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?