About the competitions

The Competition is divided into Primary, Intermediate and Advanced leagues so that members who are new to photography are not competing with more experienced members. The aim of the leagues is to give the judge a basis on which to frame the critique. Hence the league that you compete in will determine this critique.

The competition takes place over the year and is divided into four separate rounds – two with a set theme (see below) and two that are classed as ‘Open’ – where any subject matter can be entered.

An outside judge is invited to judge the prints and provide some constructive comments before finally deciding on the first, second and third in each league. There may also be highly commended images at the judge’s discretion, usually two. The winners of each league at the end of the year each receive a trophy, engraved with their name which they keep for a year. The winners and runners up receive a medal which they retain.

The Competition Rounds for 2018 are:

RoundDateSubjectJudge(s)
Round 1February 1stOpen SubjectJon Mitchell
Round 2April 5thSet Theme - Macro/close-upGordon Brown
Round 3August 2ndOpen SubjectKelly-Louise Jennings
Round 4November 1stSet Theme - ArchitectureCaroline Colegate

Full details of the rules.