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 2020

RoundDateSubjectJudge(s)
Round 1March 5thOpenSteve Green LRPS
Round 2May 7thOpenMaria Leekblade DPAGB, AFIAP< LRPS
Round 3August 6thSet Theme:
'On My Doorstep'
Gordon Brown ARPS
Round 4November 5thSet Theme:
"Up, Up and Away"
Kev Sandall

Full details of the rules.