Competition Themes for the 2017-2018 Season

‘Scape Competition

“Scape” is meant to encompass all the variations usually described under the term “Landscape”. It includes seascapes, skyscapes, cityscapes, starscapes and any other image that shows places within the universe from vast and unending views to microscopic spaces. These images typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances


Close Up Competition

An image taken with the subject close to the camera. The classic close-up is about revealing detail which usually means getting right into the subject. The feeling of ‘closeness’ usually, but not always, means the shot is taken from less than meter away. However, close-ups can be less than a centimetre away.


Sport Competition

Images which depict a , competition, or activity needing physical effort and skill that is played or done according to rules, for enjoyment and/or as a job.


Pictorial Competition

A pictorial image is one which elicits an emotional response from the viewer. It may be of a beautiful landscape, a cuddly kitten, or a car crash or a derelict building. It is certainly not restricted to (but does include) “chocolate box” images.

Portrait Competition

Portrait Photography is the photography of a person or group of people that displays expression, personality and mood of the subject. Like other types of portraiture, the focus of the photograph is usually the person’s face, although the entire body and the background or context maybe included. Whilst animals may be included in an entry for the competition, they must not be the main subject of the image. Images may be colour or monochrome

Reflections Competition

Any image which includes a reflection, be it in a mirror, a stretch of water or any other reflective surface. The image should appear natural, although the reflection may be created digitally. This category is not intended to include people “in a reflective mood”.


After Dark Competition

Images taken after sunset and before sunrise. Entries should be taken out of doors. Images of the setting or rising sun are not admissible, but images showing the “afterglow” of sunset or pre-dawn glow are. Streetlights and other forms of artificial light are permissible. Some of the best images in this category are taken when there is still some detail to be seen in the sky.

President’s Cup -“Abstract”

An image that does not have the immediate association with the subject and that has been created by the camera and/or processing. It is about looking for the detail,  pattern,  form,  lines, shape or colours and then using those features to create an image. The ethos behind the competition is the idea of capturing something in a way that is not usually seen or without contextual information


You can submit up to three entries in each media type (‘print’ and ‘digital image’) for each competition, with the exception of the President’s Cup whereby one set of prints and one set of digital images, per entrant, are permitted. The subject matter and layout is entirely your choice.

Some hints and tips…

Technically the best you can produce –
– Sharp if it’s meant to be sharp. If not meant to be sharp, the blurred effect to be in keeping with the composition
– The best use of depth of field in relation to the chosen subject
– Good colour saturation and balance throughout the image
– The subject well positioned in the frame
– The content of the image to convey a message or story or be clear in its intent
– The final mounted print/digital image to show obvious signs of consideration to detail, ie. no hairs on image, mounted images positioned correctly on the mount, no pixelation in any areas of a digital image etc.

New members – please do not be put off entering competitions!