Competitions

Entries are made using PhotoEntry (see below). Please ensure that entries are submitted on time and in the correct format. If you have problems, please contact the competitions secretary: [email protected] well before the competition deadline.

“Open” Competition 1st October 2019

Ordinary competition with no set subject. Up to two Prints and two PDIs to be entered by the entry deadline on 29th September. Our judge for this competition is Amanda Wright

“Typically British” Competition on 22nd October 2019

Ordinary competition with a theme: An image that epitomises Britain: it’s people, landscape, buildings, etc. Up to two Prints and two PDIs to be entered by the entry deadline on 20th October. Our judge for this competition is Terry Coffey

“Open” Competition 12th November 2019

Ordinary competition with no set subject. Up to two Prints and two PDIs to be entered by the entry deadline on 10th November. Our judge for this competition is Jeff Lawrence

Chair’s Challenge Competition 3rd December 2019

Special Competition: A newsworthy image from 2019, plus an arresting caption of no more than 35 words. PDI only. Carol Burley and Cliff Hide are the judges. Entry deadline is 1st December.

“The Colour Purple” Competition on 7th January 2020

Ordinary competition with a theme:  An image where purple is the predominant colour. Paul Burwood is our judge tonight. Up to two Prints and two PDIs to be entered by the entry deadline on 5th January.

“Mono” Portfolio Competition on 4th February 2020

Ordinary competition: The theme for this competition is “Mono”. Enter One print set and/or one PDI set. A set is three complementary images that hang together as a portfolio. The judge will consider each image on its own merit and also as a whole, considering how well the images work together as a portfolio. Entries to be received by the deadline on 2nd February. Our judge for this competition is Micki Aston.

“Open” Competition 3rd March 2020

Ordinary competition with no set subject.  Up to two Prints and two PDIs to be entered by the entry deadline on 1st March. Our judge for this competition is Colin Harrison

Cups Competitions on 17th March 2020

Three Annual competitions for Prints only: Teuchter Cup for best Colour Print. Jubilee Trophy for best Mono Print. Anne Walker award for best Macro Print. One print in each cup competition. Entries to be submitted by deadline on 15th March. Our judge for this evening is Rojer Weightman.

Campbell Cup for The Natural World on 31st March 2020

Annual Competition: Enter up to two prints and two PDIs by the deadline on 29th March. Our judge for this evening is Lloyd Moore.

Annual PDI Competition for the Byte Trophy on 21st April 2020

Annual Competition: Enter your best three PDIs from this season by the deadline on 19th April. Our judge for this competition is Peter Prosser

Annual Print Competition for the Joe Green Trophy on 5th May 2020

Annual Competition: Enter your best three Prints from this season by the deadline on 3rd May. Our judge for this evening is David Hipperson

  • You must enter your images using PhotoEntry, which is a web-based tool for managing your competition entries.
  • You will need to log in using your User ID and password.
    1. Your User ID is normally your first name a space and then your surname, all in lower case letters, eg: “fred bloggs”
    2. If you forgot your password there is a link to reset it on the left side of the log in screen. If you don’t get the reset email, check your spam/junk folder.
  • From the Main Menu select the Competition Group. This will be e.g. the competitions for a particular season.
  • Select the Competition. You can only submit/change/delete entries when the Competition is open to accept entries.
  • Check the number of entries that you are allowed for this competition. It is shown as “Entries Allowed” on the entry screen. The number of entries varies by competition.
  • Export your images as JPGs. Pay particular attention to the image dimensions, and the colour space. It doesn’t matter what the filenames are. You cannot upload a JPG that is larger than 10MB.
  • Click on Add Entry.
  • Supply a Title and select the publishing options and click Save.
    • The title may be up to 50 characters long
    • The title can only include alphanumerics and the characters ,.!’-%()$£
  • Upload the correct number of images. This will normally be one per entry, but could be higher (e.g. for a portfolio competition).
  • Once the messages for the Entry are green, your entry is accepted. You may still have a warning about image dimensions (see below).
  • Add further entries if you want to and have not already reached the limit. The “Add Entry” button will only be visible when the Competition is Open and you are allowed more entries.
  • Digital images must be uploaded using PhotoEntry before the competition deadline.
  • They must be in JPG format with a .JPG file name extension.
  • For proper colour reproduction they should be saved in sRGB colour format.
  • The size should  not exceed 1400px in the horizontal and 1050px in the vertical.
    • Larger images will be automatically resized by PhotoEntry but the quality may not be as good as if you resize and sharpen in your software.
    • Smaller images will not be enlarged. They will be projected at their original size.
  • Maximum filesize is 10M.
  • To enter a print, you must upload a PDI version of the print using PhotoEntry with the correct title.
  • You must bring the print along on the evening of the competition and collect it afterwards.
  • Prints must be appropriately mounted for display on a stiff material.
  • There must be no glass or plastic covering the image.
  • Maximum overall size (including mount) is 500mm x 400mm for Landscape orientation or 400mm x 500mm for Portrait orientation
  • Minimum overall size is 175 mm x 125 mm
  • The rear of the print must be marked with your name and the Title of the print.

When a competition is held, the judge is briefed by the competition secretary on what to expect and what is required. For example, an “Open” competition the brief sent to the judge will be:

Marlow Camera Club have recently changed how we’re doing competitions and are trying something new (to us) this season: we are removing the requirement to score every image and asking the judge to focus on the commentary rather than the scoring. (Hopefully this makes your job easier!)  We are asking for images to be placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Highly commended, and commended. The club hopes that this will encourage more creative entries and more work from beginners. 

What we’re asking is:

  • Please comment on each image in turn, as you see fit, but…
  • …Bear in mind images are from a mix of ability and experience, so please tailor commentary appropriately.
  • Please prioritise comments on originality/creative/artistic elements. 
  • We need 1st-2nd-3rd-Highly Commended and Commended for both PDIs and Prints.
  • Ideally one image each in 1/2/3 and a number of Highly Commended and Commended
  • Joint 1st/2nd/3rd is fine, if needed.

If there is a theme to the competition, the judge is given the same information as was given to the members as to the nature of the theme and what the intent is. See the above section “Competitions this season” for information on this.