Competition Guidelines and Rules

The Knutsford Photographic Society (KPS) runs a series of club competitions throughout the year from the regular Monthly Open Competition to the more light-hearted Christmas Knockout Competition.

The club competition year concludes with an Annual Competition with six categories as detailed below, followed by the presentation of the club ‘silverware’.

The Alan Mitchell Salver is awarded annually for the best set of images in a triptych.

General – applying to all competitions

1. The committee takes no responsibility for loss or damage to Members’ prints, PDIs (Projected Digital Images) or equipment.

2. The committee reserves the right to refuse any competition entry.

3. All prints must be labelled with the title and the author’s name. The maximum mount size is 50 x 40 cm which is the required size for L&CPU competitions.  Prints mounted on 20″ x 16″ will be accepted by KPS but won’t be accepted for L&CPU competitions. There is no minimum size.

4. All PDI entries must be submitted in accordance with the detailed guidance given on the Society’s website but the key requirements are that the images should be JPEGs measuring no more than 1600 pixels wide, and no more than 1200 pixels high. Colour space needs to be sRGB.

Competition Entries

1. PDI entries should be emailed to the competition secretary by the Sunday evening before the competition. Print titles should also by emailed by this time, however the prints themselves can be brought along on the night.

2. Print titles should be in large, clear and bold lettering on the rear of the print.

3. Please note that the PDI filename will appear as the image title in the competition. It is advisable to check that the filename has no references in it from the name the camera used to create the image, for example IMG or sequence numbers.

4. For members who are not comfortable with sending images by email, they can be delivered to the competition secretary on a memory stick.

Monthly Competitions

1. Monthly competitions are open to images of any type or subject. One monthly competition will be mono only.

2. A member may enter up to 6 (six) images in combination of PDIs and Prints. However, a maximum of 3 (three) PDIs and 3 (three) Prints will be permitted in each section.

3. The judge will place the top five prints and top five PDIs. Points are awarded as follows: 10 for 1st place, 7 for 2nd place, 5 for 3rd place, 3 for 4th place, and 1 for 5th place. Each member’s points are totalled after the last monthly competition to determine the Print and PDI Photographers of the Year.

4. Any PDI or print that has been entered in a monthly competition may not be entered in any subsequent monthly competition.

5. Any PDI or print that has been entered in a monthly competition may also be entered in any annual competition.

6. No image may be submitted which is substantially similar to an image entered in an earlier competition.

7. The same image may not be entered into both the PDI and Print competitions.

Annual Competitions

1. There are two separate Annual Competitions: one for prints and one for PDIs.

2. Each printed image or PDI (Projected Digital Image) must be entered in a particular category. The categories are:

a. Open Colour – any style or subject.

b. People – an image whose main subject is a person or people.

c. Nature – an image whose main subject is drawn from the natural world – e.g. birds, animals, insects, plants, fossils, shells, rocks. Images of cultivated plants and zoo animals are allowed. Images of domesticated animals are not permitted. The title should, where possible, contain the subject’s proper name; this can be either common or scientific.

d. Pictorial – a picture where the photographer has seen more than just the subject; e.g. unusual lighting, mist, mood, atmosphere, patterns.

e. Record – a complete and accurate record of a man-made object (e.g. building, furniture, machine); this should be sharp, accurate and detailed; the title should precisely identify the subject.

f. Open Monochrome – any style or subject.

3. A maximum of six prints may be submitted but no more than two in each category. Please note that whilst there is no minimum mount size for our competitions (see point 3 in General above), any print in a mount size other than 50cm x 40cm will not be considered for entry in the L&CPU annual competition.

4. A maximum of six PDIs may be submitted but no more than two in each category.

5. No entry may be entered into a subsequent annual competition.

6. Prints submitted to the annual competition will be kept until the autumn so that a selection from them can be used for the annual exhibition at the Knutsford Library.

7. Any print or PDI that has been entered in an annual competition may also be entered in a monthly competition.

Christmas Knockout ‘Fun’ Competition

1. This is an OPEN COMPETITION to which each member may submit up to four PDI images (no prints). Titles are not necessary.

2. These images may have been previously entered in other competitions, and may be entered subsequently in other competitions. No entry may be submitted in a subsequent Christmas Knockout.

3. Entries must either be brought to the meeting one week before, or emailed to the Competition Secretary at least 24 hours before, the day of competition.

4. Images should be of a fun or humorous nature.

5. Images may have a caption.

“In Cheshire” Competition

1. This is a PRINT only competition.

2. Up to 3 prints may be entered (See General point 3 re. mount size)

3. Images must have been taken within the boundaries of Cheshire East and Cheshire West and should portray that the location is in Cheshire.

The Alan Mitchell Salver

This competition is open to prints only. Each entry must be a triptych, and must be on a mount (any size). Each member may enter up to three separate triptychs. There is no set subject.

In photography, a triptych is a picture in three parts. The three parts may be a single picture split into three sections, or three related pictures that are designed to be shown together. Some examples may be found at:

Originally the word ‘triptych’ referred to three-part pictures in hinged frames that were placed on the altars of churches to provide educational and spiritual benefits at the Mass. Since it was hinged in two places it could be folded up and put away between services or transported by the priest to another church.