Information and rules
In House photograph competitions – printed and digital images
Themes to be decided at the beginning of the club’s year.
Only paid up members may enter competitions.
Held six times a year and consisting of 1 Colour and 1 Black and White/Sepia photograph per member.
The same image cannot be used for both categories.
Printed images to be no smaller than 8 x 6 inches and must be mounted on card.
Digital images should be emailed to the club email address 2 weeks before the competition evening. Images sizes should be no smaller than 1MB and no larger than 10MB.
No photograph can be entered into club competitions more than once, except if under special circumstances like an annual overall winners competition.
All photographs are expected to be no older than 12 months except under special circumstances (and agreed by the management committee) and ideally taken with competition themes in mind. The competition secretary has the right to refuse submissions that are out of date.
The competition secretary will email you to say your images have been received. If the images are not the correct size, the secretary will inform you, giving you a chance to resubmit.
It is advised that images have no watermarks or text on them, as this may be marked down by the judge.
Photograph of the Year
All 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed photographs in both colour and black and white/sepia competitions will be eligible for the ‘Photograph of the Year’ competition.
Winners should ensure that the relevant photographs (if printed) are returned or made available for the December meeting when they will all be judged to find the winning Photograph of the Year by an independent judge.
Guidelines for Marking Competition Entries
We will invite an external judge to be the Assessor on the majority of our competitions. Occasionally we are ranked by the members present on the competition evening. We believe that this helps members in understanding the art of photography.
Each image is ranked on a range of 1 – 15
In marking images, you should consider the various elements that contribute to a good photograph, which we divide into 3 categories:
Composition (5 points)
Technical (5 points)
Subject and Impact (5 points)
Does the composition lead the eye to the main subject? While generally you might expect lead in lines to the main subject, nevertheless, the lines might not be as expected, and indeed they could be suggestive or even non-existent.
Is the image balanced, does it fill the frame, has it been cropped appropriately? There are different forms of “balance”, it can include colour, shape or size or a combination of these.
Did the photographer use the best angle or other interesting perspective?
Are there any distractions in the image?
Is the “Rule of Thirds”, used appropriately?
Careful however for this is not a rule written in stone and indeed some of the best images don’t follow the “rules” at all!
Photo consent rules to be incorporated in addition to the main club rules
All entries must be the original work of the entrant, that they own the copyright and that they do not infringe the copyright or other rights of any other party or any laws.
Entrants will retain copyright and moral rights in the photographs that they submit. By entering the competition all entrants:
Grant Corley & Fillongley Photographic Club the non-exclusive right to use the photographs to promote the competition they were submitted for, including reproducing the photographs on Corley & Fillongley Photographic Club’s digital channels (website, Facebook or other social media – with credit)
Agree that the use referred to above may include publishing, displaying or otherwise reproducing the photographs (whether on the internet, local press, exhibitions or otherwise) provided such use is for the purposes of promoting the club interests.
Corley & Fillongley Photographic Club will ensure that the photographer will always be credited whenever his or her images is used or published by Corley & Fillongley Photographic Club.
Winners may be required to take part in publicity and their name may be published on the Corley & Fillongley Photographic Club website and Corley & Fillongley Photographic Club publications.
The member can choose to withdraw their consent for the club to use their photos for promotional purposes, by writing to any committee member. This would not preclude the member from giving consent to the use of a photo on a one off basis again in writing to any committee member.