Competition Rules and Procedures

Print Competitions

(See PDI Guidelines for information about projected images competitions)

The Club holds competitions both annually and at intervals during the year. Members’ competitions are held during the winter programme, usually with open subjects. Annual competitions, for which trophies are awarded, are open subject. Three trophies are also awarded annually on the basis of the monthly competition results.

Display Boards at competitionAll members are very welcome to enter the competitions; equally, if you prefer to come along and look at the other members’ entries that’s fine too. Wherever possible outside judges are used, and all our judges are ones who offer constructive comments and advice on entries. The main purpose of the competitions is to get external comments on our work, and so help us form our own judgements about our photographs.

Entry fee is £1 for each competition, which covers entries to all or any of the classes (colour prints, mono prints, projected digital images) at a meeting (see Competition Rule 4 for details of entries). There’s an entry form to be filled in on the evening or you can download it from here, in advance.

Members’ Competitions

Competitions are held regularly, through the autumn, winter and spring, for monochrome prints, colour prints and projected digital images. Points are awarded within each class as follows:
4 for First, 3 for Second, 2 for Third, 1 for Commended.

Annual Competitions

There are annual competitions for monochrome prints, colour prints and projected digital images, without any restrictions on subject or where taken. There is also a single print competition for colour or mono photographs taken at club events and normally judged by club members. In addition, there is an annual John Saunders Competition for a set of photos, and the Photo Finish Impact Trophy for prints and the Walford and Round Trophy for prints with set subjects.

The competitions are:

  • For photographs taken at a club event or evening:
    The Brantwood Cup for the best colour or
    monochrome print.
  • For photographs taken at any time or place:
    The Beechcroft Cup for the best projected digital
    The Wordsworth Cup for the best monochrome print.
    The Alcan Shield for the best colour print.
  • For a set of photographs:
    The John Saunders Cup. This annual competition is
    for a series of between three and seven prints, linked by a common theme, which together tell a story, it is rather different from our usual events where it is the individual images which are being judged.
    A maximum sheet size of 50 x 50 cm (20 x 20 inches) to mount 3 to 7 images on, with two entries per member. Members to bring these on the night.
  • For photos illustrating a theme:
    The Walford and Round Trophy. This competition is
    for prints and slides taken to illustrate set subjects which are notified at the AGM and in the summer programme.
  • For photos illustrating “Impact”:
    The Photo Finish Impact Trophy. Mike Carwithen of Photo Finish presented the club with this trophy and sponsored it until his retirement in 2016. We are very fortunate that Mick Crossley of The Art Framing Workshop has offered to continue the sponsorship and judging for this trophy. The competition is for prints with the subject of “impact”. “Impact” is a subject which is open to all kinds of interpretation – it could be a landscape or architecture, it’s not restricted to photos of action. Entries must be brought to the club the week before the judging of the competition.
  • F-Stop,  Bodicote and Tony Grice Trophies:
    These trophies are awarded annually to the club members with the best performance in members’ print competitions during the year. The following rules apply to the awarding of these trophies:

    1. The F-Stop Trophy shall be awarded to the member
      scoring the highest number of points in the colour print class.
    2. The Tony Grice Trophy shall be awarded to the member scoring the highest number of points in the monochrome print class.
    3. The Bodicote Trophy shall be awarded to the member scoring the highest number of points in the colour print and monochrome print classes combined, subject to Rule 4.
    4. The winner of either the F-Stop Trophy or the Tony
      Grice Trophy may not win the Bodicote Trophy in the same year. Should either of those winners also have the highest combined scores, the Bodicote Trophy will be awarded to the member with the next highest number of points in the two classes combined.
    5. The points awarded to each competition entry shall
      be accumulated by entrant, both by class and for all classes together.
    6. If there is only one entrant in any one class, in any
      competition, then the points awarded shall be accumulated towards that entrant’s total, but the placing shall not be used to resolve a tie as set out in Rule 8.
    7. No picture shall be awarded points more than once
      (other than “Commended” entries scoring 1 point).
    8. In the event of a tie for either trophy, the member with the highest number of first places shall be awarded the trophy. If there is still a tie, then the member with the highest number of second places, then the highest number of third places. If there is still a tie the trophies shall be shared.
  • Jack Keen Cup for projected digital images:
    The Jack Keen Cup competition is run in one round
    at the end of the Winter Programme, and is open to all members who have not achieved a first, second, or third place in the monthly or annual club competitions since the previous September, or who have not yet entered competitions at the club. The winner of this cup may not compete in this competition in the following year.

Competition Rules

The following rules shall apply to all of the club competitions, except where explicitly stated herein or by the rules of a particular competition.

  1. All images must be produced by a recognised
    photographic process.
  2. The copyright of an entry must belong to the entrant.
  3. Prints should be mounted. They should preferably be of a minimum of 5″ x 7″ (13x17cm) in size. Mounts must not exceed 20x16in (recommended size 50x40cm).
  4. In members’ competitions, a member may submit up to two print entries in total – either two colour, two monochrome or one of each. For projected digital images, up to two in total may be submitted.
  5. For annual print competitions, each member may submit up to two entries in each competition – two colour prints and two monochrome prints.
  6. Entries must be brought to the club the week before
    the judging of the competition.
  7. Photographs entered in members’ competitions are eligible for entry in the annual competitions. Photographs entered in club event annual competitions are eligible for entry in the open annual competitions.
  8. Photographs which have been placed (first, second or third) in members’ competitions are not eligible for entry into following members’ competitions, in the same or any other year.
  9. Photographs entered in annual competitions are not
    eligible for annual competitions in following years.
  10. Competition entries should reflect the photographer’s
    current work and interests.
  11. A title is required for each competition entry, and the
    title and photographer’s name should be put on the back of each print.



A monochrome image is defined by FIAP as follows:

  • A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey
    (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey.
  • A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category; such a work can be reproduced in black and white in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP Patronage.
  • On the other hand a black and white work modified by
    a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category; such a work requires colour reproduction in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP


A colour image is defined as being all those other than those
defined as monochrome above.