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Competition Rules (2019)


Eligibility. Only financial members will be eligible to enter Club competitions.


Competition Nights. The Committee will determine dates and subjects for competition events, arrange judges, and make awards as appropriate. Details for competitions in 2019 may be found on the Program page.


Competition Secretary. The Committee will appoint a Competition Secretary to administer all competition processes. The Competition Secretary may seek assistance from other members as required.


Suitability of Images.  Members must only submit images that were photographed and processed (excluding printing) by themselves.  Images containing obscene, racist, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content will not be accepted.  The Competition Secretary has the right to reject any images considered to be inappropriate.


Categories and Image Sizes.  Members may enter images in any or all of the following categories, but an individual image may be entered in only a single category. Be sure to check the presentation styles (Print/Digital, Colour/Mono) specified for each competition.  Do not include watermarks in any competition images.  Aspect ratios of images are at the discretion of the photographer - dimension constraints for each category are defined below. No image will exceed the maximum specified size in either direction.


Prints (Mono and Colour):  Minimum standard print size of 200 x 150 mm (8 x 6 inches).  Maximum standard print size of 483 x 330 mm (19 x 13 inches, A3+).  Maximum panorama print size of 600 x 300 mm (24 x 12 inches).  A panorama must be at least twice as wide as it is high.  All prints must be mounted in a matte or on card to facilitate hanging.  Framed prints will not be accepted.


Digital (Mono and Colour):  Maximum image size of 1920 pixels (horizontal) by 1080 pixels (vertical) in JPEG format, with a maximum file size of 1.5MB. These dimensions include any border which has been added to the image.  For example, the maximum size of an image within a 2 pixel border is 1916 x 1076 pixels.  The optimal digital image for projection will be either exactly 1920 pixels wide, exactly 1080 pixels high, or both if the aspect ratio meets those dimensions. Options for resizing images can be found on our Links page.


Monochrome (Mono):  An image containing gradations of only one colour.  A Monochrome image is not restricted to shades of grey.  It may be shades of red, magenta, purple or any other single colour.  An image with more than one other colour is deemed to be a Colour image.


Entry Limits. The maximum number of entries by category are:


Prints: 2


Digital Mono: 2


Digital Colour: 2


Image Preparation.  Each category for a given competition will include a description of the required subject matter.  A description of Open means that you can create an image with subject matter of your own choosing provided it complies with the Suitability of Images requirement.  All film and digital photographic post-processing techniques and methods are acceptable in all categories unless explicitly restricted for a particular competition category as per the Competition Subject Definitions. Typically this might be for wildlife, street or other categories where the goal is specifically to capture an event as it occurred, with minimal after-shot processing.  Note that computer generated objects such as text, geometric shapes etc are not part of the photographic process and should not be included in an image unless the description for a specific competition category allows it. 


Submitting Competition Entries.  The Competition Secretary must be advised of titles for all images being entered and also receive copies of digital images by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 7.00 pm on the Sunday prior to the competition. The Competition Secretary will acknowledge receipt and provide entry numbers for all images. All print entries must display the entry number (provided by the Competition Secretary) and image title at the top left corner on the rear of the mount in order to identify the image and assist with presenting the image in the correct orientation for judging.


Judging and Acceptance.  Images will be assessed by a suitably experienced independent judge. Scores will be given and recorded. Images that have been awarded an 'Acceptance' score (7 or more, out of 10) may not be re-entered in subsequent Club competitions, though they may be submitted for inter-club competitions or any other competition that the member wishes to enter. Images (print or digital) which receive a score of 8, 9 or 10 at a club judging event will be eligible for entry into inter-club competitions and for club promotional purposes. These images will be kept on file, and the Competition Secretary or competition sub-committee may also request high-resolution versions of those images to be provided in preparation for use by the club in external competitions or exhibitions.  Permission to use those images for club promotion purposes or external competitions will be sought from members.


Awards.  At the conclusion of the competition season the Committee will recognize members' performance in several areas, including


Photographer of the Year:  The Committee will choose the person who they believe is the most outstanding photographer of the year taking into consideration competition participation, scores achieved and contribution to Club activities.


Best in Category:  The winner in each category will be the person who achieved the maximum aggregate score from all images which were awarded a score of 9 or 10 throughout the season in each of the competition categories - Print, Digital Colour, Digital Monochrome.


Members' Photo Choice:  At a club meeting after the final competition for the season all images which were awarded a score of 10 throughout the season will be displayed and a members' vote taken to select the best image.


Other recognition of member's achievements as determined by the Committee.


Special Notes:


  • Members should only exhibit work that is their own.
  • It is the responsibility of members to ensure that their entries conform to the competition rules prior to submission. The Competition Secretary has discretion over inclusion/exclusion of entries deemed to comply or not comply with category specifications.
  • The Competition Rules have been determined by the Committee. Suggestions for revisions may be considered by the Committee as required, or at any General Meeting of members.
  • You are welcome to contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any competition-related questions, including  options for submitting digital images by means other than email.




AHPC 2019 Competition Subject Definitions


  • We strongly encourage you, well ahead of competition dates, to research ideas and techniques from a photographic point of view for all categories and definitions.
  • All competition categories and briefs will be tutored on Club nights prior to the competition dates.  If you have any questions regarding these definitions or other aspects of the competitions then please don't hesitate to contact one of the Committee members.
  • Please follow the Competition Rules on sizing, mounting & submitting.


The following are the Competition Subject Definitions which have been approved by the Program sub-committee for 2019 -


March 27 Competition

Print Colour – Open – Straight from Camera

A colour print – Straight Out of Camera. You choose the subject, but the photo must be a JPEG image straight out of camera with no post-processing except for minor cropping. In-camera features, such as HDR, 'art-filters' and panorama mode are OK to use.  The important thing is that you only use your camera to get the shot you want and not your computer (minor cropping excepted). Watch the white balance, get the exposure right, take time to compose the shot then send the camera JPEG straight to printing.  Did I mention minor cropping is acceptable?

Digital Colour – Abstract

A colour digital image – Get creative! Maybe a portrait with heavily saturated (or pastel) colours. How about a melting clock? Not original enough? You choose the subject and if, or how, you process it.

The abstract photography article in wikipedia is a good starting point…

Digital Mono - Open

A monochrome digital image – you choose the subject.  Any post-processing is acceptable. Remember that monochrome can be shades of red or green or any other single colour.  It doesn't have to be greys.

May 8 Competition

Print MonoLimited Depth of Field

A mono print – you choose the subject but the image must have a narrow depth of field. Basic post-processing only.

Digital Colour – Open

A colour digital image - you choose the subject and how you process it.

Digital Mono – Street Photography

A monochrome digital image. For some definitions and background on what street photography is (it doesn’t have to be taken in the street!) have a look at The idea is to accurately capture a moment, so post-processing for this one is limited to basic image adjustments including tone, sharpening, noise reduction, cropping, vignetting and minor spot removal. Don’t combine images or add anything.

June 26 Competition

Print ColourWildlife/Animal Photography

A colour print – go wild – pictures of animals in the wild, captivity or at home. Basic post-processing is OK but don’t combine images or add anything.

Digital Colour – Reflections

A colour digital image – a reflection of … whatever… in water, glass, mirrors, metal, anything – but no post-processing to create the effect – you need to photograph the reflection.

Digital Mono – Open

A monochrome digital image - you choose the subject and how you process it.

August 28 Competition

Print MonoCreative use of Flash

A monochrome print – use what you learned from our guest speaker on flash photography and bring out the photo in your photography. For more inspiration, check out

The idea is to get the effect you want using flash creatively, so basic post-processing is fine, but no graduated filters, dodging, burning, vignetting or combining images please.

Digital Colour – Interior Architecture

A colour digital image – we’ve all taken pictures of the outside of buildings – now it’s time to try the inside. Find that interesting composition of the interior of a building – the spiral staircase, the intricate patterns. Basic post-processing is OK, including minor spot removal.

Digital Mono – Open

A monochrome digital image - you choose the subject and how you process it.

October 9 Competition

Print Colour – “What’s That” Close-up

A colour print – get up close to something that will have the viewer wondering what they’re looking at. Think… the tip of a pen or the edge of a key. For inspiration, check out

It’s a picture of (part of) a real-life object, so limit post-processing to the basics, although focus stacking is acceptable to enhance depth of field.

Digital Colour – Open

A colour digital image – you choose the subject and how you process it.

Digital Mono – Scape with a Dramatic Sky

A monochrome digital image – seascape, landscape, cityscape – any ‘scape’ you can think of. Just make sure it includes a dramatic sky - pretty much any post-processing you like to bring out the drama, but no image replacement.

November 13 Competition

Print MonoSports/Action

A monochrome print – use everything you learned from our sports photography guest speaker and capture that heroic moment. A bit of photojournalism - stick to basic post-processing.

Digital Colour – Portraiture

A colour digital image – practice everything you’ve learned about lighting for the perfect portrait. Basic post-processing only, including minor spot-removal.

Digital Mono – Open

A monochrome digital image – you choose the subject and how you process it.

Adelaide Hills Photography Club (C) 2019