Waverley Camera Club

Competitions

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.

2018 competition schedule

Month Judge Sections Entries due by Judged
February Barry Feldman Open print: open
Open EDI: open
Set subject EDI: The beauty of nature
Tuesday 9th January (BBQ) Tuesday 6th February
March Marg Huxtable Open print: open (monochrome)
Open EDI: open (monochrome)
Set subject EDI: Abandoned (monochrome)
Tuesday 6th February Tuesday 6th March
April Lisa Saad Open print: open
Open EDI: open
Set subject EDI: Circles
Creative: creative
Tuesday 6th March Tuesday 3rd April
May Berwick panel Open print: open
Open EDI: open
Set subject EDI: Action/Motion
Tuesday 3rd April Tuesday 1st May
June Peter Hammer Open print: open
Open EDI: open
Set subject EDI: Triptych
Creative: creative
Tuesday 1st May Tuesday 5th June
July Adrian Smith Open print: open
Open EDI: open
Set subject EDI: Table top/Still life
Tuesday 5th June Tuesday 3rd July
August David Simmonds Open print: open (monochrome)
Open EDI: open (monochrome)
Set subject EDI: Architecture/Urban spaces (monochrome)
Tuesday 3rd July Tuesday 7th August
September Ricardo da Cunha Open print: open
Open EDI: open
Set subject EDI: Faces and Characters
Creative: creative
Tuesday 7th August Tuesday 4th September
October Peter Calder Open print: open
Open EDI: open
Set subject EDI: Fire, smoke or steam
Tuesday 4th September Tuesday 2nd October
November Emma Gilette Open print: open
Open EDI: open
Set subject EDI: Series
Tuesday 2nd October Tuesday 30th October
December Bill Bachman and Craig Wetjen End of year competition Tuesday 30th October Tuesday 4th December


Definitions for monthly competitions in 2018

A grade and B grade levels

Club members are divided into two levels:

  • 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.

Promotion from B to A Grade:

  • the B grader with the highest aggregate in a year will automatically go up to A Grade
  • any member who accumulates a 30 point aggregate total over the term of their membership will reviewed by the committee
  • at the discretion of the committee any B Grader can be promoted based upon an assessment of the photographer’s ability

Sections

Every monthly competition is comprised of three sections:

  • Printed Images – Open Subject
  • EDI – Open Subject
  • EDI – Set Subjects

Combined with the A grade and B grade levels, most months have a total of six sections.

A new creative competition section is being trialled in 2018. The April, June and September months will have an added section for creative images that will be judged by the same judge as the usual three sections. Entries are to be submitted along with other entries for that month, use CREATIVE in the filename. There will be a creative aggregate trophy awarded at the end of the year.

Definition of Creative is “Altered Reality.” The image must obviously display a change in natural color, form, shape, or any combination of these three. Creative images are often montages (a blending or composite of multiple images). High Dynamic Range (HDR) images without further changes are not considered altered reality. The original image must be made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or captured digitally. All images must be original and may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else.

Judging and points

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 section will also be nominated as the winner.

Points are awarded as follows:

  • Merit award – 2 aggregate points
  • Highly commended award – 3 aggregate points
  • Section winner – 4 aggregate points

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.

At the end of the year we also announce the top performing members in each of the six monthly competition sections.

Entering monthly competitions

Entries are generally due a month prior (see schedule for specific dates) to the competition night. Print entries are brought along and put into the print box, EDI entries (including an EDI of your print) are emailed to comp@waverleycameraclub.org. See below for technical details.

Note for Apple Mail users; please refer to this support article to ensure your images remain at their intended size.

Rules

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • A grade printed images are to be mounted, not framed. Mounting is optional for B Grade Printed images if they are A4 or smaller

For compatibility with interclub competitions our entry requirements follow the VAPS (Victorian Association of Photographic Societies) minimum standard.

Printed entries:

  • Entries must be matted, maximum overall size is 40 x 50cm (16” x 20”)
  • Maximum thickness of matt and backing board is 5mm
    (from 2019 this will be 3mm which precludes the use of foam core as the backing)
  • All matts must have a backing board covering the print
  • Prints should be attached to the matt or backing board across the full width of the top edge of the print only to allow for expansion. Skimping on tape means that the image can move in the mount.
  • Backing boards must be adhered to the back of the print with general purpose masking tape. Do not use Sellotape, Painter’s masking tape or Artist’s brown tape, these come loose and can stick to other prints.
  • The back of the matt should be labeled in the top left-hand corner with 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 comp@waverleycameraclub.org
  • JPEG in sRGB colour space of 2MB or less (5MB from 2019)
  • 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.

File naming
The format is: (your grade)(your member number)-(month)(year)(print,edi,setsubject)-(title).jpg

Where:

(your grade) A or B. Use a capital letter
(your member number) 1, 2 or 3 digit member number (avoid adding leading zeros)
(month) FEB, MAR, APR, MAY, JUN, JUL, AUG, SEP, OCT, NOV
Use 3 capital letters as you see here.
(year) Two digits for the year
(section) PRINT – the image is a digital copy of the print
EDI – the image is an entry in the EDI open section
SETSUBJECT – the image is an entry in the EDI set subject section
CREATIVE – the image is an entry in the creative section being trialled on some months in 2018
Use capital letters exactly as shown.
(title) Use upper and lower case as you see fit, we do not have specific requirements.
Note that the title provided in the filename will be used as-is 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.


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