Competition Rules

EKCC Internal Competition Rules

  • There are two competition categories. Level A (Intermediate/Advanced) and Level B (Beginner/Intermediate). New members may be asked to show some recent work so as to place them in the right category. Members placed in the level B will remain so for the duration of the season. Not all competitions run both categories. Level B members that have had a 1st, 2nd or 3rd placing in the league will automatically move up the following season. Other members may also be moved up if the committee feels they should. All Level B members will be told at the end of the season which level they will be in for the following season. Each Member has the right to appeal if not happy with the outcome before the next season starts.
  • All Competition entries should have been produced in the last two years (whether it is from a negative, slide or digital file). Older images may be accepted at the Competition Secretary’s discretion where the content is not obviously of a dated appearance.
  • The Print or Digital Image should not have been used in any previous seasons’ internal competitions. However selection is at the discretion of the Competition Secretary.
  • A print or digital image with a placing of 1st 2nd or 3rd in a previous competition in this season will not be accepted in any other competitions that season except the Annual Competition.
  • A print or digital image will not be accepted in the Annual if it has been in any previous Annual Competition.
  • Print Size, including mount, should not exceed 400mm X 500mm (16 x 20ins). Prints out with this size will not be accepted.
  • Digital images should not exceed 1600 pixels horizontally and should not exceed 1200 pixels vertically.
  • All Print images should be marked thus:
    Level (A or B)_Title_members number_Order of preference.
    One being your first choice and three being your least.

    • Example: A_Rainy Day_24_1
  • Members can normally enter up to 3 images per competition. If there are too many entries for the judge, the Competition Secretary will remove the highest numbered images to produce a more manageable amount.

It is the responsibility of members to ensure images comply fully before submitting entries. If you have any difficulty with this, please speak to one of our more experienced members of the Club, who will be glad to help.

  • Digital images are to be submitted by the Competition Uploader
    on the club’s website, until midnight on the entry date for each competition. Entries out with these dates are at the discretion of the Competition Secretary.
  • Submission of entries: Prints should be put in the appropriate portfolio case provided for them and must be removed from all plastic bags or packaging. Please ensure also that any Velcro tabs are removed from backs of prints so as not to scratch any other photographer’s prints. Any prints with loose mountings or masking tape may be removed from entering or returned to member for fixing.
  • Images submitted for competitions may be used by the club for the competition entered, and for publication on any of the club’s social media platforms.
  • Images for external competitions, and printed publication shall be be submitted separately, and will not be taken from previously submitted images.
  • Copyright of images must be that of the photographer who has entered the work. Anyone found infringing copyright shall be disqualified from all remaining competitions of the season and results from already entered shall be nullified.
  • Entries shall normally be returned at the end of the competition. Unclaimed entries will be kept for later collection from the Competition Secretary.

East Kilbride Camera Club has adopted the Royal Photographic Society rules for the annual wildlife competition.

The Royal Photographic Society rules for wildlife photography state that “Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.

No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to greyscale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.

Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species.”

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