1 General Rules

1.1 Plagiarism

1.1.a ALL images entered into WPS competitions MUST be the work of the author.

1.1,b Composite images are permitted provided all component images meet this requirement. Images from any other source including, but not limited to, royalty free image banks and clipart are not permitted.

1.2 Eligibility

1.2.a Images must not have been created more than five years before the start of the current season. This does not mean they must have been taken less than five years ago. For example, you may enter an archived image that you now feel you have the skill-set to work up for competition purposes.

1.2.b Images entered for any Cumulative Competition may not be re-entered in any subsequent Cumulative Competition unless they have been significantly and noticeably reworked. This applies to Print->Print, DPI->DPI, Print->DPI or DPI‑>Print. You may be challenged to describe the changes and possibly asked to withdraw your image.

1.2.c Within the limit of the five year rule, images from any competition, other than an Annual Competition, may be entered for any subsequent Annual Competition. 1.2.d Any image placed 1st 2nd or 3rd in any of the annual competitions may not be entered in any subsequent competitions whether or not the image has been changed.

1.3 Competition Tiers

To encourage more members to enter their images and to improve over time there will be two tiers. Tier 1 is for those members who are less experienced or feel they are not as skilled as those in Tier 2. Tier 2 is for the more advanced members who have won a number of competitions, cups or certificates, and are  members of LRPS or DPAGB or above will automatically be entered in Tier 2. Those members who decide on Tier 1 can move to Tier 2 if they are successful in competitions or feel they have improved over the season. This change takes place at the beginning of the season only. All members first joining a tier are to advise the Competition Secretary of their initial choice.

The following sections apply equally to Tier 1 and Tier 2, the only difference is that for Tier 1 the Judge will be advised not to demerit an image based on the style or size of the mount and only to mark down if the mounting is poorly executed, this should allow more freedom and the opportunity to keep costs lower.

1.4 Judging

1.4.a With the exception of some Informal Competitions (see section 2.1), the judge will be asked to select 1st 2nd and 3rd placed entries; Highly Commended and Commended will be at the judge’s discretion.

1.4.b All Cumulative and Annual Competitions will be judged by external judges. Judges will usually be selected from the PAGB list of judges for the East Anglian Federation of Photographic Societies (EAF). Every effort will be made to select an A-Panel judge for the Annual competitions. (A-Panel judges are qualified to judge competitions at a regional level).

1.4 c Wherever practical Tier 1 will be judged before Tier 2 and they will be treated as separate competitions.

1.5 Entries

Entries to all formal competitions both Print and DPI are made via the Photoentry website https://compent.photoentry.uk/compent/ this provides a secure method of uploading images that the Competition Secretary can manage and download. Photoentry is used by a number of clubs and has been thoroughly tested as secure and is backed up off site.

1.5.a New users will receive an email from the website with a first use password and should login and change that password to their own choice of password. If there are any issues please contact the competition secretary. The website provides instructions for uploading titles and .jpg files.

1.5.b Each competition is set up on the website in advance and the user will be able to see all competitions that are open and they are eligible to enter. Entries can be made at any point until the competition is closed, which will usually be midnight on the Sunday before the competition date unless otherwise advised.

1.5.c There is no change to the format required for DPI’s, the website will check that the file meets the requirements. Print entries will require a similar .jpg file to be uploaded so that a score sheet can be printed  and the .jpg’s can be used on  the website after the competition.

1.5.d After a competition is judged the user can see their own scores on the Photoentry site and all scores on the WPS website.

1.6 Prints

1.6.a After entering the print on the Photentry website cumulative competition prints should be delivered on the night of the competition as described below Annual Prints should be delivered by the previous week, unless alternative arrangements have been made.

1.6.b The longest side of a print (actual image area) must be no less than 20 cm (8 inches). Prints must be mounted, but must not be framed or glazed. The style of mount is unrestricted.

1.6.c For Tier 2 entrants we strongly recommend the size of the mount to be the ‘standard’ of 40 cm x 50 cm. (Entries not in standard sized mounts are usually not accepted for external (e.g. RPS and PAGB) exhibitions or competitions.)

1.6.d The back of the mount must be free from loose or rucked sticky tape to prevent damage to other prints. ‘Dangerous’ prints will not be accepted for entry into a WPS competition. See Imageprep section Print Competition for mounting instructions

1.7 DPIs

1.7,a DPIs should be properly sized, in the correct colour spaceand have the necessary metadata embedded. Detailed instructions on how to prepare digital projected images are in the Imageprep  section of the WPS web site under the heading “Preparing images for competitions”.

1.7.b Images that have not been properly prepared in accordance with 1.7.a will not be accepted.

1.7.c Digital projected images should be entered on Photoentry as described in section 1.5

1.8 Subject Classes

For Annual Colour Competitions both DPI and Print the sections remain as:

Pictorial and General
Landscape
Nature
Portrait

For the Monochrome competitions both DPI and Print only the following sections apply:

Pictorial and General which can be considered as Open and include nature and portraiture.
Landscape

1.8.a Pictorial & General

This is a ‘catch-all’ class for subjects that do not fall easily within  other classifications and allows a  wide range of images including studies in light and shade, patterns, etc.

Images that are more suitable to any of the other three classes should be entered in the appropriate class.

1.8.b Portraiture

Photographs of human form, more usually associated with facial close-ups or head and shoulder studies.

Full length and group photographs are acceptable.

Exclusions: Animals and representations such as sculpture.

1.8.c Landscape

A wide ranging classification that should depict an outdoor theme, illustrating a subject or location within the context of a natural environment. seascapes, skyscapes, cityscapes, sunrise and sunset are all included under the general description of ‘Landscape’.

1.8.d Natural History

Natural history photography depicts living, untamed animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology and the wide diversity of natural phenomena, from insects to icebergs.

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 manipulation or modification to the original image must be limited to minor retouching of blemishes and must not alter the content of the original scene.

Cute titles should not be used for Natural History images.

Exclusions Photographs of animals which are domesticated, as well as photographs of cultivated plants are ineligible. However photographs taken in zoos and under controlled conditions of wild animals are eligible

Responses to requests for clarification will be based on the description of the Nature class in the definition of Nature Photography agreed by The Photographic Society of America (PSA), the Federation Internationale de Art Photographic (FIAP) and the Royal Photographic Society (RPS). You will find the RPS nature photographers code of practice here:

https://rps.org/media/1xcnsuga/the-nature-photographers-code-of-practice.pdf