We hold six competitions through the season. The main categories are:-
At the end of the season we have an annual competition with the same categories.
Fuller descriptions can be found on this website.
Each year one category is omitted and becomes part of the Open Competition.
A special award is also given in the Open Competition for the best Altered Reality images
This range of competitions has not been arrived at by accident nor by tradition alone. The object of this range of titles is to give a wide set of opportunities to all levels of photographic ability,giving members more than one opportunity to follow their own interest as well as to give them challenges. For instance, if a member is primarily a Landscape photographer, then Landscape images may be entered in the Open, Landscape and Pictorial Competitions. If a member has a speciality in Sports photography, then these images may be entered in Illustrative, Open and People competitions. If a member likes taking pictures of dogs, these may be entered in Open and Illustrative Competitions and even in the Pictorial competition if it is a well composed and aesthetically pleasing image. At the same time, members are encouraged to move out of their comfort zone and try different subjects and different techniques in different competitions. Each theme is devised to allow diversity and inclusivity. Each competition has the potential to produce a wide range of differing images, thus making for an entertaining and diverse selection of images. In addition, over the year, every aspect of photography, every genre is covered, so that no member’s enthusiasm or area of expertise is omitted.
One competition each season consists of small un-mounted A4 prints. In all other competitions, prints are to be mounted. These mounts must not be greater than 40 by 50 cm.
Guidance on how to prepare prints and digital images can be found here
Trophies are given in the Prints and Projected Images Competition for the most successful entrants overall.