Competitions

General information on the Club Competitions and guidance on entry requirements
INTERNAL PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITIONS

Regulation & Guidance

1 The competitor must be a fully paid-up member of the Club.

2 The competitor must have taken the original photograph and hold the copyright for all elements of a print or projected image.

3 Normally the original photograph shall have been taken within the last years although older images, not previously used, or images which have been substantially altered may be used. Members may submit up to three prints and three projected images to the standard competitions. Pictures from one standard competition may not be used in a subsequent standard competition, but may be entered in the Annual competition.

4 The commercial processing, printing and mounting of competition entries is permitted.

5 Nature images must not have substantial alteration of the truth of the photographic statement.

6 Currently there are two classes for entries: Intermediate and Open. Winners in the Intermediate section will be expected to move to the Open section for the following season.

7 An Entry Form shall be completed by each competitor for each competition. The entry will show the details of the images, listed in the competitor's order of preference, in the event of a large number of entries and the necessity to reduce the numbers for presentation practicality. The prints and projected images and the completed entry form shall be submitted by the due date, normally two weeks before the date of the competition, as shown in the Club Programme.

STANDARD COMPETITION ENTRY FORM:
To DOWNLOAD the Form use the following link:-
Standard Competition Entry Form

8 There are two open competition sections: General and Nature. Up to 3 print and 3 projected images may be submitted for the open competitions. Members can choose to submit their images in one or both sections, but images that are predominately nature should be submitted as Nature. The Competition Secretary has final ruling on the appropriate competition section for an image.

9 In the case of too many images being submitted into a single competition, it will be necessary to cull the last image of the section of 3 that has been submitted. In the case of the OPEN competition this will be from the set containing two images if they have been split between Nature and General.

10 Images that may have been culled may be used in other competitions.


11 The following rules apply to the two kinds of images.

Prints (colour and monochrome prints are treated as one category)
Mounting board size:- Open class: 40cm x 50cm
Intermediate class: Min. A4 (21cm x 30cm) Max. 40cm x 50cm.
Minimum Image size for Intermediate class:- 17.5cm x 12.5cm
Sequence No., Title and Initials:- On the reverse of the mount board including the nature identifier if in the Open Class.

Digital Images for Projection
Size:- Landscape format ~ 1400 pixels wide (max.) x 1050 pixels high (max)
Portrait format ~ 1050 pixels high (maximum) - all at 300dpi
File format:- JPEG files saved to 1.0MB maximum file size
Naming convention is Sequence Number, Title, Initials :- SEQUENCE NUMBER_TITLE_INITIALS.jpg
(e.g. 01_The Barn_MW.jpg, 02_Sunset_MW_N.jpg)


ANNUAL COMPETITIONS - END OF SEASON

Regulation & Guidance

i) Currently there are four End of Season competitions and five trophies awarded.

ii) All Regulations & Guidance as quoted for the Standard Internal Competitions apply to the Annual Competitions, except that only one entry per competition is permitted.

iii) An Entry Form shall be completed by each competitor for each competition. The entry will show the details of the images. The prints and projected images and the completed entry form shall be submitted by the due date, normally two weeks before the date of the competition, as shown in the Club Programme.

ANNUAL COMPETITION ENTRY FORM:
To DOWNLOAD the Form use the following link:-
Annual Competition Entry Form

1 Print Panel:- (Open and Intermediate classes; Competitors' choice of subject)
Three prints on separate mounts which form a set of related images when viewed together.

2 Projected Image Panel:- (Open and Intermediate classes; Competitors' choice of subject)
Three separate projected images which form a set of related images when viewed together.
Each Projected Image should conform to the following:
Size:- Landscape format ~ 1400 pixels wide (max.) x 1050 pixels high (max.)
Portrait format ~ 1050 pixels high (maximum) - all at 300dpi
File format - JPEG files saved to 1.0MB maximum file size
Naming convention is Sequence Number, Title, Initials:- SN_TITLE_INITIALS.jpg
(e.g. 01_At Dawn_MW.jpg, 02_Midday_MW.jpg, 03_At Dusk_MW.jpg)

3 Picture Board Competition:- (Open to all members)
A set of five related prints mounted on a single mount board 40cm x 50cm, of any subject of the competitors' choice. The five prints may be any size and titles may be used on the front of the board.

4 Bing White Trophy:- (Open to all members)
Flora or Fauna Projected Image Competition. One projected image per competitor.
Size:- Landscape format ~ 1400 pixels wide (max.) x 1050 pixels high (max.)
Portrait format ~ 1050 pixels high (maximum) all at 300dpi
File format:- JPEG files saved to 1.0MB maximum file size
Naming convention is Sequence Number, Title, Initials:- SN_TITLE_INITIALS.jpg
(e.g. 01_Petals_MW.jpg)

5 Tom Wallis Memorial Trophy:-
An annual award to the member showing the most improvement during the season. The committee will review the nominees and decide on the most appropriate winner of the trophy.



Portishead Camera Club Rules for Club AV Competitions
based on the
WCPF AV Competition Rules 2012/13


Length of AV’s:

The 3.21 competition.
For individual or joint entry of AV’s of no more than 3 minutes and 21 seconds long.

The 3.22+ competition.
For individual or joint entry of AV’s of 3 minutes and 22 seconds and over, maximum 12 minutes.


Definition of an Audio Visual:
An AV production submitted for CLUB competition should predominantly consist of a sequence of still photographic images, the majority of such images being the original work of the entrant, together with an accompanying synchronized sound track. The use of third party images, animated graphics, video clips or other visual material, whilst not excluded, should be limited and appropriate to the production. Entrants must confirm that they have obtained legal consent for the use of any visual material or audio material used in the production other than their own original content.

Technical requirements:
Sequences for the submission should be .EXE programmes, i.e. the sequences must run with no additional Software requirements. The following is based upon PTE software, others should have similar effects. The sequences must be programmed without a ‘run box’. Please ensure ‘Hide mouse cursor during show’ is activated, and also ‘close show after last slide’ so as to return to the desktop. Irrespective upon which software you are using, and the resolution of your images, please ensure that they will project to ‘fit the screen’.
A digital projector with a resolution of 1400px x 1050px, a computer (Windows platform) and sound system will be provided by the Club.

Music Licenses:
Please ensure that you have the appropriate licenses for your music. (For entry to WCPF Competitions copies of them should be attached to your entry form.) AV’s entered without the necessary licenses will be disqualified.

Clarification of the License requirements:

1. An author of an AV, who is a member of a photographic club which is affiliated to the PAGB, or the club itself a member of IAC (£37.50 annually), or is personally a member of the RPS, can use ‘Library/production music’ (Non-commercial music/recordings) in an AV providing he or she has a IAC license (£8.54 annually but only includes the MCPS & BPI licenses).

2. An author of an AV, who is a member of a photographic club which is affiliated to the PAGB, or the club itself is a member of IAC (£37.50 annually), or is personally a member of the RPS, cannot use commercial music/recordings (even if purchased officially and can prove ownership with receipts) in an AV, unless they themselves are a member of IAC (£37.50 annually) and have an IAC license (£7.17 annually and includes MCPS, BPI & PPL licenses).



The full rules for WCPF AV Competitions can be found on the WCPF website: www.wcpf.org.uk

If in doubt for WCPF AV Competitions please contact the WCPF AV Competition Secretary.
Email: wcpfav@btopenworld.com