During this club year there are 4Monthly competitions,
the Annual Portfolio competitions and 3Annual competitions.
There are 17 trophies to be won.
Determination of a Member’s Category
A ‘Beginner‘ is a member who is new to photography and not having been in another club.
This status will normally have a maximum duration of 2 years.
Members will first opt for the category they think is most appropriate with the agreement of the Competition Secretary or deputy. In the event of disagreement the Committee will arbitrate. New or recently joined member’s category will be reviewed in their first few years.
An ‘Experienced‘ member will be determined by the knowledge and skill demonstrated by the member’s work or experience, for example the receipt of awards, regular high scores in competitions or external events.
Judges’ scoring will be given as objectively as possible, irrespective of the category of the member. The judge should then provide feedback depending on the member’s category.
Eligibility of Entries
Only members who have paid their annual membership subscription will be eligible to enter any of the club competitions.
The same image may not be entered in any competition as both a Print and Projected Image.
Entries that have been awarded 17 points or more are not eligible for entry in any subsequent Monthly competition, but may be entered, as appropriate, in Annual Print, Projected Image or Portfolio competitions whether Monochrome or Colour.
All images entered must be the author’s own work.
Standard Presentation of Prints, Slides & Digital Files
The Judge and the Competition Secretary will not have seen your image before and may not understand what it represents unless it is properly labelled and titled.
Each Print or Slide entry must be marked with the Title only.
On submission all entries will be registered against your Membership Number by the Competition Secretary advising your category Beginner or Experienced in order that your work may be given feedback against the wrong category by the judge.
DO NOT put your own name on any Print, or Slide entry. Remove author form the PI metadata.
In the case of Prints along with the competition name, e.g Stephens Brae, your Title only must be recorded on the back, bottom left preferred.
Clearly indicate on the back of Prints which is the top where this is not obvious.
Members are asked to mount and package both Prints and Slides carefully to minimise any risk of damage during handling and transit.
Prints should be mounted complete witha backing card to reduce risk of damage.
When mounting Prints please avoid using cheap or low tack decorator’s masking tape which can easily peel off and damage other members’ entries.
The maximum Print size is 20” x 16” (50cm x 40cm approx.) including mount (except Portfolio Competition which are limited to A4 size). N.B. Prints exceeding these dimensions will not fit in the print boxes for delivery to the Judge and will be excludedfrom entry.
The Set Subjects are chosen each year by the Committee from members’ suggestions.
You may enter up to TWO images in any one section, i.e. a maximum of SIX images across all three sections.
Only 35mm Slides may be entered. Slides may be masked or ‘cropped’ to improve composition. When marking with your entry details, DO NOTuse ‘Sellotape’, peelable labels or labels with poor or old adhesive. These may detach themselves and jam in the projector, which can result in costly repairs.
Remember to “spot” your Slide properly – viewing from the correct side with the slide the right way up, the spot should be in the bottom left corner. When placed in the projector it will look like this image.
Digital files will only be accepted via e-mail, pen drive or on CD.
They must be submitted with the following details:
member number, image title and, if appropriate, the trophy name.
On submission include your member number in the subject field and enter the number of images attached in the body of the message.
Images must be saved as maximum quality JPEGs and be in sRGB colour space. The maximum permissible file dimension is 1400 x 1050 pixels, i.e. landscape images must be no more than 1400 pixels wide and portrait images no more than 1050 pixels high.
Maximum size for square images is 1050 x 1050 pixels.
Entries should be submitted using the following format: member number and image title, e.g. 19 Sunset Scene.
If no confirmation e-mail is received your e-mailed entries have not been delivered. In this event, contact the Competition Secretary within 1 day after the end of the hand-in date.
For CD and Pen Drive entries image files should be saved in a folder with your member number.
These are standard rules that apply for all monthly competitions but there are variations for Annual and Portfolio Competitions.
Any differences are detailed in the relevant competition section.
Monochrome Print Definition
For Monochrome, our Club applies the following extract from the SPF rules:
‘ A Monochrome work fitting from a very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with various shades of grey.
A Monochrome work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category.’
The emphasis should be on encouragement as well as advice on improving technique and composition – especially for Beginners as we are particularly keen to encourage our newer members to participate in these competitions.
The titles of Set Subjects may be interpreted quite broadly to encourage imagination as well as participation, bearing in mind that the judge’s decision may be different from yours.
Marks will usually be given out of 20 for all entries.
The SPF advise judges to follow local club scoring rules.
Most clubs’ rules are similar to ours. Marks can be awarded for composition, technical competence, presentation, etc.
In addition to the marks, the Judge will be asked to select the best Monochrome Print, best Colour Print, best Monochrome PI and the best Colour PI.
Award of Monthly Competition Trophies
Each Member is invited to enter a maximum of 1 image in each of the four Monthly Competitions, viz.
Stephens Brae Monochrome Print MacLeod Quaich Colour Print Culloden Cup Monochrome Projected Image Harvey Shield Colour or Mono Projected Image
In each of these four sections the marks awarded to each entry are totalled over the 4 monthly competitions.
A possible maximum score for each trophy 80 points i.e. 4 x 20.
At the end of the year trophies are awarded to members, Beginners or Experienced, who have achieved the highest points score in each section.
The Competition Secretary will produce cumulative scores following each competition.
Award of the Ernest J Cooke ‘Photographer of the Year’
The marks awarded to each author’s 2 highest scoring entries from the Monochrome Prints, Colour Prints, Monochrome PIs or Colour PIs are accumulated each month and the highest overall scores gives the annual total.
i.e. a possible maximum score for the year of 4 x 4 x 20 = 320 points.
The member with the highest points score out of 320 points will be awarded this trophy.
The Competition Secretary will produce cumulative scores following each monthly competition.
Competitions are intended to help members develop their abilities through tackling the Set Subjects while at the same time providing the opportunity to demonstrate their strengths through the Open class.
The titles of the Set Subjects may be interpreted quite broadly to encourage imagination as well as participation.
Images may be produced in the computer or darkroom. No distinction is made between trade, digital and traditionally produced work and the same standards should apply, whichever way they have been produced.
Each month there are separate sections for Monochrome Prints, Colour Prints, Monochrome Projected Images (PIs) and Colour PIs as stated above.
The Club Programme contains information on the dates of each competition together with the hand-in dates (printed in bold and underlined).
The SPF requires clubs to have competition material to judges 2 weeks before the competition night which means that the hand-in night is 3 weeks before the competition.
Projected Images and Prints entered in Monthly competitions may also be entered in the Portfolios.
This includes entries awarded a score of 17 or more.
The Portfolio competitions are open to Beginners and Experienced members who may enter a portfolio of 4 to 6 Projected Images (either slides or digital files but not a mixture of both) and/or 4 to 6 Prints on a subject of their own choice.
In the case of Projected Images, they should be numbered in the order in which they are to be projected.
Prints may be any size up to a maximum of A4
(297mm x 210mm), (11.69” x 8.27” approx).
All prints, however, MUST be presented on individual A4 mounts and include a hanging diagram to be eligible for entry.
The size is under review and a decision will be made by the end of November for the January hand-in for the February competition.
All portfolios MUST be given a theme name.
Individual images should be numbered, but not titled.
If entering via e-mail enter the portfolio name in the subject field of the e-mail as well as your member number.
Other than print sizes, the Standard Presentation Rules apply.
Prints and Projected Images entered in Monthly competitions may also be entered in the Annuals.
This includes entries awarded a score of 17 or more.
Members may enter a maximum of 2 images for each competition.
Standard presentation rules apply.
Beginners’ entries will be eligible for the Beginner’s best Print – Campbell Cup and Beginner’s best PI – Highland Shield.
Projected Images may be entered as slides or digital files.
Standard competition rules apply with the following exceptions: Prints or slides must also be marked with the name of the trophy being competed for. e.g. Tyrell Cup.
For digital Projected Images entries please send one e-mail per competition entered and include the trophy name e.g. Tyrell Cup in the subject field as well as your member number.
A pen drive (USB) or CD can be used for all competitions entered in these Annual (digital) competitions, provided that all entries are placed in separate folders. The name of the folder should be the name of the trophy competition the photographs are to be entered into, e.g. Tyrell Cup.
Each individual photograph should have your member number followed by title as the file name e.g. Beautiful Scene
Slides should be marked with trophy name.
Should any competition be poorly supported no trophy will be awarded if the top image is not of a sufficiently high standard.
Annual Set Subject Print and Projected Image Competitions
Details of trophies, hand-in dates, competition dates with judges are given in the competition booklet issued on renewal or applications to the club.