Bangor and North Down Camera Club (BNDCC)

Bangor and North Down Camera Club, (BNDCC), Northern Ireland, UK.
"Promoting and developing all aspects of the art of photography through example, discussion and competition."

Bangor and North Down Camera Club

Competitions Guidelines


The Club takes the view that competition is an effective way to promote all aspects of photography and is an important supplement to discussion and example. Members are encouraged to take part in as many competitions as they can but are not obliged to do so.
The Club organises or takes part in a variety of competitions

Run in accordance with the Northern Ireland Photographic Association, the NIPA competition normally comprises 5 individual rounds spaced throughout the year. 

Three Rounds are “open” and two are themed with different themes being specified in each competition year.

Entrants are considered to be of one of two levels of experience, Foundation and Advanced.

Images are accepted in one of two media, Prints or Projected Digital Images (PDIs).  Colour and Monochrome prints are judged separately.  Colour and Monochrome PDIs are judged together meaning that there are three categories (Colour Print, Mono Print and PDI).

Each entrant can enter up to 3 images in each category.

In each round the Club can select 4 colour, 4 mono and 4 PDIs are forwarded to the regional competition. Of these at least one must be by a Foundation member.

This is an internal competition which commemorates Audrey Argue who was former Chair of the Club and a keen natural history photographer

All images must be of animals which may be domestic, captive or free-roaming. .

Entries from Foundation and Advanced members are judged separately.

Entries are accepted in three categories; Colour, Mono and PDI.

Each entrant can enter 3 images in each category.

One overall winner is selected

A Panel comprises 6 images with a common theme chosen by the author. Panels are judged as a single entity so that the images should make a related and balanced whole.

Entries from Foundation and Advanced members are judged separately.

Entries are accepted in three categories; Colour, Mono and PDI.

Each entrant can enter 1 panel in each category.

The entrant should provide a guide as to the order or placement of the images

One overall winner is selected.

The Panels competition is internal to the club.

A number of competitions are run as opportunity or conditions arise.

From time to time the Club is approached or takes an opportunity for a new competition. These are organised and judged on an ad-hoc basis. Rules are borrowed from other competitions or defined to suit the circumstances.

A year end showcase event culminating in a public display of images. It is organised by the Exhibition Secretary. 

Four competitions each year assess are decided by success over multiple competitions.

Following all competitions other than Ad Hoc the winners will attain points that will go towards one or more of:-

• Photographer of the Year: All competitions.
• The Colour Print Trophy: NIPA Colour prints
• Monochrome Trophy (Lindsay Orr Cup): NIPA Mono prints
• Digital Projected Image Cup:  All competitions.
Points are awarded as follows:-  
1st place 5 points
2nd place 4 points
3rd place 3 points
Commended 1 point. (including highly commended)


Entrants are considered to fall into one of two levels of expertise, Foundation or Advanced. ...more

1. A “Foundation” entrant is described as a club member who has joined the club with no previous photography accreditations, or who hasn’t yet been promoted through previous club competitions.

2. An “Advanced” entrant is described as one who has been promoted through previous club competitions, has been accredited or gained qualifications in photography or fulfils the NIPA criteria for an advanced status. (see NIPA rules, NIPA website).

3. If a ‘Foundation’ member achieves a winning place (1st, 2nd or 3rd) in ‘Colour’, ‘Monochrome’ or ‘Projected Digital Image’ approximately six times within a competition year, including the annual exhibition, they will be asked if they wish to move to ‘Advanced’ for all categories in the following year. This promotion will at the discretion of the competition secretary and the wishes of the club member. Similarly if a recently promoted Advanced member feels they are out of their depth they can ask to be re-instated back to Foundation. The final decision is with the competition secretary. An entrant cannot change category after the first entry date of that competition year.

  • Prepare your images in accordance to the Guidelines for Printed Images and Projected Digital Images below.
  • Be aware of the theme or nature of the competition.
  • Make sure you are familiar with the miscellaneous rules.
  • Make sure your entries are correctly labelled.
  • All images should be recent and not previously entered in the same competition. (Competitions 1 to 5, or Rounds 1 to 5 of the Club /NIPA Selection Competition are regarded as the same competition).
  • You cannot enter the same version of your image in print colour, print mono or, digital projected image, or slide in any competition.
  • For panels label all 6 images. Include some form of instruction as to how the images should be arranged. Size of images to be as for NIPA competitions.
  • Make sure to get your entries to the Competitions Team on time. Check the Club web site and notice board for details of the next competition. All entries must be submitted by 10.00 p.m. on the Entry Date.
  • Bring your prints along on the designated evening, or arrange for them to submitted on your behalf. PDI's should be emailed in zip format to the Competitions Secretary Harry Watson

Entries are judged on the basis of the invited Judges experience and opinion. Judges opinions are respected and considered final.

It is the responsibility of the Competitions Secretary to inform the Judge of the nature of the competition and to advise on the nature of relevant rules.

Wherever possible an external judge is invited to adjudicate.

All entries will be judged at the camera club premises, between 6.30 and 7.45 pm before members arrive for the evening.

PDIs will be viewed on the club computer/projector.

In NIPA competitions the selection of images to be forwarded to the regional competition Four images to go forward will be selected by a sub-committee of experienced club members and may include images from other rounds if felt necessary. club competition. At least one of these must be foundation entry.

A PDI may be selected for NIPA. If this happens, the ‘NIPA Quality Team’ will be able to offer advice on printing, mounting, etc.

If you have any questions, or simply require some advice, you should speak to the Competition Team on most Friday and Wednesday club evenings, or by phone / email.

Prints can be up to A4 (12” x 8”, 30 x 21cm) size and do not have to be mounted; however you may wish to support the photo with a piece of card. The card size can be up to 40x30cm (16” x 12”).

Print details should be marked on the back of each entry, Include

  • Your club competition number (not your name). Ask any of the competition team if you do not have or have forgotten your number.
  • Level ‘(Advanced’ or ‘Foundation’ , A or F)
  • Category (Colour or Mono, M or C) and the
  • Title of your print.
The orientation of your label will be used to indicate the orientation of the image. Please ensure that the top of the label is oriented to the top of the image.
Here are some simple guidelines to follow for the digital projection image competitions .
  • Only JPEG images will be accepted. Tiff’s, psd’s, png’s, etc will not be considered.
  • Image dimensions should be a maximum of 1400 pixels wide and 1050 pixels high.

  • File size should be no more than that of a JPEG image of 1400 x 1050 pixels, saved with maximum quality (which means under 2MB in all but extreme cases).  Files larger than 2MB may be rejected at the Competition Secretary's discretion
  • Images should be saved in 'sRGB' colour space. (If you use a different colour space we will view in sRGB and the result may not be what you intended.)
  • Every image should be named and have a title e.g. ”yourname_sunset.jpg’” or ‘yourname_the mournes.jpg” etc. (The '.jpg' will be added automatically by your software as long as you save the images as a jpeg file.)
  • If you do not understand any of the above, please attend our Wednesday evening sessions to learn more.
  • Digital Images can be submitted for competition in a number of ways:
    • By Email to the Competitions Secretary
    • By CDROM, USB memory stick, etc., for transfer to the Competitions Secretary’s laptop on any Club evening prior to the submission deadline.
    • Online as outlined on our website.
Please note that any images that do not comply with 1-5 above may be excluded from the digital competition. The short-listed images will be examined at full resolution (up to 1400x1050) on the competition evening by digital projection.

Members may not enter the same image in Colour, Monochrome, or Digital Projection in the same competition (All NIPA Rounds are considered the same competition.)

All images should be recent and not previously entered in the same competition. (Competitions 1 to 5, or Rounds 1 to 5 of the Club /NIPA Selection Competition are regarded as the same competition).

Monochrome images may be toned (e.g. with sepia) provided that the tone is uniform.  A Monochrome image with even just one pixel of colour will be deemed a ‘Colour’ image. “Split tone” images are colour.

A member may only have two winning entries within each category. In the event that a member wins 1st, 2nd and 3rd (within Colour, Mono, or Digital Projection) then the 3rd place will pass to whoever came 4th. In relation to points, a 3rd place moved to 4th will be awarded a shortlist point of one.

Entries selected for NIPA, must be properly mounted before being entered into NIPA. The Club NIPA Representative and the NIPA Quality Team will advise. However, be aware that if your photo has been selected for NIPA and you cannot provide a suitable image in time for the NIPA competition, then the NIPA Representative may submit one of the other ‘winners’ at his discretion.

Following each competition entered prints which have not been forwarded to NIPA will be made available on the shelves next to the main door of the club room.  Members are asked to reclaim their prints within 6 months of the respective competition, after which they will be disposed of without further reference.

If you have any questions, or simply require some advice, you should speak to the Competition Team or any committee member.

Competitions are run on the basis of friendly competition and mutual respect which all entrants are expected to observe.

If for any reason you feel that these rules have not been applied evenly or that you have been disadvantaged by their application then you are entitled to raise a dispute.

In the first instance, you should contact the Competitions Secretary who will discuss your concerns and resolve them if he/she feels that they are able to do so.

If for any reason you feel that the Competitions Secretary does not fully address your concerns then you are entitled to follow our ‘Competition Appeals Procedure’ as defined below.

1. All concerns in relation to competitions should be made to the Competitions Secretary, in writing (email is OK).

2. The Competitions Secretary will inform the Chairman of the details (by way of courtesy) and then carry out whatever investigation / research is required.

3. Competitions Secretary will then forward all details (by email) to a nominated committee member who will consider the details, ask for additional information and consult the judge if deemed appropriate.

4. They will then recommend a resolution to the Chairman who will indicate his acceptance or ask for further consideration if he feels there is justification in doing so. The decision will be final and there will be no other form of appeal.

5. The Chairman will inform the member concerned of the decision.