Entering Club Competitions
So you think you might like to enter a competition but not really sure? Let's go through what it involves. There are various types of competitions, which may sound a bit confusing, but it all comes down to the fact that you can enter printed and/or digital images, you just have to choose the competition that is the most suitable for what you want to enter.
Before you enter your first competition you will be allocated a competition group. This will either be the Silver (less experienced members) or the Gold (advanced workers) group.
Every couple of months or so, we hold a bi-monthly competition. These have been split into prints and digital image; the Programme will give details.
The Print competitions and Digital Images, generally referred to as PDIs, are 'Open Subject', meaning you can choose any topic you like. We have a visiting judge who will score them out of 10, so at this stage there are no winners, just individual scores, which will accumulate/be added to as the season progresses.
All you have to do is to have them ready the week before. The Club Competition Rules give you all you need to know about shape, size, presentation etc.
These competitions are key to the club activities, everyone is encouraged to enter as it is a great way to share your work and to get feed back that will help you to develop as a photographer. They are also a good deal of fun!
HOWEVER it is important to remember that they are not the be all and end all of a Camera Club. You do not have to be a competitive photographer to participate and enjoy the Club. Some members choose not to, and still get a lot of enjoyment out of the Club.