The title of an image is probably as important as the clarity and finish of the image. With this in mind one of my prints that I may enter into the annuals, after some work on the burnt out highlights, I would like to change the title to reflect my emotional attachment to the image and convey my perception of the message I am trying to impart. Is this allowed within the rules governing these competitions, and is there any limitation on the number of characters in the title.
You can change the title. Please make sure you tell the print competition secretary so that she realises that it is the same IMAGE as the one you have previously entered in the League comps.
There is no limit on title length, certainly on prints, but I would advise keeping titles as short as possible, long titles look like you’ve forgotten the maxim “a picture is worth a thousand words”! Let the picture speak for itself as far as you can.
For the L&CPU Annuals prints do have labels with limited title space and this is the title which will usually be read out, even though the title may appear in full in handwriting on the back of the print. Then again, the judges are kept waiting while the title is read (or found!) and it is best not to get on the wrong side of the judges!
While I readily agree that titles are important at least one eminent judge has said he is not interested in titles! I think they help to point in the right direction but don’t try and supplant the picture.