Competitions and Theme Rules

Date: 28th August 2015
Author: Ian Topping

General Rules

  • 1. Only paid up members can enter any competition
  • 2. All entries must be the member’s own work and contain a photographic image taken by the member. The person entering the image must hold the copyright for the image and all component parts.
  • 3. In all competitions the judge’s or judges’ decision will be final and no appeal allowed.

THEMES

  • The committee will provide some simple guidance for each theme but will aim not to strait-jacket members to a very narrow content
  • For each theme a member can only enter a single projected digital image (PDI) except where this is varied by the committee for a specific reason.
  • Each image has to be given a title relevant to that image and not simply the file name automatically allocated by the camera/software
  • All images entered must be taken in the club session usually running from July of one year to the end of June the following year unless the specific theme permits any variation.
  • Images must be a JPEG or a TIFF and must not contain any identification of the author.
  • All entries for a theme must be entered at the meeting using a USB pen (memory stick). Please ensure your entry is the only image on the USB pen.
  • A last Club meeting date for entry to the theme competition is indicated on the Club calendar.
  • There are no restrictions to the editing / manipulation permitted except for occasions where the committee exercises its right to vary them for a specific theme or competition.
  • Where the committee exercises its right to vary these rules any such variation will only apply to the single individual instance. Subsequent themes / competitions will revert to the standard rules.
  • Points will be awarded to the three top theme images (three points for a win, two points for coming second and one point for coming third)
  • A points table will be kept and the member with the most points at the end of the session will win the John Anderson Cup for a year.
  • Winning images (1st, 2nd and 3rd) will be displayed on the Club website. By entering a competition you are giving your agreement for this.

WILDLIFE COMPETITION


The Wildlife competition was set up in memory of Club member, Avril Peoples, an active member who sadly died in a car crash along with her husband. Avril’s main interest in photography was Wildlife and the committee decided that this was an appropriate way of keeping Avril’s memory alive. The Winner will receive for a year the “Avril Peoples’ Memorial Cup”.

  • General Rules 1, 2 and 3 apply to the wildlife competition
  • Members can enter up to a maximum three projected digital images.
  • Wildlife does not include any domesticated animal or pets but can be animals captured and kept in zoos, etc.
  • Each image has to be given a title and not simply the file name automatically allocated by the camera/software
  • An image can be taken at any time but cannot be an image entered in any other Club competition in the past or has won another competition at any time.
  • Images must be a JPEG and must not contain any identification of the author.
  • All entries must be entered using a USB pen (memory stick). Closing dates will be notified to members.
  • There are no restrictions to the editing / manipulation permitted within the limits of Rule 1.
  • The committee exercises its right to vary these rules from year to year according to need and/or clarification.
  • The committee reserves the right to appoint the judge(s) annually for this competition but normally it will be Avril’s son/daughter or son and daughter.

LANDSCAPE COMPETITION


The landscape competition was inaugurated by the first Chairman of the re-invented Kelso Camera Club Ken McKillop and was to encourage members to improve their photographic skills when taking landscape images. He is the judge of the competition and will, whenever possible, attend a Club meeting to give the results and provide feedback to participants.

The term “landscape” will be interpreted for this competition as any image where the majority of the content is clearly land and NOT urban or sea or coast.

  • The winner will win the “Blackbox Trophy” and retain it for a year.
  • General Rules 1, 2 and 3 of the general rules apply to the Landscape competition.
  • Members can enter up to a maximum of three projected digital images.
  • Landscape does not include any image where the majority of the image is either urban or coastal.
  • Each image has to be given a title and not simply the file name automatically allocated by the camera/software
  • An image can be taken at any time but cannot be an image entered in any other Club competition in the past or has won another competition at any time.
  • Images must be a JPEG and must not contain any identification of the author.
  • All entries must be entered using a USB pen (memory stick). Closing dates will be notified to members.
  • There are no restrictions to the editing / manipulation permitted within the limits of general Rule 1.
  • The committee exercises its right to vary these rules from year to year according to need and/or clarification.

RULES FOR THE CLUB EXHIBITION

  • General Rules 1 and 2 apply.
  • Members can enter up to a maximum of five images of which the Club guarantees at least one will be selected for the exhibition.
  • The photographs can be of any subject but cannot have been shown in any previous exhibition.
  • There is no time limit to when the photographs were taken.
  • Images for consideration must be entered through the Club’s photo bank (previously Google Drive) by the given date. Images cannot be accepted after that date (intimated on the club calendar).
  • The images must be at a minimum size suitable for printing (print size @ 300dpi)
  • Each image has to be given a title and not simply the file name automatically allocated by the camera/software
  • An image can be taken at any time but cannot be an image entered in any previous exhibition.
  • Images must be a JPEG and must contain an identification of the author, e.g. Kelso_Abbey_JohnBrown
  • Images should be sized, see website advice notes on this.
  • There are no restrictions to the editing / manipulation permitted within the limits of Rule 1.
  • The committee exercises its right to vary these rules from year to year according to need and/or for clarification.
  • All Club members are entitled to the cost of printing and mounting of one image. There will be a charge for further accepted images.
  • Members of the Public will be asked to vote for their favourite exhibition images (First, Second and Third) during the time of the show. Votes will be allocated by giving three points for a first, two points for a second and one point for a third place.
  • The author of the winning image will be presented with the “The Willie Stewart Trophy”
  • Members will also be asked to vote for their favourite images using the same rules as for the public vote. The winner will receive the “KCC Exhibition Members’ Choice Trophy”.

The Wilson Challenge Cup for the MOST IMPROVED MEMBER

The committee will discuss and select one member who had shown the most improvement over the Club session. This member will be awarded the Wilson Challenge Cup and can keep it until the same time the following year.

THREE WAY COMPETITIONS


Kelso, Galashiels and Earlston
Kelso, Hawick and Liddesdale

  • The selection panel’s decision is final and there is no appeal except if an image is discovered not to meet the competition rules.
  • The general rules for each of the competitions are published independently.
  • Each club must submit fifteen digital images and each image must be the sole work of a member of the club entering the image.
  • A member of a competing club may submit a maximum of two images
  • If an individual is a member of more than one of the competing clubs, he or she may submit images for only one club.
  • Images should be a maximum of three years old from the start of the present season and must not have been entered into any previous inter-club competition between the same three clubs.
  • Images must be in .jpg format with maximum dimensions of 1400 pixels horizontally and 1050 pixels vertically.
  • Images must include the title as part of the file name but not the name of the author. Authors’ names must be communicated to the host club separately and will not be forwarded to the judge.
  • All images will be collected together and randomized or organized in another arbitrary way before being sent to the judge.
  • Entries must be submitted by the published closing date notified by the host club, which will usually be at least three weeks in advance of the competition.

BORDERS DIGITAL CHALLENGE

  • Each club should submit twelve images for projection. Ten images will be used for the competition, the remaining two will only be used in the event of a tie.
  • Following concerns two years ago that the number of submitted images was too great for the time available on the evening and created an excessive workload for the judge, if more than 12 clubs participate, the number of images scored will be reduced to 8 (images 9 and 10 remaining unscored)
  • No member may submit more than two images within their club’s entry. Each submission, including composite images, must be entirely the original work of the entrant and should not be more than three years old.
  • Image Details:
  • Size – Image files must be prepared in jpeg format with pixel dimensions of 1400 horizontal maximum and 1050 vertical maximum.
    Resolution – 72 dpi
    Colour space – sRGB
    Quality – Images should be saved at the highest quality i.e. 12
  • Titles – Image file names must be the same as the image titles listed on the entry form.
  • It is the responsibility of each club to ensure that the submitted images correspond to these requirements.
  • The closing date for entries will be announced by the host Club. The entry form should be sent along with the DVD/CD of the images to:
  • Please ensure that the reserve images are clearly indicated as such. The name of the participating club should be written on the DVD/CD using a marker. Please do not use sticky labels.
  • The judge will make his own arrangements for viewing and scoring the images but will not be given club or individual photographer details. At the public showing, the judge will discuss each image and score out of 20. Whilst images will be shown on a profiled projector, their appearance on the night may differ from the judge’s viewing conditions. This will make no difference to the scores. Two scrutineers will be appointed to check the results and agree on the winning club. In the event of a tie for first place, the reserve images of the tying clubs will be projected and marked on the spot.
  • The REIVER TROPHY will be awarded to the club achieving the highest number of points.
  • The MORTON PLATE will be awarded to the image considered by the judge to be the best in the competition.
  • Trophies are to be held for one year. It is the responsibility of recipients to have trophies suitably engraved.
  • There will be an entry fee of £10 for each club. To be sent with your entry made payable to “Hawick Camera Club”
  • VENUE: Lecture Hall, Hawick High School, Hawick.
  • There will be a charge of £5 for each person attending the challenge on the night, which will include supper served after the event.