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.
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.
Note. A committee consisting of the President, relevant Competition Secretary and Judge for the evening may, at their discretion, refuse to display any entry.
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.
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.
Members who hold any level of distinction from any recognised awarding body, such as the RPS, PAGB, FIAP or BPE must enter this section.
Members who do not hold any such distinctions may enter League 2.
Members unsure of which League to enter should consult with the Phoenix Group Secretary (see syllabus) as to the League most appropriate to their abilities. The Phoenix Secretary will arrange for an appraisal of the member’s work and may suggest that a member should enter images into League 1, in spite of the member holding no photographic distinction. In addition any member may submit work 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 87 will be promoted to League 1. These totals are determined separately for Prints and Projected Images.
Mounting and labelling: All prints must be mounted on board, either flush-mounted or window-mounted. (Window mounted is preferred to reduce the chance of surface damage in transit). No adhesive or Velcro-type patches should be attached as these may damage other Members’ prints. Print entries must have the following information marked on the rear the same way up as the print is to be viewed – a title, the member’s Number (not name) and League.
Print Size: No print including mount may exceed 50 cm x 40 cm. Prints should be put on the appropriate shelving in the Library before 7.30 pm on the entry date. Members are urged to take appropriate care of their own and other Members’ prints when doing so. Whilst every care will be taken with Members’ entries, the Society cannot be held responsible for loss or damage. 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 build-up and possible damage. The Society reserves the right to dispose of prints which have not been collected within two months.
Projection: For each print submitted, Members must also submit a digital file at normal projection resolution (see below for digital images) by email to epsprintsATedinburghphotographicsociety.co.uk (replace AT with @). We photograph and display prints live on the evening of the Judges feedback to assist Members to view what the Judge is describing on competition evenings. The submitted file is used for review and possible selection by the Society for use in external competitions or exhibitions in which the Society takes part. They are NOT given to the Judge. For those Members producing prints by non-digital processes, it would be appreciated if a digital copy could also be provided.
Processing: In both Leagues processing by the trade, or by a person other than the member submitting the work is acceptable.
To allow the membership to view prints submitted for the monthly competitions close-up, 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 high-scoring prints may be retained after judging for display in 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.
MUST be .jpg (JPEG), and should be 1600 pixels (maximum) horizontally x 1200 pixels(maximum) vertically. You should not exceed 1600 horizontal pixels or 1200 vertical pixels regardless of your image’s aspect ratio. It is recommended that you use the sRGB colour profile.
File names should follow the following convention: XX_nnnn_Image Title.jpg where XX=L1 orL2 (League 1 or League 2) and nnnn is your 4 digit membership number (prefix with zeros if you have a 2 or 3 digit one). Your title should be exactly as you want it to appear in the results list with appropriate capitalization and spaces. Please note that underscores are used to separate the components of the file name and should not be used within your image title.
Images should be submitted by Dropbox and the link will be e-mailed to members before each competition. The maximum number of entries per member in each PDI competition is two.
As a follow up to each PDI judging evening there will be an interactive workshop to review and discuss learning points from the judge’s comments. During these workshops competitors who are happy to do so can have their images put up on screen in Lightroom / Photoshop to implement & discuss the judges suggestions for improvement. These are informal evenings constructive & informative evenings and are advertised in the syllabus.