Annual Competition

Brisbane Camera Group 'Annual Competition' takes place in November each year. It's the highlight of the club competition year and submission standards are consistently high. All members are eligible and encouraged to compete. Trophies and prizes are offered to section winners. The prize-giving takes place at the annual dinner and the names of the winners are a closely guarded secret until the Annual Dinner.

Annual Competition Rules

The BCG Annual Competition should be judged in November with results presented at the Annual Dinner in December.

The Due Date for entries is the last meeting in October. 

It is the responsibility of the entrant to arrange delivery of prints prior to the cut-off date.

Prints are to be submitted in person, while DPIs should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (DPIs can be submitted on a CD if this is not possible). All entries must be accompanied by an entry form.

The due date for all entries is:

Monday, 24 October 2016
for all media.

It is the responsibility of the entrant to arrange delivery of entries prior to the cut-off date.
No late entries will be accepted.

Competition Rules

1. The BCG Annual competition is open to Life Members and Members only. Affiliates and Honorary Members are not eligible to compete.

2. Members must compete in their grade. (If you have not been graded unfortunately you are not eligible to enter.)

3. Acceptable media for the annual competition are photographs submitted as prints and DPIs (digitally projected images). The APS definition of a photograph is an image taken on a camera. Only images that were primarily generated using a camera are eligible for entry to the print and DPI competitions. Computer generated imagery (digital art) is eligible only for the AV competitions. In addition to this, members may also submit audio-visual (AV) presentations which are broadly governed by the Interclub AV Rules (refer later section for more information).

4. The Annual Competition is made up of six subjects:
• Pictorial Monochrome
• Pictorial Colour
• Nature
• People
• Creative / Experimental
• Social Documentary / Photojournalism

5. A maximum of four images can be submitted in each subject of the Annual Competition. These can be made up of any combination of prints and DPIs as long as the number does not exceed a total of four images.

The following combinations are acceptable:
• 4 prints, 0 DPIs
• 3 prints, 1 DPI
• 2 prints, 2 DPIs
• 1 print, 3 DPIs
• 0 prints, 4 DPIs

6. If a member has submitted more than 4 entries across prints and DPIs in any subject, the Competition Directors will have the right to remove enough entries to meet the guidelines above. If the error is not discovered until after the judging has been completed, entries will be removed in order of highest score until the guidelines have been met.

For more information, speak to Mary Wilson (Prints) or Ian Brewster (DPIs) or any committee member. Email addresses for the competition directors are:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Annual Competition Subject Definitions

Pictorial - “Any subject that embodies the elements of good design, arrangement or composition, and reflects the personal interpretation of the photographer”.

Nature - “Depicting wild animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, plus natural and geological phenomena such as icebergs and weather patterns. Photographs featuring domesticated or caged animals and cultivated plants are ineligible. Photographs can include man-made elements (e.g. wild animals and natural disasters in urban areas) however they must not be the main focus of the image.” Individual elements of the image must not be added or removed.

People - “A photograph featuring humans as the main subject matter, either by themselves or in groups. Images submitted into this subject can be candid (e.g. a wedding) or staged, such as in a portrait. Other objects can be present within the image, as long as they are secondary to the person or people that the photo features.”

Creative / Experimental - “A photograph which contains an unusual viewpoint and/or combination of objects which is used to create a pleasing effect, or a photograph that have been modified during or after exposure by the use of a creative or experimental technique (such as cross-processing and double-exposures, among other things). The picture must have a basic photographic image. Digital processes that are the work of the entrant are included.”

Social Documentary / Photojournalism - “Portraying and interpreting society using both human and non-human subject matter in either an editorial or story-telling fashion; similar to what is seen in news media and periodicals. They may include documentary, contemporary life, current events, sport and sporting news or human interest.” Individual elements of the image must not be added or removed. Eg a rubbish bin or sign cannot be removed.

Monochrome - “Any photograph that contains shades of only one colour. If toning is carried out, it must be over the total photograph – partial toning and/or the addition of one extra colour are not acceptable in the monochrome subject.”

Colour – “Any photograph that contains shades of multiple colours.”

Human Interest – “Presenting people and their problems, concerns, or achievements in a way that arouses interest or sympathy.”

Fine Art – “Fine art photography refers to photographs that are created to fulfil the creative vision of the artist. Fine art photography is created primarily as an expression of the artist’s vision and feelings. Fine art photography stands in contrast to photojournalism and commercial photography.”

Wet Process – “The traditional method of processing photographic material by immersing material in wet chemicals.”

Owner Process – “Prints that have been processed by the maker. This includes wet process and digital images that the owner has printed themselves. Commercially produced prints are excluded.”

Top Score – “The top score is calculated annually by summing the total points earned by a member in all monthly and annual competitions.”


Special Awards and Trophies

Judges Champion Awards

The following awards are selected by the Judges of the Annual Competition:

  • Champion DPI - Selected from the Champion Monochrome DPI & Champion Colour DPI
  • Champion Monochrome - DPI Selected from first place Monochrome DPIs in all sections and grades
  • Champion Colour DPI - Selected from the first place Colour DPIs from all sections and grades.
  • Champion Monochrome - Print Selected from first place Monochrome Prints in all sections and grades
  • Champion Colour Print - Selected from the first place Colour Prints from all sections and grades.
  • Champion Print - Selected from Champion Monochrome Print & Champion Colour Print.

Entrant Nomination Awards

Members may nominate any two images for each of the following awards:

Most Human Interest Monochrome
  • Media: Open to images in all media (Prints & DPIs).
  • All images must have been exposed by the owner
  • Images are to be marked with a conspicuous RED dot on the print label and the HIM box marked with an x on the print or DPI entry form. Only 2 images can be selected for HIM. Note: This is a Monochrome only award.
Best Owner Processed Print Quality
  • Media: Prints only
  • The print must have been printed by the Owner. Wet-process and prints from digital images are allowed.
  • Not open to any commercial print method.
  • All images must have been exposed and printed by the owner.
  • Images are to be marked with a conspicuous YELLOW dot on the print label and BPQ box marked with an X on the entry form. Only 2 images can be selected for BPQ.
  • Best Print Quality: Is shown by those prints with the least evidence of the print process itself. I.e. an image that shows least evidence of the mechanics of being printed. Examples include: pixelisation, colour banding, loss of dark or light detail, colour casts, smudging, and scratches. This award is for owner printed work only.
Best Digital Print
  • Digital prints only.
  • May be printed by the owner or an external print laboratory.
  • Images are to be marked with a conspicuous BLUE dot on the print label and BDP box marked with an x on the entry form. Only 2 images can be selected for BDP
Most Artistic Photograph
  • Media: Open to images in all media (Prints & DPIs).
  • Image must be considered ‘Fine Art’.
  • Images must be marked with a conspicuous GREEN dot on the print label and MAP box marked with an x on the Print or DPI entry form. Only 2 images can be selected for MAP.
Wet Process Awards
  • Indicate on the entry form if your print was developed using ‘wet process’ techniques so they can be considered for awards that are restricted to Wet Processing.

Entry Requirements of Digitally Projected Images (DPIs) for the Annual Competition

Submission of DPIs

Entries may be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or on a CD / USB which can be given to the DPI Director in person.
If submitting entries on a CD, the disc must be finalised (not rewritable) and clearly marked with the entrant’s grade and membership number. Files are to be placed into separate folders for each subject.

An electronic version of the entry form must be included on the CD/USB or attached to the email.
Entries are due on or before midnight on Monday 24th October 2016

File Size & Labelling Requirements for DPIs

Digital entries must comply with the following format:

  • maximum width (horizontal dimension) is 1400 pixels
  • maximum height (vertical dimension) is 1050 pixels
  • file must be in sRGB JPEG format
  • maximum file size is 1Mb per image

Naming for each subject is as follows:

Subject Subject Abbreviation for Filename
Pictorial Monochrome Mono
Pictorial Colour Colour
Nature Nature
People / Portraits People
Creative / Experimental Creative
Social Documentary / Photojournalism SocDocPJ

Naming for each special award is as follows:

Award Award Abbreviation for Filename
Human Interest Monochrome HIM
Most Artistic Photograph MAP

Filenames must use the following formats:

[Subject Abbreviation] _[grade]_[title]_[member number].jpg

[Award Abbreviation]_[grade]_[title]_[member number].jpg

DPIs that are entered for special awards must be entered twice.


Jane Bloggs is a “B” Grade entrant with member number 999 submitting an image named “Four Trees” into the Pictorial Mono section and also in the Most Artistic section. Jane would enter the image twice using the following filenames for this image:

Mono_B_Four Trees_999.jpg

MAP_B_Four Trees_999.jpg

Harry Ferguson is an “A” grade entrant with member number 888 submitting an image named “Riotous Behaviour” into the Social Documentary / Photojournalism section. Harry is nominating this image for the Human Interest Monochrome award, so he would enter the image twice using the following filenames for this image:

SocDocPJ_A_Riotous Behaviour_888.jpg

HIM_A_Riotous Behaviour_888.jpg


Barb Newman is an “AB” Grade entrant with member number 777 submitting an image named “A Winters Day” in the Creative/Experimental section. She would use the following filename for her image:

Creative_AB_A Winters Day_777.jpg

If you have any questions about your DPI entry, speak to Ian Brewster or contact via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Entry Requirements of Prints for the Annual Competition

Submission of prints
• Entries may be submitted in person to the Print Director (Mary Wilson) or to another BCG Committee member by arrangement.
• Prints can be any size and should be matted however the maximum mat dimension is 400 mm x 500 mm (16” x 20”)
• Your Member Number, Grade, Title and Subject must be marked clearly and correctly on the back of the print.
• An arrow is to be included on the back of the print that points to the top edge.
• If you prefer, coloured stickers will be available at the meeting to indicate Special Awards. If you have any questions about how to label your prints, speak to the Print Director.
Note: the entry form must be handed in at the same time as the prints are submitted.

If you have any questions, please speak to the Print Director (Mary Wilson) or contact via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Annual Competition Submission Checklist
This guide has been written to help members organise their entries and ensure that their entries conform to the requirements and are submitted correctly.

Note: This checklist does not need to be handed in, but it is recommended that you keep it for reference.

You must have been graded before submitting your entries. Members who have not been graded are not eligible to enter.
1. Do your images fit the definitions for each of the sections?

2. Have you checked to make sure you have followed Rule No.5 (maximum number of images per section)? Use the table below to assist you:

Subject  Images  Media
Pictorial Monochrome 4 Prints and/or DPIs
Pictorial Colour 4 Prints and/or DPIs
People  4 Prints and/or DPIs
Nature 4 Prints and/or DPIs
Soc. D’mentary / Photojournalism 4 Prints and/or DPIs
Creative / Experimental 4 Prints and/or DPIs

 3. Are all of the images within the size requirements?

4. Have all images been marked or named correctly to avoid disqualification

5. Is your entry form correctly filled out?. Ask the competition directors if you require assistance.

2016 Annual Audiovisual Competition Rules

Audio Visual (Diaporama) is defined as a sequence of still images where the storyline or theme, sound, transitions and images are interdependent.

An effective sequence will have unity of its three parts: the conception, the visuals and the sound. Generally, these three elements should reinforce each other.

Adequate conception involves an idea with a suitable introduction, an interesting development of the idea and an appropriate close.

Narrative or text may be employed but is not mandatory.

2016 closing date for submissions is 24 October

Sections and number of entries allowed

Entrants may submit 1 or 2 sequences into either of the following 2 sections, depending on their AV experience. Competitors who have obtained a 1st placing in a BCG or interclub AV competition previously must enter open section. Novices may compete in either section.

  • OPEN
  • GROUP - For 2 or more collaborating authors.
    There is no limit on the number of entries an author can enter in the group section

MINI-10 Nominated entries

Sequences of no more than 10 images should be nominated on the entry form in order to be considered for one or more additional awards to be determined yearly.

Video restrictions

Entries incorporating the use of video/movie clips that add to the story, but do not dominate, will be accepted. However, entrants are reminded that this is a competition for members of camera/photographic clubs that promote still photography. Simulated motion (eg stop motion animation and time lapse) using still images may be more effective in achieving the goal of the AV.

Titles and credits

Competition Sequences should not contain the name of the maker.

Any material that has not been created or recorded by the maker must have credits within the sequence and be displayed without detracting from the aesthetic of the sequence. It is the maker's responsibility to seek and obtain permissions to use material which is not their own.

File format

Maximum image dimensions should be 1400 wide by 1050 pixels high.

For best quality use software producing a digital "exe" application for windows, such as the applications produced by PicturestoEXE, Proshow or Fotomagico. Image sizes greater than above may not play back from exe at the required pace and the AV quality will suffer.

Movie files (HD) will also be accepted but should be rendered in Quicktime or mp4 format with the maximum dimensions above, or SD video of 1280 x 720 so that scaling for judging playback is reduced.

Files should be supplied on CD or USB. Files will be destroyed after the competition unless the author has permitted their use for educational purposes.

File naming

The maker's name must not be displayed in the AV program or filename.

Files are to be named as follows: Section-Title-MemberNumber

Time limit

The maximum duration of sequences is seven (7) minutes, with no minimum duration.

Longer sequences will be stopped at 7 minutes and the assessment given on material to the 7 minute mark.

Entry Forms

Nomination forms containing details of Titles, Maker's Name(s) and member number, plus sequence duration should be sent to the AV Coordinator on or before the cut-off date. Please nominate if eligible for mini-10 awards, and whether you permit the retention of your AV for education.


Overall scores to total a maximum of 100, each of the following 4 aspects scored out of a maximum of 25:

Production: Concept, story or theme, ability to entertain, emotion, presentation, fades/dissolves/third image and impact

Images: Quality, content to illustrate, sequencing, colour and continuity.

Audio: Music appropriate to subject, sound effects, narration. Quality of sound, mix and levels.

Audience Appeal: As judged by the judging panel (No audience reaction will be assessed)


Novice (formerly B Grade) - for those not having WON an AV section before

Open (formerly A Grade)

Group (2 or more collaborating authors)


  • Entries to be in .exe self-executable or other standard PC digital format, in the form of a manually programmed sequence of still images with a soundtrack. Full-motion video is not permitted.
  • Recommended image size 1400x1050, - always run FULLSCREEN, not windowed
  • Make the AV start without a start menu please!

Time Limit

7 minutes (although shorter sequences are recommended)

Acknowledgement of other Included Works

A sequence may contain music, artwork, designs or photographic images not the work of the author. In such cases full credit must be acknowledged within the sequence, usually in a credit slide at the end.

It is expected that images will predominantly be the original work of the AV maker.



Meeting Times

Regular BCG Meetings are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Monday of each month

Meetings start at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm


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