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Merit Competition Rulesa

Titles of all competition images must be given to the competition secretary no later than 1 week before the competition takes place.

A given image may only be entered once in each type of competition.
 
Maximum mounted size for prints is 40cm x 50cm (20" x 16")
 
Projected images must be 1024 pixels wide x 768 pixels high as detailed in the merit competition rules below. Note this means that a landscape format image has a maximum width of 1024 pixels and a portrait image has a maximum height of 768 pixels.

Only images taken in the two years prior to the competition date are eligible for entry to the competitions.
 
Merit Competition

There are 2 sections, Prints and Projected Images.  Each section should be considered as separate, scores are not added together.  Members may submit 2 entries per round in each section. 

Scoring
The images will be self judged by the members and each will be marked out of 10. 
Members cannot mark their own images. At the end of the fourth round we will have a winner in the print section and another in the projected image section.  

Penalty for Non-Attendance
Members who submit entries, but are unable to attend on the night will receive a penalty calculated using this formula. 
(                           1                              )  x score for the image
(Number of people present on the night)

There will also be a beginners award. Eligibility is that the member must not have won an overall section of a  previous club competition. New members are asked to state their eligibility as this is aimed at encouraging members and is not aimed at more experienced photographers who have won awards previously. The award can only be won once.

Prints:  Images must be the authors own work and must be mounted. The maximum permissible size is 50x40 cm or 20x16 inches including mount.

Projected Images:  Images must be the authors own work, presented in JPEG format and sized at 1024 pixels wide and 768 pixels high at 72 dpi. It is suggested that images falling outside of this aspect ratio are placed on a black background so they are presented in a neat way.  The image should be titled as follows:

IMAGE NAME UPPERCASE-author initials lowercase.jpg for example: BLEA TARN-sw.jpg

Set Subject: An additional fun competition of one digital projection of photograph of a set subject will be run in parallel with the merit competition. The subject for this section will be set a few weeks prior to the competition night. The subject for the first round of the merit competition will be set on the first night back.

Any image that is unreadable or contains a virus will be considered a non-entry.

If anyone has problems resizing images then please let us know together with what software you are using.  There's a video guide to resizing images in Photoshop on the website. Please remember that you can manipulate projected images in the same way as prints.