Subject/Open Critique Evenings
Throughout the year we hold various non-scored critique evenings, where professional judges are invited to give feedback on members’ DPIs or prints. Although points for images are not awarded on these evenings, the judges are asked choose 1st, 2nd and 3rd position images in each category.
Participants can enter a maximum of four images images, with no more than two in each category. (The requirement is the same for both DPI and print evenings).
Summer Trophy 2020
In the case of the Summer Trophy images must have been taken during the summer recess, i.e. after the club closes (usually the last Tuesday in May) and before the first meeting of the new season in September. Members can enter a total of 4 images. All images, or parts of images used, must be taken during the prescribed period.
The subject for the Summer Trophy is always voted for by the club members and there are usually two awards (best print and best digital image). However given the unusual circumstances this year it has been decided to ask only for digital images, but to have two different subjects instead of two different formats. There will be a trophy award to the top image in each subject.
Here are the details:
- Two topics
- Topics are: ‘Abstract‘ and ‘Through the Window‘
- You may enter up to 4 images in total (i.e. any number between 0 and 4 from each category, as long as your total number of images is 4 or fewer)
- ‘Through the Window‘ images must have part of the window visible in the image, otherwise we might end up with images that are indistinct from normal (i.e. not through a window) images
- Images must have been taken after May 26th 2020
- There will be two trophies – one for each topic
- The images will be viewed as DPI only
- Closing date for entries is 1st September 2020
The judge will be announced as soon as he/she has been booked.
Scavenger Hunt 2020-21
The Scavenger Hunt will take place on 9th and 16th February 2021. Our judge for the event, Di Long.
Di does not normally do an overall theme for the Scavenger Hunt, but this year has not been a normal year. Because of Covid-19, Di is aware that a percentage of the members may still be shielding, so ALL the images can be taken within the confines of your home/garden/outdoor space.
Your titles for 2020/21 are:
- Something beginning with ‘C’
- The colour yellow
- The number ’19’
- An item you received during lockdown delivered by a courier/postman
- An item that was in short supply (i.e. paracetamol, pasta, flour, tinned items)
- Something 2 metres (approx.) long
- PPE and/or face covering
- Your compulsory subject: Toilet Roll(s) … (sorry, had to be done!)
For those of you who are new to the Scavenger Hunt, or for those who may have forgotten, the rules are as follows:
- You have been given a list of ten items, of which you need to select six from numbers 1 to 9. Number 10 is a compulsory image, making a total of seven images. Each image should include the prescribed item/concept within its composition.
- You will be judged on technical, compositional and creative elements of each image, where applicable. It is your choice as to whether you depict the item as a pictorial image of any genre, or as an image of a specific genre with the rulings that would apply to that particular genre being taken into consideration.
- All images to be submitted in the dpi format. Regardless of whether the image is landscape or portrait, the width should not exceed 1920 pixels and the height should not exceed 1080 pixels.
- You will be informed nearer the time how the file name needs to be typed for each image you submit.
- Each image shall be scored out of 20, and the winner shall be the person who achieves the highest overall score of all their seven images, out of the maximum possible score of 140.
- There will be a prize for the winner of a camera accessory gift.
- All images must be taken between now and 26th January, 2021.
- Hand-in Date is no later than 26th January, 2021, which is two weeks before the first competition date (9th February, 2021).
Di Long LRPS CPAGB
A panel consists of three print images. You may enter up to two panels. Chris Shore FRPS EFIAP MPAGB BPE5* and Helen Taylor ARPS DPAGB BPE3* provided the Club with an excellent talk on Panels back in 2016. Here are their top ten tips for creating a panel:
- A Panel isn’t just a set of pictures of a subject; they have to hold together with a unifying theme.
- A Panel can be made up of:
- different viewpoints of a single item (their example was different parts of a christening gown);
- one subject, different items (their example was door knockers);
- images that tell a story (their suggestion was a race);
- different images with a theme (their example was ‘love’, with a heart in every image);
- different images of one small locale (their example was stones by the breakwater)
- Having one good print doesn’t make a good Panel. In fact, one excellent print will show up the rest as mediocre. An evenness of standard is preferable.
- Images need to have the same colour feel or treatment. Whilst both colour and mono are obviously acceptable, mono can be easier to match up.
- Images should be similar or same in size.
- If there is an odd print – content, shape, or colour – it should go in the middle.
- The mounts need to be the same colour and size and the bottom of each image, at least, should line up.
- The Panel needs to have stops at each outside image, either with content or colour.
- Regarding direction, with three images, the outside images can look inwards, with the centre image either full on, or looking to the left. Obviously this may not work with a story, where images would all face the same way (normally right).
- If you have the opportunity to enter two Panels, choose one to please the judge and one for your own pleasure.
There are two portfolio competitions: print and DPI, each of which is to consist of four images, these may be images previously used in league competitions, Summer Trophy or any other competition except for previous portfolio competitions.
Each portfolio must be made up of four images taken from the following categories with no more than one image in each portfolio being from the same category.
The categories are:
- Street or Reportage
For an explanation of these categories please visit the Photographic Definitions page.
The images will be judged individually and as a set, with a maximum of 20 points being allocated to each image and 20 points being allocated to the set giving a total possible score for the portfolio of 100 points.
The set will be judged to assess the photographer’s versatility, it will not be judged as a visually cohesive panel.
However, the way in which the set is presented is in the photographer’s control:
- for the prints this could be just the consistency of the mount boards, cutting and the use of borders or could include dictating the order in which the images should be shown as a set (they will be displayed in a single row, side by side), in which case number them from 1 to 4, with number 1 being on the left.
- for the DPIs, again this could just be the use of borders or pin lines or could include setting up a fifth image which shows the full set. This should have a maximum size of 1920×1080 pixels and the background colour can be selected to best present the images, which can be arranged in any way within the frame. If a combined image isn’t provided then one will be set up by the Competition Secretary, which will be on a black background with the four images set out in two rows of two.
The image name should include the category in parentheses, e.g. (PICTORIAL) THE DECISIVE MOMENT by Henri Cartier-Bresson
The Chairman’s Trophy is awarded by the current Chairman to a member who in their opinion has contributed most the benefits of the club in whatever capacity they feel appropriate.