Competition Rules

Competitions give you something to aim for in your photography and will help to improve the quality of your work. Other people will also see your pictures, and you will learn from seeing people’s images and hearing the judge’s comments. The real purpose should be about entering and taking part, if your work is favoured by the judges then that is bonus.

You may not always agree with what the judges say, but you will learn a lot by just looking and listening.

During the season we have three competitions for colour and three more for monochrome images. Some of these competitions are for prints and others for Projected Digital Images (PDIs). Points are awarded to members based on the judges' selections and at the end of the season trophies are awarded in Groups A, B & C to the members who have accumulated the most points in colour and members who have the most points in monochrome.

There are also competitions for specific subjects throughout the season and the link below can be used to download the full rules for all club competitions. Any member who appears outstanding in group C or B is considered by the committee for promotion to the next highest group for the following season.

The more experienced members enter external competitions and exhibitions. Costs for these activities have to be met by the individual, though for certain exhibitions the club does provide help with transport and postage costs.


FIAP definition of Monochrome

A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category; such a work can be reproduced in black and white in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP Patronage. On the other hand a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category; such a work requires colour reproduction in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP Patronage.

RPS, FIAP and PSA definition of Nature and Wildlife photographs

The following three international photographic organisations have agreed a common definition for Nature and Wildlife photographs.

Royal Photographic Society (RPS) –
Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique (FIAP) –
Photographic Society of America (PSA) –

The definition is available at the following two links.

RPS, FIAP and PSA definition of Nature and Wildlife photographs (RPS Webpage)

RPS, FIAP and PSA definition of Nature and Wildlife photographs (RPS PDF)
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