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Competition - Description and Rules


Prints
Advanced TOC Print Shield - Standard TOC Boots Cup
 
General Description

These running print competitions are open to all members and are divided into two ability sections, Advanced and Standard. TOC is an abbreviation for 'Top of Club' and the competition is designed to recognise consistent high standard of work and the ability to meet the requirements of set subjects.

The Advanced Section is for any club member who wishes to enter regardless of experience or level of ability. The Standard Section is restricted to members who are new to photography and/or showing pictures in club competitions. Members who are uncertain should submit examples of their work to the committee who will advise.

Those wishing to compete in the standard class must notify the competition secretary at the time of their first entry. Any member submitting images without specifying a classification will be classified as 'Advanced'



Marking and judging

A judge will examine entries and will award marks out of twenty. The Competition will be based on aggregate scores over the period of the Club programme. Where the competiton is run over four rounds, each competitors best nine scores will be used to calculate their annual total score. In the case of three rounds the participants best seven scores will be counted and other scores discarded. The competitor with the highest points score will be judged the winner. If the points score is equal, the photographer with the most 'maximums' will be the winner.

The winners will be awarded the Advanced TOC Print Shield, which will be held forone season. Standard print entrants will be awarded the Boots Cup for a period ofone season.

Rules
  • Prints may not be entered for more than one individual TOC Competition.
  • A maximum of three** prints may be entered for each round of the Competition
  • All prints must be the sole work of the entrant but may be home or trade processed
  • Each member must declare at the start of the Competition which section they wish to enter and this will hold for the entire season
  • All prints must be mounted on stiff card or board and the maximum size not to exceed 50cm x 40cm. The entrant's name, competition details and print title should be written clearly on the reverse of each print

** (Number of allowed prints may be varied depending size of entry - competitors will be notified by Club announcement prior to competition closing date.)

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Print Panel
Print Panel Trophy
 

Panel of prints

  • The competition is Open to all Club members. Sections, Advanced and Standard do not apply.

  • The Print Panel shall consist of three to five prints, as decided by the Committee.

  • Only one Print Panel may be submitted.

  • The size of each print, including the mount, must not exceed 50cm x 40cm and be mounted separately.

  • The prints may be home or commercially processed.

  • The committee may occasionally set a subject for the competition; otherwise the subject will be open.
  • All the prints in a member’s Print Panel will be shown simultaneously on an easel.
  • Entries used in the Print Panel competition can be used in other club competitions, except another year’s Print Panel competition.

  • Each print must be clearly marked on the reverse side with the photographer’s name, the image title and a number indicating the order in which the prints will be displayed on the easel (from left to right)

  • Judging of the competition will be carried out by a judge selected by the committee, who will award marks out of 20.

  • All images must be the sole work of the entrant.
As guidance, it is usually a good practice to select images on a theme, i.e.: Flowers, Natural History, Portraits, etc.
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Annual Competitions

Scadden Cup (Prints)
Advanced

Woodford Cup
(Digital)
Loddon Cup
(Prints)
Standard
 
General Description

These are open to all club members and are normally held once annually. There is no set subject for these competitions, which are divided into three main sections, two for prints (Standard & Advanced) and one for Digitally Projected Images.. Entries may be home or trade processed.

For each section a trophy is awarded forone season, as follows:-

The Scadden Cup for the best print (colour or black and white) in the advanced section.
The Loddon Cup, for the best print, colour or black and white in the standard section.

Rules
  1. Each print must be clearly marked on the reverse side with the photographers' name. title and the section of the competition for which it is entered.
  2. All prints must be mounted. There will be no restriction on size but the maximum size of mount to be 50cm x 40cm
  3. The advanced print sections is open to any club member who is not entering the standard sections of the print competition.
  4. A member may submit three entries for each section.
  5. Judging of these competitions will be carried out by a judge selected by the committee, who will award marks out of 20.
  6. There is no set subject for these competitions, the choice of subject being the responsibility of the entrant.
  7. Pictures may be entered in this competition which have previously been entered another club competition, but not in earlier Annual Competitions.
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Audio
Visual
Thorne Trophy
(Digital Projected Images)
 
General Description

This competition is open to all club members and is based on the musicale, i.e. the combination of pictures and sound. There is no grading as in some other competitions and the subject is open to all members. The competition is held once annually and is for digitally projected images only, which must be accompanied by a suitable sound track. The winner will receive the Thorne Trophy which will be held for one season.

Rules:
  1. All entrants will arrange for the presentation of their sequence him / her self using their own or the clubs equipment.
  2. Each member will be allowed a maximum of three entries. subject to total numbers, see rule 4.
  3. At the time of entry the title and duration must be declared.
  4. Should the total number of entries exceed the total time allocated those entrants with more than one entry will be required to withdraw entries on a pro-rata basis.
  5. The overall performance should last no more than approximately six minutes.
    Entries can only be submitted once to this competition.
  6. The judging of the competition will be carried out by a judge selected by the committee.
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Landscape Hawkes Trophy (Prints)
 
General Description

This competition is open to all club members and is held annually or biannually and is for colour prints. This competition has the subject of the Landscape and Coastline of Mainland Great Britain and embodies England, Wales and Scotland but NOT any adjacent islands however large or small. Entries to be titled; and the location specified within the title. Landscape and Coastline is defined as "A photograph depicting predominantly natural scenery". The winner of the competition will be awarded the Hawkes Trophy, which will be held forone season.

Rules
  1. Each print must be clearly marked on the reverse side with the author's name and title. The location of the photograph should be specified in the title.
  2. All prints must be mounted and there is no restriction on size but the maximum size 50cm x 40cm
  3. Each member may submit up to THREE entries.
  4. No print may be entered in this competition more than once
  5. Entries may be home or trade processed.
  6. The judging of this competition will be carried out by a judge selected by the committee
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Portrait
John Palmer Trophy (Prints)
 
General Description

This competition is open to all club members and is normally held annually or biannually subject to the decision of the Committee. The competition has the set subject of 'Portraits". Monochrome or colour prints may be entered. The winners of the competition will be awarded John Palmer Trophy, and this will be held for one season.

Rules
  1. All prints should be mounted and bear the authors name. title and the name of the competition on the reverse side.
  2. There is no restriction on the size of the prints but the maximum size of mount to be  50cm x 40cm
  3. Members are allowed to enter a maximum of three** prints.
  4. Entries can only be submitted once for this competition.
  5. Prints may be home or trade processed.
  6. The judging of these competitions will be carried out by a judge selected by the committee.
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Architecture Warren Cup (Prints)
 
General Description

This competition is open to all club members and are held annually or biannually subject to the decision of the committee. The competition has the set subject of Architecture. The Committee may set specific set area or subject, e.g. 'Architecture of Reading'. The winners will be awarded the Warren Cup which will be held forone season.

Rules
  1. All entries should be mounted and bear the photographers' name, title and the name of the competition on reverse side.
  2. There is no restriction on the size of the prints entered but the maximum size of mount to be 50cm x 40cm.
  3. Each member may submit up to three entries.
  4. No photograph may be submitted for this competition more than once.
  5. Entries may be home or trade processed.
  6. The judging of this competition will be carried out by a judge selected by the committee.
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UK Wildlife Trophy - donated by London Camera Exchange
 

Digitally projected images -Subject Specification


1) Images for UK animals & birds, butterflies, fish  which are indigenous or migratory transients - or are now living here after being introduced.   (grey squirrel,  mink. etc) 

2) No domestic pets or farmyard animals

3) No flora (trees, plants, fungi)

4) Can be captive - i.e. In wildlife centres conservancies and zoo's - but no herds of Wildebeests wandering across the African Veld shot from the hotel room in Torquay.



Reasoning behind these requirements::

(a) 'We have a dedicated Wildlife Trophy at a time when it is important that wildlife indigenous to this country is protected and highlighted, especially the work of these conservancy trusts'.

(b) 'To get members to think about the subject of wildlife and promote the visit to the wild places of Dinton Pastures or the Hawk Conservancy, Richmond Park to shoot images of these animals instead of sitting their conservatories taking pictures of Snuggles the cat or Bonzo the overweight Labrador'

Entry Rules
  1. Images may only be entered once and not in other non annual Club Competitions.
  2. A maximum of three images may be entered.
  3. All images must be the sole work of the entrant.
  4. All images must measure 1400 x 1050 pixels and be in JPEG format and be sent to the competition organiser by eMail or on disc one week before the competition date. Each image must be titled. File name should be a combination of photographer's name and title. John Smith --Heron.jpg
    The file name should not contain numerals, punctuation marks or special characters.
  5. Author and Title information should be added to the file properties. (see tutorial.)
  6. The Wkdlife Trophy will be held for one season
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Digitally
Projected
Images
Digital Image Trophy
 
General Description

This running Digitally Projected Competition is open to all members of the club who compete in a single section.

Marking and Judging

A judge will assess entries and who will award marks out of twenty. The Competition will be based on aggregate scores over the period of the Club programme. In the case of four rounds the participant's best nine scores will be counted and other scores discarded. The competitor with the highest points score will be judged the winner. If equal, the photographer with the most 'maximums' will be the winner. The winner will be awarded the Digital Image Trophy which will be held forone season.

Rules
  1. Images may not be entered for more than one individual Competition.
  2. A maximum of three images may be entered for each round of the Competition.
  3. All images must be the sole work of the entrant.
  4. All images must measure 1400 x 1050 pixels and be in JPEG format and be sent to the competition organiser by eMail or on disc one week before the competition date. Each image must be titled. File name should be a combination of photographer's name and image title.
    John Smith -- Woodley Sunset.jpg
  5. It is important that the Author's Name and title be separated by two small dashes, found to the right of the zero and left of the equals sign on most keyboards.(The file name should not contain numerals, punctuation marks or special characters.)
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