Internal Competitions

Internal Competition Rules 2019-20



Awards & Trophies


Tom Dickson Trophy
Entry is up to 2 Prints and/or 2 Digital images.
The top image, digital or print wins the trophy


The Club League Competitions 1, 2 and 3
These three separate but identical League competitions are held over the current season with entry (for each of the 3 competitions) a max. of  2 Prints and/or 2 Digital images.

There are three trophies to be won in the league competition, one for the Print section, one for the Digital projected and a third for Mono Print.

The Print Trophy goes to the member with the highest total score from three out of the possible maximum of  six prints entered in the 3 League competitions.

The Digital Trophy goes to the member with the highest total score from three out of the possible maximum of Six digital images entered in the 3 League competitions.

The Mono Print Cup goes to the member with the highest score from three mono prints out of the maximum of six prints entered in the 3 League competitions.


The Annual competition 
Annual Print Cup entry is up to 2 Prints. The top print will receive the trophy
Annual Digital Cup entry is up to 2 Digital images. The top digital image will receive the trophy


The Phototilly Portrait Print Trophy As part of the Five Internal competitions this trophy will be awarded to the member with the highest score from three Portrait prints out of the maximum of  ten prints entered in the 5 internal competitions.


Monochrome Definition ( SPF ) – Monochrome is a black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category; such a work can be reproduced in black and white in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP Patronage. On the other hand a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category


Portrait  Definition  (SDCC)  A portrait subject can be wide ranging and in colour or monochrome but must be human.



The following general rules apply to the above competitions.

Entries may be on any subject, but any image considered offensive would be excluded.
There is only one grade of entry, which will operate for both Print and Digital Entries.
All images entered must be entirely the work of the photographer. Composite images are permitted provided all component images meet this requirement. For the avoidance of doubt, use of images from any other source including, but not limited to, royalty free image banks and clip art are not permitted. All images, including substantially similar, cannot have been previously entered in any of the above competitions. 

All entries and forms must be submitted to the competition secretary 2 weeks prior to the competition


Prints can be of any size up to 40cm x 50cm and preferably mounted. The title and membership number only should be written on the back. To fit SDCC Exhibition frames, print mounts must be 40cm x 50cm and under 4mm thick.


Digital images should be Baseline (standard) JPEG/JPG files no larger than 2MB. With dimensions of 1600 horizontal pixels max. and 1200 vertical pixels max. 8 bit RGB colour Mode with profile converted to sRGB colour space. Tutorials and further information on preparing your images for competitions can be found on this and other web sites.

1600×1200 is our club standard but the old 1400×1050 will still be accepted as long as we continue to use our Canon Projector.  Please note that images the wrong size or format may suffer from loss of quality or even fail to project.

The file name must contain the title and authors membership number.


Competition Entry Form     (example below)

Stirling & District Camera Club
  Entry form for Print & Digital Competitions

M = Mono     P = Portrait


Member No. 73        
Print No Print Entry Titles Photographer’ Name   M P  
No 1 Stirling Castle Joe Bloggs M  
No 2 Office Worker Joe Bloggs   P
PDI.  No. Digital Entry Titles Photographer’ Name        
No 1 Wallace Monument Joe Bloggs
No 2 Winning Racer Joe Bloggs


A competition entry form must be completed if entering any of the SDCC internal competitions and be included with your PDI images or emailed to the competition secretary when only entering prints.

Image titles and names will be cut and pasted from this form into the competition score sheet to avoid any spelling or typing errors.


Score Sheets are sorted alphabetically so think about the first letter of your image title and make sure the image title and file name are the same. Titles that are larger than 25 characters may get truncated in the score sheets.


Rule Enforcement: problems or infringement of the rules should be brought to the competition secretary’s attention as soon as possible for guidance and solution. His decision and action will be final.


Damage: all care will be taken but S&DCC cannot be responsible for any loss or damage to member’s entries.

Prints are posted without any special insurance using UPS carriers or similar.


On competition nights the external judge will be requested whenever possible to follow S&DCC’s preferred evening plan with prints being judged first followed by the Digital images allowing time for print viewing during our coffee break.

The judge will provide constructive comments on all the entries and award score points out of 20.

He will generally be requested to provide a clear winner plus 2nd and 3rd  places that will be held back and viewed as the final  images.


Judges are volunteers who are experienced amateur or professional photographers and are often members of other camera clubs in the area. They are familiar with the rules for entries and do their best to provide an informative and constructive assessment of the pros and cons of each entry. Like all of us, their assessments are to a certain extent subjective, and this may explain why good entries that meet all the rules may receive different assessments and awards. Some judges are more adept at discussing the artistic merits and weaknesses of an image, while others are fussy about seemingly minor technical ‘flaws’. It is important to remember that the opinion presented by the judge is a single opinion. Different judges can and do have varying opinions on the same image. We are very fortunate that these individuals take the time to travel here and spend an evening at the club, helping us all improve our photographic skills. More information on judging is available at the SPF web site


Use of Images: We ask that members who enter internal S&DCC competitions will allow S&DCC to use their digital images and prints for the web site, external competitions, or other activities that S&DCC may be involved in. Copyright of photographs will always remain with the photographer. We will assume that you are agreeable to this unless you advise us otherwise.


Help and information on any of the above will be available on club nights, the club syllabus and web site.


Tom Forrest

Competition Secretary