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AHPC Competition Rules (2020)



  • Any member who is currently financial is eligible and encouraged to enter Club competitions.
  • Members may only submit images that are their own, I.e. that were photographed and processed by themselves. Every submission will be taken as an assertion that you own the copyright to that image.
  • Prints may still be made by third parties but only from files you prepare and are printed without undue modification.



Competition Nights

  • The Committee will determine dates and subjects for competition events, arrange judges, and make awards as appropriate.
  • Details for competitions in 2020 may be found on the Competition Subject Definitions 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

  • Images containing obscene, racist, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content cannot be accepted. 
  • The Competition Secretary has the right to reject any images considered to be inappropriate.



Categories and Entry Limits

  • Members may enter images in any or all of the categories at each competition.
  • The maximum number of entries in any category is two.
  • An individual image may be entered in only a single category.
  • Do not include watermarks in any competition images. 
  • Aspect ratios of images are at the discretion of the photographer - dimension constraints are defined below.  



Print Sizing

  • 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, ie, 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 are unable to be accepted due to space and safety considerations.



Digital Sizing

  • Maximum image size must be 1920 pixels (horizontal) by 1080 pixels (vertical) which gives the optimal digital image when projected.
  • Image files need to be in JPEG format with a maximum file size of 1.5MB
  • Colour space should be sRGB.
  • A border of 2-4 pixel is recommended to create separation from the projected black background. (Note that this needs to be included in the maximum size).
  • Information regarding the sizing of images, JPEG, and sRGB can be found on our Links page.



Monochrome (Mono) Images


  • A monochrome image contains gradations of a single colour. Typically this would be shades of grey but it could be sepia or, in fact, shades of any one colour.
  • An image with more than one colour, a duotone for example, is deemed to be a colour image and so would be ineligible for this category.


Image Preparation

  • Each category for a given competition will include a description of the required subject matter. 
  • Open means that you can create an image with subject matter of your own choosing.
  • All film and digital post-processing techniques and methods are acceptable in all categories unless explicitly restricted for a particular competition category as per the published Subject Definition
  • Computer generated objects such as text, geometric shapes etc are not part of the photographic process and can not be included in an image unless the Subject Definition allows it.  


Submitting Competition Entries


  • The club is currently investigating alternative strategies/software for managing competition entries and a decision will be made in time for the first competition of 2020. Watch this space for submission details and deadlines that will be applicable.
  • Print entries must also be submitted in digital form as per the digital sizing requirements.
  • All images submitted via email should have filenames which match the image title. Titles and categories of submitted images should be clearly identified.


Submissions to Other Competitions

  • The club encourages members to enter other competitions, such as the SAPF Annual competition.
  • However, these rules only apply to our club. Other competitions may have significant variations so potential entrants are encouraged to check their rules carefully to ensure compliance.


Judging and Acceptance


  • Images will be assessed by a suitably experienced independent judge who will award a score of up to 10 for every image and the Competition Secretary will maintain a record.
  • Images that have been awarded 8 or more may not be re-entered in any subsequent internal Club competitions.
  • All Club competition images will be considered for entry into inter-club competitions and may be used for club promotional purposes. It will be assumed that permission is given for images to be used for these purposes unless the photographer advises otherwise.
  • Images will be kept on file and high-resolution versions of those images may be requested in preparation for use by the club as above. 




At the conclusion of the competition season the Committee will recognise 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 Defined, Digital Open.

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.





  • Be sure to check the presentation styles (Print/Digital, Colour/Mono) specified for each competition. 
  • 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 2020 Competition Subject Definitions


  • We strongly encourage you, well ahead of each competition date, to carefully consider the definitions and then research ideas and potential photographic techniques for each of categories. Note that this year the categories are intentionally broad to encourage everyone to participate. At the same time we want to encourage members to go beyond their ‘specialties’.
  • 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 and submitting. Note that we anticipate a new web-based system to be operating by then and you will be advised of the process in plenty of time. You will also be given opportunities to practice well before the first competition.
  • In the 2020 competition we have not chosen subjects, such as Documentary, where post processing other than basic correction, is generally not allowed. Therefore, any post-processing is acceptable as long as you both captured the original image and did all the subsequent adjustments, if you so choose.
  • This is in recognition of the fact that post is simply another, increasingly powerful tool photographers can use in realizing our vision. In fact, the only way to ensure that some post processing has not occurred, even inadvertently by the camera ‘smarts’, would be to only accept transparencies.
  • Please remember that non-AHPC competitions may have tighter definitions so you will always need to be compliant with their rules if you enter those.
  • Remember that monochrome doesn't have to be Black, White and Greys, it can be White and shades of any single colour.


The following are the Competition Subject Definitions which have been approved by the Program sub-committee for 2020


April 22 Competition


Digital Colour - Open


A colour digital image - you choose the subject.


Digital Colour – Abstract


A colour digital image of an abstract subject.

Use your imagination and photographic skills to create an image which doesn't create an immediate association with anything in the real world. Weird reflections, tight closeups, interesting shadows, polarised light effects (another reason to use that polarising filter), cool textures and colours, intentional movement and zooming blur – or all of the above and more. Composition can make a big difference – you may need to take lots of shots and recompose/rotate/flip in software. Play with exposure, contrast, saturation, sharpening, desharpening and any other controls in post to create something unique.

There's a lot of great information at


Print Mono - Portrait


A monochrome portrait print.

The subject can be one person, two people or even more. Keep in mind that capturing one person well can be hard enough. Capturing several in a cohesive shot can be more challenging. Try to capture the personality of the subject using effective lighting, costume, background and poses. You might even choose to use monochrome sepia or blue, for example, to emphasise the mood. The background might be a studio backdrop or you might use surroundings that are relevant to the subject and help tell their story, but don't let the background dominate the shot. There will be an available light portrait shoot on Mar 28 to inspire you.

For lots of tips and inspiration, have a look at


June 10 Competition


Digital Colour - Open


A colour digital image – you choose the subject.


Digital Mono - 'Scapes


A digital monochrome ‘scape.

The subject can be any type of "scape" you can imagine - from the classic landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes to a montage of photos you've brought together to create your own. How about a bodyscape? You might have to look that one up. Just keep our ‘Suitability of Images’ competition rules in mind. The Night Walk on April 8 or the Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens visit on May 9 should give you ideas.


Print Colour - Open


A colour print – you choose the subject.


August 26 Competition


Digital Mono - Open


A monochrome digital image – you choose the subject


Digital Colour – Long Exposure


A colour digital image – a reflection of … whatever… in water, glass, mirrors, metal, anything

A digital colour image utilizing a 1 second or longer exposure.

There's no defined subject for this one. Just that the photograph needs to have been taken with an exposure of 1 second or longer. Perhaps a colourful night shot from a tripod, some intentional camera movement, a blurred waterfall, astrophotography. A neutral density filter can be useful if you want to use a long exposure in bright light conditions. The Night Walk on April 8 may inspire you.


Print Colour - Capturing Nature


A colour print of something from the natural world.

The subject can be anything from the natural world – animals, bugs, plants, geographic features, underwater shots. Man-made objects should be avoided entirely but if this is not possible they should not be a compositional element. The visit to Warrawong on Aug 15 will present some great opportunities.


October 28 Competition


Digital Colour - Phone Capture


A digital colour image captured on your phone.

The aim of this subject is to challenge us all to explore the potential and possibilities of the camera that most of us have with us most of the time, yet rarely exploit. However, there are professional photographers who use them extensively. So are their limitations important? There will be times when this will be the only camera you have with you so it may be a great advantage to understand it better.

The subject is Open, but you must have used the camera in your phone to take it. Some people call it phonography. Most phones have good to great cameras in them these days with ever increasing quality and improved and novel technologies. Even if you don't have the latest phone – maybe the photos aren't that sharp or (more commonly) take noisy shots in the dark – you might still try improving things in post (some phones even shoot raw) or taking photos that don't rely on those qualities, such as abstract images where softness/sharpness isn't an issue or, if you're really adventurous, stacked shorter exposures for a low noise night shot. Or.... choose a really simple subject and concentrate on composition and lighting. You will typically get large depth of field from a phone camera so background blur can be tricky. Focussing on a close subject with a distant background will give the best out-of-focus background. Be wary of high contrast lighting conditions – the small sensor in phones doesn't cope well with high brightness and deep shadow in the same shot – your phone might have a high dynamic range (HDR) option to cater for this type of lighting or you might try exposure bracketing and creating an HDR shot in post.

If you're not familiar with transferring photos from your phone to you computer, the simplest thing to try is to attach them to an email message and send them to yourself.


Digital Colour – Up Close


A digital colour image of anything close.

Any subject you want to choose as long as it is a close up. That can be simply taken as close as you can get and then perhaps cropping. The digital competition category is good for this because we only ask for a 1.5 megapixel shot to be submitted – if you have a 20MP camera then that leaves a lot of room for cropping to effectively increase the size of your subject. Alternatively, you might have some magnifying filters, extension tubes or even a macro lens to allow your subject to fill the frame.


Print Mono – Open


A monochrome print – you choose the subject.


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