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This page provides a full list of all Morpeth Camera Club Competitions and Interclub Competitions,
followed by information on how to prepare entries for competitions and how to prepare images
for the Club Website.


Click here for "How to prepare entries for MCC Club Competitions".
Click here for "Make up of Club Competitions".
Click here for "How to prepare images for the Club Website".

Club Competitions - Season 2017/18.

1st Open PDI Competition.
1. Members may enter up to 3 digital images on any subject.
2. PDI Max Size 1400 x 1050 jpeg.
3. Final Hand in - Entry Closed.
4. Judged by     -  Catherine Ball.    
5. Comp Results - Tuesday 17th Oct 2017.
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1st Open Print Competitions.
Members may enter up to 3 colour prints and up to 3 monochrome prints.
1. Any Subject.
2. Mounted Print, max mount size 20 x 16 inch.
3. Final Hand in - Tuesday 10th Oct 2017.
4. Judged by - Keith Suddaby.
5. Comp Results - Tuesday 14th November 2017.
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Bates Cup PDI Competition.
Members may enter up to 3 digital images.
1. Subject Landscape.
2. PDI Max Size 1400 x 1050 jpeg.
3. Final Hand in - Tuesday 20th Feb 2018.
4. Judged by - David Stout.
5. Comp Results - Tuesday 27th March 2018.
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Set Subject Print Competitions.
1. Members may enter up to 3 Monochrome prints on the Set Subject of - Street Photography (i.e. people on the street)
and/or
   Members may enter up to 3 Colour prints on the Set Subject of - Still Life.
2. Mounted Print, max mount size 20 x 16 inch.
3. Final Hand in - Tuesday 19th Dec 2017.
4. Judged by - Bill Broadley.
5. Comp Results - Tuesday 23rd Jan 2018.
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2nd Open PDI Competition.
Members may enter up to 3 digital images on any subject.
1. Any Subject.
2. PDI Max Size 1400 x 1050 jpeg.
3. Final Hand in - Tuesday 9th Jan 2018.
4. Judged by - Jim Welsh.
5. Comp Results - Tuesday 13th Feb 2018.
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2nd Open Print Competitions.
Members may enter up to 3 colour prints and/or up to 3 mono prints.
1. Any Subject.
2. Mounted Print, max mount size 20 x 16 inch.
3. Final Hand in - Tuesday 6th Feb 2018.
4. Judged by - Will Ireland.
5. Comp Results - Tuesday 13th March 2018.
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Browell Trophy PDI Competition.
Members may enter up to 3 digital images.
1. Subject Natural History, (no pets, farm animals, no captive animals including zoos, wildlife parks etc)
2. PDI Max Size 1400 x 1050 jpeg.
3. Final Hand in - Tuesday 7th Nov 2017.
4. Judged by - Mike Allport.
5. Comp Results - Tuesday 12th Dec 2017.
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3 of a Kind Print Competitions.
Enter 3 separate colour prints and/or 3 separate mono prints.(plus one extra set
of colour prints or one extra set on mono prints but not both.
*****Total entry up to three sets of three prints*****.
Prints will be judged as a set or panel of three and must have a link or theme to connect them to each other.
1. Any Subject.
2. Mounted Prints, max mount size 20 x 16 inch. (No Triptychs).
3. Final Hand in - Tuesday 13th March 2018.
4. Judged by - Geoffrey Bradford.
5. Comp Results - Tuesday 10th April 2018.
*Note - Your entry CANNOT contain a print or a print of an image that has previously been awarded
              a first place in a club competition.

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Morpeth Camera Club also hold Two competitions that are judged by the members on the night
and not an outside judge. These competitions are open to every member and the aim is to have
everyone involved no matter what there skill level. No marks are awarded and these do not
effect the end of year agg scores.

Members A4 Print Competition.
1. Any Subject.
2. Up to Four A4 prints mounted or unmounted.
3. Hand-In On the night.
4. Judged by members.
5. Comp Results - Tuesday 3rd Oct 2017.
Notes - Each member can bring up to Four A4 size mounted or unmounted prints for our in house competition. New format started in 2013 where each member will vote for their top five prints. All prints will be exhibited on the clubs display boards and club members will select prints and together with a recognised judge, discuss the merits or failings of the prints viewed. Aim is to look into the photographs and discuss what influences our decision making and how we can all improve our prints.

Members pdi Knockout Competition.
1. Any Subject.
2. Up to Four PDI Max Size 1400 x 1050 jpeg.
3. Hand in images on a memory stick or disc one week before to assist ffp programming, Images to Mark Harrison.
4. Judged by those members present on the night.
5. Comp Results - Tuesday 19th Dec 2017.
Format - All images loaded onto club laptop, ffp programme will then randomly select two images and project them
at the same time. Audience then selects which image goes into the next round until only two are left.
No marks, No names. Add titles in exif data.


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Inter-Club Competitions 2017/18

Inter-club competitions are competitions with other clubs using the best work from club members as images will
generally be expected by judges to be of a higher standard.
The 4 way interclub competitions are between, Morpeth, Gateshead, Gosforth & Cramlington Camera Clubs.
The 7 way interclub competitions are between, Morpeth, Ashington, Blyth, Cambois, Amble, Alnwick & Wooler
Camera Clubs.


7 Way Inter-club Mono & Colour Print Competition.
Each club must enter 4 monochrome prints and 4 colour prints.
Subject - Any.
Mounted - max 20 x 16 inch.
Hand In - Now Closed.
Judge - Dave Phillips.
Results - Wednesday 18th Oct 2017.
Host Club - Alnwick Camera Club
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4 Way Inter-club Competition (Part 1 PDI).
Each club must enter 10 Images.
Subject - Any.
Max Size - 1400 x 1050 jpeg.
Hand In - Tuesday 17th Oct 2017.
Judge - Malcolm Kus ARPS, DPAGB, EFIAP/b.
Results - Tuesday 21st Nov 2017.
Host Club - Gosforth CC.
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7 Way Inter-club PDI Knockout Competition.
Each club must enter 20 images.
Subject - Any.
Max Size - 1400 x 1050 jpeg.
Hand In - Tuesday 17th Oct 2017.
Judges - Alan McCormick, Alan Porrett, Joseph Duffy.
Results - Sunday 19th November 2017.Prompt 2pm Start.
Host Club - Cambois Camera Club.
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4 Way Inter-club Competition (Part 2 Prints).
Each club must enter 10 prints in total,(5 mono & 5 colour).
Subject - Any.
Mounted - max 20 x 16 inch.
Hand In - Tuesday 16th Jan 2018
Judge - Jane Black ARPS, FPSA, Hon.PAGB
Results - Tuesday 27th Feb 2018.
Host Club - Gosforth CC.
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7 Way Inter-club Pdi Category Competition.
Each club must enter 10 Images in total,(max of 2 and no less than 1 in each of the different categories,
Portrait, Still Life, Interiors, Landscape, Flora & fauna, Fantasy, Myth, Religion, Legend).
Max Size - 1400 x 1050.
Hand In - To be announced.
Judge - Stephen Fowler
Results - Tuesday 20th March 2018.
Host Club - Morpeth CC.
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Borders Digital Challenge 2018.
Each *club must enter 10 Images in total, 8 to be used in competition with 2 reserves in case of a tie.
Max Size - 1400 x 1050.
Hand In - To be announced.
Judge - To be announced.
Results - Sunday 25th March 2018.
Host Club - Hawick CC, Heart of Hawick Heritage Hub, Kirkstile, Hawick TD9 0AE.
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HOW TO PREPARE ENTRIES FOR MCC CLUB COMPETITIONS

1. Please note that the requirements below do not cover NCPF competitions.

PRINT PREPARATION

2. Each print needs to have a title written on the back and if necessary, a mark indicating the top edge of the print. This can be a great help when the picture is an abstract composition. There should be no other identifying marks or awards on the print. Maximum size of the mount being - length 50cms by 40cms. Each entry must be accompanied by a proforma detailing print titles, the name of the competitor and the name of the competition. (If a proforma is not available a sheet of paper with the above details clearly shown will suffice.)

ELECTRONIC IMAGE FILE PREPARATION

3. Electronic images should be prepared as follows:
3.1 File Format & Size
All images must be prepared in JPEG format with a maximum pixel dimension of 1400 (horizontal) x 1050 (vertical), (this can be done as shown below). The files will be projected using equipment calibrated using Adobe RGB1998 Colour Setting and Colour Temperature of 6500K.
3.2 Resizing and Saving JPEG images in Photoshop:
3.2.1 When you have completed processing your image select Image - Image Size.
3.2.2 Ensure the three lower boxes are all ticked.
3.2.3 Set the pixel dimensions to a maximum width of 1400 (landscape) or a maximum height of 1050 (portrait). When one dimension is changed the other dimension automatically changes to maintain image proportions. (If setting the width to 1400 pixels, the height remains greater than 1050 pixels, then reset the height to 1050 pixels even though the width reduces in size to less than 1400 pixels). Select OK.
3.2.4 With imaged resized, select File - Save As.
3.2.5 Set Save in. (Select directory in which you want your file saving.)
3.2.6 Enter image File name and select JPEG from Format drop down menu. Select Save
3.2.7 Set quality to 12 in JPEG Options dialogue box and select OK. Close file.

EXIF/XMP DATA

4. You must enter the title information. Do not enter Author information for open competitions, but include for the in-house club knockout competition.

SETTING IMAGE TITLE AND AUTHOR EXIF INFORMATION IN WINDOWS

5. EXIF is a widely supported standard for storing information in image files. Windows Explorer allows you to set the title & author for an image by:
5.1 In Windows Explorer, right click an image file and select the Properties from the menu that appears.
5.2 The properties dialogue box will appear - make sure Tab is selected, and you can enter the title for the image, and Author (only for club knockout)
5.3 Click OK and that's all there is to it.

6. Each entry must be accompanied by a proforma detailing image titles, the name of the competitor, and the name of the competition.

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MAKE UP OF CLUB COMPETITIONS

1. FIRST AND SECOND OPEN DIGITAL COMPETITION - up to three images mono OR colour of any subject matter. Prepare images as in 'Electronic image file preparation' described above.

2. THE BATES CUP LANDSCAPE DIGITAL COMPETITION - up to three images mono OR colour of landscapes/seascapes/skyscapes. Prepare images as in 'Electronic image file preparation' described above

3. FIRST AND SECOND OPEN PRINT COMPETITION - three mono and three colour prints of any subject matter in each competition. The mono prints may be black and white or any other single tone with white. A print with white, a tone and another colour is classed as a colour print.

4. CLUB DIGITAL FUN KNOCKOUT - Each competitor may enter up to four images (mono or colour) of any subject matter. Prepare images as in 'Electronic image file preparation' described above.

5. THREE OF A KIND - Each competitor enters three separate mono prints and/or three separate colour prints illustrating a theme to be viewed as a panel or set of three.(remember a print that has come first place in any competition cannot be used in your panel.
This competition rule was amended in April 2016 to allow one further set of three prints to be entered in either competition.So maxium entry is two sets of three prints in the colour and one set in the mono or two sets in the mono and one in the colour. Three sets in total.

6. THE BROWELL TROPHY NATURAL HISTORY DIGITAL COMPETITION - up to three images mono OR colour.Natural history subjects must be in the wild or natural setting.No pets or captive animals,no zoos, wildlifeparks, etc etc. Prepare images as in 'Electronic image file preparation' described above.


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HOW TO PREPARE IMAGES FOR THE CLUB WEBSITE

1. The website, as presently constituted, will only accept a maximum 300 images.
It is hoped that all Club members will submit images to a personal portfolio.
Images should be prepared as follows.

2. Images must be in JPEG format.

3. When submitting images for use on the Club Website please show your name and the title of the image in the EXIF/XMP data area.

SETTING IMAGE TITLE AND AUTHOR EXIF INFORMATION IN WINDOWS

4. EXIF is a widely supported standard for storing information in image files. Windows Explorer allows you to set the title & author for an image as follows.

5 In Windows Explorer, right click an image file and select the Properties from the menu that appears.

6 The properties dialogue box will appear - make sure Tab is selected, and you can enter the title for the image, and the name of the author.

7 Click OK and that's all there is to it.

8. Images should, if possible, be submitted to the Webmaster as attachments to an e-mail and should be sent to
davy bolam. Please show image titles in the e-mail.

9. There is no need to alter your image size etc. because when an image is saved by the Webmaster to the Portfolio area of the website the size is automatically rendered down by the Photium.com system to a "default" size. After rendering, each image varies slightly in size. When images are placed in the opening slide-show they have to be re-sized by the Webmaster as all images must be exactly the same for the slide-show to function correctly.

10. If you prefer you can submit your images by means of a CD or a memory stick (returnable).

11. You MUST own the copyright to the image(s) you are submitting. Please confirm in your submission e-mail that you do own the copyright to the images you are using. The only copyright protection being applied at the moment ((c)2017) is at the bottom of each page of the website. You can apply your own copyright wording to your images.

12. The Webmaster retains the right to use (or not use) any images submitted.

13. If at any time you wish to refresh your Portfolio please get in touch with the Webmaster
who will add or delete your images as requested.

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