On the question of the PDI and Print Competitions.

Competition Rules Checklist

Please note that entries to competitions are restricted to full members.

Print Competitions There will be three colour print competitions and three mono print competitions this season with a maximum of three prints in each competition.
Digital Competitions There will be four “Open” digital competitions this season with the subject “Open”. Maximum of two images in each round.
“Set Subject”
Digital Competition
This has now been changed to an informal evening where members show and discuss PDI images taken as part of this years "Project" which is Street Photography.
Essex Challenge Trophy: A Digital Competition for the Dave Clarke Trophy This year’s theme is “Open” but all the Images must have been photographed in Essex.
Three on a Theme Print Competition and Digital Triptych Competition For prints, a maximum of two sets of three prints. For digital, a maximum of two digital “triptychs”. The same images cannot be used in both the Three-on-a-Theme and Triptych competitions.
Images of the Year Competition A maximum of two prints and two digital images. Only images already entered into any club competition during the year, except for the digital triptych competition, are allowed.

You will be aware that winners of the 2017/18 competitions will now be decided based upon a members total aggregate score. We would naturally wish to have a single outright winner thus avoiding the possibility of a shared trophy.  We propose to achieve this by the “top-scoring” members in question offering a tie-break image


Going into the final round members that are contenders for the top spot will be required to nominate one of the images that they have ALREADY entered in that particular season’s competition as their tiebreaker. They could pick an image that got a 10 from a previous judge, or maybe gamble that last judge is going to really love their image from the last round, if they've saved best for last, and chose one of them as their tie-breaker instead!


For the PDI Competition they have to tell the PDI Secretary which tie-break image they have chosen when submitting their seasons last images, so that such an image can be retrieved and be readily available if it needs to be used.


For Print Competition, the tie-break image needs to be handed to the Print Competition Secretary along with their final images,  or one of the final images nominated as such, the Tuesday before the final print competition as usual.


Should a tie occur the tie-break images will be offered up for the judge for he/her to choose their favourite. Such an image will attract one extra point which will be added to the aggregate total thus deciding the outright winner for the season.



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