The club runs “league” style competitions for prints and digital images. Separate trophies are awarded for prints and
There are six competition evenings, held through the season. Three of the competitions have set subjects (announced
in the programme, and at the previous season’s Annual General Meeting) and the other three are “open”.
“Set Subjects” for 2019-2020 are:
- Yellow – This set subject competition can depict any subject in which the predominant / Focal interest of the image is the colour Yellow.
- People – 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.
- Geometric – 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. For 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.
There are two classes of entry: Section One is for advanced photographers, and Section Two is for beginners and
improvers. Trophies are awarded for each section. Entrants choose which section to be in with their first competition
entry and must remain in that section for the whole season. Winners and runners-up of Section Two are expected to
promote themselves to Section One in the following season.
Each member may submit a maximum of two entries for each competition, as either prints or digital images, or one of
each. Members can enter both the print and digital Image competitions by submitting an entry for each.
The committee will appoint an external judge, who will mark each entry out of twenty. At the end of the season, the
best scores achieved in five of the six competitions in each category will be accumulated to determine each member’s
The ‘Print Of The Year’ and ‘PDI Of The Year’ competitions are held at the same time. They are held at the end of the season, following the completion of the Clubs League Competitions.
- Members may submit up to two images in total, print or digital image. In accordance with the Clubs Competition general rules.
- All images must conform to the rules as set out in General Competition Rules, Rules For Print and Rules For PDI.
- Each image MUST have previously been entered into its respective format category (Print or PDI) and in one of that season’s six club league competitions. 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 (S1 or S2); members of both sections are invited to select their best work from that season. All members compete equally against each other.
- The Committee will appoint an external judge for the ‘Print Of The Year’ and ‘PDI Of The Year’ competitions.
- The Judge will select the first, second and third place for images entered into both the ‘Print Of The Year’ and ‘PDI Of The Year’ competitions.
- The Judge may at his/her discretion award Commended and Highly Commended awards to those images they consider warrant recognition.
For this competition, held at the end of the season, members may submit up to two images, print or digital image that
they have previously entered in one of that season’s six club league competitions. These are the three “Open” and three “Set
Subject” competitions only.
This annual competition is for portfolios of 3-5 Prints or Digital Images, to be judged as a panel.
There are NO Section 1 or Section 2 categories in this competition. All members compete equally against each other.
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 both prints and 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.
How to enter the Portfolio competition
Please also refer to the General Requirements for details of how to prepare images for entry.
Prints: A print entry consists of 3, 4 or 5 mounted prints (monochrome, colour or a mixture) to be viewed
Each print’s position must be marked on the back, either by numbering from left to right (when
viewed), or labelled ‘Left’, ‘Inner Left’, ‘Centre’, ‘Inner Right’ and ‘Right’. The back must also be marked with the
When deciding the size for Prints, it may help to remember that the Club’s print stand is 6 feet (180cm) wide and the
prints will be displayed side by side.
Digital Images: A PDI entry consists of 3, 4 or 5 images combined into one projectable 1400 x1050 pixel image.
Pictures may be sized and positioned as required within the frame. A plain monochrome background must be used –
the background must NOT be one of the images. The file must be named as described in the General Requirements.
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
The Committee will appoint an external judge who will select the first, second and third place entries.
To encourage more landscape work, Barbara Fleming has sponsored this biennial competition. It is open to all members with no sections. The subject matter is “Landscape”.
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.
The AV competition is for digital presentations only and is open to all members. The subject matter is open. Each member may submit up to two entries.
The presentations need to last between two and twelve minutes and be accompanied by a soundtrack. At least 75% of the AV content must be the original work of the author. The sequences must run with no additional software requirements and without a ‘run box’, and they must return to the desktop at the end.
Sequences must be anonymous; neither the club nor the author’s name must appear. To comply with copyright rules, the author must hold copyright or licences for soundtracks, or use royalty-free material. No reference to the music/soundtrack must be shown.
The committee will appoint an external judge who will select the first, second and third place entries