Competition guidelines

 

MONTHLY COMPETITIONS

 Prints and Projected Images

Members are encouraged to submit entries for these Competitions which are held from November to March. The subject is open i.e. one may enter pictorial, record, nature or scientific photographs.
Print and projected image entries will be marked out of 20 and will be commented on by the Judge on Competition Night. Two prints and/or projected images may be submitted each month and any receiving a mark of 12 or less may be resubmitted, once only, to a different Judge. The four Print and four Projected Image Monthly Competitions are separate and alternate at approximately two week intervals. There are two leagues for both competitions. (Guidance on which league a member should enter and on the promotion process is given later.) On each competition night the judge will also nominate the best overall image of the evening, regardless of league.

Images entered must be entirely the work of the photographer. Composite images are permitted provided all component images meet this requirement. For the avoidance of doubt, use of images from any other source including royalty free image banks and clipart are not permitted.

Submission of Entries:

All print entries must bear a title, the member’s Number (not name) and League and be put on the appropriate shelving in the Library before 7.30 pm on the entry date. Whilst every care will be taken with Members’ entries, the Society cannot be held responsible for loss or damage. All prints not reclaimed by the beginning of the following session will be destroyed. Digital files for the projected image competitions should be submitted by email to compsATedinburghphotographicsociety.co.uk (replace AT with @). No prints or projected images may be entered which have been shown previously in a Members’ Exhibition.
Note. A committee consisting of the President, relevant Competition Secretary and Judge for the evening may, at their discretion, refuse to display any entry.

Awards and Trophies:

At the end of the season awards will be given in each League to the members gaining the highest total of points. This total shall be defined as the aggregate of the member’s 5 best scores achieved during the season. In the event of a tie, the award will be decided on the basis of members’ best six scores, and so on.
For the winners, the following trophies are presented at the AGM of the Society.

The Competition Quaich League 1 Print Competition
The Clare Sproull Cup League 2 Print Competition
The Oliver Leach Trophy League 1 Projected Image Competition
The George Neilson Trophy League 2 Projected Image Competition

SECTIONS AND PROMOTION RULES

Members may enter their images in one of two Leagues – League 1 and League 2. This applies separately to print and projected image competitions, and to the Members’ Exhibition. The following are guidelines for selecting the appropriate League in which to enter images.

League 1

Members who hold any level of distinction from any recognised awarding body,such as the RPS, PAGB, FIAP or BPE must enter this section.

League 2

Members who do not hold any such distinctions may enter League 2.

Members unsure of which League to enter should consult a member of the Advisory Panel (see “Other useful contacts” near the start of the syllabus) as to the League most appropriate to their abilities. The Advisory Panel may suggest that a member should enter images into League 1, based on an appraisal of the member’s work, in spite of the member holding no photographic distinction. In addition any member may submit work to the Panel at any time for assessment with a view to promotion to a higher section. The Panel will also consider entries in the Members’ Exhibition and promote any member whose work warrants it.

Methods of Promotion:

Normally, promotion from League 2 to League 1 is decided on the basis of performance in the Monthly Competitions. Members whose five highest marks total or exceed 90 will be promoted to League 1. These totals are determined separately for Prints and Projected Images.

SUBMISSION DETAILS

PRINTS

Mounting: All prints must be mounted on board, either flush-mounted or window-mounted. No adhesive or Velcro-type patches should be attached as these may damage other Members’ prints.
Print Size: No print including mount may exceed 50 cm x 40 cm.
Projection: For each print submitted, Members must also submit a digital file at normal projection resolution (see below) by email to epsprintsATedinburghphotographicsociety.co.uk (replace AT with @). These files will only be used to assist Members view what the Judge is describing on competition evenings. They are NOT given to the Judge. For those Members producing prints by non-digital processes, please contact the Print Competition Secretary well in advance of submission to enable their prints to be scanned into digital format.
Processing: In both Leagues processing by the trade, or by a person other than the member submitting the work is acceptable, but this must be clearly noted on the back of any such print.

All prints must be placed on the appropriate shelf in the Library on or before the competition hand in date. Members are urged to take appropriate care of their own and other Members’ prints when doing so. Any prints which are not collected by Members on competition nights, or are retained for display, will be replaced on the shelves in the Library and Members are urged to collect these as soon as possible to avoid an unsightly build-up. The Society reserves the right to dispose of prints which have not been collected within two months.

In order to allow the membership to view closely prints submitted for the monthly competitions, as many as possible will be displayed at the end of the competition evenings on the display boards at the front of the meeting room. In addition, a selection of up to eight high-scoring prints may be retained after judging for display in the lobby of EPS premises. They will be displayed there until the following print competition. Selection will normally be based on images scoring 18 or more. Members who do not wish their prints to be so displayed should inform the Print Competition Secretary.

DIGITAL IMAGES

MUST be .jpg (JPEG), and should be 1920 pixels (maximum) horizontally x 1200 pixels(maximum) vertically. It is recommended that you use the sRGB profile. Please do not submit images larger than this. Images should be submitted by email to compsATedinburghphotographicsociety.co.uk (replace AT with @). File names should follow the following convention: XX_nnnn_Image name.jpg where XX=L1 orL2 (League 1 or League 2) and nnnn is your four digit membership number. Your image name may contain spaces and should be capitalised as appropriate. Please note that underscores are used to separate the components of the file name and should not be used within your image name.
It is a condition of entry into both competitions that, unless otherwise stated in writing, prints and projected images entered for monthly competitions, or the Members’ Exhibition, may be used for any Inter-club or national competition in which the Society takes part.