This is a digital
competition, with a different theme for each month, open to all paid
Members of the club. The
purpose of this competition is to encourage members to shoot to
a theme, to a deadline,
and to give practice in resizing photos - things that are essential in
any external competition. The entrants will also receive
a written critique on their work from the three
judges. This critique can only be viewed by the competition organiser
and the entrant concerned, sent to each entrant by individual emails.
Scores from the six rounds (Nov/Dec are combined) will be
tallied at the end of the year with each participant's lowest scoring
month being discarded, so only five of the months'
scores will count towards your total. One month's round (October) will
be used for a club entry into a (national)
CAPA competition of the same theme.
note that these scores
do not count towards the annual trophies awarded for the Main Club
Competition. A member may
however submit any images from this online
competition to the Annual Exhibition and in the Main
Competition, or any external competition. (The only exception is that
if an image has been entered into the round that is used for the CAPA
competition, they cannot be used by individual CAPA members for their
personal entry to CAPA).
Photos must be taken after May 2016,
an exception is made in the month’s theme.
digital submission per person per round,
colour or mono, is sent as an email attachment to Don Rogers
The deadline for each month is midnight of the last DAY of the month
or as shown on the schedule.
NAMING: The file-naming protocol for images
submitted has been changed. Image titles must follow this format:
Note the square brackets and the
underscore. This ensures that the master image files managed
by the competition coordinator are linked to the photographer. For the
actual judging, anonymity is the key. Copies of the submitted files are
sent to the judges stripped of the photographer’s name. The square
brackets allow automation of this process.
Please pick a unique name for your photo to avoid confusion with other
entries - so if, for example, the theme is "Spring", try to be more
individual and don't just call your image "Spring". Save the photos in
jpeg format, at a high quality, as sRGB, at 72dpi/ppi. Do not use "Save
for Web", which can severely reduce the quality of the image and always
removes the EXIF details.... the EXIF can help the judges make
suggestions and give advice. However (there's always a 'however', eh?)
- EXIF sometimes includes copyright information - naming the 'author'
of the image. That blows the anonymity but rest assured that the judges
will not be influenced.
the new image height
Landscape orientation needs to be
pixels on long side (and no more than 1050 in height)
orientation needs to be 1050 on long
side (height). By sizing this way, the second
measurement will fall into place all on its own. The second
number is rarely constant due to cropping, straightening, etc.
Don't forget - 72ppi to 120ppi. If done
your image should be no more than 600kb in size.
If you need some instruction on how to resize, you can find help here.
If you use Lightroom, it's difficult to 'export' a batch of files to
comply with the sizing unless they are all in the same
'orientation'.... so if you have a mixture, export one image at a time.
In the Export dialog, choose the "Image Sizing" panel, check 'Resize to
Fit' and then 'Width and Height' from the drop-down box - then just put
the pixels in as described above.
There is a different theme each
month. Once the monthly deadline has passed, the images are posted to
judges to allow them to view the
images. They will be judged and scored
anonymously and the panel of three judges will award points, with a
maximum of 5 points in each the following categories:
impact - the overall creativity, originality,
mood - the subjective things... will it make the judges' eyes light up
a little, raise an eyebrow or make them yawn?
quality - sharpness, exposure, colour rendition,
tones etc. If there's a sky, does it have any details or colour or is
it washed out? Exposure, focus and sharpness are explained fully in the
list of useful information on the Workshop page, or via the menu above.
- comprises Points, Lines and Shapes - are they pleasingly distributed?
Will the viewer's eye look along lines, settle on shapes etc or will
they wander around the image in vain, get bored and look for another
picture? The judges do not get 'hung up' on Rules of Thirds or any of
those other dated 'composition rules'.
to the theme - it has to be relevant to the
theme of the month, and taken after May 30, 2015 unless an exception is
indicated in the theme’s guidelines.
Each photo can therefore be awarded a maximum of 60 points.
Once the judges’ scores have been received, you will receive a personal
scoresheet by email with the scores and judges' brief comments on your
photos. Scores will be sent to the e mail address from which the entry
Five total monthly scores
will count - and since the lowest month’s score may be discarded at the
end, entrants cannot predict how they will finish, keeping it
interesting right to the end! Prizes are yet to be organised.
Members agree to permit Kingston Photographic Club to publish their
images on the club website and the 'Camera Capers' Newsletter, or use
their images at any time for exhibition, publication, promotion,
education. Entry into the Online Competition implies acceptance of the
above. Photographers are credited for their work. The Club recommends
that, where necessary, the photographer obtains a model release for
presentation and publication purposes, prior to submitting the entry.
(In general, photographs of people taken in a public place are not
considered to require 'model releases' unless the image is to be used
for the purpose of sales promotion - which, in the case of the club,
they are not. Similarly, pictures of any building, taken from a public
place also do not need any copyright regulation unless the images are
to be sold).
link to monthly scores
Link to Gallery
As Determined by CAPA (To be
A great source of 'pointers' or
hints can usually be found on Google Images.
Don't forget - it happens every year, several times...... Your images
need titles - and try to avoid the use of the 'theme word' in the
title...... a few years ago we had a theme of 'ICE' or similar and
received about 25 images with names beginning with 'Ice .....'
A little more detail on sizing....
Once editing is completed, make
the digital file that is being submitted is sized to no more than 1400
pixels on the long side for horizontal images and not more than 1050
pixels for verticals. For images in portrait (vertical) format, a
maximum height of 1050 is necessary, so the narrower edges (top and
bottom) will have to be smaller, in proportion. The ppi (pixels per
inch, or 'resolution') should be 72-120. These sizes are necessary for
those occasions when some pictures may be shown later on the club
As is often the case for the simpler techniques for Photoshop and PS
Elements, Paint Shop Pro and others programs, there are several videos
available on YouTube.
I've put a few links to resizing tutorials/videos on the Workshop page. If you're using
a program other than PS, Elements or PSP, try going to YouTube and
entering something like "Resizing in (your program)" in the Search box.
Or tell me what the program is and I'll try to find the instructions. I
will be quite strict about sizes but I can correct some images - not
difficult when 'sizing down' (although I'm not keen on my email inbox
getting filled with 10Mb+ files), but 'sizing up' is often just not
possible. Bear in mind that, if it were an important National or
Provincial competition your image would just be rejected if it didn't
fulfil the criteria precisely.... so it's good practice.
Lightroom makes it easy - just
images from your library
and use File-Export. Save them to wherever you like - you can choose
the pixels for longer sides and choose 72dpi for resolution. Make sure
you don't put a Watermark on the image, then just hit Export - Bob's