NOTE: The new 2018 version of these rules will be issued shortly

Club competition rules


These are the competition rules for the Cranleigh Camera Club for internal club competitions in the 2017/2018 season. The print and PDI (projected digital images) sizes are in line with those stipulated for SPA interclub competitions, as is the PDI mode; this is to minimize the required adjustments to those images which are subsequently entered in external SPA competitions. The format of the image titles for PDI are similar to that required by the SPA, but have the added requirement of the photographer’s name. This is to aid our own competition administration, but, rest assured, names will not be projected during club competitions and will be stripped from the title if the image is subsequently selected for an external competition.


Internal competitions are open to all fully paid-up members.

All images submitted for competitions must be the work of the entrant.

The Club cannot be held responsible for any damage or loss occurring to any work submitted in competitions.

During the season there are be 5 internal club competitions each of which has 3 sections:
Monochrome Prints,
Colour Prints,
Projected Digital Images (PDI's).

As from September 2017 there is only a single class for all entries (i.e. there is no longer a club and advance class for colour prints and PDI’s).

The title of each image will be announced by the officiating club member immediately prior to being viewed by the judge. If an image is to be judged as natural history then the scientific name should be supplied as part of the title.

Internal Competitions

Open Subject: Two images per section per member per leg of the competition. (Note as from September 2017 there is only a single class i.e. no longer an Advanced Class or Club Class.)

Set Subject: One image per section complying with the set subject (gains up to 5 bonus marks for compliance) and one open subject image per member per leg of the competition. (Note as from September 2017 there is only a single class i.e. no longer an Advanced Class or Club Class.)

Judging: The judge can award marks in the range 0-10 with half marks permissible. In the case of a set subject he judge will award up to 5 extra marks according to how well the image met the set subject criteria. The judge’s decision is final.

Any image may only be entered twice unless it gains a 10 on its first showing, in which case it cannot be entered again.

Each member should raise a score sheet (club supplied) for each section of the competition in which he/she is participating at the 1st leg of the competition. They must record the marks gained by their images on the score sheets. It is their responsibility that these are correctly recorded. Score sheets are to be returned to the folder at the end of each competition evening and should not be removed from the Club.

Members should arrange amongst themselves for the showing and recording of the marks when they cannot attend in person.

The Internal Competition Secretary will collate the scores into a spreadsheet for each class in each section following each leg of the competition and arrange with the club’s webmaster for the spreadsheets to be uploaded to the club website (

Colour Prints and Monochrome Prints

The maximum size including mount is 40cm x 50cm (NB. NOT 16 inches by 20 inches).

The entries should be brought on the night of the competition.

Projected Digital Images (PDIs)

The maximum size is 1600 pixels wide by 1200 pixels high. The image must fit within these dimensions.

Images must be in JPEG format (.jpg).

The image mode should be sRGB. Any images supplied in any other colour space will be projected as supplied.

PDIs should be attached to an email and sent to

All images must be received by the Sunday immediately preceding the competition night so that they can be included in the competition.

For full instructions on how to submit your PDIs please click here.

The Best of Tens

After the completion of the 5th leg of the internal club competition, there is a further competition in which a judge is invited to select a First, Second, Third and a number of Highly Commended images as he/she thinks fit. These results will feed into the selection process for the SPA interclub competition for the following season.

Also on the same evening, each club member will be invited to select the 15 images in each section which he/she considers to be the best. These choices will also feed into the selection process for the SPA interclub competition and other external competitions for the following season.

The final selection for the SPA interclub and other external competitions for the following season will be made by the club external competition secretary and the Chairman.

Chairman’s Challenge

The format and rules for each year are decided by the Club Chairman.



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