Competition News Season 2017/2018

Internal Competitions

More information regarding the internal competitions on how prepare, present, resize, name, are in the Competition Guide which is in the Members Area; members will need their user name and password to get into the Member Area.

Competition No. 1 - Images to be handed in by 12 September 2018
Competition No. 2 - Images to be handed in by 31 October 2018
Competition No. 3 - Images to be handed in by 16 January 2019
Competition No. 4 - Images to be handed in by 20 February 2019

Panels Competition - Digital images to be handed in by 3rd April 2019 plus digital copies for the Print Panels. Print Panels to be brought on the evening

Set Subject - All digital images to be handed in by 28 November 2018 - Part 1to be held on 12 December 2018 with the subjects Ecclesiastical; Fur and Feather; Gold; Part 2 will be held on the 16 January 2019 and the subjects are Marine; Vanishing Point. Also on this date a print critique will be given on prints on the set subject of Landscape, Close up, Nature and Portrait.

Horseshoe Trophy - Digital and Prints - The selection committee will need to select 5 Prints and 5 Digital Images. The subjects for March 2019 for the digital images are: Ecclesiastical; Fur and Feather; Gold; Marine; Vanishing Point  and for the Print Section it is still, Nature, Mono, Portrait, Landscape and Close-Up. March 2019 date to be decided.


Digital entries are collected on an on-going basis for our International Exchange but if you have any images you would specifically like considered, please get these to the organiser Peter Hyett and Print Entries to Derrick Holliday.

Future Dates of Importance for External Competitions plus WCPF Speaker Events. All members are very welcome to attend these events.

13 October 2018 WCPF AGM & Talk AGM Morning Lecture in afternoon See WCPF Website WCPF
17 November 2018 WCPF Kingswood Salver & Talk Kingswood Salver Inter Club Print Panel Competition in the morning and Rosemary Wilman Hon FRPS AFIAP BPE5* APAGB will be giving a talk called The Way I See It in the afternoon. See WCPF Website WCPF
28 November 2018 SDL Print 4 way battles between Crediton, EPG, Dawlish and Newton Abbot. Dawlish & Teignmouth Hosting Club Entry (Print)
10 February 2019 WCPF DPIC Interclub Digital Competition at The Corn Exchange, Exeter Club Entry (Digital)
March 2019 - TBC WCPF Knightshayes Trophy & Talk Entry is free and members are allowed to take along 2 prints. The set subject being "?" and prints to be handed in to the WCPF DPIC Competition at the Corn Exchange February 2019 The WCPF Council Meeting to be held in the morning. WCPF - Individual Entry (Print)
27 February 2019 Mix & Match Annual Mix and Match Competition - A great fun evening Exmouth Hosting Club Entry (Digital)

March 2018 - TBC

Horseshoe Trophy

The Horseshoe Trophy.  Battle between Sidmouth, Honiton, Colyton, Chard and EPG. To be held at Kilmington Village Hall, Nr Axminster, EX13 7RF. 

Club Entry (Prints & Digital)
March 2019 - TBC SDL Digital 4 way battles between Crediton, EPG, Dawlish and Newton Abbot. Crediton are hosting Club Entry (Digital)
April 2019 - TBC WCPF AV WCF Audio Visual Competition - All day at Clyst St Mary Hall, Exeter. All day event. More details from WCPF Website WCPF - Individual Entry
MAY 2019 - TBC Devon Clubs' Battle Devon Clubs' Print and Digital Battle. Date & place TBC.  

The Image Selection Process and Selectors

The main principle used for selection evenings is to choose the images which, in the opinion of the selectors, are likely to produce the best overall score for the club in the competition concerned, given the many and varied rules and constraints for competition entries. This usually means that over 100 images are checked and rechecked for this purpose. Whilst we always attempt to include as many of our members as we can, it is the photograph that has to be of paramount importance, not the photographer. We generally enter images from about 15 different members during a season. Of these, about 5 regularly receive high awards in external competitions and so it should not be surprising to anyone that their images are regularly chosen to represent the club.

Images for inclusion in the selection process for external competitions are invited from all members. Digitally projected Images entered in previous internal competitions are already included in the Club Image Bank.  However  any member may augment their content by e-mailing their submissions to John Wickett or Derrick Holliday our Competition Secretaries in the standard 1400x1050 jpg format at any time. Digital versions of successful prints, suitably adjusted for projection, are particularly welcome and are included in the selection process if we have them.  We would suggest that you bear in mind the Mix and Match,  Horseshoe Trophy which has set subjects and in particular the Devon Clubs’ Battle Print Panel where a group of members would be the ideal solution for getting together a panel.

For Exhibitions and Exchanges it is usually more appropriate for the selectors to choose work from as wide a range of members as possible.

Whilst much of the above appears to focus on the highest expertise in the club, it should not detract from the primary wish of the club to help support the enjoyment of all members, including those who wish to continue to pursue their photographic experiences without the need to take part in the competitive arena. Even for those who prefer not to enter competitions, attending these events can prove worthwhile, being both inspiring and informative.

We do have a Selection Committee currently comprising Derrick Holliday, Tony Ovens, Maurice Chittock but you must also remember that a different member of the club is also invited to Selection Evenings so that members can get an insight into how the selection process works and offer their valued opinion.  This has been the way we have done selections in the past but if you feel able to offer your services in this regard then please let one of the above members know rather than wait for an invitation.

When prints are required for an external entry it is always advisable for the selection committee to have prints rather than digital images in which case if you think you have something suitable for a competition that is coming up please inform the Selectors that you have something that you would like to be considered.  (Prints are required for SDL Prints, Horseshoe Trophy, Devon Clubs’ Battle and Kingswood Salver, which normally is the same panel as the Clubs’ Battle).

We will now make sure that members are informed each time a selection has been made for any of the external entries made by the club so that you will know if your image has been chosen.