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‍‍‍‍‍‍NDPS Gu‍‍‍idelines POTY

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE. YEAR (POTY) COMPETITION 2017/2018 SEASON

Competition Guidelines

With the approval of the Committee the POTY competition will be held over five rounds throughout the forthcoming season. There will be two rounds of print competitions (Rounds 2 and 4) with the remaining three rounds all consisting of digital images.

The maximum number of images that a member may enter in each round will be three. However, only the two highest scores (eligible scores) obtained will count towards each member’s total POTY score for the season.

Each round will be judged by an invited judge(s). The name of the judge(s) will be confirmed on the NDPS website as soon as possible. However, if due to any circumstances the invited judge(s) is unavailable the Competition Secretary will decide alternative arrangements for that round having taken into consideration the current NDPS Competition Rules and Conditions of Entry (Competition Rules).

All scores will be published approximately 7 days after each round to allow sufficient time to validate the individual scores and will be displayed at the next available NDPS meeting. Only after all round scores have been validated will they be used to determine the overall annual winner of POTY in accordance with the current NDPS Competition Rules. The overall winner of POTY will be announced as soon as possible prior to the Annual Awards Evening.

For the avoidance, of doubt unless specifically amended within these guidelines the current NDPS Competition Rules apply. Submission of any entry implies understanding and acceptance (by the Member) of the Competition Rules. Any queries should be directed in the first instance to the Competition Secretary.

General comments regarding scoring for POTY during 2017/2018 Season

All Images entered will be scored out of 10 in increments of half a point. Judges will be advised that they should award more than one image maximum points if other images merit such recognition.

In each round the judge(s) will be asked to select an outright winner together with a runner up, first runner up and, reserve (first, second, third and, fourth place).

For each round of POTY the judge(s) will be asked to look at each image with five criteria in mind before awarding their score:

1) Originality

2) Technical excellence

3) Composition

4) Artistic merit

5) Overall impact

In addition, judge(s) will also be asked to mark down by up to 2 full points any image that does not interpret the category guidelines appropriately or if in their mind an image has been excessively manipulated/processed to alter its authenticity.

Therefore, an otherwise ‘perfect’ image that completely fails to interpret the category guidelines will be unlikely to score more than 8 marks out of a maximum score of 10.

POTY rounds summarised

Detailed guideline for each of the five rounds that will be judged commencing at 7:30pm on the following dates is provided below:

3rd October 2017 ROUND 1 – AROUND TOWN (DIGITAL ROUND)

28th November 2017 ROUND 2 – RULE OF THIRDS (PRINT ROUND)

23rd January 2018 ROUND 3 – SHAPES AND PATTERNS (DIGITAL ROUND)

20th March 2018 ROUND 4 – ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITS (PRINT ROUND)

15th May 2018 ROUND 5 – SELECTIVE FOCUS (DIGITAL ROUND)

With the exception of the first round the NDPS meeting held approximately eight weeks earlier will be a workshop covering the theme of the next forthcoming round of POTY.

Detailed guidelines for each POTY round

3rd October 2017 ROUND 1 – AROUND TOWN (DIGITAL ROUND)

Judge – John Wilcox LRPS, CPAGB (Parson’s Drove, Cambridgeshire)

Different qualities and characteristics can give special meaning to a location, making it stand out from others. For this round of POTY, we want to see images that capture a strong sense of place—whether it’s visual, environmental or cultural distinctions that make it stand out for you; the photographer.

You don’t have to travel to exotic locations to find photographic inspiration. Your own neighbourhood can be a rich resource for photography. For this Round of POTY, the challenge for members is to show images taken near their home that standout and should therefore have been taken within Norwich or the surrounding towns and villages.

This is an open category for which there is no restriction on subject matter or manipulation techniques. However, members should exercise care to ensure their entries comply with these guidelines.

There will not be a workshop covering the theme before this round of POTY. Deadline for submitting entries is midnight on 26th September 2017.

Both colour and monochrome images are allowed.

The following two links with hopefully provide inspiration regarding the quality of images that can be achieved for this assignment:

28th November 2017 ROUND 2 – RULE OF THIRDS (PRINT ROUND)

Judge – Malcolm English (Cromer, Norfolk)

For this round let’s put one of the most well-known rules of composition to use. The challenge for members in this round of POTY is to submit their best landscape, travel, sports and wildlife prints that demonstrate their ability to correctly use the ‘Rule of Thirds’ principles when composing a photograph.

This is a themed category but manipulation including cropping, control of exposure (including exposure bracketing and the use of filters), contrast, colour balance is allowed provided all the elements originate from photographic images taken by the member. Further, techniques such as HDR and image stitching is allowed.

The main source should be an image that has been composed to capture the ‘Rule of Thirds’. Images that include a major feature, for example, a tree or a similar focal point that has clearly been inserted on one of the co-ordinates will be likely to have marks deducted.

A workshop covering the theme for this round will be held on 17th October 2017.

Deadline for submitting a DPI for each print being entered is midnight on 21st November 2017. Prints must be handed in for judging no later than 7:15pm on the night of the competition.

‍‍‍Both colour and monochrome images are allowed.

For further information about the Rule of Thirds a short tutorial is available using the following link:

23rd January 2018 ROUND 3 – SHAPES AND PATTERNS (DIGITAL ROUND)

Judge – Steve Milner (Attleborough, Norfolk)

Sometime patterns in life can seem mundane, but when you stop and focus, that line of bicycle tyres, collection of bottles or array of beach umbrellas become beautiful. For this round of POTY, the challenge for members is to emphasise pattern and repetition and make the ordinary extraordinary.

This is an open category so there is no restriction on subject matter or manipulation techniques.

Both colour and monochrome images are allowed.

 

A workshop covering the theme for this round will be held on 2th December 2017.

Deadline for submitting entries is midnight on 16th January 2018

For further information about shapes and patterns a short tutorial is available using the following link:

20th March 2018 ROUND 4 – ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITS (PRINT ROUND)

Judge – Brian Carlick LRPS (Norwich, Norfolk)

Portraits are used to emphasise physical features, emotions and individual personality. The Environmental Portrait features character by capturing the subject in their environment (at work using the tools of their trade, at home relaxing, displaying a hobby or collection) instead of placing the subject on a generic background. The challenge for members in this round of POTY is to explore your subject’s environment and submit an outstanding Environmental Portrait.

This is the last themed category for this POTY season although manipulation such as cropping, control of exposure, contrast, colour balance is allowed provided all the elements originate from photographic images taken by the member. Environmental portraits are often mistakenly as a subject in rural or urban surroundings; in fact, they tell a story of what the person(s) does. Therefore, if the main subject(s) has been added into an ‘alien’ or false environment it will be deemed that the resulting image does not correctly interpret the guidelines for this round.

A workshop covering the theme for this round will be held on 6th February 2018. Deadline for submitting a DPI for each print being entered is midnight on 13th March 2018. Prints must be handed in for judging no later than 7:15pm on the night of the competition.

 

Both colour and monochrome images are allowed.

For further information about environmental portraits a short tutorial is available using the following lin‍‍‍k:‍‍‍

15th May 2018 ROUND 5 – SELECTIVE FOCUS (DIGITAL ROUND)

Judge – David Jordan FRPS (Norwich, Norfolk)

Everyone likes selective focus effects. One reason is that selective focus is a powerful technique for targeting attention on your subject. Another is the pleasant simplicity of a blurred background without distractions. There’s more than one way to achieve selective focus effects: in-camera with big apertures or specialty lenses, or with software in post-processing. Whichever approach is preferred, the challenge for members, in this the final round of POTY of the 2017/2018 season is to showcase the creative use of selective focus.

This is an open category so once again there is no restriction on subject matter or manipulation techniques.

Both colour and monochrome images are allowed.

A workshop covering the theme for this round will be held on 3rd April 2018. Deadline for submitting entr‍‍‍ies is midnight on 8th May 2018

For further information about selective focus a short tutorial is available using the following link

Annual Awards Evening

The Annual Awards Evening will be held on 12th June 2018 to coincide with the end of the NDPS Programme for the 2017/2018 season. Details of the venue will be published at a later date.

END OF GUIDELINES – August 2017