Competition Tips

Would you like to better your performance in club competitions?

 

Remember being at school and your teachers kept telling you that it was most important that you carefully read the question twice? They were right! The first and most obvious thing to do is to read the rules at least once, twice would be better.

It would be a good idea to copy the rules to your desktop, so that every time you want to submit your photographs for competition, you can consult the rules again - just to remind yourself of the details. Once you have read and understand the competition rules then there are a number of very simple guidelines to follow.

  • Enter every competition.

     

    • Every competition offers you the chance to win a maximum of a 1st, a 2nd and one shortlist, in colour, mono and PDI. Offering:
      • [for POTY] a 5+4+1=10 in all competitions, which equals 30. If you are aiming for POTY and do not enter anything for a competition round you are wasting a potential 30 points. Of course no one has ever achieved 30 points in one round, but one member recently archived 26! So; you are aiming for POTY you must enter every competition.
      • For the Colour Print Trophy] there is a potential of 5+4+1=10 in each club/NIPA selection round.
        This max score has been achieved, albeit rarely,
      • For the Mono Print Trophy] there is a potential of 5+4+1=10 in each club/NIPA selection round.
        This max score has been achieved, albeit very rarely,
      • [for PDI Trophy] there is a potential of 5+4+1=10. This max score has been achieved, albeit rarely.
      • Panels and Audry Argue are stand alone competitons, in their own right. But be aware that they also contribute to POTY and the Projected Digital Cup.
  • Enter three images in each area.

     

    • At the start of the competition year everyone enters their photos taken over the Summer months.
    • In Rounds 1 to 3 there are often over 50 images in one area. But after round 3 the number of submissions drop off. Sometimes it can go down to just 20.
    • If there is a large number of entries the judges are asked to shortlist to bring the numbers down to a minimum of 4 and maximum of 12. But; if there is a small entry, of around 12, then all images will be short listed - and all short listed entries will win one point.
    • Sometimes there are so few entries that you will be guaranteed a 1st, 2nd or 3rd.
      • Indeed in 2008/2009 there were at least three occasions that there was only ONE entry - and the author won 1st, 2nd and 3rd - and gained 12 points!
  • Summary: If you want to get the most points from the club competitions;

     

    • Entry every competition.
    • Enter three images in each area: Colour, Mono and PDI.