We encourage members to improve their photographic skills and expertise by entering the Annual Competitions listed in the Programme. The dates by which you must submit your entries are also listed. There are two main types of competition:
- Print Competitions are for images which are to be shown in printed out form.
- Digital Competitions are for images which are to be shown by digital projection.
Competitions may be held for any of the following main categories:
- Applied: covers Nature, Architecture and Record, and Travel.
- Other: comprises the special categories of Photo Panel, Triptych, Can You Believe Your Eyes, Three of a Kind, Audio Visual and The Rundle Trophy.
- General: covers anything not in Applied or Other.
Please click on the links above for category details.
Number of Entries
You may submit up to two entries for a print competition and up to three entries for a digital competition. The exceptions are:
- Photo Panel: only one entry, comprising 4 to 6 separately mounted prints.
- Triptych: up to two entries, each comprising 3 prints on a single mount.
- Can You Believe Your Eyes: up to three print entries.
- Three of a Kind: only one entry, comprising a set of three separately mounted prints.
- Audio Visual: only one entry, running for not more than 5 minutes.
- The Rundle Trophy: only one entry, comprising 3 digitally projected images.
Colour and monochrome
Some competitions are for colour work only, some for monochrome only, and some are open to either (described as colour & mono).
We use the definitions of monochrome and colour issued by the PAGB and based on the current FIAP definition. A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work. Everything else is defined as colour, including a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour.
In a competition for “colour & mono” then, unless otherwise stated, you may enter up to two images for a print competition and three for a digital competition. They can be all colour, or all mono, or some of each.
Computer Manipulated Images
Subject to the next paragraph, you may manipulate images provided that the work is largely based on photographic images taken by you. All manipulation of the image must be carried out by you, or under your immediate control. This can include cropping, masking, filtration etc., removing unwanted details and blemishes and adding details of other photographic images taken by you.
However, please study the Applied category definitions for special rules that restrict manipulation of Nature, Architecture and Record, and Travel images and see the General category definitions for the requirements for Journalism, Sport and Documentary photography.
Entries will not normally be accepted after the entry date shown in the Programme.
All photographs must be your original work and your copyright. You must be a current member of Ilkley Camera Club.
You must not enter an image which has already been submitted to one of the Club’s Annual competitions including competitions in previous years. You must not enter an image in monochrome if it has already been submitted in colour, nor vice versa.
Entries for print competitions must follow the Print Competition Format Rules.
Entries for digital competitions must follow the Digital Competition Format and Submission Rules.
Final Decision on Entries
The Digital Secretary and Print Secretary, whose decisions are final, may remove any entries that do not meet the competition criteria or which breach the rules if a solution cannot be agreed with you.
Each competition is judged by an experienced independent Judge. No marks are given but the Judge awards any number of commendations, including highly commended together with third, second and first places.
We do ask Judges to comment on all images in a constructive manner. The Judge’s comments are only his or her opinion. Another Judge may well express a different opinion. Only members who receive awards are named.
Overall Photographic Achievement
As well as the individual competition trophies, all print competition entries are competing for the T L Haigh Trophy which is awarded to the competitor who receives the highest total placings in print competitions throughout the year.
Similarly, digital competiton entries are competing for the D J Slingsby Trophy, awarded to the competitor who receives the highest total placings in digital competitions throughout the year.
We look forward to seeing your images in future competitions and wish you every success.