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HomeInternal Competition 2021-22

Competition Evenings

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.

To see all future scheduled competition evenings click here. Logged-in members can check the submission deadline dates here.

Detailed rules and guidance, including DPI sizing constraints, can be read here.

This Year's Competition

Round 2 - NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES - 7th September 2021 (Deadline for submissions 4th September) Theme: "Abandonment"

The Second Round of our 2021/22 Internal Competition is now open for submissions! 

The judging session will take place on Tuesday 7th September 2021 in our regular Venue – St Joseph’s Church Hall, 15 Lamb’s Passage London EC1Y 8LE.

This means that we can also resume holding a Prints Competition as well as continue the DPI Competition that got under way in June. 

The Theme for this Round is “Abandonment”.  A  guideline for the Theme is set out below, and has been shared with the judge.

Entry process, Image Guidelines etc

Members may submit one Print entry and/ or one DPI entry. Submissions must be made using the PhotoEntry system (for both prints and DPIs), before the deadline of midnight on Saturday 4th September 2021. 

The Link for PhotoEntry is here:


You will need to enter your PhotoEntry User ID and Password. If you do not already have a User ID and Password, please contact John Murray at:

All entries must conform to the rules about size, colour representation and titles set out here:

  Rules and Guidelines 2021-22 Season Revised 30 June 2021

Our Judge – Jay Charnock

Our judge for the evening is Jay Charnock FRPS. You can see a selection of her work on this site:  Jay Charnock (

Registration/ Attending in Person – limited numbers apply/ Attending remotely

In the interests of health and safety, and in compliance with our venue’s COVID 19 Risk Assessment, the numbers attending the session will be limited to 25.


Thanks to the efforts of John Murray, Dennis Law and others, we have set up the technology to allow us to link in by Zoom any members who are unable to attend in person. Whether attending in person or by Zoom, you do need to register in advance.

The Registration link is set out in the event’s details in the WHAT’S ON section of our website.

You can opt to register as attending in person or remotely by Zoom Video Conference.

Registration is required by noon on the day of the competition, latest. Details of how to log in to the Zoom Video Conference on 7th September will be circulated to all remote-registered participants. 

The meeting will start at 6.45pm and run until 9.00pm. 

Previous Rounds

Round 1 - June 2021 (Open Theme)

The first Round of our 2021/22 Internal Competition was held on Tuesday 1st June 2021. This Round was “Open”, meaning there was no set theme.

Our judge for the evening was Paul Burwood.

A full report of the session is on our Blog at:


The scores for the evening and totals to date are in these reports from our PhotoEntry system:

Internal Competition Round 1 (Open) 2021/22 Results

Internal Competition Totals after Round 1 of 2021/22 Season

You can see all images in the Slideshow below and in the linked Gallery.

How the rest of the Competition will run this Season:

Entries restricted to one Print and one DPI

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 round of the Competition to one Print image and one DPI image.  

This will enable the judge to give appropriate consideration to each image and also ensure that we do not overrun our scheduled meeting times. 

In the unfortunate event that restrictions on social contacts are reimposed, then we will revert to the format of having only DPI submissions (up to two per member) for any Round affected.

Themes and Judges

Round 3: Judging Session, 7th December (deadline 4th December), “Open” Theme. Judged by Peter Prosser.

Round 4: Judging Session, 1st March (deadline 26th February), Theme “Night Cityscape and Night Landscape”. Judged by Gerald Kityakara LRPS. There is a guideline also for this theme below.  

Theme Guidelines:

September’s theme of “Abandonment”

Images submitted could cover places: derelict buildings, sites of former habitation and industry.  The theme could also cover objects; things left behind accidentally or deliberately.  And also people, for example those left behind out of a changing society’s mainstream. 

For inspiration you might be interested to look at some of these links for images of derelict buildings and relics from an earlier industrial age: 

- Derelict London Derelict London - Photography, Social History and Guided Walking Tours - Derelict London homepage

- Abandoned Engineering – 2019 exhibition at Oxo Tower Abandoned Engineering - Oxo Tower

A recent Exhibition at the Photographers Gallery also has images that convey the mood of abandonment, in relation to the person as well as the place:

- Tish Murtha: Works 1976-1991 | The Photographers' GalleryTish Murtha Gallery

March's theme of "Night Cityscape and Night Landscape"

We are looking for photos of the outdoors, whether urban or country, in the hours between sunset and sunrise. 

Some useful tips for us amateurs might be found here:

- Step-by-step guide to night landscape photography (

- photography landscape at night - Bing

Some examples that might inspire: 

- 34 Magical Photos of Cityscapes at Night - The Photo Argus

- Finnish Photographer Captures The Most Otherworldly Night Pictures You'll Ever See On Instagram | DeMilked


After each round of the 2021-22 season, images will appear on this page (unless the photographer has opted out). Images scoring 18 or more out of 20 are displayed first along with their mark. To see the photographer's name alongside each image, click the button below the slideshow to launch a different view of the gallery.

Round 1: Open theme, June 2021

Our Judge, Paul Burwood praised the overall high standard and variety of the 55 images on display. For more information about the images, who made them and which secured the highest scores, press the link below to the Gallery


Last Season, 2020-21

For information on last season’s Internal Competition and links to Galleries of the images click below:

Internal Competition 2020-21

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