Wanganui Camera Club
Entering competitions is part of the involvement and fun of being a camera club member!
The club has two regular competitions:
the aggregate competition
the annual trophy competitions.
The Wanganui Camera Club Rules are based on the Photographic Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) guidelines and rules.
In general you can submit mounted prints (MP) and/or projected digital images (PDI). There is no longer an unmounted print section.
Financial members may submit a maximum of four entries in total in the competition, with a maximum of two mounted prints and two projected images. (eg two MPs or DPIs in the set subject; or one MP or DPI in the set subject and one MP or DPI in the open subject; or two MPs or DPIs in the open subject). There may be exceptions, so please see the year’s programme.
The entries in the club competitions are either judged by external judges who are recognised for their photographic or artistic ability, or they are judged by senior club members.
New members may enter “A” “B” grade sections.
A Grade – This is intended for experienced photographers. It is a full competition level with points and an overall aggregate prize. A member with Honours distinctions (eg LPNZ, APSNZ, FPSNZ) will compete in the “A” grade. A member who gains honours or medals in external PSNZ competitions will compete in the “A” grade.
B Grade – This is a good entry point for photographers who have no previous competition experience. This grade normally receives a more constructive judging with points and an overall aggregate prize.
A “B” Grade member may move to “A” grade at any time throughout the year if they feel confident/competent.
The yearly winner of the “B” Grade aggregate automatically moves to the “A” Grade.
If a “B” grade photographer receives two or more honours in club competitions he or she will be asked/encouraged to move to “A” Grade at the end of the year.
You are asked to bring your mounted print entries to the second club meeting of the month. For monthly competitions please see the year’s programme.
Projected images will be emailed to the appropriately identified person by the second club meeting of the month.
Entries in the competitions are sent to the judge for critiquing and returned in time for the following month’s meeting. At the meeting the entries are displayed and the judge’s comments presented on each entry. Entries are awarded ‘scores” of ‘accepted’, ‘merit’, ‘highly commended’ or ‘honours’.
The points are accumulated over the year’s aggregate competition to decide the overall winner in the “A” and “B” grades.
There can also be in-house critiquing which means that you bring your image to the club night and during the evening the images will be critiqued.
Entry in the ‘Set’ subject competition means that the photography must relate to the subject set for the competition and gains:
Highly commended 4
Winner of Cup/Trophy 6
Entry in the ‘Open’ subject competition means that the photography may be on any subject and gains:
Highly commended 3
Keep in mind that scores for the ‘Set’ subject are higher than for the ‘Open’ subject and that you can enter a maximum of 2 mounted prints and 2 digital projected images.
This year entries in the individual cup/trophy competitions may be awarded with merit, highly commended, or honours and will earn points toward the aggregate trophy at the end of the year. The winner of the cup/trophy will earn 6 points.
All prints must be matt mounted unless otherwise specified for individual competitions. Mounting board and matts can be obtained from picture framers. It is a good idea to get hinged mounts/matt so you can change the photograph and not need to get new mats every month.
The matt must not exceed 16” x 20” (40.5cm x 51cm) unless the competition specifically states otherwise. Entries will not be accepted if the matt is over this size. Matts must not be smaller than 6” x 8” (15cm x 17.5cm). There is no minimum size for the actual print.
The print must not be covered with anything – no glass or plastic.
Write the Grade and the title of your image on the back of your entry, but DO NOT put your name on entries. Attach an envelope to the packaging of your photographs which has your name, Grade and Title of your entry. Remove any old labels, names and numbers that are not relevant to this competition. A good way to label prints is to use scotch tape. This lifts more easily than regular cellotape or labels that you can write directly on.
Indicate which way up it should be viewed by placing your title at the top centre edge.
Projected (Digital) Images
Projected images mean digital files.
Digital images should be emailed or put on a CD with no other files to the agreed person and must be in .jpg format, no more than 1920 pixels on the width/horizontal and no more that 1080 pixels on the height/vertical.
Files should be named with the title, your grade ‘A’ or ‘B’, category ‘S’ or ‘O’ set or open subject. Example a ‘B’ grade entry in the set subject category titled ‘Lazy Days’ should be named Lazy Days-B-S.jpg.
Individual competitions for cups/trophies may have their own individual criteria for entry.
Submitting Your Entries
Place some form of wrapping/packaging around your prints to avoid damage. This will be removed when entries are presented at club night. You can retrieve your packaging when you collect your entries after the presentation of the judging.
Your entries will handled and catalogued by the competition secretary, then by the judge and again by the competition secretary when images are displayed with the judge’s comments. Make sure your prints wont fall apart; use double sided tape. If your entries exceed the maximum dimensions they can be squashed or left out altogether. It is up to you.
Please note the club can not be held responsible for any damage or loss of competition entries.
The club has a policy on ownership of images which extends to the judge, which stipulates that your images may not be retained, reproduced or distributed without your permission. See ‘Policy on Ownership of Images’.
It may be that you do not agree with everything that the judges have to say, but take on board what you believe is relevant and let the rest fall to the floor.
If the judge loved your entry, congratulations, you may wish to enter it in inter-club competitions or external competitions.
Judges didn’t like them? Who knows, a different point of view and you may get a better result! Some judges are very tough and others are very generous. Don’t be discouraged if your entry is only given an ‘accepted’. Sorry but once your entry has achieved merit or better you cannot enter them again in a Wanganui Camera Club competition.
Policy on Ownership of Images
Members of the club retain full ownership and copyright or their images at all times;
Images will not be used without the owner’s specific permission for each intended use.
All images will be judged as originally submitted.
The Club may request members submit their images for the website. However: