About Us

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

Membership is at all levels, from beginners to advanced, and includes both silver halide and digital photographers – although most of the club’s members now produce images digitally.

Next meetings

Tuesday 26 September
3rd competition for prints plus PDI set-subject "Abstract"
Tuesday 3 October
Table top photography demonstration and practical session by Colin Long

Competition Rules

COMPETITION RULES – ASHFORD CAMERA CLUB –  (revised January 2017)

  1. Only paid up members may enter competitions.
  2. Competitions will be divided into categories defined by subject matter eg General, Portraiture, Colour, Monochrome, Set Subject, Nature Photography (see notes A, B below). Entries will be placed in sections defined by the photographer’s expertise and involvement eg Intermediate and Advanced.
  3. In each competition an independent judge will comment on each image and award a mark up to a maximum of ten. Certificates may be given for the entry placed first in each category or section of each competition and the Committee may, at its discretion, also award certificates to second or third placed entries. In addition to the trophies stated in these rules, the Committee may, at its discretion, award other prizes and trophies.
  4. 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.
  5. An image may only be entered in one form, as either a slide (a film-based transparency) OR a print OR a digital projected image.
  6. For Nature images, see notes A and B below.
  7. A Portrait shall be a likeness of a person.
  8. 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.
  9. Members should follow the spirit of the rules and not submit similar images as different entries (apparent duplication).
  10. In the event of a dispute the Competition Secretary will make the ultimate decision.

Note A – Nature Photography (updated January 2017)

i) The nature aspect of the photograph must form the primary subject of the image.

ii) Nature images can include any of the various branches of natural history including, but not limited to, zoology, botany, geology, meteorology and astronomy.

iii) 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.

iv) Human ‘coaxing’ of animals (holding, feeding etc) must not be evident in the image.

v) Scientific bands, tags and/or radio collars on wild animals are permitted.

vi) 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 etc.

vii) The image title shall be formal and informative. Where appropriate, the title shall include the location and/or the environment in which it was taken, where this would help the viewer better appreciate the image and/or the photographers expertise. Pet names (‘Lassie at the Seaside’) shall not be used.

viii) 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.

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 competitor’s 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

  1. Each competition shall comprise three categories – General, Portraiture and Nature Photography.
  2. Each member may enter either the Intermediate section OR the Advanced section. However, any member who wins a trophy in the Intermediate section must progress to the Advanced section. A member may choose to enter the Advanced section, but is then unable to revert to the Intermediate section.
  3. Each member may enter one print in each category.
  4. Intermediate­ prints may be of any format up to 96 square inches in area (A4 size). Advanced prints may exceed 96 square inches but must be on mounts with a maximum dimension of 20 inches x 16 inches (50.8 cm x 40.6 cm).
  5. No print in any category may be entered again in any other Ashford Camera Club Quarterly Competition in any  format.

Quarterly projected digital image competition

  1. Each competition shall comprise four categories – General (G), Portraiture (P), Nature Photography (N) and Set-subject (S).
  2. Each member may enter either the Intermediate section or the Advanced section. However, any member who wins a trophy in the Intermediate section must progress to the Advanced section. A member may choose to enter the Advanced section, but is then unable to revert to the Intermediate section
  3. Each member may make one entry in each category.
  4. 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 item.
  5. Entries should be formatted to 1024 x 768 pixels, 72 ppi resolution.
  6. Each entry shall be named in the following format:
    The first letter of the Category+Initial of Section_author name_title.jpg, eg
    “NI_ BBloggs_snowdrops.jpg” for an Intermediate entry in Nature category,
    “GA_Bill Brown_Windsor Castle.jpg” for an Advanced entry in the General category,
    “SI_Susan Williams_mytitle.jpg” for an Intermediate entry in the Set-subject category.
  7. All entries shall be submitted at least one week prior to the competition date on a CD or datastick. Late entries will not be permitted under any circumstances.

ANNUAL COMPETITIONS

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.

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 five categories:
    1. General – Colour
    2. General – Monochrome
    3. Portraiture – Colour
    4. Portraiture – Monochrome
    5. Nature Photography – Colour or Monochrome
  2. A member may enter one print in each category.
  3. 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.

Annual projected digital image competition

  1. Each competition shall comprise three categories – General, Portraiture and Nature Photography.
  2. Each member may make one entry in each category.
  3. Entries should be formatted to 1024 x 768 pixels, 72 ppi resolution.
  4. Each entry shall be named in the following format:
    The first letter of the category_ author name_title.jpg, eg
    “N_BHulatt_Tree bound mammal.jpg”
  5. All entries shall be submitted at least one week prior to the competition date on a CD or datastick. Late entries will not be permitted under any circumstances.
  6. No image may be entered in the Annual Projected Digital Image competition if it has been entered in the same category of a previous Annual Projected Digital Image competition.

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 up to four prints which need not be mounted.
  3. The competition shall be judged by members present at the AGM by placement of a single vote by each person on their preferred print.

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