MPS Internal Competition Rules – 2019

RULES FOR INTERNAL PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITIONS
Implementation date: January 2017

1. General
The Malta Photographic Society (MPS) organizes a number of internal photographic competitions.

2. Requirements
Only paid up members are eligible to particiapate in the internal competitions organised by the Malta Photographic Society.

3. Categories
Participating members of the Malta Photographic Society are classified in two distinct categories namely the ‘Entry Category’ and the ‘Advanced Category.’

4. Upgrading
A member in the ‘Entry Category’ of the Malta Photographic Society is promoted to the ‘Advanced Category’ when he or she:

  • Elects to participate in the ‘Advanced Category.’Places first, three times in the ‘Entry Category’ of the Merit competitions.
  • Places first overall in any of the Portfolio and Panel Competitions organised by the Malta Photographic Society.
  • Obtains 10 acceptances of different photographic works in recognised international competitions.
  • Is awarded the MPS ‘Merit Trophy.’
  • Is awarded the MPS ‘Trophy for Progress.’
  • Any member who chooses to participate in or is promoted to the ‘Advanced Category’ cannot revert to the ‘Entry Category.’
  • A member’s progress to the ‘Advanced Category’ becomes effective at the beginning of the new Competition Season, that is, 01st January of each year.

MPS – PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARD and MPS – PROGRESS TROPHY

5. General

5.1 The Photographer of the Year is that member of the Society who obtains the highest number of points in the photographic competitions organised by the Malta Photographic Society in any one season.

5.2 All members of the Malta Photographic Society, whether in the Entry or the Advanced Category are eligible for the MPS Photographer of the Year Award.

5.3 In the case that the MPS Photographer of the Year Award is won by a member in the Entry Category, the MPS Progress Trophy will be awarded to the second placed author in the Entry Category.

5.4 Only members in the ‘Entry Category’ are eligible for the MPS Progress Trophy.

5.5 Certificates will be presented to the runners up of these two competitions.

6. The MPS Progress Trophy is awarded to that member in the ‘Entry Category’ who obtains the highest number of points in the photographic competitions organised by the Malta Photographic Society in any one season.

7. The MPS Photographer of the Year Award and the MPS Progress Trophy will be awarded according to the marks obtained in the following competitions:

7.1 Merit Competitions (four competitions in the year 2019)

7.2 Panels Competitions (four competitions in the year 2019)

7.3 Portfolio Competition (one competition in the year 2019)

8. Internal Photographic Competitions – Format and Titles

P = Prints
PI = Projected Image
P(c) = Prints Colour
P(m) = Prints Monochrome
PI(c) = Projected Image Colour
PI(m) = Projected Images Monochrome

Merit Competitions

9. Aim
Merit Competitions provide members with the opportunity to test the waters by presenting differing photographic styles or approaches to their photography.

10. Frequency
The Society shall organise four Merit competitions within every Competition Season of the Society as listed below:

10.1 Two Merit Competitions in ‘Projected Images’ format, one in colour, the other in mono.

10.2 Two Merit Competitions in ‘Print’ format, one in colour, the other in mono

11. Format
Projected Images – PI

11.1 The image file format should be jpeg. The file resolution should not be more than 1920 pixels (horizontal) by 1080 pixels (vertical) at 300 ppi.

11.2 When saving the image file, the compression ratio should be set to 12.

11.3 Colour space should be sRGB and the file size should not exceed 3 MB.

11.4 ‘Merit’ PI must be named as follows: XXX_title of image, for example: 065_Old Maid, where XXX is the MPS membership number, followed by an underscore and an image title.

12. Format:
Print format – P

12.1 Prints must not be more than 40cm, or less than 29cm on the longest side.

12.2 Prints must not be mounted.

12.3 ‘Merit’ prints must be labelled in block letters as follows:

  • Title of the photographic work,
  • Name and surname of the participant
  • MPS membership number
  • Arrow showing which way is up

12.4 Images not conforming to these regulations will be disqualified.

13. Entries

13.1 Each member of the Malta Photographic Society is entitled to submit a maximum of two images for each Merit competition.

13.2 Photographic works previously presented to compete in Merit competitions will not be eligible for subsequent Merit competitions.

13.3 Prize winning works and acceptances in any MPS competition will not be eligible for subsequent Merit competitions.

13.4 All entries must be the entire work of the author. Prints may be commercially printed.

13.5 The Executive Committee shall issue the Merit Competition subject matter, format (prints or projected digital images) and medium (colour or monochrome) list before the start of the new competition season and not later than 30th September.

14. Judging
Two judges shall judge the Merit Competition. Each judge awarding points out of ten for each image submitted.

15. Scoring

15.1 Scoring will be by totalling the scores awarded by both Judges.

15.2 Points obtained in Merit Competitions will count for the MPS ‘Photographer of the Year Award’ and the ‘The MPS Progress Trophy’.

16. Awards

16.1 The MPS member with the highest total marks in the ‘Advanced Category’ is awarded ‘The MPS Challenge Trophy’ together with a certificate at the end of each photographic season.

16.2 The MPS member with the highest total marks in the ‘Entry Category’ is awarded the ‘The MPS Merit Trophy’ together with a certificate at the end of each photographic season.

17. Other Conditions
In the event that a submission violates any of the conditions laid out in the Merit Competitions, the Society reserves the right to take any action deemed suitable, including the forfeiture of all points and the suspension of the said member from participating in any Merit competition.

Panels & Portfolio Competitions

18. The portfolio and panels competitions, are standalone MPS internal competitions and are awarded accordingly at the end of each photographic year.

  • Three of these competitions will be in Print format
  • Two will be in the Projected Image format.

The titles, format (prints or projected digital images), medium (colour or monochrome) and closing dates of these competitions will be announced by the Executive Committee of the Malta Photographic Society by 30th September of each year. Any paid-up member may submit entries in the portfolio and panels competitions.

19. Panels – Format and Medium
Each panel competition wil be made up of three images in print format or projected image format in either colour or monochrome as determined by the MPS Executive Committee.

  • Panel images must be coherent and cohesive.

20. Panels – Print format

The image areas (excluding borders) of the monochrome or colour prints must measure between

  • a maximum dimension of 30cm by 40cm
  • a minimum dimension of 20cm by 30cm.
  • Panel prints must not be mounted

21. Panel – Print Labels

Every ‘Panel’ print must be labelled in block letters as follows:

  • Title of Panel
  • Name and surname of the participant
  • MPS membership number
  • Arrow showing which way is up
  • Display sequence number (left to right)

22. Panels – Projected Images format

  • Image file format should be jpeg.
  • File resolution should not be more than 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels (H x V) at 300 ppi.
  • When saving the image file, compression ratio should be set to 12.
  • Colour space should be sRGB and the file size should not exceed 3 MB.
  • Panel PI must be named as follows: XXX_No_ . For example: 165_No1 where 165 is the participant’s Malta Photographic Society membership number, followed by an underscore and the image number.
  • Images are numbered 1 or 2 or 3. (the abbreviation No may be omitted).
  • As cohesion and coherence play a very important part in Panels, a separate jpeg containing the three images must also be presented. The images may be in line or staggered for best effect. Images must not be titled. The background can be either white or black.

23. Panels – Judging and Points System

  • The Panel competitions will be judged by a team of three judges.
  • Each judge is allocated 50 points per panel.

Judging Criteria

Each judge will award points for the whole panel according to the following criteria:

a. Presentation: Overall Impression and Coherence
Editing, selection and sequencing should be considered to display the panel to its best advantage. The overall impression should be cohesive with sufficient variety of approach even within a narrow range of subject. Repetition of similar images should be avoided.

b. Technique: Camera Work
Choice of viewpoint and lighting should be sympathetic with the subject. There should be accurate focusing and exposure.
Highlights and shadow detail, density and colour should be correctly recorded.

c. Technique: Technical Quality
There can be no processing faults i.e. chemical staining or spots and digital manipulation artefacts. The choice of materials used should be suitable for the subject depicted. There has to be evidence of tonal control and good image finishing. Attention must be given to masking and colour management.

d. Seeing: Visual Awareness
There has to be an understanding of light and effect on mood and texture, as well as good use of colour. Composition, design and cropping of the images should be visually satisfying. Good use of masking and manipulation should be made where appropriate. Intrusive and inappropriate backgrounds should be avoided and correct viewpoint considered.

e. Thinking: Communication
There should be personal input, understanding of, and empathy with the subject as well as evidence of communication as appropriate: of mood, ideas, narrative and information. An approach which shows imagination, creativity and an ability to capture the decisive moment is expected.

  • In the event that two or more participants obtain an equal number of points for their panels, these panels are reviewed by the judges to establish an overall winner and the runner up. It is the original points awarded during the judging session that count towards the MPS Photographer of the Year Award. Honourable Mentions may be awarded at the discretion of the judges.
  • If, in the opinion of the judges, the panels submitted are not of the required standard, the judges may opt not to award any of the top placings i.e. winner and runner up. Points are still awarded and these points count for the MPS Photographer of the Year Award.

24. Portfolio – Format and Medium
The portfolio competition requires the presentation of a minimum of five prints or a maximum of seven prints in either colour or monochrome as determined by the MPS Executive Committee.

  • Portfolio images must be coherent and cohesive.

25. Portfolio Prints
The image areas (i.e. excluding borders) of the monochrome or colour prints submitted must measure between

  • a maximum dimension of 30cm by 40cm
  • a minimum dimension of 20cm by 30cm.
  • Prints are to be flush or border mounted.
  • Mounts must be in square or rectangular format, and may be of any colour or form.
  • The maximum mount size must not exceed 50cm by 40cm.
  • Entries that are not within these sizes are automatically disqualified.

26. Print Labels
Every portfolio print submitted will have a label at the back indicating the

  • Portfolio subject title. (global title)
  • Name and surname of participant
  • MPS membership number
  • An arrow indicating which way is up
  • Display sequence number (left to right)

27. Judging and Points System

  • The Portfolio and Panel Competitions will be judged by a team of three judges.
  • The Judges’ Scoring Guide below is coherent with the extra effort and skill required to put together a larger portfolio.
  • In the event that two or more participants obtain an equal number of points for their portfolio, these portfolios are reviewed by the judges to establish an overall winner and the runner up. The original points awarded during the judging session count for the MPS Photographer of the Year Award. Honourable Mentions may be awarded at the discretion of the judges.
  • If, in the opinion of the judges, the panels submitted are not of the required standard, the judges may opt not to award any of the top placings i.e. winner and runner up. Points are still awarded and these points count for the MPS Photographer of the Year Award.

28. Judging: Portfolio

  • Each of the three judges will assess the portfolio as a ‘whole’.
  • Judges shall award points according to the following criteria:
    • Communication
      The portfolio presented should be clearly associated with the title chosen. The photographic style should be consistent across the portfolio. The images should capture and communicate mood, emotion, or a sense of atmosphere where appropriate.
    • Presentation
      Presentation must be of the highest standard. There must be no repetition of or similar images. Prints must be appropriately mounted and free from marks and blemishes.
    • Artistic Skill
      A competent understanding of composition, design and form should be demonstrated to communicate the purpose of the portfolio. Appropriate lighting and viewpoint must be evident. The printing style should be appropriate to the subject and intent.
    • Cohesion
      The portfolio of work should be visually balanced and sequenced. The images should support each other in expressing the photographer’s message.
    • Originality
      There should be adequate evidence of originality in presenting the subject. The portfolio should show evidence of personal engagement.

29. Common rules and regulations for Merit, Panels and Portfolio

29.1 Participation in any of the competitions signifies acceptance of these rules and regulations

29.2 The photographic work submitted must be the member’s own work from start to finish and the member will therefore own its copyright.

29.3 Members must be in possession of all the original, unedited file/s, including associated EXIF information of the images submitted for any competition organised by the Society. Such files may be required to be presented on demand by the Executive Committee.

  • The loss of files is not acceptable as a justifiable excuse not to provide such files.
  • The non-submission of the file/s results in automatic disqualification from that particular competition.

29.4 Members can have their photographic work commercially printed.

29.5 A member must carry total responsibility for the quality of the work submitted.

29.6 All entries submitted in the Merit, Panel and Portfolio competitions must not have been previously presented in any MPS competition.

29.7 The panels and portfolio submitted by both Advanced and Entry Category members are judged together. Judges shall not know the participating member’s details, the originator of the photographic work and the category level of the participant when awarding points.

29.8 Any member participating in any competition cannot approach any judge concerning his or her submissions either directly or indirectly. If this is done and becomes known, this results in automatic disqualification.

29.9 In the event that a submission violates any of the competition rules, the Society reserves the right to take any action deemed suitable including the forfeiture of any or all points and the suspension of the said member from participating in any MPS Competition.

30. Formal MPS Qualifications

The points garnered from participation in the Merit, Panels and Portfolio competitions shall count towards obtaining formal MPS qualifications.

For more information regarding qualifications please refer to rules on Distinctions on the Society’s website – maltaphotographicsociety.org

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