Details of our competitions, with entry guidelines.
As you will see from our programme we have several different competitions during our season. The purpose of these is to give the members a challenge, have their work assessed by independent judges, and encourage them to take their photography further.
We encourage members to produce both prints and digital files ( for projection , using the club's equipment ), and provide instruction for newcomers, again for the purpose of encouraging entry.
The competitions are -
Quarterly print competition - Four competitions per season, with an entry of three prints per competition ( i.e total of 12 prints per season ), one competition will have a subject set by the club. Winner is the photographer with highest overall marks.
Quarterly projected image competition - as per print competition - but for PDIs!. Instructions for the correct production of files for projection available from the club ( and elsewhere on this site ).
Audiovisual competition - to encourage members to produce short audiovisual sequences using software such as ProShow Gold, Pictures to Exe etc.
Standalone competitions -
" Shoot a Theme " ( storyboard ) up to up to 7 prints, maximum size per print 7"x 5", telling a story or with a common theme, mounted on a single mountboard.
Brian Hodgson Trophy - up to 3 prints on a set subject ( subject changes each year - this years's theme is " The world of plants and trees " .
Photograph of the Year - The member's' own selection from their entries over the past season.
Interclub / Southern Federation competitions
Successful images are used ( with permission from the authors ) for interclub battles, helping the club to support the local
and South of England photo club community. We are members of the Southern Counties Photographic Federation, which runs interclub contests that can see our work up against clubs from Bracknell to Gibraltar. We are also founder members of the Joint Photo Clubs of Reading, with an annual competition being held for member clubs. We also support such events as the Yateley 8x8 competition.
Notes on judging (and judges!) ( Also see " About us " tab ).
Those new to club photography may be amused/ confused/ bemused by the passing of ‘judgement’ on their work. A judges’ job is to assess the work of members on grounds of quality and skill based on his experience and balanced against the range of material presented to him on the evening.
Judges are usually, but not always, fellow amateurs who have many years experience, and have often gained qualifications from the Royal Photographic Society, Photographic Alliance of Great Britain and other bodies. They will award individual images marks (usually out of 20). The marks then being added to give a total (where appropriate) at the end of the season.
They all have one fatal flaw - they are human, which means you may not always agree with what they say - but that’s part of the fun of club competitions.
If you have any questions regarding other aspects of the club please feel free to ask any of the members - they’re the ones looking slightly less nervous!