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Competition "rules" - preparation of images

GENERAL PROPOSITION

Hagley have a handful of "internal" (member vs members) and "external" (inter-club), competitions each year. Any paid up club member irrespective of their time with the club, or their photographic experience, is welcome to submit images for the internals and for consideration for the externals Again any paid up members can attend our pre-competition selection evenings, take part in discussion and vote for the images they feel will best fulfil the club's requirements for the external competition. Ultimately the member appointed competition secretary - or someone acting in their stead - has deciding say.

As a club we wish to strike a balance between setting out to not completely embarrass ourselves and representing as many of the members as is viable.

As such, wherever logical to do so, the images representing the club in an external competition will be drawn from as many of the members as possible so this is more of a team game than it used to be in years gone by.

It is however not logical to put forward a sub-standard image just to achieve an all-inclusive status as this weakens the club and also means that the now included member could receive harsh critique from the attending Judge.


Whether internal or external, we are not interested in seeing recycled images or images taken just after the old King died. No matter how much you are in love with your previous "work" get out and take something new. If an image has done well in an internal then it may be a logical choice for an external (but do not be surprised if a Judge's opinion and comment does not match the Kittens and Trains approach still evident in the club internals.

If an image did badly in internal, it is not likely to make selection for external. Images entered into an external competition cannot then be entered into an internal competition, and those entered into an external competition cannot be entered into another external that includes any club that would have seen the image before. Whilst this approach may well cost us a few Judge's marks and ultimately a potential placing, we do not wish to bore either our own members or those of participating clubs.


PREPARATION

Please note that your image cannot contain your name or watermark - the image must be anonymous when viewed from the front.


DIGITAL

Digital Images (ie not printed media) should be presented at 1400px x 1050 px and, most importantly should be correctly labelled with the image name and your name within the 'file information' data.

The image should be saved as per it's title. Please see the step-by-step guide to DIGITAL IMAGE preparation here.

It would be most useful if members would also adopt this process with their images for the website and Facebook page.


PRINTS

We have updated this based on comments from judges over recent competitions -

Whilst there is technically no minimum size restriction for the print itself there is for the mount, so do bear in mind that the image needs to be viewed clearly from a distance.
The mount should be 20" x 16" and ideally the image presented within an appropriate aperture, not simply stuck on top of it.

Obviously professional custom cut mounts should offer a better presentation and quality but, if like me, you prefer to not overspend on competition entries and you do not have the skills / patience to cut your own mounts then you will find that the pre-cut mounts available from shops such as The Range are 16"x12" aperture within a 20"x16" mount. Double layer mounts will be different to this and you should check prior to printing.

16x12 is obviously a 4:3 aspect ratio - the same as the digital 1400x1050 is. If of course you have your camera set to an alternative aspect ratio (my own is set to what I consider a more pleasing 3:2) then you will need to account for this when preparing images for printing or of course ensure that you are buying correctly sized mounts.

For preservation of quality of image you should print at 300 dpi but please bear in mind that you cannot simply print an image that was already reduced to, and saved at, a lower resolution. If you have an image that has been "saved small" and attempt to print it at 16"x12" it will likely look terribly pixelated and give the effect that it is blurred or out of focus.

It is crucial to realise this if using an external lab as your digital representation will look fine and you will be very disappointed by the printed result. If in doubt, please speak to someone with more printing / technical knowledge - "Swinging Rich" would be a good choice.

The print title should be clearly legible and in the correct orientation on the rear of the mount or image - do take care that it cannot be seen through the image and DO NOT put your name within the image or on the front of the image or mount.