Club Competitions

The Club has both internal competitions for its own members and also takes part in many external competitions against other clubs.

The following rules cover the Club’s internal competitions.

All images must be submitted on the hand in date or earlier, no late entries will be accepted. Prints should be handed in on the hand in date or by prior arrangement with the Internal Competitions Secretary. Projected Digital Images (PDIs) should be uploaded from USB memory stick or CD to the club laptop on the hand-in date or emailed to the Internal Competitions Secretary by prior arrangement.

Prints must be mounted in window mounts to comply with SPF guidelines, with a maximum mount size of 50cm x 40cm or 20in x 16in. This mount size is recommended even for prints of A4 and other sizes.

Prints should be labelled on the back in the top left hand corner of the mount, for identification and orientation. The rear of the print/mount should be free of any other stickers or labels. The label should have the following format:-

KCC   A or F (for Advanced or Foundation)   Membership no.   Title
e.g.  KCC   A   99   Sea View

PDIs must be in JPEG format and sized to maximum width of 1600 pixels x maximum height of 1200 pixels.

PDIs should be named as follows (to preserve the anonymity of the author):-

KCC   A or F (for Advanced or Foundation)   Membership no.   Title
e.g.  KCC   F   25   Hurricane

All PDI’s and prints entered must be entirely the work of the photographer. Composite images are permitted provided all component images meet this requirement. For the avoidance of doubt, use of images from any other source including, but not limited to, royalty free image banks and clipart are not permitted.

KCC reserves the right to retain entries for public exhibition, for interclub and other competitions and the Club website.

There are two levels in each category (Colour Prints, Monochrome Prints, PDIs) in the League and Annual competitions:

  • Foundation: Inexperienced members or beginners who have not won two categories, or the same one twice, when at least three members have entered.
  • Advanced: Members who have previously won twice at Foundation level or are experienced.

Please ask the Internal Competitions Secretary for guidance on this matter.

Four-on-a-Board

  • 4 prints on a theme of the member’s choice mounted on a single board. Maximum size of each print 7”x5”.
  • Judged by the audience on the night; all members are equal.
  • Up to 5 points are awarded per image and up to 5 for overall presentation with a maximum total of 25 points for the set.

Projected Digital Image Knockout

  • A PDI knockout competition with a total of 64 images, displayed in pairs using two projectors.
  • Club members vote for the best image per pair and this goes forward to the next round.
  • The process repeats for 6 rounds until just 2 images are left from which the winner is picked.
  • Enter 2 – 4 PDIs as per guidelines above. Foundation level will be prioritised to make up to 64 images.

League Competition – 3 rounds
Categories and Levels
Monochrome Prints – Foundation and Advanced (2 levels)
Colour Prints – Foundation and Advanced (2 levels)
Projected Digital Image – Foundation and Advanced (2 levels)

  • Up to 3 images may be entered in each category and in each round.
  • Marked out of 20 by a guest judge with 1st, 2nd and 3rd awarded 20, 19 & 18 marks respectively in each category and for each level.
  • No image may be submitted into multiple categories in the same round of the League.
  • Any image, or significantly similar one, which has been placed in the top 3 may not be resubmitted in subsequent rounds of the League.

Thackery Trophy

  • A panel of 3 individually mounted prints on a set theme; judged by a guest judge as a set; all members equal.

Creative Digital Competition

  • Images should be ‘creative’ in some way, either in-camera or using software e.g. panning, unusual processing (i.e. not simply a ‘straight’ shot). Note they do not have to be manipulated in software; an in-camera creative approach is fine too.
  • Up to 3 PDI images may be entered (as per guidelines above).
  • Judged by a guest judge with 1st, 2nd and 3rd awarded; all members equal.

Fortune & Greer Quaich

  • Up to 2 individually mounted prints on a set theme; judged by the audience on the night; all members equal.

Smartphone Photography PDI Competition

  • Up to 3 PDIs may be entered (as per guidelines above) which must have been taken on a mobile phone.
  • Judged by the audience on the night; all members equal.

10 Minute Talk/ AV Presentation

  • 10 minute talk on a photography related subject or an AV presentation on any subject.
  • Judged by the President on the night; all members equal.

Annual Competition
Categories and Levels
Monochrome Prints – Foundation and Advanced (2 levels)
Colour Prints – Foundation and Advanced (2 levels)
Projected Digital Image – Foundation and Advanced (2 levels)

  • Up to 3 images may be entered in each category.
  • Marked by a guest judge with 1st, 2nd and 3rd awarded in each category and for each level (no marks given).
  • No image may be submitted into multiple categories in the Annual.
  • Any image, or significantly similar one, entered in a League comp., may only be entered once in the Annual.

The Club, its Office Bearers and Committee accept no responsibility for the images presented, but reserve the right to refuse to display any at their entire discretion and without explanation being given.
All reasonable care will be taken in the handling of prints, USB sticks and other electronic media. Laptops and other equipment being property of members should be suitably insured by the owners for use outwith their own premises.