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This is an 'Open themed' non-competitive informal critique, designed to provide honest and supportive feedback - in a friendly and light-hearted way.

There is a maximum entry of 2 Digital images.

All entries must be new images to the club and cannot have been shown before in any other competition.

Club members decide (with a majority show of hands) whether each entry warrants a Silver and/or Gold award.  Members are then invited to (constructively) critique the positives and/or negatives of the image.

After the vote each images will be critiqued (in a friendly manner) by the members.

The author must be present on the night in order to enter.


This competition has no defined theme or subject (unless stated otherwise). Any variety of subject matter is acceptable. There is no restriction on digital manipulation or enhancement.

Normal competition rules apply.   



A triptych is a group of 3 separate images displayed together. But crucially, the 3 images are more than just 3 photographs set out next to each other - they work together to create something more than that.

For the print competition a Triptych consists of a single panel measuring 50cmx40cm, of either orientation, carrying three images. These images may be three parts of one image or three disparate images, entirely at the option of the entrant. The individual images may be of any orientation shape, and size within the confines of the entry panel.

For the DPI competition, a Triptych consists of a single screen. The three images in the single screen may be three parts of one image or three disparate images, entirely at the option of the entrant. The individual images may be of any orientation shape, and size within the confines of the entry panel.


A Monochrome can only have one colour, or tonal range, present within the image. This range may include, for example, a variety of shades of grey from very dark grey (black) to very clear grey (white); or any other colour as long as it is within the same range, but not shades of black and another colour.

Any image modified by either partial toning or by the addition of another colour to a monochrome, will be deemed a colour image (polychrome), and therefore will not be accepted into the competition.

Normal competition rules apply.   


The Natural History competition rules are deliberately strict, because each entry should represent an honest and truthful record of the world we live in.

Natural history photography encompasses all branches of natural history (such as flora and fauna, geology and meteorology) with the exception of any human aspects (such as anthropology and archaeology).

All subjects should be wild and free with minimal evidence of human interference or man-made objects. Images should illustrate the natural world in a truthful and honest way with no manipulation or alterations, digital or otherwise.

Images must conform to the definition of natural history set out by the FIAP (International Federation of Photographic Art), which is shown below. Any image deemed to be at odds with this definition may be rejected by the Committee or the Competition Judge; their decision is final.

The Processing of images should be limited to cropping, adjusting levels and minimal sharpening. Although the removal of dust marks is permitted, the removal or addition of any other element is not.

Images should be accurately titled with the subject's common and/or scientific name (where applicable and where known). Try to avoid whimsical titling.

There should be no feeling that images of exotic wildlife stand a better chance of winning - this is not the case! All well-taken images (composition, exposure, focus, etc) that are faithful to the definition stand an equal chance - regardless of subject.

Subjects such as wild flowers, insects, birds, natural patterns in sand or rock, and even landscapes, seascapes and sky-scapes (provided they portray a strong natural history bias) are all acceptable.

However, all should be in their natural environment and be wild and free (i.e. find their own food and shelter, and have no contact with humans). No pets, zoo animals, farm livestock, horses, etc please.

Definition by the FIAP (International Federation of Photographic Art), and adopted by the PAGB (Photographic Alliance of Great Britain).

“Nature photography depicts living, untamed wild animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology and the wide diversity of natural phenomena from icebergs to insects. Photographs of animals that are domesticated, caged or under any form of restraint, as well as any cultivated plants are ineligible. Minimal evidence of humans is acceptable for nature subjects, such as Barn Owls or Storks adapting to an environment modified by humans, or natural forces like hurricanes or tidal waves reclaiming it. Any modification to the original image is limited to minor retouching of blemishes and must not alter the content of the original scene. After satisfying the above requirements, every effort should be made to use the highest level of artistic skill in all nature photographs.”

Normal competition rules apply.   



This competition promotes the manipulation of photographs to create a fictional, conceptual image or photographic art, ie a "Creative Image".

Primarily, a "Creative Image" is noticeably different from an image as viewed through the camera lens. The submitted image or images must have been taken by the author.  

This includes composite images formed by combining multiple images and elements to produce a final image.  All components of the final image must have been photographed by the participant.

Manipulation can be in-camera using any built in modes.

Other in camera creative procedures may also be utilised, such as intentional camera movement, zoom effects, long exposure, multiple exposures, bespoke techniques using lens modifiers or any technique for the image exposure.

The creative image can also be formed from any manner of post-processing.

Images that are created totally electronically with no photographic origin are prohibited.

No clip art or images downloaded from the web are acceptable.  All images must be taken by the author.

The subject matter is open - abstract, landscape, low light, macro, nature, portrait, still-life, street, wildlife, etc."


Steve was a most valued member of St Austell Camera club who tragically passed away at a young age.

Everyone admired his cheerful and cheeky sense of humour.  He loved his Pentax camera and had real enthusiasm for all genres of photography.

He had a passion for Butterflies and nature but it was his cheekiness and great sense of humour that was the deciding theme for this annual competition

Dave Phillips constructed a winner's trophy of a Pentax camera on a plinth, which is awarded to the winner of this competition.

Please look at all your images and submit up to 3 per person for this prestigious award.

The theme is anything amusing, Funny or cheeky etc.

This competition is the only one that allows you to use clip art but the main part of the image must be your own.


This is an “Open” Competition with entry restrictions.

Two DPI and two Prints for each member with the following conditions:

To enable every member to enter this competition, the first image in each section (Print and Digital) does not have to have been placed in any other competition.  It can be any image of your choosing and may be completely new to the Club.

The second image within each section (Print and Digital) must have been placed and won an award (1st, 2nd or 3rd Place, a Highly Commended, Commended or a Silver and Gold Award) in an eligible competition.

An image does not have to be entered in to the same category (Print and Digital) that it may have been placed.

Other than the entry restriction normal competition rules apply.   



Sonya has set the presidents competition and the theme this year is Friendliness.

The deliberately wide open definition really leaves it up to you as the individual photographer to interpret how you want to define and capture images for this unique theme.

Colour, Mono, Triptych, Creative etc etc, all are acceptable.

Consider the three “C” below:

• Concept: how effective is your submission in capturing the essence of friendliness?

• Creativity: Does your submission capture “friendliness” and importantly, portray it to others?

• Composition: How technically competent is your submission? Does the overall composition work, has lighting been considered, is the image well balanced, are there any massive distractions and most of all will Sonya like it!

Maximum of 3 images per person and digital only.  Any questions then please ask.



This is an “Open themed” semi-competitive fun competition, designed to produce a light hearted jovial Club atmosphere.

Two images (which should not be from the same member) will be displayed at the same time and the members are asked to vote for which, out of the two, they prefer. The preferred image goes through to the next round. This process continues until there only the placed images (1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 2 Highly Commended) remain.

There is a maximum entry of 2 Digital per member.

Images do not have to be new to the club, but must not have been previously placed (1st, 2nd, 3rd and Highly Commended, Silver or Gold) in any other competition.

Points are not awarded for this competition; therefore it does not count towards 'Image Of The Year' or ‘Photographer Of The Year' competitions.

The author must be present on the night in order to enter.



This is an “Open Competition” with a maximum entry of three A4 (or smaller) colour or monochrome un-mounted prints.

To be judged by the members on the night.

This one is just a bit of friendly fun for the last night of the season.


*Please contact any committee member if you require any advice or guidance regarding the Club competitions, rules or definitions.

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