The Society welcomes camera-originated images taken on any photographic medium in all of its competitions. The photographer must personally have taken all images concerned and have the full copyright for all elements within them. Manipulated images are welcome in competitions, with the exception of Natural History and Documentary, provided the photographer personally carried out the manipulation and took the original exposure(s). Images employing so called Royalty Free and Copyright Free images are not acceptable. An individual image may be used once in the Championship Competitions, once in the theme Panel Competition and once in one of the Set Subject Competitions. An image the is so similar as to be almost identical to one already used is considered to be the same image even if the medium is changed. If an image is considered offensive or unsuitable the Internal Competition Organiser may require the photographer to withdraw it. Images should be correctly and clearly titled. In the documentary and Natural History competitions titles must be accurate and specific to the subject matter.
Number of Entries
The maximum number of entries which may be submitted for the competitions is as follows:
Prints may be of any size in any photographic medium, but must be mounted on standard card, which may be of any colour. Mounts must not exceed the preferred size of 50cm x 40 cm.
If a smaller mount is used it must not be less than 38cm on the longest side. Overall thicknew must not exceed 4mm. To avoid damage to other prints when packed, adhesive tape, Velcro, or similar materials must not be exposed on the back of prints and the backing mount, if used, must be the same size as the front window mount.
PDI should be presented in sRGB mode as JPG files; they should preferably have an sRGB colour profile attached. Images in other formats are likely to be rejected automatically by the software used and excluded from the competitions. The maximum pixel dimensions that can be accepted are 1600 horizontal and 1200 vertical. If an image is smaller than this the photographer may fill the non-image area with a background of his or her choice to bring the dimensions up to 1600 x 1200 pixels. Failing this the competition software will add a black background. For further information on how to size images please check out Image Sizing on our FAQs page.