This page describes the "Three On A Theme" competition which may be run during the year. The competition has print and digital sections. For the print section, three mounted prints form one entry. For the digital section, three images must be placed on a single 1920x1200 jpg file. There is no set theme. An entry could, for example, tell a story or describe an event or location. Full details of entry requirements for print and digital sections are given below.

Print entries

An entry must consist of three prints, all being the work of a single member.

The three prints will be viewed together and will be judged on their merits in illustrating a theme.

Each print must be mounted, i.e. three mounts with one print per mount. Sizing of each mount shall be as for Preparation of Prints for Monthly Competitions (see main Internal Club Competitions page).

The rear of each print must be labelled with the name of the theme chosen by the member and the member's three-digit club competition code. The number "1", "2" or "3" on the rear should be used to indicate in which order the prints should be displayed. When viewed from the front, number 1 should be on the left, 2 in the centre and 3 on the right, as in the example below.

Each member may submit one print entry (i.e. one set of three mounted prints).

To enable online viewing of the print entries on Zoom, digital versions of the prints should also be submitted. For each entry there will be four digital files: the three separate images and a combined image (which should use a simple left-centre-right layout, like the first digital example below).

The files for the three separate images should be named with the title and (x of 3), the member's three-digit club competition code a 1,2 or 3 and finally "print", each separated by an underscore e.g.

dogs on a lead (1 of 3)_999_1_print.jpg
dogs on a lead (2 of 3)_999_2_print.jpg
dogs on a lead (3 of 3)_999_3_print.jpg

The combined image should be named with the title, the member's three-digit club competition code a 4 and finally "print", each separated by an underscore e.g.

dogs on a lead_999_4_print.jpg

Each image should be no bigger than 1920x1200 pixels.

Digital entries

An entry must consist of a single jpg file containing three images, all being the work of a single member.

The three images will be judged on their merits in illustrating a theme.

The jpg file should be no bigger than 1920x1200 pixels.

The images may be arranged in any way within the 1920x1200 area and any background, keylines or borders may be used. Two examples are given below.

Each member may submit two digital entries.

The files should be named with the title, the member's three-digit club competition code and a 1 or 2 at the end, each separated by an underscore e.g.

dogs on a lead_999_1.jpg
cats in cars_999_2.jpg
Digital example 1 - Dogs on a lead
Digital example 2 - Dogs on a lead

How to create a 3-image layout in Photoshop

Steve Corbett has produced a tutorial for club members which can be found on You Tube showing how to arrange images in Photoshop.

Other examples can be found online. This tutorial results in a panel of 3 equally sized images:

http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-effects/three-photo-template/

Downloadable .psd files

The psd files for the above two "dogs on leads" examples are available to show how they are built with multiple layers:

Downloaddogs_on_a_lead_1.psd (7Mb, black background version)

Downloaddogs_on_a_lead_2.psd (9Mb, white background version)

For example, the white background version has been created using these steps:

  1. Create new file in Photoshop with size 1920x1200.
  2. Fill the base layer with white.
  3. Drag in the three images (they will create three separate layers).
  4. Select each image layer in turn and re-size / position the image.
  5. A horizontal guide has been defined at 50% of the image height to align the right hand image centrally in the vertical direction.
  6. The "new guides from shape" option is used for the layer containing the right hand image to create additional horizontal guides at the top and bottom of the image to help with the alignment of the left hand images.
  7. Define a stroke on each image layer to create the three black borders.
  8. Save the file as a psd file (in case you want to change it later).
  9. Use "save as" and select the jpg format to save a jpg version.

Examples

Examples

As further examples, here are the winning digital entries from some past Three On A Theme competitions.

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  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017

Red Eight Still Standing

© Deryn Martin

Blea Tarn

© Steve Corbett

Fighter Boys

© John Finch

Droplets

© Susan Bensaud

Having a drink

© Colin Simper

Multi exposure and texture

© Brian Coleman

Chequered Flag

© Colin Simper

Puffins on a rainy day

© Jenny Hibbert

Red kites

© Roger Thomas

Sunset surfers

© Gerald Henry

Wet Racing

© John Finch

Woodland Creatures

© Roger Daniel