Competitions

Entries are made using PhotoEntry (see below). Please ensure that entries are submitted on time and in the correct format. If you have problems, please contact the competitions secretary: [email protected] well before the competition deadline.

Introduction:

The competition subjects this season are designed to be very open in subject, but quite specific in photographic approach, hoping to hone some of the classic photographic techniques. Each one has a descriptive brief, the ambition being to give both competitor and judge clear guidelines of what is being asked for.

28 Sep 2021 The Power of Lines – Make lines the feature of the photo

The idea is that a viewer will see the photo and realise immediately the photo is largely about lines. Perhaps minimalistic, perhaps busy or somewhere in between. If an abstract in feel, the abstract quality must be seen by the camera, not solely created by editing software. (Landscape, seascape, cityscape, still life, portrait, macro, close-up, street, architecture, fashion, travel, animals, wildlife, sports… the choice is yours.) Judge: Peter Greenway [2xPDIs, 2x Prints]

26 Oct 2021 Go High or Low – Must be an obvious high key or low key picture

Think of so many of the photos of the masters, so often making a play on the light. You can produce black-and-white or colour images. For your high key photos, do not worry too much about white areas, (that we usually steer clear of and are usually frowned on), because the whole picture is going to be light. (Landscape, seascape, cityscape, still life, portrait, macro, close-up, street, architecture, fashion, travel, animals, wildlife, sports… the choice is yours.) Judge: Amanda Wright [2xPDIs, 2x Prints]

2 Nov 2021 Celebrate Bokeh – Photos with very obvious bokeh

Perhaps you spot some lovely speckled light, or lights in the background at night, perhaps a close-up of flowers, the subject of the photos is entirely open, but let’s have some lovely bokeh. Judge: Paul Burwood [2xPDIs, 2x Prints]

14 Dec 2021 Chair’s Challenge – 3 photos of same subject and same viewpoint but different light

I am looking for three photos that have the same subject and are taken from the same viewpoint (or very closely the same viewpoint), but that are clearly lit very differently. I would suggest one to be backlit and one to be more-or-less lit from the side, but as long as you show me three different ways of lighting, I’ll be happy. (Landscape, seascape, cityscape, still life, portrait, macro, close-up, street, architecture, fashion, travel, animals, wildlife, sports… the choice is yours.) Judge: Jon Perry [3x PDIs]

4 Jan 2022 Up or Down – Photos taken looking straight up or straight down

At the moment you press the shutter, the camera should be pointing straight up or straight down, or at least very nearly straight up or down. The world is very often a very different place when seen at these angles. (Landscape, seascape, cityscape, still life, portrait, macro, close-up, street, architecture, fashion, travel, animals, wildlife, sports… the choice is yours.) Judge: Jim Nemer [2xPDIs, 2x Prints]

1 Feb 2022 Portfolio – Diptych

PDIs

Up to two entries, each entry being one diptych.

Each diptych to be made of one jpeg sRGB file made up of two photos. These two photos being your diptych.

The subject is ‘Open’.

We have dropped the idea of a Yin-Yang (one light on dark the other dark on light) type of image, although you are still free to do this if you like the idea.

PRINTS

Up to two entries. Each entry being one diptych.

You can choose to show each diptych of two photos by cutting two windows in one mount board, or you may prefer just to show your two prints side-by-side each in their own mount.

The subject is ‘Open’.

We have dropped the idea of a Yin-Yang type of image (one light on dark the other dark on light), although you are still free to do this if you like the idea.
Judge: Catherine Humphries

1 Mar 2022 Motion Blur – Longish Exposure – No ICM unless panning

Longish exposure relative to your subject. (If you are taking a 100mph car, a 1/10th of a second will be sufficient for some motion blur. If you are taking a snail you’ll probably need at least one second!)

You should record movement blur. Either the subject(s) or the background should have some blur, but not both, so you’ll either need to have the camera mounted stationary or you will need to pan on your subject. Hence, there should be no ICM (intentional camera movement) because this would cause the whole picture to be blurred. (Landscape, seascape, cityscape, still life, portrait, macro, close-up, street, architecture, fashion, travel, animals, wildlife, sports… the choice is yours.) Judge: Peter Cox [2xPDIs, 2x Prints

15 Mar 2022 3 Cups

Three Annual competitions for Prints only: Teuchter Cup for best Colour Print. Jubilee Trophy for best Mono Print. Anne Walker award for best Macro Print. One print in each cup competition. Judge: Michael Lurie

12 Apr 2022 Campbell Cup for The Natural World

Annual Competition: Enter up to two prints and two PDIs

Judge: RojerWeightman

26 Apr 2022 Byte Trophy Annual PDI Competition

Annual Competition: Enter your best three PDIs from this season

Judge: Kathy Chantler

10 May 2022 Joe Green Trophy Annual Print Competition

Annual Competition: Enter your best three Prints from this season

Judge: Alan Copeland

  • You must enter your images using PhotoEntry, which is a web-based tool for managing your competition entries.
  • You will need to log in using your User ID and password.
  • If you forgot your password there is a link to reset it on the left side of the log in screen. If you don’t get the reset email, check your spam/junk folder.
  • From the Main Menu select the Competition Group. This will be e.g. the competitions for a particular season.
  • Select the Competition. You can only submit/change/delete entries when the Competition is open to accept entries.
  • Check the number of entries that you are allowed for this competition. It is shown as “Entries Allowed” on the entry screen. The number of entries varies by competition.
  • Export your images as JPGs. Pay particular attention to the image dimensions, and the colour space. It doesn’t matter what the filenames are. You cannot upload a JPG that is larger than 10MB.
  • Click on Add Entry.
  • Supply a Title and select the publishing options and click Save.
    • The title may be up to 50 characters long
    • The title can only include alphanumerics and the characters ,.!’-%()$£
  • Upload the correct number of images. This will normally be one per entry, but could be higher (e.g. for a portfolio competition).
  • Once the messages for the Entry are green, your entry is accepted. You may still have a warning about image dimensions (see below).
  • Add further entries if you want to and have not already reached the limit. The “Add Entry” button will only be visible when the Competition is Open and you are allowed more entries.
  • Digital images must be uploaded using PhotoEntry before the competition deadline.
  • They must be in JPG format with a .JPG file name extension.
  • For proper colour reproduction they should be saved in sRGB colour format.
  • The size should  not exceed 1400px in the horizontal and 1050px in the vertical.
    • Larger images will be automatically resized by PhotoEntry but the quality may not be as good as if you resize and sharpen in your software.
    • Smaller images will not be enlarged. They will be projected at their original size.
  • Maximum filesize is 10M.
  • To enter a print, you must upload a PDI version of the print using PhotoEntry with the correct title.
  • You must bring the print along on the evening of the competition and collect it afterwards.
  • Prints must be appropriately mounted for display on a stiff material.
  • There must be no glass or plastic covering the image.
  • Maximum overall size (including mount) is 500mm x 400mm for Landscape orientation or 400mm x 500mm for Portrait orientation
  • Minimum overall size is 175 mm x 125 mm
  • The rear of the print must be marked with your name and the Title of the print.

When a competition is held, the judge is briefed by the competition secretary on what to expect and what is required. For example, an “Open” competition the brief sent to the judge will be:

Marlow Camera Club have recently changed how we’re doing competitions and are trying something new (to us) this season: we are removing the requirement to score every image and asking the judge to focus on the commentary rather than the scoring. (Hopefully this makes your job easier!)  We are asking for images to be placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Highly commended, and commended. The club hopes that this will encourage more creative entries and more work from beginners. 

What we’re asking is:

  • Please comment on each image in turn, as you see fit, but…
  • …Bear in mind images are from a mix of ability and experience, so please tailor commentary appropriately.
  • Please prioritise comments on originality/creative/artistic elements. 
  • We need 1st-2nd-3rd-Highly Commended and Commended for both PDIs and Prints.
  • Ideally one image each in 1/2/3 and a number of Highly Commended and Commended
  • Joint 1st/2nd/3rd is fine, if needed.

If there is a theme to the competition, the judge is given the same information as was given to the members as to the nature of the theme and what the intent is. See the above section “Competitions this season” for information on this.