Competition Rules


Competitions are open to all current Beeslack Penicuik Camera Club members.

  • All entries (Print and/or CD) are to be identified by current membership number and title only.

  • Prints must be mounted and should be a minimum print size of 5"x7" and a maximum mount size of 20"x16". Prints should be titled and have your membership number on the reverse. All entries must be 100% the authors own work.

  • Projected image (DPI) competitions are open to all members.

  • Digital projected images should be made equal to or less than 1600 pixels wide x 1200 pixels high for landscape. Equal to or less than 1200 pixels high for portrait. They should be saved as a Jpeg file with sRGB colour profile.

  • Entries must bear membership number as part of the title. Click here for instructions on how to resize an image for entry into the competitions.

  • Entries are limited to a maximum of two Prints and/or two Projected Images per competition.

  • Entries that have been awarded 17 points or more cannot be re-entered in any future in-club competition.

  • Entries are to be handed to the competition secretary by the date specified in the Club Programme.. LATE ENTRIES CANNOT BE ACCEPTED. Any member wishing to enter an Inter Club Competition and at a similar time an in-club competition will need to submit duplicate copies of their work in cases where timescales do not allow the originals to be submitted.

  • Points will be awarded by the judge on a scale of 0 – 20.

  • At the end of the club season the highest mark awarded to each member's Print/Digital projected image, per competition, will be accumulated and trophy's awarded to the member with the highest scores in the Print and Digital projected image competitions, and also the Club Champion with the overall highest score for the year.

  • For inter-club competitions it has been agreed that members may submit 2 prints and 2 digital projected images for consideration by a selection panel nominated by the committee. Members may submit prints and digital projected images that have not previously been submitted for club competitions.

  • Members failing to abide by the rules will have their entries disqualified.

Natural History Competition Rules 2017

Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. 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.

 No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning.

Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to greyscale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.

Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife. Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, 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.


Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species.

Wildlife images may be entered in Nature sections of Exhibitions