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DCC Competition Rules

Season 2021-2022

General Notes

The Club will hold the following competitions in the 2021/22 season. 

The Moller League (PDI)

The Tate League (Print)

Butler Cup (Print Panel)

Special Projected Digital Image

Annual Projected Digital Image

Annual Print

Photo on a Phone (PDI)

David Multon Trophy – Multi media

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 confirmed, but for PDI’s it is 12noon on the Thursday prior to the competition held on the following Monday, sent to the email address supplied by the Competition Secretary.  Prints are to be brought to the hall by 7.45 latest on the day of the competition.  Late entries will not be accepted, except in unusual circumstances, beyond the control of the entrant. 

4a. If COVID restrictions are in place all print competitions will be judged as a PDI and the above submission protocols apply.

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. (see how to mount a printed image on website)

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 ompetitions. 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 to identify the orientation. Please ensure the mounts have a backing board. Do not use sellotape to fix an image to a mount board. NEW requirement from 2021; send a PDI size copy of your print entries to dcccomps@yahoo.com before the date of the competition.

3. Digitally projected images should be sized to a maximum canvas size of 1600 x 1200 pixels by the entrant (including any keyline). 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 and sRGB profile. 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 that 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.

Groups 

For the 2021/22 season, Dorking Camera Club will resume the use of 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 known as 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 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 groups will be reviewed at the 2021 AGM. 

Specific Rules for the Tate Competition (Prints) 

Winner Advanced Group – The Tate Trophy. 
Winner Club Group – The Margaret Dane Trophy 

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

Specific Rules for the Moller Competition (Projected Digital Images) 

Winner Advanced Group – The Moller Trophy. 

Winner Club Group – The Meurisse Trophy.   
In addition, Second and Third places will be awarded in both groups and will receive a Certificate. 

The Annual Print Competition (OPEN)

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. 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 – The Frank Dane Trophy

The Annual Digital Projected Image Competition (OPEN)

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 Digital Projected Image Competition (OPEN)

This competition has a set subject. For 21/22 the subject will be: THREE OF A KIND

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 Tanqueray Cup

Runner-up – Certificate. 

Printed Panel Competition (OPEN)

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 up to 3 images in Print Format (normal mounting requirements apply). 

This competition also has a set subject. For 21/22 the subject will be: RED, WHITE & BLUE

In this competition there is only one section no, distinction being made between colour and monochrome images.

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

Photo-on-a-Phone Competition (PDI)

Introduced in 2019 this is a light-hearted competition using only mobile phones.

Winner  –  The Solitaire Cup

Runner-up and Highly Commended: Certificate

David Multon Trophy

The David Multon Trophy competition commemorates David Multon’s membership of DCC. David was a long serving and highly respected member of the club, he served as programme secretary, Chairman, and President and was a fine photographer. He sadly passed away in January 2020 and is missed by all who knew him and enjoyed his company.

We would like this competition to represent the things that David stood for and appreciated in life and that he enjoyed to photograph. He loved his garden at home and gardening and some of his latest Exhibition images were close ups of flowers.  David and Jane spent as much time as possible at their harbour side home in Salcombe, South Devon, often joined by other members of the family. They enjoyed sailing, pottering, visiting local coves and beaches, eating out, socialising with local people in the pubs.  Landscape photography was a passion, as was travel both in the UK and abroad. David had great enthusiasm for life and DCC was especially important to him.

The David Multon Trophy competition is targeted to be an original proposition so that it is different and stands out from other events, with both prints and PDI’s entered to the same competition and with no restriction on the size or format of the print – although this may give judges a headache they should be able to get their head around the idea!

The following rules will be applicable:

Following the competition, photos submitted will be eligible for the Annual Print and Annual PDI competitions. They must keep the print or PDI format as displayed for the competition. For photos displayed in large format in the DMT competition when displayed in the Annual print entries must follow standard conventions and be mounted in a mount 400mm x 500mm or smaller.       

Winner – David Multon Trophy (Silver Salver)

Runner-up – Certificate