Competition Rules

Annual Competition

The Annual Competition and Exhibition

These rules are to be read in conjunction with the Generic Competition Rules


1. Entries shall be available for the club's use in external competitions.

2. Entries which have gained certificated awards in this club's Annual Competition previously will not be eligible.

3. Entries must be titled on the entry or file name. Names or initials must not appear on the entry. Print entries must be delivered in suitable packaging bearing the entrant's name. Entrants must submit their entries online using the PhotoEntry software. Entrants are recommended to list their prints on PhotoEntry in their order of preference for inclusion in the exhibition.

4. Entries will be taken in the classes and sections as detailed in 'Description of Classes and Sections'. A member may enter up to a maximum of 10 projected images and up to 12 prints, with a maximum of 8 prints in any one section. The class, and where necessary the section, must be on the entry form.

5. Classes or sections of classes may be combined with other classes or withdrawn from the competition if there are less than three entrants.

6. Any question arising as to which class or section a member must enter, or any other matter relevant to the competition and exhibition, will be decided by the club committee and exhibition officials. If a member enters in a class which is obviously below their standard then the club committee and exhibition officials will have the power to reassign the entry to a more suitable class.
Conversely a member may approach the committee in writing to relinquish their status and enter a different class, where the member feels that this would be more appropriate to their present standard of photography.

7. All accepted entries will be judged in the competition. Space to exhibit prints is limited. The exhibition officials will endeavour to exhibit all award winning entries and a representation of all entrants. All prints will be framed by the officials.

8. Each print entered should be accompanied by a digital file at the time of entry, with the images being in normal aspect jpeg format (without the black or grey filler to bring the size up to 1600 x 1200 pixels).


Description of Classes and Sections

Monochrome Prints
  • Championship Class
  • Open to the Winner of the Walton Shield from the 1984 annual competition onwards. This class will be sub divided into Applied and Open sections
  • Advanced Class
  • The Winner of the Campbell Cup (best beginner) shall enter in this class. The class will be sub-divided into Applied and Open sections.
  • Beginners Class
  • This class is designed for newcomers to photography. Members may enter in this class providing that they have never entered prints in the Championship or Advanced classes, and have never won the Campbell Cup or Walton Shield (see rule 6 above).


    Colour Prints
    • Championship Class
    • Open to the Winner of the Allan Bailey Large Shield from the 2002 annual competition onwards. This class will be sub divided into Applied and Open sections.
    • Advanced Class
    • The Winner of the Trophy for best beginner shall enter in this class. The class will be sub-divided into Applied and Open sections.
    • Beginners Class
    This class is designed for newcomers to photography. Members may enter in this class providing that they have never entered prints in the Championship or Advanced classes, and have never won the Trade Processed Trophy or Allan Bailey Large Shield (see rule 6 above).



    Projected Images

    Digital images (mono or colour)
    • Championship Class
    • Open to the Winner of the Walton Rose bowl only, from the 1984 annual competition onwards. This class will be sub-divided Applied and Open.
    • Advanced Class
    • The Winner of the Hacking Cup (best beginner) shall enter in this class.

      These classes will be sub-divided into Applied and Open sections (see note below).
    • Beginners Class
    • This class is designed for newcomers to photography. Members may enter in this class providing that they have never entered prints in the Championship or Advanced classes of any genre, and have never won the Hacking Cup or the Walton Rosebowl (see rule 6 above).

      Note: Applied photography includes, portrait, record, documentary and nature. The work should be specifically titled.


      Print awards


      "Walton Shield"... Best mono print from any class.

      "Allan Bailey Large Shield"... Best colour print from any section or class.

      "Alan Haydock Shield"... Best pictorial print from any class, either monochrome or colour.

      "Garth Dawson Trophy"... Best portrait print from any class, either monochrome or colour.

      "Allan Bailey Small Shield"... Best candid print from any class, either monochrome or colour.

      "Michael Crocker Trophy"... Best championship print from any section, either monochrome or colour.

      "President's Cup"... Best advanced mono print from any section.

      "Harold Blakey Trophy"... Best advanced colour print from any section.

      "Trade Processed Trophy"... Best beginners colour print from any section.

      "Campbell Cup"... Best beginners mono print from any section.


      Projected Image Awards


      "Walton Rose Bowl"... Best projected image from any section or class.

      "Clifford Hindle Cup"... Best pictorial projected image from any class.

      "Hartley Cup"... Best advanced projected image from any section.

      "Hacking Cup"... Best beginners projected image from any section.

      "T. G. Haworth Trophy"... Best nature projected image.

      "Allan Bailey Cup"... Best candid projected image.


      All awards and any other certificates are made at the judge's discretion.