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Internal Club Competitions

Monthly Competitions

The club holds monthly competitions that are contests between individual members of the club. There are nine competitions throughout the season, with collections usually on the first Monday of the month and judging usually on the last Monday of the month from September to May. The December Landscape and May mono competitions are judged individually. Results for the other seven monthly competitions are combined to give overall end of season winners. There are two separate formats, one for prints and one for digital projected images. Details for the 2020/2021 season are below. The collection and judging dates are listed in the programme and information on how to submit prints and images can be found here.

Month Details
September 2020 Open competition
October 2020 Open competition
November 2020 Theme competition : Framed
December 2020 Landscape competition
Winner to be awarded the Mike Stokes Trophy
January 2021 Open competition
February 2021 Open competition
March 2021 Theme competition: Journeys
April 2021 Open competition
May 2021 Mono competition

The "Three on a theme" competition will also take place in March 2021.

Members may submit up to two prints and two digital images per month. Entries are submitted to the Competition Secretary on the notified date (see programme) or by special arrangement with the Competition Secretary at another time. 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.

There are four competiton winners announced at the end of the season: Print Theme, Digital Theme, Print Overall, Digital Overall. The theme winners, print and digital, will be the members with the highest four scores in the November and February competitions. The overall winners, print and digital, will be decided by taking the highest seven scores over all seven monthly competitions.

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.

Members Choice - The Terry Gardner Trophies

Some time after the completion of the monthly and monochrome competitions the top scoring print and projected image entries are scored by members. The top scoring print and projected image are named as the "Members Choice" for that season. The winning photographers are awarded the Terry Gardner Trophy, named in memory of a well respected former committee member.

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 competiton is in print and digital projected image sections with the overall winner being awarded the trophy.

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
2019-20 Danger
2018-19 Life on the street
In the garden
2017-18 Something new
2016-17 T.V. programme title
2015-16 Lightweight
Man's influence on the landscape
2014-15 Footwear
2013-14 Creative
Night photography
2012-13 At night
Only small
Still life
Urban life
Wildlife and nature
2011-12 Action
At work
Creative / altered reality
In the kitchen
Song title
2010-11 Coast
Close up
Grabshot (Street life/candid)
Something different