Competition Rules

Competition Introduction

Watford Camera Club run 3 regular competitions and 4 occasional competitions, as well as participating in external competitions.

This page will cover the internal competitions.

Regular Competitions

CompetitionDescriptionForCombination
Free group (PDI only)Enter 2 images of any kind for critique onlyPeople who don’t want to compete in the league or people new to competitionsSet Subject only
Competition league (Print and PDI)Enter 2 images of any kind for critique and a scorePeople who want to compete in the leagueSet Subject only
Set Subject (Print and PDI)1 image meeting the definition for the set subjectAny club member who wants to stretch their photographyFree or Competition league

All images entered in the regular competitions will be eligible for external competitions

Occasional Competitions

CompetitionDescriptionForCan be entered in combination with:
Open (PDI only)Enter 2 images of any kind for critique onlyPeople who want feedback on how to improve an image before entering it in a regular competitionImages can subsequently be entered in the competition league or set subject
Experimental (PDI Only)Enter 2 images of a highly experimental naturePeople who want to push their creative photography or post processing with imagery that may be too experimental for the Competition LeagueImages can subsequently be entered in the Competition League or set subject
3 image panel (Print and PDI)3 photographs combined into 1 panelAny club member who wants to stretch their photographyImages can subsequently be entered in the Competition League or set subject
6 image print panel6 printed and mounted images as a panelAny club member who wants to stretch their photography by building a panel. Experience will help when undertaking a formal qualification like LRPS etc..Images can subsequently be entered in the Competition League or set subject

Competition League Rules

The following rules apply to both the Print and PDI competitions. Every competition must have rules. The following set of rules have been developed over many years to ensure a fair and open playing field for all members.

The rules have been designed with the following philosophy in mind.

The Rules:-

  • Should be inclusive and should allow all members to participate fairly based on their capabilities (3 league tables)
  • Shouldn’t exclude members who join after the start of the season or who cannot enter every competition (can be promoted or demoted with just 8 from 20 images)
  • MUST reward quality NOT quantity (league position based on your personal average not a total)
  • Should reward the members who do go the extra mile to enter all 10 images in a competition (can drop 1 or 2 scores depending on number of entries)

The following rules shall apply to all Watford Camera Club competitions: –

  • The originating photographic material must be the photographer’s own work, but post processing and/or printing/mounting may be done either by the photographer or a 3rd party
  • Recognisable images of minors will not be displayed on the camera club website, newsletter or any social media sites without evidence of a model release form.
  • Members may not enter competitions if their subscriptions are more than one month in arrears.
  • Set Subject entries must not have been taken prior to the date the Set Subject themes were announced and the title of your image should not be the same as the Set Subject theme.
  • All competition images must be submitted via the web site using the relevant “email me” form no later than Midnight on the Sunday proceeding the competition being judged.

Levels

To allow for the different skills and experience levels of our photographers, and to allow the judge to adjust their scoring accordingly, the Competition League is split into three levels: PRIMARY, INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED for both PDI and Print comps.

New Members within the Competition League

New members joining the club who elect to enter the Competition league will be placed in the Primary Section of the Competition league unless they can show evidence of a reasonable level of competence in photography. The Club offers TWO alternative methods of demonstrating competence:

  1. Appraisal of Photographic Work by Watford Camera Club Selection Committee.
    A portfolio of a minimum of 10 Prints or 10 PDIs representing the photographer’s own unaided* work may be submitted to the club’s Selection Committee for appraisal. At the Selection Committee’s sole discretion, the member will be placed in the most appropriate Section.* Physical prints may be produced by other parties provided that the photographic image (including any manipulation) is the member’s own unaided work.
  2. Formal Educational Qualification or Accreditation by a nationally-recognised photographic organisation.
  • Intermediate Section: The following will qualify a new member for entry into the Intermediate Section:
    • A GCSE (Grade B or higher) or equivalent formal qualification in Photography.
    • BTEC HND, BTEC HNC, BTEC ND, City & Guilds, ‘A’ Level (Grade B or higher), or equivalent formal qualification in Photography.
    • Royal Photographic Society (RPS) distinctions; i.e. Licentiate (LRPS).
    • Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) awards; i.e. Credit (CPAGB),
    • Corporate Membership of the British Institute of Professional Photography; i.e. Licentiate (LBIPP).
    • Corporate Membership of the Master Photographers Association; i.e. Licentiate (LMPA).
  • Advanced Section: The following will qualify a new member for entry into the Advanced Section:
    • Degree qualification in Photography.
    • Royal Photographic Society (RPS) distinctions; i.e. Associate (ARPS) or Fellow (FRPS).
    • Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) awards; i.e. Distinction (DPAGB) or Master (MPAGB).
    • Equivalent Awards or Distinctions from an equivalent photographic organisation.
    • Corporate Membership of the British Institute of Professional Photography; i.e. Associate (ABIPP) or Fellow (FBIPP).
    • Corporate Membership of the Master Photographers Association; i.e. Associate (AMPA) or Fellow (FMPA).
    • Corporate Membership of an equivalent photographic organisation

League Tables

The following rules will dictate how the league tables are operated.

  • Separate league tables will be run for Print and PDI competitions.
  • Trophies will be awarded to the winners of the 3 levels (Primary, intermediate, Advanced) for both Print and PDI comps.
  • Your final position in the league table will be based on your personal average score of your best 8 images. (enter 10 automatically drop worst 2 scores, enter 9 automatically drop worst score enter <=8 no scores dropped) in either Print or PDI.
  • A minimum of 8 images is required to qualify for a final position in either of the Print or PDI league.
  • In the event of a tie members number of placed images will decide position.
  • In the event of a tie in the regular scoring mechanism, the totals of ‘Points’ will decide position, where ‘Points’ are awarded as follows: 3 ‘Points’ for each first place, 2 ‘Points’ for each second, and 1 ‘Point’ for each third”.

Promotions and demotions

Promotions and demotions will be calculated from the member’s images entered into both Print and PDI their combined average from all of their entries.

  • If you are promoted or demoted it will apply to both Print and PDI comps.
  • If you do not enter a minimum 8 qualifying images in either Print or PDI or 8 images in total from Print and PDI for two years you will automatically be demoted to the next lower section.
  • Promotions will be applied to the top 10% (rounded up to a minimum of 1 based on the total number of members in that group) in Primary and Intermediate sections based on the members average across both Print and PDI or is the winner of the league table in either Prints or PDIs.
  • Demotions will be applied to the Bottom 10% (rounded up to a minimum of 1 based on the total number of members in that group) in Advanced and Intermediate sections based on the members average across both Print and PDI.

To help members understand, here are some examples of how average scores are calculated as follows.

A Member:-

  • Entered all 20 comps = average of best 16 scores (2 scores dropped from PDI and Print).
  • Entered only 10 PDI = average of best 8 score (dropped worst 2 scores).
  • Entered 5 PDI and 5 Print = average of all 10 scores (no scores dropped).
  • Entered 6 PDI and 2 Print = average of all 8 scores (no scores dropped).
  • Entered < 8 entries for PDI and Print combined = no average generated and warning issued.

Duplicate Images

An image produced as a print and entered into a print competition shall not be used to enter a projected digital image competition (PDI) or vice-versa. Each print or PDI can only be entered once. If an error is made no action will be taken on the night (we will need to check our records).

For the first error the member will be given either their average score for the season or the score on the night whichever is the lowest (no advantage is gained but neither is there a serious disadvantage). For a second or subsequent error, a zero score will be given.

Regular Competitions

Choosing your competitions

At the start of the season or when you join WCC you must elect to enter either the Free Group or the Competition League. You may make 1 change per year between the Free Group and the Competition League.

  • Free group – Feedback and score only, NO places, league, promotions or demotions
  • Competition League – Feedback, score, league tables, promotion and demotion

When moving from Free Group to Competition League members will enter the league in the Primary level.

Free Group (PDI only)

The free group will be run 5 times per year alongside the PDI Comp. You may enter a maximum of TWO images per evening into the Free Group. Member’s digital images are projected on a screen and are judged by an external judge. Images in the free group will not be scored formerly but an indicative score and critique may be given.

Your images should be no larger than 1400 pixels wide or 1050 pixels tall (whichever is the greater), they should be in the sRGB colour space and saved as a JPEG. An image produced as a PDI and entered into a PDI competition shall not be used to enter a print competition and vice-verse.

Upload your Image files via the PDI Email Forms (below) by midnight on the Sunday before the competition using the file naming format:–

Title_Your Name.jpg e.g. Mountains and Lakes_Joseph Bloggs.jpg

An image entered in the Free Group May Not be entered at a later date into the Competition League. Members who participate in the free group may still continue to enter the set subject.

Projected Digital Image (PDI Comp)

The PDI competition is run 5 times per camera club year. Member’s digital images are projected on a screen and are judged by an external judge. There are FOUR categories on a PDI competition evening: PRIMARY, INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED and FREE GROUP. You may enter a maximum of TWO images into the category you have been allocated. There is also a SET SUBJECT section, which is open to all categories with a maximum of one image per person. The categories PRIMARY, INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED and SET SUBJECT will be run as a separate competition where marks out of twenty are given to each image and a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place are given to the winners.

The FREE GROUP will get feedback and an unrecorded score only, NO places, league, promotions or demotions, FREE GROUP members can also enter the SET SUBJECT section.

Your images should be no larger than 1400 pixels wide or 1050 pixels tall (whichever is the greater), they should be in the sRGB colour space and saved as a JPEG. An image produced as a PDI and entered into a PDI competition shall not be used to enter a print competition and vice-verse.

Each PDI can only be entered ONCE. If an error is made no action will be taken on the night (we will need to check our records). For the first error the member will be given either their average score for the season or the score on the night – whichever is the lowest (no advantage is gained but neither is there a serious disadvantage). For a second or subsequent error a zero score will be given.

Upload your Image files via ONE of (Set Subject is included in both) the PDI Email Forms (below) by midnight on the Sunday before the competition using the file naming format:-

Title_Your Name.jpg e.g. Mountains and Lakes_Joseph Bloggs.jpg

Printed and Mounted Images (Print Comp)

The Print comp is run 5 times per camera club year. Member’s printed and mounted images are presented to the external judge one at a time. Marks out of 20 and critique are given for each image and a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place are given to the winners.

There are three sections on a print competition evening: Primary, Intermediate and Advanced. You may enter a maximum of two images into the section you have been allocated. There is also a Set Subject section, which is open to all categories with a maximum of one image per person.

Prints must be mounted, any size mount is acceptable but 40x50cm mounts have the best impact and can be used in other/external competitions. This is also the size required for our annual exhibition where mount size is governed by our frame size. Prints for club competitions must not be framed.

Then bring your Actual Prints to the Print Competition Secretary by 7.30 pm on the night of the competition.

The print labels (available from the Print Competition Secretary) should be completed and affixed onto the reverse to the Top Centre of the print. An image produced as a print and entered into a print competition shall not be used to enter a projected image competition or vice-versa. Each print can only be entered once. If an error is made no action will be taken on the night (we will need to check our records).

For the first error the member will be given either their average score for the season or the score on the night whichever is the lowest (no advantage is gained but neither is there a serious disadvantage). For a second or subsequent error, a zero score will be given.

Upload the Image files of your prints via the Print Email Form (below) by midnight on the Sunday before the competition using the file naming format:-

Title_Your Name.jpg e.g. Mountains and Lakes_Joseph Bloggs.jpg

Set Subject

The SET SUBJECT section runs as a standalone competition with its own marks and league table. The Set Subject competition is run alongside the Competition League for both Print and PDI competitions. This competition is open to all members in all three Competition League levels or Free Group and all members compete in one league regardless of their normal competition level.

You can enter one image into the set subject which should match the theme published for that competition.

Marks out of 20 and critique are given for each image and a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place are given to the winners. The set subject competition follows all of the same rules as the standard PDI or Print Competitions.

Each set subject image can only be entered ONCE. If an error is made no action will be taken on the night (we will need to check our records). For the first error the member will be given either their average score for the season or the score on the night – whichever is the lowest (no advantage is gained but neither is there a serious disadvantage). For a second or subsequent error a zero score will be given.

Upload your Image files via ONE of (Set Subject is included in both) the PDI Email Forms (below) by midnight on the Sunday before the competition using the file naming format:-

Title_Your Name.jpg e.g. Mountains and Lakes_Joseph Bloggs.jpg

Occasional Competitions

Open/Experimental Competitions

The Open/Experimental night has been added to the WCC program, to provide an outlet for members to gain feedback and critique as follows:-

  • Open Category – Images that a member feels might be appropriate for Competition League Entry that might need further work before entering
  • Experimental – Images of a highly experimental or creative nature that may not fit within traditional camera club judging guidelines

The Open/Experimental night will be run 2-3 times per year. You may enter up to three images per evening into either or both category. Member’s digital images will be projected on a screen and are judged, marks out of 20 and critique are given for each image.

Images will be selected in a similar manner to the exhibition in that the popularity of the night will determine how many images from each member are presented on the night.

Members should ensure that they complete the email me form and prioritise the images they want entered on the basis of image 1 being highest priority.

As an example, if 30 members all enter 3 images we would need to critique 90 images in an evening which would be too many for enough time to be given to each image. Therefore only the first 2 images from each member will be presented on the evening.

Your images should be no larger than 1400 pixels wide or 1050 pixels tall (whichever is the greater), they should be in the sRGB colour space and saved as a JPEG.

An image entered in the Open or Experimental category shall not be used to enter in the other category or entered twice in the same category. However, an image entered on an Open/Experimental night may be entered at a later date as either a Print or PDI entry in the Competition League or exhibition.

If an error is made no action will be taken on the night (we will need to check our records).

For the first error the member will be given a verbal warning of breach of the competition rules. For a second error the member will be asked to explain their actions to the committee who will then take the appropriate actions to stop further infringement of the rules.

Your images should be no larger than 1400 pixels wide or 1050 pixels tall (whichever is the greater), they should be in the sRGB colour space and saved as a JPEG.

3 Panel Competition

The principle of this competition is to produce a set of three images that:

  1. Tell a story or run a theme.
  2. The tonality and colour should be consistent throughout the panel.
  3. The panel should consist of three separate images or one image chopped into three pieces.

In the print section you can use images that have previously been used as PDIs and in the PDI section you can use images that have previously been used as prints.

This rule applies to this competition only.
Images entered into this competition can also be entered separately into the monthly competitions.

PDIs
• All three images placed onto a black digital ‘canvas’ in any arrangement of your choice no larger than 1400×1050 pixels.
• There should be a maximum of TWO panel entries per person.
• There are no marks given; the winner will receive the Colab Trophy.
• There are no 2nd and 3rd places in this competition.
• Upload your Image files via the PDI Email Form by midnight on the Sunday before the competition using the file naming format:- Title_Your Name.jpg

Prints
• Three images each one mounted onto its own mount or all three images mounted onto one mount.
• There should be a maximum of TWO panel entries per person.
• There are no marks given; the winner will receive the Bhimji Trophy.
• There are no 2nd and 3rd places in this competition.
• Upload your panels via the Print Email Form by midnight on the Sunday before the competition using the file naming format:- Title_Your Name.jpg
• All three images placed onto a black digital ‘canvas’ no larger than 1400×1050 pixels.
• There should be a a maximum of TWO panel entries per person.
• There are no marks given; the winner will receive the BHIMJI TROPHY.
• There are no 2nd and 3rd places in this competition.
• Upload your panels via the Print Email Form by midnight on the Sunday before the competition using the file naming format:-Title_Your Name.jpg
• All three images placed onto a black digital ‘canvas’ no larger than 1400×1050 pixels.
• There should be a maximum of TWO panel entries per person.
• Please note that all entries must be uploaded even for the Print competition.

Bring your Actual Prints to the Print Competition Secretary by 7.30 pm on the night of the competition.

6 Print Panel

The six print panel will run once per year.
Full details will be issued before the start of the next season