Category Archives: Competitions

SPA Individual Entry Competition 2016

This competition was held in conjunction with the Surrey Photographic Association’s AGM on 15 October 2016. SIx members of our club entered the competition.

John Wichall ARPS DPAGB won the Open Prints section with “The Printers”. Well done John.


Kathleen Bird LRPS CPAGB received a Judges Medal in the Nature PDI Section with “Lucilia”. This medal was Bob Webzell’s choice.


Angus MacKay received 11 out of 15 for his 2 entries, and David Bird got a 12 out of 15 for “Oriental Poppy”.


External Competitions

2016/17 season
15th Oct  (Saturday)         SPA Annual General Meeting followed by Individual Print & PDI Competitions.
1:30 for 2:00pm at East Horsley Village Hall, KT24 6QT.

It is worth entering these competitions, or just attending, as it helps to improve your photography. If you are new to this and need help please ask.

19 Nov  (Saturday)    SPA Interclub Print Championship            1:30 for 2:00pm at East Horsley Village Hall, KT24 6QT.

This is a club competition, and the selection committee will be asking for your images before hand so that we can select our best prints for the Nature and Open sections.

21st November We are hosts to a Friendly Competition against Petersfield  Photographic Society.
The Judge is Don Morley from Reigate PS


31 January is the closing date for the PAGB  Great British Cup 2017

This is held at Pontefract and will be judged on 11/12/13 Feb 2017.
We have entered this competition for several years now. It is between all the clubs in the UK. We don’t come very high up the list, but it is interesting to see what does well, and they send us a CD of all the photographs entered. You are welcome to borrow it if you are inteested.


14th March       Rosebowl Challenge Trophy. This is an SPA Inter Club Competition and is run by Woking Photographic Society each year.

The  judge is Caroline Colegate ARPS APAGB and it is held at 7.30 for 8.00pm at the Parkview Centre, Woking GU21 5NZ.


13th May (Saturday)  SPA Inter Club PDI Competition
1:30 for 2:00pm at East Horsley Village Hall, KT24 6QT.

This is the PDI eqivelent of the Print Competition above on 19 November.

12 – 14  May 17          Yateley Camera Club Annual Exhibition and Yateley CC 8x8x8 competition at
The Tythings, Reading Road, Yateley GU46 7RP

Yateley CC Annual Exhibition 2016

Ludshott Photographic Club entered the Yateley 8x8x8 competition in May 2016 with 8 black and white images. 8 invited clubs enter 8 images by 8 different authors.

Our entries are by Gordon Rae, Kathleen Bird, John Wichall,  Iain Morrison, Sheila Orford, Brian Marjoram and Doris Marjoram.

On display were the 8x8x8 Competition Panels. Also displayed were Yateley Camera Club members’ print and PDI panels.

Jim Henson Trophy results

This competition is dedicated to Jim Henson,  one of our original AV Group members. Jim has produced many excellent and innovative sequences over the last 10 years,  and for the last four years he has organised our Audio Visual competitions.

The first Jim Henson AV competition took place on 18 April 2016.
Our thanks go to the judge Carole Speight ARPS who commented on each sequence. The awards were presented by Walter Benzie HonFRPS, President of the RPS.

The winning entry was “Battle of the Waterberg” by Kathleen Bird LRPS CPAGB.
Second went to “The Compassionate Man” by Len Deeley FRPS DPAGBA EFIAP BPE3.
Third place – “The West Coast of Scotland” by Norman Horsham CPAGB

There were 3 Highly Commended entries –
“Metal” by Brian Marjoram LRPS
“” by Peter Walmesley
“The Berlin Wall” by Mike Reed CPAGB

Definition of Nature and Wildlife in Competitions

Definition of Nature and Wildlife in Competitions

From January 2015 competitions organized by the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB), regional associations affiliated to PAGB, including the Surrey Photographic Association (SPA), and clubs that are affiliated to these bodies are required to adopt a new definition for images that are entered in Nature or Wildlife classes.

The new definitions were drafted because of concerns that the rules applied in “nature” competitions were being misinterpreted or deliberately flouted. One of the most common faults was entering an image of a captive creature or cultivated plant in a “nature” competition, the rules of which restricted subjects to those taken in the wild.

The new definitions were drafted jointly by Photographic Society of America (PSA), the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP), which represents more than 85 national associations including PAGB, and The Royal Photographic Society (RPS).

The full text of the new definitions as published by PAGB is attached.

What are the main changes and how might it affect Ludshott PC members?

  1. In a Nature competition images of captive creatures and are now accepted, but not domesticated or feral animals, or cultivated or hybrid plants. This is a change from the rules that applied previously to “nature” competitions under the auspices of FIAP and, thus, any organized by PAGB or SPA, as captive creatures were excluded. This means one can now enter pictures taken at zoos, falconry centers, etc. provided the subject is a creature that naturally occurs in the wild.
  1. In a Wildlife competition the rules for Nature apply, but in addition captive creatures are excluded. However, since PAGB / SPA only seem to organize competitions which have a Nature class this difference is unlikely at present to affect many of LPC’s members.
  1. A significant change from previous FIAP, PAGB, SPA rules that applies to both Nature and Wildlife classes is the requirement that “No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted”. The meaning of this rule and, specifically, the reference to “adding or replacing pictorial elements”, is now understood to prohibit any cloning, except where used to remove dusts spots, digital noise or film scratches. So, one cannot add canvas, nor improve an image by removing so much as a small leaf or a blade of grass.

The new rules will affect those members who enter competitions (in their own name) that have a Nature class. At present these include the SPA’s individual print and PDI competitions that are held in October each year and SPA’s Biannual competition that is held in February on alternate years. The rules will also apply to individual entries to any RPS competition with a Nature or Wildlife class and national and international Nature or Wildlife competitions with PAGB, FIAP or PSA accreditation.

LPC’s internal competitions are all Open competitions, i.e. they have no Nature class. However, the Club may wish to use an image that has done well in an internal competition to represent LPC in the Nature class of an SPA or PAGB club competition. In such circumstance you may be asked to advise whether your image complies with the PAGB’s new rules.

PAGB Definitions of Nature and Wildlife

 Nature Definition

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 presentationThe 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 greyscale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.

 Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife

 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.

Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions ae not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species.

Wildlife images may be entered in Nature sections of Exhibitions.