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EXHIBITION CALENDAR
Closing date: Saturday 30th September 2017
Selection dates: 14th & 15th October 2017
Reports sent by: 27th October 2017
Catalogues sent by: 4th December 2017

SELECTORS
Libby Smith MPAGB EFIAP
Hunter Kennedy MPAGB EFIAP
Allan Gawthorpe EFIAP/s DPAGB PSA5*

AWARDS
PAGB Gold Medal (1) for Best Image in Exhibition
SPF Gold Medals (4) for Top Image in each class
PAGB Silver Medal (3) for Runner Up in Open Colour, Landscape and Monochrome classes
PAGB Silver Medal (1) for Best Wildlife image
SPF Silver Medals (12) for the Selectors' personal choice in each class
PAGB Ribbons for Highly Commended Images
BPE Ribbons for Commended Images
PAGB Bronze Medal for Best Image from a Dingwall Camera Club members

BPE Crown Awards
As a member exhibition of the British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE) circuit, all images accepted into this exhibition count towards BPE Crown Awards. Entrants are invited to aggregate their acceptances in affiliated exhibitions to apply, without charge, for a BPE Crown Award.
A copy of the regulations for granting of BPE Crown Awards may be obtained by sending an SAE to: Alison & Andy Fryer DPAGB EFIAP BPE3* BPE Crown Awards Officers 38 Oldacre Lane, Brocton, Stafford, ST17 0TW

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
There will be four Digital Sections in the Exhibition – General Colour, Nature, Landscape and Monochrome.

Image should be a maximum of 1600 pixels in width and a maximum of 1200 in height, and supplied as JPEGs. All images MUST be flattened.  Any image smaller than this will automatically have a black background applied to take it to the required dimensions.

For entrants using a CD only the following rules apply:-

Create a folder for each section. Within each folder place the files with the order in which they are to be placed indicated by prefixing with 1-4.

Open Colour
1 Misty Harbour.jpeg
2 Harbour at Dawn.jpeg

Nature
1 Butterfly .jpeg
2 Moth.jpeg

Please use lower case for titles with capital letters and spaces where appropriate. Do not write titles entirely in upper case (applies to folders as well!) The entry form must be completed with the same titles and in the same order as the files on the CD.

IMAGES MUST BE ENTERED INTO THE CORRECT SECTION (SEE DEFINITIONS BELOW).

Entry Fee for 1 section £8, 2 sections £10. 3 Sections £12, all sections £14. Cheques payable to:- Dingwall Camera Club. Entry fee covers cost of Catalogue CD which includes list of acceptances and all accepted images.

The upload facility on the Club’s Website is our preferred method of entry

DEFINITIONS
Open Colour
Images in this section may be traditional or creative colour images in any subject matter, however the selectors retain the right to mark down any image they feel should be included in another section of the Exhibition.

Nature

New Definition from FIAP, PAGB, PSA effective 1st Jan 2015

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 grey-scale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.

Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife. Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.

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.

Wildlife images may be entered in Nature sections of Exhibitions.

Landscape
Landscapes may include sea, sky, urban or rural “scapes” which are basically scenic views. Any human representation in the image should be kept to the bare minimum although human artifacts i.e. cottages, ruins, castles, fence posts etc. are acceptable. The basic integrity of the original image should be retained as far as possible.

Monochrome
A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category. . On the other hand a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category.

Any images which have been accepted in a previous Dingwall Exhibition are ineligible.