Poly Competition Rules Reminder

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Maybe it’s déjà vu, but it seems like some of the images we saw at January’s competition meeting had been entered before.

Duplicate Entries

Re-entering an image is not allowed unless it received a score of six points or less last time it was entered. You may also enter a previous project entry into a later open competition or vice-versa. But once an image has received a score of 7 points or more in open competition, you may not enter it in the open competition again. This also applies to near duplicates of the image.

Please keep track of your competition entries so that you don’t inadvertently break the rules. There are several ways to track your entires:

  1. Have a special set of folders on your computer where you store your competition images. Set up a main folder called “Poly Entries.” Within that folder, create a subfolder called “2014” place your competition entries there. If you use Lightroom or Bridge, you’ll then be able to come back to those images after the competition and add rating stars to them to keep track of the score they each received. I use five stars for a score of 9, four stars for an 8, etc.
  2. An excellent low-tech tracking method is to simply print out a contact sheet each month with a thumbnail of each of your entries and file it away somewhere.
  3. The easiest thing to do is to keep a simple list on a lined pad of paper showing the image title and score. This only works if you can remember which image matches each title.

Whatever it takes, please keep track of your images.

Project Entry Rules

Please remember that the purpose of the monthly project competition is to stimulate us to create new work.

For that reason, all images entered in the project competition must have been created no earlier than the date that the project categories for the year were announced. Since the announcement is made at the October competition meeting, your project entries must have been taken no earlier than October, 2013.

So save those old archived images for the open competition. For the project, show us your new stuff. Now, get out there and be creative!

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Alan Haynes

I'm a travel photographer, web designer and former president of the Poly Photo Club. I also run the PolyPhotoClub.com website.