General Competition Guidelines: For each Competition, a member may enter up to three prints and up to three digitally projected images. If a member opts to enter three projected images then one image must be marked as a reserve (R) in the file name.
The number of entries / member will be controlled so that the total entry to a competition does not exceed 100 (or the maximum number permitted by the judge), firstly by removing the Reserve DPI entries from members with 3 print entries. Then, if necessary, further DPIs will be removed from entrants with prints so that the number of entries / member does not exceed 3 before other Reserve DPIs are removed.
All entries must be the result of original images taken by the member. Digitally manipulated and produced images are acceptable as recognised by the PAGB.
Open Guidelines: Anything goes, and please feel free to submit prints, any size, however please ensure your mount is 50 x 40 cm to prevent damage to your print.
Scapes Guidelines: This category may include Landscapes, Nightscapes, Cityscapes, and Seascapes. Your images may be in mono or colour. The bulk of your image should be of the scape, however could include an animal, an object or a person or people, but this should not form the main part of your image.
Greative Guidelines: Your image should be artistic and imaginative. It may be a composite, altered reality or a creatively composed image (for example, a dart through an egg). Creative photography is an extension of conventional photography into creative art. Its purpose is to stimulate creative thoughts and encourage experimentation with new ideas going beyond a simple photograph. There should be significant photographic content. It can be a collage or a montage. The final result must be all the photographer’s own work including the original image. Original images must be altered by the maker; artwork or computer graphics generated by the entrant may be incorporated, if the original photographic content predominates. Images may not be constructed entirely within a computer.
Mono Guidelines: An image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no colour (i.e. contains only shades of grey which can include pure black and pure white) OR it gives the impression of being a greyscale image that has been toned in one colour across the entire image. (For example by Sepia, red, gold, etc.) A grey-scale or multi-coloured image modified or giving the impression of having been modified by partial toning, multi-toning or by the inclusion of spot colouring does not meet the definition of monochrome and shall be classified as a Colour Work. Contrast is also important.
PAnel Guidelines: The Panel competition is “Open”, i.e. the subject matter is up to you.
A Panel consists of three images which work together to form a cohesive series, either by theme, pattern, colour or any other thesis, so that the whole becomes more than the sum of its parts, i.e. the whole thing works together well. The 3 images can be mounted together or separately, (in which case please note the order you wish the images to be displayed). There is no restriction upon the image or mount sizes other than a minimum image size of 7” x 5”
Nature Cup Guidelines:Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.
No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging / burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome. Infra-red images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.
Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.