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Competition files

It is a great idea to set up a file structure, under a folder called "Competitions" to hold the digital images you submit.  

There are several ways to do this, for me; I have a second folder under competitions for <year> (2020, 2021, 2022) and I copy the empty structure of ALL competitions to next year so I don't have to type them all out again.

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You can download a zip file of that structure under our External menu.  If you don't know how to create and use a folder structure look under our video section for the video on "How to organise your computer".

Once you have the structure set up you can start to populate each folder with files. Use the correct title format, and image size and your data will be ready to copy to a memory stick.

Remember <Title> - <Membership number> - <PenrynCC>.JPG

The spaces around the hyphens are deliberate,  and PenrynCC is the preferred suffix

1600 wide (max, can be smaller) for Landscape 1200 tall (max, can be smaller) for Portraits

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Note; You do not have to wait for a competition to be looming - you can add images (and move them) well in advance of the competition. When you take a "WOW" shot think which competition will that do well in and resize, edit (if allowed) or print earlier rather than the week before the competition.

If you follow this process then selecting the Image of the Year entry becomes really simple.  Just copy the images you entered in the Presidents cup, Ken Maynard, and Ken Farnell 1, 2 and 3 into the IotY structure.

I have one mono print so that's my only possible entry for that . I can then look at the four entries under digital colour and delete any that I feel will not do well.  Experimenting with clouds is a bit far out for this and Potentially Expensive was a good decisive moment shot but not a candidate for IotY.

I then have to decide between Incoming and Swans and delete the rest. You then move down to the next group, and so on.  

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Once you have culled the images down to one per catagory simply write them on your entry form and copy the whole folder to your memory stick - EXACTLY the format Mandy needs.

Finally, this idea is not just for competitions.  I have a folder called "Cornwall" and under that I have the place name where the images were taken.  I may well have further sub-folders (dockyard, night, Gylly etc) and finally the images I like I tend to change the file name as well.  

You should get into the habit of adding good metadata (data about data) to each image. 

Derek and Victor are good at this, I am not :-)

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