Members' Guidelines 2019/20

DPS Competition Rules for entering Digital and Print competitions

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Open Competitions

Competitions that are designated 'Open' do not have a specific 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!


Open Competition (Projected)

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


Open Competition - Monochrome (Print)

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 forms of black and white photography, which produce images containing tones of grey ranging from black to white. No 'colour popping' allowed.


Shop Windows - (Projected)

Your image(s) will feature one or more shop windows giving you the challenge of taking an image through glass. You may choose to focus either on the contents of the window or the reflections from the glass window – or both! Be aware of where you stand to take your shots to ensure you do not feature in the image – unless you do so intentionally of course. The judge will be looking for originality and creativity in your use of shape, colour and perspective as well as how you have handled the reflections.


The Colour Orange (Projected)

The subject matter of your image can be anything you chose this month so long as the dominant colour and/or the point of interest in the image is the colour orange. For example, you may choose a still life of your own creation, a sunset or sunrise, an individual or group of people dressed in orange – perhaps uniforms or a sports strip. The list is endless and limited only by your own imagination.


Long exposure (Print)

This month you will be demonstrating your control of the shutter speed on your camera to take long exposure images. Some of the examples we have seen in the past have been star trails, running water/rivers, or tidal water made flat and milky, and light trails from moving traffic. You will be able to get further inspiration and guidance from David Lowe, our guest speaker
on 23 April 2019: A Guide to Long Exposure Photography. See also


Open Competition - Untouched Straight from the Camera (Projected)

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 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.


Fish (Dead or Alive) (Projected)

You may not be one of our underwater photographers, but you will have access to fish – live in an aquarium – or on display in a supermarket – or perhaps you may be a fisherman/woman or have access to where fishing takes place: at a local reservoir, on a riverbank or from a seaside pier. But remember: one or more fish must still dominate your image. Fishermen without fish will not do! We are organising a trip to Birmingham on Saturday 25 May 2019 which will hopefully include a visit to Seaworld. This should provide you with some interesting opportunities. Whatever your inspiration, one or more fish, dead or alive,
should be the main focus of your images. For the purpose of this competition, we really do mean ‘fish’ - NOT shellfish, crustaceans, sea mammals, mermaids or anything other than FISH!


Borrowed Art (Print)

We have seen many images over the years which have featured someone else’s art – a piece of sculpture, one or more paintings, a fountain, a floral display. This month the judge will be looking for creativity/inventiveness in how you include a piece of ‘borrowed art’ as the focus in your image. What we are not looking for is just a record shot of a piece of sculpture or another artwork. You need to choose a different perspective, an inventive composition or find someone doing something unusual with a piece of art: something the judge will not have seen before.

November - The Peter Cosentino Trophy

Creative (Projected)

Commonly referred to as ‘altered reality’, Creative images are often a montage (a blending or composite of multiple images). However, Creative does not have to mean ‘Photoshopped’. Perhaps the subject or perspective is creative; or it may be an artistic interpretation of a scene. Any subject matter is acceptable. If you do choose a composite image, all parts of the
image must be original and may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else. Artwork or computer graphics generated by the author may be incorporated, so long as the original photographic content predominates.
The winner of this competition will be awarded, to hold until the same time next year, an original piece of artwork created by Peter Cosentino in his memory and to recognise his creativity.


Curves (Projected)

Your images this month can be any subject matter of your choosing, but the composition should be based overtly on a curve or multiple curves. The curves may occur naturally eg bends in a river; they may be man made eg a still life featuring crockery or glassware or some other rounded articles; parts of the human body; the shape of a flower or a leaf. Curves are everywhere around us: the opportunities are endless. You need to use your chosen subject to create an interesting, unusual image to impress the judge with its individuality.


Open Competition - Panel of 3 (Print)

You may enter 2 panels into the competition. Each panel will consist of 3 different images which may be mounted together on a single mount or on 3 separate mount boards. No repetition of images across a panel will be allowed nor a single image simply sliced into 3. Your aim is to select 3 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 note on the creation of panels in the Resources section of the website.

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