Members' Guidelines 2018/19

DPS Competition Rules for entering Digital and Print competitions

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Open Competitions

Competitions that are designated 'Open' do not have a designated theme which you are expected to follow. Instead you are free to choose the subject matter. As the competition is Open, it is even more important that your image 'stands out' so that the Judge finds your image interesting in its subject matter, and can appreciate the technical skill in its creation. Good Luck!

March - Open Competition

Digital Projection
Submit any two images making sure you follow the guidelines set out in the the Competition Entry section.

April - Open Competition - Monochrome.

Print Competition
Submit up to two monochrome prints on any topic of your choice. Monochrome images are produced using a single hue, rather than recording the colours of the object photographed. It includes all formsds of black and white photography, which produce images containing tones of grey ranging from black to white. No 'colour popping' allowed.

May - Urban/Industrial Landscapes

Digital Projection
When we think of the term 'landscape' we usually picture the countyside or perhaps a seascape. This month we want to see village, town or city images which may be predominantly residential but will more likely be commercial or industrial in nature. Rather than twee country villages we will be looking for images with a more urban character; grit rather than gardens.

June - Exposure

Digital Projection
Exposure may have many interpretations. The state of having no protection from something eg an animal trying to escape from a predator. The revelation of something secret, embarassing or damaging eg from a photojournalism perspective or perhaps you have caught a child or a pet doing something naughty. The technical aspects of exposing a photograph can also be used eg you might choose to show your expertise in controlling the lens aperture and/or shutter speed to create an unusual image or perhaps to combine two exposures in a single image. What we are NOT looking for is anything offensive or of a sexually explicit nature.

July - A Different Perspective

Print Competition
This month you will be trying to provoke your audience to say 'What is it?' Your subject may be mundane but the perspective from which you have taken it will be out of the ordinary. Perhaps you will be looking down at something we rarely see from above or coming in close to something we normally only see as the full item. You will need to use your imagination to approach whatever subject you choose to capture it from a new angle, distance or speed.

August - Untouched Straight from the Camera

Digital competition
You can choose any content but this competition will be judged on your ability to produce an image AT THE POINT OF PRESSING THE SHUTTER BUTTON. There will no no post-production processing either on a computer or in camera. This includes cropping in camera or using in-camera pre-sets. The aim is to produce a level playing field for all members. It would be preferred that the images are shot as jpegs. If the image is shot in RAW, you may not use any of the RAW image sliders. Remember the key items that make such a difference to your image - viewpoint, frame, focus and timing.

September - People at Play

Digital Projection
Feel free to interpret 'play' in the widest sense. It may be organisd sport, informal games - indoor or outdoor - or just people relaxing following their own interests alone or together.

October - Light and Shadow

Print Competition
All photographic images use light to create interest. This month we want to see images that specifically have areas which are well lit as well as in deep shade. These may be in any situation you choose eg a studio or a landscape or anything in between.

November - Heavy Metal

Digital Projection
This can be interpreted in a number of different ways so interpret it as you wish. It might be a rack concert, an army tank, a bridge,a steelworks or whatever else you choose.

December - Hidden

Digital Projection
Have you ever taken a shot and been surprised when you have put it on the computer to find something interesting in the imaqge you didn't notice at the time of shooting? We will be looking for images that contain something we might not normally notice while going about our everyday lives. It might just be something out of our normal eyeline or something we see every day but don't notice, thinking it is mundane, but on closer inspection is perhaps of great beauty or interest.

January Open - Panel of Three Images

Printed Assignment
You may enter two panels. Each should consist of 3 different images which may be mounted together either on a single mount or on 3 separate mountboards.No repetition of images acroos the panel or a single image sliced into three will be allowed. The aim is to select three images which either tell a story or are linked by their subject content, colour, style or format which together form a single related work. See also the Guidance Notes on Creating a Panel in the Resources Section.

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