The 2018 IPF National Shield Competition is now open for entries.
Date: Sunday 18th November 2018
Closing Date: 11th November 2018
Location: Pobalscoil iosolde, Palmerstown, Dublin 20
Host Club: Palmerstown Camera Club
Entry Fee: €80
A number of significant changes have been made to the rules last year. These changes are being implemented as part of the review of national competitions which will be phased in over a period of time. These are outlined below. Please study these in conjunction with the 2017 Rules document which is available to download below.
The co-ordinator for this year’s National Shield is Patrick Kavanagh, LIPF.
We are delighted to welcome back Canson Infinity papers, along with their distributor Fine Art Papers as sponsors for this competition. They will be with us on competition day ready to answer all your questions about paper with a large stock to choose from.
Clubs entering the competition are stongly advised to check the rules for the competition.The remain the same as 2017. Please read the rules carefully.
The judges are;
• Frank Hausdoefer
• Hugh Wilkinson
• Darragh Muldowney
Number of images per panel: 8
Number of panels per club: 1 monochrome + 1 colour
Number of images per photographer
Not more than one image from any qualifying photographer may appear on any one panel (no more than one in colour and no more than one in mono). However, in the case of clubs with small memberships (defined as those who have affiliated as a small club in 2018 – under 30 members), a request may be made in writing to the National Shield Co-ordinator who, at his or her discretion, may allow up to two entries per photographer, up to a maximum of two photographers per panel. This is purely to facilitate smaller clubs to encourage them to enter the competition. This facility will not be allowed to larger clubs.
Whose photographs are allowed on National Shield panels?
This is the most significant change from previous years. Previously, entry was restricted to non-advanced photographers only. Non-advanced was defined as persons who had not been awarded IPF distinctions or equivalent distinctions from other photographic organizations such as FIAP, PSA and the RPS, or persons who had won a set number of national or international awards.
From 2017 onwards, up to two images per panel may be allowed from photographers who have been awarded LIPF distinction. However, as heretofore, anyone who has won medals at national or international competitions will be excluded from entry in this competition along with the other conditions that define advanced.
As of 2017, clubs entering the competition will be required to provide a list of image titles (maximum of 35 characters per title) for each panel. These titles will be provided to the judges to assist them to interpret images. No additional marks will be awarded for titles. The provision of titles is intended to assist judges to interpret images and arises from requests from numerous judges in different competitions that they be afforded such a facility. It is good practice for photographers to title their images properly and we wish to encourage this. However, any title containing the photographer’s name or the name of the club, will not be allowed.
Points per Image
Each judge will award a maximum of ten points per image (= 30 points in total per image). Previously it was 20 points per judge per image.
The aim of the National Shield is to encourage clubs to enter their best images. No marks will be awarded for panel cohesion. This is not a change from previous years, merely a reminder. Clubs are advised to enter their very best images.
As in all IPF competitions, scoring is carried out separately by the judges whose scores are then totalled at the end of judging. Judging will be done in private, however, judges will provide commentary prior to the awards ceremony.
Each competing club will be required to nominate two persons to represent their club at the competition. Complaints in relation to any image or panel will only be accepted from those designated representatives, an IPF Council member or a regional officer. A fee of €60 must accompany any complaint from a club official. If the complaint is upheld, the €60 will be refunded. The IPF Council may take further action against the offending club.
Please address any queries regarding the above to the competition co-ordinator Patrick Kavanagh via the contact page on our website.