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Competition Rules


Members enter competitions under Group “A” or Group “B”.

Group A comprises pre-existing members of the group; new members with photographic distinctions; other new members who wish to join Group A; multiple end of year competition winners from Group B the previous Club year.

There will be no compulsory movement between Groups A and B with the exception of multiple end-of-year competition winners in Group B the previous Club year.

Winners of a single Trophy in Group B are not required to move into Group A but they may do so if they choose.

Group B members comprise new club members who do not automatically go into Group A plus those who remain in Group B from the previous year.

Competition secretaries may suggest Group B members move to A Group the following year if deemed to have done well but not won a competition.

All competitions are open to all Full Members.

Winning Group A members receive the appropriate trophies.

Group B members who have not entered any other designated competition may enter the Dicks Trophy. However, if there are no Group B members who qualify then at the committee’s discretion the trophy could be opened up to all in Group B.

Entries must be the competitor’s own work but may be commercially printed.

In all competitions members may only enter images that are less than 3 years old.

Members are allowed to enter TWO Mono and TWO Colour into each point scoring Competition. All images to be marked 1st to 4th choice as entries will be limited to 80 on the night. 4th choice will be excluded, starting with A Group then B Group, then 3rdchoice A Group, then B Group to ensure that there are no more that approximately 80 entries, the final number being the decision of the Competition Secretary.

Digital Projections submitted should be 8bit JPEG, in RGB Mode, sRGB Colour Space, 72dpi and max file size of 1Mb.
Maximum 1400 x 1050 pixels Landscape. Max height of portrait to be 1050 pixels.

All images entered will have author’s consent to be used in external competitions the following year if required unless opted out.
All images MUST be titled:
Title_Membership No._Group_Mono/Colour_Preference 1, 2, 3 or 4.
Save in a folder with the competition Number.
Should conform to the named subject.
Names or initials should not be visible.
Submit to Comp Sec by email or on memory stick. If absent, leave with Hon Sec or committee member to be passed on.
External comp entries may require TIFF format & size as specified.

Prints submitted should be: –
Mounted on board 500 x 400 mm. (Smaller sizes will not be accepted)
Mounted and clearly titled. Max 2 prints in each category.
Titled on the back using a self-adhesive label and mark choice 1, 2, 3 or 4
Attach to top right hand corner.
Should conform to the named subject.
Names or initials should not be visible. (No markings allowed except the member’s number and print title.)

Commercial prints of author’s own work are allowed for all competitions.

Competitions will normally be judged by a neutral judge who will award ONE First, ONE Second, ONE Third, TWO Highly Commended and as many Commended as he/she feels suitable in each section.

Entries for competitions MUST be available to the Competition Secretary, or other named member, by the closing dates given for the Competition. Responsibility for this rests with the entrant. The Competition Secretary and/or Committee reserve the right to reject entries which they consider do not comply with the Rules.

Scoring as follows: –
First place SIX points
Second place FOUR points
Third place THREE points
Highly Commended TWO point
Commended ONE point
Prints and projections: – Commended and non-scoring images are eligible for re-entry into the competitions, but there must be a gap of at least one round between those entries. 1st 2nd & 3rd Places are not eligible for future club competitions. The same image cannot be used for club print and projection, colour & mono competitions.

Participation points will be awarded to each member who enters Competitions, excluding Trophy competitions. One point will be awarded per person for one or more Mono entries and one point per person will be awarded for one or more Colour entries. No person will be awarded more than two participation points per Competition.

Competition 1
The President’s Shield for Colour Projections.
The winner will have the highest cumulative total over the season’s competitions.
A maximum of two colour projections may be entered for each competition.

Competition 2
A plaque for Monochrome Projections.
The winner will have the highest cumulative total over the season’s competitions.
A maximum of two monochrome projections may be entered for each competition.

Competition 3
The Bill Perkins Cup for Monochrome Prints.
The winner will have the highest cumulative total over the season’s competitions.
A maximum of two monochrome prints may be entered for each competition.

Competition 4
The Brian Sawyer Shield for Colour Prints.
The winner will have the highest cumulative total over the season’s competitions.
A maximum of two colour prints may be entered for each competition.

The following Trophies are separate from the point scoring Competitions:

Competition 5
The Charles Marshman Memorial Trophy for a set of three prints of an Architectural subject. One overall winner from A or B group
Either monochrome or colour prints. Entries will be judged as a set of three and may be entered only once in this competition. Maximum 2 sets.

Competition 6
The Ron Cockerton Memorial Rose Bowl for a set of five projections depicting a Landscape, Seascape, Skyscape or Cityscape. One overall winner from A or B group
Judged as a set of four plus a fifth image of all four together in a postcard style, may be entered only once in this competition. Maximum 2 sets.

Competition 7
The Dicks Trophy for En-Prints. in 6”x4” or 7”x5” format only
Entry to this Competition is open to “B” group members who have not entered any other designated competition.
Each member may enter up to two En-Prints marked on the back with the title and member’s Club number; no names or initials must be visible. No En-Print may be entered more than once in the competition and the photographs must have been taken in the preceding year. The popular vote of members present will decide the Winner of the Trophy.

Competition 8
The Nigel Trapnell Trophy for Wild Flora & Fauna of the world.
To be competed for annually, will be awarded from entries to the second projections competition judged this year on 29 November 2018.
Projections – One overall winner from A or B group.


The Alan Escott Cup
Awarded to non-committee members who are deemed to have been most
helpful to the club in the past year. Not awarded to same person in
successive years and not necessarily awarded every year.