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Rules

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. The images will be self judged by the members and each will be marked out of 10. Members who submit entries, but are unable to attend on the night will receive a penalty calculated using this formula. (1/number of people present on the night) x score for the image.

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. 

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 months prior to the competition night. The subject for the first round of the merit competition will be set on the first night back.

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

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.
 
Annual Competition
 
Photographers can enter up to 6 images across the following classes:
 
Pictorial - a scenic image such as a landscape or creative image. Composite images may be entered, but the majority of the image composition must be the photographers own work.
Portrait - Human 
Flora and Fauna - A category for your wildlife, animal and flower images. Animals may be captive and normal digital image manipulation may be carried out on the images.

An additional 2 images may be entered into the Set Subject category- The 2015/16 subject is "Action"
 
The competition will be judged by an external judge. There are 2 parts to the competition Prints and Projections which will be held on separate nights with different judges
 
Jaguar Land Rover Panel Competition
 
Entries will consist of a panel of 3 images. Each member can enter up to 2 panels.
 
Images can be prints, or digitally projected but not mixed within a given panel.
 
Entries will be judged by an external judge and the highest panel score will win.
 
Photographer of the Year Competition
 
From 2014/15 this award will be made based on a photographer's overall scores from the Merit, Panel and Annual competitions. The points scoring system is shown on the results page.
 
Jaguar vs Daventry vs Stratford vs Leamington
 
Each club will enter 7 prints and 7 digitally projected images. (Maximum of 2 images in each section from each member)
 
Entries will be judged by an external judge.

Novice Members DPI Competition
This competition is open to members who have never won a competition or section of a competition before the start of the current season. It will be judged in the same way as the merit competition with everyone except the author awarding each image a score out of 10.

Each eligible member may enter 4 images and the winner will be the member with the highest aggregate score. 

Images must be the author's 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

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.

Practical Outing DPI Challenge

Each member can enter 2 images from JPS practical events from the past year, these have been:
  • The Victory Show
  • Macro
  • Coventry Photo walk
  • Red Deer
  • Fireworks
  • Lighting patterns
  • Portrait head shots
  • Macro & flower
  • Better on camera flash
  • Portrait compositing
  • Wales waterfalls

 It will be judged in the same way as the merit competition with everyone except the author awarding each image a score out of 10.

Images must be the author's 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

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.