Amended Competition Rules For 2021 Season Only

ANNUAL COMPETITION PRINTS – Amended Rules For 2021 Season Only Due To The Impact Of Covid19.

Members may enter a maximum of 10 prints. There is limit of 5 entries for any individual category.                                                    Entrants may be asked to place their entries in order of preference.     There is a charge of 50p per print and only paid up members can enter. Mount size is 400mm 500mm. The print and or mount may not be titled on the front. The details on the back should include: – GPS, image title, competition name, year and category.  It should also include colour (C) or monochrome (M) and N for novice if appropriate.                                                                                         There should be nothing on the rear of the print or mount to identify the author. Prints may be home or trade processed – the author must have done all and any processing of the print. An entry form will be available for listing your entries and should be either handed in with your entry or emailed to Prints MUST NOT have been entered in any previous Annual Competition, in part or whole, in any format. Note: “Novice Status” any novice that is awarded the Novice Cup once, will no longer be considered a novice. regardless of the circumstances. It cannot be awarded to anyone more than once.                                                     This rule also applies to other internal competitions, including PDIs. Categories for Annual Competition are: Portrait (Human Only) – To include natural, studio or flash lighting, also candid environmental photographs.

Pictorial – In this category, the image should tell a story. The details forming the picture must be a pleasing pattern, assisted by the way the light is used and applied. Where colour is used, harmonies and patterns are important aspects. Remember the importance of lighting, atmosphere and mood.

Landscape/Seascape – The title more or less speaks for its’ self- a view over land or sea. You should try to get something in the foreground to help give depth and scale to the view. Remember that “chocolate box” pictures might be more appropriate to Pictorial.

Still Life Photography – Is a genre of photography used for the depiction of inanimate subject matter, typically a small group of objects. It is the application of photography to the still life artistic style. An example is food photography.  The print should not be manipulated as this category is to demonstrate skill in setting up and taking of the images, rather than post processing/editing skills.

Photo-Journalism – Record of an event or occasion, anything which could be featured in a newspaper or magazine and which tells a story. Images should be presented as seen, without altering the truth of the original scene. Theatre photography, re-enactments, street photography and sporting events fall into this category.

Creative/Derivative – A newly added category to take into account the creative side of our membership. Images can be substantially different from the original file or negative. If the author so wishes, the creative element can take place in camera i.e. multiple exposure, long exposure showing movement, intentional camera movement, etc. Remember that you cannot use any part of any image that has previously been entered in this competition in any format.   All elements of the image must be the photographers’ own work ~ no element of the image can be imported from sources which are not the photographers’ original work. Text cannot be added to the image from such sources as word processors, but text can be imported from photographs to which the author owns the copyright.

Any Other Subject – Anything which really doesn’t fit in any of the other categories -or in some cases could equally fit in two or three without being specific to any specific one. This category must not be used for images clearly meeting the specifications of any other category.  Domestic animal portraits and cultivated plants might fit into this category. As such, this category should not contain any creative, nature, photojournalism, portrait, land/seascape images.   Record entries may be entered in this category ~ Architectural detail, artefacts, plaques, coins, interiors or exteriors of buildings, machine details.  Non human portraits can be entered in this category if they are not Natural History.

Nature – For the purposes of the Annual Print competition and the Internal Natural History competition of 2021 only, we have relaxed the rules due to the restrictions caused by covid19.  Natural History for this year only, will revert to our previous rule, which stated “Wild things in their habitat”. The natural world – wild animals, wild plants, wild fish, wild birds, wild insects, weather, geological formations can also be entered.  Images should not be edited other than to remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches. Stitched images are not permitted. All colours and any allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome. PLEASE NOTE –  Cropping is permitted, cloning is not permitted. Domestic pets, farm, zoo, park animals are not eligible, nor are cultivated varieties of plants.                                                                                     You could have a rock formation in situe, but not a specimen in a museum (or your garden, local park etc)                                                             Please do not add Latin names.                                                                   The title should state what the subject is and should not be pictorial.

Jo Humberstone

I've always had an interest in photography, starting too many years ago than I care to remember. I have a variety of cameras in working order ~ pinhole, medium format, 35mm and digital. With working full time, there never seems to be enough free time to properly indulge in using them. 10 years or so ago, I took my first (and only!) "A" level ~ in photography. I was the only one on the course to only do darkroom work throughout. My own preferences lie with film and alternative processes ~ Digital is fine for most things, but for me it hasn't got as much "soul"! I enjoy sloshing around with various chemicals and I enjoy the unpredictability of some of the results. Having said that, I am happy to rise to the challenge of digital work and manipulating images for competitions and suchlike when time permits.

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