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2018-19 Competition Notes.

 

These notes are for guidance and cover most of the key points associated with entering competitions. A full list of rules can be found on the website at competition/rules

  1. Club Sections
  2. Internal Competitions – Monthly
  3. Internal Competition – Per club season
  4. External Competitions
  5. Competition Submission Guidelines
  6. Club Website.
  7. Submitting an image.
  8. Simple image capture checklist.

Club Sections

The club members are split into 2 sections A and B. Section A covers the more advanced photographers and Section B covers the less experienced photographers or beginners. Allocation to each section is carried out by the Internal Competition Secretary based generally on submitted work and results.

 

Internal competitions – Monthly

Monthly Competitions 1-5

No.1 Date 11/10/18, hand in 20/9/18 (includes PDI KO, see Stanley Bloch Memorial Trophy below)

No.2 Date 8/11/18, hand in 18/10/18.

No.3 Date 6/12/18, hand in 15/11/18.

No.4 Date 14/02/19, hand in 24/01/19.

No.5 Date 07/03/19, hand in 14/02/19.

These monthly competitions cover the following Trophies,

Jim Stewart Trophy, Section “A” Monthly Mono Print.

 Monochrome prints for those in Section “A”. The best score per month goes towards the author’s total with best 4 from 5 competition scores counting.

Camera Shop Trophy. Section “B” Monthly Mono Print.

Monochrome prints for those in Section “B”. The best score per month goes towards the author’s total with best 4 from 5 competition scores counting.

Presidents Trophy. Section “A” Monthly Colour Print.

Colour prints for those in Section “A”. The best score per month goes towards the author’s total with best 4 from 5 competition scores counting.

Monthly Colour Print Section “B” Trophy.

Colour prints for those in Section “B”. The best score per month goes towards the author’s total with best 4 from 5 competition scores counting.

 A.G. McKenzie Trophy. Section “A” Monthly Projected Digital Image.

PDI (Projected Digital Image) for those in Section “A”. The best score per month goes towards the author’s total with best 4 from 5 competition scores counting.

 Elena Mae Shield. Section “B” Monthly Projected Digital Image.

Projected Digital Image for those in Section “B” . The best score per month goes towards the author’s total with best 4 from 5 competition scores counting.

George Riddell Memorial Trophy. Excellence in Monochrome Print.

Open to those in Section “A” only. All 5 monthly scores count.

Excellence in Colour Print Trophy. Excellence in Colour Print.

Open to those in Section “A” only. All 5 monthly scores count

Jim Stewart Trophy. Excellence in Projected Digital Image.

Open to those in Section “A” only. All 5 monthly scores count.

 

Internal Competitions – Per club season.

The following are stand-alone competitions for the following trophies.

Donald Polson Trophy. Best in Wildlife.

Date 17/01/19, hand in 29/11/18.

 A single stand alone competition open to all members to submit up to three of their best wildlife images in PDI format

Don McDougall Trophy. Audio Visual/Digital Image Sequence.

Date 31/01/19, hand in 10/01/19.

AV competition open to all members to submit up to three sequences for the winner to be selected by a judge. Don McDougall Memorial Competition rules apply.

Wm. Forman Trophy. Monochrome Print of the Year.

Date 04/04/19, hand in 14/03/19.

A single ‘stand alone’ competition, open to all members, towards the end of the season where members submit up to three images and the winner selected by a judge.

Eric Bryson Trophy. Colour Print of the Year.

Date 04/04/19, hand in 14/03/19.

A single ‘stand alone’ competition, open to all members, towards the end of the season where members submit up to three images and the winner selected by a judge.

Stanley Bloch Trophy. Projected Digital Image of the Year.

Date 04/04/19, hand in 14/03/19.

A single ‘stand alone’ competition, open to all members, towards the end of the season where members submit up to three images and the winner selected by a judge.

Stanley Bloch Memorial Trophy. PDI Knock-out.

Date 11/10/18, hand in 20/9/18

Members submit up to four images at the start of the season and through a ‘knock-out’ process over the season a winner determined. PDI Knock-Out rules apply.

Alex Drennan Trophy. Best Beginner – Mono, Colour & PDI.

Awarded to the member in Section “B” who has shown most progress throughout the range of competition categories they entered. 

External Competitions

The Williamson Trophy. Inter-club Competition for mono and colour.

Date ?, hand in ?

Two competitions collectively known as “The Williamson” Print only competition between Falkirk, Stirling and Kirkintilloch.

For two categories, colour and monochrome, each with it’s own trophy. Each club submits six mono and eight colour prints; maximum of two images in monochrome and two in colour categories by any one author.

The Five Way Competition.

Date 20/11/18, hand in 25/10/18

Inter-club Competition SPF Central North Area Competition, generally known as “The 5-Way” competition”.  Annual Print and PDI Comp hosted on a rotational basis between Falkirk, Stirling, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Kirkintilloch, Airdrie and Coatbridge .

Stanley Bloch Cup. generally known as “The Stirling Battle”

Date 14/11/18, hand in 18/10/18

Inter-club Competition Stanley Bloch Cup, generally known as “The Stirling Battle” Annual PDI competition hosted alternately by FCC and Stirling & District CC.

 

Competition Submission Guidelines

Prints.

All prints must be submitted in mounts that are a maximum of 40cm x 50cm with a competed competition sticker (available from the competition secretary) on the back. The Competition Secretary may have to reduce the number of submissions to oversubscribed competitions and this is done by removing the lower rated images. Please ensure that the reverse side of the mount clean, smooth and is not sticky. This is to ensure that your print does not damage any other entries when boxed for transit.  Prints should be deposited in to the collection boxes at the club on or by the specified hand-in date.

Summary.

  1. Maximum mount size 40cm x 50cm
  2. Competed competition label on the back of the mount
  3. Print ranking preference clearly marked on the label
  4. Clean and clear mount reverse.
  5. Hand in prints on the date specified.

Digital images (PDI’s)

All digital images for projection must be saved as JPEG’s sized to within a maximum of 1600 pixels in width by a maximum of 1200 pixels in height and in sRGB mode. A portrait image will have a maximum height of 1200px and a width less than 1200px, a landscape image will have a maximum width of 1600 and a height 1200px or less and a square image will be a maximum of 1200px x 1200px. Details on how to resize images can be found at Tips, Image resizing II (I).

File naming convention

All digital image file must be named in the following way,

  1. Firstly your images should be numbered 1, 2, & 3 to reflect your ranking.
  2. Then followed by your 2-digit Falkirk Camera Club membership number (for numbers less than 10 please add a leading zero).
  3. Then followed by a single character, A or B, indicating your grade.
  4. Then followed by the title (up to 26 Characters).

All of the above to be separated by an underscore _ (not minus).

As an example. The filename for your second entry, as club member 6 at grade B, entitled ‘Misty Loch Ard‘ would be 2_06_B_Misty Loch Ard.jpeg.

PDI’s should be deposited in to the collection boxes at the club (memory stick or CD) on or by the specified hand-in date. You can also email the file to the competition Secretary via the club website. (competition/submit PDI entries).

 

Club Website.

Placed images will generally be shown on the club website Competition/Images page unless the author requests otherwise.

A full list of all the club rules can be found at competitions/rules.

 

Submitting an image.

If you would like to submit an image to one of the competition don’t wait to get the perfect image go with what you like. All judges are different and like different types of image, however in my experience all judges like to see the “Basics” done properly. I’ve outline below most of the these based on my experience of competitions,

Basics.

Check out the Tips page if you’re unsure of any of the terms below or if you want to know more about a particular topic.

Focus. Try to ensure that all the bits of your image that should be in focus are in focus and that you have appropriate Depth of Field e.g. Subject in focus and background out of focus or the image in focus from foreground to background.

Exposure. Try to ensure you have the correct exposure without the light areas being burnt out (pure white areas with no detail) or the dark areas blocked up (pure black areas with no detail).

Horizons/Verticals. Make sure horizons are level and generally not in the centre of the image. If possible try to make the vertical lines straight and vertical also.

Clutter/Distractions. Try to avoid clutter and distractions leaving a clear focal point or points. It also helps to have a lead in to your image.

Composition. Think about the composition, don’t just point and shot. The rules of composition help but remember they are only guidelines.

Printing. When printing don’t make your image too dark, if your printing black and white make sure you have a range of tones (black through to white) and avoid presenting a grey image and also avoid colour casts when printing B & W.

 

Simple image capture checklist. Outlined below is a simple checklist I use before I take an image based on the phrase FIX IT.

F,  for Focus and Framing your image. Frame up the image you want to take then focus.  If you use back button focusing its easy to forget to focus.

I,   for ISO to make sure you have an appropriate ISO setting.

X,  for eXposure. I use manual exposure most of the time so the aperture and shutter speed needs to be set. If you’re on auto then you may only have to set one of these values.

I,  is for Image Stabilisation. Do you want it off or on? Hand held will normally be on but if using a tripod then IS should be off.

T, is for Tripod. If using a tripod then make sure that it’s settled into the ground, don’t just put it up and take you image, settle it into the ground first especially if it’s soft or thick grass. Make sure all the bits that need to be tight, ball heads, legs etc. are tight.

Lastly for most amateurs, photography is meant to be fun so enjoy taking images and if you don’t get it first time you can always try again, it’s all part of learning. The perfect image doesn’t exist so don’t wait until you get perfection or you’ll never submit and image.