BUPG Competition Rules

Categories

Whenever any of the competitions include separate categories for 'Beginner' or 'Advanced', the following will apply:

Beginners' Category is open to members, provided that they have not come first, second or third in a national or international competition, such as BSoUP Portfolio Competitions, Image, U/W Photographer of the Year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Marine Conservation Society etc. Anyone winning more than one BUPG (or similar organisation) monthly competition is also ineligible.

Advanced Category is for the more experienced who do not fit into the Beginners' category.

Note - Members may consult the Committee for a ruling on their status.

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Entries

Send all entries to the Competitions Member, by midnight of the Sunday before the Meeting unless otherwise notified

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BUPG Monthly Theme Competition

1.There is no time limit on images entered - shot date to be supplied for statistical purposes. A maximum of two entries per person.

2. Images should be submitted in JPEG format at a maximum size of 1400 pixels wide or 1050 pixels high, at a resolution of 72ppi. Apply medium compression to give a file size of less than 500kb.

3.  The digital image files are to be sent by 1800hrs on the Sunday before the Tuesday Meeting, unless notified otherwise by the Competitions Member.

4. Competition entries will be projected on the night and judged by the audience present.

5. File names should comprise the photographer's name, the theme, and a number e.g. jsmithcloseup1, jsmithcloseup2. If a Competition is over subscribed, entries may be limited to one per member; In which case, image number 2 would be discarded.

6. The entrant must be the photographer.

7.  All entries must have been taken underwater. Swimming pool and aquarium shots are not eligible, unless specifically allowed for a special competition.

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Portfolio Competitions

Advanced

1. All entries must have been taken underwater. Swimming pool and aquarium shots are not eligible, unless specifically allowed for a special competition.

2. The entrant must be the photographer.

3. Images entered must not have come first, second or third in a national or international competition, such as BSoUP  Portfolio Competitions or the BSoUP or St Abbs Splash-Ins, Image, U/W Photographer of the Year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Marine Conservation Society, etc. 

4. There is no time limit on when images were taken.

5. The entry shall comprise of six images, laid out on a slide, on any colour background, 1400 pixels wide by 1050 pixels tall (at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch), organised in two rows of three images, with or without borders and saved as a jpeg file.

6. File names should include the entrant's name e.g.jsmithport.jpg

7.  Only one entry per person.

Beginner

1. All entries must have been taken underwater. Swimming pool and aquarium shots are not eligible, unless specifically allowed for a special competition.

2. The entrant must be the photographer.

3. The entrant must qualify as a 'Beginner' - see above.

4. There is no time limit on when images were taken.

5. The entry shall comprise of three images, each a maximum of 1400 pixels wide by 1050 pixels tall (at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch). The images will be shown sequentially.

6. File names should include the entrant's name e.g.jsmithport1.jpg

7.  Only one entry of three images per person.

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Print Competition

1.   Two categories - British, and Overseas.

2.  Maximum of two prints per person (any category).

3.  Prints should be unmounted and a maximum size of A4 (or 12 in x 8in). Prints may have a backing board and may have a border.

The competition will be judged by each member picking their top three in each category and their top three for 'Best Overall'. The 'Best Overall' winner will be awarded the BUPG Print Trophy.

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BUPG Splash-In Competition

Fort Bovisand Plymouth

Dates:  June 17/18th  2017

The BUPG Splash-In competition will take place on either day to suit individuals.  There will be two competition levels (providing there are a sufficient entries) - Beginners and Experienced.

Rules

1. Competitors may take as many images as they wish.  Images may be taken in any format (RAW, TIFF or JPEG) but entries must subsequently be supplied in JPEG format.

2. There are three categories, 'Macro', 'Animal Portrait' and 'Wide-Angle'. A maximum of 4 images per entrant, and 2 in any one category will be allowed.

3. MINIMAL digital manipulation using sharpening, colour correction, brightness and contrast adjustment may be made to the whole image ONLY . No cropping is allowed. The original file should be available for inspection at the July Meeting.

4. Images should be submitted, by the specified date, in JPEG format at a maximum size of 1400 pixels wide or 1050 pixels high. Note: unless your camera sensor is a 4:3 ratio (most compacts), the final dimensions will not be 1400 x 1050. Expect something like 1400 x 900, or 1050 x 700. File names should comprise the photographer's name and the category, e.g..... jsmithmacro1, jsmithmacro2, etc.

5. Competition entries will be judged in advance by an appointed judge or projected on the night of the July Meeting and judged by the audience.

Category Definitions

1. Macro - photograph taken of an area in front of the camera A4 size or less.
2. Wide-Angle - photograph taken of an area in front of the camera greater than A4 size.
3. Animal Portrait - photograph in which a fish or other marine animal is the main focus of the image.

 

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