Quarterly Print competitions

We have 4 Print competitions per season – 3 open subject and 1 set subject.
Members can enter up to 3 prints in each competition.
Marks are given out of 20 for each image; the member who scores the highest marks across all 4 quarterly competitions wins our annual Print Trophy.

Go to Members’ Area for competition entry guidelines for Prints

The Print set subject this season is Reading in Black & White:
Take your camera into the town we all know so well and show us how it looks in monochrome.  The subject matter is wide – all buildings and streets, public spaces and people in town, but please keep within the boundaries of the Borough of Reading

Make sure your image title tells the judge where in Reading it was taken (he or she might not have local knowledge)

Quarterly PDI competitions

We have 4 PDI (projected digital image) competitions per season – 3 open subject and 1 set subject.
Members can enter up to 3 PDIs in each competition.
Marks are given out of 20 for each image; the member who scores the highest marks across all 4 quarterly competitions wins our annual PDI Trophy.

Go to Members’ Area for competition entry guidelines for PDIs

The PDI set subject this season is Book or Song Title – make sure your image tells us (and the judge) what the book or song title is!

The member who scores the highest combined marks across both the Quarterly Print and Quarterly PDI competitions wins the annual Chandler Cup.

Images entered for set subject competitions must meet the THEME of that set subject. Where judges feel that images don’t meet the theme they’ll offer comments on the technical merit of the image but will award only low marks

The Brian Hodgson Trophy (Print only)

Members can enter their choice of 3 of the prints they’ve previously entered for the season’s quarterly print competitions, or they can be images taken specifically for this topic and not previously entered into any competition.
This is always a themed competition, and the theme for this season is Patterns in Everyday Objects:
Look for patterns, designs and repeating shapes in ordinary objects around the home, garden and elsewhere and turn these patterns into semi-abstract images without too much background and distracting features.  Even people can produce shapes, such as arrangements of fingers, or shadow patterns

Photograph of the Year (Print & PDI)

Members can enter their choice of 2 print and 2 PDI images which they’ve previously entered into the season’s quarterly competitions. They don’t necessarily have to be the most highly marked ones, but the ones the member considers to be his or her best images. Images previously entered as prints can’t be entered as PDIs in this competition, and vice versa.

Images in the above competitions are assessed, and marks are awarded, by an accredited SCPF judge

Shoot a Theme

This annual favourite should comprise up to 7 prints (no larger than 13cm x 18cm each) mounted on one mount board. The board should tell a story or illustrate a theme of your choice (it helps if you put your title at the top and your name on the back of the board). You are allowed to enter up to 2 boards; mount board is available from the Club at a very reasonable price.

This competition is judged by Club members