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Full Competition Rules

1.0 GENERAL
1. The General Rules apply to all competitions.
2. All competitions and exhibitions are open to all fully paid-up members of the Dublin Camera Club.
3. All prints must be window mounted on 20’’x16’’ or 40cm x 50cm boards. Boards are available in the club. Double-mounted images are discouraged and images mounted thus may not be accepted for competition. Images should be firmly stuck to the board with adhesive tape; masking tape is not acceptable as it may come loose and damage other prints.
4. All digital entries entered in competition should be submitted as JPEG files not exceeding 3MB. Particular care should be given to the naming convention – see below.
5. Prints and digital projected images may be from exposures made at any time by the club member and may be of any subject. The Council reserves the right to reject any entry that it considers unsuitable.
6. Digitally produced prints are allowed and may consist of more than one image as long as all the component parts were taken by the entrant.
7. The re-use of an image in competition
There are 3 main competitions in DCC.
• Summer Competition (SC)
• Winter League (WL)
• Annual Exhibition (AE)

An image may be used only once in any of these competitions.
It can be entered as a Colour, Mono or Digital image in any of these competitions.
It can be entered in different formats in different competitions
e.g. Colour in SC, Mono in WL and Digital in AE – (or any variation of this)

Once it has been entered in a competition (SC, WL or AE) in any format, it cannot be entered in the same competition again, ever, even if in a different format.

The only exception to this is where the image is re-used as part of a composite, or a significantly different treatment, or re-interpretation of the image. In such cases, prior approval should be sought from the Competition Secretary, whose decision shall be final, before the submission of the image.

8. Monochrome prints and colour prints may be home or trade processed.
9. Monochrome prints and colour prints are considered separate entries and should be packaged in separate cardboard folders with the entrant’s Nom-de-Plum, Grade and Category clearly indicated.
10. All entries (Prints and Digital) must be with the Competition Secretary on, or before, the advertised closing date for the competition. In the case of Digital, entries received after midnight on the closing date will not be eligible.
11. Judging of the competitions will be, as far as possible, carried out by a guest judge(s).
12. Permission to reproduce, copy and/or project any submitted entry for the Club’s publicity purposes is assumed. The Club reserves the right to select and retain any entry to represent the club in National and/or International club competitions.
13. Any breach of the Rules will disqualify the entry or entries involved in such breach. The decision of the Council on all matters relating to competitions, the Annual Exhibition and on the interpretation of the Rules shall be final.
14. While every care will be taken with entries, they are accepted strictly at the entrant’s risk. Dublin Camera Club and the Competition Secretary cannot accept liability for any loss or damage.

2.0 COMPETITIONS
There are three official competitions at the Club every year:
• The Summer Competition, held in September,
• The Winter League and Finals, held from October to March,
• The Annual Exhibition, held in July.
At the discretion of the Council, a panels-based competition will be organised each year.
At the discretion of the Council, other competitions will be organised throughout the year.

2.1 SECTIONS
There are 3 sections in each competition:
• Monochrome Prints
• Colour Prints
• Digital Entries.

2.2 GRADES

1. Members are encouraged to be officially graded. Grading is essential prior to entering a competition other than the Panels Competition.

2. There are three competition grades applicable to all competitions (except for the Panels Competition which is ungraded):
• Advanced
• Intermediate
• Novice

3. A Gradings Panel (GP) of 7 to 9 members will be appointed by Council at its first meeting after the AGM. The GP shall make recommendations to Council in respect of all gradings. All grading decisions are for Council which shall endorse the recommendations coming to it unless it has relevant information that was not known to GP.

4. Non-graded members who wish their work to be officially graded as either novice or intermediate should either:

• Submit 8 to 10 digital images (mono, colour, or both), which are reflective of their work, (JPEG files not exceeding 3MB) to the GP by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The GP will assess the images and recommend a grade based on the majority decision of the available members (minimum 3) resulting in the grade of Novice or of Intermediate.
OR
• Bring 8 to 10 (7”x 5” or larger) prints (mono, colour, or both) which are reflective of their work to the regular Tuesday meeting and give them to a member of the Council. The GP will assess the images and recommend a grade based on the majority decision of the available members (minimum 3), resulting in the grade of Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced.
Note: A member can be only graded as Advanced through the submission of prints.
5. A person joining the club holding a recognised distinction will be graded as follows:

• Licentiate level (LIPF) or equivalent will be automatically graded as Intermediate,
• Associate level (AIPF) or equivalent will be considered by the GP for grading as either Intermediate or Advanced, based on a submission of their work which must not be confined to their A panel. Such submission can be digital or prints (prints required for consideration as Advanced)
• Fellowship level (FIPF) or equivalent will be automatically graded as Advanced.
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6. The competition year is considered to start with the Summer Competition in September and end with the Annual Exhibition in July.

7. Members may, if they wish, choose to compete at a grade higher than that in which they have been officially graded. However, they may not subsequently demote to a lower grade without the Council’s prior approval. Members must compete at the same grade throughout the competition year.

8. Regradings:
• Regradings are made by Council based on performance in club competitions, on the receipt by the member of any distinction during the year and/or prints submitted to the GP.
• Members may apply to the GP for an upgrade, stating their case for the upgrade, application to be made by the first Tuesday in August.
• The GP shall also consider, and reassess where appropriate, the grading of competition winners and of members who have significant competition and other achievements over the previous year.

• Receipt of LIPF will result in regrading to at least Intermediate; Receipt of AIPF will be evaluated by the GP. This evaluation will be based their work submitted which must not be confined to their A panel; receipt of FIPF will result in regrading to Advanced.

 

• The GP may consider downward regrading only on the request of the member concerned.

• Grading changes will be announced in July/August prior to the commencement of the competition year i.e. prior to entry to the Summer Competition.

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2.3 NOM DE PLUME
Each entrant must register a word of not more than four letters as a Nom-de-Plum. This must not be in use by any other club member. This Nom-de-Plum must be used for all entries, prints and/or digital files, in any one year.

2.4 ENTRY FORM

A fully completed official Entry Form must accompany every entry for the
Summer Competition, Annual Exhibition and at least the first submission to the Winter League competition.

Section ‘a’ of the Entry Form must be completed for all competitions.

For the Summer Competition and the Winter League, sections ‘a’ and ‘b’ of the Entry Form must be completed.

For the Annual Exhibition, sections ‘a’ and ‘c’ of the Entry Form must be completed.

Digital entries should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2.5 ENTRY LABEL
A fully completed official Entry Label must accompany every print for all competitions.
The Entry Label must be placed and displayed on the back of the print mount in the same orientation and the print is to be displayed.
The same Entry Label must be used for all competitions. Do not replace the entry label.
When the label is full, the image is no longer eligible for Camera Club competitions.

2.6 EMAIL of DIGITAL ENTRIES

Digital entries for all competitions should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please make sure that the subject title of the mail gives the name of the name and month of the competition (example - entries for October Winter League)

2.7 NAMING DIGITAL ENTRIES

Digital images in files for digital projection will be saved as JPEG files using the following convention:

Digital File Naming

 

 

 

 

 

 

Competition Codes:
AE Annual Exhibition
SC Summer Competition
WL Winter League

Grades
A Advanced
B Intermediate
C Novice

For example:
SC_SEP14_C_ABCD_03_Sample Title
This would be entry number 3 from Nom de Plume ABCD graded as Novice to the September 2014 Summer Competition

WL_DEC14_A_EFGH_02_Sample Title
This would be entry number 2 from Nom the Plume EFGH graded as Advanced to the December 2014 round of the Winter Monthly League

AE_JUL14_B_IJKL_05_Sample Title
This would be entry number 5 from Nom the Plume IJKL graded as Intermediate to the 2014 Annual Exhibition

Images will be deleted from the club’s computers at the end of the competition year.

3.0 SUMMER COMPETITION RULES
Each year, the Summer Competition will take place in September.
The closing date for entries will be the first Tuesday in September, unless otherwise advertised by the Council.
Each member may enter up to three monochrome prints, three colour prints and three digital files. If a member submits more, all entries will be disqualified.

Monochrome Prints:
• A medal will be awarded to the best print in Advanced and in
Intermediate grades.
• The McElheron Cup will be awarded to the author of the Best
Monochrome Print from the Advanced and Intermediate grades.
• The Allshire Cup and a medal will be awarded to the author of the
Best Monochrome Print from the Novice grade.

Colour Prints:
• A medal will be awarded to the best print in Advanced, Intermediate
and Novice grades.
• The Hugh Marshall Trophy will be awarded to the author of the Best
Colour Print.

Digital Projected:
• A medal will be awarded to the best image in Advanced, Intermediate
and Novice grades.
• The Slattery Cup will be awarded to the author of the Best Projected
Image.

4.0 WINTER LEAGUE RULES
Each year the Monthly League will commence in October and run for five consecutive months until the following February. The league finals will take place in March.
The closing date for entries will be the first Tuesday of every month (October to February), unless otherwise advertised by the Council.
Each member may enter a maximum of two monochrome prints, two colour prints and two digital files per month. If a member submits more in any month, all entries for that month will be disqualified. It is not necessary to enter all competition rounds.
Prints and digital projected images, which in the opinion of the Competition Secretary are very similar to entries shown in a previous Winter League, or in an earlier month of the ongoing competition, will not be eligible.
Marks, up to a maximum of 50, will be awarded to each print and digital projected image by the judge on the night. All entrants will be ranked according to their best-of-two entry. The highest ranked entrant will then be awarded 20 points, the second 19 points, etc. Equal ranked marks will be awarded points equally. The minimum points awarded will be 10. The resulting points each month will be carried forward. At the end of the league, the lowest monthly score for each entrant will be discounted and the remaining four scores will be added up to the total aggregate points. The entrant, in each section and grade, with the highest aggregate points will be declared the winner.
Each month the top 20% of highest marks for each section and grade are retained for the finals. A minimum of three entries will be retained each month from each section and grade.
At the end of the five months, all the retained prints and digital files will be judged and awards will be presented.

Monochrome Prints:
• A medal will be awarded to the winner of the Monochrome Section of
the Winter League in Advanced, in Intermediate and in Novice grades.
• A medal will be awarded to the author of the best print in Advanced, in
Intermediate and in Novice in the Winter League Finals.
• The O’Shaughnessy Cup will be awarded to the author of the Best
Monochrome Print in the Winter League Finals.

Colour Prints:
• A medal will be awarded to the winner of the Colour Section of the
Winter League in Advanced, in Intermediate and in Novice grades.
• A medal will be awarded to the author of the best print in Advanced, in
Intermediate and in Novice in the Winter League Finals.
• The Colour Print Trophy will be awarded to the author of the Best
Colour Print in the Winter League Finals

Digital Projected:
• A medal will be awarded to the winner of the Digital Section of the
Winter League in Advanced, in Intermediate and in Novice grades.
• A medal will be awarded to the author of the best image in Advanced,
in Intermediate and in Novice in the Winter League Finals.
• The O’Shaughnessy Colour Trophy will be awarded to the author of
the Best Digital Image in the Winter League Finals.
The Peter Donovan Trophy will also be awarded to the individual who attained the highest overall score over the five months.

5.0 ANNUAL EXHIBITION RULES
Each year, the Annual Exhibition will take place in July.
The closing date for entries will be advertised at the Club, typically being the last Tuesday of April.
Each member may enter up to eight monochrome prints, eight colour prints and eight digital files.
All entries will be placed before the judges. Competitions and awards are subject to entries and may be cancelled or modified at the discretion of the Council.
The Exhibition will be selected by Committees appointed by the Council after the judging has taken place. Committees will consist of, at least, a council member, a senior club member who holds a distinction and a representative from the grade being selected.
An entry fee, together with a completed entry form, must accompany each section entry. Separate entry fees will apply for monochrome prints, colour prints and digital files. The entry fee is €5 per section, or €10 for all three.
There will be five categories for prints:
• Pictorial,
• Portraiture + Figure Studies,
• Photo-Journalism,
• Architecture,
• Nature.

Prints, which for any reason are considered unsuitable for the category in which they are entered, may be transferred to another category at the discretion of the Council.
The Pictorial and Portraiture + Figure Studies categories will be divided into three grades: Advanced, Intermediate and Novice.
The Photo-Journalism, Architecture and Nature categories will be divided into two grades: Advanced and Intermediate/Novice.
There will a single open category for Digital Projected Images.
The following trophies will be awarded, irrespective of grade:
• Asahi Pentax Bowl to the Best Monochrome Pictorial Print
• Camera Centre Trophy to the Best Colour Pictorial Print
• Agfa Gevaert Cup to the Best Monochrome Portraiture Print
• Slide File Trophy to the Best Nature Print
• Fuji Award to the Best Photo-Journalism Print
• The Architecture Cup to the Best Architecture Print
• The Allen Gray Trophy to the Best Colour Portraiture Print
• The Eddie Chandler Trophy to the Best Image in Show.
• Kodak Slide Trophy to the Best Digital Projected Image.

6.0 BRENDAN WALKIN COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL
Each year, the Club photographer who is considered, by previous Brendan Walkin Commemorative Medal winners, to be the most improved and consistent will be awarded the Brendan Walkin Commemorative Medal.
The performance of the members during the year from the Summer Competition to the Annual Exhibition will determine the recipient of the Brendan Walkin
Commemorative Medal. Therefore, it is recommended that members compete in all competitions. The Brendan Walkin Commemorative Medal is awarded only once to each recipient and is presented at the Annual Exhibition.

7.0 PANELS COMPETITION RULES
At the discretion of the Council, a panels-based competition will be organised each year.
Each panel will comprise of five prints, either monochrome or colour, and should be on a related theme.
Each club member may submit one panel for the competition.
The Bermingham’s Trophy will be awarded to the panel judged best following a secret ballot of those present on the night.

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