Competition Rules

Internal Competition Rules

(Revised June 2014)

1. To enter competitions, members must have paid their annual subscriptions.

2. There are three classes of entries at each Club competition: Colour Prints, Monochrome (Black and White) Prints and Projected Images (Digital Images). You may submit up to two images in each class of prints and two digital images in the Projected Image class (see points 11-13 below for more details).

3. All entries must be original pictures that are the work of the author, and if entered in a Club Compeitition should not have previously been entered in a Club Competition as either a print or projected image.  The image may be used in a Club Competition if it has previously been used in a Cup Competition, an inter-Club Battle or a CACC (Chilterns Association of Camera Clubs) Competition.  The use of copyright-free material in digital images is not permitted.

4. Images must be essentially photographic and a photographic process must feature significantly in the creation of the image. Manipulation (such as Photoshop) of digital images is perfectly acceptable. However, images that are created purely by computer software are not acceptable.

5. Titles to be provided with all entries; titles will be read out as each image is displayed.  If no title has been given, it will be referred to as “untitled”. For prints, please ensure you have indicated on the back of each of your submissions (a) title of print, (b) your name and (c) a directional arrow indicating “UP” so the image will be correctly displayed.

6. Digital Images are to be submitted in jpeg format only, preferably by email and resized to a maximum dimension of 1400 pixels on the horizontal and 1050 pixels on the vertical in order to project at their best resolution.  There is a tutorial for download on the Tutorial page of this web site. Digital Images submitted that are too large for the Club computer to process quickly for projection will be resized by the Competition Secretary.  The Digital Competition Secretary will accept delivery to his home of images (preferably correctly sized) on a memory card or memory stick, by prior arrangement.  Images must be with the Digital Competition Secretary no later than 48 hours prior to the Competition Date.  No entries will be accepted on the night of the competition.

7. Unless otherwise indicated, prints may be of any size and should preferably be mounted.  Authors should however bear the following in mind:
a. Only mounted prints will be used for external competitions.
b. Prints in mounts larger than 16” × 20” (40cm × 50cm) will be ineligible for use in CACC, PAGB (Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) and possibly other events.
c. The Club is unable to offer any safe means of transporting or storing any material larger than 18” × 27” (47cm × 68.5cm).  Print entries must be clearly marked on the reverse with the author’s name and a title.  This will also be used to indicate the correct viewing orientation.  (The title will be read out during the judging.)

8. Unless otherwise notified, titles of entries to print competitions, and their entry category (colour or monochrome) are to be supplied (emailed) to the Competition Secretary no later than 2 days before the competition.  The print entries themselves should be brought along and handed to the Competition Secretary no later than 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the competition.  An entrant who is unable to attend the start of a competition should make whatever arrangements are necessary to ensure that their entry is available in good time.

9. Judges will award marks out of twenty for each entry viewed.  The results will be recorded to form a league table of entrants.  In Club competitions only, the lowest three scores will be subtracted from each total.  This gives individuals an opportunity to compete if they miss a competition entry.

10. Projected Images (Digital Images).  Unless otherwise notified, each member may enter a maximum of two digital images in each standard Club competition.  These should consist of two images of a “Set Subject” pre-assigned to each individual competition.  The digital images may be of any age, may be home or trade processed, but must not be a copy, or a near copy, of any other image used in a previous club competition (either in Print OR Digital).  At the end of the year, the person with the highest total score from their best six images will be presented with the Abbey Shield.

11. Colour Prints.  Unless otherwise notified, each member may enter a maximum of two colour prints in each standard Club competition.  The prints, which must be produced in a colour medium, may be of any age, may be home or trade processed, may comprise more than one individual print on a single mount, but must not be a copy, or a near copy, of any other image used in a Club competition (either in Print OR Digital).  Unless otherwise notified, entries may be of any subject and will be judged in the “Open” category. At the end of the year, the person with the highest total score from their best six images in this category will be presented with the Jack Lodge Trophy.

12. Monochrome (Black and White) Prints. Unless otherwise notified, each member may enter a maximum of two monochrome prints in each standard Club competition.  The prints must be mounted and produced on a single sheet of monochrome photographic paper and may be toned.  Monochrome prints must be wholly the work of the author (except that original images may be trade processed) and may be of any age, but must not be produced from an image (or near-identical copy thereof) used to produce another entry to a Club monochrome print competition.  Unless otherwise notified the entries may be of any subject and will be judged in the “Open” category.  At the end of the year, the person with the highest total score from their best six images in this category will be presented with the Maurice Baker Shield.

13. Annual Competitions: There are several internal competitions that Abingdon Camera Club traditionally holds throughout the year. They are as follows:

(A) Image of the Year Competition. Each member may enter a maximum of two digital images, two colour prints and two monochrome prints of any subject.  All images submitted must represent new work, preferably taken during the last 12 months.  Specifically, no image should have appeared in any event or publication more than 1 year before the competition, nor should it have previously been used in an event organised by a PAGB affiliated body, other than during the current competition year.  The entries will be judged in the “Open” category and the winner will be presented with the President’s Cup.  Subject to ratification by the Committee, the winning image will be entered into the CACC Image of the Year Competition for the Norman Wadsworth Silver Trophy.

(B) Three-on-a-Theme Competition.  Each member may enter a maximum of two sets of digital images and two sets of prints (monochrome or colour) of any subject matter.  Each set shall consist of 3 images or 3 prints to be viewed together in a side-by-side arrangement.  Authors must clearly indicate the positioning and orientation of each image within the arrangement (eg, L-left, C-centre, R-right).  No image or print must have been used in any previous Three-on-a-Theme Competition.  Entries will be judged as sets in the “Open” category.  The Broadhurst Trophy will be awarded for the winning DPI set. The Roberts Trophy will be awarded for the winning Colour print set. The Three on a Theme,  Monochrome Prints Trophy will be awarded for the winning Monochrome/Black and White print set.

(C) 6×4 Competition.  This competition tests a photographer’s ability to take a series of photographs, within a restricted space and time, and under what may be less than ideal conditions.  The location and time-frame will be chosen and those attending on the given evening are invited to submit the results of their photographic foray for judging at a future club evening to be announced in advance.  Photographs taken at the same time, but on an adjacent day may be entered at the discretion of the Competition Secretary.  Entrants to this competition are invited to submit one or more sets of (maximum) five 6” x 4” images mounted on a board.  There is no Trophy, as yet, for this Competition.

Go to Top