Competition Information and Rules



The Society welcomes images taken by camera, phone or any other photographic device in all of its competitions.  You must have taken the whole image and have the full copyright.  Manipulated images are welcome in most competitions provided you took the photo and did the manipulation.  Image manipulation is NOT allowed in Natural History and Documentary competitions where truth of the image is vital.


Royalty Free and Copyright Free images are not acceptable.  Images should be correctly and clearly titled (see Preparation of Entries).  In the Documentary and Natural History competitions titles must be factual, accurate and specific to the subject matter.  Latin names may be used for Natural History.


The Society organises three kinds of competition every season: championship, set subject and special.  The closing dates for entries and the dates of the competitions are shown in the syllabus and on the WHAT'S ON page of this site.



The Championship Competitions


Every season there are four championship competition evenings each season with separate print and projected digital image (PDI) competitions on these evenings.  There are no set subjects so members are free to choose any subject at will.  Marks awarded are totalled over all four heats in order to decide the winners of the Annual Championship Awards for prints and PDI.  Members compete for two trophies: for the Vera Becket Cup for the overall winner of the PDI Championship and the Centerary Cup for the overall winner of the Print Championship.



Set Subject Competitions


There are seven set subject competitions as follows:


  • Monochrome (PDI only) - Sefton Trophy
  • Portrait (PDI only) - Bickerton Trophy
  • Landscape (PDI only) - Mary Hirst Trophy
  • Documentary (print only) - Knight Trophy
  • Natural History (print only) - Natural History Trophy
  • Chosen Subject (print only) - Eileen Huxtable Trophy
  • Creative (print only) - Creative Trophy


Points awarded in these competitions are totalled across the year and the member who achieves the highest total wins the 'Best All-Round Photographer' award, the Stansfield Trophy.



Special Competitions


There are three special competitions:


  • Sports - Anna Pollitt Memorial Trophy
  • Theme Panel (print only) - Theme Panel Trophy
  • Audio Visual - Lingwood Cup


These competitions do not count towards any annual award.


Changes to Rules


Any changes to competition rules made during the season will be advised at the Monday meetings, highlighted on the Society web site and broadcast to members on the Facebook Members Only page.