Overview of Monthly and Annual Internal Competitions

Our Competition Year runs from 1st September through to 31st July.

Every member is entitled to enter whether they are new or experienced photographers.  Entering competitions is entirely optional.  Some people find competing helps them to improve their photography more quickly because they listen harder to the judges’ critiques, not only of their own work, but everyone else’s too.

Competitions are judged by an external judge, from The Chilterns Association of Camera Clubs (CACC) or other Associations within reasonable travelling distance.

A link to the full competition rules can be found here but some important points to note are:

  • Images must be entirely the work of the member.  Composite images are permitted provided all component images meet this requirement.
  • Actions which do not alter the image may optionally be performed on the member’s instructions by another person or organisation. These include e.g., the processing of film materials; the making or mounting of prints; and digital copying of images.
  • Images previously entered in a Monthly competition may be entered in an Annual competition.
  • Images previously entered in an Annual competition may be entered in a Monthly competition.

Monthly Competitions

The club holds monthly competitions and there are three trophies to compete for over the course of the year:

Open Print Trophy Print
Open Projected Trophy Projected

The member gaining the most points for his or her 10 highest scoring entries will hold the trophy for one year.

Annual Trophies are presented after each competition and Monthly Trophies are presented at the end of the season.  In addition to the trophies which are awarded to competition winners, Certificates of Merit are awarded to members scoring 190 points or more.

The monthly competitions are split into two classes, Beginners and Promoted; promotion from beginners to promoted is achieved by one of the following means:

  1. Obtaining 200 points in either Print or Projected monthly competitions (but not a combination) OR
  2. A portfolio review by the Selection Committee OR
  3. Achieving appropriate Photographic qualifications