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Competition Rules

Season 2018-2019

General Notes

The Club currently holds seven competitions: 

The Moller League (PDI)

The Tate League (Print)

Butler Cup (Print Panel)

Special Print

Special Projected Digital Image

Annual Projected Digital Image

Annual Print

Detailed rules for each of the above are given later, but the following rules apply to all. 

1. All images submitted for competition must have been the sole work of the entrant and be their copyright.

2. With the exception of trade processed film and prints all retouching and digital manipulation of prints and digital projected images must be the sole work of the entrant. 

3. Unless the competition specifies a set subject, the subject matter is the entrant’s own choice. 

4. The deadline for entering each competition will be announced (usually the weekend preceding the competition.) Late entries will not be accepted except in unusual circumstances, beyond the control of the entrant. 

5. Judging will be carried out by a judge who is not a member of the Club. He/she will be selected from a list of approved judges. 

6. The Club will take reasonable care handling members’ work but will not be responsible for any damage or loss however caused. 

7. Any issue arising over the conduct of internal Club competitions or the appropriateness of an image entered therein should be raised at the time with the Chairman or Competition Secretary. Any objections concerning the appropriateness of an image will be assessed by the Selection Committee. The final decision will be made by the Chairman and the Competition Secretary. 

8. An image may be used only once in EITHER the League or Special Competitions, and may then ONLY be used again in the Annual Competition. An image may be entered in EITHER ‘Print’, or ‘PDI’ format. Once an image has been used in a competition, its format cannot be changed (eg from PDI to Print). 

9. Trophies awarded to members who win a competition will be held for one year. Trophy winners will also receive a certificate and commemorative plaque to keep. Trophies will be returned to the Competition Secretary when requested near the end of the following season. Runner-up and Highly Commended entries will receive a club certificate 

Marking and formatting of entries 

1. Images must be clearly marked with the entrant’s name, and a title must be provided which will be read out. Untitled or un-named images will not be accepted. The title must remain the same, should the image be entered in more than one Club Competition.

2. Prints must be mounted on card, minimum size 25x20cm, maximum 50x40cm, but not otherwise framed. The print itself may be any size. A Club label giving full details must be attached to the back of the mount, together with an arrow pointing to the top edge 

3. Digitally projected images should be trimmed to a maximum canvas size of 1400 x 1050 pixels by the entrant. Projectors normally accommodate other sizes by automatic trimming but the results are occasionally unpredictable and may not be in accordance with the entrant’s wishes. This size will be revised from time to time as projectors develop. The new SPA size is 1600 x 1200. And this size must be provided for SPA entries.

4. Digital images must be presented in the .jpg (“jaypeg”) file format. The filename must be of the form: ‘Title by Author’. 

5. Black-and-white work toned entirely in a single colour will be classified as monochrome and will be accepted in the black-and-white category for competition purposes. A fundamentally black-and-white work modified by partial toning or by the addition of one or more colours becomes colour work. 

Additional Rules for the Tate and Moller League Competitions 

These are the Club’s two League competitions and their purpose is to allow members, especially new ones, to develop their techniques in company with other members of broadly equivalent ability and to enable this there are two groups – Advanced and Club. The method used to allocate members to these groups is described later. There are three rounds to each competition held at approximately two-monthly intervals in order to provide ample opportunity for new work to be seen and evaluated. The Club wishes to encourage as many new images to be shown as possible and to this end it does not support the re-cycling of previously shown images. Accordingly, no image may be used in any round which has previously been shown in either of these two competitions, but note that images already shown in other Club or non-Club competitions may be used if desired. Images which have only been cosmetically altered from the original are considered the same image for this purpose. They may be of any age as long as they meet these requirements.

Ability Groups 

For the 2018/19 season, Dorking Camera Club will resume the use of ability groups for the two league competitions: Tate print and Moller PDI. At the end of the season, trophies will be awarded to the top scoring members in each group. The two classes will be Club and Advanced. Assignment to groups will take place at the beginning of the season. By default, new and continuing members will be assigned to the Club class. Members holding distinctions from the Royal Photographic Society or the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain will automatically be assigned to the Advanced class. Winners of the Tate and Moller league competitions in the preceding three years will automatically be assigned to the Advanced class. Club class members wishing to have their work evaluated by the stricter criteria of the Advanced group may request to participate in the Advanced class. Any member may request an evaluation only (no score) in any competition. The rules for assignment to ability groups will be reviewed at the 2019 AGM. 

Specific Rules for the Tate Competition (Prints) 

Specific Rules for the Moller Competition (Projected Digital Images) 

Winner Advanced Group – The Tate Trophy. 
Winner Club Group – The Margaret Dane Trophy (previously used for beginners).
The Solitaire Cup (previously used for the Intermediate class) is not currently in use.
In addition, Second and Third places will be awarded in both groups and will receive a Certificate. 

Winner Advanced Group – The Moller Trophy. 
Winner Club Group – The Meurisse Trophy.
The Frank Dane Trophy for beginners is not currently in use.

In addition, Second and Third places will be awarded in both groups and will receive a Certificate. 

The Annual Print Competition

This competition provides an opportunity for members to display their best work. Any print is eligible even if already shown in the Print league competitions with the sole proviso that it has not been entered for the Annual Print in previous years. There are no ability groups in this competition. Club class members compete with Advanced members on an equal footing. It is divided into two sections – Colour and Monochrome/Black-and-White. A maximum of three entries is allowed which may be divided between the two sections as the entrant sees fit. 

The Judge will decide a winner and a runner-up in each section and may also award two or three Highly Commended.

Colour section Winner – The Derek Gardner Cup

Colour section Runner-up – The Sir George Pollock Cup

B & W Section Winner – The Print Shield

B & W Section Runner-up – Certificate

The Annual Digital Projected Image Competition 

This competition provides an opportunity for members to display their best digital projected image work. Any image is eligible even if already shown in the DPI League competitions with the sole proviso that it has not been entered for the Annual DPI in previous years. 

In this competition there is only one section and up to three images may be entered. 

The Judge will decide a winner and a runner-up and may also recommend the award of up to three Highly Commended Certificates. 

Winner – The Sir George Pollock Trophy (“Flourish”) 

Runner-up – The Lady Pollock Trophy (“Musicians”) 

The Special Print Competition

In this competition there is a set subject. Each season the Club committee will choose a number of subjects and will arrange a vote of all members to select one prior to the AGM.

In this competition there is only one section, no distinction being made between colour and monochrome, and up to three prints may be entered. 

The Judge will decide a winner and a runner-up and may also recommend the award of up to three Highly Commended Certificates. 

Winner – The Tanqueray Trophy

Runner-up – Certificate

The Special Digital Projected Image Competition

This competition also has a set subject. Each season the Club committee will choose a number of subjects and will arrange a vote of all members to select one prior to the AGM.

In this competition there is only one section, no distinction being made between colour and monochrome images. Up to three images may be entered. The Judge will decide a winner and a runner-up and may also recommend the award of up to three Highly Commended Certificates. 

Winner – The Lomas Trophy. 

Runner-up – Certificate. 

Specific Rules for the Panel Competition

This competition provides an opportunity for members to display panels of Images. Any images are eligible provided they meet the standard for images stated below. 

Members are permitted to enter 1 panel of 3 images in Print Format (normal mounting requirements apply). 

This competition also has a set subject. Each season the Club committee will choose a number of subjects and will arrange a vote of all members to select one prior to the AGM.

In this competition there is only one section no, distinction being made between colour and monochrome images. Up to three images may be entered. 

The Judge will decide a winner and a runner-up and may also recommend the award of up to three Highly Commended Certificates. 

Winner – The Butler Cup 

Runner-up – Certificate