The BCG Annual Competition for prints and/or DPIs takes place in November each year. It’s the highlight of the Club’s competition year and image standards are consistently high. Awards are given to section winners at the BCG Annual Dinner, with the names of the winners a closely guarded secret till then.
The competition is judged by 2-3 judges external to BCG, chosen from those accredited by the Photographic Society of Queensland and/or from professional or semi-professional photographers. Members compete within their grades (A, AB or B).
See the Annual Competition Rules document for details of the Rules for the print and DPI Annual Competition.
The Annual Competition is made up of six Subjects:
- Pictorial Monochrome
- Pictorial Colour
- Creative / Experimental
- Social Documentary / Photojournalism
Additionally, members may nominate any two images from their Print and/or DPI entries in the subjects above for the following Special Awards. Note that an individual image can be nominated for only one award:
Most Human Interest Monochrome (HIM) - Media: Up to two images in either medium (Prints and/or DPIs) or one in each medium. Presenting people and their problems, concerns, or achievements in a way that arouses interest or sympathy. . Note that this is a Monochrome only award.
Most Artistic Photograph (MAP) - Media: Up to two images in either medium (Prints and/or DPIs) or one in each medium. Image must be considered ‘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.
Any print or DPI entry which has been accepted into a previous annual competition cannot be submitted again into another annual competition. However, images judged as an Entry (Non-acceptances) in an annual competition, can be re-submitted into one further annual competition. Also, images that have been entered into a Monthly Competition are eligible to be entered into an Annual Competition, as long as they have not been entered into a previous Annual Competition.
Competition entries may be made as Prints or Digital Projected Images (DPIs).
Prints are to be submitted to the Print Manager at or before the last meeting in October (4th Monday). Note that a DPI of the print entry must also be submitted.
DPI entries and copies of Print entries, must be submitted via this website by midnight on the day the last meeting in October (4th Monday). DPIs must be in the correct format (within maximum image dimensions, file size, filename etc) otherwise the system will reject the entry. Also, late entries will be rejected by the system. See Quick Tips #1 Upload Images Directly to a Competition and Quick Tip #3 Add Images to a Competition from My Image Gallery (both also available at Documents and Files to Download > Website Quick Tips) as well as the Visual Pursuits Help Video “Uploading Images” to assist in submission of images.
Entries must be accompanied by an Annual Competition Entry Form and handed in to the Print Manager for Print entries and emailed to the DPI Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) for both Print and DPI entries.
Each member is permitted to enter a total of four images in each subject. The system will not allow more than four images to be submitted per subject. The following media combinations for each subject are acceptable:
- 4 prints, 0 DPIs
- 3 prints, 1 DPI
- 2 prints, 2 DPIs
- 1 print, 3 DPIs
- 0 prints, 4 DPIs
All prints must be mounted in mats. There is no minimum mat or print size, but mats must not exceed 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 inches).
Labels are to be attached to the back of the mat. Pro-forma labels are supplied on the Annual Competition Entry Form. The arrow on the label is to indicate the top of the image.
Digital Projected Images (DPIs)
The maximum allowable dimensions for DPIs are 1920 pixels wide x 1080 pixels high, with a maximum file size of 2 MB (2048 kilobytes). DPIs should be in 8-bit sRGB colour space and be .jpg files. Note that the height limit of 1080 pixels applies to both Portrait and Landscape formats.
The file name required of an Annual Competition entry simply contains the image Title and your Club Membership Number in the format: Title-Member Number, eg. Red Roses-678 .
All other details of your entry are allocated by the system when you make an entry ie Grade and Subject. A unique Image ID will be allocated by the system to each image and your unique system ID, from your Account, will be associated with each entry.