Competition Rules

All competition entries must be made through the online competition entry form located on the
Competition Entries - Submit Entries Page

The full details of the rules are contained in the Constitution and Rules, which may be viewed by any member upon request to the committee. It is a condition of competition entry that images gaining either highly commended or merits may be displayed on the Adelaide Camera Club website at the discretion of the Committee.

  1.  All competitions shall be open to financial members of the Club only.
  2.  The objects of the competitions shall be:
    1. To allow members the opportunity of viewing and comparing the work of other members.
    2. To select exhibits which are adjudged to be of sufficient pictorial and technical quality to receive merit certificates or highly commended certificates
    3. To discuss the merits of each exhibit and thus to encourage improvement in members' work, such discussion to take place after judging has been completed.
    4. To decide, by means of points awarded, which members in each grade are adjudged the foremost exhibitors during the year.
  3. Competitions shall be held at the meeting in the month as set out by the committee in the club programme.
  4. Competitions organisers and assistants shall be appointed annually and their duties shall be:
    1. To receive entries of images, to record the authors and titles of same and to record awards, if any, gained by such entries.
    2. To exhibit the images in a satisfactory manner so that they may be viewed by the members and judge or judges.
  5. The President or committee or a deputy nominated by the President or committee shall appoint a competent person or persons to act as judge and critic or each monthly competition.
  6. Print and digital image competitions shall be conducted in two grades, namely 'A' (advanced) and 'B' (novice) grades. Members commence in 'B' grade and advance to "A' grade under Rule 8.
  7. In case of dispute, the decision of the committee shall be final.
  8. Any 'B' grade member, after receiving ten (10) merit certificates in print and digital competitions combined may, should he or she so desire, immediately receive promotion to 'A' grade in that section. Should he or she not desire such immediate promotion it shall be made at the end of the Club year during which the member qualified for such promotion.
  9. "Silver Star" and "Gold Star" Members.
    1. Any member obtaining fifteen (15) merit certificates in either print or digital sections in the 'A' grade monthly competitions shall be designated "Silver Star Member" for that particular section.
    2. Any member obtaining fifty (50) merit certificates in either print or digital sections in the 'A' grade monthly competitions shall be designated "Gold Star Member" for that particular section.
  10. Sections: Monochrome prints, Colour prints, and Digitals (EDIs). Monochrome prints and Colour prints may be home or commercially processed. Minimum print size is 6.5” x 4.5” (16.5cm x 11.5 cm) or 29.25” square (190 cm square), Maximum presentation size (including mount) 20" x 16" (50.8cm x 40.6cm) or 320” square (2062 cm square).
    1. All images, including portion(s) used in montage etc, must have been taken by the member.
    2. All images must have a start as a dye-coupled negative, silver halide negative, colour reversal film or digital capture. This may be manipulated later in the printing stage or by using a computer.
    3. Digital capture images may be entered as a print or electronic digital image. Electronic images must be saved as a JPEG.
    4. Monochrome section to include black & white prints and prints completely toned in only one colour.
    5. Colour prints to include all colour prints and prints completely in more than one colour or partially toned, or having had the addition of more than one colour by any means.
  11. Awards: An image which has been awarded a merit or highly commended certificate in a monthly competition shall not be eligible for entry in any future monthly competition but shall be eligible for entry in a Club annual competition or special competition, if it has not been entered previously in any of those competitions.
  12. A competitor's name on prints or digital image shall not be visible when such prints or image are viewed or projected in the normal manner.
  13. Any exhibit not taken away from the Club room before the expiration of three (3) months from the date of the monthly competition in which it was entered shall become the property of the Club and may be sold, destroyed, or otherwise dealt with as the committee determines.
  14. Aggregate Points System:
    1. Each entry in the monthly competition shall receive points awarded by the judge to a maximum of 10 points per entry.
    2. The member gaining the highest total of points in each grade in monochrome print, colour print, or digital sections shall be the aggregate winner for the year for that grade. In event of a tie, joint winners will be declared.
    3. Entries will be judged in three (3) sections: Colour print, Monochrome print, and Digital. Entries shall be limited to three (3) images per section (See Item 5 below).
    4. Entries of each section will be judged in two (2) categories: Set subject (as outlined in programme) and Open subject.
    5. Members are permitted to enter up to three (3) images per section (colour prints, monochrome prints and digitals). That is a maximum of nine (9) images per competition. There is a limit of two (2) OPEN and one (1) SET image in each section.
    6. Entries for special competitions will be limited to three (3) colour prints, three (3) monochrome prints and three (3) digital images totaling nine (9) images per member.
    7. Special allowances, as advised in the calendar, will be made by the committee if more than the stipulated three entries are eligible.
    8. Awards of merit and highly commended certificates shall be as decided by the judge or judges for each monthly competition.
    9. Entries not awarded a merit or highly commended certificate in a monthly competition, may only be entered one more time in a monthly competition, regardless of the score the second time around. Images awarded a merit or highly commended award in a monthly competition are not eligible to be entered into a monthly competition again.
    10. Substantially similar images by the same author may not be entered in any one competition, regardless of categories and format.
    11. Images substantially similar to an entry in previous competitions by the same author, regardless whether they are digital image or prints, are not eligible (Entrants may be required to prove eligibility).
    12. Entries in monthly competitions will not be accepted more than 30 minutes after the designated starting time of the competition unless by previous arrangement.
  15. Special competitions
    These competitions are to be held separate from the monthly competition. For each special competition, prints/digital images previously submitted to that competition are not eligible again. ie, each print/digital image may only be submitted to each of the special competitions once, regardless of how it scores and regardless of whether it has or has not been entered in the monthly competitions.
  16. Special competitions: John Addison Memorial Trophy
    1. The competition for the JOHN ADDISON TROPHY is held annually for the most outstanding Landscape and/or Seascape.
    2. Entries shall not count toward aggregate points or awards.
    3. The competition is for both 'A' and 'B' grades together.
    4. Entries are limited to three (3) per member in each category, ie three (3) digital image, three (3) colour prints and three (3) monochrome prints. Total of nine (9) images per member.
    5. Definition:
      1. Landscape: A picture featuring the natural scenery of the terrain. Buildings, people or animals may be included providing it or they are subordinate to the scene depicted in the photograph.
      2. Seascape: A picture in which the sea or waves predominate. Coastal features or the shore line may be included to a lesser degree.
  17. Special competitions: Lou Marafioti Trophy
    1. The competition for the LOU MARAFIOTI TROPHY is held annually for the most outstanding Panoramic Landscape and/or Panoramic Seascape. This is a print only competition.
    2. Entries shall not count toward aggregate points or awards.
    3. The competition is for both 'A' and 'B' grades together.
    4. Entries are limited to three (3) per member in each print category, ie three (3) colour prints and three (3) monochrome prints. Total of six (6) images per member.
    5. Definition: A panoramic image refers to pictures with an aspect ratio that is greater than normal. The image must be of a Landscape or Seascape (as per John Addison defintion).  The panoramic photo may be horizontal or vertical. A minimum long to short ratio of 3:1 will apply (ie; if an image is 60cm on its longest side, it cannot be more than 20cm on its shortest side). The maximum presentation length (including mat) is 1 metre; and the minimum image length is 40cm. ‘Length’ applies to the longest side.
  18. Special competitions: Vince Calo Perpetual Trophy
    1. The competition for the VINCE CALO PERPETUAL TROPHY shall be held annually for the most outstanding portrait of a human being(s).
    2. It shall be open to 'B' grade members only.
    3. Entries shall not count toward aggregate points or awards.
    4. Entries are limited to three (3) per member in each category, ie three (3) digital image, three (3) colour prints and/or three (3) monochrome prints. Total of nine (9) images per member.
    5. Entries are judged by 'A' grade members.
  19. Special competitions: Eric Robertson Trophy
    1. The competition for the ERIC ROBERTSON TROPHY shall be held annually for the most outstanding portrait of a human being(s).
    2. It shall be open to all financial members.
    3. Entries shall not count toward aggregate points or awards.
    4. Entries are limited to three (3) per member in each category, ie three (3) digital image, three (3) colour prints and/or three (3) monochrome prints. Total of nine (9) images per member.
    5. The committee shall appoint a competent person or persons to act as judge and critic
  20. Special competitions: Iris Millikan Trophy
    1. The competition for the IRIS MILLIKAN TROPHY shall be held annually for the most outstanding creative image. The image submitted would have been manipulated by computer software or other means and therefore will not be a true representation of the original image. The competition is to highlight both the skills of the member in image manipulation as well as the artistic quality of the final image. The manipulation must be undertaken by the author. This is a digital only competition.
    2. It shall be open to all financial members.
    3. Entries shall not count toward aggregate points or awards.
    4. Entries are limited to three (3) images per member.
    5. All entries must be submitted a week prior to the competition night (i.e. by Friday midnight the week before).
    6. The committee shall appoint a competent person or persons to act as judge and critic.
  21. Annual Club Exhibition/Competition
    1. The committee shall have discretion to hold an annual Club competition on a date as determined by the committee in setting out the yearly programme. Provided that if the committee does not exercise such discretion, a motion to hold an annual Club competition passed at a General Meeting of members shall be binding on the committee.
    2. The sections in the annual competition, the number of entries per member in each section and the awards to be made shall be as determined by the committee.
    3. The committee shall appoint a competent person or persons as judge or judges for the annual competition and any person so appointed shall not be a member of the Club.
    4. The committee shall appoint organisers for the print and digital image sections of the annual competition and the duties of the organisers shall be:
      1. To receive entries of prints and digital images from members.
      2. To record authors and titles of exhibits and to collate same in manner satisfactory for judging.
      3. To present exhibits to the judge for judging.
      4. To collect exhibits after judging and to record awards made.
      5. To advise the President of awards made, so that any necessary inscribing of trophies or certificates may be carried out.
      6. To return exhibits to competitors after the conclusion of the annual competition.
    5. The annual competition shall be open to financial members of the club only.
    6. Eligibility:
      1. Prints or digital images shall be eligible for entry in the annual competition, whether previously submitted in monthly competitions or not, irrespective of whether any award was gained at a monthly competition.
      2. Entries may be eligible for entry in a monthly Club competition provided it has not previously gained an award in a monthly competition (as per Awards rule above).
      3. Substantially similar images by the same author may not be entered in any one Annual competition, regardless of categories or format.
      4. Images substantially similar to an entry in any previous Annual competitions by the same author, regardless whether they are digital image or prints, are not eligible (entrants may be required to prove eligibility).

Judging

  •  Each entry will be award a score of 1 to 10, indicating:
    • Merit = 9 or 10 points (certificate awarded)
    • Highly Commended = 8 points (certificate awarded)
    • Acceptance = 6 or 7 points

Prints

  • Print entries are limited to 3 colour prints and 3 mono prints. Within each of these two categories members can enter one "set subject" and two open entries. In addition members can enter a further three entries in the digital section (one "set subject" and up to two in the "open" section). This makes a total of nine entries that can be entered, three of which are "set subjects" across the three categories and six "open" entries across the three categories.
  • Prints may be mounted or unmounted.
  • Framed prints will not be accepted.
  • Minimum print size is 6.5” x 4.5” (16.5cm x 11.5 cm) or 29.25” square (190 cm square).
  • Maximum presentation size (including mount) is 20" x 16" (50.8cm x 40.6cm) or 320” square (2062 cm square).
  • The back of each print must be clearly marked with the following:
    • The title of the picture (optional)
    • The name of the entrant
    • Grade -  A grade or B grade
    • ‘Top' to mark the orientation of the print

Electronic Digital Image (EDI)

  • From the beginning of August 2017: Maximum file dimensions are to be increased to: 1920 pixels on the horizontal side and 1080 pixels on the vertical
  • Maximum file size to be no more than 3MB
  • Colour space for images should be: sRGB IEC6 1966-2.1
  • A maximum of 3 images per entrant for each general competition night, in any combination of Open Section and Set Subject
  • Competition entries are to be submitted through the competition software.
  • Close off for all entries is the Tuesday (12 midnight) before the competition, that is one week before the competition night
  • No EDI entries will be accepted on the night of the competition
  • Image titles should be short and as concise as possible

 

Definitions

Monochrome:

The monochrome section includes black & white prints, and prints completely toned in only one colour.

Colour:

The colour section includes all colour prints and prints completely in more than one colour, or partially toned, or having had the addition of one colour by any means.

Creative/Experimental:

  • Photographs displaying a novel effect because of an unusual combination of objects and/or unusual viewpoint.
  • Photographs in which the images have been modified during or after exposure by using an experimental technique.
  • The photograph must always have a basic photographic image.
  • Digital manipulation processes may be employed providing the original photograph was exposed by the entrant.