Our Competitions

Be sure to read as it contains important information about our competitions if you are a club member.

Judges Guide to entering competitions

WeTransfer your entries to Chris Duffy at bingleycompetitions@outlook.com

Important Dates

These are the last dates of entry for the competitions for the 2023/24 season.

30 Oct 23 - Running Competition- Round 1 - Mobile (Any photo originating from a mobile phone)
27 Nov 23 - Running Competition Round 2 - Portrait *See rules
15 Jan 24 - Running Competition Round 3 - Sport
29 Jan 24 - Annual Projected Image Competition - This will be a five image body of work in one, full details at a later date.

26 Feb 24 - Annual Monochrome Print Competition - Unmounted Prints
19 Feb 24 - Presidents challenge (entries sent to President, not to competition Secretary)
08 Apr 24 - Annual Colour Print Competition - Unmounted Prints



The Annual Competitions

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd with Highly Commended and Commended as decided by an external judge in each category.

Also please note that on the annual awards night trophies are awarded in the categories of newcomer, intermediate and advanced photographers. Members in their first two years of club membership are usually placed in the newcomer category. If you know you are more than a beginner, let the secretary know and you will be added to a category more suitable. People who win a trophy in newcomer or intermediate will be moved up a class the following season. This means even if you are a beginner or early into your photography journey, you have a chance of winning an award at the end of season when normally you could just be competing against seasoned photographers. As a member, we want the competitions used to help everyone develop, so don't be worried about entering, it will help you get better as a photographer.

NEW FOR 2023/24

Due to the financial costs, number of prints in our competitions and the space required to store the prints, we have decided to move to unmounted prints for our Club print competitions. Hopefully this will make it more inclusive and more affordable for all our members.

Prints must be either A3 or 18in x 12in in size with a minimum image size of 12 inches along long edge of the image. The reason for these sizes of paper are so that it is easier for print handlers. A digital image of the print image is to be supplied to the Competition Secretary using the same format as the digital image competitions

Annual Colour Print

You can enter 2 unmounted images of any subject.

Annual Monochrome Print

You can enter 2 unmounted images of any subject. Images entered into this category must be either black or white OR coloured in one single tonal range, for example sepia images are permitted.

Annual Projected Image Please Note - Change of image size 2022/23 in line with YPU entries.

This is going to be a five image body of work on one image - details to be finalised.

The size of the images must be 1600 pixels wide x 1200 pixels high (max) for landscape format and 1200 pixels high (max) x whatever it works out at for portrait format. The file format must be JPEG, medium quality level 6.

The Running Competition

This year there will be 3 rounds of projected images.

Therefore this is now just a single competition spread over 3 rounds each with a theme and into which you can submit 2 images per round or theme.

Please Note - Change of image size 2023/24 in line with YPU entries.
Size of image should be 1600 pixels wide x 1200 pixels high (max) for landscape format and 1200 pixels high (max) x whatever it works out at for portrait format

Images must be titled with the name of image followed by your membership number. For example: The Haywain - 25

Images that are not sent in the correct format are liable to be disqualified.


Each round will be themed as follows:-

Round 1 - Mobile

Round 2 – Portrait *see rules

Round 3 – Sport

This is an internally judged competition and marks given by members are added up and then averaged out to get a score per image. Members scores will be added up over the whole contest (3 rounds) to produce an overall winner etc. This is about consistency over the season.

Please note that we will not be announcing any scores until the end of the season. This is simply to try to encourage people to keep entering all 3 rounds. Nobody will know who is in what position at any point, so hopefully nobody will be put off entering future rounds. Also, as mentioned earlier, as a beginner, you still have a chance of silverware at end of season.

The aim is to critique each image on the night of each competition to give feedback that way.

Please also note that you can interpret a theme as you see fit. However, also remember that your fellow photographers are scoring the images and if they don’t think it fits the bill they may mark it down. So be realistic with your approach and not too loose or abstract with your interpretation.

Certificates will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd in each round, but the overall winner will be the one with the highest combined scores across all 3 rounds.

There will also be an award for the highest scoring individual image across all 3 rounds.

*Images for the portrait category can be of anything with a beating heart, so this includes animals. However, images that are taken as part of a group shoot or training day, where the model and lighting may be set up by another person are not permitted. It must be your own work, incuding setting up.

Photographer of the Year

This is an award for the person who scores most points over all competitions during the season.


It has been agreed again that this coming season we will not be giving out the scores for individual images, but we will give feedback / critique on them. A score of 12/13/14 etc doesn’t mean much; it’s more the critique that matters.
We will announce a 1st, 2nd & 3rd with Highly Commended and Commended in each competition
Image Titles

It's important that you give your image- either digital or print, a title.
When submitting digital images you should ensure that the file name is the title of the image. Please don't send images in with seperate correspondence stating the title, as this can sometimes get misplaced. Within the title name you should add your member number (obtained when you paid your subscription). For example :- The sky at Night-15.jpg

Digital images should be sent using wetransfer (tutorial video coming soon)
For print submissions you should write on the back of the mount (top right hand corner) the title of the image along with your members number. You will find this number on your receipt which you received when you paid your subscription.

Please note: An image can not be entered in multiple competitions within the club. For example if entered in Annual Open DPI, it cannot be then entered in to Annual colour print.

If in doubt about anything competition related, please ask, no matter how trivial you think it is. We understand it is sometimes difficult to grasp what is required or how to do something.


Printer Recommendations

DS Colour Labs (online)

Simlab (online)