Axholme CC

Competition Rules

The Emlyn Perret Trophy
There are 3 Digital and 6 Print Competitions, which take place between September and May of each season. To be considered for the EPT you must enter images into at least 6 competitions.

Digital Competitions entries must be supplied no later than 6.00pm on the Monday before the Digital Competition. This will allow the images to be processed for the Competition Night. Entries can be made in one of two ways:
• by bringing them on a memory stick to an earlier meeting
• by emailing them to

Print Competitions the mounted prints can be brought on the night but please remember that digital versions of the images are also required. These can be supplied either on a memory stick at a meeting or by sending them to the Competition Secretary.

After the final round, the scores achieved by each competitor will be calculated for each section, Overall, Colour and Mono. A score will be arrived at by adding the top 8 marks for each section (max 160 points per section).

Usually, in each competition you will be allowed to enter 4 images, 2 in the colour section and 2 in the mono. In specialist rounds, such a “panels” or “3 from 5” this rule may vary.
Prints should be mounted on board no larger than 500mm x 400mm (or 20” x 16” if you have old stock).

The Cliff Alspin-Bradley Trophy
This award goes to the best image entered in the first round of the EPT. This is always an Open competition. The judge will be asked to choose the best image submitted.

Photograph of the Year
This is usually the last internal competition of the year. Members can submit up to 2 Print images in this competition, any combination of colour and mono. Images can have been used in the EPT competition.

There is no time limit on when the image was taken in any of our internal competitions.

What might a judge be looking for?

Remember, the judge will try to interpret the image in the way, he hopes, you intended. If you can, use your title to provide a clue, but keep it short! Good judges want to see the photographer making full use of the camera’s viewfinder. He may look to see if unwanted ‘highlights’ have been avoided particularly around the edges as these tend to draw the viewer’s eye away from the main subject matter. Is the main subject showing to its best advantage and has the best use been made of the available light and its direction? Is the image clear, clean and simple? Has the main object of interest been placed in the strongest position, usually on the ‘thirds’?