Challenge 1 – Open – 10th May 2021
Judge: Anne Cassidy, Enniskillen Camera Club
Anne has taught HNC and HND at South West Collage Fermanagh. She was a guest tutor for final year undergrads in traditional darkroom printing at Ulster University and is a current panel member for the IPF distinctions. She also sits as a panel member for the RPS in Documentary and also on the Contemporary and Conceptual panel. She is a Fellow of the IPFA and a Fellow of the RPS and has gained her AFIAP. Anne was awarded a Masters of Fine Art in photography from Ulster University Belfast. (MFA ) in 2011.
Digital format submission.
Details: Two images, colour or black and white.
Note: Images must have been taken within the last three years.
Deadline: Wednesday 28th April, 2021 – Details of the upload link to the club’s Dropbox account will be circulated to members by email.
Members are free to interpret the challenge widely and you can chose a subject of your own preference.
The Coronavirus restrictions must not be broken for this challenge.
Challenge 2 – “Rain” – 28th June 2021
Judge: Helen Hanafin FIPF EFIAP/g
Helen has been active in photography since the mid-1990s. She has been an active member of the Dublin Camera Club for many years and acts as a mentor for new members. Helen is also a member of the Club’s selection committee, helping to select and prepare images to represent the Club at inter-club competitions. She has achieved the Fellowship of the Irish Photographic Federation with a panel of images showing the people of Nepal. She is now a member of the IPF Distinctions Assessment Panel. Helen is also a keen exhibitor at International Salons and has gained EFIAP/g. She has presented to clubs throughout Ireland and around the world and judges extensively both in Ireland and internationally.
Digital format submission.
Details: Two images, colour or black and white
Entry Deadline: 14th June. Details of the upload link to the club’s Dropbox account will be circulated by email.
Members are free to interpret the challenge, but must stick to the theme. The Coronavirus restrictions must not be broken for this challenge. Images must have been taken within the last three years.
Challenge 3 – Mini Panel – Open
Print Format. If Coronavirus restrictions are lifted entries to be handed in at our club meeting in person. If restrictions do not allow this then other arrangements will be made.
Details: Black and White images only. No spot colour or the whole panel will be considered a colour panel and will not fit the criteria.
Entry Deadline: Monday 6th September 2021.
1. 6 printed black and white photos
2. All 6 images glued onto a card backing
3. Label with member details for judging.
4. Text description of panel
This is also known as Summer Panel i.e. a project for the summer, not a photographic theme involving summer elements. The idea behind this challenge is to explore a subject or theme you particularly like in more detail with multiple images, where other club challenges only involve a single image. It is also an opportunity to gain an insight into observation. All images on your panel should relate to your chosen theme, forming a cohesive unit. Each image can tell part of the story of your theme to form the whole ‘picture’. The panel will be assessed as a whole, not as individual prints although each image will be important in forming the cohesive whole already mentioned. It might help to think of the panel as a composition, put together with the care you bring to composing any single image.
Challenge 4 – “Decay”
Colour digital images only.
Up to two images can be submitted per entrant. Normally images should have been taken in the last two years. Because of Covid this limit is now three years.
Deadline: Monday 8th November 2021 – Details of the upload link to the club’s Dropbox account will be circulated to members by email.
Challenge 5 – “Outside The Box”
Up to two images per entrant can be submitted. Images should be no more than 3 years old please, an adjustment to our 2 year requirement because of Covid
Deadline: Monday 7th February 2022 – Details of the upload link for digital entries to the club’s Dropbox account will be circulated to members by email.
Images will be judged on: How well an image fits the theme; Composition; Impact; and Sharpness: Sharp where it needs to be, unless not intended to be by the photographer.
PRINT – Two A4 Prints on a firm backing for ease of handling (an A4 piece of card is adequate – do not use a full mount); Black & White or Colour (depending on the Challenge description).
DIGITAL – 3000 pixels on the longest side; Jpeg quality 10; SRGB colour space; Black & White or Colour (depending on the Challenge description); Category: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced; Entry name: Title_Category_Membership Number – (if you don’t yet have a Membership Number, please use your initials).
For example if you are Intermediate level and are entering an image titled ‘Winter Landscape’ and your club number is 99 your file should be named: Intermediate_Winter Landscape_99.
MINI PANEL - Presentation: Images: Your panel should be made up of 6 prints, A5 size (i.e., approximately 15 cm x 20cm / 6 ins x 8.5 ins). Please stay close to this size so that all panel entries are a similar size.
Mounting: Glue your prints to an A2 sheet of card (approx. 400 mm x 600 mm // 16 ins x 24 ins) This size is a guide only and is the card size you are likely to need. Whatever size of card is used images should not exceed approximately 15cm x 20 cm/6ins x 8.5 ins. If your layout is all landscape the card size may need to be larger. It is best to do a mock- up with spaces between the images and the rows and then buy the appropriate card and trim it if necessary. Spectrum Art and Framing have a good range and also other outlets in town.
The arrangement of the images is important: they should present a pleasing composition in two rows each row having 3 images. You are not expected to ‘window mount’ your images. Here ‘mounting’ means sticking the images to a piece of card in order to display them as described.
Label: Stick a label on the back of the mount which gives: your club number or initials if you don’t have a number; panel title; your category (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced).
Text: Include a short (100 words max) note about your panel – the idea and thinking behind your choice of theme, your reason for choosing specific shots, etc... and your panel title. This can be presented as a separate sheet to allow the judge to read it and view the images. Identify this with your club number, panel title and your category.