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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.

This Year's Competition

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 Competition will run this Season:

1. Future Rounds: entries restricted to one Print and one DPI

Assuming that we can meet again in person by the time of the Second Round in September, we will be able to re-start a Prints Competition as well as continue with the Competition for Digital Images.

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

2. Themes and Judges for the rest of the 21/22 Season

Round 2: Judging Session, 7th September (deadline, 4th September), Theme “Abandonment”. Judged by Jay Charnock. There is a guideline for the theme below.

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

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.  

Future 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

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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