Competition News Season 2017/2018

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 13 September 2017
Competition No. 2 - Images to be handed in by 25 October 2017
Competition No. 3 - Images to be handed in by 17 January 2018
Competition No. 4 - Images to be handed in by 21 February 2018

Panels Competition - Digital images to be handed in 28 March 2018 by Print Panels to be brought on the evening

Set Subject - All digital images to be handed in by 29 November 2017 - Competition to be held on 13 December 2017 - Subjects are 'Country Life'; 'Different Perspectives'; 'In the Dark'; 'Movement'; 'Textures'

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 15 March 2018

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.

14 October 2017 WCPF Talk AGM Morning Lecture in afternoon by Steven Le Prevost FRPS MPAGB See WCPF Website WCPF
18 November 2017 WCPF Kingswood Salver & Talk Kingswood Salver Inter Club Print Panel Competition in the morning and Anne Sutcliffe FRPS EFIAP PPSA giving a talk in the afternoon See WCPF Website WCPF
22 November 2017 SDL Print 4 way battles between Crediton, EPG, Dawlish and Newton Abbot. Exmouth Hosting Club Entry (Print)
3 March 2018 WCPF Knightshayes Trophy & Talk Entry is free and members are allowed to take along 2 prints. The set subject being "Formation" and prints to be handed in to the WCPF DPIC Competition at the Corn Exchange February 2018. The WCPF Council Meeting to be held in the morning. Will Cheung FRPS will give a talk in the afternoon WCPF - Individual Entry (Print)
8 March 2018 Mix & Match Annual Mix and Match Competition - A great fun evening Exeter Hosting Club Entry (Digital)

15 March 2018

Horseshoe Trophy

The Horseshoe Trophy.  Battle between Sidmouth, Honiton, Chard and EPG. To be held at Kilmington Village Hall, Nr Axminster, EX13 7RF.  Horseshoe Trophy hosted by Sidmouth. This year it will be against Chard, Honiton and Sidmouth.

Club Entry (Prints & Digital)
27 March 2018 SDL Digital 4 way battles between Crediton, EPG, Dawlish and Newton Abbot. Newton Abbot Hosting Club Entry (Digital)
14 April 2018 WCPF AV WCF Audio Visual Competition - All day at Clyst St Mary Hall, Exeter. All day event. More details from WCPF Website WCPF - Individual Entry
MAY 2018 Devon Clubs' Battle Devon Clubs' Print and Digital Battle. Date & place TBC.  

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.