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. (See the League Definitions)

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 view 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. It’s typical some images are ‘held-back’ – a shortlist of candidates for the placed images. Images that are held back or placed receive points.

After adding up the points, 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.

Competition Rounds for 2019

RoundDateSubjectJudge(s)
Round 1March 7thHuman PortraitAndrew Mills
Round 2May 2ndOpenJulian Tubbs
Round 3August 1stModern LifeKelly-Louise Jennings
Round 4November 7thOpenBarbara Holder

Full details of the rules.