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Rules for entering our competitions.  As with all competitions, there are rules and guidlines.

Throughout the season we hold a number of internal competitions, for all society members, both DPIs and prints.  Entering competitions is not compulsory but members do feel that having their images professionally judged, and seeing other member's photographs being judged, helps them to improve their photography.  Its also a bit of fun.


Much of the terminology maybe confusing, you may not know how to present your prints or maybe you just want to understand the rules before entering.  This guide is here to help answer all your questions.  



Jan Zoltonos Cup 'Scapes'

Images of countryside landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, urban landscapes. Humans or animals within the image should only be there to show a sense of scale in the image. DPI's only.


Secretarys Cup - Open Colour or monochrome

Images of any subject e.g. Architecture, Culture, Creative, Motion, Landscape, Lifestyle, Natural World & Wildlife, Portraiture, Still Life, Object, Street Photography and Travel.


Eddie Kevill Memorial Cup - Wildlife

Images of wildlife in the natural environment. Wildlife is defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural habitat.

Landscapes, geological formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any surviving zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions (e.g. studio shots) 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 also be entered in the Nature competition. This definition is in line with current PAGB guidelines.

Please also note that for this competition, the images should contain the name of the zoological or botanical organism. If known the Latin name should also be included, but this is not essential.


Rosebowl Trophy - Floral

Images of flowers or plants only. Images of fungi are not permissible for this trophy.

Raymond Platt Trophies - Colour or monochrome, DPI's only.

1. Macro

An image taken with the subject close to the camera either with a Macro lens or a normal lens (usually a telephoto) working at its closest focus distance.

2. Mobile Phone

A JPEG image of any subject taken with a mobile phone. Images may be processed using “within the phone” editing software. No external image processing is allowed. Rose bowl Cup – Best projected image of any floral subject.


Cartridge World Cup – 'Nature' - Colour or monochrome, DPI's only.

Nature means Images where living organisms (plant, animal or fungi)  are the primary subject matter. The story telling value of an Image will normally be weighed more than the pictorial quality.

Nature includes:
Images taken with subjects in controlled conditions such as zoos, game parks, botanic gardens, aquariums and enclosures where the subjects are dependent on man for food. Scientific bands, tags or collars are permissible.

Nature excludes:
Images where the subjects are obviously domestic animals or plants.
Images where an obviously artistic treatment has been applied.

Processing of the captured image, by cropping, exposure adjustment, colour correction, noise minimisation, dodging/burning, HDR, focus stacking and sharpening, is permitted, as is cloning of image defects and minor distractions including overlapping elements. An Image appearing to meet these criteria will be accepted as Nature. The Judges will normally assume that any Image presented to them is eligible. Access to some biological subjects may be restricted. Where that is relevant, then Photographers warrant that they have followed relevant codes of practices and hold any necessary licences.

Images of a specific part of the organism are acceptable although it is usually advisable to include the whole. Titles must be the correct common name or the Generic name, and/or Latin name with, perhaps, a description of any activity (avoid anthropomorphisms such as ‘Eagle eating his dinner’).

This definition is in line with current PAGB guidelines.


John Marsh Interim Cup - "People"

Best image of an individual person or group of people in any setting.


Colin Powell Cup – 'Personal Best' projected image of the season – Open. DPI's only.

Members can submit images that they feel reflect their best work for the season. This competition can include images that have been entered into previous competitions in the current season.



The images entered may have been taken at anytime and have been previously entered into club competitions. Images will be shown in random order, two at a time, members will vote for preferred image of the two, the winning image will pass to the next round. Any image unpaired at the end of each round will be given a bye to the next round.


Spot Cup – Best projected image of “Street Life” for the 2021 – 2022 Season. Colour or monochrome images, DPI's only.

See definition of street photography below under General Definitions.


Borders Counties Advertiser Cup – Open, DPI's only. Colour or monochrome

Images of any subject e.g. Architecture, Culture, Creative, Motion, Landscape, Lifestyle.


General Definitions


MONOCHROME is defined as an image which comprises colouration in White and one colour only (including Black). Black and white images which have a small area containing a further colour are not mono images and are NOT eligible to be entered in this category.

STILL LIFE is defined as a posed picture of one or more inanimate objects.

MACRO is defined as an image taken with the subject close to the camera either with a Macro lens or a normal lens (usually a telephoto) working at its closest focus distance.

CREATIVE is defined as an image that stimulates the imagination. Effects like merging multiple images, deliberate blurring (lens zooming and panning), solarisation, double exposures and tone mapping are allowed.

PORTRAIT is defined as an image of a person or group of people in either a posed or candid situation, showing something of the character, personality or occupation of the subject.

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY is basically a form of candid photography where the emphasis is on capturing chance encounters and random incidents in public places. Street photography does not have to include a 'street' or even an urban environment to be effective. Images of people in a contradictory or complimentary context, which also has a visual humour or pathos works well.



How to submit printed images.

Mounted prints are brought along on competition evenings and supported by an uploaded image which is projected while the Judge examines the print itself.

A Digital copy of the print must first be must be uploaded via our Photoentry portal (or from the main menu above) no later than midnight of the competition end date.


It is the members own responsibility for ensuring their entry details have been uploaded correctly. 

Prints must be mounted in recessed card mounts so that when stacked they do not damage other prints. Framed prints not allowed.

•    The maximum size for the photographic prints is A3 (30x42cm). 
•    The minimum size of the photographic print image allowed is A5.

The member must put the title on the reverse in the top left hand corner along with the member’s unique membership number. Members should not put their name on the front or back of the print mount.

Digital entries : 
Digital entries also known as DPIs (Digital Projected Images) should have the title as the file name with jpg extension eg “Clouds1.jpg 


When saving your image it must be saved at a maximum size of 1600 pixels horizontally or 1200 pixels vertically and be entered via Photoentry at least 7 days prior to the competition.   It is advised that they are saved at maximum quality and be in the sRGB colour space to ensure correct display.