Internal Competitions 2017/18











1st Monthly OPEN 26/9/2017 10/10/2017
2nd Monthly OPEN 24/10/2017 7/11/2017
Summer Safari Defined Tasks 31/10/2017 14/11/2017
3rd Monthly OPEN 21/11/2017 5/12/2017
Christmas Knockout OPEN (Digital only) 5/12/2017 12/12/2017
3 way Competition  OPEN 30/1/2018 13/2/2018
4th Monthly OPEN 6/2/2018 20/2/2018
Winter Safari Defined Tasks 20/2/2018 6/3/2018
ANNUAL OPEN 6/3/2018 20/3/2018


Competition entry

The DPA runs monthly competitions throughout the club year and an annual competition to showcase the very best of our work. Competitions are “open” (any subject) unless otherwise stated.

Each competition has three categories:

  • Project images
  • Printed monochrome
  • Printed colour

(Projected means a digital image shown on a projector, printed means a physical print). We also have a separate category for beginners, and we welcome entries from all members regardless of experience. It’s a great way to learn.

Competitions are judged by SPF judges, who will provide feedback and a mark out of 20. There is a lot to be learned from listening to judges, even if we don’t always agree with them!

Entries should be handed to the Competition Secretary.


Submitting a printed image

Images can be printed on a home printer, or using a printing service.

The prints must be mounted on board. Materials are available from art shops. (Kelty Art Shop is a popular choice). If you are unsure how to mount an image please ask a committee member.

Some tips:

  • Your print can be whatever size and shape you like, provided it fits on a board up to 400 x 500 mm.
  • Prints submitted for inclusion in an exhibition must be mounted on a 400 x 500 mm board
  • For competitions, the board should have a minimum side of 200 mm and a maximum size of 400 x 500 mm
  • Avoid any stray tape or adhesive on the back of the print: when the prints are stacked it might damage the print underneath

As agreed at the AGM, please also provide digital copies of your prints for inclusion on our website.


Submitting a projected image

Digital images can be emailed to the competition secretary, or handed in on a CDROM, USB drive, SD Card etc.

Digital images should be resized to be no wider than 1400 pixels wide and no taller than 1050 pixels high. This allows images to be displayed on most projectors without any rescaling. It also keeps the file sizes manageable for the judges.

For example, a landscape image would be 1400 pixels wide, and anywhere up to 1050 pixels high (but it could be less depending on your camera or how you’ve cropped the image).

A portrait image would be 1050 pixels high and might only be 700 or 800 pixels wide (again, depending on your camera and choice of crop).

The file type should be 8-bit JPG or TIFF. TIFF files must be flattened (no layers) and uncompressed. The colour space should be set to sRGB.

Software packages like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom make it easy to save your files with the right settings.

Files should be saved using the following convention.

Number.Title.Membership number.

The number can be preference number where the number of digital entries is limited or the shot number for competition events such as the summer safari. The maximum number of entries is four for each category. ie 4 x Colour, 4 B&W & 4 digital.

Note: Should the number of entries be too many for the judging time. The  4th preference may not be judged.