All members of the club are encouraged to enter their photos for our internal competitions which are spread throughout the season.

Prints and Digital Images

For the Season 2020-2021, the Committee has taken the difficult decision to suspend all Print competitions until further notice due to the restrictions placed by Covid-19 and maintaining social distancing.

The club runs “league” style competitions for prints and digital images. There are six competitions, held through the season, three of the competitions have set subjects (announced in the programme, and at the previous season’s Annual General Meeting) and the other three are “open”.

There are two classes of entry: Section 1 is for more advanced photographers, and Section 2 is for Beginners and Improvers. Entrants choose which section to be in with their first competition entry and must remain in that section for the whole season. Separate trophies are awarded for each section and winners and runners-up of Section 2 are expected to promote themselves to Section 1 in the following season.

Members who are PLACED in the preceding season’s Section 2 League competition are required to promote themselves to Section 1.

At the end of each competition, each entrant’s highest score is recorded. At the end of the season, the best five of these six scores are totalled to determine the overall winners. Separate trophies are awarded for prints and digital images.

  1. Each Member may submit a maximum of two entries for each competition.
  2. No image, substantially similar image, or a digital file previously entered by the author may be entered again for any subsequent LBPC Competition, with the following exceptions
    1. Entry for PDI Of The Year Competition.
    2. Inclusion within a Portfolio Panel for the Portfolio competition.
  3. All elements of the work submitted must be the work of the Author. All files must originate from a photographic image or images taken by the Author, and the copyright of all elements of a picture must be at the disposal of the Author.
  4. The competition co-ordinators may, under certain circumstances, use their discretion to waive or amend the competition rules where appropriate.
  5. The Committee will appoint an external judge, who will mark each entry out of twenty.

Rules for Projected Digital Images (PDIs)

  1. Members MUST submitt TWO image versions per entry:
    • Image 1 –  size 1600 pixels Wide X 1200 pixels High
    • Image 2 –  size 1400 pixels Wide X 1050 pixels High
  2. Each image MUST include the TITLE in capitals at the beginning of the filename, followed by by in lower case, Authorts Name in Sentance Case, followed by Section identifier S1 or S2
  3. Each image MUST include the following identifier at the end of the filename:
    • Image 1 –  size 1600 pixels Wide: Open Square Bracket 16 Close Square Bracket [16]
    • Image 2 –  size 1400 pixles Wide: Open Square Bracket 14 Close Square Bracket [14]
  4. Each image must be in landscape format (ie. 1600 px wide and 1200 px high). If necessary, the surrounding area must be filled with a pure black background to meet these dimensions (See HERE for more sizing info). Images not conforming to this standard will be rejected.
  5. Digital Image files MUST NOT exceed 2MB in file size. Images not conforming to this standard will be rejected. To ensure Members entries conform to this size requirement, they should ensure their file size is 1.98MB or smaller.
  6. Images must be in RGB mode (even for monochrome), and in the sRGB colour space.
  7. The image file type must be ‘jpg’ (not ‘jpeg’, ‘tif’ or ‘tiff’).
  8. The image area must not identify the author or club.
  9. Files must be named according to the following convention:

TITLE IN CAPITALS + ‘by’ + Author Name in mixed case + S1 or S2 to denote which section + [16] or [14] to denote file size + ‘.jpg’

e.g. SLEEPING TIGER by John Smith S1 [16].jpg  |  SLEEPING TIGER by John Smith S1 [14].jpg

NOTE: Files not named or sized correctly WILL NOT be entered in the competition.

Rules for Mobile Photography Competition

  1. Members MUST submitt One image per entry
  2.  Image size 1600 pixels wide X 1200 pixels high
  3. Each image MUST include the TITLE in capitals at the beginning of the filename, followed by by in lower case, Authors Name in Sentance Case
  4. Each image must be in landscape format (ie. 1600 px wide and 1200 px high). If necessary, the surrounding area must be filled with a pure black background to meet these dimensions (See HERE for more sizing info). Images not conforming to this standard will be rejected.
  5. Digital Image files MUST NOT exceed 2MB in file size. Images not conforming to this standard will be rejected. To ensure Members entries conform to this size requirement, they should ensure their file size is 1.98MB or smaller.
  6. Images must be in RGB mode (even for monochrome), and in the sRGB colour space.
  7. The image file type must be ‘jpg’ (not ‘jpeg’, ‘tif’ or ‘tiff’).
  8. The image area must not identify the author or club.
  9. Files must be named according to the following convention:

TITLE IN CAPITALS + ‘by’ + Author Name in mixed case + ‘.jpg’

e.g. SLEEPING TIGER by John Smith.jpg

NOTE: Files not named or sized correctly WILL NOT be entered in the competition.

Rules for Prints

  1. Prints must be mounted, on a mount of sufficient thickness that will stand when supported on its lower edge.
  2. The print may be any size not larger than 40x50cm overall including the mount. There must be no velcro on the mount, and the print must not be mounted in such a way that other prints may be damaged when stacked.
  3. The print title, member’s name and section must be on the reverse of the print. The front of the print may optionally show the title, but must not identify the author.
  4. Trade, home processed, digital, monochrome or colour prints are accepted in both sections.
  5. Titles must be sent to the Print Co-Ordinator (lbpcprint@gmail.com) one week before the competition. The prints must be handed to the Print Co-ordinator by 7.45pm on the night of the competition.
  1. At least 75% of the AV content must be the original work of the author. and must comply with any copyright legislation.
  2. The presentations need to last between two and twelve minutes and be accompanied by a soundtrack.
  3. The sequences must run with no additional software requirements and without a ‘run box’, and they must return to the desktop at the end.
  4. Sequences must be anonymous; neither the club nor the author’s name must appear.
  5. To comply with copyright rules, the author must hold copyright or licences for soundtracks, or use royalty-free material. No reference to the music/soundtrack must be shown.
  6. The committee will appoint an external judge who will select the first, second and third place entries.
  • Two Digital Images Files PER ENTRY, must be uploaded to the appropriate Dropbox link by the end of the Friday before the
    competition:

    • Image 1 –  size 1600 pixels Wide: Open Square Bracket 16 Close Square Bracket [16]
    • Image 2 –  size 1400 pixles Wide: Open Square Bracket 14 Close Square Bracket [14]
  • Files must be named according to the following convention:
    •  TITLE IN CAPITALS + ‘by’ + Author Name in mixed case + S1 or S2 to denote which section + [16] or [14] to denote image size + ‘.jpg’
    • i.e. SLEEPING TIGER by John Smith S1 [16].jpg  |  SLEEPING TIGER by John Smith S1 [14].jpg

NOTE: Image Files incorrectly named or sized WILL NOT be entered into the competition.

  • PDI image files must be submitted via Dropbox (Click HERE for submission links) In addition, submission links are published on the LBPC Programme Calendar (See HERE).
  • In exceptional circumstances and by prior agreement, competition entries may be submitted via email to lbpcpics@gmail.com with the subject line:
    • PDI [Season] [Competition Name] Eg. PDI 2020-21 Open1 or PDI 2020-21 Reflections

Due to the restrictions imposed by Covid-19, the Committe has taken the difficult decision to suspend ALL Print competitins for the 2020-21 Season.

The prints must be handed to the Print Co-ordinator by 19.45 on the night of the competition.

In addition, a digital image (conforming to Club PDI standard) of the print must be sent to the Print Co-ordinator by the end of the Sunday before the competition. This will be projected while the print is being judged, so members can see the image more clearly. The judge will base all
comments and scores solely on the printed version.

PDI image files must be submitted via Dropbox (Click HERE for submission links) In addition, submission links are published on the LBPC Programme Calendar (See HERE).

In exceptional circumstances and by prior agreement, competition entries may be submitted via email to lbpcprint@gmail.com

  • All AVs must be supplied on a standard USB stick containing one or more .EXE programmes.
  • All sequences will be copied to the club’s laptop hard drive for projection at the Competition.
  • Sequences must be given to the Projected Image Co-ordinator one week before the competition.
  • Titles must be emailed to paul.searle5@talktalk.net one week before the competition. Memory sticks will be returned on
    competition night.
  • Some judges prefer pre-judging. If this is the case entrants will be advised if their entries are required further in
    advance.

The club runs “league” style competitions for prints and digital images. Separate trophies are awarded for prints and
digital Images.

There are six competition evenings, held through the season. Three of the competitions have set subjects (announced
in the programme, and at the previous season’s Annual General Meeting) and the other three are “open”.

“Set Subjects” for 2020-2021 are:

  • At Home or Garden – This set subject competition can depict any subject in which the predominant / Focal interest of the image was taken in the authors Home or Garden during 2020.
  • Pairs – Any photograph in which the predominant/focal interest of the image is a ‘PAIR’. The subject of the image must show two things of the same appearance and size that are intended to be used together, or something that consists of two parts joined together. It MUST NOT contain a subject where PAIR is used to describe a single object, such as a pair of scissors, glasses, shoes, gloves etc.
  • Reflections – Any photograph in which the predominant/focal interest of the image is a Reflection.

There are two classes of entry: Section One is for Advanced Photographers, and Section Two is for Beginners and Improvers. Separate trophies are awarded for each section.

Each season entrants may choose which section to be in when they make their first competition entry for the current season. They then remain in that section for the whole season.

Entrants in Section 2, who are particularly successful (such as the trophy winner, the runner up, and anyone else consistently achieving high marks for individual images) are encouraged to consider moving to Section 1 for the following season. (They are not obliged to do this. But they should find the extra challenge will help them further develop their photography.)”

Each member may submit a maximum of two entries for each league competition.

The committee will appoint an external judge, who will mark each entry out of twenty. At the end of the season, the
best scores achieved in five of the six competitions in each category will be accumulated to determine each member’s
placing.

The ‘Print Of The Year’ and ‘PDI Of The Year’ competitions are held at the same time. They are held at the end of the season, following the completion of the Clubs League Competitions.

  1. Members may submit up to two images in total, print or digital image. In accordance with the Clubs Competition general rules.
  2. All images must conform to the rules as set out in General Competition Rules, Rules For Print and Rules For PDI.
  3. Each image MUST have previously been entered into its respective format category (Print or PDI) and in one of that season’s six club league competitions. These are the three “Open” and three “Set Subject” competitions only.
  4. Images may be amended to take account of the judge’s comments (inc. image title) at the original competition.
  5. There are no sections (S1 or S2); members of both sections are invited to select their best work from that season. All members compete equally against each other.
  6. The Committee will appoint an external judge for the ‘Print Of The Year’ and ‘PDI Of The Year’ competitions.
  7. The Judge will select the first, second and third place for images entered into both the ‘Print Of The Year’ and ‘PDI Of The Year’ competitions.
  8. The Judge may at his/her discretion award Commended and Highly Commended awards to those images they consider warrant recognition.

For this competition, held at the end of the season, members may submit up to two images, print or digital image that
they have previously entered in one of that season’s six club league competitions. These are the three “Open” and three “Set
Subject” competitions only.

This annual competition is for portfolios of 3-5 Prints or Digital Images, to be judged as a panel.

There are NO Section 1 or Section 2 categories in this competition. All members compete equally against each other.

Titles are required and the images must show some link, identifiable by the judge. For example, a common colour,
subject or shape.

Members may enter both the print and digital portfolio competitions.

Each member may enter up to two portfolios as either prints or digital Images, or one of each.

The committee will appoint an external judge who will select the first, second and third place portfolios for both prints and digital Images.

The committee reserves the right to withdraw portfolio submissions if the overall entry is larger than can be dealt with
by the judge in the time available. Members will be consulted.

How to enter the Portfolio competition

Please also refer to the General Requirements for details of how to prepare images for entry.

Prints: A print entry consists of 3, 4 or 5 mounted prints (monochrome, colour or a mixture) to be viewed
simultaneously.

Each print’s position must be marked on the back, either by numbering from left to right (when
viewed), or labelled ‘Left’, ‘Inner Left’, ‘Centre’, ‘Inner Right’ and ‘Right’. The back must also be marked with the
Member’s name.

When deciding the size for Prints, it may help to remember that the Club’s print stand is 6 feet (180cm) wide and the
prints will be displayed side by side.

Digital Images: A PDI entry consists of 3, 4 or 5 images combined into one projectable 1400 x1050 pixel image.

Pictures may be sized and positioned as required within the frame. A plain monochrome background must be used –
the background must NOT be one of the images. The file must be named as described in the General Requirements.

This biennial print competition was established in memory of former club member Howard Morris. Traditionally, this is a print-only competition, open to all members. However, due to Covid-19 restrictions and the Clubs temporary suspension of Print competitions for the Season 2020-21, this is now a PDI competition.

  1. Members may submit up to two images in total, in accordance with the Clubs Competition general rules.
  2. All images must conform to the rules as set out in General Competition Rules.
  3. Each image MUST NOT have previously been entered into the MHMT, or any club league competition.
  4. There are no sections (S1 or S2); members of both sections are invited to select their best work from that season. All members compete equally against each other.
  5. The subject matter is open.
  6. Black & White only.
  7. Each member may submit up to two entries, that have NOT been, entered into any club “league” competition.

The Committee will appoint an external judge who will select the first, second and third place entries.

To encourage more landscape work, Barbara Fleming has sponsored this biennial competition. It is open to all members with no sections. The subject matter is “Landscape”.

Entries must not be or have been, entered into any club “league” competition.

Each member may submit up to two entries, as either prints or digital Images, or one of each. The Committee will appoint an external judge who will select the first, second and third place entries for both prints and digital Images, and the overall winner from the 1st placed Print and PDI.

The AV competition is for digital presentations only and is open to all members. The subject matter is open. Each member may submit up to two entries.

The presentations need to last between two and twelve minutes and be accompanied by a soundtrack. At least 75% of the AV content must be the original work of the author. The sequences must run with no additional software requirements and without a ‘run box’, and they must return to the desktop at the end.

Sequences must be anonymous; neither the club nor the author’s name must appear. To comply with copyright rules, the author must hold copyright or licences for soundtracks, or use royalty-free material. No reference to the music/soundtrack must be shown.

The committee will appoint an external judge who will select the first, second and third place entries