New season starts & our competition winners!

Well the new 2016/17 season has started and it was great to see everybody down the club house once again! I’m certainly looking forward to this seasons offering!

Competition Winners! 2015-16 Season.

Here are last years competition winners, can they hold on to their titles this year?

Novice

Novice Prints – Geraint Williams
Novice Projected Images – Robert Nurse
President’s Shield Novice – Geraint Williams

Advanced

Advanced Prints – Chris Thurston
Advanced Projected Images – John Crouch
President’s Shield Advanced – Chris Thurston

AV Competition

Winner – Thomas Ashley
2nd – Dave Hill
3rd – Adele Gibson

Movie Poster

Winner – Andy Hitchens
2nd – Thomas Ashley
3rd – Chris Ludwick

Internal Competitions

Winner – Nicola Scott
2nd – Nicola Scott
3rd – Jo Sowden

Arthur Ash Trophy

Winner – Adele Gibson
2nd – Mick Grayson
3rd – John Crouch

Portrait Photographer of the Year

Winner – Chris Pike
2nd – Tom Couch
3rd – Andre Riphagen

Photographer of the Year

Winner – Chris Pike
2nd – Chris Thurston
3rd – Jo Sowden

Jim Lucas Award for Best Images

Winner – Chris Thurston
2nd – Chris Pike
3rd – Jo Sowden

 

Newsletter

newsletter

       THIS WEEK
28th September 2015

STUDIO NIGHT

Bea has a very exciting and

interesting evening planned for

you!

Hi all

I’ve put together macros
stands for the studio night

and would love some help
if possible please. I will list
stuff I will need and if you
have it at home and can
bring it for the evening
please put your name down:

1 Make plastic fantastic:
Soft box – Simon
Clear plastic cutlery –
Polarising filters – all

2 Fruit salad:
Soft box no 2 – Simon
Apple
Lime
Lemon
Orange
Pomegranate
Knife – Bea

Dish – Bea
Clear glass (optional) –

3 Alphabet:
Alphabetti spaghetti-
Dish – Bea
Spoon – Bea
Studio light – At the club

4 Bubbles:
White card – Bea
CD cases – Bea
Plastic syringe (no needle) –
M&M –
Studio light – at the club

5 Droplets:
Saline solution – Bea
Various flowers (does anyone have anything in the garden?) –
Colourful backdrops – club/Bea

6 Bokeh:
Black card – Bea
Card cutters – Bea
Christmas lights – Bea
Love hearts sweets (if I buy them I will eat them 😜)-

7 Get busy with the fizzy:
Colourful pencils – Bea
Sprite –
Soft box no 3 –
Clear dish – Bea
Other stuff that could be dipped in sprite –

8 Reflections:
Tulip –

Small LED flashlight-
Black backdrop –
Clear or dark tinted glass-

9 Smoke:
Scent sticks – Bea
Some sort of curtain and
rail arrangement to protect
smoke from draft – Chris T
Studio light – at the club

Obviously there are lots of things I
can get at tesco so if nobody will be
bringing these I will just go there on
my way to the club and purchase them.

Do we have enough lights and
reflectors for all the above?

Any other items that will look good
backlit, as a reflection in
water droplets or dipped in liquid?

Regards
Bea

So…lots of setting up to do when you arrive.
Please help Bea!

….and DON’T FORGET YOUR CAMERAS
AND TRIPODS IF YOU HAVE THEM!

         LAST WEEK

Monday September 21st at 7 45pm

We had a very special and inspring evening with

BOB NORRIS APAGB EFIAP

Currently the President of the East Anglian Federation, Bob has been a major figure in the EAF for donkeys years. Likewise at Ware & D PS where he has been a member for 37 years. Bob shared loads of wonderful photographic images, tips, anecdotes and just general all round knowledge which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.
Some members have been inspired enough to put what they’ve learnt into practice and that’s the best way to learn and develop.

It was a great evening.

Many thanks Bob!

Dear Andy and the rest of the team,

I’m emailing from Hertfordshire Life magazine – this is just a quick message to let you know about our 2016 calendar photography competition so your members can send in their entries!

The competition is looking for images of Hertfordshire, celebrating its people, landscapes, nature, towns and villages – as well as shots which reflect the months and seasons of the year.

Winners will have their image (with their name and a description of the image) featured in the glossy 2016 calendar which is going to thousands of homes and businesses in our December issue. They will also win a 12 month subscription to the magazine (including the December issue).

If your members would like to take part they can email as many digital images as they like (but they must be high-res jpg files with 300dpi and a minimum A4 size) along with details of what/where the image is and when (which month/season) it was taken. Entrants should also include their name, address and contact details.

Emails should be sent to competitions@hertfordshirelife.co.uk with the subject ‘2016 calendar competition’ – and they can include a file transfer link if you prefer not to email the images directly.

The closing date is Monday October 5 and the winners will be chosen by our editor Richard Young. I hope many of your members will be eager to send in some images – and I look forward to viewing them! Best of luck.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes,

Laura Vickers
Editorial Assistant
Hertfordshire Life Magazine
Bank House, Primett Road, Stevenage, Herts SG1 3EE

P.S We’re also always looking for images from Herts photographers for our monthly Readers’ Photos pages. I’d be thrilled if you could let your members know that we’d be delighted to receive their images of Hertfordshire, and if they have any questions at all they shouldn’t hesitate to get in touch.

      NEXT WEEK

Monday October 5th 

COMPETITION

ROUND 1

OPEN

DPI
Reminder:You will need to size your dpi’s at
Landscape 1400 px
Portrait 1050 px

 PLEASE UPLOAD BY FRIDAY 2ND OCTOBER AT THE VERY LATEST

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR IMAGE FILE NAMES ARE:

NAME OF IMAGE by YOUR NAME

We open this season’s competitions with a DPI round.
It is an open competition so anything goes.
You will need to be a member to get your
upload facility and 
password.

If you don’t already have these,
and for details/questions
please get in touch with Rob
at
rob@unknowngeeks.com

 we need to let members know that only your best two from three scores  to count in the monthly 
competitions.
 STUDIO CT CLUB 

Chris T (oh, that’s me…)
will be holding studio sessions in our hall
on the
1st Sunday of every month
from
10 30am to 1 30pm

There will be a maximum of 10 places and it will cost you £20 per session. This is to cover the cost of models, equipment, hall hire etc.

If you’re interested in joining, please email me
chris30magic@gmail.com

Don’t forget to keep up to date with what’s happening in the club, locally, in the EAF, and in our big national and international world through the PAGB by checking the websites regularly.

SPS WEBSITE 

EAF website

PAGB website

You should also make sure you subscribe to their newsletters!

PAGB NEWS

…and one last thing!

Studio lighting 
A lot of you pointed out this didn’t work last week.
Sorry about that,
so
here’s a different one!

Studio Lighting

and here’s a bit on the science

Three Rules of Lighting
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…and here is another

Useful video from YOUTUBE

A little tip on

MACRO 

Beds Invitation Inter Club 2013 Results

Ampthill & District CC

Competition Results for
2013 Bedfordshire Invitation Inter-Club

Judge
Graham Hodgkiss ARPS MPAGB APAGB AFIAP

Position Club Name Author Title (Points) Score
1 Leighton Buzzard PC Clive Rayment The Breaker (20) 99
Dave Cromack Jackinabox (20)
Andrew Turner Frosty Sheep (18)
Roger Gage Stay Away (14)
Bernie Raffe Musical Camden Market Trader (14)
Clive Daniels Bearded Dragon Feeding (13)
2 Stevenage PS Tanya Warren Surface Tension (20) 97
Elliot Hook La Vie a la Plage (19)
Adele Gibson Lone Tree, Rydal Water (16)
Elliot Hook Elgol Blue (16)
Tom Couch Cabbage White (14)
Wasi Siddiqi Ruins on the Beach (12)
3 Biggleswade & District CC Ian Gostelow Encroaching tide (20) 96
Chris Davies Winter fantasy (19)
Stacey Purkiss Marmelade Fly (17)
Tim Walton The Fire Queen (16)
Ben Pike The Bug (12)
Chris Davies In Winters Grip (12)
= 4 Shillington & District CC Peter Turner Recession (17) 95
Shirley Hollis In The Lead (17)
Jose Currant Mist over Exmoor (16)
Naomi Saul A Night at the Ballet (16)
David Randall Shimbashi Subway (16)
Ron Johl I’m Stuck on You (13)
= 4 Harpenden PS Colin Southgate THE PINK BAG (20) 95
Stephen Pritchard TO THE NEXT GATE (19)
Trish French PARISIAN STAIRCASE (18)
Peter Milsom HANNAH COCKROFT (14)
Sarah Cody HAPPY HIPPY (13)
Angela Williams CONTEMPLATION (1) (11)
5 Gamlingay PS Stan Saunders Red Grouse in flight (20) 93
Ron Pickford Mid Winter Fields (19)
Stan Saunders Knapweed Fritillary (18)
Paul Langshaw Moody Dixie (15)
John Clark Let us Out (11)
Jackie Bruce Trees in a Winter’s Landscape (10)
6 Ampthill & District CC Valerie Elliott Ready to Surf (20) 92
Ben Peet Shell Shocked (19)
David Wear FREESTYLE JET SKIER (17)
Graham Frost A WEE DRAM (13)
Ben Peet PONY PROFILE (12)
Louise Brinklow CHICAGO (11)
7 St Albans CC Peter Tatton DIVE (19) 91
Helen Cullens KING’S CROSS (16)
Helen Cullens LIGHTS ON THE MILLENNIUM BRIDGE (16)
Juliet Morton A Sienese dawn (15)
Chris Drury CATCHING THE SUN (14)
Colin Hicks LOOKOUT (11)
8 Rushden & District PS Graham Taylor A Home No More (17) 90
Elaine Nash Teapot (17)
David West Ducks at Dawn (15)
Tony Joyce Carnival Queen (15)
Elaine Nash Interior of St Andrews, Cranford (14)
Keith Millard From Below (12)
9 Bedford CC John Pegram Bearded Seal (20) 88
Steve Ridgway Pastures New (16)
Ian Whiting Geese At Sunset (15)
Ian Whiting Street Dancing (15)
Chris Pike The End of the Pier Show (12)
Chris Pike Light ReLeaf (10)
10 New City PS Simon Raynor BLUE DANCER (16) 83
Colin Mill PENMON FLOW (15)
Jamie White PINK LIGHT DISTRICT (15)
Don Byatt REMEMBRANCE (14)
Geoff Einon EUROPEAN BEE-EATER (12)
Neil Schofield A HUMBLE STARLING (11)
11 Hitchin CC Gareth Kitchener Gerbera (16) 82
Tom Salmond Porth Nanven Dawn (16)
Rafe Abrook Peacock Tree Frog (14)
Greg Covington Chalkhill Blue (13)
Isla Knight Reflections of Colour (13)
Andy Hyde Turning Pages (10)
= 12 Park Street CC Rosemary Wenzerul Eagle Owl Portrait (17) 80
Connie Fitzgerald Tulips (15)
Sue Hipperson Flood Tide Dawn Thornham Harbour (12)
Jeremy Fraser-Mitchell Pallas Cat (12)
Chris Gilbert Starling Wars (12)
Dave Hipperson Thornham Beach (12)
= 12 Letchworth Garden City CC Gary Neesam Taking Baby Home (16) 80
Rob Fairhead Recumbent Puffin (15)
Dennis Anguige Lao Boy (14)
Peter Freeman Hellebore (14)
Kirsty Gifkins Sunset Rays caught ‘by the Tide (11)
John Dingemans Brown Hare (10)
13 Buckingham CC Adrian Davies Natasha (17) 78
Adrian Court Beached (13)
Jon Downs One Day in London (13)
Adrian Davies Glancing Light (12)
Nick Biswell Tough Skinned (12)
Jon Downs Returning (11)
14 Kempston CC Donnie Canning Head in my Hands (16) 73
Donnie Canning Jaguar (13)
Peter Darby I Have Spotted Lunch (12)
Roy Backhouse Stealth Attack (11)
Roy Backhouse Ram (11)
Peter Darby Raindrop on Mushroom (10)
15 Vauxhall & Chilterns PC Keith Knight Coming Round (16) 71
Graham Owen Follow me (12)
Innes Griggs Anxiety (11)
Stephan McDonald Three Abstracts (11)
Chris Taylor Arachnophobia (11)
Dave Spacey Constellation of holly (10)

Prize Giving 2013

After the AGM on Monday we presented the trophies and certificates to the worthy winners.

Paul Munns presented the monthly awards

Gary Nicholls got joint 2nd place Advanced Prints
Ron Pickford got joint 2nd place Advanced Prints
Elliot Hook 1st place Advanced Prints

 

Anita Hoyle – 3rd place Novice Prints
Brian Hunt – 2nd place – Novice Prints

 

Alan Brown – Winner – Novice Prints

 

Paul Langshaw – Winner – Advanced Projected
Anita Hoyle – 3rd place – Novice Projected

 

Alan Brown – 2nd Place – Novice Projected

The President’s Shield was presented by President, Don King

Alan Brown – Winner – President’s Shield – Novice
Paul Langshaw – Winner – President’s Shield – Advanced

Of course, Arthur Ash presented the Ashes Awards

Clare Hancock – Commended – Arthur Ash Trophy
Wasi Sid Siddiqi – Highly Commended – Arthur Ash Trophy
Mick Grayson – Highly Commended – Arthur Ash Trophy

 

John Poxon – 3rd place- Arthur Ash Trophy

 

Anita Hoyle – 2nd place – Arthur Ash Trophy

Elliot Hook presented the awards for Portrait Photographer of the Year 2013

Paul Langshaw – Commended – Portrait Photographer of the Year
Sara Holmes – Commended – Portrait Photographer of the Year
John Poxon – Highly Commended – Portrait Photographer of the Year
Gary Nicholls – 3rd place – Portrait Photographer of the Year

 

Paul Munns – Winner – Portrait Photographer of the Year

Paul Langshaw presented the awards for Photographer of the Year 2013

Ron Pickford -Commended – Photographer of the Year 2013
Wasi Sid Siddiqi – Highly Commended – Photographer of the Year 2013
Elliot Hook – 3rd place – Photographer of the Year 2013
Gary Nicholls – 2nd place – Photographer of the Year 2013

The Chairman’s Medal was awarded to the member showing the greatest enthusiasm and promise within the club.

Portrait Photographer of the Year & Photographer of the Year 2013

Our lovely judges, Russell and Barbie Lindsay

Portrait Photographer of the Year  & Photographer of the Year 2013

Will now be held on the same night.  Monday May 13th.  We will have Russell and Barbie Lindsay to assist in the task of choosing the winners.  Let no one be under the illusion that this will be easy.  There will be a lot of work to do on that night and we will need an army of volunteers.  I need you all there at 7:30, please.  We’ll get out tables, print stands, the 35mm projector for lighting and the large print stand.  We have the portraits there so they can be put up straight away.  We will start judging at 8pm on the dot.  We may not be finished until 10:30. 


The portraits will be put up first.  Bring your POTY entries with you and keep them to one side ready for the switch over at the break.  Make sure that your name is on each and every print.  Russell will judge the portraits and award the slips and cup before the break.  As soon as we break, you will need to grab your portraits and take them away.  If you are entering Photographer of the Year, you will need to put up your six prints as you want to see them displayed.  Do this before you get your coffee or tea so that the judge can check them out before we start part two.  You can see that, if you are entering either of these comps, you will need to be there in person if possible.


Tea break will be no more than ten minutes, depending on the number of POTY entries.  Like Russell, Barbie will not get much more than two or three minutes on each entry by my estimate.  It should be enough.  These guys are good and don’t waste words.  They know what they are talking about and their constructive criticism is worth it’s weight in gold.

Some members have been asking about the entry conditions for the photographer of the year competition.  I have attached a copy of the up to date rules for you to print out and keep for future reference.  Your entry will consist of your six best prints.  The judge is looking for technical excellence as well as variety and versatility from the author.  Your entry does NOT have to be arranged as a panel, like the Arthur Ash Trophy Competition, but some entrants prefer to show their work like a panel anyway.  That is their choice, but you will not lose points if you have different coloured mounts or different sized prints within the mounts.  The mounts will have to measure 50cm x 40cm as this is the standard size for all of our club comps and the EAF.
Barbie will also be asked to choose the best single image from the POTY for the Jim Lucas Trophy.  This can be from any of the sets and does not have to be part of the winning set.  Here are the entries from last year to give you an idea of what is required.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me on this address.  stevphosoc@gmail.com

In July we have an exhibition at what used to be the Boxfield Gallery in the Gordon Craig Theatre.  It is now called Pi Bistro.  The exhibition will be on the restaurant walls, so it will get even more attantion than usual.  We will require your best prints for this exhibition directly after the POTY Competition.  We would like to have at least one from everyone in the club if possible.  A maximum of three, please.  You can add portraits as well.  I will have Arthur at the back table by the window to collect them from you.

Good luck on Monday everyone!

Henry O'Dwyer

An Evening with Henry O’Dwyer

Henry is a good friend of Ron Pickford.  I’m afraid I don’t know much else about him.  He has agreed to come and talk to us.  I’m sure it will be an entertaining and informative evening.  Come down on Monday April 29th and find out for yourself.

 

Portrait Photographer of the Year

was a total disaster this year due to not having a judge.  There seems to have been some sort of mix up and the judge, Russell Lindsay, thought he was coming to Stevenage next Monday.  Russell and his wife, Barbie, live in Suffolk and it would have taken too long even if they had set out as soon as they realised.  Clearly, we need to ensure that our speakers and judges are reminded by email and that we have contact details for them on the night.  It doesn’t happen very often, but it is a real nuisance when it does.  I do apologise to everyone who came down to the club expecting an exciting competition.  Also to all who entered.  We had more entries than ever before.  The entries have been boxed up and we are going to try and judge them on the evening of May 13th with the Photographer of the Year Competition.  Some members asked if they could add their portrait images to this competition.  I have to say no, as it wouldn’t be fair to all those that had their sets ready for last Monday.  I would like to thank Gary for going through the programme for next year and explaining what we have to look forward to.  David made a collection of “Portrait Cakes”.  He was going to send me a picture of them, but I haven’t received anything yet.  They were very tasty if the one I had is anything to go by.
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Eric Saul ARPS, EFIAP, DPAGB, APAGB

We are very sad to announce the death of local photographer, judge, speaker and friend of many of our club members, Eric Saul.  Eric has been suffering with his mobility for some years now, but has bravely battled on, visiting camera clubs with his wife, Naomi to judge images or speak about photography.  Together they have played a pivotal role in the running of the East Anglian Federation, where Eric was Treasurer for many years.  They were regular members at Shillington Camera Club and were passionate about their photography and encouraging young photographers.  We extend our condolences to his family.

 
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EAF Exhibition

Congratulations to all those below who had images accepted by the EAF Exhibition.  Good work, Team!

 

EAF Exhibition 2013

 

Stevenage PS acceptances

 

Monochrome Prints

 

Chris Thurston – Lone Tree –  12

Chris Thurston – An Alternative Fashion – 11.5

 

Adele Gibson – Rydal Water Tree – 12

 

Elliot Hook – Still Waters – 12

Elliot Hook – The Second Severn Crossing – 12 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)

 

Gary Nicholls – Lombok Street Carver – 13 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)

 

Colour Prints

 

Chris Thurston – Walking the Dogs -12

Chris Thurston – Frosty Teasels -12

 

Adele Gibson – Symmetry – 13

Adele Gibson – Luskentyre Beach – 12 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)

 

Lynne Owen – On a Spin Cycle – 11.5

 

Gary Nicholls – Storm over Bamburgh – 12

 

Digital

 

Elliot Hook – Brown Hare – 13 – Highly Commended – (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)

 

Jeff Owen – Waiting and Wondering – 12 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)

 

Tanya Warren – Surface Tension – 12 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)

 

Gary Nicholls – Saved from her Reverie – 11

 

Paul Langshaw – Iranian Protester – 12 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)

 

Chris Thurston – Macabre Night – 12 (Selected to represent EAF in National PAGB Comp)

Chris Thurston – Walking in the Snow – 11

 

 

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Tom Couch’s Portrait Night

Tom Couch is presenting a tutorial on Portraiture on Monday 4th March 2013. This is specifically aimed at Novices and beginners to studio portraits.

Specifically geared to portraits rather than general studio work, and starting right from the beginning.

Extraordinary General Meeting – Monday 3rd September 2012, 8pm

 

Extraordinary General Meeting – Monday 3rd September 2012, 8pm

 

Proposals for changes to Competition Rules

 

Proposal 1:

 

Proposed by Wasi Siddiqi, seconded by Elliot Hook

 

Addition of the following statement to the general rules:

‘Subjective interpretation of themes (including the Portrait Photographer Of The Year) is permitted’.

 

Proposal 2:

 

Proposed by Ron Pickford, seconded by Gary Nicholls

 

In addition to the statement above, a definition of ‘Monochrome’ is given in the rules.

This is thought to be necessary as from the following season a constant set theme of ‘Monochrome’ prints is to be introduced.  A definition of ‘Monochrome’ is given by the PAGB (our governing body) and therefore it makes sense to adopt this definition.

Definition of Monochrome:

A black and white image or one which has been modified by the addition of a single tone to the entire image.  All other images are defined as colour images.  A black and white image that has been modified by the addition of partial toning or the addition of one colour to any part of the image is a colour image.

In the event of a Natural History theme being selected, the PAGB also have a strict definition of this theme.

Definition of Natural History:

Nature photography depicts living, untamed animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology and the wide diversity of natural phenomena, from insects to icebergs.

Photographs of animals which are domesticated, caged or under any form of restraint, as well as photographs of cultivated plants are ineligible.

Minimal evidence of humans is acceptable for nature subjects, such as barn owls or storks, adapting to an environment modified by humans, or natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves, reclaiming it.

Any manipulation or modification to the original image is limited to minor retouching of blemishes and must not alter the content of the original scene.

After satisfying the above requirement, every effort should be made to use the highest level of artistic skill in all nature photographs.

 

 

 

 

Currently these are the only 2 themes given a definition by the PAGB.

This could be introduced now or wait until the event of a Natural History theme being selected.

If introduced now then the ‘Proposal 1’ statement could read:

‘Subjective interpretation of themes (including the Portrait Photographer Of The Year) is permitted, with the exception of themes defined by the PAGB (see Appendix)’.

Appendix

Definition of Monochrome:

A black and white image or one which has been modified by the addition of a single tone to the entire image.  All other images are defined as colour images.  A black and white image that has been modified by the addition of partial toning or the addition of one colour to any part of the image is a colour image.

Definition of Natural History:

Nature photography depicts living, untamed animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology and the wide diversity of natural phenomena, from insects to icebergs.

Photographs of animals which are domesticated, caged or under any form of restraint, as well as photographs of cultivated plants are ineligible.

Minimal evidence of humans is acceptable for nature subjects, such as barn owls or storks, adapting to an environment modified by humans, or natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves, reclaiming it.

Any manipulation or modification to the original image is limited to minor retouching of blemishes and must not alter the content of the original scene.

After satisfying the above requirement, every effort should be made to use the highest level of artistic skill in all nature photographs.

 

Proposal 3:

 

Proposed by Mike Kersley, seconded by Paul Munns

 

In addition to the above proposals the club adopts the age limit ruling currently in use by the EAF for the EAF exhibition (see below).  This would replace the current club age limit of 24 months for all competitions with the exception of the Arthur Ash Trophy which carries no age limit.

‘Prints and projected digital images must not be more than 4 years old. (This does not refer to the date the image was captured)’.

 

These proposals are to be discussed and voted on at the EGM on the date above.

 

 

Adele Gibson

General Secretary

Portrait Photographer of the Year

 

 

 

Don’t forget that the next competition is Portrait Photographer of the year on the 23rd of April. The entries need to be:

  1. 6 prints within the standard competition 40×50 dimensions.
  2. Not be more then 24 months old.
  3. Not have been used in a previous Portrait Photographer of the Year competition.
  4. Each print must have its own title.

Good luck!