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Please see the programme for competition dates and
when entries are due to be handed in. If you have any
questions regarding these rules please contact a committee member.
Entries are divided into five categories: 1. Monochrome Prints, 2. Colour
Prints, 3. Prints up to A4, 4. Monochrome Digital and 5. Colour
Digital. Prints may be home
or trade processed. In the Monochrome Category prints must be
monochromatic or toned in a single colour. Prints up to A4 may be Mono or Colour. In all
categories there is no restriction on the amount of computer
manipulation. Entries may be from film or digital origin, but must
be the authors own original work.
For competition purposes there are two classes:
Junior, and Senior. All persons over the age of 18 years are
classed as a Senior.
3. Print Sizes
The maximum size for the Monochrome Print and Colour
Print categories is 50cm x 40cm
including mount. Prints up to A4 category must be no
larger than A4 and the mount no larger than 40cm x 30cm. Small
prints must be 7" x 5" (in the Small Print Competition, and as a
special category in the President's Competition). Digital entries
should be submitted in accordance with the current guidelines on the
WPS web site.
Identification of entries
Names are to be omitted from entries. All entries
must be titled, (for Projected Digital the file name should be the
5. Number of
Maximum number of entries to be as determined from
time to time by the committee (currently five entries) within which a maximum of three
entries per category may be entered in all competitions, with the exception of the Small Print, and Annual
Open and Photographer of the Year competitions. (See rules 8 &
In Special Competitions (Presidentís, Chairmanís, and
Annual Open and Photographer of The Year), entries will be judged by
one class. All entries first entered in special competitions may be
re-entered in other competitions, with the exception that an entry
can only be in one Annual Open (see rule 9).
Points are awarded in Assignment, Nature,
Open and Sporting Activities Competitions, and they are judged in
classes and categories. Each entry
will be marked out of 20 and all marks awarded will count towards
their respective category's points championship and the overall
points championship. The three highest marked entries (more if
points are equal) in each category in points scoring competitions
may only be re-entered in special competitions (see rule 6). Points
are also awarded in the Small Print Competition but different rules
apply (see rule 8).
Small Print Competition
This is an open competition for un-mounted black and white or colour prints,
size 7Ē x 5Ē, five entries per member. Points won will be awarded to the
authorís yearly total, but not to any
categories. All entries may be re-entered in other categories in
9. Annual Open
and Photographer of the Year
The maximum number of entries in this competition is
as determined by the committee in order to keep entry numbers to a
manageable level. (The current maximum of entries is five). Entries may be in any number of categories in any
combination. There is no limit to the distribution of entries
across the categories - all of a member's entry could be in one
category. A member entering this competition must have entered
at least three competitions during the current season. Once
an image has been used in an Annual Open and Photographer of the
Year Competition, it may not be used again in future Annual Open
Competitions in the same or any other category. The judge will award points per
entry and the member with the highest points total for their entries will be the Photographer of the Year. The judge will
also select the best entry in each category.
Multiple use of entries
An entry may only be submitted in one category
(see rule 1) during
any season, eg: a projected digital once entered in a competition should not be
re-entered as a print, and vice versa (except small prints, see rule
8). A different category may be
entered in subsequent years providing the original image has not been
placed in the top three in any other category. See also rule 9.
11. Age of
Entries may be of any age in all competitions.
Closing dates for entries is seven days before the
competition, unless otherwise stated.
Entries will be accepted from paid up members only
THE JUDGES DECISION IS FINAL
Rules last amended May 2011
Please Note - In case of any
misunderstanding, below is the correct interpretation of the
An image can only be entered
in an Annual Open and Photographer of the Year
Competition even if the image has been changed to a
different category in a subsequent year.
In points scoring competitions (see rule
7), the three highest marked entries (more if points are
equal) can only be re-entered in special competitions
(see rule 6).
In special competitions (see rule 6), all
entries first entered in special competitions may be
re-entered in other competitions.