General categories include anything not specifically covered by Applied or Other. Some examples are shown below. All are eligible for the General competitions and in these they are shown all together. In some years there may be specific competitions for some categories.

In all cases, the final image and all its components must only be the work of the author.



A photographic creation by the author, including the use of manipulation through the camera, or digital techniques. Computer generated images are accepted.

Special effects may be carried out to the original image and other pictures/imported photographs may be added to provide extra detail.

This is your opportunity to show what you can do in any way you wish. Let your imagination run riot!


Although the trophy is the Portraiture Cup you do not have to confine yourself strictly to a portrait. But the main focus of your images should be on people. An emotional content or interaction between any subjects should also be considered important to show Humanity in all of its forms.

We encourage creative work in this section which could, for example, include: portraits, sports, cultures, fine art nudes, street photography, re-enactments, theatre, dance, goths and photo-journalism.

Pictorial Colour and Pictorial Mono


The object of pictorial photography is to produce a picture that arouses an emotional response in the viewer. The “WOW” factor. The “I would like to have that picture hanging on the wall” reaction.

Emotions are noTwistleton-Sunset---altt all pleasant: anger, greed, fear and despair are all emotions which can be aroused by a picture as well as pleasure, joy, nostalgia, etc.

The intensity of the response is the primary criterion for judging the picture. Technical matters such as definition, exposure and contrast may (or in some cases may not) contribute to an oveCK898-Aldeburgh-Beach-altrall effect, but they are secondary to the emotional response.

Journalism, Sport and Documentary

These images cover news or sporting events or provide information about a particular subject. They will be presented with truth and integrity, and be suitable for publication or an historical record.

Sport photographs will usually feature the sport being played, but might include sports people immediately before or after playing. Journalism photographs may cover just one aspect of a subject: they will record the actual scene but not necessarily give the full story (eg a performer on stage). Documentary photographs will contribute to a balanced view and understanding of a subject (eg a sequence showing a performer at work and at leisure and perhaps comparison with other performers).


Includes recreations, domestic animals and gardens.