Lockdown Photographic Competition

BDRS Photographic Competition

Pics mean prizes!

The BDRS website is undergoing an extensive redesign, and we need your help to make it look fabulous. If you have any double reed-related photographs buried in the depths of your computer, now is the time to dig them out and enter our one-off competition!

Categories & Prizes

The following prizes are available:

  • for the most imaginative oboe-related lockdown activity – £50 voucher for www.oboeshop.co.uk (kindly donated by Crowthers of Canterbury)
  • for the most imaginative bassoon-related lockdown activity – £50 voucher for www.doublereed.co.uk (kindly donated by Double Reed Ltd.);
  • for the best photograph capturing the spirit of the BDRS – £100 Chairman’s Prize (with enormous thanks to BDRS Chairman Geoffrey Bridge for his generosity);
  • for the most artistic double reed-related photograph from an entrant under the age of 18 – £50 voucher plus one year’s free membership of the BDRS.

Judging

Entries will be judged by Clive Fairbairn (editor of Double Reed News), Geoffrey Bridge (Chairman, BDRS), and Louisa Denby (Webmaster & Social Media Manager, BDRS), alongside experienced professional photographer Mike Bell, whom you may have spotted at BDRS events over the years!

Use of images

By submitting your photographs to the Photographic Competition, you agree for them to be utilised across official BDRS channels (print, digital, and social media) to promote the Society. We will not share your images with third parties without your consent.

Competition Rules

  • The Competition is open to all UK-resident oboists and bassoonists, whether BDRS members or not. BDRS members resident overseas may also participate.
  • No limit is placed on the age of any image, but entries should meet the technical criteria outlined below.
  • There is no limit on the number of entries per person.
  • Current BDRS Committee members are not allowed to take part.
  • Category (d): only material that is the intellectual property of the entrant may be used.
  • Entrants remain the copyright holder to any images they submit.
  • Entries must be submitted via email to website@bdrs.org.uk with the subject line ‘PHOTO COMP’ by noon on Sunday 31st May 2020. The body of the email should include the entrant’s name, age (if under 18), and the category in which the photograph(s) are being entered. Multiple photographs may be included in one email, but a separate email should be sent for each category.
  • Results will be announced online at the end of June, and a report will follow in the 127th edition of Double Reed News later in October. The judges’ decisions are final.

Photography Rules

  • Only digital images in [jpeg] format will be accepted.
  • Both colour and monochrome images are eligible.
  • Each image file must contain the following information (‘metadata’):
    • Entrant’s name
    • Title of Image

[Please see below protocol.]

  • Photograph resolution should be set to a minimum 1200 x 800 pixels (preferably closer to 2400 x 1600 pixels) for judging, display, and printing purposes.
  • Digital manipulation (beyond subtle changes in sharpening and colour balance) is not allowed, except for category (d), for which entrants could go wild!

N.B. Courtesy dictates that permission should be sought from any persons appearing in photographs, especially if that person/those persons may not be comfortable with the potential for propagation of said photograph(s) online.

Protocol for Metadata

Photoshop Users

  1. Open image;
  1. Select ‘File’ then ‘File info’;
  1. Select ‘Description’;
  1. For ‘Document Title’ type in the Title as ‘your name – x of y’, where y is the number of entries you are submitting in the category and x is the sequential number of your entry. For example the third of Joe Bloggs’ five entries would be:- ‘joe bloggs – 3 of 5’;
  1. For ‘Author’ type in your Name;
  1. For ‘Author Title’ type in the full Title by which you wish your Image to be called;
  1. Click ‘OK’.

Windows Users

  1. Select, but don’t open the file within Windows, right-click on it and select ‘Properties’;
  1. In the dialog box the first line is the current image name. Change the name to ‘your name – x of y’, where y is the number of entries you are submitting in the category and x is the sequential number of your entry. For example the third of Joe Bloggs’ five entries would be:- ‘joe bloggs – 3 of 5’;
  2. Select the ‘Details’ tab;
  1. Highlight ‘Title’ and type in the full Title by which you wish your image to be called.

Highlight ‘Authors’ and type in your Name.

  1. Click ‘OK’.