There are a number of competitions held within the club during the winter season. These may vary slightly from year to year, but generally follow a similar form. Most competitions are judged by someone external to the Club.
In each competition members are encouraged to enter up to 2 prints and 2 digitally projected images (DPIs). The rules for how these should be presented are explained below.
Open Competitions Entries for open competitions may be of any subject.
Set Subject Competitions: In the case of set subject competitions the subject will be announced well in advance.
The Dennis Glyde Memorial Competition is held each year and is an open competition for DPIs only.
Buy a Theme: Members may buy as many themes as they wish at £1 each. Only one image per theme is permitted in the competition. This is for DPIs only. The number of entries varies from other competitions up to the number of themes purchased. The winner will receive £10.
Three on a Theme: This competition is for three 6” x 4” prints on a single theme mounted together on a 40 x 50 cm card.
Print & DPI of the Year: In the Print and DPI of the Year competition 2 entries per section are allowed, chosen from the current year’s previous competition entries.
Audio Visual (AV) Competition: Up to two sequences may be entered each of which should not exceed 12 minutes.
Awards: At the AGM award cards and trophies will be awarded to members according to placing and points gained during that season. Judges will be asked to award first, second and third places in each section together with highly commended and commended awards. Members gain 1 point for every entry plus 5 points for first place, 4 points for second place, 3 points for third place, 2 points for highly commended and 1 point for commended. All awards, cups and shields are held for one year.
From time to time the Club enters external competitions and will invite members to submit photographs for selection for these. The regulations for each external competition will be announced at the time of the competition.
How to Enter
Work of any age is allowed provided it has not previously been entered in Braunton Camera Club competitions, although members are encouraged to enter recent work. The competition secretary has the right to withdraw any previously entered photographs after informing the member concerned.
Entries in each section must be significantly dissimilar from others in the same competition, or those entered in previous competitions. Members may enter prints and/or DPIs
Members may enter up to 2 prints in each competition that may be colour, monochrome or a mixture of both (see definitions below). All prints must be securely mounted on card that is exactly 40cm x 50cm. Window mounting can help prevent damage to other members’ work. On the rear of the mount should appear the entrant’s membership number (not name) and a title, but no print number. A digital copy of the entries should also be provided as described below.
Members may enter up to 2 DPIs in each competition which may be colour, monochrome or a mixture of both (see definitions below). These digital files should be correctly resized and submitted on a flash drive or CD, as described below.
Entries should be handed to the Competition Secretary on or before the closing date for each competition as shown in the programme. No late entries will be accepted. No photographs may be entered for more than one competition with the exception of the Print and DPI of the Year competition in which 2 entries per section are allowed, chosen from the current year’s previous competition entries.
Please note: Failure to observe these rules will result in entries not being accepted.
Preparing Digital Files for submission on a flash drive or CD.
The following mode of preparation is necessary for the scoring and recording software used by the Club.
Create a folder on the flash drive or CD named exactly as follows –
Firstname Secondname Member x Competition-name
(EG Joe Bloggs Member 21 open 1)
Within this folder create two subfolders named –
Firstname Secondname Prints and Firstname Secondname DPI
(EG Joe Bloggs Prints and Joe Bloggs DPI)
Print Entry Digital Files: The digital files that accompany print entries should be left at their original size and resolution, saved as JPEG , named 01 Title and 02 Title ( EG 01 Boy in Blue and 02 Landscape) and placed in the Firstname Secondname Prints folder.
DPI Files: DPI digital files should be RESIZED (Link to demo video) to 1400 pixels wide by 1050 pixels high and saved as JPEG. Portrait images should not exceed 1050 pixels in height. The resized files should be named in the same way as described for print files and saved in the Firstname Secondname DPI folder.
Please note: Failure to resize files correctly will result is entries being rejected.
Audio Visual Files: The AV should be prepared in appropriate software but file sizes should be constrained to 1024 pixels by 768 pixels at 72dpi.
COLOUR is defined as an image that is all colour or is a black and white image that has been modified with one or more colours added or by partial toning.
MONOCHROME is defined as an image that is black and white or a single tone (EG Sepia).