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.

Only members of KPS who have paid the annual subscription are permitted to enter competitions.

The club competition year concludes with an Annual Competition with two 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, labels must be placed as near as possible to the top
right hand corner of the mount.

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.

5. We have adopted the L&CPU competition rules on composite images, so that any composite image submitted to the club can also be used in L&CPU competitions either by the club or the author.

  1. The stated author must have taken the original images submitted and have full copyright of all the elements of the image
  2. Composite images are welcome in open categories provided all components meet this requirement (Not Nature)
  3. Images constructed from so-called royalty free and copyright free images to which nobody owns the copyright are not acceptable. A practical example of this would be where the author has decided to replace the sky in an image to give a different effect.   This is acceptable as long as the replacement sky has also been photographed by the author.  It is not acceptable to use a stock image which has been downloaded from the internet or comes as part of software package.

Competition Entries

  1. PDI entries should be emailed to the competition secretary by the Saturday evening (unless informed otherwise) before the competition. Print titles and pdi versions of the printed images should also by emailed by this time, however the physical 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.The type of competition (e.g. Open, Open Colour, Open Mono or Genre Specific) and maximum number of images that a member may enter for each monthly competition is to be found in the Programme section (Monthly Club Competition) of the web site as these vary depending on the type of competition.

3. The judge will place the top five prints and top five PDIs. Points are awarded as follows: 11 for 1st place, 9 for 2nd place, 7 for 3rd place, 5 for 4th place, and 3 for 5th place. Commended images will be awarded 2 pts and Held Back images will be awarded 1 pt. 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 the 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 is one Annual Competition.

2.The annual competition will comprise separate (1) Open PDI’s and (2) Open Print competitions.

Open means any category or genre of Photography either colour or black and white.

3.A maximum of 4 images will be allowed for each of the print and pdi competitions subject to a maximum of two images in each category (i.e 3 + 1 or 2+2)

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

5. Prints submitted to the annual competition may be kept until the autumn so that a selection from them can be used for future annual exhibitions.

6. Any print or PDI that has been entered in the 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.


The “A Building/s in Cheshire” and Alan Mitchell Salver Triptych PDI Competitions will be held on the same evening. A maximum of four images will be allowed (e.g. 3 Cheshire + 1 Triptych, 2 Cheshire + 2 Triptychs or 3 Triptychs + 1 Cheshire)

“In Cheshire” Competition

1. This is a PDI only competition.

2. Images must have been taken within the boundaries of Cheshire East and Cheshire West.

The Alan Mitchell Salver

This competition is open to PDI’s only. Each entry must be a triptych, (ie 3 images in each entry). 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.