About Us

Ashford (Middlesex) Camera Club is a friendly club whose aim is the enjoyment of photography.

Membership is at all levels, from beginners to advanced, and although most of the club’s members produce digital images a few still expose and show results using silver halide film.

Next meetings

Tuesday 22 October
Match-an-image evening (PDIs)

Competition Rules

COMPETITION RULES – ASHFORD CAMERA CLUB – (revised April 2019)

  1. Only paid-up members may enter competitions.
  2. Competitions will be divided into categories defined by photographic subject matter ie General, Portrait, Nature, Set-subject, Colour, Monochrome.
  3. Entries shall be placed in sections, Standard or Advanced, defined by the photographer’s expertise and involvement as judged in agreement with the competition secretary and/or committee. As an example, a photographer with no previous success in photographic competitions may elect to enter the Standard section. A photographer with previous success or evidence such as a photographic distinction should enter the Advanced section.
  4. In each competition an independent judge will comment on each image and award a mark up to a maximum of ten. The Committee may, at its discretion, also award certificates to placed entries. It may also award other prizes and trophies.
  5. All images and manipulation of a digital photograph shall be the work of the author. Clip art or commercially supplied imagery shall not be incorporated.
  6. An image may only be entered in one form, as either a print OR a projected digital image (PDI) OR a slide (a film-based transparency).
  7. A Portrait shall be a likeness of a person.
  8. For Nature images, see notes A and B below.
  9. Prints shall be mounted and shall have the title and the author’s name on the reverse of the mount. Slides shall be mounted in 2 inch x 2 inch mounts or 6cm x 6cm mounts. The mount shall be correctly­ spotted (spot at bottom left as slide is viewed) and shall carry the title of the slide and name of the author.
  10. Members should follow the spirit of the rules and not submit similar images as different entries (apparent duplication).
  11. In the event of a dispute the Competition Secretary will make the ultimate decision.

Note A – Nature Photography 

  1. The nature aspect of the photograph must form the primary subject of the image.
  2. Nature images can include any of the various branches of natural history including, but not limited to, zoology, botany, geology, meteorology and astronomy.
  3. Subjects shall be in a natural or adopted habitat and can include images taken in controlled conditions such as zoos, game parks, farms, botanical gardens, aquariums etc.
  4. Human ‘coaxing’ of animals (holding, feeding etc) must not be evident in the image.
  5. Scientific bands, tags and/or radio collars on wild animals are permitted.
  6. Botanical subjects shall include any flora (flower, plant, shrub, tree, fungi, algae etc) in its natural environment. This includes gardens, parks etc but shall not include any ‘artificially created’ images of objects such as cut or arranged flowers, potted plants.
  7. The image title shall be formal and informative. Where appropriate and to help the viewer better appreciate the image and/or the photographer’s expertise, the title shall include the location and/or the environment in which it was taken. Pet names such as ‘Lassie at the seaside’ shall not be used. “Dog on beach” is acceptable.
  8. No kind of manipulation that alters the truth of the subject being photographed is permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the image without changing the pictorial content are permitted, including high dynamic range (HDR), focus stacking, dodging/burning and removal of minor distractions and blemishes. Colour images may be converted to monochrome but infrared images are not allowed.

Note B – Artistic Consideration

  1. Although work submitted in the Nature Category should be mainly informative or illustrative in character, an overlay of pictorialism is not only permissible but may be to the advantage, provided that it does not detract from the informative content of the work.
  2. Good composition is an important aspect of effective and visually satisfying nature work and every component image in a submission should demonstrate the competitor’s skill in this respect.

QUARTERLY COMPETITIONS

Quarterly Competitions will be held at least three times each year. Marks awarded in each section­ of these competitions shall be recorded and the marks of each member during the year aggregated for each section. The members with the highest total will be awarded trophies as described in the Competitions Summary below.

Quarterly print competition

Quarterly Competitions will be held at least three times each year. Marks awarded at each stage­ of these competitions shall be recorded and the marks of each member during the year aggregated for each section. The members with the highest total will be awarded trophies as described in the Competitions Summary below.

Sections: There will be a Standard Section and an Advanced Section.

Quarterly print competition

  1. Each competition shall comprise three categories – General, Portrait, Nature and Set-subject.
  2. Each member may enter one print in each category.
  3. Prints must be on mounts with a maximum dimension of 20 inches x 16 inches (50.8 cm x 40.6 cm).
  4. No print in any category may be entered again in any other Ashford Camera Club Quarterly Competition in any format. A print may be entered again to an Annual Print Competition.

Quarterly projected digital image (PDI) competition

  1. Each competition shall comprise four categories – General (G), Portraiture (P), Nature Photography (N) and Set-subject (S).
  2. Each member may enter one projected digital image (PDI) in each category.
  3. No image may be entered again in any other Ashford Camera Club Quarterly Competition in any format. This is deemed to include any alterations made to a previously shown image. A PDI may be entered again to an Annual PDI competition.
  4. It is recommended that PDIs be sized to match the resolution of the club’s projector. The maximum width is 1400 pixels. The maximum height is 1050 pixels.
  5. Each entry shall be named in the following format (note the use of the underscore):
    Initial of Category+Initial of Section_Author Name_title.jpg. For example,
    “NS_ Anne Other_Snowdrops in Windsor Park.jpg” for a Standard entry in the Nature category,
    “GA_A Nother_Windsor Castle.jpg” for an Advanced entry in the General category,
    “SS_A Nother_mytitle.jpg” for a Standard entry in the Set-subject category.
  6. All entries shall be submitted at least one week prior to the competition date. Late entries will not be permitted.

ANNUAL COMPETITIONS

Sections: There will be only one section for all entries in the annual competitions.

Annual print competition

  1. A print competition will be held each year and will be known as the Annual Print Competition. It will consist of three categories, sub-divided as follows: a) General Colour, General Monochrome, b) Portrait Colour, Portrait Monochrome, c) Nature Photography – Colour and Monochrome
  2. A member may enter one print in each category.
  3. Prints must be on mounts with a maximum dimension of 20 inches x 16 inches (50.8 cm x 40.6 cm).
  4. No print may be entered in the Annual Print Competition if it has been entered in the same category of a previous Annual Print Competition. Prints previously entered into a Quarterly competition are acceptable.

Annual projected digital image (PDI) competition

  1. A competition for projected digital images (PDIs) will be held each year and will be known as the Annual Projected Digital Image or Annual PDI competition. It will consist of three categories: a) General, b) Portrait, c) Nature Photography
  2. Each member may make one entry in each category.
  3. It is recommended that PDIs be sized to match the resolution of the club’s projector. The maximum width is 1400 pixels. The maximum height is 1050 pixels.
  4. Each entry shall be named in the following format:
    The first letter of the category_ author name_title.jpg, eg
    “N_A Nother_Tree bound mammal.jpg”
  5. All entries shall be submitted at least one week prior to the competition date. Late entries will not be permitted.
  6. No image may be entered in the Annual PDl competition if it has been entered in the same category of a previous Annual PDI competition. Digital images previously entered into a Quarterly competition are acceptable.

Annual Set-subject competition

  1. A competition shall be held each year on a subject set in advance by agreement of those present at the AGM.
  2. Each member may enter one print which need not be mounted.

Annual slide competition

  1. A slide competition will be held each year and will be known as the Annual Slide Competition. It will comprise three categories – General, Portraiture and Nature Photography.
  2. Each member may enter up a maximum of two slides in each category.
  3. No slide entered may be entered in the Annual Slide Competition if it has been entered in the same category of a previous Annual Slide Competition.

For a printer-friendly version of these rules, download this pdf  competition rules 2019