Revised Competition Rules

To All Members
These are the current society competition rules for the forthcoming 2016/17 season which can also be found in the new 2016 handbook

Please note Guidelines for some competitions, they are there for your benefit!
Good luck for the forthcoming season.


CUPS and TROPHIES may be held for one year or until the next competition to which they apply (whichever soonest). Then engraved if applicable, and returned well cleaned to the Competition Secretary.

PRINTS & PROJECTED IMAGES are only eligible for entry during the two seasons following the one in which they first appeared in any L&LPS competition. They may not be submitted twice for the same class.

The entry of identical images in different formats within one competition night is not allowed.

DIGITAL IMAGING: The exhibitor of digital work MUST be the photographer of the original image(s) The use of 3rd PARTY, COPYRIGHT and/or ROYALTY-FREE IMAGES is NOT ALLOWED.
CLOSING DATES: The closing dates for all the competition entries are listed in the current programme. It is the photographer's responsibility to ensure that their work is submitted in accordance with the rules and by the specified hand-in date (late entries will not be judged). Entries will be assessed for eligibility by the Competition Secretary and any not deemed to be compliant with the rules will not be shown.

The Society reserves the right to reproduce any competition entry onto the Society's Website or any other promotional medium. Copyright remains with the photographer.

The Competition Secretary, President, President-Elect or other members of the committee shall not submit for judging any entry which is considered unsuitable.

The Competition Secretary, after consultation with the relevant judge, reserves the right to withdraw prints or DPIs from a competition where the judge considers that there are too many to judge effectively on the evening. The system for withdrawing prints is explained in the following sections. Any withdrawn images will be deemed to have not been entered.

The Competition Secretary's decision on the interpretation of these rules is final and binding.


Prints may be of any size and mounted on a card no bigger than 500mm x 400mm in size unless otherwise stated. The title and photographer's name must appear on the back.
Entries must be put into the supplied print box and the photographer’s name and the number of prints submitted written on the appropriate clip board.

Prints should be prioritised by adding ‘P’ (for priority) and a number after the title. For example, four prints might be named and numbered as follows:
Evening Sunrise P1
A day at the races P2
Blackbird eating worm P3
The Clock Tower P4.
The Competition Secretary will remove all prints numbered P4 where there are considered to be too many to judge in an evening.

HOME, TRADE or DIGITAL processed prints are eligible in all print competitions unless otherwise stated.
Both COLOUR or MONOCHROME prints may be entered in any print competition unless otherwise stated.

Entries are limited to a maximum of four prints per member per competition, unless otherwise stated.


Only digital images are permitted, maximum of three images per member per competition. Images must be presented in the correct orientation for viewing .

File format JPEG only and the image dimension must not exceed 1400px horizontal by 1050px vertical. The colour space should ideally be sRGB to ensure correct projection.

The file name to be the image title. Additionally, DPIs should be prioritised by adding ‘P’ (for priority) and a number after the title. For example, three DPIs might be numbered as follows:
Charity walk P1
Fox at Dawn P2
A bit of a puzzle P3
The Competition Secretary will remove all DPIs numbered P3 where there are considered to be too many to judge in an evening.

Please hand your CD or memory stick to the Projectionist. Alternatively you may email your images to the Projectionist and copy to the Competition Secretary so that (s)he also has the titles. See the current programme for details.

Humans in Action
Guidelines: Images should show one or more humans engaged in some form of activity. Possible activities include (but are not restricted to) all forms of sport, work and recreation. There should be an emphasis on movement (whether caused by the person(s) involved or not) and where appropriate, on expression. It is up to the photographer to decide how best movement is portrayed eg through creative blurring, through the use of a dynamic pose or through another means.
Knight Cup awarded for the winning print.
Weston Cup awarded for the winning projected image.

Guidelines: Landscape maybe rural or urban. Includes seascapes & cloudscapes.
Lockington Vial Trophy awarded for the winning print.
Ward Trophy awarded for the winning projected image.

Guidelines: Nature photography uses the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology.

Images with landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.
Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals.

Not permitted:
Human elements except where those human elements are
integral parts such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves.
Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens.

The photographic process must present images in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality.

Techniques including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content or altering the content of the original scene.
Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches.
Colour images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome.

Not permitted:
Any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.
Any techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping.
Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations.
Stitched images.

Correct, short descriptive titles should be used, ideally the species name. Optionally a qualifier describing the behaviour shown may be added. If it is not possible to give the precise species, the title should identify the subject as closely as possible. For example, a good title would be 'Puffin in flight'. 'Bracket fungus' is acceptable if the species of bracket is not known.
Butterworth Cup awarded for the winning print.
Plant Trophy awarded for the winning projected image.

Guidelines: External or internal view of a complete building, part of a building, or detail integral to the building.
John Tucker trophy awarded for the winning print.
Lucas Cup awarded for the winning projected image.

President’s Set Subject
Guidelines: The subject to be chosen and judged by the retiring/past President and announced no later than the AGM. The competition subject will be listed in the following year's programme.
Ray Needham Cup awarded for the winning print.
Peter Jones Trophy awarded for the winning projected image.

Colour Prints, any Subject
Colour Print Plaque awarded for the winning colour print.

Monochrome Prints, any Subject
Guidelines: Prints may be black & white or toned. If toned the use of only ONE colour is allowed eg, Sepia, Cyanotype etc. Black & white prints showing selective colour are not allowed.
Walker Cup awarded for the winning monochrome print.

Guidelines: Human study whether posed or candid, head included. Photographed in a studio, in the street or elsewhere and with natural or any form of artificial lighting.
Mike Jacobs Rose Bowl awarded to highest-placed L&LPS portrait print.


Digital, any Subject
Eyden Cup awarded for the winning image.

Monochrome Digital, any Subject
Gerry Raggett Trophy awarded for the winning image.

Creative Digital, any Subject
Guidelines: Images that suggest a change or manipulation that goes beyond representational photography to express a story, an idea, an emotion, or a concept. Examples of image types
include:-experimental, abstract, in-camera effects, montages or other artistic interpretations created from an image with image-editing software.
Cecil Jacobs Trophy awarded to the winning L&LPS or Fosse CC projected image.


Audio visual
Guidelines: Only digital sequences are permitted with a maximum of one per member. Photographers to be anonymous. The sequence to be accompanied with a single piece of music, song or poetry reading. It may be lengthened or shortened as appropriate, but must not exceed 5 minutes in duration. The sequence may be synchronised to the music with simple dissolves only. The running order will be decided by ballot and judging will take place by the members on the night.

Digital Images
The file format required is JPG only. The image dimensions must not exceed 1400 pixels wide by 1050 pixels high. sRGB colour space recommended.

An AV can be submitted as a self-executing file or as a series of images contained within a folder that are changed manually to a piece of music. Where images are submitted as a series within a folder they should be numbered using the following format:
The sequence must be started with a ‘black’ image named ‘100.jpg’. The first projected image in the sequence is to be named ‘101.jpg’ and the 2nd image ‘102.jpg’ … etc.
Please DO NOT name them 1, 2, 3 … etc.

All the images need to be copied into a new folder named ‘your sequence title’ then burnt onto a CD or memory stick.
Michael Stockton Trophy Mini AV awarded for the winning sequence.

Projected images—restricted entry
Three Digital Images of any subject.
Entrants not having won any L&LPS projected competition (exhibition included) in the last three years, must submit three digital images not previously shown in such events.
Marks out of 20 will be given for each image, and the Trophy awarded for the highest aggregate score of the two best. In tie-break situations the third image score will be counted.
Bedingfield Bronze awarded for the winning projected image.

Photographer of the Year
The Don and Helen Tansey Award is open to all members of the society. A member acquires points for entering both print and projected image competitions with additional points awarded for placed entries. At the end of the season, the highest placed entrant will be awarded the trophy.
Don and Helen Tansey Award awarded to the winning photographer.

Photographer of the Year—restricted entry
The Woodward Medal remains open only to members who have not won a competition, including any at the annual exhibition, over the last 3 years. It will be run concurrently with the Photographer of the Year trophy with points being awarded for entering both print and projected image competitions with additional points for placed entries. At the end of the season, the highest placed eligible entrant will be awarded the trophy.
Woodward Medal awarded to the winning photographer.