ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CLUB COMPETITIONS ...and more!
Don't be nervous, your pictures will be interesting to other people. The judge's comments are intended to be constructive and to help you improve your images. Please remember that the judge only offers his opinion, the rest of the audience may disagree with him. He will often be unaware of the limitations on your viewpoint. The classic comment is to suggest moving to the right or left for a shot of a boat at Mersea, which would place the photographer up to their neck in water, swimming for their life.
Judges at MIPS are usually experienced members of other camera clubs who are prepared to comment on images, and whose assessment standard has normally been approved by a panel of other judges organised by the EAF.
Your first entry will normally be in the Strood Class, which will give the judge some idea of your experience, and therefore does not produce a hyper critical analysis of an image which would be useful to an expert but might discourage others. Note that the class entered is the only guide available to the judge. Members names are concealed until after the commentary; this is why you do not put your name or Title on the front of prints.
Preparing Print Images
It is advisable to mount your print in or on a stiff card measuring 50cm. by 40 cm. Most inter-club competitions that our club participate in demand this size. An A4 print in this size mount often looks very impressive.
Label or write on the back of the mount, the title of your image, your Name, and class. It may also help if you add the club name, in case the judge mixes prints with other clubs while he previews them.
Title - Your Title
Class: Strood or Blackwater
Bring your Prints to the club on the 'hand-in' date for the competition you wish to enter. Entries can be handed in early, by previous arrangement with the print secretary, but may not be handed in late.
The club's digital projector and software require images to be a specific maximum size in pixels; 1024 by 768. Camera images can be reduced to this size using image editing software such as Photoshop. Please remember to save the reduced image under a new filename and as a jpg, or the original image may be lost. Note - the 'pixels per inch' value displayed in the resize window only applies to printed images, and is not used for projected ones. The club equipment is calibrated to achieve the best possible colour fidelity, but all computer equipment interprets colour slightly differently. What you see on your own screen may vary slightly when reproduced on the club equipment. The colourspace should be set to sRGB.
The club software uses a specific format for image filenames to identify the title and photographer so images to be entered must be saved with the correct form, or re-named to meet this need.
Title – Name .jpg Do Not use Full Stops or Commas in your Filename
The Digital Image secretary will accept images supplied on CD, DVD, USB memory stick or by email. The preferred email address is email@example.com
Hand In dates
For Digitally Projected Image competitions the 'hand-in' date is usually 3 days before the competition date. This allows time for the secretary to insert all the images into the software and check that they are correctly prepared. The images are sorted into a random display order.
For Print competitions entries may be ‘Handed in’ on the evening of the competition.
COMPETITION RESULTS 2013-2014
10th OCTOBER 2013
1st. 'FORSAKER WATERFALL by Dave Yardley
2nd. SPRAY AT SPEED by Caroline Bolingbroke
3rd. BRITISH SUPERBIKES by Tori Andrews
STEPPE EAGLE IN FLIGHT by Barry Weaver
WING WALKER by Dick Waylen
PRINTS STROOD CLASS
1st. CALM BEFORE THE STORM by Phil Passfield
2nd. JUVENILE GANNET by Tori Andrews
BLUE by Tori Andrews
3rd. SCOTTISH LIFE by Vic Prior
DANDELION by Barratt Hart
WAITING FOR THE TIDE by Alan Weaver
PRINTS BLACKWATER CLASS
1st. EVENING GLOW AT IPSWICH MARINA by Barry Weaver
2nd. GABRIELA by Tori Andrews
3rd. END OF THE LINE by Barry Weaver
STEPS AND DAISIES by Dick Waylen
LOWER WHEAL COATE MINE by Dick Waylen
ANALYSIS TABLES 2013-2014
"Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography." ~George Eastman