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Internal Club Competitions

Introduction

The club holds monthly competitions that are contests between individual members of the club. There are seven monthly competitions throughout the season (five open and two theme), with collections usually on the first Monday of the month and judging usually on the last Monday of the month from September to May. Additionally we hold landscape, three on a theme and mono competitions. Finally there is an end of season image of the year competition. For all competitions there are two separate formats, one for prints and one for digital projected images. Details for the 2021/2022 season are below. The collection and judging dates are also listed in the programme and information on how to submit prints and images can be found here.

Month Last submission date Judging date Details
September 2021 6 Sep 2021 27 Sep 2021 Open competition
October 2021 4 Oct 2021 25 Oct 2021 Open competition
November 2021 1 Nov 2021 29 Nov 2021 Theme competition:
Two or a Pair
December 2021 15 Nov 2021 13 Dec 2021 Landscape competition:
Winner to be awarded the Mike Stokes Trophy
January 2022 3 Jan 2022 31 Jan 2022 Open competition
February 2022 7 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 Open competition
March 2022 14 Feb 2022 14 Mar 2022 Three on a theme competition
March 2022 7 Mar 2022 28 Mar 2022 Theme competition:
Openings
April 2022 4 Apr 2022 25 Apr 2022 Open competition
May 2022 2 May 2022 23 May 2022 Mono competition
May 2022 9 May 2022 30 May 2022 Image of the year:
Winner to be awarded the Terry Gardiner Trophy

Members may submit up to two prints and two digital images per month. Entries are submitted to the Competition Secretary by the notified date. Digital images can be submitted via Dropbox (see the Dropbox section at the end of the submissions page), by e-mail to the Competition Secretary: or on club evenings on USB stick or CD/DVD.

During the judging evenings, each piece of work will be awarded a mark out of 20 and be commented on in a constructive manner.

Trophies and Awards

There are currently fourteen competition winners announced at the end of the season (end of May / start of June):

  1. Open - Print
  2. Open - Digital
  3. Themed - Print
  4. Themed - Digital
  5. Mike Stokes Landscape - Print
  6. Mike Stokes Landscape - Digital
  7. Mike Stokes Landscape - Shield
  8. Three on a Theme - Print
  9. Three on a Theme - Digital
  10. Mono - Print
  11. Mono - Digital
  12. Terry Gardiner Memorial Trophy - Print
  13. Terry Gardiner Memorial Trophy - Digital
  14. Novice of the Year

Notes

Results from previous season can be found by scrolling through the News page.

Annual Mono Competition

This competition is held in May each year. Members may enter up to two monochrome prints and two monochrome digital images with the definition of monochrome being that of the WPF at the time. Each piece of work will be commented on in a constructive manner. No theme is intended nor should any marks be awarded for any theme.

Three on a Theme Competition

This competition is held annually. More information can be found here.

The Mike Stokes Trophy

The Mike Stokes Trophy is a landscape and seascape competition held in memory of Mike Stokes. Mike served the club as a committee member holding several posts over many years. He also inspired and entertained members in equal amounts over those years. The competition is in print and digital projected image sections with an overall winner from the two sections.

Image of the Year - The Terry Gardner Trophies

At the end of the season members may submit previously submitted images for an Image of the Year competition. Entries are scored by members or an external judge. The top scoring print and projected image are named as the "Image of the Year" for that season. The winning photographers are awarded the Terry Gardner Trophy, named in memory of a well respected former committee member.

Review of Summer Evening Outings

During June and July club members meet on a Monday evening in the local area to take photographs. One evening in the programme for the following season, usually around October, is devoted to a review of images taken during these evenings with a winning image selected from those submitted.

Other Internal Competitions

Whilst planning that seasons programme the committee may decide on one or two more competitions, whose format will vary. The idea will be to provide a fresh and interesting challenge to club members. As much advance warning on the competitions rules as possible will be given, typically around the time of the previous years AGM.

Monthly competition theme subjects for years gone by

For the record...

Season Theme subjects
2020-21 Framed
Journeys
2019-20 Danger
Crooked
2018-19 Life on the street
In the garden
2017-18 Something new
2016-17 T.V. programme title
Transport
2015-16 Lightweight
Man's influence on the landscape
2014-15 Footwear
Toys
2013-14 Creative
Dereliction
Emotion
Macro
Night photography
Shadows
Welsh
2012-13 At night
Childhood
Only small
Speed
Still life
Urban life
Wildlife and nature
2011-12 Action
At work
Creative / altered reality
In the kitchen
Lines
Song title
Weather
2010-11 Coast
Close up
Dilapidation
Grabshot (Street life/candid)
RGB
Seasons
Something different