The first round of the SMALL PRINT (previously ENPRINT) competition will take place on 13th October. All Club Class members who would like to enter should let me have a maximum of three 7″by5″ or smaller prints by the start of the meeting on OCTOBER 6TH so that they can be displayed then.
For the benefit of new members here is a brief resume of the requirements; the full rules are available in the COMPETITION RULES section of this website. The competition is designed to give new members (and old) a different, less stressful way of presenting their work at the club. Prints do not need to be mounted and can be straight from the camera. A small amount of digital manipulation is allowed but only minimal cropping and the use of tools such as exposure compensation and colour correction. Images can be printed commercially (e.g. Jessops or Boots) or you can print your own. There is no set theme this month but there might be in future months. We do need you to put your name and a title for the image on the reverse, but be aware that some pens can transfer ink onto your other prints so the best method is a small stick on label. Three winners will be chosen and a brief written feedback from the judges (members of the selection committee) will be given. These images will be held back for the final competition in April when the final winners will be chosen. Those three prints will be eligible for automatic entry into the Annual Exhibition in August and there is a small cup for the winner. The only people not allowed to enter are previous winners and of course Intermediate and Advanced members. One word of warning, if you have a wonderful print that you think you would like to enter into the main club competition then do not enter it into the Small Print competition as an image can only be used once in any competition in the season.
This competition gives you a chance to measure your work against others in an anonymous setting, without marks or comments. However should you require feedback or advice then there are plenty of experts in the club who will be willing, on the day, to speak to you, just ask me if you need pointing in the right direction.
So you still have two weeks to go out with your camera or sort out some images from the back catalogue that most of us have acquired over the years.
I am looking forward to seeing all your images soon