There are six special categories.
This is a digital competition category for a sequence of digital images or video to be projected along with a sound track. There are three special rules:
- only one entry per member is permitted and it must be no more than five minutes long;
- an entry must be a self-running file and must not require any software on the Club’s or judge’s equipment to open;
- the author’s name should not be a visible part of the sequence or credits.
Acknowledgement of appropriate co-operation and music sources should still be made.
The rules of entry are as simple as possible to encourage you to enter. With the use of digital cameras and the available software, it is possible with a little imagination to put a sequence together.
This is a print competition category that requires one entry comprising a minimum of four to a maximum of six prints. Each print must comprise a single image. The prints in an entry should be on a theme of your choice. They might tell a story or describe an event or location.
The prints should be mounted on individual boards to be displayed as a panel. Usual print mount size rules apply. Please indicate on the back of each print the display position in the panel.
This digital competition encourages you to demonstrate your all-round photographic ability by presenting three separate images which must be different in subject and/or technique. An entry will be judged as a set with one assessment only for the set of three images. The set is not intended to be judged as a subject panel but purely as evidence of the breadth of your skill. There is no need to follow a particular theme, tell a story or describe an event or location: you can if you wish, but no additional credit will be given.
Three of a Kind
You are allowed one entry, comprising a set of three separately mounted prints. We are looking for three different takes on the same subject. Normally, there is a less formal, more relaxed approach to this competition. Entrants will be encouraged to talk about their images and the images will be judged on the night by club members themselves. In 2021, however, the competition will be digital, we shall have an external judge via Zoom and members will not be asked to speak about their images.
This is a print competition category that requires a set of three images arranged to form a single cohesive work, on one mounting board. Triptychs can be used for photographic storytelling. They can be from the same original image or session or they can be polar opposites to show opposition or contrasting ideas. You can submit up to two triptychs.
This is a digital competition category that requires a set of multiple images arranged to form a single cohesive work (in one frame). It can be: a triptych, four images (a tetraptych) or even more individual images arranged together (polyptych). They may tell a story, or may be macro images, patterns or any other images of your choice linked, for example, by subject, colour or style. They should be arranged to form a pleasing and coherent whole. You can submit up to two multi-image spreads.
Mobile Phone photography
Mobile phone/tablet images are entered to the same criteria as for general projected images re. size, etc. but must have the EXIF/metadata still embedded in the file for proof of origin. Images can be edited on a computer before submission regarding resizing, etc. but take note of the exif/metadata information requirements if your editing software removes it as part of creating jpg images. The subject matter is Open. Therefore computer manipulated images are permitted providing that the work be based on PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES which must have been taken by the author. All manipulation of the image shall be carried out by the author, or under his or her immediate control.