm
Intermediate class: Min. A4 (30cm x 21cm) Max. 50cm x 40cm. Minimum image size for intermediate class:- 17.5cm x 12.5cm
Sequence Number, Title and Initials:- On the reverse of the mount board including the Nature identifier if in the Open class.

DPIs

Size
  • Landscape format ~ 1600 pixels wide (max.) x 1200 pixels high (max.)
  • Portrait format ~ 1200 pixels high (maximum) - all at 300dpi
File format
  • JPEG files saved to 2.0MB maximum file size
The correct naming convention for digital files is:
  • 01_Title_Initials.jpg for Open General and Intermediate images
  • 01_Title_Initials_N.jpg for Open Nature Photography images.
Other forms are not acceptable. The separator used above is an underscore.

STANDARD COMPETITION ENTRY FORM:
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ANNUAL COMPETITIONS - END OF SEASON

Regulation & Guidance

1 Currently there are four End of Season competitions and six trophies awarded.

2 All Regulations & Guidance as quoted for the Standard Internal Competitions apply to the Annual End of Season Competitions, except that only one entry per competition is permitted.

3 An Entry Form shall be completed by each competitor for each competition. The entry form will show the details of the images entered. The prints and DPIs and a hard-copy of the completed entry form shall be submitted by the due date, normally two to three weeks before the date of the competition, as shown in the Club Programme.

ANNUAL COMPETITION ENTRY FORM:
To DOWNLOAD the Form use the following link:-
Click here to download or print the Annual Competition Entry Form

Print Panel

Open and Intermediate classes; Competitors' choice of subject.

These should consist of three prints on separate mounts which form a set of related images when viewed together.

The print panel should have an overall Panel Title. The three images may each have a separate title.

Digital Projected Image Panel

Open and Intermediate classes; Competitors' choice of subject.

These should consist of three separate DPIs which form a set of related images when viewed together.

Each Projected Image should conform to the following:

Size
  • Landscape format ~ 1600 pixels wide (max.) x 1200 pixels high (max.)
  • Portrait format ~ 1200 pixels high (maximum) - all at 300dpi
File format
  • JPEG files saved to 2.0MB maximum file size
The correct naming convention for digital files is:

01_Panel Title_Image Title_Initials.jpg for Open General and Intermediate images. Examples are provided below:

Panel Title and Image Title Provided
01_Lands End_At Dawn_MW.jpg
02_Lands End_At Midday_MW.jpg
03_Lands End_At Dusk_MW.jpg

Panel Title Provided (no image title)
01_The Moon_MW.jpg
02_The Moon_MW.jpg
03_The Moon_MW.jpg

Other forms are not acceptable. The separator used above is an underscore.

Picture Board Competition

Open to all members.

The picture board shall be presented on a single mount board measuring 50cm by 40cm. The five related prints can be individually mounted or combined into a single print.

The five prints may be any size and a title may be used on the front of the mount board.

Bing White Trophy

Open to all members.

A single Flora or Fauna Projected Image per competitor. These images need not adhere to the strict Nature Photography rules.

Size
  • Landscape format ~ 1600 pixels wide (max.) x 1200 pixels high (max.)
  • Portrait format ~ 1200 pixels high (maximum) all at 300dpi
File format
  • JPEG files saved to 2.0MB maximum file size
The correct naming convention for digital files is:
  • 01_Title_Initials.jpg
for all images

Other forms are not acceptable. The separator used above is an underscore.

Tom Wallis Memorial Trophy

This is an annual award to the member showing the most improvement during the season. The committee will review the nominees and decide on the most appropriate winner of the trophy.


Portishead Camera Club Rules for Club AV Competitions

based on the WCPF AV Competition Rules 2012/13


Length of AV’s:

The 3.21 competition.
For individual or joint entry of AV’s of no more than 3 minutes and 21 seconds long.

The 3.22+ competition.
For individual or joint entry of AV’s of 3 minutes and 22 seconds and over, maximum 12 minutes.

Definition of an Audio Visual:

An AV production submitted for CLUB competition should predominantly consist of a sequence of still photographic images, the majority of such images being the original work of the entrant, together with an accompanying synchronized sound track. The use of third party images, animated graphics, video clips or other visual material, whilst not excluded, should be limited and appropriate to the production. Entrants must confirm that they have obtained legal consent for the use of any visual material or audio material used in the production other than their own original content.

Technical requirements:

Sequences for the submission should be .EXE programmes, i.e. the sequences must run with no additional Software requirements. The following is based upon PTE software, others should have similar effects. The sequences must be programmed without a ‘run box’. Please ensure ‘Hide mouse cursor during show’ is activated, and also ‘close show after last slide’ so as to return to the desktop. Irrespective upon which software you are using, and the resolution of your images, please ensure that they will project to ‘fit the screen’.
A digital projector with a resolution of 1400px x 1050px, a computer (Windows platform) and sound system will be provided by the Club.

Music Licenses:

Please ensure that you have the appropriate licenses for your music. (For entry to WCPF Competitions copies of them should be attached to your entry form.) AV’s entered without the necessary licenses will be disqualified.

Clarification of the License requirements:

1. An author of an AV, who is a member of a photographic club which is affiliated to the PAGB, or the club itself a member of IAC (£37.50 annually), or is personally a member of the RPS, can use ‘Library/production music’ (Non-commercial music/recordings) in an AV providing he or she has a IAC license (£8.54 annually but only includes the MCPS & BPI licenses).

2. An author of an AV, who is a member of a photographic club which is affiliated to the PAGB, or the club itself is a member of IAC (£37.50 annually), or is personally a member of the RPS, cannot use commercial music/recordings (even if purchased officially and can prove ownership with receipts) in an AV, unless they themselves are a member of IAC (£37.50 annually) and have an IAC license (£7.17 annually and includes MCPS, BPI & PPL licenses).

The full rules for WCPF AV Competitions can be found on the WCPF WCPF website

If in doubt for WCPF AV Competitions please contact the WCPF AV Competition Secretary.
Email: wcpfav@btopenworld.com