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Assignment 6 (2017-18): A set of four images on a theme chosen by the photographer

The topic for Assignment 6 is “A set of four images on a theme chosen by the photographer”. As this is something new, we have prepared this short guidance note to help members prepare their entries.

Our assignments normally allow members to submit up to three images on the assignment topic. Assignment 6 will be different - you should submit one set of four images on the theme which you have chosen.

In compiling your set of four images, think about the following:
- What do your images tell the viewer about your chosen theme?
- Do the four images tell the viewer more about your theme than a single image would?
- Do the images complement each other and do they work together to make a cohesive and coherent set?

Each of the four images should meet the usual requirements for assignment images, that is
- File formats must be jpeg with file name extension .jpg.
- The maximum allowed width of each image is 1600 pixels and the maximum image height is 1200 pixels.
- Image colour space should be sRGB (even for Black and White)
- All the images in your set should be new to the assignments – i.e. none of them should have been submitted to a previous assignment

For Assignment 6 only, the file names should consist of only two parts: first your member number (the three-digit number you got from the Treasurer when you paid your subscription), then a space followed by 1, 2, 3 or 4. The 1-2-3-4 will indicate the order in which you want your images to be viewed by the judge and the order in which they should be projected on the judging evening. You should give your set of images a title and include the title when you email your four images to the Internal Competitions Secretary. The title can be as long or a short as you wish. So if your membership number is 999 and the title of your set of images is “Frozen water” your four images would be named 999 1.jpg, 999 2.jpg, 999 3.jpg and 999 4.jpg. You would include the title of “Frozen water” in your email when you send your four images to the Internal Competitions Secretary.

The judge will select and rank his favourite three sets for the Novice group, the Intermediate group and the Advanced group and will commend other sets of images at his discretion.

For Assignment 6, the scoring system for determining the "Photographer of the Year" will be three points for the set of images in first place in a particular group, two points for the set in second place and one point for the set in third place. Also every member who submits a set of four images will get three points in addition to any points for coming first, second or third.

Please contact Chris Bell, the Internal Competitions Secretary, if you have any questions about the assignment or want clarification on any of the above points.

We are expecting some interesting entries to the assignment. Until now you might have thought about your photography in terms of single standalone images and not given much thought to how multiple images can work together. Don’t let this hold you back. Think of a theme then give it a go and send in an entry. And as you delve into this, you might be surprised to realise just how many times you actually have taken pictures on a theme. For example, you might have photographed changes in weather at the same location or maybe the growth and development of a child or a puppy. You might also be surprised just how photographically rewarding the process is and just how much easier it is to convey some meaning to your photography than working with single unrelated images.

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