Rules that apply to Bridport Camera Club competition entries

Note:Competition themes of "Nature" (including "Wildlife") and "Monochrome" have additional detailed technical rules and these must be taken into account.

Note: The club now uses PhotoEntry to submit images. There is a guide to getting started with PhotoEntry.

1. Only fully paid up members may enter club competitions.

2. Club competitions are divided into two sections A & B. Section B is for new and inexperienced members. Section A is for more experienced photographers, for example those who have a photography-related qualification or distinction, and those who have achieved consistent success in competitions.

3. Entries in each club competition are limited to 2 digital and two prints which have not been shown before in any Bridport CC competition. For the 2020-2021 season, since there will be no print competitions, competitions will allow three digital images.

4. Each entry shall be viewed by an independent judge who will award first, second and third places and as many "highly commended" places as he/she thinks appropriate for each of Sections A & B.

5. For the purposes of the Annual Aggregate Trophies, the Competition Secretary shall award points as follows: First place 10 points; second place 9.5 points; third place 9 points; Highly Commended 8.5 points; all other entries scoring 7 points.

Please note ... the more competitions you enter the greater the chance of winning one of the Aggregate Trophies a the end of the season!

6. Digital Images when judged shall be no larger than 1400 pixels wide and no more than 1050 pixels high. The image format shall be JPEG with the quality set at maximum (100%). Images must use sRGB colour space. Entries must be submitted using the PhotoEntry system. For beginners in particular: do not worry about any of the points in this rule ... just upload what you have to PhotoEntry and our competition software will deal with most of this for you - the only bit that really matters is using JPEG. The points here matter most for experienced photographers who want to get images "pixel perfect".

7. Print entries must have a digital representation submitted using the PhotoEntry system (for chemical prints, a phone snap of the print will suffice). In other words, you DO need to send a digital version of your print and that has the same deadline as for digital images!

8. Prints should be mounted and be without glass and frame. The mount should be no larger than 40cm x 50cm. The back shall be clearly annotated with the entrant’s name, print title, competition name and section. Except when early submission has been indicated, all prints shall be submitted by 7.00 pm, at the latest, on the night of the competition (the digital version is needed a week before).This gives the Competition Secretary time to set the competition up and and time for the judge to have a quick preview.

Note: Part of the point of mounting is to make the image stiff enough to be displayed and handled for judging. The mount inevitably forms part of the presented image, so it also neads to be neat enough that it doesn't distract from the image. Most people enter images that are no bigger than about A4 (about 12"x8") in a 40cm x 50xm (16"x20") mount. Please ask if in doubt.

9.  Any member who wins or has previously won an annual B Section print or projected image aggregate series will move up to the A Section. Any member who attains a photographic distinction or qualifiication will also move up to the A section for the next season.

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