Carlisle Camera Club

Monthly Competiton Rules and Guidelines

Each month, we invite an honored guest judge to our Carlisle club meetings to judge, critique and offer sage advice. The Monthly Competition allows the club members to compete against each other for nothing more than kudos and bragging rights.

There are two competitions, Club and Advanced. All new members will join the Club competition and can only progress to the Advanced competition on merit so you will see some fantastic images in both the Club and Advanced competitions.

Both competitions have three open categories in to which each member can submit 2 photographs:

  • Colour Prints
  • Monochrome Prints
  • Projected Digital Images

Full Competition Rules (PDF)

Projected Digital Images (PDIs)


PDIs must not exceed a width of 1400 pixels or a height of 1050 pixels. If you exceed either of these your image will be resized to fit on the screen by the presentation software and may not reproduce satisfactorily. 

File Name

Save your file starting with your competitor number then the image title. Your entry should be submitted to the Internal Competition Secretary either by USB or email. The latest date for entries is 3 weeks prior to the competition unless notified otherwise at club meetings.

Colour Space

Images must be saved in the sRGB colour space. If you fail to do this, your image will not display as intended.

Digital images must have been produced within three years of the submission date.


Prints may be “any size” but must be mounted, the maximum size of which should not exceed 500 x 400 mm.  In its simplest form, the mount is just a rectangle of white or coloured card with the print stuck on the front.  A more advanced type of mount has a cut out with the print stuck or taped on behind so that it shows through the aperture.

If the print is taped to the mount board, it is important to ensure that is secure. Sticky tape coming loose in the judge’s big box of prints can damage other prints.

New members do not usually have trouble sourcing prints, but mounts may be a problem. You can buy mounts ready made, usually at standard A4 and A3 sizes, which may not be the optimum. You can buy card and cut it to size yourself or you can have your prints mounted for you.  Useful shops are Castle Framing Brampton, Grays Art Shop Carlisle, The Range, Hobbycraft etc. Don’t spend too much money on a mount as it is the image which is judged but do consider the amount of space between your main subject and the edge of the mount. 

You must also supply a digital version of your print (see above for guidance). You will not be judged on the digital version, it is purely for projection so everyone gets a chance to see your image.

If you are successful and achieve a commended or higher placing, then you need to send a digital version for use in the website. 

Previous Entries

(1) Previous Entries may be re-entered only once in the same Competition Category, subject to the Rules specific to that Category.
(2) A Previous Entry is deemed to be any entry, which has previously been entered into that Competition Category or an entry from the same or almost
identical negative, transparency or digital file, unless the entry is substantially different in character from the original. This matter is subject to the
discretion of the Competition Secretary together with Committee members who may ask to see both pieces of work together.

Sending Digital Versions of Competition Prints

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