Competition Rules

Rules for the Bi-Monthly Competitions 2020

Club Class is only open to members who have never been awarded a trophy in a Bury Photographic Society Competition. Any member may enter Advanced Class if he/she wishes.

A) General.

Each year there will be 5 bi-monthly competitions for the members work in two formats, ie. Prints and Digitally Projected Images (DPIs). {see (B) & (C) below}.

A guest judge will be invited to comment and award marks to the work, ranging from 12 to 20 marks. Only the highest scores from four out of five rounds will then count to the final score for the year’s competitions. The member with the
highest score in each format will be awarded an Annual Trophy.

During the year each Club Class member may enter up to 10 works in each format (maximum of two per competition).

During the year each Advanced Class member may enter 5 works in Open Mono and 5 works in Open Colour in each format.

An image may only be entered once in any format of the competitions and significantly similar images are not allowed in subsequent competitions (regardless of format). In other words a member who wishes to enter all 5 rounds in both formats of the years bi-monthly competitions must enter 20 different
images in total.

NB. Any member who misses a round of the competitions will not be able to catch up in following rounds. For all the bi-monthly competitions members have adequate notice from the syllabus when these are to take place. If a member knows he/she will miss a future DPI competition then they can send their DPIs in
advance of that competition to the Competition Secretary. If a member knows he/she will miss a future print competition then they can leave their print entry in advance of that competition with the Competition Secretary who will have a print box available at preceding print competition evenings to take the entry.

All work entered must be that of the author in its entirety and the content must be photographic in origin. Any “Club Class” member who is awarded a trophy will progress into the “Advanced Class” the following year. (Any Club Class member may progress to Advanced Class without winning a trophy if he/she wishes)

All work entered shall be available, after each competition, to the Competition Secretary for use in external competitions.

Prints or digitally projected images that have been entered in the Annual Competition that have achieved an Award, Very Highly Commended, Highly Commended or Commended, can not be entered in the subsequent Bi-monthly Competition.

Bi-monthly print and DPI entries can however be entered in a subsequent Annual Competition, provided they have not been entered in a previous Annual Competition.

For the print competitions Jpeg DPI files (formerly called “thumbnails”) must also be sent to the Competition Secretary by the deadline given. These should be within 1600×1200 pixels image size as for the DPI competitions, and the file titled, all as

Parts of the following rules are based on the L&CPU and PAGB rules so that work entered may be subsequently chosen for use in external competitions by the Competition Secretary as outlined above.

B) Print Competitions.

The subject will be open and titles should be given to the Competition Secretary in advance, as notified from time to time.
The print (which can be any size) must be mounted on mount board which is 50cm by 40cm. If the print is mounted on the face of the mount board then suitable and adequate permanent adhesive must be used (red can “spraymount” or similar) Prints which are loose on the card will be rejected.
If a print is mounted behind a window mount mat then there must be a single piece backing board of 50cm by 40cm attached securely to the mat.
The maximum thickness allowed of mat, plus backing board will be 4mm.
If tape, of any kind, is visible on the rear of the backing board the print will be rejected.
A monochrome print is one which is without colour, or one in which only one colour is evident throughout, through single colour toning. (this is the PAGB definition) Prints which have one or more added colours/dyes must be entered in the colour print section of the competition.
Author’s name and print title to be on the back of the mount board.
The print competitions are divided in to two sections “Club Class” and “Advanced Class”.

The competitions are divided into three groups as follows:-
1)Club Class Entry:- Monochrome prints are judged together with colour prints and each entrant may enter two works.
2) Advanced Class Monochrome:- one work may be entered complying with the definition of “monochrome” given above
3) Advanced Class Colour:- one work may be entered.
The image Titles, together with your Jpeg DPI files ( within 1600×1200 pixels in size) must be e- mailed to the Competition Secretary no later than 1800hrs (6pm)
on the Sunday prior to the Competition, and the subject matter of the e-mail must be given – ie Print Titles. Jpeg DPI files should be saved at a quality which gives a file size of around 1MB
C) Digitally Projected Image Competitions.-
The DPI Competitions are divided into two sections “Club Class” and “Advanced Class”. Again Club Class is only open to members who have never been awarded a trophy in a Bury Photographic Society Competition.
The Competitions are to be divided into three groups as follows :-
1). Club Class Entry:- All rounds:- Both Monochrome DPI’s and Colour DPI’s
will be judged together, the subject will be open, but the entrant may only enter
two images per competition.
2). Advanced Class Entry:- Monochrome. one work may be entered, open
subject, and must comply with the definition of “Monochrome” given above.
3). Advanced Class Entry:- Colour. one work may be entered, open subject, in colour.
The image file must be in RGB mode and sized to be within 1600 pixels width x 1200 pixels height, and the colour space should be sRGB (including monochrome images.)
A portrait format image must have a maximum height of 1200 pixels regardless of the width.
Any blank areas of the picture space do not need be filled with black as Dicentra will automatically do this.
The images must be presented in JPEG format regardless of the format used to create them. Images should be saved at a quality level that gives a file size of less than 2MB. This can be double checked using the data given for the image in your imaging software Eg Adobe Bridge in Photoshop.

Files greater than 2MB in size won’t be accepted as they could not be used infuture L&CPU competitions.

The images must be e-mailed to the Competition Secretary no later than 1800hrs (6pm) on the Sunday prior to the competition and the subject matter of the email must be given – ie “DPI competition” or similar. Any untitled e-mail will be
treated as “spam”.

The images must be titled on the file ie. <golden sunset>jpg but note that the software will add the suffix “jpg” automatically so it is not necessary to type this. Author’s initials do not need to included as the software used by the Competition Secretary handles this.


Rules of our 2020 Annual Photographic Competition

The maximum entry into the competition is 20 images ie. 10 prints and 10 DPIs.

“Thumbnail” digital files of the print entry at 1600×1200 pixels max with titles, must be sent to the EXHIBITION secretary at :- garrybps” at” prior to entry night via e-mail, or handed in on CD or pen drive on entry night. File size not to exceed 2MB

Prints: All Classes. The mount card must be 40cm x 50cm and the whole photo plus board no thicker than 4mm. No adhesive tape, Velcro, rivets, studs or fastenings on the back. Use of particle board is not allowed. If a backing board is used it must also be 40cm x 50cm and fixed securely to the front board. Any entries which do not conform are ineligible for L&CPU use and will not be accepted for Competition and Exhibition. The print label must be fixed to the top right hand corner of the rear of the mount as viewed in the correct format for showing on the print light box

The definition of Mono is given below in Class 2 Section 1, and it also applies to Class 4 Section 1.

Class 1. Maximum of 10 entries per class.
Club Class prints, mono or colour. Open to any member who has not won a Trophy in a previous Annual Competition
Class 2. Section 1, Maximum of 10 entries.
Prints entered must be monochromatic images (which may be singly toned in a single tone colour). Monochrome prints which have one or more added colours/dyes must be entered as a colour print in sections 2 to 6. This definition has been taken from the FIAP definition for Monochrome and is used by the PAGB.

Except for final printing all the techniques and work
must be carried out by the author.

Class 2. Sections 2 to 6, Maximum of 10 entries in anyone section.
Open to all members. Except for final printing all the techniques and work must be carried out by the author.
Class 3 . Maximum of 10 entries per class.
Club Class Digital projected Images, mono or colour. Open to members as defined for the Club Class prints.
Class 3 & 4- DPIs- Maximum dimensions of 1600px (width) X 1200px (height), saved in JPG format, colour space sRGB and at maximum quality, with a file size no larger than 2MB.
Class 4. Sections 1 to 6, Maximum of 10 entries in any one section.

Advanced Class Digital projected images

Title format for your image files must be as follows:-
“title” as you want it to appear followed by “.jpg” It should not be necessary to type this suffix as most imaging software adds this when you save it. Send the image via email or hand in on a memory stick or CD. The title must be exactly as written on the entry form. Mac users please remember to send the image and not a “link”. E-mail image files with your name, together with a list of digital images you’re sending stating the Class and Section details as written on the entry form, to the COMPETITION Secretary at:- buryps-comps”at” Please add a subject to your emails such as “BPS DPI entry, Annual Competition” so that he knows it’s not spam or it will be dumped. Please assist him by him have your DPIs before the Entry Night so that he has sufficient time to query any anomalies that might crop up before the judging.

Class/Sections are as follows:-

Class 1. Club Class Prints
Open Subject. Mono or Colour.

Class 2. Advanced Class Prints
Section 1. Open mono
Section 2. Open colour
Section 3. Scapes, mono or colour
Section 4. Sport, mono or colour
Section 5. Nature, mono or colour
Section 6. People, mono or colour

Class 3. Club Class DPI                                                                             Open Subject. Mono or Colour.

Class 4. Advanced Class DPI
Section 1. Open mono
Section 2. Open colour
Section 3. Scapes, mono or colour
Section 4. Sport, mono or colour.
Section 5. Nature, mono or colour
Section 6. People, mono or colour

All the elements of the images submitted must have been photographed by the author. The use of elements imported from elsewhere is not allowed.

No Section will be submitted for judging unless at least three members have submitted an entry into that section.

Definitions and rules for the Sections, Prints and DPIs

Sections 1 and 2. Open:-

Any subject which will not conform to the subject matter of sections 3 to 6
( portraits of domesticated animals should also be entered in the Open Classes).
All types of manipulation are allowed.If there is a specific section for your image,
it must go in that section. Due to the amount of images submitted at hand in night, if your image “Looks” like Nature / Scapes / Sport / or People then
it will go into the appropriate section.
Section 3. Scapes:- Encompasses Landscapes, Seascapes, Cityscapes, Waterscapes images where the realism and integrity of the original scene is maintained. Entries must be from a single exposure of the scene, or from multiple exposures of that scene, all taken at the same time and merged, as used in HDR techniques. Tone mapping, stitched panoramas, and focus stacking are allowed. Combining different image scenes into one image is not allowed.
Section 4. Sport:- Covers all images of any type of Sport
Section 5. Nature photography:- Covers images of birds, plants, animals, fungi etc, provided that they are not domesticated or cultivated. Images of wild animals in Zoos are also allowed. It also covers subjects such as weather and geology provided they are titled to show their significance in the natural world. Any manipulation of the image is limited to minor re-touching of blemishes, exposure, sharpening etc and must not alter the content of the original image. Titles must be specific and correct. Latin titles are not essential if the species can be accurately titled in English.
Section 6. People:- Shall include arranged or staged portraits of people, where the sitter is aware and willing, and also photojournalism, showing public events, street photography & candids, reportage and other images which may be newsworthy.

The Centenary Trophy
Will be awarded to the entrant who accumulates the highest number of points in the Competition by adding all scores together according to the following system:-
Award = 10 points
VHC = 8 points
HC = 6 points
C = 5 points

An image may be used in only ONE Section and must not have been in a previous Annual Competition in any format. New images entered into the Annual Competition can now be entered into subsequent bi-monthly competitions, provided it did not receive any award whatsoever.

Any entry which does not comply with all the above will not be entered into the competition.

For the Landscape and Nature sections the original in-camera Raw or Jpeg image file shall be made available to the Committee if requested.

Definitions and Guidelines for Entry to L&CPU Competitions

(Combined FIAP, PSA, PAGB and RPS Nature Photography Definition 2018):
Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict 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 certify its honest presentation.

The story-telling value of a Nature photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human-created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. Processing of the captured image, by cropping, exposure adjustment, colour correction, noise minimization, dodging/burning, HDR, focus stacking and sharpening, is allowed. Cloning of image defects and minor distractions, including overlapping elements, are permitted when these do not distort the truth of the photographic statement. Stitched images are not permitted. Images entered as Nature can have landscape, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food. Access to biological subjects may be restricted. By entering a PAGB event, Photographers warrant that they have followed relevant code of practice and hold any necessary licenses.

Wildlife Images may be entered in this section. Wildlife images are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species.

Guidance Notes:
Note that images already meeting the separate FIAP Definition of Nature will satisfy this less restrictive definition.
Artistic Nature, meaning photographs which started as Nature, but which have been creatively modified to show a purely pictorial image, do not meet the Nature definition. They may be entered in “Open” events and categories, and do not count towards any Nature quota restriction.
It is not feasible to investigate adherence to the Nature definition when receiving multiple entries at an Event. Entrants should therefore expect the Organiser to consider that if an image looks like a Nature image, then it will be treated as a Nature image, even if the entry suggests excessive manipulation. Entrants should plan their entries accordingly.
It is not desirable to have an Image excluded at short notice, before or after judging, when there is no facility for discussion. In a Nature Event or Category, the Judges should assume that any Image presented to them does meet the PAGB Nature definition.
After judging, the Organiser has discretion to review eligibility, including calling for the original file of the image, and this is likely for any awards.
Scapes: This Class encompasses Landscapes, Seascapes, Waterscapes, Skyscapes, and/or Cityscapes or any scenic view where the main subject matter is the view. People may be included in the scene as long as they are ancillary and or supportive of the main subject.
Images entered in the Scapes Class may be colour or monochrome, including Infra-red and or HDR images.
Open Monochrome:
Only monochrome images, which do not fit into the other Classes, should be entered into the Open Monochrome Class.
A black and white image going from very dark grey (black) to very clear grey (white) and containing only various shades of grey.
A ‘black and white’ work toned entirely in a single colour remains eligible for the Monochrome Class. However, a ‘black and white’ work modified by partial toning or by the addition of one or more colours (e.g. a colour splash), becomes a colour work and is thus ineligible for the Monochrome Class.
Open Colour:
Any colour image which does not fall into one of the other Classes should be entered into the
Open Colour

Bury PS Exhibition 2019 Print Form Entry

Bury PS Exhibition 2019 DPI Entry Form