Established 1963

Affiliated to the North Wales Photographic Association


Mold Camera Club Internal Competitions


Entries to all competitions must comply with the rules set out below, failure to do so will result in your entry being rejected.

1. For all competitions

1.1. Entries (and all constituent parts of images) must be the photographer’s original work, must originate as photographs (image-captures of objects via light sensitivity) and must be made on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally. Images may be altered – electronically or otherwise – by the photographer. The photographer must own the copyright for all parts of the images submitted.

2. Competitions 1 to 6

2.1. The club holds 6 internal competitions during the season as detailed in the Competition Schedule.  There are General and Advanced sections in each of these competitions.

2.2. You can submit up to three images into each competition.

2.3. Images that are indistinguishable from those previously submitted by the author cannot be used.  This includes images taken in the same ‘burst’ as well as those modified simply by the use of filters, conversion to monochrome etc.

2.4. Images that are the same or substantially similar cannot be submitted as  both a Print and  PDI.

2.5. Judges are asked to award up to 20 points for the winning image in each section and shall base the points for all other entries on how close they are to the winning image.

2.6. Print Photographer and PDI Photographer of the Year are awarded in each of Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced. The winner in each section is calculated by adding up all points awarded in either PDI or prints in competitions 1 to 6.

2.7. Photographer of the Year is calculated by adding up all points awarded in both PDI and prints competitions 1 to 6 irrespective of Beginners, Intermediates or Advanced sections.

3. Print Competitions

3.1. Prints can be any size up to 40 x 50cm, but the mount must be no bigger than 40 x 50cm.

3.2. The print title must be written clearly on the back of the mount, positioned centrally at the top. Your competition number and competition date should be written on the back at the top right of the mount.

3.3. Under no circumstances should you place self-adhesive labels or use exposed self-adhesive tape on the print.  This is to prevent damage to other prints.

3.4. Please make certain that your name or other means of identifying you is not present on the picture. Pictures can only be submitted once for these competitions.

3.5. Prints can be home or commercially printed.

4. PDI Competitions

4.1. Your pictures must be resized to be no more than 1600 pixels wide by 1200 pixels high. So if your picture is landscape in format it should be 1600 pixels wide and up to 1200 pixels high. If it is in portrait format it should be 1200 pixels high. Recommended resolution is 72ppi (pixels per inch)

4.2. Images must not have your name in the file name or on the picture. Please remove all personal references from the metadata before submission.

4.3. The picture filename must be as follows: Your competition number followed by the club competition number followed by your image title. Thus, the name could look like:  A456Comp2LandscapePicture.jpg   

4.4. Images should be submitted as .jpg files which should not exceed 2Mb.  All metadata should be removed.

4.5. The images must be sRGB NOT CMYK Convert your images to sRGB colour space.

4.6. Images can be submitted on CD, memory stick or by e-mail.  Your name must be clearly written on the CD or memory stick. E-mails must be sent to:

If you do not receive an acknowledgement email within 24-hrs please contact the Competition Secretary

5. Print and PDI of The Year Competitions

5.1. These competitions are held at the end of the season.

5.2. No points are awarded for the Print and Projected Image of the Year competitions, instead the judge is asked to choose 1st, 2nd and 3rd and award Highly Commended and Commended to other pictures as they see fit.

5.3. You may re-use picture entered in competitions 1 to 6 of the current season, or you may use any picture not previously seen.

Any new images used in these two competitions are eligible for use in the following year’s competitions

Photographer of the Year

Currently there is only one award for “Photographer of The Year” which is made irrespective of section (Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced).  It is awarded to the individual who has the highest aggregate number of points for all the competitions (ie Comps 1 – 6) through the year.

Because of the way that we structure the sections we now have a large Advanced and Beginner groups and a much smaller intermediate.  In theory, it is then easier for a member of the intermediates to score far higher than members in the other two groups.

It is therefore suggested that instead of a single “Photographer of the Year Award’” there would be a “Photographer of the Year Award” made in each section.

2018/19 season. Two themed competitions.  The same information will be given to the respective judges.

Nature.    PDI competition

Black and White.    Prints


Words of Wisdom from Photography Experts

James Estrin, Photo Editor, New York Times Lens Blog

“...when I judge a contest I look for photographs that make me feel something. Anything. I also look for stories that are original. I see thousands of stories a year and most are sadly quite similar. So a story that I haven’t seen before, or a unique approach to a story that I have seen before goes very, very far. Take chances!”

Sarah Leen, Photo Editor, National Geographic

“What separates a good photo from a great photo is a feeling somewhere between what I feel physically and what I would call an ‘aesthetic experience.’ It’s almost like the beginning of a love affair, you are just drawn to the image, you are lifted off your feet, you are moved. You just have to have it. You want to ask them to dance.”

Jim Casper, Editor-in-Chief, LensCulture

“Every great picture tells a story and should be able to stand on its own, but viewers are often eager to know a little bit more about what the photo is about. So a simple title or caption, or a few words, can make a great photo really come to life in someone’s imagination. If you’ve created a series of images, think of them as a story. Choose a very strong image to start off the series to make a powerful first impression.”

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