Competition Rules – 2021


Internal Competitions take the form of “League” competitions, “Special” competitions and the Annual Exhibition Awards.

External judges are appointed by the Programme Secretary to award marks to and give comments on each image entered. Whilst members may rarely agree with all of the judge’s comments, they can usually learn something from these comments to help them improve their photography in the future.

Only paid up members may enter club competitions.

All members are encouraged to enter internal competitions

Entries for all Internal Competitions must be images taken during the current season or in the five full calendar years prior to the start of the current season.

The Internal Competition Secretary must receive entries for each Internal Competition by the deadline stated in the programme and each entry must bear the author’s name, a title, the year taken and preference. The author’s name must not appear on the front of any print or mount.

The internal Competition secretary may limit the number of competition entries from each competing member of a league competition round where the total number of entries makes it impossible for the judge to review and score all entries in a reasonable time.

The Internal Competition Secretary is instructed to remove any image that does not obey the rules before judging takes place in order that the judge is not placed in a position of having to make this decision on the evening.

Any issues or disagreements relating to any competition or competition round should be raised with the competitions secretary immediately after the round. The issue will be promptly investigated by the Chairman, Vice chairman and Competition secretary who will make a ruling

Hemel Hempstead Photographic Society follows the recommendation made by the Chilterns Association of Camera Clubs and this includes the following on digital imaging:

(1) The work submitted is solely that of the photographer submitting the entry.

(2) The entry submitted must be the Author’s original work.

(3) The copyright should remain that of the Author.

Images created solely in the computer are NOT acceptable.

Subject to fifteen days notice having been given, these rules may be amended by a simple majority of those present at a General Meeting.