COMPETITION GUIDELINES FOR DIGITALLY PROJECTED IMAGES (DPI)
Guidelines for Digital Projected Image Competition entries (DPIs), print copy DPIs and other DPI presentations
The Competition Code Letter for Season Sept 2020 to May 2021 was ‘Q’ and this letter is used as an example below but the letter will change each season so will need to be replaced when you follow the examples.
Please make sure:
- You meet the deadline to submit your entries: at least the week before the competition*, per Competition Rule 5.
- The images are the right way up
- They are in .JPEG (or .JPG/.jpg) format (most digital cameras take .JPG images)
- Image size: The maximum size of the images should be 1600 pixels wide by 1200 pixels high. Resizing is best done before filling in the ‘Image Title’ Field (see Point 6)
- Image filenames: these must consist of this Season’s Code Letter, (e.g. Q) the Competition Code, plus Your Name and an image number, (1), (2), etc. Competition Codes are 1 to 6 for the six rounds of the Club Six; NH for Natural History and KO for the Knockout Competition.
To name your image files like this, right click on the images individually and choose ‘Rename’. For example, if you are entering two DPIs for the Club Six, Round 1 they will be named Q1 Your name (1) and Q1 Your name (2). Filenames for DPIs of print entries (new from Season 2021-22), the coding is as follows: QM1 to 6 for Monochrome prints, QC1 to 6 for Colour prints. For the Natural History Competition, QMNH for Monochrome prints, QCNH for Colour prints.
- Image titles: Right click on the image, then left click on ‘Properties’ at the foot of the drop-down menu; then left click on the ‘details’ tab; type your image title in the Title field. NB. Do not use commas in the Title field. There is no need to enter your name in the Author field as your name is part of the Image filename, as in Point 5 above. The exception is for the Knockout Comp when the Author’s Name is essential. (See also Point 10 below re. the Comments field whilst in this tab).
- If submitting on a USB Flash drive, the images should be unmistakeable and easy for the projectionist to find on the drive. The drive itself should carry your name for safe return to you. If you are unable to attend on the Friday prior to the competition night, you may submit earlier by USB Drive or email.
- As a general rule, landscape format is better. But for the Knockout Competition, portrait format fills the screen better because each pair of images is projected side-by-side for comparison and voting. So they only have half the width of the screen each, i.e. 800 pixels. Thus landscapes are denied the full 1600 pixels width of the screen, whereas portraits still benefit from the full height of 1200 pixels. NB. This is not compulsory, for any competition the choice is yours, landscape or portrait.
- If you do not want an image to be used in the Club’s Website Gallery or for external competitions, put “No Publicity” in the Comments field (see Point 6 above).
* Early submission is necessary as every competition needs preparation and checking time, and score-sheets have to be printed in advance.
Updated September 2021