Monthly competitions are an incentive for you to keep taking new, interesting and challenging photographs and provide you direct feedback from experienced judges which is crucial to improving your technique and developing your own unique style.
Waverley Camera Club runs a program of monthly competitions. Club members are divided into two levels, A grade and B grade. Within each grade are three sections:
- Printed Images – Open Subject;
- EDI – Open Subject; and
- EDI – Set Subjects.
B Grade consists of members who are absolute beginners to members that are up and coming and learning fast. The idea behind the grades is to allow the beginner and inexperienced photographer to compete in the monthly competitions without having to battle the more experienced photographer. This in effect, attempts to level the playing field giving beginners a good chance to accumulate points and get that valuable feedback.
A Grade is made up of newly promoted members through to the very experienced photographer.
For all monthly competitions a guest judge will provide feedback and will award Merits and Highly Commended to any images they feel are deserving of such awards. One image from each competition will also be nominated as a section winner.
Points are awarded as follows:
- Merit award – 2 aggregate points
- Highly commended award – 3 aggregate points
- Section winner – 1 additional aggregate point
Promotion from B to A Grade can be via a number of routes. The B grader with the highest aggregate in a year will automatically go up to A Grade, any member who accumulates a 25 point aggregate total over the term of their membership will also be promoted to A grade. Additionally, at the discretion of the committee any B Grader can be promoted to A Grade based upon an assessment of the photographer’s ability.
2017 competition schedule
|Month||Print & EDI||EDI-Set Subject||Entries due by||Judged|
|February||Open subject||Reflections and shadows||Tue 10th Jan BBQ||Tue 7th Feb|
|March||Open subject – Mono||Architecture Mono||Tue 7th Feb||Tue 7th Mar|
|April||Open subject||Colour of your choice||Tue 7th Mar||Tue 4th Apr|
|May||Open subject||Self portrait||Tue 4th Apr||Tue 2nd May|
|June||Open subject||Different point of view||Tue 2nd May||Tue 6th Jun|
|July||Open subject||Abstract||Tue 6th Jun||Tue 4th Jul|
|August||Open subject – Mono||Street portraits – Mono||Tue 4th Jul||Tue 1st Aug|
|September||Open subject||Night photography||Tue 1st Aug||Tue 5th Sep|
|October||Open subject||Panorama||Tue 5th Sep||Tue 3rd Oct|
|November||Open subject||Animals||Tue 3rd Oct||Tue 31st Oct|
|December||End of year competition||Tue 31st Oct||Tue 5th Dec|
Email your competition entries to email@example.com.
Note for Apple Mail users; please refer to this support article to ensure your images remain at their intended size.
End of year
At the end of the year we have a competition where members enter their best images from throughout the year, with two images in each of:
- Open print
- Colour EDI
- Monochrome EDI
The entry must have been entered into a monthly competition from that year, be in the same format and have no additional alterations. A print must have been previously entered as a print, and an EDI must have been previously entered as an EDI. An EDI cannot be printed and entered as a print, or vice versa.
For the end of year competition, you do not resubmit the EDI image files, please only send through a list of the image names as entered previously.
Members are in either A grade or B grade
Members promoted to A Grade part way through the year will still compete in B Grade for the aggregate points award at the end of that year
One image can be submitted in each section per member per month
Entries must be submitted by the first Tuesday in the month prior to the competition
All images must be the entrants own work including any post production editing
Entries cannot display the entrant’s name or past awards won (e.g. watermarks on EDI’s / or certificates / names on the back of print mounts)
An image NOT receiving an award of Merit or Highly Commended may be re-entered in an aggregate points competition in the next calendar year. The image may be changed. The image must be identified with the new competition date and the Competition Steward informed that the image is a re-entry. No further re-entries of that original image (or as amended) are permitted, with exception of the End of Year Competition
A grade printed images are to be mounted, not framed. Mounting is optional for B Grade Printed images.
The overall size of the mount must not exceed 40cm x 50cm (16″ x 20″) in a vertical or horizontal format. Thickness of the mount, including backing board, must not exceed 5mm. The back of each print must contain an arrow indicating the top of the print, your member number, your grade, and the title of the print
A digital copy of each printed image MUST also be submitted for projection during the meeting
EDI entries (and digital copies of printed images) are to be:
- Submitted via email (one message per member with all entries for that month) to firstname.lastname@example.org
- JPEG in sRGB colour space of 2MB or less
- No more than 1920 pixels wide and 1080 pixels tall (these dimensions can NOT be switched around)
- Named according to the specified format below
WCC reserves the right to select images entered into its internal competitions for submission into external WCC sanctioned events.
The format is: (your grade)(your member number)-(month)(year)(print, edi, setsubject)-(title).jpg
|(your grade)||A or B. Please use capital letters|
|(your member number)||1, 2 or 3 digit member number|
|(month)||FEB, MAR, APR, MAY, JUN, JUL, AUG, SEP, OCT, NOV. Please use 3 capital letters as you see here.|
|(year)||two digits for the year|
|(section)||PRINT (if the image is a digital copy of the print), EDI (if the image is an entry in the EDI open section) or SETSUBJECT (if the image is an entry in the EDI set subject section). Again, please use capital letters..|
|(title)||the name of your entry. Please use upper and lower case as you see fit. The title provided in the filename will be used exactly in the gallery, slideshow, and on certificates.|
When you put it all together it should look like:
- B111-SEP16PRINT-Best Print Ever.jpg
- A2-JUL16EDI-World’s Greatest Image.jpg
- A120-MAR16SETSUBJECT-My Entry Name.jpg
Please note the placement of the 2 hyphens and note also that the only spaces should be in the title.