Externally Judged Competitions - Notes For Guidance

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ACC Externally Judged Competitions

Notes for Members


General information:
All images used must be ones that you have taken, and all editing must have been carried out by the entrant.

Entries for print competitions do not need to be printed by yourself but where an outside printer is used the printed image must be a faithful representation of the submitted digital file. A digital copy of each printed image must be sent to the Competition Secretary and the file should comply with the requirements for digital competition entries. Other than the Jackpot competition, prints should be mounted on the standard 500mm x 400mm (20 x 16 inches) size of masking board.

Entries for digital projected image competitions should be in JPEG format and scaled to long edge not less than 1024px; it is requested that the other parameters are adjusted so that the file size is less than 1GB.

Other than the Dacre Trophy, competition entries shall consist of 3 images, with the highest aggregate being the trophy winner. Members can submit up to 3 images for the Dacre Trophy, with the highest single score being awarded the trophy.


1: Tourist Trophy

The brief for the Tourist Trophy is “Three prints which could attract tourists to Scotland”. The print can be any format, image size, colour or monochrome but it is recommended that the mount be the standard 500 x 400mm. There are no restrictions on content provided that the subject is identifiable as “Scottish”.


2: Mallis Trophy

The brief for the Mallis Trophy is for three projected digital images on the subject of Wildlife. The club has adopted the 2018 PAGB definition of “Wildlife” which in turn is based on the “Nature” definition, namely:

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 Nature photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality.
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.

Processing of the captured image, by cropping, exposure adjustment, colour correction, noise minimisation, dodging/burning, HDR, focus stacking and sharpening, is allowed. Cloning of image defects and minor distractions, including overlapping elements, are permitted when these do not distort the truth of the photographic statement.

Images entered as Nature can have landscape, 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.

The following additional requirements apply to Wildlife (and therefore to the entries in the Mallis competition):
Images entered in Wildlife sections 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.


3: Robertson Trophy

Entries in the Robertson Trophy consist of three projected digital images on a subject which has been selected from a set of seven by drawing lots.

The “Land Transport” is the subject for the 2018/19 competition.


4: Chalmers Trophy

Entries for the Chalmers Trophy consist of three colour prints on any subject but each must not be larger than 500 x 400mm including mount. It is recommended that entries are submitted mounted to the 500 x 400 maximum.

5: Insh Trophy

Entries for the Insh Trophy have to be monochrome prints on any subject but must not be larger than 500 x 400mm including mount. It is recommended that entries are submitted mounted to the 500 x 400 maximum.

The ACC uses the SPF definition of “Monochrome”, namely a black and white work ranging from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) and with various shades of grey. The SPF definition allows for a work entirely toned in another colour but does not allow partial toning by the addition of another colour.


6: Ramsay Trophy

Entries for the Ramsay Trophy consist of three projected digital images of people. Formal studio style, informal/candid, or action images are allowed and entries can be of single people or groups.


7: Dacre Trophy

Entries consist of a maximum of three projected digital images, colour or monochrome, and on any subject. Entries from previous competitions in the same club year may also be entered.