Please note the following:
- The projection size for all events (except when otherwise specified) is 1600×1200 pixels. i.e. the images must be no more than 1200 pixels high and no more than 1600 pixels wide.
- Pictures not to the 4:3 ratio must still fit inside a maximum of 1600x1200px. The unused space should NOT be filled with black or any other colour.
- Images must be uploaded to the portal by the closing date.
- Your scores can be seen on the portal after judging.
- There is no limit on the age of an image.
Please download the rules and read them first…here they are again…
In this age of AI (Artificial Intelligence) generated images, please remember that effectively these are not your photographs and therefore cannot be use in whole or in part in any competition.
Any image may be used in any ONE competition in any medium. This means that an image previously used in a Quarterly competition can be used in a subsequent Annual competition and if an image is used in an Annual it can then be used in a future Quarterly competition as either a Print or PDI, but not both in any competition. This can be difficult to get ones head around so here is an example as a Question and Answer session:
OPS Annual Competition Categories
You can enter up to 10 images (may be varied each year) in the Annual Prints and Annual PDI Competitions. These can be in one category or spread across any or all the categories. Any image may be used in any ONE competition in any ONE medium.
There are five categories in the Annual Competition.
- Documentary – An image of which the primary purpose is to convey factual information. The documentary category therefore includes, but is not restricted to, record photography (e.g. architecture, astronomy), photojournalism, sport. Any editing of a Documentary image should not alter the truth represented by the image.
- Natural History – See L&CPU Nature Rules below. Includes 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 presentation. Wild birds but not caged domestic budgies, wolves but not dogs, lions but not pussy cats. Can include Zoo animals though it is best to hide any obvious man made items. Any editing of a Natural History image should not alter the truth represented by the image. Photographs which started as Nature but which have been creatively modified to show a purely pictorial image, do not meet the Nature definition. They should be entered in “General”
3. Portrait & People – An image of one or more human beings or other animals which conveys something of their character(s). Or an image who’s predominant subject is a person or people.
4. Landscape – An image of any part of the surface of the earth of significant area. The landscape category therefore includes, but is not restricted to, natural scenery, seascapes, industrial, rural and urban landscapes.
5. General – Any image that does NOT fit in the above categories.
L&CPU Nature Rules
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 presentation.
The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality.
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.
Processing of the captured image, by cropping, exposure adjustment, colour correction, noise minimisation, dodging/burning, HDR, focus stacking and sharpening, is allowed. Cloning of image defects and minor distractions, including overlapping elements, are permitted when these do not distort the truth of the photographic statement.
Images entered as Nature can have landscape, 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.
Access to biological subjects may be restricted. By entering an L&CPU event, Photographers warrant that they have followed relevant codes of practices and hold any necessary licenses.
L&CPU Annual Individual Competitions
The L&CPU hold annual competitions for club members, in May. You may choose your own images but the entry is made via our Competition Secretary. A selection of the best images from this competition may be retained by the L&CPU to be included in the travelling folios, or to be sent to the PAGB competition, when they will be placed in the folios the following year. Prints may potentially be retained for two years.