Normanton Camera Club

President Mrs. M Furmston FRPS
Chairman GM Padgett LRPS, DPAGB
Vice Chairman      AE Furmston FRPS

Club Competition Rules

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CATEGORY DEFINITIONS

MONO OR COLOUR: A black and white work going from very dark grey (black) to a very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work. A black and white work modified by partial toning or by the addition of one colour, becomes a colour work.

NATURE: Nature photography depicts living, untamed animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology and the wide diversity of natural phenomena. Photographs of animals which are domesticated and photographs of cultivated or hybrid plants are ineligible. Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict observations from all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and to certify as to its honest presentation. The subject must be authentic, living free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Therefore, photographs of animals which are domesticated, caged or under any form of restraint (i.e. Zoo animals), as well as photographs of cultivated plants, are ineligible. Human elements shall not be present, except on the rare occasion where those human elements enhance the nature story. Any manipulation or modification is limited to minor retouching and must not alter the truth of the original scene. No elements may be moved, cloned, added, deleted, rearranged or combined. No manipulation or modification is permitted except resizing, cropping, selective lightening or darkening and restoration of original colour of the scene. No special effect filters can be applied. Any sharpening must appear natural. Entries should be accurately titled with the common name – use of the Latin name is not compulsory in Club competition. Photographs not fulfilling these criteria should instead be categorised as Pictorial.

PORTRAIT: A photograph of a person or group of people that displays the expression, personality, and mood of the subject. The focus of the photograph is usually the person's face, although the entire body and the background or context may be included. The subject is the main part of the photo. The photo can be taken in a studio or natural environment. If more than one person is in the picture then they must relate to each other in some way. Crowds are not usually considered subjects for portraiture.

ARCHITECTURE AND GENERAL RECORD: Shall be of any building or part of a building, ancient or modern and/or allied objects or furnishings belonging to or associated with the subject. It is a photographic document of a man-made subject, such as a building, work of art/craft, vehicle or appliance. The subject or detail is the main part of the picture. The photo should be sharp, unobstructed and taken from a central position to ensure accurate reproduction. Photographs not fulfilling these criteria should instead be categorised as Pictorial.

PICTORIAL: Is intended as a photograph you could hang on a wall instead of a painting. Pictorial photos place emphasis on artistic lighting, angles, composition and aesthetics but can be of ANY SUBJECT.

SPORT: A photograph taken at an official or informal sporting event.

ACTION: A photograph showing the movement of living things or machines.

PHOTOJOURNALISM: A storytelling picture of human interest, documentary or news value, such as is seen in the news media. No techniques that add to, relocate, replace or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Manipulation should be limited to contrast and colour corrections, cropping and re-sizing where necessary. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing its nature or the pictorial content are permitted. All adjustments must appear natural.

CREATIVE: A representation of an altered reality. It should be creative, experimental, imaginative and/or a departure from realistic representation. Several images can be combined provided they are all the work of the author. Clip-Art and other similar picture elements, whether in the public domain or not, are specifically excluded.


GENERAL RULES APPLICABLE TO ALL COMPETITORS AND EXHIBITORS

  1. All competitors in any club competition must be fully paid up members.
  2. The aims and objectives of the club are to promote the highest standards of Photography by familiarisation with camera functions and techniques and to encourage the art and craft of self processing of images from image concept and capture through to image output, be it in print or digital projected form.
  3. It is the responsibility of all trophy winners to maintain their trophies in good condition and to ensure that they are engraved with the necessary details at their own expense.
  4. Excepting Bi-Monthly Trophies, winners shall hold competition trophies for one year.
  5. All trophies shall remain the property of Normanton Camera Club. Trophies for the Annual Exhibition to be handed in at the same time as handing in entries. All other trophies are required one week before the relevant competition. Trophies shall also be returned at any time upon request by any committee.
  6. All prints must be large enough to be mounted to enable them to be properly displayed. Mounts can be any form or colour. Unless otherwise stated mounts should be the standard size of 400 x 500 mm + or - 2 mm along either length and not exceeding 4 mm in thickness. Unmounted prints are ineligible for all competitions and the exhibition.
  7. Internal print entries must be anonymised. Each member will be allocated a unique number which should be used in place of the authors name on all internal print entries. This should be placed on the top left hand corner on the rear of the print.
  8. Prints are entered for competition/exhibition at the members' own risk. Whilst every care will be taken of members' work the Club cannot accept liability for loss, unauthorised use or damage howsoever caused.
  9. All digital image entries should be submitted on clearly labelled memory stick or CD ensuring that there is no computer virus present. Each digital image file should be titled correctly with the name of the author and title of the image but Names or Titles must not be added into the image. Entries for the Annual Exhibition should be submitted in a folder named for each category. Images must be in JPG and RGB format at maximum quality with sRGB colour space and not more than 1400 pixels wide by 1050 pixels high (N.B. If in portrait format, the maximum height will be 1050 pixels). Any images which is less than the maximum allowed in either direction may be filled with a colour design or texture to form a border.
  10. Member Competition Levels:-

    1. Beginner – Any member who has never won a major award in any competition at this club, any other club or any major photographic competition.
    2. Advanced – Any member who has won the overall Beginner’s Bi-Monthly trophy or had a first place in the Beginner’s section of the annual exhibition will have the option of moving into the Advanced Class or staying in Biginers for another year. Any member who as won a similar award at any other club or photographic competition will be classed as Advanced.
  11. Any member in the Beginner category may, if they so wish, compete in the Advanced class but if they do so they may not revert back to the lower category.
  12. All competition entries shall be available for selection to represent Normanton Camera Club in external competitions and images may be retained for the remainder of the season to facilitate selection for external competitions.
  13. All photographic entries should be entirely the work of a single individual made from elements which he/she has the right to use in competition and has been captured by him/herself. The act of putting one’s own name to another person’s work (writings, ideas or visual media) or taking another person’s work or part of someone’s work and makes it appear to be his/her own will be considered as plagiarism and may be subject to disciplinary action.
  14. The copyright of all entries remains with the authors. Normanton Camera Club accepts no liability for any breach of copyright by an entrant.
  15. Submission of any entry implies acceptance of the entry rules and failure to adhere to the rules will result in disqualification.

THE ANNUAL EXHIBITION

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Trophies

Trophies for the Annual Exhibition to be handed in at the same time as handing in entries. All other trophies are required one week before the relevant competition

Classes

Categories

Beginners Print

Advanced Mono Print

Advanced Colour Print

Beginners Projected Image

Advanced Projected Image

People, Portrait & Figure Studies

Dr J C Gallagher Trophy

Mrs McKinnon Trophy

Leanne Goodall Trophy

Tom Hunter Memorial Trophy

I. Lord Trophy

Nature

The Morris Trophy

W. Hunt Trophy

Open

Albert Dunford Trophy

Ivan McFarlane Trophy

G. Padgett Trophy

Architectural & Record

Frank Bailey Trophy

Wakefield Seamless Gutters Trophy

A.E.Furmston Trophy

Sport, Action & Photo-Journalism

John M. Upson Trophy

Alpha Power Tools Trophy

Travel

TBC

TBC

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The Mark Padgett Memorial Trophy

TBC

Altered

The Fred Edmonds Trophy

The W. Baines Memorial Shield

Best in Exhibition

The Dorothy Heseltine Cup

Frank Clarke Trophy

  1. Classes of entry per category shall be as above
  2. Beginners winning the relevant category in the preceding rounds of the Bi-Monthly Competition are eligible to enter the Annual Exhibition for that year in the same category.
  3. Members may enter all the classes open to them.
  4. The maximum number of prints or projected images which a member may enter into one class is at the discretion of the member but a grand total of no more than 8 prints and or 8 projected images.
  5. All prints or projected images which have been entered for any previous Annual Exhibition are ineligible for entry.
  6. All prints or projected images which have won major awards in exhibitions at other clubs or major photographic competitions and exhibitions are ineligible for entry.
  7. No entry for Annual Exhibition should be more than 5 years old.
  8. No image exhibited in any chosen mode or medium shall be exhibited in another mode or medium in the same years exhibition or in any future exhibition i.e. a chosen image in colour print form should not be exhibited in the same exhibition as a mono print or projected image.
  9. Entries for the Annual Exhibition should be submitted on the Syllabus entry night before 9 pm. Entries may be handed in, in advance, to the competition secretary by members taking holiday on entry night, or due to shift work, etc.
  10. Print Entry Labels should be placed on the reverse top right hand corner.

Bi-Monthly Competition

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Categories

  1. Beginners’ Prints, either monochrome or colour
    (G Hepworth Trophy)
    entry = 1 print per member
  2. Advanced monochrome prints
    (Harry Johnson Trophy)
    entry = 1 print per member
  3. Advanced colour prints
    (F W Tingle & Sons Trophy)
    entry = 1 print per member
  4. Beginners’ projected images
    (T Ingram Trophy)
    entry = 1 image per member
  5. Advanced projected images
    (E Furmston Memorial Trophy)
    entry = 1 image per member
  1. This is a Club competition intended as a trial ground for possible future exhibition or external competition entries.
  2. Prints and Projected Images having won a first, second or third award at any Annual Exhibition may not be entered for competition but non award winners or “Highly Commended” exhibition entries are eligible Images having won at other Club or external competitions are not eligible for entry.
  3. No image once entered in one category can then be entered into another category, e.g. an image entered into the projected image category cannot then be printed and entered into the print category. Also similar images, i.e. closely related frames of the same subject taken at the same time, are excluded.
  4. All entries will be taken and judged on the night of the competition. Entries may be handed in, in advance, to the competition secretary by members taking holiday on competition dates, or due to shift work, etc.
  5. An award will be made in each section and trophies are kept by the winners until the next round. All points awarded for each entry in each section are recorded and the members achieving the highest grand points at the end of round 5 will be presented with the trophy at the Annual Exhibition and will hold the same until the Bi-Monthly re-starts.
  6. If a member has a genuine reason for missing a round he or she can, in the following round only, have two entries in each section and points from both entries will be recorded. The entries for the missing round must be marked with the appropriate round number.
  7. All entries are eligible for entry into other competitions and the Annual Exhibition (excluding Chairman’s Trophy and subsequent Bi-Monthly competitions)

A. MAURICE SMITH COMPETITION

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  1. This club competition is based upon a handicap system so that beginners may compete on equal terms with advanced workers.
  2. The Entry for the competition shall consist of three prints:- monochrome, colour or mixed.
  3. Entry may be a total of three prints of one class (e.g. three portrait, three record) or three mixed prints from multiple classes.
  4. Entries may be any size from 10” x 8” up to 400 x 500 mm maximum (including mount).
  5. Prints having won a first, second or third award at any Annual Exhibition may not be entered for competition, but non-award or “Highly Commended” exhibition entries are eligible.
  6. No print may be entered in more than one A. Maurice Smith Competition.
  7. HANDICAPS These shall be as follows:
    1. Competitors having received a “Best Print in Exhibition” award at any Annual Exhibition - Minus six points (marks out of twenty basis) reducing by 2 points each year to return to scratch in 3 years unless achieving award again.
    2. Competitors having previously won the A. Maurice Smith Trophy - Minus four points (marks out of twenty basis). reducing by 2 points each year to return to scratch in 2 years unless winning the competition again.
  8. All entries for the competition to be handed in on the date stipulated in the Syllabus.
  9. All entries are eligible for entry into Annual Exhibition UNLESS PREVIOUSLY ENTERED

ANNUAL COLOUR COMPETITION
(Marjorie Furmston Trophy)

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  1. This ‘club’ competition is based upon a handicap system so that beginners may compete on equal terms with advanced workers.
  2. The Entry for the competition shall consist of three digital projected images:- monochrome, colour or mixed.
  3. Entry may be a total of three digital projected images of one class (e.g. three portrait, three record) or three mixed digital projected images from multiple classes.
  4. Projected Images having won a first, second or third award at any Annual Exhibition may not be entered for competition, but non award or “Highly Commended” exhibition entries are eligible.
  5. No digital projected image may be entered in more than one Annual projected image competition.
  6. HANDICAPS These shall be as follows:
    1. Competitors having received a “Best Projected Image in Exhibition” award at any Annual Exhibition - Minus six points (marks out of twenty basis), reducing by 2 points each year to return to scratch in 3 years unless achieving award again.
    2. Competitors having previously won the Annual Colour Projected Image Competition - Minus four points (marks out of twenty basis),  reducing by 2 points each year to return to scratch in 2 years unless winning the competition again.
  7. All entries for the competition to be handed in on the date stipulated in the Syllabus.
  8. All entries are eligible for entry into the Annual Exhibition UNLESS PREVIOUSLY ENTERED.

JUDGE FOR YOURSELF COMPETITION

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Members are invited to experience the role of Judge for the evening by utilising their individual knowledge and skills in the evaluation of print entries.

  1. Each club member will be eligible to enter up to 2 prints.
  2. Each print can be of any size but must be mounted.
  3. Entries must remain anonymous.
  4. Entries will close at 7.45 pm
  5. Two Club members will administer the competition.
  6. Each print entry will be given a number at random.
  7. Individual member’s entries will not be sequentially numbered.
  8. The entry number will be pegged to each print.
  9. All entries will be put on display in the Club room and members will be able to scrutinise the prints.
  10. Each member will be issued with a marking sheet with entry numbers and will be invited to vote for their top 5 entries. Of these 5 they can give the following awards:
    1 x 16 points
    1 x 17 points
    1 x 18 points
    1 x 19 points
    1 x 20 points
  11. Members will not be allowed to award points to their own entries.
  12. Members administering the competition will be eligible to enter prints but will only have voting rights in the event of a tie.
  13. Marking sheets must be handed in to the Competition Administrators by 9 pm.
  14. The Competition Administrators will collate the scores and the 10 prints with the highest marks will be highlighted.
  15. In the event of a tie the Competition Administrators will have the casting vote.
  16. There will be a trophy awarded to the author of the print with the highest mark.

GOSLING TROPHY COMPETITION
(The Malcolm Gosling Trophy)

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  1. The competition is for a ‘set’ or ’panel’ of three related prints (maximum size 400 x 500 mm) including mount.
  2. The entry panel may be three separate, individual prints with the layout order marked clearly on the rear of the prints (i.e. 1, 2, & 3) or may be three prints mounted on one board.
  3. The entries must be ‘related’ – but that relationship may be according to the author’s design (i.e., by subject matter, shapes, colour etc.) - this is the author’s choice.
  4. No panel or set of prints may be entered in more than one Gosling Trophy Competition
  5. All entries for the competition to be handed in on the date stipulated on the Syllabus. All individual print entries are eligible for entry in the Annual Exhibition.
  6. A separate section for Beginners is incorporated into this competition (with separate trophy). Prints to have ‘B’ clearly marked on the rear.

Rules 1 to 6 fully applicable.

CHAIRMAN’S TROPHY COMPETITION
(Chairman’s Trophy)

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  1. All members, whether Beginner or Advance compete on an equal basis with no handicapping. This club competition has imposed upon it a maximum print size of A4 (mount may be larger) Entries may be monochrome or colour prints or a mixture of both with a maximum number of three entries per member. (All entries should be mounted).
  2. Entries should be NEW WORK, i.e. work not previously exhibited in any form at an Annual Exhibition or any other competition either internally or externally.
  3. No print may be entered in more than one Chairman’s Trophy Competition.
  4. All entries for the competition to be handed in on the date stipulated in the Syllabus.
  5. All entries are eligible for entry into the Annual Exhibition.

OUTINGS TROPHY COMPETITIONS
(C Moffat Trophy-Best Print & F W Tingle Trophy-Best DPI)

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  1. All entries for the competition must have been taken on an official club outing which has taken place after the submission date of the preceding years Outing Trophy Competition.
  2. All entrants in both the print and projected image classes shall compete on an equal basis with no handicapping.
  3. Entry for the competition shall consist of a maximum of one print and or one projected image per outing (e.g. six outings maximum six prints and or six projected images)
  4. All entries for the competition to be handed in on the date stipulated on the Syllabus.
  5. All entries are eligible for entry into the Annual Exhibition