Established 1963


Mold Camera Club Internal Competitions

Competitions for 2016/17

Each member is allowed a maximum of three prints or three digital images per competition.  

The club is split into three sections, namely Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced.

We will be running six league competitions, three for prints, three for PDIs. Details of these are on the Programme page. In addition we will also be running our Print and DPI (or PDI) of the Year competitions and in this all members are permitted to enter three images to each.

And finally we will be holding an AV competition. It is on an open theme and all entries must contain at least one soundtrack. Members are limited to one entry of no more than five minutes in duration.

With Open competitions it is up to each member to choose their own subject for each of their images. There are no restrictions other than the image cannot have appeared in a previous club competition.

For the Print & DPI of the Year competitions you are permitted to reuse images previously submitted as long as they have not been in a previous Print or DPI of the Year competition. You cannot submit the same image into both competitions.

All other club rules will remain as per the club rule book, an updated version of which will be in your club handbooks which you will receive on renewing your membership. Any queries regarding the competitions should be directed to John Bell. Mike Catania can also help with any queries regarding which section you belong to.

General Information

You can submit three prints or three images for projection for each competition.

When you pay your subscription you will be given competition numbers to use through the year. These should be the sole method of identification on the pictures you submit for the internal competitions. Please make certain that your name or other means of identifying you is not present on the picture. Pictures can only be submitted once for these competitions. For our Print and DPI of the Year competitions members are permitted to enter three of each.


The club holds six internal competitions during the season plus picture of the year at the end of the season. You can submit two prints in a mount not greater than 40cm by 50cm (or 16” x 20”) and two images for projection for each competition.

With your prints do make certain that no adhesive in any form is exposed as it can easily damage other peoples work. If exposed sticky stuff is found on any picture it will be automatically withdrawn from the competition. It is best to use a mount that ends  flush on the back rather than leaving tape exposed. If you are in doubt how to do this do ask for a demonstration from Bill Furse or Andy Polakowski.

Details of the competition dates will be posted on our Programme page.

Digital Projected Images

Images presented in internal competitions for projection shall be in digital file format. Up to three images can be submitted unless the individual rules of a particular competition says otherwise.


Points for Photographer of the year shall be obtained from the two categories, prints and projected images


Submission: Digital images for projection can either be submitted in the format below to the competition secretary on hand in evening, or emailed to the competition secretary by 22.00 on the hand evening. It is important that you receive a receipt receipt/reply if emailing. Submission on the night can be on CD, DVD, or and Memory Sticks . Please make certain that whatever medium you use is clearly labelled with your name. These do not go to the judges so they do not have to be anonymous. The competition secretary will undertake to return your storage medium by the date of the competition.  


Image Preparation: Our projector has a resolution of 1400 pixels wide by 1050 pixels high. Your pictures must be resized to these dimensions or less (in which case they will project small).  If you do not have the software to crop and resize images talk nicely to someone in the club who has and is prepared to help, or see the guide below. So, if your picture is landscape in format it should not be more than 1400 pixels wide and 1050 high. If it is in portrait format it should not be more than 1050 pixels high. Images should submitted as JPEG.  Use a quality setting to keep your upload size to a maximum of 2 MB. total if sending your images by email.

File naming: Images should not have your name in the file name, or on the picture. You must remove metadata which could identify you from your DPI entries.  Please see that the file is named in the following sequence for our internal competitions.

1.       The letter showing which section you belong to. That is A for Advanced, B for Beginners and I for Intermediate.

2.       one of your three digit competition numbers given to you when you joined.

3.       The word ‘COMP’ in capital letters please

4.       The number of the competition that you are entering, i.e., 1, 2,3,4,5,6, DOY (DPI of The Year) or POY (Print of the Year)

5.       The title of your image with no spaces.

No spaces, underscore or hyphens should appear in the entry at all. Therefore you entries should look something like

-          A411COMP6Daffodil.jpg

-          B567COMP6TheManInTheRedDress.jpg

-          I629COMPDOYOnwardsAndUpwards.jpg

This form of file naming will not apply to external and inter club competitions where the form of naming will be announced before the competition in question.


The images must be RGB NOT CMYK. Convert your images to sRGB colour space if they are not already. We will standardise on this for the moment and it is probably the safest way to ensure that judges can reliably see the colour of your images. Any problems and find someone in the club who might know more than you do to help.


The copyright of the images remain with you. The competition secretary will see that images are removed from his own computers and the one used for projection on the competition night. He will ask judges to remove your images from their computers.


Summary: sRGB pictures; .JPEG; resized to 1400 x 1050 pixels (max);  on disc or by email.

An excellent guide to preparing PDIs for competitions can be found HERE.  Thanks to Stockport Photographic Society.

Words of Wisdom from Photography Experts

James Estrin, Photo Editor, New York Times Lens Blog

“...when I judge a contest I look for photographs that make me feel something. Anything. I also look for stories that are original. I see thousands of stories a year and most are sadly quite similar. So a story that I haven’t seen before, or a unique approach to a story that I have seen before goes very, very far. Take chances!”

Sarah Leen, Photo Editor, National Geographic

“What separates a good photo from a great photo is a feeling somewhere between what I feel physically and what I would call an ‘aesthetic experience.’ It’s almost like the beginning of a love affair, you are just drawn to the image, you are lifted off your feet, you are moved. You just have to have it. You want to ask them to dance.”

Jim Casper, Editor-in-Chief, LensCulture

“Every great picture tells a story and should be able to stand on its own, but viewers are often eager to know a little bit more about what the photo is about. So a simple title or caption, or a few words, can make a great photo really come to life in someone’s imagination. If you’ve created a series of images, think of them as a story. Choose a very strong image to start off the series to make a powerful first impression.”

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