General information about club competitions
Club member competitions are held during the club season at approximately monthly intervals (see programme).
Currently there are two sections, Intermediate and Advanced.
Each competition will have 3 classes in each section: Mono-chrome Prints (one continuous tone), Colour Prints and Digital Projected Images (DI).
New members may select which section they compete in.
An advanced worker cannot enter work into the Intermediate Section unless agreed by the committee.
The winner of a class in the intermediate section must move into the advanced section for that class at the start of the next season.
Each member may enter up to two pieces of work in each of the above classes.
A piece of work can only be entered into one monthly competition.
Monthly competition images can be entered in the annual awards competition, but once used in an annual competition then that image cannot be further used in any club competition.
All entries are to be made on the appropriate entry list provided by the competition secretary, spreading out your work where possible.
Entries are to be submitted by the published date unless agreed by the competition secretary.
All prints to have a completed competition label on the back.
The maximum size of entry, including mount is 20 inches by 16 inches (40 x 50 cm).
Digital images are to be supplied in .JPG format with a maximum size of 2MB.
- Landscape format with a maximum width of 1600 pixels,
- Portrait format with a maximum height of 1200 pixels.
They must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating which section they are to be entered into e.g. intermediate or advanced. Images must be named according to the convention My Name%Picture Title.jpg e.g. Katie Tyler%Lake at Twilight.jpg so that they are compatible with the club’s software for displaying digital images.
At the club’s annual general meeting (AGM) members will vote to decide the number of open or themed competition rounds to take place during the next season. If the members decide to host themed rounds, the theme shall also be voted on and selected during the AGM. The committee shall then provide a definition for members to use as a reference for these themed rounds.
Please remember that all judging is subjective. Whilst we may not personally agree, we are all required to respect the judges’ comments and accept their decisions.
N.B. Any work entered into FODCC competitions must be the members own work/image(s).
2017/18 Competition Rules
Click here to see the 2015 – 16 competition results.
Scoring for the Monthly Club Competition League Tables
Judges will mark all images entered into the monthly club competitions out of a maximum 20 points (1-20), where aggregate scores will be accumulated towards the annual awards.
Trophies are awarded to the club member with the highest accumulated score in that section at the end of season. The trophies include:
- The Roberts Cup – advanced monochrome print
- The Graham Ward Trophy – advanced colour print
- The John Knight Award – advanced digital projected image
- The Chairman’s Trophy – intermediate monochrome print
- The Challenge Cup – intermediate colour print
- The Hughes Cup – intermediate digital projected image
- Photographer of the year – member with the highest aggregate total of points
- The Hanover Court Shield – awarded for community work.
The Annual Awards Competition Rules
The annual awards competition is a separate open competition with the same 3 classes as above (monochrome print, colour print or digital projected image).
Each member may enter a maximum of 2 pieces of work in each section (monochrome print, colour print or digital projected image).
Entries can be from previous monthly competitions or new work.
The objective is to find the best work for the following awards.
Trophies will be awarded for the annual awards competition, as follows:
- The Howson Cup – best monochrome
- The Mary Weech Rose Bowl – best colour print
- The Hooper Cup – best projected image
- The Brenda Baker Trophy – best digital creative print
- The Cardale Cup – best human portrait (print or projected image).
ALL PRINTS AND IMAGES ARE SUBMITTED AT THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S OWN RISK. ALTHOUGH ALL REASONABLE CARE WILL BE TAKEN, THE FODCC AND MEMBERS CANNOT ACCEPT LIABILITY FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OCCURRING TO ANY ENTRIES, WHETHER IN TRANSIT, WHILST IN THE KEEPING OF MEMBERS OR DURING ANY EXHIBITION. SUBMISSION OF AN ENTRY IMPLIES ACCEPTANCE OF THE ABOVE REGULATIONS. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CLUB INSURANCES DOES NOT EXTEND TO MEMBERS’ PRINTS OR IMAGES.