Competitions are divided into print competitions and projected competitions.
For both types of competition the submitting member can choose whether they want the image to be scored, that is be appraised and then receive an award (credit, bronze, silver or gold) or to be appraised only.
In a print competition each member may make one entry in the scored section and one entry in the appraisal-only section, but it is not allowed to make two entries in either section.
In a projected competition each member may make only one entry with the choice of whether to submit it in the scored or appraisal-only section.
If a member has missed a previous competition then one additional catchup entry is allowed per competition but this has to be entered manually so please contact the competitions team at least two days before the Sunday deadline (midnight Friday).
For both types of competition an entry can either be a single image or a panel/sequence of between 2 and 6 images, to enter panels or sequences please contact the competitions team at least two days before the Sunday deadline (midnight Friday) as this will need to be a manual process.
At a print competition, it is the print that is assessed. However the club also requires a jpeg file of the same image for projection on the evening so that audience members can more easily see the image. It goes without saying that the print and digital file should match, so if necessary please crop the digital image to match what part of the print can be seen through the mount.
For print competitions the print must have a clear label on the back of the print bearing the title which must exactly match the title submitted via the entry system. This label must be readable under low light conditions so we recommend the use of block capitals and black ink. All other labels must be removed or struck through. The print will be displayed in the same orientation as the label on the back so please ensure that it is attached correctly.
We also recommend that all prints are mounted on a 400mm x 500mm aperture mount. The purpose of this is both to hold the print flat for judging and also to protect prints when stacked together. Although we will accept unmounted prints and prints in non-standard mounts, experience has shown that these unfortunately sometimes suffer damage due to being stacked with other prints. The competition process inevitably involves taking prints from one pile to another during the evening and unmounted prints have less protection during this process.
It is a condition of entry that your image may be displayed on the club website at any resolution up to the full resolution submitted and for an unlimited duration, including after your membership has ceased. If this is not acceptable then do not enter the competitions as it may not be possible to fully remove your images from the club database or prevent their display, and possible download, from the club website.
Brighton & Hove Camera Club seeks to encourage photography that, among other things:
How an image was made (whether in camera or in post-processing) is unimportant; it is the end product that we are considering and speculation can be counter-productive (and embarrassing as a number of supposedly contrived images have been found, upon enquiry, to have been simply straight from the camera).
Your role in this is to:
|GOLD||High artistic/creative content AND technically perfect|
|SILVER||Good artistic/creative content|
|BRONZE||Some artistic/creative content|
|CREDIT||Little artistic/creative content OR major technical faults|
We ask you to remember that every photograph is presented for comment for a reason. You will see a range of work from beginners to more experienced members and we expect constructive comments upon every photograph that you see before you.
We ask you to remember that while we take our photography seriously and want to improve, it is a hobby and we gather to enjoy our members’ photography.
At the end of the evening we would like our members to go away feeling that their work has received a careful, considered and impartial review and that you leave, having seen a variety of work and enjoyed appraising it.
Some projected image competitions are appraised using the BAPS system. This may be pre-arranged as published in the programme or may be ad-hoc in situations where the pre-arranged commentator is not available.
In BAPS competition every member present on the evening is given a set of four voting cards (credit, bronze, silver, gold). After a brief non-judgmental commentary by the facilitator the competition conveners will ask the audience to vote by raising one of their four voting cards.
The competition conveners will agree which voting card is in the majority (by counting if necessary) and this will be the mark awarded.
During voting the audience should face forward and hold their cards facing forward so that only the competition conveners can see the individual votes.