Club Internal Competitions

All members of the club are encouraged to enter their work into our internal competitions, which are spread throughout the season.

We host nine internal Photography competitions and one Audio Visual competition each season, as well as participating in several external competitions. It can be a daunting prospect to put your images forward for open critique and judging. However, this is an excellent way to learn how to improve your photography.

If you are new to Club Competitions take a look at our Get Involved page if your interest is in Projected Digital Images (PDI). If Printing piques your interest, see our guide to Club Competition Printing page.

All of our competitions are judged by judges affiliated with the PAGB and come from outside our club.
We have a set of rules that govern our competitions. SEE HERE

Twelve Club Trophies are presented to the competition winners at the end of the Season:

  • Print Championship (Sections One and Two)
  • Projected Digital Image Championship (Sections One and Two)
  • Print Portfolio (Sections One and Two)
  • Projected Digital Image Portfolio (Sections One and Two)
  • Print Image of the Season
  • Projected Digital Image of the Season
  • Landscape Cup*
  • Howard Morris Memorial Trophy*
  • Audio-Visual Presentation
  • PDI Knockout

*presented alternate years

Internal League Competitions

The internal league competition consists of six rounds and is open to all paid up members. There are three set subject rounds and three open rounds, alternating between the two. In every round, there is a print section, an advanced PDI section (S1) and a beginner/intermediate PDI section (S2).

Members may enter a maximum of 2 entries into each round (2 images total per round, be they print or PDI). Each image is given a score out of 20 and the best score for each member in each round is totalled up with the member with the highest score for prints and for digital images awarded the club prizes.

For information on our current and past season results, see the Competition Results pages.

(please be aware that images in the competition pages may contain nudity)

Below is a list of the current and next season internal league competitions, with a definition of each set subject and the judge.

League Competition Round Dates – Season 2019-2020

Description: This is an open subject competition.
Definition: N/A

Judge: Lloyd Moore (TBC)

NOTE: Following the decision made at the 2019 AGM the competition rules for submission have changed. Entries for the PDI competitions will only be accepted via a link to upload your images (currently Dropbox). Entries via email are no longer accepted. An exception may be made in exceptional circumstances and by prior agreement.

In addition, PDI’s for Print entries will only be accepted via an upload link.

Submit your images here:

Set Subject: The Set Subject for this months league competition is ‘The Colour Yellow’.

Definition: Any photograph in which the predominant / Focal interest of the image is the colour Yellow.

Description: This could be a lone daffodil in a field, a bowl of custard (not recommended), fruits or vegetables, a whole variety of subjects are available.

Judge: Dave Hipperson.

NOTE: Following the decision made at the 2019 AGM the competition rules for submission have changed. Entries for the PDI competitions will only be accepted via a link to upload your images (currently Dropbox). Entries via email are no longer accepted. An exception may be made in exceptional circumstances and by prior agreement.  

In addition, PDI’s for Print entries will only be accepted via an upload link.

Submit your images here:

Open Subject: Any subject, colour or B&W.

Definition: N/A

Description: This is an open subject competition.

Judge: Colin Mill

NOTE: Following the decision made at the 2019 AGM the competition rules for submission have changed. Entries for the PDI competitions will only be accepted via a link to upload your images (currently Dropbox). Entries via email are no longer accepted. An exception may be made in exceptional circumstances and by prior agreement.

In addition, PDI’s for Print entries will only be accepted via an upload link.

Submit your images here:

Set Subject: The Set Subject for this months league competition is ‘People’.

Description: Any photograph in which the predominant/focal interest of the image is of people It must show two or more people full length from head to foot (no head to waist close-ups or portrait). The people in the photograph must be the focal subject. However, the image could also depict their environment or a broader scene. Can be candid or posed. Must be a live human being (manikins, statues, ornaments will not be accepted.

Judge: John Credland

NOTE: Following the decision made at the 2019 AGM the competition rules for submission have changed. Entries for the PDI competitions will only be accepted via a link to upload your images (currently Dropbox). Entries via email are no longer accepted. An exception may be made in exceptional circumstances and by prior agreement.

In addition, PDI’s for Print entries will only be accepted via an upload link.

Submit your images here:

Open Subject: Any subject, colour or B&W.

Definition: N/A

Description: This is an open subject competition.

Judge: Steven Galvin

NOTE: Following the decision made at the 2019 AGM the competition rules for submission have changed. Entries for the PDI competitions will only be accepted via a link to upload your images (currently Dropbox). Entries via email are no longer accepted. An exception may be made in exceptional circumstances and by prior agreement.

In addition, PDI’s for Print entries will only be accepted via an upload link.

Submit your images here:

Set Subject: The Set Subject for this months league competition is ‘Geometric’.

Description: Any photograph in which the predominant/focal interest of the image is either true or perceived geometric patterns or basic shapes. These may include lines, circles, squares and triangles.

Example: A true form would be the rectangular window or doorway on a house. A perceived triangle could be three people in an image that when connected by an imaginary line form a triangle, this conceptual image to be self-evident. This could also include organic curves, straight lines, corners in architecture etc.

Judge: TBA

NOTE: Following the decision made at the 2019 AGM the competition rules for submission have changed. Entries for the PDI competitions will only be accepted via a link to upload your images (currently Dropbox). Entries via email are no longer accepted. An exception may be made in exceptional circumstances and by prior agreement.

In addition, PDI’s for Print entries will only be accepted via an upload link.

Submit your images here:

League Competition Round Dates – Season 2020-2021

Description: This is an open subject competition.

Judge:

Submit your images here:

Set Subject: The Set Subject for this months league competition is ‘PAIR’.

Description: Any photograph in which the predominant/focal interest of the image is a ‘PAIR’. The subject of the image must show two things of the same appearance and size that are intended to be used together, or something that consists of two parts joined together. It MUST NOT contain a subject where PAIR is used to describe a single object, such as a pair of scissors/glasses etc.

Example: A pair of shoes/gloves,

Judge: TBA

NOTE: Following the decision made at the 2019 AGM the competition rules for submission have changed. Entries for the PDI competitions will only be accepted via a link to upload your images (currently Dropbox). Entries via email are no longer accepted. An exception may be made in exceptional circumstances and by prior agreement.

In addition, PDI’s for Print entries will only be accepted via an upload link.

Submit your images here:

  • PDI Competition image submission link: TBA
  • Print Competition PDI submission link: TBA

 

Description: This is an open subject competition.

Judge:

Submit your images here:

Set Subject: The Set Subject for this months league competition is ‘REFLECTION’.

Description: Any photograph in which the predominant/focal interest of the image is a ‘REFLECTION’.

Example: 

Judge: TBA

NOTE: Following the decision made at the 2019 AGM the competition rules for submission have changed. Entries for the PDI competitions will only be accepted via a link to upload your images (currently Dropbox). Entries via email are no longer accepted. An exception may be made in exceptional circumstances and by prior agreement.

In addition, PDI’s for Print entries will only be accepted via an upload link.

Submit your images here:

  • PDI Competition image submission link: TBA
  • Print Competition PDI submission link: TBA
Description: This is an open subject competition.

Judge: Martin Patten

Submit your images here:

Set Subject: The Set Subject for this months league competition is ‘CITY/TOWN AT NIGHT’.

Description: Any photograph in which the predominant/focal interest of the image is a ‘CITY/TOWN AT NIGHT’.

Example: A pair of shoes/gloves, a pair of scissors/glasses

Judge: TBA

NOTE: Following the decision made at the 2019 AGM the competition rules for submission have changed. Entries for the PDI competitions will only be accepted via a link to upload your images (currently Dropbox). Entries via email are no longer accepted. An exception may be made in exceptional circumstances and by prior agreement.

In addition, PDI’s for Print entries will only be accepted via an upload link.

Submit your images here:

  • PDI Competition image submission link: TBA
  • Print Competition PDI submission link: TBA

Other Internal Competitions

Further competitions during the year include the Print and PDI Portfolio Competition, the Print and PDI Of The Season.

Below are the competition dates and a summary of other internal cup competitions.

Other Internal Club Competition Dates – Season 2019-2020

This is a sophisticated, utterly unfair and usually pretty chaotic competition. Contestants submit up to 6 images each, which are anonymously and randomly selected for projection in pairs. One of each pair is chosen by the assembled club members, via a show of hands, to go through to the next round. Last image standing is the winner.

Other Internal Club Competition Dates – Season 2020-2021

This is a sophisticated, utterly unfair and usually pretty chaotic competition. Contestants submit up to 6 images each, which are anonymously and randomly selected for projection in pairs. One of each pair is chosen by the assembled club members, via a show of hands, to go through to the next round. Last image standing is the winner.

Description: This is a black & white print only contest with up to two prints that must NOT have been entered into any previous league competition. It was instigated and sponsored by Howard Morris, one of our veteran members whose great love was B/W prints and who also donated the trophy. The submissions must be Black/White without any toning, colour-popping etc. This is a biannual contest alternating with the ‘Landscape Cup’.
Judge: TBA
  • This annual competition is for portfolios of 3-5 Prints, to be judged as a panel.
  • Titles are required and the images must show some link, identifiable by the judge. For example, a common colour,
    subject or shape.
  • Members may enter both the print and digital portfolio competitions. Each member may enter up to two portfolios as
    either prints or digital Images, or one of each.
  • The committee will appoint an external judge who will select the first, second and third place portfolios for Prints.
  • The committee reserves the right to withdraw portfolio submissions if the overall entry is larger than can be dealt with by the judge in the time available. Members will be consulted.

See the Competition Rules page for more details on how to enter, image format, how to submit your entries and other information.

  • This annual competition is for a portfolio of 3-5 images, to be judged as a single Projected Digital Images panel.
  • Titles are required and the images must show some link, identifiable by the judge. For example, a common colour, subject or shape.
  • Members may enter both the print and digital portfolio competitions. Each member may enter up to two portfolios as either prints or digital Images, or one of each.
  • The committee will appoint an external judge who will select the first, second and third place portfolios for Projected Digital Images.
  • The committee reserves the right to withdraw portfolio submissions if the overall entry is larger than can be dealt with by the judge in the time available. Members will be consulted.

For examples of a PDI Portfolio see previous years entries by CLICKING HERE

See the Competition Rules page for more details on how to enter, image format, how to submit your entries and other information.

  • For this competition, held at the end of the season, members may submit up to two PRINT images, that they have previously entered in one of the current season’s six rounds of the Club League Competition (these are the three “Open” and three “Set Subject” competitions only).
  • Images may be amended to take account of the judge’s comments (inc. image title) at the original competition.
  • There are no sections; members of both S1 and S2 sections are invited to select their best work from that season.
  • The Committee will appoint an external judge who will select the first, second and third place for both Prints and Digital Images.

See the Competition Rules page for more details on how to enter, image format, how to submit your entries and other information.

  • For this competition, held at the end of the season, members may submit up to two Projected Digital Images, that they have previously entered in one of the current season’s six rounds of the Club League Competition (these are the three “Open” and three “Set Subject” competitions only).
  • Images may be amended to take account of the judge’s comments (inc. image title) at the original competition.
  • There are no sections; members of both S1 and S2 sections are invited to select their best work from that season.
  • The Committee will appoint an external judge who will select the first, second and third place for both Prints and Digital Images.

See the Competition Rules page for more details on how to enter, image format, how to submit your entries and other information.

  • This biennial print competition was established in memory of former club member Howard Morris. It is a print-only competition, open to all members with no sections. The subject matter is open. Black & White prints only.
  • Entries must not be or have been, entered into any club “league” competition. Each member may submit up to two prints.
  • The Committee will appoint an external judge who will select the first, second and third place entries.

See the Competition Rules page for more details on how to enter, image format, how to submit your entries and other information.

  • This biennial Print and Projected Digital Image competition is sponsored by Barbra Fleming (ARPS, FRPS) to encourage more landscape work. It is open to all members with no sections. The subject matter is “Landscape”. Monochrome or Colour.
  • The overall winner will be chosen between either the winner of the Print section or the PDI section.
  • It may include seascapes, but must include an area of land within the picture, for example, cliffs, foreground, etc.
  • Entries must not be or have been, entered into any club “league” competition.
  • Each member may submit up to two entries, as either prints or digital Images, or one of each. The Committee will appoint an external judge who will select the first, second and third place entries for both prints and digital Images, and the overall winner from the 1st placed Print and PDI.

See the Competition Rules page for more details on how to enter, image format, how to submit your entries and other information.

Our annual unfair competition to determine, by audience vote, the best picture of the evening. Last man standing wins.
See the Competition Rules page for more details on how to enter, image format, how to submit your entries and other information.