Rules

Mid Calder Camera Club

Appraisal and Competition Rules

Mid Calder Camera Club runs 4 Internal Appraisals, plus a Portfolio, an Equaliser Competition, and an Image of the Year (IOY) competition each year (September – May).

All appraisals and competitions will be appraised by external judges, recognised by the Scottish Photographic Federation (SPF) and selected by the club secretary.


MCCC has three categories BEGINNERSINTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED

Any person who joins the club may elect to participate in appraisals in any category (please leave the beginner section for the true beginners).
Definition of BEGINNER. A member who joins the club in the beginners section must have very recently taken up photography as a hobby. Beginners will spend no more than two years in this section.

Any member who wins any of the appraisals, or any of the internal competitions, will move up to the next section for subsequent seasons.
If the member wins the beginners section in their first year of membership they will advance to the INTERMEDIATE section.
A member who has won the intermediate category will progress to the ADVANCED section.
Any member who has been a member of another club and has participated in a particular category in the other club will be expected to join a similar, or more advanced, category at Mid Calder Camera Club.
Members may only compete in both Print and Projected Image sections at the same level.


Internal Appraisals

The 4 internal appraisals are open to all members of the club. There are 2 open and 2 with a set themes.
These appraisals are split into three (3) categories:

Beginners
Intermediate
Advanced


Each appraisal will alternate starting with Projected Images and then Printed Images


Each member is allowed 2 images per section which must meet the following criteria:

Projected Images

New Guidance for Submitting Projected Images

All digital images must be emailed as an attachment to the Appraisal Secretary at

These must be submitted with the following criteria:

Each image must be resized, with the horizontal side being no more than 1600 pixels, the vertical side no more than 1200 pixels and a dpi (dots or pixels per inch) of 96dpi.

Each filename must be in the following format

image title_membership no_category _section.jpg
e.g. Almondell in Autumn_013_I_Proj.jpg

NOTE: Please ensure an underscore between each part as this makes it easier for the appraisal secretary to sort and analyse the sentries after the appraisal is complete.


Printed Images

These must be submitted with the following criteria:

The maximum print size with mount is 16×20 inches (40x50cm).
Each print must be labelled on the rear of the print with the print title, appraisal entered and membership number on the rear of the mount.
A digital version of the print should be supplied as above in the Projected Image, except the section name shall be “Print”:

e.g. Almondell in Autumn_013_I_Print.jpg

There is no set minimum size of print.


Entries will be taken by the appraisal secretary up to and including the 2nd last Friday* before the Wednesday night appraisal takes place. This allows delivery to the Appraiser over the weekend allowing more than a week for his appraising. Digital entries can be submitted as an email attachment and sent to

Scores from the appraisals will be counted as follows – For each member – the top 2 scores from Digital and the top 2 scores from Prints only, will be carried forward to the Yearly Standings.


The Portfolio and Equaliser Competitions

The Portfolio Competition will require each entrant to submit four projected images each to a set theme of the members own choosing.

These must be submitted with the similar criteria as the appraisals.

Each image must be resized, with the horizontal side being no more than 1600 pixels, the vertical side no more than 1200 pixels and a dpi (dots or pixels per inch) of 96dpi.
Each filename must be in the following format
theme_image title_ membership no.jpg
e.g. Cars_Porche_013.jpg


None of the images entered into the portfolio competition should have been used in any previous internal club appraisal.

The Equaliser Competition is for Ross Alpin-Smith Trophy will require each entrant to submit one projected image taken in the Calders and surrounding area.

This must be submitted with the similar criteria as the appraisals.

Each image must be resized, with the horizontal side being no more than 1600 pixels, the vertical side no more than 1200 pixels and a dpi (dots or pixels per inch) of 96dpi.
The filename must be in the following format
Equaliser_image title_ membership no.jpg
e.g. Equaliser_Almondell Weir_013.jpg


None of the images entered into the equaliser competition should have been used in any previous internal club appraisal.
Entries for the Portfolio and Equaliser competitions will be received by the appraisal secretary on the same timescale as for the internal appraisals. i.e. the 2nd last Friday before the Wednesday of the competitions.


Image of the Year (IOY) Competition

The Image of the Year competition involves the best projected and printed images throughout the four internal appraisals.

Any image scoring 18 or above in any club appraisal will be eligible to be entered into the Image of the Year contest. At least three images will be eligible from each section (beginners, intermediate and advanced) in each of the appraisals. In the event that there are less than three images scoring 18 or above the next highest scoring images will be eligible to enter.

General Notes:

Please ensure that if images are being submitted on a USB Stick that the stick is clearly marked with your name.
To enable the appraisal secretary to easily identify the members entries I would suggest that a directory structure be set up by the member on their USB stick as follows:

\Member name\Membership No.\Appraisal No.\Print and Projected Directory
e.g. \Jim Reid\013\Appraisal No1\Print
\Jim Reid\013\Appraisal No1\Projected