COMPETITIONS

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Open Competitions - Themed Competitions - Panel Competitions - Photographer Of The Year

General Rules and Information

Club competitions for members are held during the club season at approximately monthly intervals
(see Club Programme).

Currently there are two sections, Intermediate and Advanced.
New Members wishing to enter the Advanced section must first have their work assessed by the committee.
An advanced worker cannot enter work into the Intermediate Section unless agreed by the committee.

Each competition will have 3 classes in each section: All entries need to be submitted beforehand to the competition secretaries - see each year`s programme for the specific entry date

Members may submit up to two entries for each class and determine the priority of each image as Priority 1 or 2.

Should the entry level be high the competition secretaries reserve the right to limit entries to Priority 1 images only.

Titles of the images should be restricted to 50 characters.

A piece of work can only be entered into one monthly competition.

Monthly competition images can be entered in the annual awards competition, but once used in an annual competition then that image cannot be further used in any club competition.

All print entries have a completed competition label on the back (supplied by the club) with entry name and member initials as other club entries (i.e. panel_MEM)

Entries are to be submitted by the published date unless agreed by the competition secretaries.

Competition Categories

At the club`s annual general meeting (AGM) members will vote to decide the number of open or themed competition rounds to take place during the next season.
If the members decide to host themed rounds, the theme shall also be voted on and selected during the AGM. The committee shall then provide a definition for members to use as a reference for these themed rounds.

Formatting

Prints should be mounted on a suitable mount board.
The maximum size of a print entry, including mount, is 20 inches by 16 inches (40 x 50 cm).

Each print should have a completed competition label (available from the Prints Competition Secretary) attached to the rear bottom left hand side of the mount.

Prints should be submitted at the meeting specified in the Club Calendar.

A digital image of each print submitted should be sent to: prints@forestofdeancameraclub.co.uk within 48 hours of the meeting.

The image should be:

Images for the DPI classes should be submitted to: competitions@forestofdeancameraclub.co.uk within 48 hours of the meeting specified in the Club Calendar in the same format as specified for digital images of prints.

N.B. Any work entered into FODCC competitions must be the members own work/image(s).

Judging And Awards

Judges will mark all images entered into the monthly club competitions out of a maximum 20 points (1-20), where aggregate scores will be accumulated towards the annual awards.
Please remember that all judging is subjective. Whilst we may not personally agree, we are all required to respect the judges` comments and accept their decisions.

Trophies are awarded to the club member with the highest accumulated score in each section at the end of season. Other Trophies are awarded to best overall images and for services to the club or community. See Annual Awards

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Rules for OPEN Competitions

As General rules with additional:

Open competitions mean there are no restrictions as to the theme of the image

Rules for THEMED Competitions

As General Rules with additional:

The topics for Themed competitions are determined at the AGM and annual awards meeting
The themes are not too restrictive and although open to the individual's interpretation, entries must have some element of the theme evident.

Rules for PANELS Competitions

As General Rules with additional:

There is no differentiation between Intermediate and Advanced entry
There is only one class of entry for this competition
A panel shall consist between 3 and 5 images linked by a recognizable theme, of the author`s own choice.
No more than two of these images may have been used in previous FODCC Competitions.
Different versions of the "same image" may be used.

Print panels will normally be individual prints. The first print must have a diagram on the reverse showing the desired layout of the panel.
It will be for the member to lay out the prints in the desired order for judging.
Alternatively an entry may have all images on one mount provided that the mount size does not exceed 40cm x 50cm.

DI panels should entered as a montage image showing the layout of the panel followed by each the individual panel images.
Each DI panel should be enclosed in a digital folder each with entry name and member initials as other club entries (i.e. panel_MEM)

Rules for PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Competitions

As General Rules with exceptions:

There is no differentiation between Intermediate and Advanced entry

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Important Notice

ALL PRINTS AND IMAGES ARE SUBMITTED AT THE PHOTOGRAPHER`S OWN RISK.
ALTHOUGH ALL REASONABLE CARE WILL BE TAKEN, THE FODCC AND MEMBERS CANNOT ACCEPT LIABILITY FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OCCURRING TO ANY ENTRIES, WHETHER IN TRANSIT, WHILST IN THE KEEPING OF MEMBERS OR DURING ANY EXHIBITION.
SUBMISSION OF AN ENTRY IMPLIES ACCEPTANCE OF THE ABOVE REGULATIONS.

** PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CLUBS INSURANCE DOES NOT EXTEND TO MEMBERS` PRINTS OR IMAGES. **