Additional Information about Competitions




Judges are asked to award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, plus at their discretion, any images to be Highly Commended or Commended in each category. With the exception of the Annual Prints & Digital Imaging Competitions all other competitions are “Open Subject”


This competition consists of three rounds. The winner of the overall competition is the person who scores the most accumulative points over the three rounds. 1st = 5 points, 2nd = 3 points, 3rd = 2 points & HC = 1 point.

There are 3 categories for the competition: Colour Prints, Monochrome Prints, and Projected Images – Colour & Monochrome, no separate categories.

There is also a category for “Newcomers to photography” for which a trophy will be awarded at the end of the year for the member scoring the most points over the three rounds. As it is not easy to define what exactly a newcomer to photography is – it is up to the individual to decide.

If you are relatively inexperienced then please enter this category ( ask for advice if you are not sure ) At the end of the year the winner of this category will no longer be able to enter this category.


There is a separate category for Monochrome in the Pictorial section only, all other sections include both Colour & Monochrome.

All entries for this competition will be displayed in Selby Abbey during the August Bank Holiday so it is especially important that all mount sizes conform to that advised in the later section on prints.

There is a club rule that members do not enter the same image in the two Annual Competitions ( Annual Print/Annual PIs ) e.g. as a print and as a digital image.

However, images that have been entered in the Points or Panel of 3 competitions may be entered in the Annual Competitions


Entries for this competition must comply with the conditions advised later in the Digital Images section.

For both Annual Competitions there are a number of categories, which apart from Monochrome Pictorial, which is in Prints only, are the same.

  1. Architecture & Record – includes buildings and things such as classic cars, clocks statues, bridges, stained glass windows etc.       There should be NO Pictorial portrayal in any entry in this category.
  2. Sport & Photojournalism is people involved in sporting activities or reportage of events. Street photography would come into this category.
  3. Portraiture includes candid shots of people, studio type shots of head and shoulders and full body, tasteful nude shots and portraits of people in the environment.
  4. Natural History includes plants and animals in the wild and should have the minimum of editing e.g. cropping, sharpening.
  5. Cultivated Plants & Captive Animals includes all those plants and animals found in a captive or domesticated environment.
  6. Pictorial includes all other types of shots including Landscapes.

Any doubts about which category to enter please ask.

PANEL OF THREE. ( Previously the Set Subject Competition )

This is a new competition and unlike the others will be judged on the evening by the members.

To enter you will need to submit three images which must be related in their subject matter.They could be three images of a single subject or three images that when viewed together relate to each other. The subject of the images is of your choosing.

Entries can be Colour/Monochrome Prints or Digital Images but there will be only one overall winner.

Entries for all competitions is subject to a fee of 50p per image payable to the Treasurer.

For all of the competitions, whilst there is no set limit, if you are entering more than 3 images/prints can you please, as well as the other information required, also number the entries in your order of preference for entry. There are times, especially for the Annual Print/Digital Image competitions, where the entry may to high for the Judge to cope with.

If any entries have to be withdrawn by the Competition Secretary in these circumstances you will be informed before the final entry is submitted and your entry fee refunded.



This competition is held annually and is an inter club competition between Selby, Howden, Doncaster & Wakefield camera clubs.

Each club takes it turn to host the event and enters 8 prints and 8 digital images which are judged on an evening of the hosts choice and by a judge of their choice.

All entries submitted by members are viewed by a small committee to choose those that will represent the club.

Points are awarded – maximum 20 – for each entry and the club with the most points holds the trophy for the following year.


Both of these organisations hold competitions during the year, some by invitation to represent them at Inter Club events and some open to all members to enter.

Details will be announced at club meetings and also posted on the web sites.



All prints should be mounted on 400mm x 500mm or 20” x 16” mount board. If you do not have the facility to cut mounts the prints can be surface mounted (the print itself can be any size).

Please ensure that if you use any form of glue or tape then all surfaces which may come into contact with any other print should be completely dry as we have had instances of prints sticking together.

A label needs to be stuck on the back of the mount for all competitions and should bear the following information: Title of print, Category entered, ( i.e. Monochrome ) and your Club number but NOT your name.

The label should be put in the TOP RIGHT hand corner whether landscape or portrait format.

A template for the labels is available from the Competition Secretary as is a range of mount boards.

If you enter any Print or Digital Image competition as a “Newcomer to photography” then please also mark clearly with an “N”

To encourage “new work“ images should not be entered for competition which have been entered in a previous year.

For all of the mentioned competitions, if you are entering more than 3 images/prints can you please, as well as the other information required, also number the entries in your order of preference for entry. There are times, especially for the Annual Print/Digital Image competitions, where the entry may to high for the Judge to cope with. If any entries have to be withdrawn by the Competition Secretary in these circumstances you will be informed before the final entry is submitted.


Digital images can be submitted for competition on CD, DVD or USB device or via E Mail to the Competition Secretary and should be clearly marked with your club number.

In order to show the images to their best advantage and so that we have a consistent size and format for projection please adopt the following tips.

  1. All images should be flattened i.e. no layers if you have been manipulating the picture in any way.
  2. All images should be JPEG files in sRGB format.
  3. To display images on the club projector they need to re-sized to the following:

Maximum width 1400 pixels.            Maximum height 1050 pixels.

If you are using Photoshop, go to: Image, Image size, and when the dialogue box appears firstly make sure that the three boxes in the bottom left hand corner are all ticked and then in the Pixel Dimensions enter either 1400 for a landscape picture or 1050 for a portrait picture. You only need to enter one or the other, as when you click OK, the other dimension will be done automatically.

Resolution is not important.

If you are using any other form of editing program or are unsure of how to re-size your images please ask for advice because if they are not correct when received by the Competition Secretary they will be returned which could result in you missing the deadline for a competition.



The PAGB is the organisation that has under its umbrella most of the photographic clubs in the country. Under its stewardship are 15 Federations of which YORKSHIRE PHOTOGRAPHIC UNION (YPU) is the one for our area.

Both of these are non profit making organizations.

Nearly all clubs in Yorkshire belong to the YPU Federation and club members are expected to support the YPU where they can. There is an Annual Exhibition & Assembly – usually held in March – when members can enter prints/images.

Full details of the rules/venue will be advised as soon as they are known.     

Awards for Photographic Merit from the PAGB

The awards are open to all members of clubs affiliated to the PAGB through their Federation and they are at three levels:

Credit (CPAGB); Distinction (DPAGB); Master (MPAGB) The awards are normally held for life without any annual fee, although there is a fee to enter, and holders are entitled to use the designated letters after their name. All applicants must have supported the YPU for 2 years (ie entered the Annual Exhibition) and adjudications are normally held twice yearly in April & November.

You can also attend a workshop – held several times a year – with adjudicators who will give an honest assessment of your work, again these are very popular so it is advisable to apply early.

Further details can be found on the PAGB website:


Membership of the RPS is available to anyone with an interest in photography ( an annual fee is payable. ) and they also have an award scheme starting with LRPS ( Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society ) and held by a number of our members. Further details can be found on their website:


FIAP is an international federation, which affiliates as operational members, the national associations of photography. FIAP counts more than 85 national associations in the five continents and represents the benefits of nearly one million individual photographers.

One of the principle functions of FIAP is in the co-ordinating of International Salons ( exhibitions ) of photography around the world.

Awards are earned, starting with AFIAP, by entering the salons and gaining acceptance from the judging panels.

Further details can be found on the website.

Selby Camera Club has many members holding distinctions from the PAGB, RPS & FIAP and the club encourages members to pursue these awards in recognition of their photography.

For updates to syllabus, results of competitions, or any further information please refer to the website at:

Click here for Selby Camera Club book of rules (revised 2015)

September 2014.

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