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BNDCC Annual Print Exhibition

The Bangor and North Down Camera Club's Annual Exhibition is both a competition between members and a forum to showcase members' work to the general public. It is managed and organised by the Exhibition Secretary who is appointed annually at the AGM

The Exhibition takes place just before the summer recess and is judged by an invited outside expert judge. Dates will be published in the Club program.

Levels of Expertise

Members enter in one of two levels based on prior experience namely Foundation or Advanced.

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.

An “Advanced” entrant is described as one who has previously been promoted through club competition has gained qualifications or accreditations photography fulfils the NIPA criteria for an advanced status. See NIPA competition rules.


Work is accepted in three media, Colour Print, Mono Print and Projected Digital Image (PDI).

Subject Matter

Work can be entered in any or all of four subjects, Portrait, Landscapes, General and a specific one nominated by the Chairman

Definition of a Portrait

Capture by means of photography of the likeness of a person or a small group of people (a group portrait), in which the face and expression is predominant. The objective is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the subject. Like other types of portraiture, the focus of the photograph is the person's face, although the entire body and the background may be included. This may also include environmental portraiture. A portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image of a person.

Definition of a Landscape

Landscape photography is scenery, of any kind from wilderness vistas to urban cityscapes - land or sea. The primary subject is the scenery although the picture may contain other, secondary, elements such as people, animals or objects. It becomes something else when the dominant feature is not the scenery but some object(s) that make the scenery of secondary importance.

Definition of General

Any subject.

Chairman's Challenge

A specific subject nominated annually by the Chairman and announced at the start of the Club year.

Any queries regarding classification will be settled by the Exhibition Secretary whose decision will be binding.

Number of Entries

Each member can enter up to 3 entries in each Portrait & Landscape section, and up to 5 entries in each General section. Each member can submit one entry to the Chairman's Challenge.

Preparing Entries



No print entry in any category or level should be greater than 50cm x 40cm overall when mounted. You will not be penalised for submitting smaller work. Mounts can be as simple or complex as you wish, but all prints must be mounted. Please bear in mind you may be marked down for a poor standard of mounting and, if your mount should start to fall apart, then your entry may be withdrawn from the exhibition.


On the back of the mount, you need to state:

  1. Your Club competition number (new members can get this number on the night of the entries)

  2. Title of the work. (please avoid 'Untitled')

  3. The level and the category.

The top of the label must be oriented to the top of the print.


General Rules

  • Entries will not be accepted from members who have not paid annual fees.

  • The Chairman will not submit an entry to the Chairman's Choice.

  • PDIs will be judged and prizes awarded equally with all other entries. However they will not go on public display alongside printed entries.

  • The committee reserves the right to withhold work that could be contentious in any way. Whilst it may be judged, and awarded a place, it may not be put on display if it is deemed that it may cause offence to the public.

  • Members are at liberty, at their own expense, to have their winning trophies engraved with a date and their name.

  • Any disputes of the rules shall be made to the Exhibition Secretary.

  • The Committee shall keep these rules under review and update them to ensure the continued integrity, relevance and smooth operation of the Exhibition.

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