Competition rules


In all competitions, Projected Images = Projected Digital Images.

Sizes for competition entries:
Maximum mount size:
500mm x 400mm. No restriction on print size. All competition entries must be clearly labeled with a title and the entrant's membership number.
Digital files submitted for projection must JPG/JPEG and RGB format. The image file must be no more than a maximum width of 1920 pixels by a maximum height of 1200 pixels. The image file should be named "Title + Membership Number.jpg"

Non-winning entries in the Annual trophy competitions may only be entered on one more occasion in the same competition.

Quarterly competitions:
Prints and projected images - 4 Quarterly competitions.
Projected Images - one section. Maximum entry per member of 3 images.
Monochrome prints - one section. Maximum entry per member of 3 prints.
Colour prints - one section, trade or home processed. Maximum entry per member of 3 prints.
All entries must be received by the meeting a week before the competition. Images in quarterly competitions cannot be entered into another quarterly competition. An image may be entered on one medium only in a quarterly competition (eg a 'projected image' version of an image and a printed version of the same image may not be entered in the same quarterly competition)

The annual exhibition:
The exhibition is displayed for at least 1 week (usually 4 weeks) during the Summer. There is no limit to the number of entries per member but the judge will decide which entries make up the top 45 prints (both monochrome and colour) and the top 45 projected images to be displayed.
Entries are divided into sections - projected images and prints - portrait, pictorial, record and natural history.
Natural history sections are for colour only, not monochrome.
Awards to the best entries in the annual exhibition:
Collins Trophy
- best monochrome print.
Freeman Shield - best colour print.
Colour trophy - best projected image.
Certificates are also awarded to the winners (first, second and third place) of each section.

Annual awards:
The Bob Redman Trophy
- up to 3 images as projected images or prints (or combination) on a set subject chosen by the committee.
Ellis Originality Award (projected images) - up to 3 projected images that have undergone no post processing at all after capture.
Small Print Award (colour or monochrome prints) - up to 4 prints that cannot exceed A4 print size.
Atkinson Trophy (projected images) - for the most cumulative points gained in the quarterly competitions during the year.
Colour Print of the year Trophy # - for the best colour print chosen from entries awarded 1st, 2nd or 3rd placings in quarterly competitions.
Monochrome Print of the year Trophy # - for the best monochrome print chosen from entries awarded 1st, 2nd or 3rd placings in quarterly competitions.
Ellis Memorial Trophy # - for the best overall projected image from entries awarded 1st, 2nd or 3rd placings in quarterly competitions.
Lightowler Trophy # - For a panel of 4 monochrome prints on a theme chosen by the entrant. 1 panel per member.
Colour Award# - For a panel of 4 colour prints on a theme chosen by the entrant. 1 panel per member
Elsie Freeman Trophy # - for the best colour print (home or trade processed) on any subject. Members may enter up to 4 prints.
Tony Mitchell Trophy # - For a set of 3 projected images. Themes rotate each year through portrait, abstract, pictorial, architectural/general record, nature, sport/action/photojournalism in order.
President's Cup - For photographic achievement during the year.
Padgett Trophy # - A handicap competition open to all members who enter 3 images as projected images or prints (or combination) in colour or monochrome.
New Members Trophy - Awarded to a less experienced member who has made the most progress in the year.
# Entries for these competitions must be submitted at least 3 weeks before the competition evening.