General Competition Info

Changes to the Club Competition Rules as approved at the Summer meeting.

Image of the Year

Replace the last paragraph of section 3.3 which currently reads

• Any image taken by the author is eligible unless it has previously won an Image of the Year Competition.


• Any image taken by the author is eligible for entry that has been entered into a competition in the current season or has not been previously entered into a club competition in any season.
• Images entered into club competitions in previous seasons are not eligible.

The purpose of this change is to try and get only current or new images in the Image of the Year competition to try and keep it fresh and interesting.


To add to section 3.2

• No image may be entered as an individual entry in any theme of Digimania if it has been individually awarded a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in a Qualifying Club Competition, unless it is substantially different from any previous entry by that member in any section of any previous Qualifying Competition.

The purpose of this change is to try and get new images in the Digimania competition to try and keep it fresh and interesting.

Full Club Competition Rules

Important notice about Nature Photography competitions

PAGB Nature Photography Definition

Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.

No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Color images can be converted to greyscale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.

Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife.

Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.

Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species.
For those members who have not entered before, here is a quick reminder of how to prepare your images for the competition.

Once you have your image ready it must be re-sized to be no more than 1400 pixels wide or 1050 pixels high. So for a landscape format, re-size the horizontal dimension and if it is a portrait format, then re-size the vertical dimension. Name your images 1-**.jpg etc., where ** represents your club number. Then send your entries to Jackie via email along with the titles. More details can be found further down this page

Write your title and entry number on the back of the image. Then bring your prints along to club night next week. More details can be found further down this page

The Internal Competition Diary is as follows

Open 1 November Judge: Entries by October

Open 2 December Judge: . Entries by December

Open 3 - Theme January Judge: . Entries by January

Open 4 February Judge: . Entries by February

Digimania March Judge: Entries by March Compulsory subject this season:

What Is It? March Team Captains tba. They will notify their team members of the entry date.

Image of the Year April Judges: Entries by March

We also have Interclub competitions and external competitions. Details to follow.
For details on each competition please refer to the Rules section, below.

Preparing a Projected Digital Image for a Competition
An image needs to conform to a few basic rules when being entered into a club competition. The following is a simple guide.
1.First prepare the image to your satisfaction ensuring that all straightening & cropping have been completed.
2.Load the image into your editing software and select Image Size. Change the pixels to be a maximum of 1400 x 1050 pixels. This is important as the projector can only “see” that number of pixels.
3.Save the re-sized image as a jpg.
4. Rename the images as follows, where “cn” is your club number:
1-cn.jpg for your first choice
2-cn.jpg for your second choice
3-cn.jpg for your third choice.
So if you are member number 99 your images would be 1-99.jpg etc.
Most competitions allow up to a maximum of 3 images to be entered but occasionally this may be reduced if it is oversubscribed.

Preparing a Print for a Competition
You can enter up to 4 prints with no more than 3 being either mono or colour. A monochrome print may be black & white or toned or coloured the same overall. If an additional colour is added to part(s) of a monochrome print it accordingly becomes a ‘colour’ print (FIAP/PAGB Rule).
Club Competition prints shall be mounted. MAXIMUM MOUNT SIZE shall be 50 x 40 cm

A brief outline of the Competition Rules
(The full set of Competition Rules can be found at the end of this page)

Open ChampionshipThe three 'Open' and one 'Themed' competitions are the four qualifying competitions for the Club Championships.
Any photograph previously awarded 1st, 2nd or 3rd place may not be re-entered in any category of a qualifying competition.
No photograph may be entered more than three times as an individual entry in any category of any club competition.

This competition is for Projected Digital Images only. There are 9* subject categories, one of which is compulsory. Each member enters 5 of these, plus a tiebreaker which may be of any subject. The member with the highest aggregate score wins and is awarded the Brian Fitzgerald Trophy.

*The subject categories are: -
1. Landscape/Seascape
2. People/portrait/ candid
3. Action/Sport
4. Still Life/Table Top/Close Up
5. Architecture
6. Dusk til Dawn
7. Nature (PAGB Definition)
8. Transport
9. Creative

You cannot use any images that have been awarded 1st, 2nd or 3rd in previous competitions

Image of the Year
This competition is ‘Open’ and up to three entries may be made in each category. Entries can be any images taken by the member.