These are competitions amongst Society members and are judged by a variety of experienced judges or professional photographers. There is a mix of open and themed competitions, and images are marked out of 20. Any member can enter and judging takes place anonymously, so it's a great forum for everyone to have their images constructively critiqued.
The total scores from the print and DPI (digital projected image) competition rounds held each season decide who are our "top" photographers in each category.
This Year's Competition:
Fourth Round, theme “Local Attractions” - Tuesday 2nd March 2021
The Fourth and final Third Round of our 2020/21 Competition will open for entries in the New Year. The deadline will be 27th February 2021. The theme will be “Local Attractions.”
This guideline has been composed by Susi Luard to assist members in preparing to make and select images for submission:
We hope to see attractive photos taken at any time of day (early morning, sunny afternoons with blue sky and white clouds, at sunset or night time) or with arty interpretations to convey mood and emotion. Why not use apps for alternative creative interpretation. The idea is to avoid straight holiday snaps. Make the images attractive that we would want to visit the installation, structure, building, a particular location. If it was a picture to convey your nostalgia of the place you may want to apply filters, layers, using lenses such as lens baby or fish eye lens or whatever photographic 'tools' and softwares you may have. The interpretation is wide from stunning pictures worthy of travel magazines to nostalgic pictures. Make your images as impactful as possible.
Our external judge is Rosemary Wilman FRPS.
You can see a selection of Rosemary’s work at: https://www.wilmanphoto.co.uk
It is uncertain whether social distancing requirements will dictate that, like Rounds 1 -3, this Round will be run through Zoom Video Conferencing. If so, we will be limited to DPI entries only.
We will notify Members by email and through the website when the competition is open.
Round 3: "Open" theme, December 2020
Peter Prosser APAGB was our judge for this round, held on 1st December 2020.
The continued restrictions on social gatherings meant that the session was conducted through Zoom Video Conferencing, and was limited to DPI entries only.
A report of the session is here: Blog
Click here to see the results of the Round: Round 3, December 2020 (DPI) - Results
And here for the running totals over the two rounds so far: Cumulative Results Total, after Round 3 (DPI)
A Gallery of the entries is here: 2020-12-DPI
Round 2: "Urban Colours and Shapes", September 2020
The second round of our 2020-21 Internal Competition was judged by Ron Tear on Tuesday 15th September 2020. The theme was “Urban Colours and Shapes”.
A report of the session is here: Blog
A Gallery of the entries is here: 2020-09-DPI
Round 1: “Open,” June 2020
The first round of the season was held on Tuesday 16th June 2020. This Round was “Open”, meaning there was no set theme. Our judge was Jay Charnock. A report of the session is here:
A gallery of the entries is here:
Future Rounds: entries will be restricted to one Print and one DPI
To see all future scheduled competition evenings click here. Logged-in members can check the submission deadline dates here.
In response to the growing number of submissions in both Print and DPI categories over recent Competition seasons, and concerns raised by our guest judges, we have decided to reduce the number of entries in each future round of the Competition to one Print image and one DPI image.
This will apply when we are able to meet again to share printed images.
The reduction in submissions will allow the judge to give appropriate consideration to each image and also ensure that we do not overrun our scheduled meeting times, as we have been doing over recent sessions.
After each round of the 2020-21 season images will be displayed on this page. Images scoring 18 or more out of 20 will appear first along with their mark. To see the photographer's name alongside each image, click the button below the slideshow and launch a different view of the gallery. Members have the option not to display their images by checking the appropriate box when submitting their entries in PhotoEntry.
Last Season 2019-20:
For information on last season’s Internal Competition, and links to Galleries of the images, you can access the Society’s Archive at:
Internal Competition 2019-20