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Competition Rules



PART A


INTERNAL COMPETITIONS, the ANNUAL COMPETITION and the ANNUAL EXHIBITION

SECTION 1
(i) Material entered in any Internal competition or an annual exhibition should originate from an image(s) captured on a date NOT more than four years prior to the start of the current Club Year.

(ii) All images, prints or digital images, must have been taken by the member making the entry and no copy of another author’s work will be permitted.

(iii) All images submitted MUST originate from a photograph taken on a camera, whether film or digital, or on a flatbed scanner. In any case of doubt, the Committee shall have the authority to disqualify the entry and nullify any points that might have been awarded, unless the author can provide the original image as proof.

(iv) There will be three categories in the Internal Competitions, the Annual Competition and the Annual Exhibition, viz. Colour Prints, Monochrome Prints and Digitally Projected Images. Colour Prints and Monochrome Prints may be home or trade processed.

(v) Colour and Monochrome prints to be on rectangular mountboard measuring 40cm x 50cm and of thickness no more than 3mm, unless otherwise specified. This to be either the size of the mount or surface mounted. The size of the image is the choice of the author.

(vi) A member may NOT enter, in the same internal competition or in the Annual Competition or the Annual Exhibition, two or more versions of the same or similar image (whether monochrome or colour print or digital file) . If entries are made in error all but one, to be selected by the Committee, of the images will be disqualified and any points awarded will be nullified.

(vii) Highly awarded digital images from competitions will be published on the website unless the author notifies the webmaster that they do not give permission.
(The Club asks members to provide dpi's of highly awarded print images to be sent to the webmaster for placing on the website).

PRESENTATION OF ENTRIES.

SECTION 2
(i) PRINTS must be firmly affixed to their mounts, which may be commercially produced if desired. Prints may be disqualified if it is liable to cause damage to other prints (e.g. Velcro pads, poor mounting, poor taping) or not adequately backed. One image only per mount can be accepted, unless the competition allows or states otherwise. This single print may contain material from more than one source but the result must be a cohesive, composite image and not a series of individual, separated pictures.

(ii) All prints must be identified on the reverse with the author’s name and a title. Repeating the title on the front of the print is optional.

(iii) All prints will be identified for entry into the Internal Competitions and/or the Exhibition by the placing of the Club Label on the reverse of every print, prior to the Judging, for means of identification. This may include the Catalogue number for the Exhibition.

(iv) Digital File Images will be identified by a label on the medium (USB Memory Stick) identifying the author and must be readable by the Club’s computer.

(v) Digital File Images must be entered in a standard jpeg format with a colour profile of sRGB. They may be of any resolution but will be projected at the resolution of the Club’s projector. The dimensions of the image to be a maximum of 1400 pixels wide and 1050 pixels high. The author’s name and the title for the image must be included. Titles to be no longer that 24 characters including spaces.

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GENERAL
SECTION 3
(i) Amendments, additions or deletions to the Competitions and Exhibition Rules shall be made at a General meeting of the Club or by Executive decision of the Club Committee.

(ii) Contravention of the Rules may result in a loss of points, at the discretion of the Club Committee.

(iii) The committee may withdraw and any member may request that the committee considers the withdrawal of any entry that it/he/she considers fails to meet the rules of the competition for which it is submitted. Such disqualification may occur before or after the judging of the competition.
If after judging any request for withdrawal to be lodged verbally immediately on the day/evening after the competition followed in writing to the committee within seven days. The member affected by a withdrawal may appeal in writing to the committee with the President making a final and binding decision.

(iv) All trophies will be held for one year and returned one month before the following Exhibition.

(v) The above rules do not apply to inter-club projected or print battles.


PART B

RULES FOR INTERNAL COMPETITIONS

SECTION 4

(i) There shall be three classes for judging in all categories of all the internal competitions (prints, both colour and monochrome also digital file images): -

The Bresson and Bailey groups for existing photographers and the Snowdon group for those new to photography. The committee will have the right to withdraw the Snowdon class at any time if it is deemed necessary through the lack of those new to photography as Club members.

For all internal competitions the judge will mark each image without taking into consideration whether the author is in the Bresson, Bailey or Snowdon league. The number in each group will depend on the membership at the time and the number of authors participating in the league competitions the previous season.

Should there be a tie for positions then a count-back system will be used.

Members entering work in the Snowdon class to submit work in that class until such time as he/she has been awarded a sufficiently high number of the top marks, awarded by the judges in one season, in the internal competitions only, with the decision on who should then work in the Bailey group to be agreed in committee and those concerned to be informed of the change by the Competition Secretary prior to the start of the following season. After which those members will only be allowed to enter work in the Bailey classes in any internal competition, unless/until receiving the highest scores in that group and moved into the Bresson group.

(ii) An image may be entered in up to TWO internal competitions provided it has NOT been awarded 10, 9.5 or 9 points by the Judge on its first appearance.

(iii) Each member may enter up to a total of three images in any internal competition viz. one entry into each of the categories – colour prints, mono prints and/or digitally projected images.

(iv) Judges will award points out of ten for each piece of work submitted. These points will be accumulated by individual members throughout the Club year thereby creating a league table. A 'no entry' to count as zero points.

(v) The subjects of the internal competitions shall be decided by the Club’s Committee, after the opinions of the membership have been sought by the Competition Secretary.

(vi) All entries should be with the Competition Secretary during the week prior to the date of each internal competition, with the latest time and place to be fixed by the Competition Secretary at the start of the Club year.


PART C

RULES FOR the ANNUAL COMPETITION and the ANNUAL EXHIBITION


SECTION 5
(i) An image may be entered into ONE Annual Competition and ONE Annual Exhibition only.

(ii) There shall be a minimum of FOUR subject categories:-
  • Architecture
  • Nature
  • Open
  • People (including formal and candid human portraits and figure studies)
The subject categories may be added to or changed at the discretion of the committee.

(iii) The number of images that each member may enter in each section is: -
Monochrome Prints ----------- 12 prints
Colour prints -------------------- 12 prints
Digital file images --------------12 images

The total number of accepted images by each member may be changed at the discretion of the committee

(iv) The maximum permitted entry in each section (5iii) may be divided between the subject categories as the member wishes.

(v) The Exhibition judge to mark each print entry out of 20. Each entrant to be entitled to have a minimum of one image displayed, plus all ‘placed’ entries, with the remaining highest marked images to be displayed as space allows.

(vi) Points to be awarded for images receiving a ‘place’ as follows:-
First -------------------10 points
Second --------------- 7 points
Third ------------------ 5 points
Commended ------- 3 points

Judges will be invited to award Commendations to any number of deserving prints and projected images.

(vii) Trophies will be awarded to those members judged to have satisfied the criteria listed under “Trophies”.

(viii) All entries to the Exhibition are on an equal basis unless specifically stated by the Committee in advance of the Final Entry Date.

GENERAL

6 Whilst every care will be taken to protect work from damage, work is entered at the owner’s risk.

7 There will be a small fee for each exhibit entered in the Annual Competition to cover judging fees and trophy engraving.

8 Submission of an entry is deemed to imply knowledge and acceptance of the rules.


PART D

OTHER ANNUAL COMPETITIONS


Portfolio competition

This competition is open to all members on an equal basis. It is divided into the three sections - Monochrome prints, Colour prints and Digitally Projected Images. Each portfolio must consist of three images (three digitally projected images or three colour prints or three monochrome prints) on an
obvious theme of the author's own choice.

The maximum print size to be 40cms x 50cms including the mount. Three, individually saved, digitally projected images are required as entered for all club competitions. (A fourth digitally projected image may be included showing how the panel appear as a set of three or the fourth may be left to the discretion of the projectionist). After the author's name and the Portfolio title indicate how they are to be displayed i.e. left, centre and right. No further information is required.

A member may enter up to three portfolios, but with a maximum of two portfolios in any one section. The decision over which section(s) to enter is entirely up to the author. The winning entries are to be decided by an external judge.

TROPHIES

For the Internal Competitions trophies are awarded, for each of the sections, to the member who achieves the highest total number of points in that section.

For the Annual Competition leading to the Annual Exhibition a number of trophies are awarded which may be changed at the discretion of the committee.

Ethel Lewcock Rosebowl -------------------- Best Fauna Entry in the Exhibition
Founder`s Cup ---------------------------------- Best of the Presidents Selection in the Exhibition
Peter Day Award (Shield) -------------------- Most Creative Entry in the Exhibition
Budd Colour Cup ------------------------------- Best Digital Entry in the Exhibition
Freeman Cup ------------------------------------ Best Mono Print in the Exhibition
Evelyn Day Cup --------------------------------- Best Colour Print in the Exhibition
Budd Challenge Cup -------------------------- Highest Points Mono Prints in the Exhibition
President's Cup -------------------------------- Highest Points Colour Prints in Exhibition
Diamond Anniversary Cup ------------------ Highest Points Digital entries in Exhibition

Portfolio Trophies - Three trophies are awarded, one to the winning portfolio in each section.

Cliff Clifford Cup is awarded annually to the club member whom it has been decided has made an outstanding contribution to the life and work of the club during that year.
Members vote at the end of each season and the Trophy is presented at the AGM.

ADDITIONAL DEFINITIONS

NEW DEFINITION OF NATURE
TO BE USED IN PAGB COMPETITIONS


FIAP have recently agreed a coordinated definition of Nature with PSA and RPS and the PAGB, in the interest of commonality, will adopt it, for the 2014 Inter-Club Print Championship and, subject to final ratification in October, for all PAGB Competitions from January 2015, including the GB Cup Nature which opens in 2014.
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.

Note. The GB Cup (Nature), and the Inter-Federation (Nature) Annual Competition are the only Nature Competitions organised by the PAGB. In all other competitions, and the Awards for Photographic Merit, nature rules do not apply except where there is an individual award for Nature and the photographer has specified eligibility. Similarly there is no Wildlife Competition but this definition will be used where a specific Wildlife Award is made.