Competition Themes Descriptions & Guidelines (2016-2017)

Members can submit three entries in each media type, print and digital, for each competition. The subject matter and layout is entirely your choice, but here are a few guidelines to put you on the right track…


Entries by 3 Oct 2016
Judging 17 Oct 2016

This category includes any image which is meant
to bring a smile to the viewer. The humour should preferably be contained within the image itself, but in some cases may become apparent when viewed with knowledge of the title. Images may be relatively unmodified or may fit in the altered reality category. Images consisting of a photograph of text only are unlikely to do well in this competition.

Altered Reality

Entries by 24 Oct 2016
Judging 7 Nov 2016

The image must obviously display a change in natural colour, form, shape, or any combination of these three. Creative images are often montages (a blending or composite of multiple images). High Dynamic Range (HDR) images without further changes are not considered “altered reality.” The original image must be made by the entrant.

If you are submitting a montage, all images/elements must be original and may not incorporate elements produced by anyone else. Original images must be altered by the maker; artwork or computer graphics generated
by the entrant may be incorporated, if the original photographic content predominates. Images may not be constructed entirely within a computer.


Entries by 14 Nov 2016
Judging 28 Nov 2016

Landscape photography shows spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. Landscape photographs typically capture the presence
of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes. The category includes seascapes and skyscapes, underground and underwater images. Animals and people may appear
in landscape images, especially to give scale, but should not form a major element of the image.

British Natural History

Entries by 5 Dec 2016
Judging 9 Jan 2017

Any branch of natural history except for anthropology and archaeology is permitted. Entries must have been taken in the UK and restricted to images
of animals and plants that are native to the British Isles, although introduced species such as grey squirrel or giant hogweed are acceptable. Judging will be weighted towards the story that a picture tells as well as being mindful of the technical quality of the image. Subjects should be shown in their natural habitat. Scientific bands, tags
and radio collars on wild animals are allowed. Hybrid plants created by humans, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens
are ineligible as is any photographic manipulation that alters the truth of the image.


Entries by 16 Jan 2017
Judging 30 Jan 2017

Images that capture or suggest any kind of movement. The images themselves must be static (not animated GIFs).


Entries by 6 Feb 2017
Judging 20 Feb 2017

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 (e.g. Sepia) will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the monochrome category
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.

The President’s Cup

Entries by 27 Feb 2017
Judging 13 Mar 2017

A set of three images. The author is to select subjects that form a cohesive group or panel. The connection between the images may be through colour, subject, place, shape, function etc. The overall presentation of the panel will be considered when judged. To assist the display, images will need to be labelled 1, 2 and 3.

Winners of both digital and print in each competition will be kindly asked to give an overview of their successful image. Information on camera settings, lighting, how you considered the composition and editing techniques will be valuable to others’ learning process.