Competition News Season 2016/2017

Internal Competitions

More information regarding the internal competitions on how prepare, present, resize, name, are in the Competition Guide which is in the Members Area; members will need their user name and password to get into the Member Area.

Competition No. 1 - Images to be handed in by 14 September 2016
Competition No. 2 - Images to be handed in by 26 October 2016
Competition No. 3 - Images to be handed in by 30 November 2016
Competition No. 4 - Images to be handed in by 8 February 2017

Panels Competition - Digital images to be handed in 15 March 2017 by Print Panels to be brought on the evening

Set Subject - All digital images to be handed in by 14 December 2016 - Competition to be held on 11 January 2017 - Subjects are Wood, Bridges, Action, Openings, Patterns in Nature 

Horseshoe Trophy - Digital and Prints - The selection committee will need to select 5 Prints and 5 Digital Images. The subjects for March 2018 for the digital images are: Country Life; Textures; In the Dark; Different Perspectives; Movement  and for the Print Section it is still, Nature, Mono, Portrait, Landscape and Close-Up. This to be hosted byh Honiton Camera Club on 16 March 2017 .


Digital entries are collected on an on-going basis for our International Exchange but if you have any images you would specifically like considered, please get these to the organiser Peter Hyett and Print Entries to Derrick Holliday.

Future Dates of Importance for External Competitions plus WCPF Speaker Events. All members are very welcome to attend these events.

15th March 2017 Mix & Match Annual Mix and Match Competition - A great fun evening Exmouth Hosting Club Entry (Digital)
4th March 2017 WCPF Knightshayes Trophy Entry is free and members are allowed to take along 2 prints. The set subject being "Diffraction" and prints to be handed in to the WCPF DPIC Competition at the Corn Exchange on the 5 February 2017. The WCPF Council Meeting to be held in the morning. Individual Entry (Print)
8th March 2017 SDL DPI 4 way battles between Crediton, EPG, Dawlish and Newton Abbot. Hosted by Newton Abbot. Judge Alan Davey Club Entry (Digital)
16 March 2017 Horseshoe Trophy The Horseshoe Trophy.  Battle between Sidmouth, Honiton, Chard, Lyme Regis and EPG. To be held at Kilmington Village Hall, Nr Axminster, EX13 7RF.  This is being hosted by EPG. Digital subjects: Modern Architecture; Fire & Flame; Street Photography; Smoke; Creative. Prints subjects are: Landscape; Mono; Portrait; Nature; Close-Up. Club Entry (Prints & Digital)

1st April 2017

WCPF AV

WCF Audio Visual Competition - All day at Clyst St Mary Hall, Exeter. All day event. More details from WCPF Website

Individual Entry
13 May 2017 Devon Clubs' Print & Digital Battle Battle between all clubs in Devon to be hosted by Newton Abbot. To be held at The Courtney Centre, Newton Abbot. All day event. Club Entry (Prints & Digital)
6 - 19 May 2017 A La Ronde Exhib. A La Ronde Exhibition - An opportunity to display your work in this much visited National Trust building. More details from Derrick Holliday. Individual Entry (Framed Prints)
October 2017 WCPF AGM WCPF AGM with afternoon speaker, to be announced. To be held at Clyst St Mary Village Hall, Nr Exeter, EX5 1BG  

The Image Selection Process and Selectors

The main principle used for selection evenings is to choose the images which, in the opinion of the selectors, are likely to produce the best overall score for the club in the competition concerned, given the many and varied rules and constraints for competition entries. This usually means that over 100 images are checked and rechecked for this purpose. Whilst we always attempt to include as many of our members as we can, it is the photograph that has to be of paramount importance, not the photographer. We generally enter images from about 15 different members during a season. Of these, about 5 regularly receive high awards in external competitions and so it should not be surprising to anyone that their images are regularly chosen to represent the club.

Images for inclusion in the selection process for external competitions are invited from all members. Digitally projected Images entered in previous internal competitions are already included in the Club Image Bank.  However  any member may augment their content by e-mailing their submissions to John Wickett or Derrick Holliday our Competition Secretaries in the standard 1400x1050 jpg format at any time. Digital versions of successful prints, suitably adjusted for projection, are particularly welcome and are included in the selection process if we have them.  We would suggest that you bear in mind the Mix and Match,  Horseshoe Trophy which has set subjects and in particular the Devon Clubs’ Battle Print Panel where a group of members would be the ideal solution for getting together a panel.

For Exhibitions and Exchanges it is usually more appropriate for the selectors to choose work from as wide a range of members as possible.

Whilst much of the above appears to focus on the highest expertise in the club, it should not detract from the primary wish of the club to help support the enjoyment of all members, including those who wish to continue to pursue their photographic experiences without the need to take part in the competitive arena. Even for those who prefer not to enter competitions, attending these events can prove worthwhile, being both inspiring and informative.

We do have a Selection Committee currently comprising Derrick Holliday, Tony Ovens, Maurice Chittock but you must also remember that a different member of the club is also invited to Selection Evenings so that members can get an insight into how the selection process works and offer their valued opinion.  This has been the way we have done selections in the past but if you feel able to offer your services in this regard then please let one of the above members know rather than wait for an invitation.

When prints are required for an external entry it is always advisable for the selection committee to have prints rather than digital images in which case if you think you have something suitable for a competition that is coming up please inform the Selectors that you have something that you would like to be considered.  (Prints are required for SDL Prints, Horseshoe Trophy, Devon Clubs’ Battle and Kingswood Salver, which normally is the same panel as the Clubs’ Battle).

We will now make sure that members are informed each time a selection has been made for any of the external entries made by the club so that you will know if your image has been chosen.