• In all competitions, entries MUST be the original work of the MEMBER.

  • All entrants must be fully paid up members of the Club.

  • Digitally manipulated images may be entered in any competition and will be judged according to any current YPU guidelines for such images.
    The original image must be photographed by the author using film or digital capture. Images generated purely from the computer are not allowed.

  • Prints / PI’s may be in Colour or Monochrome and may be self or trade printed.

  • All entries should be handed to the Competition Secretary AT THE MEETING PRIOR TO THE COMPETITION OR 14 DAYS PRIOR TO THE COMPETITION, WHICHEVER IS THE SOONER. Print entries should be submitted with an entry form and placed in the Club Print Box. The Competition Secretary will provide entry forms for this purpose (or downloadable from the Club website)
    Projected Image entries must be submitted as per guidelines – see Projected Image Guidelines below.

  • Prints MUST be mounted and titled, with a specific title for each entry. Please use labels, which can be downloaded from the Club Website.
    The MINIMUM size of entry is 64 sq inches, e.g. 8” x 8”, prior to mounting
    the MAXIMUM size of entry is 20 in x 16 in WHEN MOUNTED.
    Digital files of Print entries are also required. All entries shall be available for selection to represent the Club in competitions and exhibitions.

  • PI’s /Prints can only be entered ONCE for any Club competition with the exception of the Hazlehurst Trophy, Creative Competition, Interclub Competitions and Best of the Year.

  • To encourage members to take competition photographs, the Committee would like to see members submit work taken in the last three years.

  • Images should not be re-entered in any other form, e.g. colour and mono, print or projected image. Like or similar images from the same original capture may not be used.

The Judge will be asked to give a critique and advice on how to improve on each image and the best pictures to be recognised by a Merit Award.

We would ask the judge to give one or more images a Gold award (in the Mono and Creative Competitions we would ask for only one to be awarded), one or more a Silver award and one or more a Bronze award. They then could give some images a Highly Commended or Commended as they felt appropriate.

At the year end to determine the winners of the trophies for Best Photographer and Best Newcomer, we would allocate the following scores, Gold 20 points, Silver 19 points, Bronze 18 points, Highly Commended (HC) 17 points and Commended (C) 16 points. All remaining entries will get a score of 15 points.

  • Members are allowed to submit up to 2 entries in both the Club Projected Image (PI) and Club Print Competitions.

  • The top 6 images in both the prints and PI’s will automatically go forward to the Best of the Year Competition. (see Pointless Scoring)

  • All entries will be marked at the end of the year (see Pointless Scoring) and the scores will count towards an aggregate score, the top score for the season will win a Trophy.

  • The MOORSIDE CUP, (PI section) and DEVON TROPHY (Print section) will be awarded to the highest number of marks gained over the season in the Club Competitions.

  • The IRELAND TROPHY will be awarded to the best Newcomer in the PI Section, and the PRESIDENTS TROPHY to the best Newcomer in the Print Section.
  • Members are allowed to submit up to 2 entries in the Monochrome PI and up to 2 entries in the Monochrome Print Competition.

  • The top six images in both the prints and PI’s will automatically go forward to the Best of the Year Competition. (see Pointless Scoring)

  • We would ask the judge to give only one Gold award to a print and one to a PI

  • The Bristow Trophy will be awarded to the best print and the Hailey Trophy will be awarded to the best PI in the Monochrome Competition.

This Competition is open to the top placed Prints/ PI’s in each competition leg. It will also include the top prints and PI’s from the Monochrome Competition.

If there are not enough images for each trophy category in the Applied Competitions discretion entries from each will be chosen by the committee.

Entries must be unaltered from the original judgement.

The Trophies awarded are: – The ELISABETH CUP for Prints and The RICKABY CUP for PI’s.

To encourage members to diversify Trophies will also be awarded for the best • PICTORIAL • PORTRAIT • SPORT / PASTIME • NATURAL HISTORY • ARCHITECTURE / RECORD • in both the PI and Print sections.

These Trophies will be awarded at the discretion of the judge. If the entries do not fall into any of the categories no trophy will be awarded.

  • An entry consists of 4 PI’s on any subject.

  • Images should not have been previously entered in any Club Competition but may be entered afterwards.

  • The first 3 PI’s in an entry will be judged and marked out of 10. The points awarded will be added up and a Trophy will be awarded to the winner.

  • In the event of a tie the fourth PI will be called for and judged to a conclusion.

  • See Projected Image Guidelines for entering Projected Images.

  • Images should not have been previously entered in any Club Competition but may be entered afterwards.
  • An entry consists of up to four PI’s.

  • See Projected Image Guidelines for entering Projected Images.

  • Pointless scoring will be used.

  • We would ask the judge to give only one Gold award.

  • The images will be judged prior to the evening. In order to attain a high score, the image must display real creativity and not simply be an imitation of someone else’s work. We think creativity is about trying new things and challenging oneself. It is to grow and evolve as a photographer and to experiment. It might mean experimenting with new subjects, new locations, new cameras, lens or film stocks. It might mean trying a new technique or working on a new way to edit. In the end, it always comes back to attempting something new or different.

  • Images should not have been previously entered in any Club Competition but may be entered afterwards.
  • The image and all elements within it must be the sole work of the author. Images made completely by computer software and having no photographic content will not be accepted.

  • Images must be submitted in JPEG file format only.

  • Each image must be titled, with a specific title for each entry. Titling as follows:-
    Number (as on entry form) – (hyphen) Name (Entrants forename followed by surname initial) – (hyphen) Image Title (Spaces are allowed in the title)
    Example: 1-ColinD-Puffin.jpg,
    2-ColinD-British Museum.jpg

  • Entries can be either emailed to the competition secretary or handed in on a CD or memory stick.

  • Where entries are sent as email attachments the email should include the author’s name, phone number and list the titles of the images.

  • Images will be projected at 1600 pixels x 1200 pixels. Images should not exceed these dimensions e.g. images projected in Portrait mode must be no more than 1200 Pixels high. If your image is less than the maximum in any direction the unused area should be left blank.

During the year we have a number of Applied competitions. The first is for Architecture, Record, Sport and Pastime and the second one is for Natural History and Portraits. A number of members have asked for some clarification as to what can be submitted in each category, after all one can argue that any photographic image is a ‘record’ of what the photographer saw but not every image can be submitted under record. I’ll try to bring some clarity to the subject, but I’m no expert and maybe some judges see things differently.


MONOCHROME IMAGES - A black and white image (going from very dark grey (black) or very clear grey (white) or one which has been modified by the addition of a single tone to the entire image is defined as a Monochrome Image.

COLOUR IMAGES - Any image other than those defined as “monochrome” are defined as colour images. A black and white image which has been modified by the addition of partial toning, split toning or by the addition of one colour to any part of the image is a colour image.


Shall be for any building or part of a building, ancient or modern, and/or allied objects or furnishings belonging to or associated with the subject. This class includes archaeological or other inanimate objects, e.g.; motor vehicles, ceramics etc.
I think that the subject would be manmade (a study of natural rock formations would be Natural History).
A record shot should be such that the subject could be rebuilt, so should all be in sharp focus with no or minimal distortion (such as converging verticals). People in the shot would normally be not acceptable (a man with his steam engine would fit in ‘pastimes’)
Architecture can be taken more creatively (rather than as a pure record) with converging verticals, creating the impression of soaring buildings, people can be included, showing maybe the grandeur of an interior (but Auntie Mary in front of the alter in York Minster is not architecture – no matter how hard or fossilised she is!). People, if included, would normally be small in the frame and not considered to be a significant part of the image.


Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation.

The story telling value of a Nature photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality.

Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.

Processing of the captured image, by cropping, exposure adjustment, colour correction, noise minimisation, dodging/burning, HDR, focus stacking and sharpening, is allowed. Cloning of image defects and minor distractions, including overlapping elements, are permitted when these do not distort the truth of the photographic statement.

Images entered as Nature can have landscape, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.

Access to biological subjects may be restricted. By entering a PAGB event, Photographers warrant that they have followed relevant codes of practices and hold any necessary licences.


Images entered in Wildlife sections are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species.

Wildlife images may be entered in Nature sections.


Sport images should capture the intensity, emotions and action of the chosen sport subject. It could be professional or amateur, the focus could be on the sportsperson, the sport environment, the effort extended, the struggle or conflict or the rewards, but a strong narrative must be present.

Action images should be of a moving subject or object, which depicts the essence of action, other than sport.

A horse racing or in training is fine but a racehorse in a stable is not. A closeup shot of the tip of a snooker cue about to strike the cue ball is fine but a static arrangement of cue and balls is not. A man dressed in kit kicking a football is fine whereas someone posing in kit is a portrait even if they are holding a ball.

A few examples of action would be dancing, dogs running, cats jumping, displays with flying motor cycles, jet skis, bareback riding, RNLI rescue, stoking a furnace, red arrows display.

Also an image may naturally belong in a different category, lions chasing zebra definitely has action but it belongs in nature, as do the wild horses of the Camargue running whereas domesticated horses and llamas running aren’t nature and could be included in Action.


This should show the pastime being undertaken and not just the result of the pastime. I think you would expect to see human activity.
Someone embroidering or at least a needle being held in fingers would be acceptable whereas a piece of embroidery (complete or incomplete) wouldn’t be (it could be a record shot though)
Someone gardening or a hand on a trowel would be acceptable whereas a shot of a bunch of flowers would not.
Someone picking or carrying a marrow would be acceptable whereas just a shot of the marrow or a pile of marrows would not.
A re-enactor doing something is fine whereas if they are just posing then it really is a portrait.


This includes portraits of people and animals (pets, domesticated, captive or wild). Groups of a portrait nature are also acceptable. The portraits can be posed or candid’s, in a studio or open air with the lighting natural or artificial.
Environmental portraits which show the subject in their environment are currently popular.
Also included in this category are figure studies, these generally are nudes or scantily clad figures in artistic poses with creative lighting (can’t recollect seeing any of these at the club)

Hopefully these notes have helped clarify the categories and have not confused you even more. If you have any doubts if something would be acceptable in a competition, just ask the competition secretary or any member of the committee and we’ll advise you. It’s better to be certain than disappointed.

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