Competition Ethos​​ 


It is the intention of the Club to encourage as wide a variety of work as possible, since versatility reflects the skill of the photographer. This aim will be frustrated if entries from individual members become unduly repetitious.


Competition Rules

  • Submission of entries
    All competitions, for both prints and PDI’s have an entry deadline, which is generally that entries must be submitted to the Competition Secretary at least one week prior to the date of the competition. ​​ This is the latest date for entry submission, unless otherwise directed by the Competition Secretary. ​​ Late entries, past the deadline (revised or otherwise) may not be accepted. ​​ 

The exception to this rule is with print panel entries where only the panel entry form is required in advance (see rules referring to panel competitions.)

  • All images must be the original work of the entrant, including each element where the image is achieved by combining more than one element. ​​ No form of digital clip art is permitted.

  • Images in all sections may be monochrome or colour, and may be trade or home processed, or digitally printed.

  • Images are to have been taken within the previous 3 years, of the date of the competition.

  • Any image so similar as to be nearly identical, may contravene the Conditions of entry (item 7), and may be disallowed.​​ 

  • Where an image is disallowed, the Competition Secretary shall inform the entrant as soon as is practicable, and allow the image to be replaced, where at all possible.


  • Conditions of entry – General




Group 1

(Separate A & Development sections)


Monthly (Open) – round 1

Monthly (Open) – round 2

Monthly (Open) – round 3

Monthly (Open) – round 4

An image can only be entered once into a group 1 competition. ​​ 

It may be entered as either a PDI, or a print.

Group 2

 (Open competitions)


Nature Competition​​ 

Panel Competition​​ ¢

Portrait of the year Competition​​ 

Record Competition​​ 

Set Subject Competition​​ §

An image can only be entered once into a group 2 competition. ​​ 

It may be entered as either a PDI, or a print.

Group 3

 (Separate A & Development sections)


PDI of the year Competition​​ 

Print of the year Competition​​ 


An image entered for a group 3 competition, must have been entered during the current, competition year (September to May), and in the relevant category.  I.e. to enter as a PDI, it must have been submitted as a PDI; to enter as a print, it must have been submitted as a print. ​​ 

An image can only be entered once into a group 3 competition.


‡​​ = 2 Print images and/or 2 PDI images per round/competition;​​ 

¢​​ = 6​​ Print images and/or 6 PDI images​​ per Panel;​​ 

§​​ = 2 Print images and/or 2 PDI images per subject


  • Conditions of entry – Prints
    Prints must conform to the following requirements to qualify for entry to competitions:
    Print Size and Mounting

  • All entries must be mounted with a suitable adhesive on a card mount that may be of any colour.

  • The mounting and finishing must be the work of the entrant.

  • The size is to be limited to a maximum of 50cm. x 40cm including the mount.

Print Labelling

  • All entries must bear, on their reverse side, a competition entry label, obtainable from the Competition Secretary, showing the member’s name and title (printed).

  • If the entrant does not wish the title to be announced it is to be enclosed in brackets and used for identification only and will be announced as ‘No title’.

  • Prints submitted to competitions must be accompanied with a digital file of the image. The image must conform to the same file specifications that the club has adopted for PDI competitions, i.e. 1600 x 1200 pixels maximum size, sRGB colour space and saved as a JPEG or JPG file. ​​ These must be submitted to the Print Competition Secretary with the print.

  • Conditions of entry – Projected Digital Images

  • Where images have been achieved using Layers, they must be flattened before submission.

  • The image size must be a maximum of 1600 pixels wide by 1200 pixels high, with a colour space of sRGB, and in JPEG (or JPG) format. ​​ No other formats will be accepted.

  • File naming is most important and must adhere to the following convention: <sequence #><semi-colon>+<entrants name><semi-colon>+<image/title title>.jpg. ​​ For example: 1;John Doe;Tower Bridge.jpg

  • Images may be handed in on flash drive, or CD, or by e-mail to the PDI Competition Secretary.

  • Scoring – Monthly competitions
    The judge will award marks out of 20 for each entry and the Competition Secretary will keep a record of the marks awarded. ​​ In each section the overall winner of the four monthly competitions will be the entrant who has gained the most marks. ​​ In the event of a tie the winner will be the entrant with the largest number of entries scoring 20 points, and then 19 points, etc.
    Monthly competitions will be judged on pictorial considerations only. ​​ Should a natural history or record image be entered into a monthly competition, scarcity or remoteness of the subject or any other non-pictorial consideration will not be used to assess the image.

    Judges will be briefed ahead of each competition.

  • To qualify for Record Print/PDI of the Year competitions the following rules apply: –
    The subject should be of an architectural/illustrative record and not include natural history/nature subjects.
    There should be sufficient information contained in the picture to be able to recreate the subject it required. ​​ I.e. ‘A faithful reproduction as far as is photographically possible’.

  • To qualify for Portrait Print/PDI of the Year competitions the following rules apply: –
    Creatures other than human beings shall not be eligible for entry in these sections.

  • The club has adopted the PAGB’s definition of nature photography: “Nature photography depicts living, untamed animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology, and the wide diversity of natural phenomena. Photographs of animals which are domesticated and photographs of cultivated or hybrid plants are ineligible, however wild animals photographed in zoological or safari park settings are permissible. ​​ Minimal evidence of humans is acceptable for nature subjects, such as barn owls or storks adapting to an environment modified by humans, or natural forces like hurricanes or tidal waves reclaiming it. Any manipulation or modification is limited to minor retouching and must not alter the truth of the original scene.” ​​ The club relies on the integrity of entrants to keep within the spirit of the competition (as we do with all competitions). ​​ All entries must be properly identified with either common or scientific name. ​​ The scientific name is not required, and “twee” titles are unacceptable.

  • Set Subject Competitions
    There will be separate competitions for prints and PDI’s. ​​ In each competition there will be two set subjects and each entrant MUST submit TWO ENTRIES for EACH SUBJECT (four entries in all) to be eligible for entry. ​​ The judge will award points out of 20 for each entry and an entrant’s total will be the sum of all their four scores. The winner will be the entrant with the highest total but in the event of a tie the winner will be the one with the largest number of entries with 20 points, then 19 points, etc.

  • Print and PDI Panel Competitions
    Each entry shall consist of a panel of six individual prints or six PDI’s (colour or monochrome) illustrating a theme of the entrant’s choice and titled accordingly. ​​ Prints and PDI’s will not be marked individually but the panel considered by the judge, as a whole entity, and only the panel title will be read out. ​​ Prints will be displayed in two rows. If they are to be displayed in a specific order, then they must be accompanied by a hanging plan or numbered accordingly, the top row being 1 to 3 and the bottom row 4 to 6. Due to the large numbers of prints that may be entered in this competition print entries are to be delivered on the night but competition entry forms (obtained from the Competition Secretary) are to be submitted at least one week prior to the date of the competition. ​​ Points will not be awarded and only a winner, second and third will be chosen. ​​ If an entrant is submitting panels in both the​​ Print and PDI competitions the themes for the two competitions must be different. For example, two nature panels are permitted, but they must be of different subjects/animals, e.g. “Lions” and “Zebras”.