Limerick Camera Club

Competition Rules 

 

 

These rules are the basis for all Limerick Camera Club internal competitions. This version (June 2019 V2.3) supersedes all other versions of club competition rules.  A copy of these rules is available from the Competition Secretary and will be published on the club website.

 

  1. Club Competitions

The competition is restricted to fully paid up members of the Limerick Camera Club may enter club competitions. 

 

Under normal circumstances only members who are present at the monthly competitions may enter club competitions, in exceptional circumstances a member may submit images to one monthly competition per year in their absence.  Attendance is required to submit images to the end of year competitions.

 

Images from external photographic workshops are excluded from all club competitions.

 

Competition entries, whether print or projected image, must be original photographs and must be the entrant’s own work.  All the components of composite images submitted in competitions must be the photographers own work.

 

Each member is only allowed to enter one image in each of the designated sections.

 

The normal monthly competitions are split into 5 sections:-

  • Beginners People

  • Beginners Places & Things

  • Open People

  • Open Places & Things

  • The Challenge

 

Normally the “Beginner” sections are reserved for those photographers with less than two years photographic experience. At the discretion of the committee a member may remain in “Beginner” section for an additional year.

 

The committee may take the decision to promote to the “Open” level a “Beginner” who has demonstrated a standard of photography deemed to be higher than that of the beginner category.  When this occurs any competition points earned will be transferred to the ‘Open’ section league at the discretion of the committee.

 

There are a number of additional competitions run throughout the year, these include:-

  • Five Panel Print

  • Limerick Cup

  • Spirit of Ireland

 

The annual 5 Panel print, Spirit of Ireland and Limerick cup competitions successes will count towards the Photographer of the Year competition.

 

At the end of each year, there will four additional awards based on the images entered into the monthly competitions:-

  • Colour Print Cup

  • Black and White Print Cup

  • Challenge Cup

  • Annual Year End Competition

 

The winning and runner up entries are calculated using the monthly competition points system.

 

All club competitions will be judged by an external judge or judges who are not affiliated to the club.  In the event of an external judge not being available, the judging will be undertaken by three senior members of the club who do not have any images in the current competitions to be judged.

 

  1. Competition Points System

 

The points awards for a club competition success as awarded by the external judge will be:-

  • 1st place — 4 points

  • 2nd place — 3 points

  • 3rd place — 2 points

  • Commended — 1 point

 

The external judge may or may not select to highlight or commend specific images that have not been placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, if they chose to do so, those images will score 1 point.

 

In the event of a tie in any of the placing, the number of subsequent placing will be restricted (for example in the case of a tie for 2nd place then there will be no 3rd place (but one point will allocated in case of a 3rd place tie), or a tie for 1st place, there will be no 2nd place)

 

 

3. Explanation of Club Competitions Monthly competitions

The monthly competition alternates each month between Colour & Black and White images. A black and white (monotone) image entered into a colour competition or colour image entered into the Black and White competition will be disqualified.

 

A member can only enter one image per category on the night.

 

The challenge subject will be decided by the committee and announced at least one month in advance.

 

An image can only be entered once in the monthly competitions but maybe used in other competitions.

 

4. Club Awards

4.1 Photographer of the Year

This annual award is presented to the member who has received the most points from the monthly competitions, 5 Panel Print, Spirit of Ireland and Limerick Cup competitions, as specified above. This will be shared in the event of an equal points tie.

 

Beginners are excluded from the Photographer of the Year competition as they will be competing for the ‘Beginners Cup’

 

4.2 Limerick Cup (Print)

This is an annual award. The requirements for the competition are that the print image (B&W or colour) must depict an image of Limerick city and environs. The theme of Limerick must be clearly visible in the image. A majority decision of the committee on entrant adherence to criteria is final.

 

This competition is open to all members.

 

4.3 Spirit of Ireland (Digital Projected Image)

This is an annual award. The requirements for the competition are that the digital image must depict a readily recognised image of Ireland, its people or its things. The theme of the “Spirit” of Ireland must be clearly visible. A majority decision of the committee on entrant adherence to criteria is final.

 

This competition is open to all members.

 

4.4 Challenge Cup

This is an annual award. The winner will be selected on the basis of the most points achieved in the monthly Challenge competitions. This will be shared in the event of an equal points tie.

 

This competition is open to all members.

 

4.5 Beginners Cup

This is an annual award, presented to club members who have entered the Beginners section of the monthly competitions. The winner is decided on the total amount of points received from the monthly competitions. This may be shared in the event of an equal points tie.

 

This is a Beginners only competition.

 

4.6 Colour Print Cup

This is an annual award calculated on the basis of first, second, third place  and commended images of each monthly Colour print competitions. In the event of an equal points tie the award will be shared.

 

Beginners are excluded from the Colour Print Cup competition.

 

4.7 Black and White Print Cup

This is an annual award calculated on the basis of first, second, third place and commended images of each monthly Black & White (Monotone) print competitions may enter an end of year competition. In the event of an equal points tie the award will be shared.

 

Beginners are excluded from the Black and White Cup competition

 

4.8 Five Print Panel Competition

This is an annual award. Members enter a panel of five images, which can be either B&W or Colour. Each image in the panel must cohere to a common theme/subject.

 

This competition is open to all members.

 

Any points awarded in the 5 Print panel competition will be added the photographers overall score for the Photographer of the Year but will not be added to the Colour Print Cup or Black and White Print Cup competitions were appropriate.

 

4.9 Annual Competition

The end of year competition is open to all members of the club who can enter any images that have won a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in any of the monthly competitions along with one other colour image and black and white image.

 

Commended images do not qualify for an automatic inclusion in the Annual Competition

 

There will be only be two awards, one for each of the categories:-

  • Best overall Colour Image

  • Best overall Black and White (Monotone) Image

 

4.10 Additional awards

The committee may, as it deems necessary, make special awards to recognize the achievements of club members who have shown exceptional creativity, originality, improvement, or dedication during the year.

 

Additional competitions, either with or without themes, may be held during the year at the discretion of the committee.

 

 

5. Presentation of images

The maximum acceptable print sizes for monthly or annual competitions are

  • 10” (25cm) square for square images

  • 10” (25cm) diameter for round images

  • For portrait/landscape images 8” x12” (20cm x 30cm)

Prints should be mounted on a single card mount not exceeding 2.5 inches or 6 centimetres wider on all sides of the print. 

 

Entries may be directly mounted on card, or behind a mat mount. The colour of the mount is left up to individuals. Should entries be mounted directly on foam board the image cannot exceed sizes.     The foam board mount should be no larger than 2.5 inches or 6 centimetres wider on both sides than the image print.

 

Any competition entries not meeting the above criteria may be disqualified from the competition at the discretion of Competition Secretary, Club Chairman and one other member of the Committee.

 

 

6. Rule changes

The Committee may amend competition rules from time to time, as required. 

 

Members may also propose changes to the competition rules at any club meeting.  With the exception of an AGM or EGM the majority committee decision is final in all matters on any proposed changes. 

 

Interested parties in disagreement with committee decisions may relate this in writing to the committee and raise it as convenient at a regular meeting. The committee will then deal with the matter, or the other interested party may insist on a hearing at the next AGM or EGM. EGM will be granted if a simple majority of members present on the night vote for it or if the committee chairman or designate decide it is in the best interest of the club to hold such a meeting.

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