These are competitions amongst Society members and are judged by a variety of experienced judges or professional photographers. There is a mix of open and themed competitions, and images are marked out of 20. Any member can enter and judging takes place anonymously, so it's a great forum for everyone to have their images constructively critiqued.
The total scores from the print and DPI (digital projected image) competition rounds held each season decide who are our "top" photographers in each category.
This Year's Competition:
Third Round, “Open” theme – Tuesday 1st December
The Third Round of our 2020/21 Competition is now open for entries. The deadline is Saturday 28th November. There is no set theme. Our external judge is Peter Prosser APAGB.
Social distancing requirements dictate that, like Rounds 1 and 2, this Round will be run through Zoom Video Conferencing. So we will be limited to DPI entries only, max. of 2 per entrant.
Submitting through PhotoEntry - Image Guidelines etc
To take part, upload your images through the PhotoEntry online submission system: https://compent.photoentry.uk/compent/
You will need to enter your PhotoEntry User ID and Password. These will have been sent to you in an email from John Murray, our Webmaster for previous competition rounds and events. If you have not received this email, please contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org
All entries must conform to the rules about size and colour representation set out here:
Internal Competition Rules and Guidelines 2020-21 Season Revised August 3rd 2020
Please note that the previous rules on naming image files no longer apply. The only "rule" is not to identify yourself in in the image title.
Registration and log-in to Zoom Video Conference
Registration is required before Tuesday December 1st at 12.00 noon. Register through the link on the "What's On" section of the Society's ClubExpress website.
The Zoom link for the meeting will be emailed at midday on Tuesday to everyone who has registered by then. At the same time this event page will be restricted so that only logged-in members can view it. Then it will be updated to include the Zoom link.
Round 2: "Urban Colours and Shapes", September 2020
The second round of our 2020-21 Internal Competition was judged by Ron Tear on Tuesday 15th September 2020. The theme was “Urban Colours and Shapes”.
The continued restrictions on social gatherings meant that the session was conducted through Zoom Video Conferencing, and was limited to DPI entries only.
A report of the session is here: Blog
Click here to see the results of the Round: Round 2, September 2020 (DPI) - Results
And here for the running totals over the two rounds so far: Cumulative Results total, after Round 2 (DPI)
A Gallery of the entries is here: 2020-09-DPI
Round 1: “Open,” June 2020
The first round of the season was held on Tuesday 16th June 2020. This Round was “Open”, meaning there was no set theme. Our judge was Jay Charnock. A report of the session is here:
The results of Round 1 are here:
Round 1, June 2020 (DPI) - Results
A gallery of the entries is here:
Future Rounds: entries will be restricted to one Print and one DPI
To see all future scheduled competition evenings click here. Logged-in members can check the submission deadline dates here.
In response to the growing number of submissions in both Print and DPI categories over recent Competition seasons, and concerns raised by our guest judges, we have decided to reduce the number of entries in each future round of the Competition to one Print image and one DPI image.
This will apply when we are able to meet again to share printed images.
The reduction in submissions will allow the judge to give appropriate consideration to each image and also ensure that we do not overrun our scheduled meeting times, as we have been doing over recent sessions.
After each round of the 2020-21 season images will be displayed on this page. Images scoring 18 or more out of 20 will appear first along with their mark. To see the photographer's name alongside each image, click the button below the slideshow and launch a different view of the gallery. Members have the option not to display their images by checking the appropriate box when submitting their entries in PhotoEntry.
Last Season 2019-20:
For information on last season’s Internal Competition, and links to Galleries of the images, you can access the Society’s Archive at:
Internal Competition 2019-20