At the end of each year, the SSPS Committee conducts a review of the club’s competition rules with the purpose of identifying any area of the rules that may need amendment or clarification.
As part of this year’s review it was decided that there was a need for some clarification of two aspects associated with the titles of images. All members will be aware that all images must have a title. This is consistent with the requirements for competitions at all levels. The role of an image title in competitions is to act solely as a specific identifier for each unique image. In some competitions, judges are not aware of the title and must judge solely on the image as presented.
The Committee has approved two changes to the competition rules with effect from 1 January 2021.
- Rule 7.4 which states that every image must have a title has been amended to include a sentence making it clear that “Untitled” is not an acceptable title for an image in a SSPS competition.
- A new rule, Rule 7.5 has been added which clarifies that it is not acceptable to add the title of the image or any other text on the face of the image in post processing. Any text that is part of the original captured image is acceptable.
The full text of the two rules is:
7.4. Every image must have a title
You must give each image a unique title.
The title must not be more than 30 characters, including spaces, in length. You can only use the normal letters of the alphabet, numerals, the special characters ! , . ; - : ' ? % “ ' and & in the title.
You cannot reuse the same title for another image.
You cannot give the same image more than one title.
It is not acceptable to use “Untitled” as a title.
7.5. Can I add text to an image?
Submitted entries must NOT contain text in any form on the face of the image where that text has been added in post processing. This includes watermarks, logos, photographer name or ANY other text that is not in the original captured image(s).
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