Tring Interclub Intimate LandScapes Competition
The approach to judging (having two judges initially reviewing and scoring the images on their own home screens prior to the competition) means that our approach to image size is quite different from typical competitions of this kind:
The judges will be scoring, solely based on their viewing of the images on their own screens at home. They have different set ups and so there is no requirement for any specific pixel size of the images. We will pass the images supplied by the clubs, directly to the judges without any manipulation of any kind. The judges are very experienced, and will no doubt, make any adjustments necessary to ensure that they have the best presentation of the image needed, for them to review and score the images.
On the night of 24th March, we will be displaying a presentation to the audience, using powerpoint, of all the images, with title – and the judges will give feedback on each. The score that has previously been pre decided by the judges, will be shown on the presentation after the feedback is given on each. No electronic submission / scoring system is being used.
Our thinking around the size of images that are entered is that it should focus on:
Allowing authors to deliver the best quality image, that can be judged & scored on the high quality screens of our judges.
Noting that the image shown on projection is not being used for scoring, but for entertainment – the quality is less important.
Having taken advice from very helpful members of other participating clubs, on the various technical issues, we have carried out some experiments. It is clear to us that images that have been resized to say 1920 x 1080 pixels can lead to a poorer quality when viewed on a Hi Res screen, versus those that have not been resized (in pixel dimensions). Thus, we see no reason to ask photographers to resize their images in terms of pixel dimensions and in doing so potentially reduce the quality of the image when viewed on a Hi Res screen.
We do need to ask for the images to be of a max file size – simply because we will have 84 images and need to manage the amount of space used in sharing these images with the judges – again we have tested this on very high res screen and could see no difference in quality between a 3MB file and a 10MB file.
So the only requirement that we have, is that the images are less than 5MB and are of sufficient quality to be projected on a large screen.
On the night, we will use a 1920x1080 projector which is a 16:9 ratio. We appreciate that some photographers:
May want to ensure that the aspect ratio of their images is aligned with the projector aspect of 16:9.
Might, where the images are not in this aspect, (e.g. square, portrait or letterbox) want to define the colour of the area outside of the image area, to thus fit the 16:9 aspect. (Note that the default surround without such fill, will be a mid grey)
Both of the above are optional and not a requirement - we simply want the best quality images that can be delivered in a 5MB max file size!
We hope this explanation helps particiapants to understand the rationale for our approach.