Competitions – Internal

PPS conducts internal competitions for its own members.
PPS also takes part in external competitions alongside other clubs.

Main Cup

Hand-in by 14 October 2020
Competition 04 November 2020

  • This competition is for three Digital files.
  • See the guidelines for naming, sizing and submitting images.
  • The subject is up to the photographer’s choice.
  • Judging is by an external judge.
  • The three images are given marks out of twenty and these scores are then added together to give a cumulative score.
  • Top scoring entrants will be placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Highly Commended and Commended.

Guidelines – general
Guidelines – digital images

PKM Trophy

Hand-in by 11 November 2020
Competition 02 December 2020

  • Up to three monochrome images are submitted. (Usually prints; this year, digital)
    Monochrome can be black and white (with any toning process), lith, argyrotype, cyanotype, or digital equivalent. The SPF definition is:
    “A monochrome work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A monochrome work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the monochrome category. A monochrome image modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category.”
  • See the guidelines for mounting, labelling and submitting prints. (Not relevant this year)
  • See the guidelines for naming, sizing and submitting images.
  • Subject is up to the photographer’s choice.
  • Judging is by an external judge.
  • Top scoring entrants will be placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Highly commended and Commended.

Guidelines – general
Guidelines – digital images

Grant Cup

Hand-in by 30 December 2020
Competition 06 January 2021

  • This competition is for a submission of up to three digital files. 
  • See the guidelines for naming, sizing and submitting images.
  • This competition is themed with a new theme chosen each season.
    The theme for 2019-2020 is ‘O’.
  • Judging is internal, based on the voting of the members present in a secret ballot.
  • Top scoring entrants will be placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, Highly Commended and Commended.

Guidelines – general
Guidelines – digital images

Nan Borthwick Salver

Hand-in by 06 January 2021
Competition 27 January 2021

  • This involves one entry of a set of three prints which should show a clear intention of a connecting theme of style, content or both. (Usually prints; this year, digital)
  • See the guidelines for mounting, labelling and submitting prints. (Not relevant this year)
  • See the guidelines for naming, sizing and submitting images.
  • Subject is up to the photographer’s choice.
  • Judging is by an external judge.
  • Top scoring entrants will be placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Highly commended and Commended.

Guidelines – general
Guidelines – digital images

Peter Rourke Salver

Hand-in by 06 January 2021
Competition 27 January 2021

  • Up to three prints may be submitted showing photographic artistic styles. (Usually prints; this year, digital)
    The RPS defines this as moving away from merely representational / documentary styles.
  • See the guidelines for mounting, labelling and submitting prints. (Not relevant this year)
  • See the guidelines for naming, sizing and submitting images.
  • Subject is up to the photographer’s choice.
  • Judging is by an external judge.
  • Top scoring entrants will be placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Highly commended and Commended.

Guidelines – general
Guidelines – digital images

Colour Rose Bowl

Hand-in by 27 January 2021
Competition 17 February 2021

  • Up to three entries may be made for this, of colour prints, that is, any type of print that cannot be defined as monochrome. (Usually prints; this year, digital)
  • See the guidelines for mounting, labelling and submitting prints. (Not relevant this year)
  • See the guidelines for naming, sizing and submitting images.
  • Subject is up to the photographer’s choice.
  • Judging is by an external judge.
  • Top scoring entrants will be placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Highly commended and Commended.

Guidelines – general
Guidelines – digital images

D Dall Cup

Hand-in by 03 March 2021
Competition 10 March 2021

  • This competition is for a submission of up to three digital files. 
  • This is a Selfie competition, for images of the photographer by the photographer, taken on a hand-held device. Selfie sticks are allowed, but tripods and remote controls are not allowed.
  • See the guidelines for naming, sizing and submitting images.
  • Judging is internal, based on the voting of the members present in a secret ballot.
  • Top scoring entrants will be placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, Highly Commended and Commended.

Guidelines – general
Guidelines – digital images

Simpson Cup

Hand-in by 03 March 2021
Competition 10 March 2021

  • This competition is for a submission of one digital audio-visual presentation per member.
  • An AV presentation is a self-running sequence of still photographic images, or a combination of moving and still images, the images being the original work of the member, and with a synchronised soundtrack. Animated graphics, video clips or other visual material should be limited and appropriate to the production. This definition means that some still images must be included. The use of third-party images is deprecated.
  • Each presentation must not exceed 5 minutes duration
  • See the guidelines for naming, sizing and submitting presentations.
  • Subject is up to the photographer’s choice
  • Judging is internal, based on the voting of the members present, in a secret ballot.
  • Top scoring entries will be placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, Highly Commended and Commended.
    Before they can be uploaded to the website, top scoring entrants will need to provide evidence of permissions for any copyright material (or, perhaps, copyright audio).

Guidelines – general
Guidelines – digital images

Millennium Quaich

Presentation 31 March 2021
This a trophy awarded by the Committee. It is chosen in private at their meetings held throughout the year and presented at the Annual Dinner/Prize Giving. It is normally given for outstanding work over the previous year, e.g. work published, a member who has a massive leap in ability, won an award, passed exams, gained qualifications, etc.