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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.  These guides are also available for download as PDF in our Members area.



Jan Zoltonos Cup – Landscape

Countryside or Seascapes that incorporate elements of nature and the natural environment, as it can be seen by the human eye. Humans or animals within the image should only be there to show a sense of scale in the image. Prints or DPIs.  Although there may be a winner for each category (DPI and Prints), there will only be one overall winner of the CUP to be decided by the judge.


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.

Raymond Platt Trophies

  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 photo editing software.


Rose bowl Cup

Best projected image of any floral subject.


Cartridge World Cup

Best projected image of an animal in any environment.  This category may include any animal e.g. wild, domestic or zoo animals.


John Marsh Challenge Cup – Best print of season

Prints may be newly submitted for this competition or include those submitted in a previous print competition during the current season.


Colin Powell Cup

Best projected Image of the season – Any image that has achieved 16 or more during the season will automatically be entered into this competition



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 an “Abandoned Building(s)” for the 2020 – 2021 Season.  


Borders Counties Advertiser 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.



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 mount size for mounted 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. 



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