Competition Rules

Print Competitions

  1. Print competitions shall be divided into four categories, advanced monochrome, advanced colour, standard monochrome and standard colour. There shall be four rounds of print competitions each year with colour and monochrome competitions held separately.
  2. All prints must be mounted, may be either the member’s own work or trade processed, and must bear the title of the print and the member’s name on the reverse. Print mounts must have a dimension of 40cm x 50cm.
  3. A member may enter a maximum of three prints in each separate competition.
  4. Prints must be handed in on the Monday preceding the competition.
  5. The title of each print shall be announced as they are displayed.
  6. At each competition the judge shall be asked to mark all entries out of a maximum of ten points. In addition, the judge shall select the four best prints in each category, if necessary by the award of a plus mark to one or more of the prints. All prints so selected shall be eligible to take part in the finals competition. (N.B. See also the General Rule below regarding limitations on the number of prints which may qualify for finals competitions.)
  7. A print finals competition shall be held each year for all prints eligible under Rule 6, when the judge will be asked to select a winner in each category plus three further certificates of merit.

Projected Digital Image Competitions

  1. There shall be four projected digital image competition rounds each year.
  2. Projected digital image competitions shall be divided into two categories, standard and advanced.
  3. Members may enter a maximum of three images for each competition. Images must be in a JPEG format with a maximum horizontal dimension of 1400 pixels, and a maximum vertical dimension of 1050 pixels. The images should be in the sRGB workspace. See ‘Help with PDI Submissions‘ for further details.
  4. The file name and media used to submit such entries shall be set out in a separate procedure entitled ‘Help with PDI Submissions’.
  5. Members must submit their images by midnight of the Monday preceding the competition date, as set out in the separate procedure entitled ‘Help with PDI Submissions’.
  6. The projector used to judge the images will be calibrated to sRGB colour space. Any projected background around the images will be black. The title of each image shall be displayed at the time of showing.
  7. At each competition the judge shall be asked to mark each entry out of a maximum of ten points. The judge shall be asked to select the four best images, if necessary by the award of one or more plus marks. All images so selected shall be eligible to compete in the final competition. (N.B. See also the General Rule below regarding limitations on the number of images which may qualify for finals competitions.)
  8. A digital projected image final shall be held each year for all images eligible under Rule 7 above, and the judge will be asked to choose the best image plus three further certificates of merit.

General Rules

  1. If the number of members entering any competition is at least four, the numbers of entries going through to finals evenings shall be as stated in the Rules above.
  2. If the number of entrants is less than four, then the number of entries going through to finals evenings will be equal to the number of entrants (i.e. if there are three entrants then three entries will go through to finals evenings, if two entrants, then the top two entries will go through, and if only one entrant, then only the winning entry will go through.)
  3. If necessary, the number of entries per member may be limited on the evening, at the discretion of the competition secretary.
  4. Images not selected for the finals may be re-submitted in not more than one subsequent competition.
  5. The Rules in this section apply to all competitions.

Competition Classes: Entry Guidelines

 Standard Class – this class is restricted to those members who are beginners, improvers and good standard photographers.
Judging in this class is expected to be thorough but of a more encouraging and developmental style.

 Advanced Class – any member can elect to compete in the advanced section. Members with photographic qualifications, ie RPS or PAGB and/or other commercial affiliations will be required to compete in this class.
Judging in this class will be more rigorous as the expected standard is higher.

Members will pick a class at the beginning of the year. The member will normally remain in that class throughout the year for all disciplines.
New club members should discuss their previous experience with the Competition Secretary (or other Committee member(s)) to enable them to decide which class to compete in.

 The committee reserves the right to restrict entries where these guidelines have been overlooked.

Competitions for Individual Trophies

  1. The three individual trophies, the Rose Bowl, the Evershed Shield, and the Wilson Cup – the subjects for which are set out as an annexe to these Rules, shall be competed for on an annual basis.
  2. Each member may submit for each trophy a maximum of five entries which may consist of digital projected images, colour prints or monochrome prints, or any combination of these media.
  3. The judge shall mark all entries out of ten, and in each competition shall choose a winner plus three further certificates of merit.
  4. The winning entry of each of these individual trophies will go through as of right to the print/digital projected image finals, as appropriate.