E-mail addresses of Competition Secretaries are :-
Internal Competition Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
External Competition Secretary - email@example.com
WORKINGTON & DISTRICT CAMERA CLUB
Competition Rules 2021/2022
01 AUTHENTICITY OF WORK
All the elements in the entered image must have been produced by the author.
Specifically the author must have:-
a. Taken the photograph/s used in the image
b. Been the author of any post production manipulation in the darkroom or computer based equivalent.
Copyright for all images is acknowledged as remaining with the author unless otherwise assigned by the author.
Where the image is a portrait, (and in particular where the subject is a minor) it is the author’s responsibility to indemnify Workington & District Camera Club (WADCC) by obtaining signed waivers and permissions where necessary.
04 USE OF IMAGES
Entry into competition implicitly authorises WADCC to use the specific image:-
a. To represent the WADCC in external competition (including subsequent catalogues, Selections etc. when successful), unless specifically stated by the member on joining WADCC.
b. To illustrate the WADCC Competition results / Members work on the Internet.
c. In displays and literature to promote WADCC and canvas for new members.
05 ENTRY TO COMPETITIONS
Only paid up and honorary members of WADCC can enter WADCC competitions.
To facilitate this each member will be given a Competition Number when they pay their subscription.
06 IMAGE OF THE YEAR
The images awarded First, Second and Third place in OPEN and Themed competitions will earn entry into the final competition to decide the individual Print and Digital Projected Image of the year. (Members who have not achieved a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in any competition will be allowed to chose one image from their Digital Projected Image entries and one image from their Print entries to enter in the Image of the Year competition. These must have been entered in a WADCC competition during the season and be unaltered in any way from that entry.)
07 OPEN COMPETITIONS
The Open events are the mainstay of the WADCC competition calendar. Judged by impartial judges, typically members of other clubs. (Note: All judges to be proposed by the appropriate Competition Secretary for approval at a Committee meeting before they are invited to judge).
07.1 There will be three OPEN competitions each season. The competitions will consist of a print category and a Digital Projected Image (DPI) category.
* For the 2021/22 season the print category is currently suspended. See Para 07.5
a. In addition there will be an open competition on a theme chosen by the holder of the President's Trophy from the previous year.
07.2 Independent Judges will assess the images entered and each image will be awarded a mark from the following scale:-.
1st place 6 points, 2nd place 5 points, 3rd place 4 points, Highly Commended 3 points, Commended 2 points, and for Entry 1 point.
07.3 The judge may award as many 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, Highly Commended and Commended as they feel appropriate.
07.4 There will be two sections in each competition; the Club section for less experienced members and the Open section for more experienced / qualified members. Members may only take part in one section in any one year. (Members may choose which section they wish to enter but the final decision as to their eligibility will be made by the Committee).
a. At the end of each year the member(s) with the highest overall points total, in either Club DPI or Club Print competitions may move up to the Open section. Any member with the highest overall total points in the Club section for two years will be automatically promoted to the Open section.
07.5 In each category of competition a member may submit up to two entries; viz; Two Prints and two DPIs. These will all count towards the marking system. In addition a further image may be entered in each category for judges comments only. (Prints for comment only do not need to be mounted as for competition and should not be identified in any way i.e. no title or competition number).
Due to Covid restrictions for the 2021/22 season the number of entries has been modified as follows
In each category of competition a member may submit up to FOUR DPI entries. These will all count towards the marking system. In addition a further image may be entered in each category for judges comments only. (Prints for comment only do not need to be mounted as for competition and should not be identified in any way i.e. no title or competition number).
07.6 All entries to Open competitions must be new work to WADCC competitions in either format. There are three exceptions:-
a. An image enhanced and altered by the author to the extent that it becomes new work may be entered once more in an Open competition.
b. Entry into Themed competitions does not count and entries to Themed competitions may also be entered once in an Open competition.
c. Images that have previously been submitted for judges comments only.
08 THEMED COMPETITIONS
There will be two themed competitions during the season: People (including Portraits) and "Scapes".
a. These competitions will be separate from the Open Competitions.
b. The format of the competitions will otherwise be the same as the Open competitions. (See Para 07.5). The winner will be the member who gains first place in the competition.
c. At the discretion of the Committee an extra award may be given to a WADCC member who has excelled in these competitions without winning.
d. The people and portraits themed competition held during the season will encompass all aspects of human life and its associations.
e. For the "Scapes" competition a "Scape" is defined as :-
An image portraying the environment in all its forms e.g. Landscape, Seascape, Cloudscape, Industrial landscape etc. Images should be of the broader environment, not of small areas of a particular subject such as a bird or person
f. For the "Scapes" competition no techniques that ad, relocate or replace pictorial elements are permitted. Processing of the captured image, by cropping, exposure adjustment, colour correction, noise minimisation, dodging / burning, stitching to produce a panorama, HDR, focus stacking and sharpening is allowed. Cloning of image defects and minor distractions, including overlapping elements, are permitted when these do not distort the truth of the photographic statement.
09 EXTERNAL COMPETITIONS
There are a number of external competitions that WADCC participates in either by entering a “Club entry” or where individual members can enter representing themselves and WADCC. Where practical, the External Competition Secretary will co-ordinate and collect the entries. It remains the individual members responsibility to prepare images in accordance with the rules of the particular competition.
The competitions currently are :-
a. Western Area Battle – Where a selection of prints and DPIs are judged in competition against all the clubs in the Northern Counties Photographic Federation’s “Western Area”. The event is hosted by each of the clubs in rotation.
b. Three Way Club Battle - Where a selection of Prints and DPIs are judged in competition with our neighbouring clubs Copeland and Morton. The event is hosted by each of the clubs in rotation.
c. NCPF Annual Competition - Club and individual entries.
d. PAGB Small clubs competition - Club entry only
and any other competitions at the discretion of the committee.
(see Club Programme and NCPF website for dates)
10 THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD
In addition to the “Competed for” awards, the Club President may make an award, solely at their discretion, to mark any achievement, contribution or commitment to WADCC.
11 RULES OF COMPETITION
It is the members’ responsibility to ensure that entries arrive in the possession of the appropriate Competition Secretary or their deputy in good time, and in compliance with all of the specific competition rules.
11.1 Print Format
The intention is to give the judges as little clue as possible as to who the author is. To this end we look to make the entry format as uniform as possible.
All prints must:
a. Contain a Title in the top left hand corner on the reverse side of the mount.
b. Be mounted on Card preferably backed but not using masking tape.
c. Maximum size of the mount to be 500mm x 400mm in line with NCPF regulations
d. The minimum size of the actual print must be not less than 200 mm along one side.
All prints that have been entered for a competition should be collected within a reasonable time after the competition.
11.2 Digital Projected Images (DPIs) Format
There is a separate “How to” guide for producing these images on the WADCC website.
To summarise the requirements the images:-
a. must be “Jpeg” format, in sRGB colour space and with a title not exceeding 30 characters (excluding competition number, but including spaces).
b. The maximum overall size is 1400 pixels (wide) by 1050 pixels (high) at any resolution but must be less than 2MB in size.
c. Named in the form Competition Number - TITLE IN CAPITALS.
e.g. 15 - CRUMMOCK WATER
Some DPI tips
a. Jpegs are a “Lossy” format which means that every time you do something to the file it loses some of its data. So consider
i. Work in another format before saving the final DPI as a jpeg
ii. Don’t use “Send as email attachment” or ZIP files – Both of them will degrade the data in your image
b. Save the image and in your email package use the attach (usually a paperclip) command to put the image in the email
11.3 Preferred method of entry
By midnight on the Thursday before the hand-in deadline. Send an email to the appropriate competition secretary, (see website for competition secretaries email addresses) attaching your DPI entries and digital copies of your print entries. The email should contain your competition number and the Titles of your DPI and print entries
To ensure that they do not go into the DPI competition, digital copies of Print entries must be titled in the following way:-
Competition number COPYPRINT Title
e.g. 15 COPYPRINT Derwentwater
On the following Friday night, hand-in the prints to the Competition Secretary.
Note: If you don’t have email access, bring your DPIs on CD/memory stick to the club on the Friday hand-in night.
12 LATE ENTRIES
Late entries are not accepted. In the case of an emergency, contact the Competition Secretary for guidance.
13 DISCLAIMER AND EXCEPTIONS
13.1 WADCC and/or its officers cannot accept responsibility for loss of or damage to entries.
13.2 WADCC aims to give equal opportunities to all members. Should you have any difficulty accessing information or resources speak to the Competition Secretary or a Committee member and we will do all we can to help you.
13.3 In all competitions the Judges decisions with regards to placements and commendations are final.
13.4 The Competition Secretary, or their deputy, will arbitrate any other dispute and for competition their decision is final; A significant point of fact or order may be referred to the WADCC Committee to define future club interpretation of whatever the major issue is.
13.5 The Competition Secretary, or their deputy, may reject any entry from competition if in their opinion:-
a. A print is presented in a condition which may damage other members’ work.
b. A DPI is not submitted in the correct format.
14.1 WADCC Committee is the final arbiter of any disputes with regards to competition and reserves the right to alter the rules and conditions of competition without notice.
14.2 Submission of an entry implies acceptance of all of these rules.
Trophies will be awarded as follows:
In the Open Section:
For highest total points in all 3 open competitions and the "open themed" competition:
Prints - Print competition Trophy
DPI - B S Richardson Trophy
For the winning Print "People and portraits" - Bates Trophy Cup
For the winning DPI "People and portraits" - Bates Trophy Shield
For the winning Print "Landscapes" - R A Evans Rose bowl Print
For the winning DPI "Landscapes" - R A Evans Rose bowl DPI
For the winning Print "Image of the Year" - Print of the Year plaque
For the winning DPI "Image of the Year" - Image of the Year Plaque
In the Club section:
For the highest total points in all PDI Club section competitions - Cup
For the highest total points in all Print Club section competitions - Cup
Revised at Committee Meeting 22/10/2019