Any fully paid up member of the Society may enter any of the Society’s competitions, subject to compliance with the specific rules of entry governing that competition. All entries must be delivered to the Competition Secretary(s) by the closing date for that competition.
The Competition Secretary(s) has the right to refuse any entry, which does not comply with these rules.
Members will be given a Competition Number with their payment receipt for the Society’s annual subscription.
The Competition Secretary(s) may request the author’s permission to retain prints and PDI’s for use in Inter Club Competitions (Battles). Those having membership of more than 1 club should inform the Competition Secretary, as this is likely to cause a conflict of interests.
2. The Competitions:
An image may be used for a second time in a subsequent season in a different format providing it has not been placed First, Second or Third, in which case it cannot be entered for a second time. An image may not be used more than twice in any competition.
The Competitions will be in three categories:
Colour Prints, Monochrome Prints and Projected Digital Images (PDI’s)
Note: A black and white print toned entirely in a single colour will stand as monochrome. A black and white print partially toned or modified by selective colouring will stand as colour.
The Monthly Competitions:
Members may enter upto 2 PDI’s, upto 2 Colour Prints and upto 2 Mono Prints in each competition. The entry gaining First place will be awarded 6 points, Second 5 points, Third 4 points, Highly Commended 3 points and Commended 2 points. All other entries will be awarded 1 point. At the end of the season the member with the highest total in each category will be awarded the relevant Trophy.
Annual Competitions: There are 3 categories; Mono Prints, Colour Prints & PDI’s members may enter 3 images in each category. A member may use any 2 images of their choice (Colour prints, Mono prints & PDIs) that have already been used in the current season of monthly competitions.
The 3rd image must be new and not previously used in any Morton competition. No more than 2 images can be of the same subject in each category, (Colour prints, Mono prints & PDI’s), e.g. Land/Seascape, People, Flora & Fauna, Action etc. Each image will be given a score and the scores for all 3 images will be added together. The highest scoring entrant in each category will be the winner.
All images will qualify to go forward to take part in the NCPF competition in April 2020.
NB: If you do not want your images to be entered in to the NCPF competition please notify the Morton PS competition secretary by email at the time of submitting your entry for the Morton PS Annuals Competition.
At the AGM, images having been placed First and Second in monthly competitions and First in the Annuals will go forward into the Masters Competition, and be judged by club members. The best Colour print, Mono print, and PDI will go forward to be judged for the title of:
Best Overall Image of the Season.
Entries should be mounted not larger than 500mm x 400mm (20” x 16”) including the mount. All prints must show a title and the member’s competition number on the reverse (but not their name). A digital image must also be provided for projection on the night of the competition in the same format as for PDI’s. Prints may be produced digitally or chemically and may be home or trade processed.
4. Digital Projected Images (PDI’s)
Image must be presented in JPEG format with maximum pixel dimensions on the longest side, 1400 horizontal (landscape) and 1050 vertical (portrait) and may be colour or monochrome.
All entries must be presented on CD, Memory stick or email and must bear a title and the entrant’s competition number e.g. Buttermere Pines 17 (Only this form of titling is permitted)
5. Copyright Statement:
Competition entries must originate as photographs (image-captures of objects via light sensitivity) made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally. The maker may alter images, either electronically or otherwise, the use of art or computer graphics may be incorporated if the photographic content predominates. Images entered for competitions must be entirely the work of the photographer. Composite images are permitted provided all component parts meet this requirement. For the avoidance of doubt the use of images from any other source including, but not limited to, royalty free image banks and clipart are not permitted.
By virtue of submitting an entry, the member certifies the work as his/her own and permits Morton Photographic Society to reproduce all or part of the entered material free of charge for publication on the Society's website. Authors' permission will be sought should the Society wish to use an image for any other purpose. Morton Photographic Society assumes no liability for any misuse of copyright.
6. Presentation of Images on Competition Nights:
Competition nights are held in the clubroom at Morton Community Centre. During the judging a digital file of the print will be projected onto the screen so that everyone can see the image.
Members must provide a digital file with their prints for this purpose. The file will be retained by the Competition Secretary for possible use in Inter Club competitions, you may be asked for your prints for the same purpose. The projected image will not replace the print, only the prints are sent to the judge for assessment. This is just to enhance the presentation on competition evenings.
7. Print Mounting ;
Competition entries sometimes travel considerable distances by commercial carriers. Carriage is by purpose made reinforced boxes but damage still occasionally occurs.
To help minimise this risk:
Even for small prints use mounts not significantly smaller than the maximum allowed. This limits movement in the box preventing damage to prints. Use mounting tape, which is intended for the job. Masking tape becomes unstuck and can transfer to adjacent prints. Most sticky tapes exude adhesive in hot conditions, which can adhere to other prints.
8. Resizing Digital Projected Images (1400 x 1050)
In Photoshop open your image and go to Image and Image Size (In Elements Image, Resize, Image Size). Ensure the ‘Constrain Proportions’ box is ticked. For a horizontal (landscape) image change the width pixel size to 1400. For a vertical (portrait) image change the height pixel size to 1050 and click OK. Resize in the Pixel Dimensions portion not the Document Size portion of the dialogue box.