competition rules

DUMFRIES C.C. COMPETITION RULES

SECTION 1 – DEFINITIONS

Colour: Prints fully toned using just one colour may be entered as Monochrome Prints. Prints which are toned or printed with two or more colours or have one spot colour in addition to black, white & tones of grey must be entered as Colour Prints. The Competition Secretary may reclassify as appropriate.

Nature: Where there is an award for Natural History entries must not alter the “truth of the statement”. Any manipulation or modification to the original should be limited to minor retouching of blemishes, dust marks, etc., and must not significantly alter the original scene. Our Leagues don't have a Nature category but the Annual Competition does.

SECTION 2 – LEAGUE COMPETITIONS

2.1 There will be 4 Rounds in the Projected Digital Image (PDI) League Competition, 4 Rounds in the Colour Print (CP) League Competition and 4 Rounds in the Mono Print (MP) League Competition each season. Entries may be submitted in one or all of these League Competition but Prints and PDI entered in previous League Competitions are ineligible.

2.2 Images entered must be entirely the work of the photographer. Composite images are permitted provided all component images meet this requirement. (For the avoidance of doubt, use of images from any other source including, but not limited to, royalty free image banks and clipart are not permitted).

2.3 The Competition Secretaries on behalf of the Club Committee have the right to withdraw or refuse any image considered for any reason to be unsuitable. The club has the right to use any image submitted in external competitions and may use it to publicise the club in any way, including publication on our website. The club accepts no responsibility for loss of, or damage to any photograph entered.

2.4 For each season there will be a number of Leagues. Leagues A to C in each class will ideally comprise of not more than 8 entrants and League D, or E, if required, will have everyone else. The Competition Secretary may modify these numbers before the judging of the first competition if there are many more or fewer entrants than expected. Leagues may be amalgamated for judging if necessary. The Competition Secretary will, in conjunction with the entrant, allocate members joining after the first competition to the most appropriate Division.

2.5 The top finisher in each League will be allocated in the following season to the Division above. The bottom finisher in each League will be allocated to the League below. The Competition Secretary may modify this before the judging of the first competition of the following season - possibly to cope with a reduced or increased number of competitors or to meet with the wishes of an individual to compete in a lower Division. You may voluntarily move from one League to another during the season after you have competed in at least one Round but you may not take accrued points with you and these will be discounted.

2.6 The judges will be asked choose a single winning photograph in each League and nominate others to 2nd and 3rd place, Highly Commended (HC) and Commended (C). For league purposes we shall allocate scores of 20, 19, 18, 17 and 16 respectively. All other photographs will score 15.

2.7 At the end of each season the Trophies will be awarded to the entrants in each league with the highest aggregate of 6 print scores from a minimum of 3 Rounds with no more than 2 scores counting from any one Round.

2.8 The number of entries may be limited at any time by the Competition Secretary in conjunction with the officers of the committee. The current maximum is 3 per author in each of the three Leagues (CP, MP and PDI). 

SECTION 3 – ANNUAL COMPETITION

The Annual Competition is separate and different from any Annual Exhibitions we may stage.

3.1 Images entered must be entirely the work of the photographer. Composite images are permitted provided all component images meet this requirement. (For the avoidance of doubt, use of images from any other source including, but not limited to, royalty free image banks and clipart are not permitted).

3.2 The Competition Secretaries on behalf of the Club Committee have the right to withdraw or refuse any image considered for any reason to be unsuitable. The club has the right to use any image submitted in external competitions and may use it to publicise the club in any way, including publication on our website. The club accepts no responsibility for loss of, or damage to any photograph entered.

3.3 There will be one Section only to include everyone. Only PDI and Prints not entered in a previous Annual Competition or Exhibition will be eligible.

3.4 Entries will be accepted in two classes – PDI and Prints (monochrome and colour combined). The maximum entry per author will be set each year by the Competition Secretary - see Internal Competitions -and you are expected to submit pictures for a wide variety of categories.  It is strongly recommended that you do NOT, in the same year, enter the same picture as a Print and as a PDI and we positively discourage entering the same picture as a Colour Print and as a Mono Print.  The same people judge them all and you will be competing against yourself - and it is fairly boring.

3.5 At the discretion of the Committee, the competition will be assessed by one judge or a panel of three judges who will mark each photograph and will award the trophies specified, plus commendations. It will be the judge’s decision as to which category a particular entry belongs, unless otherwise specified. Natural World (N) and Beginner (B) must be indicated on the print label and in the PDI Title - add NX at the end of your title for Nature and NW for Nature Wildlife. Trophies will not be awarded if there is no suitable entry in a particular category.

3.6 No PDI or Print may win more than one trophy.