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Competitions - ready for the 2013 / 2014 season
This page is a "one stop shop" for links and information about entering competitions and seeing the results. It is primarily for members, especially newer members. Here are the sections on this page:
Information applicable to more than one type of competition
Useful pages for dates, results, and rules
A "competition number" is a unique number possessed by a member "for life", and assigned when a person first joins, typically on the receipt of payment of the membership subscription. (It isn't actually a "membership number", but is the nearest thing we have to that). It lies in the range 1 to 999. (After a long period of disuse, competition numbers may be re-used).
It is used as an identifier that doesn't change even when a person's name changes, and to hide the identity of a person from (for example) a judge. Work handled by a judge must not have a person's name on it, in case that influences the result. Instead, it has a competition number. It is needed whenever putting work in front of a judge.
"Intermediate" versus "Advanced" classes
Work in Clubworker competitions (or shown in the Exhibition) has a "class", one of "Intermediate" or "Advanced". "Intermediate prints" are judged separately from "Advanced prints", (but on the same evening), and similarly for projected digital images. Scores are accumulated separately throughout the year for different "worker of the year" awards for the 2 classes.
Once a person has entered any work in "Advanced" class, they can never enter work in "Intermediate" class for any event. This applies across all events and all media - submitting prints in "Advanced" class for a Clubworker competition rules out projected digital images in "Intermediate" class for the Exhibition, etc. But until a person has entered work in "Advanced" class, they can enter work in "Intermediate" class for as long as they like - there is no limit except personal choice.
The advantages of using the "Intermediate" class are that judges may be more sympathetic (less ruthless) when judging, and like-minded people have their own competitions, separate from the "Advanced" class.
The disadvantages of using the "Intermediate" class are that judges may not provide comprehensive criticism, or criticism suitable for someone with aspirations to succeed at a higher level, and so entrants may not learn as much. And if an entrant switches classes in mid-season, points accumulated so far cannot be carried across to the "Advanced" class.
Re-use of images
The principle is that images must not be used more than once in the same type of competition, even when presented via different media. For example, an image must not be used as a print then a projected digital image in Clubworker competitions. This also applies to images that would be perceived to be the same image, even if taken as different exposures.
But images may be re-used in different types of event. The same image may be re-used in a Clubworker competition, the Rosalind Bramley Trophy, the Exhibition, and (unless otherwise stated) occasional competitions.
Hand-in and information for new members
Hand-ins for Clubworker competitions are 2 weeks before the judging, to allow time for the administration and perhaps for the judge to see the work in advance. Typically the first hand-in of a season is the first day of the season.
This puts joiners at a disadvantage, because even if they know of the competition, they do not have a Competition Number until they have paid and received the receipt. Therefore, where possible (for example if the judge does not need the work soon after hand-in), new members are able to hand-in work up to one week later, just for the first competition.
Colour management and profiles
Colour management of the JPEGs used in PDI (Projected Digital Image) competitions is important but easy (even for experts!) to get wrong. Here are brief guidelines:
Forms and labels
Members are encouraged to use these documents to edit and print entry forms on their computers:
The rules identify information to be provided on the backs of prints. This may be done by hand, but members are encouraged to use these documents to edit and print labels for the purpose. The labels to be used are 8-on-A4, freely sold at stores supplying computer stationery (and sometimes available per-sheet from NCPS).
Mounts for prints
The rules for mounts are primarily so that prints can be carried around in our boxes (hence the maximum size), and without damaging other prints (hence the minimum size). But we also further restrict the maximum size of mounts to 50 cm by 40 cm so that these prints conform to rules for L&CPU and PAGB events and are therefore more likely to be suitable for interclub selection purposes.
Rosalind Bramley Trophy
This is a competition for monochrome prints. Key parts of the rules (see link below) include:
“Monochrome” means either a black and grey and white print, or a print toned entirely in a single colour. (This does not include a black and white work modified by partial toning or by the addition of one colour).
Up to 3 entries per person are allowed and the images should have been taken in the last 24 months. (Previous entries to this competition are not allowed. However, work that has been entered into other Competitions and the Exhibition is allowed).
These do not have fixed rules, and instead they will be described (here and elsewhere) when they appear in the syllabus.
Valid media are digitally-processed prints and projected digital images.
Prints will be carried by the entrants, so are not subject to normal rules on mounts or anonymity. (But mounted prints are better than unmounted prints, because they are easier to hold up in front of the digital projector which will be used for illumination).
Digital images should conform to: Guidelines for digital images: "SXGA+" (1400 x 1050). CDs, DVDs, and USB Drives are acceptable. USB Drives are preferred. The time available will be allocated fairly to the entrants on the night.
Some of this information is also relevant to members and officials of other clubs battling with us.