Competition Rules

General

  1. The competitions are only open to fully paid-up members of the PARK STREET CAMERA CLUB. The entrant of submitted prints or projected images must be the author and copyright holder of the work entered.
  2. No image which is substantially the same as one that has already been entered in a Park Street Camera Club competition shall be entered in another competition in the same year, with the exception of appropriate entries in the Print of the Year or the Projected Images of the Year competitions.
  3. Any print or projected image receiving a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in any competition, at Park Street or any other similar club, shall not be eligible for entry in any future Park Street competition, with the exception of appropriate entries in the Print of the Year or the Projected Images of the Year competitions.
  4. Any print or projected image submitted for club competitions, whether open or specific competition is done on the understanding that it shall be available for future inter-club competitions, with the exception of members of more than one club having informed PSCC that they have already granted the permission to another club, and if placed will be included on the clubs web site (print entrants must provide a suitable digital version of the image following the competition) and can be used by the club at exhibitions and for publicity purposes.
  5. Digitally manipulated and printed prints and projected images are eligible for entry in all club competitions provided that such entries are derived entirely from negatives, digital files or slides originated by the author and for which s/he holds the copyright. The committee reserves the right to inspect the original material from which digital entries have been produced. Images that contain commercial CD images or anything produced by a third party, or elements not wholly produced by the author, are ineligible.
  6. The method of judging and selection of entries shall be at the discretion of the committee.
  7. Members may enter up to 3 images in each of the league competitions, however they may only enter a maximum of 5 images in each Specific Point Scoring Competition, (but no more than 3 images in either the Print or Projected Image section of that competition). Print of the Year and the Projected Images of the Year competitions which are specified separately.
  8. Both monochrome and colour images can be entered for any competition with the exception of the Mono only competitions.
  9. All prints must be mounted, clearly marked with the author's name and titled. The author's name must not appear on the front of the print. The mount must not exceed 40cm x 50cm.
  10. The titles of prints and digital files must be emailed or communicated to the competition secretary at least 1 week before the competition in order to prepare the competition entry list.
  11. Only projected images submitted as digital files produced to a format specified from time to time by the Committee (shown below) are eligible for entry into projected image competitions.
  12. Digital image files must be emailed or submitted on CD, or memory stick, at least 1 week before the competition, to the competition secretary, in order to prepare the competition software.
    (The club will do its best to ensure the safe keeping of memory sticks but will not accept liability for any loss or damage.)

For the 2017/18 season images shall be submitted as 1600x1200 pixels resolution jpegs, sRGB colour space. The file name shall be made up of the image title in upper case followed by the word 'by' and then author's first name and surname (spaces are permitted but no other non-alphanumeric characters). Example:- FULL MOON by Fred Bloggs

Print League

The league shall consist of the 5 open competitions. All these competitions will be points-scoring. The Harris Print Tankard will be awarded by the judge for the best print of the evening at each open competition and is held until the next open competition evening.

Projected Image League

The league shall consist of the 5 open competitions. All these competitions will be points-scoring. The PSCC Projected Images Competition Cup will be awarded by the judge for the best projected image of the evening at each open competition and is held until the next open competition evening.

Specific Point Scoring Competitions

Mono Print of the Year Cup and Mono Competition Trophy (projected images) - For Monochrome images of any subject.

The Creative Cups (prints and projected images) - For unusual/experimental subject and treatments.

The Norman Ludlow Cup (Prints) and People Cup for Projected Image Competitions - For images featuring people.

Baird Trophies (prints and projected images) - For Wildlife photography as defined below. (see additional rules below).

The Landscape Cups (prints and projected images) - For Landscape photography.

Trophies for the above competitions are held until the next appropriate annual competition.

Annual Awards

Print of the Year - A member may enter any print placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd plus up to three other prints previously entered in any of this season's print competitions.

Projected Image of the Year - A member may enter any projected image placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd plus up to two other projected images previously entered in any of this season's projected image competitions.

The Ralph Firmin Tankard - For Audio Visual Presentation (see additional rules below)

The above are non-point scoring; the judge will comment on all images, and choose 1st, 2nd, 3rd and any Highly Commended and Commended images from the entries.

The Print Photographer of the Year - Awarded to the member gaining the most points in the 5 rounds of the print league.

The Projected Image Photographer of the Year - Awarded to the member gaining the most points in the 5 rounds of the projected images league.

The Photographer of the Year - Awarded to the member gaining the most points in all points-scoring competitions both prints and projected images.

Additional Rules

Wildlife Cups

Wildlife is defined as animals (living organisms which feed on organic matter) whose normal habitat is not domesticated. Wild animals kept in captivity are eligible, domesticated animals are not.

However, images should also comply with the Royal Photographic Society’s Nature Group rule:

A nature (Wildlife) photograph should convey the essential truth of what the photographer saw at the time it was taken.

No radical changes should be made to the original photograph, nor additions from any source, whether during processing in the darkroom, or through digital/electronic manipulation. The removal of minor blemishes or distractions is permissible.

Landscape Cups

Landscape Definition: An image that has as its subject an extensive outdoor scene of land, sea, sky or city, with no requirement that land as such be the largest component. It may include individual items of interest like persons, trees, buildings but not if they dominate the image.

Annual Audio Visual Competition (when held)

The production of the sequence and photography must be the work of the entrant. (Joint authors are permitted).

The duration of the sequence must not exceed 6 minutes.

Entrants may submit more than one sequence, but should indicate their primary sequence and the order in which they would like others shown. The primary sequence is guaranteed to be shown. Other sequences will be shown to fill any time remaining, starting with the earliest submitted CD and stepping through each author to show the next requested.

The image dimensions of the sequence should be a maximum fixed resolution of 1600x1200 and set to play back 'full-screen'. The sequence must be submitted as an executable file compatible with Windows XP operating system for a PC. Sequences must be submitted on a single CD-ROM with the author's name, sequence titles, order of showing and the running times of each, clearly marked.

Entries must be made at least one week prior to the competition to allow the organiser to set up for the competition night.

The author is responsible for ensuring that there is no breach of copyright.

© All photographs are copyright of the individual members
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