Competition Rules

Print Competitions

  1. There are eight print competitions each year: Rounds 1 to 4 in both colour and monochrome.
  2. Each competition is divided into two classes: standard and advanced.
  3. All prints must be mounted and must bear the title of the print and the member’s name on the reverse.
    The title must be identical to the PDI uploaded in Photoentry.
    Print mounts must have dimensions of 40cm x 50cm.
    The printing can be done by either the member or a printing service.
  4. A member can enter a maximum of three prints in each separate competition.
  5. Prints must be handed in on the Monday preceding the competition.
    A digital version of the print must be uploaded to Photoentry by midnight on the Monday preceding the competition.
  6. The title of each print will be announced as it is displayed using the title from Photoentry.
  7. At each competition the judge will be asked to mark all entries out of a maximum of ten points.
    In addition, the judge will award certificates to the top four prints in each class, if necessary by the award of a plus mark to one or more of the prints.
    All certificated prints are eligible for entry into the final competitions at the end of each year.
    (N.B. See also the General Rule below regarding limitations on the number of prints which may qualify for finals competitions.)
  8. Print final competitions are held each year for all prints eligible under Rule 7, when the judge will be asked to select a winner in each class plus three further certificates of merit.

Projected Digital Image Competitions

  1. There are four Projected Digital Image (PDI) competitions each year (Rounds 1 to 4).
  2. Each PDI competition is divided into two classes: standard and advanced.
  3. A member can enter a maximum of three PDIs in each competition
  4. Images must be in a JPEG format with a maximum horizontal dimension of 1400 pixels, and a maximum vertical dimension of 1050 pixels.
  5. PDI’s must be uploaded to Photoentry by midnight on the Monday preceding the competition.
  6. The projector used to judge the images will be calibrated to the sRGB colour space.
    The background displayed around the images will be black.
    The title of each image from Photoentry will be displayed at the time of showing.
  7. At each competition the judge will be asked to mark all entries out of a maximum of ten points.
    In addition, the judge will award certificates to the top four PDI’s in each class, if necessary by awarding a plus mark to one or more of the PDI’s.
    All certificated PDI’s are eligible for entry into the final competitions at the end of the year.
    (N.B. See also the General Rule below regarding limitations on the number of images which may qualify for finals competitions.)
  8. PDI final competitions are held each year for all images eligible under Rule 7 above, when the judge will be asked to select a winner in each class plus three further certificates of merit .

General Rules

  1. If the number of members entering any competition is at least four, the number 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 Set Subject Trophies

  1. There are two set subject competitions: the Rose Bowl and the Evershed Shield.
    Both are competed for on an annual basis.
    The Rose Bowl subject is natural history.   (For specific rules for this competition see – Nature Photography Rules)
    The Evershed Shield subject is London Life and/or London Architecture.
  2. There is no distinction between Advanced or Standard Class in these competitions.
  3. Each member may submit for each trophy a maximum of five entries which must be projected digital images (PDIs).
  4. The judge will choose a winner plus three further certificates of merit.
  5. The winning entry of each of these individual trophies will go through as of right to the PDI finals, as appropriate.
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