GENERAL RULES FOR COMPETITIONS
1. All entries submitted must be the original work of the Member. This includes both the capture
of the image and the post-production work.
2. Entries may be home or commercially printed.
3. Entries shall not be more than three years old.
4.1 An image, whether in print or pdi format, may not be entered in the same competition, in the
same or subsequent years, more than once.
4.2 Furthermore, an image, whether in print or pdi format, may only be entered in a maximum of
two different competitions, (e.g. once in an Aggregate and once in a Nature). However the
two different competitions must not be at the same Club meeting.
4.3 Entering an image in colour and then again in monochrome counts as two uses.
4.4 Multiple exposures of the same scene will count as a single capture.
5. Prints should be mounted on substantial board with adequate backing. Mounting and taping
must give due regard to the avoidance of damage to other images when stacked. Mount sizes
should be 500 x 400mm, tolerance ±2mm, maximum thickness 4mm, (i.e. ex PAGB).
6. Prints must have the image TITLE and members name on the reverse side at the top left. (See
also 8.2 below).
7. Pdi’s must be resized to width 1400 pixels x height 1050 pixels and with a maximum file size of
2Mb. Files should be named “TITLE by AUTHOR” and saved in Jpeg format (using maximum
quality but keeping within 2Mb). Image files must be in RGB mode (even for monochrome
images) and in the sRGB colour space.
8.1 Up to 2 sets may be entered in Panel competitions and 3 images in all other competitions.
8.2 In all competitions, except Panel competitions, images should be marked “1”, “2” or “3”, after
their title, (prints and Pdi’s). In the event of an excessive number of entries, those marked “3”
will be excluded and will be available for subsequent competitions.
9. Pdi’s should be emailed to the Pdi Competition Secretary and prints delivered to the Print
Competition Secretary at addresses as published. The deadline for receipt is two weeks before
10. Nature Competitions are not subject to the traditional definition as in “Natural History”. An
image may include most things in nature however must not have manmade structures as the
11. Competition Secretaries are authorised to reject entries not complying with the above Rules,
any disputes being resolved by the Management Committee.
Our competitions are held for the sole purpose of encouraging new work and improving standards.
Guidelines on how to create a JPEG file using Adobe Photoshop/Elements are available upon request and are also shown in our Handbook.
2018 Club Competition Awards
Three -on-a-Theme Competition
1 Just Doors - Pat Collier
2 Seaside in Winter - John Rowbottom
3 Peeling – Pat Collier
1 Reed Bunting - John Holland
2 Damselflies and Dragonfly - Ray Harrison
3 Birds of Prey - Renzo Gherardi
Themed Competition - “Mono”
1 All Aboard – Dennis Pegram
2 Billi - Pat Collier
3 Zebra - Paul Coote
1 The English Court - Dennis Pegram
2 Better Days - Dennis Pegram
3 Buttermere Lone Tree – Paul Coote
Birchgrove Nature Challenge Competition
1 Final Swoop - Simon Rumsby
2 Ouch That Hurt - Geoff Horton
3 Butterfly - John Roberts
1 Tiger - Paul Coote
2 Gannet & Chick - John Roberts
3 South African White Lion - Alan Dolby CPAGB
Final Aggregate Competition
1 Paul Coote
2 Karl Loercher
3 (joint) Renzo Gherardi/Pat Collier
1 Simon Rumsby
2 Alan Dolby CPAGB
3 John Roberts
Birchgrove Nature Beginners