1) Only work from paid up members shall be accepted.
2) All images shall be the member’s own work.
3) Each entry shall have a title (or be identified as ‘No Title 1,2……’), which shall be announced during the judging. The text shall be clearly legible otherwise it shall be announced “No Title”
4) Each entrant will normally be allowed two entries in each competition. The Competition Secretary may limit the number of entries from each individual based on the total number of entries.
5) The Competition secretary will send an invitation for entries to the competition to all members detailing the type of competition and closing date for submissions
6) Competitors shall be divided into ability Groups. If the number of competitors is considered too low the groups shall be amalgamated.
MEDIA SPECIFIC RULES
1) All prints shall be mounted on stiff card and clearly labelled with the title, photographers name and group. The maximum size of mounted prints shall be 40 x 50 cm.
2) To ensure the start of judging by 8 PM, on competition evenings, labelled entries shall be handed in by 7.45 PM. Late entries will not cannot be accepted.
3) The rear of image mounts must be free of any residual adhesive, undried ink or any abrasive material that may damage other entries.
4) Labels or text should be positioned to indicate the correct print display orientation.
5) Prints may be commercially processed. Prints framed with glass or other hazardous material shall not be accepted.
1) Images shall be in a JPEG format. Each image shall be named as Forename^Surname-Title+Priority%Group.jpg. Where “Priority” and “Group” is either 1 or 2.
Example; Larry^Loafer-Laying About+1%2.jpg is the highest priority image for an entry in group 2.
See also chapter “PRESENTATION ENVIRONMENT”
2) Entries shall be submitted to the Competition Secretary or a designated member of the Committee by email. Late entries will not be accepted
COMPETITION SPECIFIC RULES
It should be noted that this competition is unique to HPS and intended to encourage members to photograph flora (e.g. wild plants, fungi, moss etc) and fauna (e.g. wild animals, birds and insects) within their natural environment, but without the stringent rules usually applied to Natural History competitions by the PAGB, RPS FIAP and their member or affiliated organisations.
1) In order to maintain the integrity of the image within the spirit of the competition, only minimal post processing is allowed and shall be restricted to cropping, adjustment of levels, contrast, sharpening and the removal of minor distractions.
2) There shall be no manipulation of the image that causes misrepresentation of the subject or the environment in which it is found.
3) The main subject of the image must be alive. (So, for example, a live raptor with its dead prey would be permitted)
4) Domesticated, farm, zoo, or captive animals are not permitted. Plants should be wild rather than cultivated, but images of wild animals or birds, in or among cultivated crops, shall be permitted if it is their natural environment.
5) Landscapes and Seascapes are allowed, but should not include manmade structures other than when such structures demonstrate the force of nature.
1) For each of the four Quarterly competitions, the highest individual mark is carried forward to the annual total.
2) Each entry may be submitted into one Quarterly only. Images used in a Quarterly may be used in other competitions and vice versa. Any image may only be used a maximum of two times in competition with the exception of the Annual Open Print Competition.
3) Where there is a tie, the place numbering shall continue consecutively.
SET SUBJECT COMPETITIONS (DIGITAL)
1) The subject is defined in the annual programme
2) The interpretation of the subject material is at the judge’s discretion
1) The printed images may be mounted individually, as a group on one mount, or printed together on a single sheet. If mounted individually the competitor must number each print and define the required arrangement as a sketch on the rear of the first image in the set.
ANNUAL OPEN PRINT COMPETITION
1) Any image not entered into a previous “Open Print Competition” is eligible.
COMPETITION MARKING & SCORING
The following scoring system will be used for all competitions.
The judge will award 1st, 2nd, 3rd places and three Highly Commended images. Images that are held back but not given a score will be considered as Commended. For the purpose of determining year end winners, points will be allocated as follows.
1st 20 points
2nd 19 points
3rd 18 points
Highly Commended 17 points
Commended 16 points
All other entries will be awarded 15 points.
SPECIFIC COMPETITION AWARDS
The MIKE VARLEY CUP: Awarded for the first place in the Panel of 4 competition
The ROGER BAKER CUP: Awarded for the first place Panel of Three to Five printed images.
The LINTOTT CUP: Awarded for the first place in the Annual Open Print Competition.
The CAROL BAILEY TROPHY Awarded to the Most Improved Photographer of the Year - Intermediate Group only
The PDI TROPHY Awarded to the member with the highest marks in the Digital Competitions.
The QUARTERLY TROPHY Awarded to the member with the highest marks in the Quarterly Competitions.
1) Trophies shall be returned to the Committee by 30th October each year, or if and when a membership lapses.
2) The Committee shall review the quantity and relevance of the trophies awarded.
3) The Committee shall decide reassignment or disposal of redundant trophies.
1) To provide a balanced competitive environment there shall be two capability groups: Intermediate and Advanced.
2) New members may, themselves, suggest the group in which they wish to compete. However, the actual decision rests with the committee so as to prevent inappropriate competition in the intermediate group.
3) The winner of the Photographer of the Year from Group 2, shall be promoted to Group 1. Further members may be promoted between categories by The Committee in order to sustain a competitive environment.
4) Members may request migration between groups, which may be granted by committee review. Any such request must be made at the end of the competition year. Any changes agreed will then take effect from the first competition of the season. These requests may be made verbally to any committee member but must be followed by an email to the Chair.
PRESENTATION ENVIRONMENT (This section is for guidance only)
The digital projector used is an EPSON TW2000. This projector native resolution is 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels high. The image management system used will accept an image of almost any size and will automatically convert it to fit the projector. Please note that image conversion could be at the expense of image characteristics which may be of importance to the competitor. It is advisable, but not necessary, that the competitor sizes their own images accordingly.
The expected colour profile is “sRGB IE61966-2.1”. It is assumed that an image file that is not tagged with a colour profile is to be treated as “sRGB IE61966-2.1”. It is good practice to ensure that the images are presented in correct colour profile and tagged as such. Other profiles such as AdobeRGB will probably be converted to “sRGB IE61966-2.1” using relative colorimetric rendering intent.
23 March 2011
Major layout and content changes. There are a number of trophies yet to be selected.
29 March 2011
Grammatical changes, removal of “image priority” from the digital file name syntax, clarification of
para 1 in Print of The Year. There are a number of trophies yet to be selected.
01 April 2011
Chapter “Subject Specific Rules” added.
09 April 2011
In “Digital Media” make reference to “PRESENTATION ENVIRONMENT”
28 November 2016
Inclusion of rules governing print size and limit of 2 uses of any image.
Inclusion of Priority in digital image format.
Rationalization of trophies
29 November 2017
Changes to scoring system for competitions.
Additional photographer of the year added.
Clarification of promotion rule from main competition to Photographer of the Year.
Addition of a yearly PDI competition.
Clarification of the rules for Natural History.