2017 End of Year Competition Rules

Entries for the Melbourne Camera Club 2017 End of Year Competitions will be accepted in the following sections subject to the rules set out herein:

  • Print;
  • Projected Digital Image (PDI);
  • Audio Visual - Open & 321;
  • Special Subject;
  • Print Photo Essay.

General rules applicable to all sections

  1. All financial Members of The Melbourne Camera Club (The “MCC”) are eligible to enter this Competition (except if they are a judging panel member).
  2. The original image capture and any digital manipulation shall have been made by the entrant. Notwithstanding the foregoing, image resizing shall not be considered digital manipulation. However in audio visual presentations any work by other artists (eg. music, poetry or images) must be appropriately acknowledged, and in the instance of another photographer’s images, they must be less than 25% of the total number of images in the entry.
  3. If an entry is made in one Section (eg Prints) then a substantially similar entry cannot be made in any other Section (eg PDI).
  4. Entries must not have previously been entered in an End of Year Competition.
  5. All entries for Prints and Audio Visuals must be accompanied by an entry form and must be submitted on or before the published closing date for entries – 9:30pm on Thursday 2 November 2017. Entry forms are not required for Projected Digital Images, by uploading entries you are deemed to have accepted the rules of the competition.
  6. Members are encouraged to enter only recent images.
  7. The Club reserves the right to reject any entry.
  8. All accepted entries will be displayed in the End of Year Exhibition however, the MCC reserves the right to withdraw from display any image that is considered unreasonably offensive.
  9. No award will be made in a Section or Theme unless at least two workers have entered that Section or Theme. The judges are not required to make an award.
  10. The judges’ decision shall be final. However an entry found after judging to be non-compliant with the rules shall not be eligible for an award.
  11. The submission of any entry to the Competition signifies the entrant’s acceptance of these rules and conditions of entry;
  12. All care will be taken with the handling of entries but no responsibility will be accepted for loss or damage.

Use of members' images

In consideration of submitting photographic works (including audio visuals) to any competition of The Melbourne Camera Club ("The Club"), the maker grants The Club a limited license to exhibit the submitted photographic works on its premises during the competition and any associated exhibitions. It is also a condition of entry that photographs or facsimiles of photographs awarded with a commendation or higher award ("Awarded Photographs") may be used by The Club for the purposes including, without limitation, documenting, reporting and promoting the competition into which Awarded Photographs are entered or a similar competition or exhibition ("Agreed Use"). The photographer grants to The Club the right to reproduce Awarded Photographs for the Agreed Use. The Club undertakes to appropriately credit images to the maker when Awarded Photographs are used.

The photographer retains full copyright of his/her photographs and The Club undertakes not to sell members' photographs without the consent of the photographer.

Sections & Themes

Print PDI Audio Visual
Open Open Open
Photojournalism Photojournalism 3.21
People (including portrait & figure study) People (including portrait & figure study)  
Creative Creative  
Landscape Landscape  
Nature Nature  
Special Subject -Print Special Subject - PDI Print Photo Essay
Yarra River Activities Yarra River Activities Open

Prints (Note maximum 6 entries)

In addition to the general rules above:

  • A maximum of 6 entries per worker with not more than 4 entries in any one theme.
  • May be commercially or home processed.
  • All prints must be mounted, frames are not permitted.
  • The maximum size of prints, including mount, is 50 cm x 40 cm (20″x 16″) with a maximum thickness of 5mm.
  • The back of each print must bear the entrant’s name, title, section & theme entered and be numbered to correspond with the entry form.

PDI (Projected Digital Images) (Note maximum 8 entries)

In addition to the general rules above:

  • A maximum of 8 entries per worker with not more than 4 entries in any one theme.
  • Should be formatted to project within an image area of 1920x1200 pixels (width x height) and be contained in a file of 2Mb or smaller.
  • be in sRGB colour space, and JPEG file type.
  • PDI entries must be submitted  by uploading through the Competition website (same website as for monthly competitions http://competitions.melbournephoto.org.au/ ). The competition is designated “2017 End of Year Competition”.  Entries will not be accepted by email.

AudioVisual, Open & 3.21

Please refer to the 2017 EOY AV Entry Form (FICHE) and additional rules specific to the AV Competitions document which are to be read in conjunction with the General Rules included above.

Special Subject – Print  (Note maximum 1 entry)

In addition to the general rules above:

  • One (1) entry per worker in the single theme of “Yarra River Activities”.
  • The maximum size of prints, including mount, is 50 cm x 40 cm (20″x 16″) with a maximum thickness of 5mm.
  • The Special Subject – Print will be judged by Peter Michael (or his delegate) on behalf of Michaels Camera Video & Digital. Entries will be reprinted by Michaels and displayed in their Gallery.
  • See Special Subject 2017 Additional Rules web page for more information.

Special Subject – PDI (Note maximum 1 entry)

In addition to the general rules above:

  • One (1) entry per worker in the single theme of “Yarra River Activities”.
  • Should be formatted to project within an image area of 1920x1200 pixels (width x height) and be contained in a file of 2Mb or smaller.
  • be in sRGB colour space, and JPEG file type.
  • Special Subject - PDI entries must be submitted  by uploading through the Competition website (same website as for monthly competitions http://competitions.melbournephoto.org.au/ ). The competition is designated “2017 End of Year Competition”. Entries will not be accepted by email.
  • The Special Subject – PDI will be judged by Peter Michael (or his delegate) on behalf of Michaels Camera Video & Digital. Entries will be printed by Michaels and displayed in their Gallery.
  • See Special Subject 2017 Additional Rules web page for more information.

Print Photo Essay

In addition to the general rules above:

  • One (1) entry per worker in the single Open theme,
  • Must contain at least 3 prints, mounted together on one mount board (maximum size 50 cm x 40 cm or 20” x 16”) with a maximum thickness of 5mm, consisting of related images that may be a montage, a joiner or separate photographs.

Dispute Resolution

Should questions arise over the eligibility of entries or interpretation of the rules in this competition, a quorum of the Competition Committee shall be the final arbiter.

Definitions

The following guidelines will be used to determine the eligibility of photographs entered in each Competition Theme and/or sponsored awards.  Entries that do not conform to these definitions may not be accepted.

Open: entries may fit any other Theme but will only be judged in the Open Theme.  For example, a portrait entered in the Open Theme may win both the Open Theme and Print of the Year Awards, but cannot be considered for the Best People entry.

Photojournalism: story-telling images such as are seen in the news media and periodicals, which may include documentary, contemporary life, illustrative, spot news or human interest.  In the interests of

credibility, contrived situations or photographic manipulations which alter the truth are not acceptable.  The story telling value of the image shall be weighed more than the pictorial quality.

People (including portrait and figure study): People images may contain one or more people.  This section includes candid images and formal portraits.  Figure study prints within the People Theme, will be considered for the Dr Geoffrey Smith Trophy – figure study: images of the human form, with a particular emphasis on artistic interpretation.

Creative: Creative images display a novel effect because of an unusual combination of objects and/or unusual viewpoint.  They are images that have been modified during or after exposure (or photographs in which the images have been modified during or after exposure by using an experimental technique are also eligible in the Creative Theme).  The image must have a photographic basis with the original work being exposed by the entrant.

Landscapes: aspects of the natural or urban environment not including people as a substantial feature.

Nature: Nature photography may depict any extant (not extinct) organisms (plants, animals, etc); landscapes, geological formations, and weather phenomena. May include captive animals. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, mounted specimens of plants and animals are not permitted. Minimal evidence of humans is acceptable for nature subjects, such as barn owls or storks, adapting to an environment modified by humans, or natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves, reclaiming it. Any manipulation or modification to the original image is limited to minor retouching of blemishes and must not alter the content of the original scene. After satisfying the above requirements, every effort should be made to use the highest level of artistic skill in all nature photographs. (See Appendix A).

Monochrome: any photograph containing only one colour.  If toning is carried out, it must be over the total photograph.  Partial toning and/or the addition of one or more extra colours is not acceptable.

Colour: any photograph that is not monochrome.

 

Awards

Trophies will be awarded for each Theme as follows:

 

Print of the Year Charles Du Rieu Trophy
Best Open Print  
Best Photojournalism Print L.A. Baillot Trophy
Best People Print H. McConnell Trophy
Best Creative Print  
Best Figure Study Print Dr. Geoffrey Smith Trophy
Best Land, Sea or Cloudscape Print Charles Seymour Print
Best Nature Print Crosby Morrison Trophy
   
Projected Digital Image of the Year Alan G. Gray Trophy
Best Open PDI Grace Lock Trophy
Best Photojournalism PDI Alan Elliot Trophy
Best People PDI Wilf Broadhead Trophy
Best Creative PDI  
Best Land, Sea or Cloudscape PDI Harry Cleveland Trophy
Best Nature PDI Ted Rotherham Trophy
   
Open Audio Visual of the Year  
3-21 Audio Visual of the Year  
   
Special Subject - Best Print

Special Subject – Best PDI

 
   
Photo Essay Print of the year  

 

Additional Trophies to be awarded at the End of Year Social based on the results of monthly competitions for 2016 are:

“A” Grade Prints Len P Mullumby Trophy
“B” Grade Prints Leigh Hawke Trophy
“Set-subject” Prints  
“A” Grade PDI Albert R Andrews Trophy
“B” Grade PDI Norton Hobson Trophy
“Set-subject” PDI  
“Photographer of the Year”  

 

Promotion of photography.

The Melbourne Camera Club's charter is to promote the art of photography in all its genres and it encourages photographers' free expression of this visual art.  While the Melbourne Camera Club does not seek to censor or restrict how its members express their artistic skills and freely publish their work in exhibitions, competitions and print and electronic media; we ask members to carefully consider the risk that an image may be seen by others to be offensive, which may damage the Club's reputation among members and the wider community.  The Club reserves the right to withdraw an image from display that it deems to be unnecessarily offensive.

 

APPENDIX A

NATURE IMAGES – WHAT’S ALLOWED and WHAT’S NOT

GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER
  ALLOWED NOT ALLOWED
NATURE Anything to do with natural history (the study and description of organisms and natural objects), except anthropology or archaeology.

Subject matter must be identifiable.

Anything that is classified as anthropology (the study of humans) or archaeology (the study of historic or prehistoric peoples and their cultures)
SPECIFIC SUBJECT MATTER
  ALLOWED NOT ALLOWED
NATURE All extant (not extinct) organisms (plants, animals, etc); landscapes, geological formations, and weather phenomena. May include captive animals. Human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, mounted specimens of plants and animals.
HUMAN ELEMENTS
  ALLOWED NOT ALLOWED
NATURE Human elements that are an integral part of the nature story (such as birds nesting on a man-made structure).

Scientific bands, tags or collars.

Human elements (such as buildings) that are not part of the nature story being told by the image.
IMAGE ALTERATIONS
  ALLOWED NOT ALLOWED
NATURE Cropping. HDR techniques. Focus stacking. Removal of dust spots, digital noise or scratches on film.

Subject must be presented honestly.

Anything (such as cloning) that alters the content of the original scene by adding, moving or removing image elements. Stitching together multiple images (e.g. to create a panorama)
IMAGE ADJUSTMENTS
  ALLOWED NOT ALLOWED
NATURE Techniques (such as contrast adjustment) that enhance the image without changing the nature story, or altering the pictorial content of the original scene.

Grey-scale monochrome images.

Adjustments that change the nature story, such as turning a daylight scene into a night scene.

Toned monochrome images.

Infrared images.

 

Extracted from APS Nature Definition:

http://www.a-p-s.org.au/index.php/nature-definition