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There will be six competitions during the season (3 x Digital and 3 x Print)

As in the last seaon, each competition will be held on a separate night - the intention is to maximise the judging time availale on competition night.



There will be TWO themes (SCIENCE and STILL LIFE) for the DIGITAL section, plus ONE open competition.


There will be ONE theme (ARCHITECTURE) for the PRINT  section, plus TWO open competitions.



All images, either print or digital must originate from either digital capture or from traditional film. Where digital capture has been used, the Competition Secretary reserves the right to see the original with RAW or .jpg as generated by the camera or recording medium.The whole of the image must be taken by the photographer and that person must hold the copyright to all parts of the image used



NB: submission of images for entry into a competition indicates acceptance by the entrant that these images may be displayed on the Society's website.


All competitions are open to all members of the Society regardless of experience and we encourage as many members as possible to enter as they will benefit greatly from the comments made on the images by the judge - who is not a member of the Society. We also hold internal appreciation evenings when the images are commented on by members of the Society and the member will also be asked to give any comments they wish on the picture and any reasoning behind why it was taken and any post production work on the picture.


There are two general classifications:   DIGITAL   and   PRINT


For each competition, a member may submit up to THREE images and they must number their images if entering more than one. In the event of too many images being submitted, the highest numbered image may be omitted in order to maintain a reasonable assessment period for the judge. Images cannot be entered in more than one competition if they have been awarded a placing or highly commended. Images that are similar to a previously awarded image are also excluded. Images that have not been placed may be used in another competition. The best TWO scores from each member in each competition will count towards the final results.


The judge will be asked to place a 1st; 2nd; and 3rd; and as many highly commended as he/she considers, and also to give each image a score out of 20.


When there is a set subject the image should be the member’s visual interpretation of the subject and that interpretation will be taken into consideration by the judge as well as the technical qualities of the picture. As part of these rules there will be guidance notes on the set subject and these will also be given to the judge.





The digital image should be no larger than 1400px x 1050px, with the 1400px being the horizontal dimension of the image and the vertical dimension being no larger than 1050px even for a portrait image. Images should not be larger than 1.5Mb and they should be saved as a .jpg file.

The images MUST be:


  *   Emailed to the Competition Secretary by no later than MIDNIGHT on the THURSDAY before the date of the competition OR

  *   Handed on a disc or memory stick to the Competition Secretary either at a meeting or at his home by the THURSDAY before the date of the competition.


The images must all be titled as follows:

The title of the picture should be in capital letters for the whole of the title, followed by the word "by" and then the author's name in lower case with capital letters only at the start of each name.


Example:   THE RED COAT by Brian Davis.jpg





These should preferably be mounted and the mount should be to a maximum size of 500mm x 400mm. Prints in excess of this figure may be excluded at the discretion of the Competition Secretary. There must be nothing on the front of the print that will give any indication as to the identity of the author. On the back of the print there should be a title of the print and its author. The title should be on the top edge of the print so that the presenters will know which way the print is to be displayed.


A digital copy of the print entry, conforming to the same specification as for digital entries must also be submitted.


The titles and digital copies should be emailed, handed to or posted to the Competition Secretary to be received no later than MIDNIGHT on the THURSDAY before the date of the competition. The actual print to be handed to the Competition Secretary no later than 19:15hrs on the competition evening.


Competition Secretary:

Brian Davis 

1 New Road, Wingerworth, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S42 6TB

Tel: 01246 275433



© All images are also copyright to the photographer, please contact via email if you are interested in using any photographs