Competition Rules - External The requirements of each competition

Effective from 1st October 2012
DPS reserves the right to reject any entry which does not meet the following requirements×

Please note that whilst there are many similarities between the rules for these competitions, there are also some small but important differences and you are advised to read carefully the rules for each competition entered.

General Conditions of Entry – all competitions

  • All images must be entirely the work of the photographer. This includes all camera work and image editing either in a darkroom or on computer. Printing of images may, however, be carried out by a third party which may be either an individual or a commercial organisation. By virtue of submitting an entry, the entrant certifies the work as their own. The Competition Secretaries have the right to withdraw from a competition any image considered for any reason to be unsuitable.
  • With the exception of The Photographer of the Year Competition, entrants must be fully paid up members of the Society.
  • Entries should be submitted by the close of the Society meeting indicated as “a hand in night” in the syllabus. Submissions after this time may be accepted by the Competition Secretary at his/her discretion, and his/her decision will be final.
  • Any judge who is a member of Dundee Photographic Society will not be eligible to enter any category of the competition that he/she is judging
  • DPS accepts no responsibility for loss of, or damage to, any photograph entered.
  • DPS reserves the right to copy prints and retain digital images submitted to society competitions, for society purposes e.g. projection on competition nights, and for publication on the DPS website. Credit will be given accordingly. Authors will retain copyright of work.

The society may also seek the author’s consent to retain prints and digital images from club competitions as possible entries to SPF and PAGB competitions and local exhibitions.

∧ Back to top

1) Elena Mae Competition

  1. Entries must consist of a set of 6 digital images. There is no restriction on the subject matter depicted in each digital image, nor is it necessary to link the set by theme or approach.
  2. Images will be marked out of 20 and the winner will be the entrant with the highest aggregate score.

How to submit your entry – Elena Mae Competition

  • All entries for the Projected digital image categories must be submitted by email.
  • The file format must be jpeg.
  • Images which are in Adobe RGB (1998) colour space should be converted to sRGB colour space before submission. This can be done in your editing software.
  • The image size must be 1920 x 1200 pixels for landscapes or 1200 pixels high for portraits.
  • Images must not contain layers; they must be ‘flattened’ prior to submission.
  • Neither the title nor the photographer’s name or DPS number must be visible when the image is projected.
  • Each image file must be renamed with the photographer’s DPS membership number as shown on the member’s syllabus, followed by the title. For example DPS123_title.jpg Failure to correctly name a file will result in it’s exclusion from the competition.
  • Email submissions should be made to external@dps-online.co.uk

3) The Viking Studios Print Portfolio Competition

  1. The portfolio, which may be in monochrome or colour, must consist of four prints which must be linked by theme or approach. There is no restriction of subject matter.
  2. If the entrant requires the prints to be displayed in a specific order, a hanging plan should be indicated on the back of one of the prints.
  3. It is not necessary to submit digital files for this competition.

How to submit your entry – Viking Studios

Monochrome and Colour Prints

  1. All prints should be mounted suitably on card. The overall size, including mount, must not exceed 500mm x 400mm. There is no minimum size for this competition. Brief technical details may be given on the back of prints and a title should be given for ease of identification.
  2. Entrants must provide the following information on the back of each print entered:DPS number (as shown on the member’s syllabus) and title.Failure to give this information will result in exclusion from the competition. Entrants must not indicate their names. Labels relating to awards from previous external competitions/salons should be removed or covered up.

∧ Back to top

2) Photographer of the Year Competition

Sponsored by Dundee City Council, this annual competition is organised by DPS and is open to DPS members and the public. Entry forms will be available at the club.

How to submit your entry – Photographer of the Year Competition

Monochrome and Colour Prints

  1. All prints should be mounted suitably on card. The overall size, including mount, must be either 500mm x 400mm or 400mm x 300mm. Brief technical details may be given on the back of prints and a title should be given for ease of identification.
  2. Entrants must provide the following information on the back of each print entered:DPS number (as shown on the member’s syllabus), Title and M (Mono) or C (Colour) . For example, DPS 123, Title, M. Failure to give this information will result in exclusion from the competition. Entrants must not indicate their names. Labels relating to awards from previous external competitions/ salons should be removed or covered up.
  3. Print entries must be accompanied by the submission by email of the corresponding digital files to facilitate the projection of images on the competition night. The digital files must meet the requirements (4-10 below) for projected digital image entries. The digital files should be sent by email to external@dps-online.co.uk

Projected Digital Images

  1. All entries for the Projected digital image categories must be submitted on CD.
  2. The file format must be jpeg.
  3. Images which are in Adobe RGB (1998) colour space should be converted to sRGB colour space before submission. This can be done in your editing software.
  4. The image size must be 1920 x 1200 pixels for landscapes or 1200 pixels high for portraits.
  5. Images must not contain layers; they must be ‘flattened’ prior to submission.
  6. Neither the title nor the photographer’s name or DPS number must be visible when the image is projected.
  7. Each image file must be renamed with the photographer’s DPS membership number as shown on the member’s syllabus, followed by the title. Failure to correctly name a file will result in it’s exclusion from the competition.

The following trophies will be awarded:

  • Dundee Corporation Trophy: The three images that best portray Dundee.
  • Robert Saunders Trophy: Best projected digital image taken in a Dundee Park.
  • Fred Duncan Trophy: The best aggregate score.

3) Digital Audio Visual Competition

The Abertay Award – Sponsored by Joan I. Roy

  • The competition is open to individual members of Dundee Photographic Society. The subject is open. Entries may take any form but must be recognisable as an audio- visual presentation, employing pre-recorded soundtrack and digital photography.
  • The winner will receive The Abertay Award, which he/she will hold for one year, or until the date of any subsequent competition, whichever is the earlier. It must then be returned to DPS.

How to submit your entry – Digital Audio Visual Competition

  1. Entries will be projected using the DPS digital projector and laptop computer using Microsoft Windows. The entry is to be submitted on a CD or DVD containing an .exe programme, that is, a programme that will run on this equipment with a single click and no extra software. Also acceptable are complete video files such as .avi or .mov that will run without further add-ons. The cursor should not be visible. Further technical information will be supplied, on request by the External Competition Secretary. You may wish to send a test output for testing on club equipment prior to submitting your entry.
  2. Sequences should be no longer than eight minutes from sound or visual commencement to conclusion. Up to two sequences may be entered by any one member. Each sequence entered should contain a title, but the author’s name should not be shown. Title, entrant’s DPS number and duration of the sequence should be clearly marked on the CD/DVD. Each sequence entered must be submitted on a separate CD/DVD.
  3. A separate entry form must be submitted for each sequence. All CDs/ DVDs and accompanying entry forms should be handed in at the club meeting two weeks prior to the evening of the competition. Late entries will not be accepted.
  4. Every effort will be made to show all sequences on the evening of the competition. However, depending on the number of entries and the timings involved, it may be necessary for the judge to make a pre- selection. Entrants will be informed beforehand should this take place.
  5. All images used must be the original work of the author. Each entrant is responsible for ensuring that his/her sequences do not contravene the laws of copyright.
  6. On the evening of the competition, comments will be made by the judge on all sequences shown. The judge’s decision is final.

The trophies will be held by the respective winners for twelve months They remain the property of DPS and must be returned at the end of the twelve- month period to any DPS Council member, unless the return of the trophy is requested earlier by the Council.

∧ Back to top

Print this page

Close Box

Please enter your username or email address.
You will receive a link to reset the password via email.