Competition Rules & Status

(Effective from September 2015)
All members will enjoy the same status and, provided that they have paid their annual subscription to the Society, will be entitled to submit work in any internal competitions organised by the Society, or into any inter-club competitions in which the Society takes part.
Visitors may enter competitions at the discretion of the committee.
PRINTS: The original photograph must have been taken by the entrant: finished prints may be the work of the entrant, or may have been trade processed. Entries produced by a Member, on behalf of another Member, will not however be permitted.
Prints may be any size but print mounts must be 50cm x 40cm in dimension no larger or smaller (with exception of set subject, see below*) and be no thicker than 4mm.
Categories of prints are:
OPEN COLOUR (colour)
For open colour only, there are two entry levels. The onus is on the entrant to state in which level they wish their work to be judged. This must be clearly stated on the submission label.
Level 1 – Advanced Photographers
Level 2 – Intermediate/Beginner Photographers
OPEN MONO (mono)
RECORD: (mono or colour)
NATURE/NATURAL HISTORY: (mono or colour)
SET SUBJECT A4 PRINT: (mono or colour)
*In the set subject competition, the print size shall not exceed size A4 (30cm x 21cm). Mounts size for this category is 30 x 40cm again no larger or smaller.
Digitally enhanced work will be accepted – provided that the entrant has originated the image.
No entry shall be more than five years old – and may not have been submitted in the same competition in previous years.
A maximum of four prints may be entered in any one section.
Winning entries may be retained by the club, for showing in any appropriate external, or internal, competition (including the Annual Exhibition).
Will be held over three months in the Winter Season. The entrant’s total for the whole competition will be calculated by adding the highest marks in each category obtained each month.
This will be open to all members. This will be held at the same time as the Monthly Competition and the subject will be determined by the Competition Secretary. Up to four entries may be submitted (colour or mono) and the print size should not exceed A4 (21cm x 30cm) on a mount, size 30cm x 40cm.
Our club rules will comply with the published L&CPU guidelines and Digital File Rules for PAGB Cup Competitions. This category will be open to all members.
Projected Digital Images must be 1400 Pixels (Horizontal) x 1050 Pixels (Vertical) in jpeg format in sRGB colour space. Unused areas must be filled with black or dark grey if an image is less than 1400 wide 1050 high in any direction
Images should be handed in on a CD, USB memory stick or by e-mail one week prior to the competition.
Will be open to all members. A maximum of four prints may be entered in all, or any of the categories.
Open to all members. Only prints are to be entered, and the theme of the competition will be “People Portraiture”. The image must concentrate on a single human being. The image may contain other people but the treatment of the photograph must make clear which individual is the subject of the portrait. A maximum of four prints may be entered and may have been entered in previous monthly competitions. In this category, there is only one entry level and only the author of the winning entry receiving an award.
It is the member’s responsibility to ensure that all entries into competitions are clearly labelled with the member’s name, title of the image; the month and year of the competition; and the category. For open colour category, the entry level should also be clearly marked, and the onus is on the member to select the entry level.
Submission of Monthly Competition Entries
All entries shall be submitted no later than the Monday meeting, TWO WEEKS PRIOR to the Judging Night. Entries received after that time may only be accepted at the discretion of the competition secretary.
Marking of Monthly Entries
Each entry will receive comments/feedback from the judge, who may place the entries first, second or third in each section. At his/her discretion, the judge may award other entries “Very Highly Commended” (VHC); “Highly Commended” (HC) or “Commended” (C).
The judge will not award marks for competition entries.

Club competition Rules & Category Guidance


• With the exception of the set subject all Prints should be submitted on a mount of 40x 50 cm.
• No adhesive tape should be attached to the back of the mount.
• Prints should be the work of the entrant.
• ALL competition entries allow for the club to use at its annual exhibition.
• All entices are to have a title and NOT include the entrants name.

Set subject.

• The subject and not the background should be your interpretation of the theme set by the committee.
• The more creative your interpretation the more successful the photo is likely to be,
• The print should be no larger than A4,
• in mono or colour, and on a mount measuring 30 x 40cm
• No adhesive tape should be attached to the back of the


• The subject is open to your own interpretation
• Prink must be presented in a single tone ie black and white, or any other single colour e.g. sepia and white.
• Colour “popped” mono prints e.g a picture of a snowman with its carrot nose presented in red would not be acceptable.
• Record photography is focused on inanimate objects that have been created by humans.
• The subject content demands technical quality, particularly in providing sufficient depth of field to render the subject sharp from back to front.
• It is often considered that it should provide detail so clear that it may be used to assist in the (re)construction of the original.
• An artistic approach should be left for the Open / Mono competitions.
• The print may be presented as colour or black and white but colour “popping” is not usually considered appropriate.

2016/2017 Planner



Date Lecturer Topic
5-Sep Roger Evans Sports Illustrated
12-Sep Bob Dennis Judging Competitions
19-Sep Dave Bibby A-Z Back to Basics
26-Sep Phil Portus Photographing Musicians
3-Oct N/A Members summer images digital projection
10-Oct Brain Law Fine tuning your prints
17-Oct Tremaine Cornish A Table Top Practical
24-Oct George Steele Digital Imaging the next steps
31-Oct Ian Stewart – Judge Print competition (set subject – ‘Sport’)
7-Nov George Franks How to shoot product on a budget
14-Nov Club Night Competition print critique evening
21-Nov John Barton My way with digital Monochrome
28-Nov Terry Donnelly – Judge Digital Image comp (set subject – ‘Music’)
5-Dec Club Night L&CPU Folio
12-Dec Gary Hill Photographing People
19-Dec Club Night Quiz Night & Buffet
26-Dec Closed for Christmas Closed for Christmas
2-Jan Closed for New year Closed for New Year
9-Jan Robert Millin Confessions of a Competition Addict
16th Martin Malies Near, Far and in-between
23-Jan Janice Barton – Judge Print competition (set subject – ‘Industry’)
30-Jan Club Night Competition print critique evening
06-Feb Jeff Clarke Field Craft and the Photographer
13-Feb Ian Stewart – Judge Digital Image comp (set Subject – ‘Alcohol’)
20-Feb Jane Lines Going Solo
27-Feb Club Night TBC
6-Mar Club Night L&CPU;CPU Folio
13-Mar Jon Allanson Say good bye to the travelogue
20-Mar Warren Millar Shooting Bands
27-Mar Janice Brown – Judge Inter club Competition – Kirkby
3-Apr Robert Millin – Judge Annual club competition
10-Apr Club Night Annual exhibition and awards
17-Apr N/A Easter Monday
24-Apr Club Night AGM

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