Competition Rules

Specific Competition Rules

General Rules

1. Print or Digital Format?

The following competitions alternate between Print and Digital format from year to year. Please ensure you check the programme for the current season to determine the correct format for each competition in that season.

  • Tom Morton Trophy – Wildlife / Natural History.
  • Portrait Cup.

2. Copyright: 

The copyright of all elements of a picture must be at the disposal of the author. Clip-art and royalty-free images are not permitted.

3. Competition Hand in:

Unless otherwise stated competition entries must be handed in to the Competition Secretary a minimum of one week before the competition date, as detailed in the programme. No entries will be accepted after midnight on that day.

4. Disclaimer: 

Whilst every precaution is taken with entries, Harlow Photographic Society cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to any competition entry.

5. Rule of the third image: 

This ruling can be invoked at the discretion of the competition secretary.

If there are more entrants than can be judged properly on the evening the third image from each entrant (image nominated by the entrant) will be removed from the competition. This image can be used in a later competition.

This rule also applies to the Panel of Four Assignment, It is important, that each panel has a title (as well as the images within it) and that the third panel is identified by the author.

If no third image/panel has been nominated the competition secretary will select the image for removal. This will normally be the last image alphabetically.

6. Competition Scoring: 

League Competitions

During each competition evening the judge will award a score of between 1 and 20 for each image presented.  The score awarded to each image will be recorded in the league table.

 Set Subject and Assignment Competitions.

For these competitions no marks will be awarded. The judge will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions with a number of highly commended positions awarded at the discretion of the judge.

7. Use of images: 

The object of the club is to encourage members to take photographs and to this ends there is a restriction on the number of times an image may be used.

An image may be entered into either the print or projected league competition only once. The same image may also be entered into a set subject competition (i.e. still life) if the subject qualifies. This image then also qualifies for the print or projected image of the year.