Competitions

Digital Projected Images

Rules for the Digital Projected Images competition

Types of image

Images may be captured by digital camera or digital scanning (by photographer or lab) of negatives, slides or prints.

Displaying images for the competition

The images will be projected by data projector in landscape format at a screen resolution of 1400 x 1050 pixels.  Images which are smaller than 1400 by 1050 pixels will be displayed as is (i.e. they will not be made any bigger) and will be automatically surrounded by black as required to fill the displayable area when presented for judging.  (Filling out the canvas size to match the displayable area is now unnecessary.)  If you are unsure how to resize your image please see the instructions on “How to resize your image” below.

Number of images and scoring

You can enter up to 4 images. Your entries will be judged as individual images.  We will collate individual marks to produce scores for the Group competition, as done for the recent Best Landscape Cup competition.

Image size

Landscape images should be a maximum of 1400 pixels wide and 1050 high.

Portrait images should be a maximum of 1050 pixels high. This includes any border or frame around the image. Each entry should be no more than 1mb in size.

If you are not familiar with sizing your images in Photoshop, Lightroom or other editing software than the simplest approach is to download the free Fotosizer Standard edition software, which is very simple to use.

 Image format

Images should be saved as ’jpg’ with sRGB accepted as the colour space.  It is strongly recommended that submitted images should have been converted to the sRGB colour space, otherwise the judge will probably not see the same colours that you do!

Image naming

The file name of each image must match the title as saved.

Image 01 (title)…your name

Image 02 (title)…your name

Image 03 (title)…your name

Image 04 (title)…your name

eg Image 02 (Bay of Fires)…David Townshend

 

All entries received will be acknowledged by a return email.  Please contact the Secretary 48 hours after sending if no acknowledgement has been received.

Any work submitted after the closing date of the competition will not be included.

 

 

Competition Rules

Competition rules

1.1. Exhibitors must complete a judging sheet. Only members entering images shall be entitled to vote.

2. The competition will be in two parts:- a. Individual Print b. Group Prints will be a panel of four.

3. The print size shall not exceed A5 in size. (Variation in format is permitted as long as the area is equivalent to A5). This may be varied for designated competitions.

4. Members should indicate which image they consider to be first, second, third and fourth by writing 1, 2, 3, 4 on the official marking form. When considering placings, members should take account of the Society’s Guide to Marking Competitions (PICS).

5. Individual prints will be displayed first, followed by the Group.

6. Individual print must be part of the Group.

7. Images can be manipulated at the discretion of the member by using camera, camera images effects built into cameras, computer or darkroom techniques unless the subject is specified ‘Natural History’.

8. When judging is complete, the results will be tabulated and counted. Finalised scores will be double checked by two members and displayed.

9. The points awarded are as follows: 1st 10 points 2nd 9 points 3rd 8 points 4th 7 points All other positions 6 points. The first four places of the monthly competition will be announced at the meeting and the result grid will be attached to the next month’s newsletter.

10. Name labels will be available if exhibitors wish to identify their photographs.

11. Formal discussion of the images submitted for the competition is encouraged but members should reserve any comments until after all members have marked the photographs and handed in their score sheets. Unless there is a Speaker at the meeting all prints will be retained on view for a period in order for members to review and talk about the pictures submitted for the monthly competition.

12. Monthly totals will be aggregated as the competitions progress throughout the calendar year.

13 Members not present at the meeting and wishing to exhibit may do so. Their prints will be marked in accordance with the above rules by members present.

14 At the December Meeting an Open Competition will be held. Each Member who has a current membership of at least three months can submit one photograph up to a maximum of A4 size which may or may not have been submitted previously in the relevant calendar year to compete for the ‘Best Picture of the Year’ Competition. The image MUST be taken in the present calendar year. The scoring for this competition will use the system used for scoring ‘single’ prints during the monthly competitions or be by an invited outside judge

Redrafted by Committee October 2015 Accepted at AGM October 2015 Effective from January 2016

Guide to Marking the competition P-I-C-S 

 

Members may like to use the following guidelines to assist them in awarding marks

P…………………..Presentation………………………………………Suggested mark out of 1
Is the image presented well?
Is the presentation clean and neat?
Is it a mount in sympathy with the photos elements?
/ Does it enhance the image?
Is the colour of the mount in sympathy with the colours of the image?
Is any border present in sympathy with image?
Is the image printed well? (eg Details in highlights and shadow)
I…………………….Interpretation……………………………………… Suggested mark out of 3 
Is the competition title interpreted?
Is the interpretation straightforward/obtuse/clever/amusing/etc?
Is the colour reproduction suitable?
OR Is contrast and tone suitable (monochrome)?
Is composition of image elements used to advantage?
(eg Rule of thirds, perspective, vanishing point , symmetry, Triangulation, colour combination,)
C…………………..Camera technique………………………………………Suggested mark out of 3
Is the technique used well executed?
Is the technique used to enhance the image?
Is the technique used to enhance the interpretation used?
Are f stop / shutter speed/ ISO setting used to an advantage?
Is noise / film grain used to advantage?
Are focus / blurring used to an advantage?
S…………………..Suitability…………………………………………………Suggested mark out of 3
Does the whole package please you?
Do you like it?

September Meeting

The Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society held their competition in September with the theme of Open, giving the photographers the opportunity to show any subject.

Tom Carlill was 1st in the individual and group with pictures of a paint, throwing dancer from a photography event in aid of Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough

Veronica Watson came 2nd in both competitions with images of horse from Iceland. The images were noticeable for the clarity of detail on the horses and the quality of the monochrome effect

Julie Coles was 3rd in the Individual and joint 4th in the group with a series of pictures showing the dramatic encounter of two herons and their reflections in the water

Sam Stubbs took 4th place in individual competition and 3rd in the group competition with pictures of cream and pink flowers. The lighting and composition of the flowers showed the detail within the flowers

StJohn Burkett was joint 4th in the group competition with a collection of striking silhouettes from a range of locations

June Meeting 2019

At their June meeting, members of the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society competed for the Annual Portrait Cup competition. 

The Society invited Jim Hartje from Peterborough to judge the competition. Jim, a judge for the East of England Photographic Federation with skills in many areas of photography, commented on and scored all images from the members, applying competition standards.

Veronica Watson won the competition with a delightful image of a young girl in a light coloured dress but unusually for a portrait she was in profile. 

In second place was Tom Carlill’s creative shot “I have nothing” showing a poker player with the face of the cards reflected in his glasses

Gordon Brown came third with his image of a young woman looking over her shoulder with clear bright eyes and Dave Baxter came fourth with his colourful portrayal of a Morris Man.

April Meeting 2019

The April competition created a real challenge for members with the topic of Emotion, however a wide range of images were presented. The individual image was won by Andy Hunting with a classic wedding image with loads of emotion and a good composition. One can only guess as to the reason for the emotion. Andy took first place in the Group Competition.

First Place Individual Andy Hunting

Second place was taken by Sue West with an image showing “anxiety” showing excellent contrast between the skin and the lined face. Sue also took second place in the Group competition.

Second Place Individual Sue West

Second Place Individual Sue West

Third place in the Individual competition and fourth place in the Group were taken by Wally Lodge and St.John Burkett was fourth in the Individual and third in the Group competition.

March Meeting 2019

The Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society held their Digital Projected Image competition in March with the theme of Yellow. The competition was judged by Gareth Gough who had a difficult job due to the high quality of the 48 images entered into the competition. The final results showed a diverse range of subjects and photographic techniques.

Andy Hunting dominated the competition with a range of pictures that showcased his travels and a range of bold yellow objects

First Place - Red Rock Canyon

First Place – Red Rock Canyon

Veronica Watson was 2nd with a mixture of flowers and easter chickens that showed excellent composition and imagination

Second Place - You're Late

Second Place – You’re Late

Gordon Brown was 3rd with a collection of wonderful underwater images showcasing clever lighting in difficult conditions

Third Place - Big Eye

Third Place – Big Eye

St.John Burkett was 4th with a range of different yellows. These included an image of a dew-spangled flower in which he had immaculately captured the details

Fourth Place - Flower Dew

Fourth Place – Flower Dew

February Meeting 2019

 

 

The competition subject for the February meeting of the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society was “Speed” and this resulted in a wide interpretation of the subject being entered, including motorbikes, trains, bicycles and cars

First Place Individual

First Place Individual

Veronica Watson won the Individual monthly competition with her image of a cyclist at speed taken using a panning technique to freeze the cyclist but blur the background. Veronica was also successful in the Group competition where her selection of images took second place and wowed members with her selection of four images demonstrating a solid technique.

Second Place Individual

Second Place Individual

Tom Cargill came second in the individual section with strong image of two motorcycle speedway bikes in action. The red jacket of the front rider and the sharpness of the image making it very eye catching. This photo was also included in his series of images for the Group competition where he came first. All his images were on the same theme, accurately recording the riders’ speed and control of their machines.

Third Place Individual

Third Place Individual

Andy Hunting’s image of a Red Car in Cuba came in third place in the individual competition but his skilfully crafted selection of images including a horse with rider, canoeist and display aircraft resulted in third place as well in the Group competition.

Fourth Place Individual

Fourth Place Individual

A young surfer was the subject of St.John Burket’s fourth placed entry, capturing the excitement of the ride on the wave.

The next Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society meeting will be on Thursday 21stMarch, 8pm, when we the competition will be Digitally Projected Images with a subject of “Yellow” .

Visitors and new members are very welcome. Please see www.stamford-photosoc.org.ukor contact secretary Gordon Brown at secretary@stamford-photosoc.org.ukfor further details of our monthly meetings.

September Meeting – 2018

Curves
 
The September competition theme was Curves
 
1st in the individual was Tom Carlill who captured the curved loop in the Ingoldmells rollercoaster. His group also came 1st and covered a range of curves from different holiday destinations.
 
First Individual - Tom Carlill

First Individual – Tom Carlill

 
John Hillier was 2nd in the individual and 3rd in the group. His individual picture has airlines crossing within the curves of a sculpture in Barcelona
 
David Harris was 3rd in the individual and 4th in the group. His individual pictures was the curved smoke from an aircraft display at RAF Waddington
 
St.John Burkett was 4th in the individual competition with a curved path to the waterfalls at Plitvice in Croatia
 
3rd Individual - StJohn Burkett

3rd Individual – StJohn Burkett

 
Robin Pearson was 2nd in the group competition with a selection of curves from fame equipment