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League & Competition Rules


  • Competitions can only be entered using the Competition Portal accessed via the Competition tab on the Club’s website.

  • The member must hold the copyright of the image.

  • Any manipulation of the image must have been carried out solely by the member. However, a commercial printer may produce prints.

  • An image needs to be identified only by its title. The software will produce the file name automatically for PDIs and produce labels which can be printed for the prints.

  • Any queries to the Competition Secretary at:

  • Prints

    • Prints should be mounted on board or thick card.

    • The size of the print, including the mount board is 50cm x 40cm. This is the only size for both internal and external competitions. It meets the requirements of the L&CPU and the PAGB.

    • The printed labels should be placed on the back of the print near the top right hand corner. There should be no identifying marks on the front of the print.

  • Projected Digital Images (PDIs)

    • PDIs should be 1600px wide x 1200px high. If an image is smaller than this it should be placed on a black canvas which matches these dimensions.

    • They should be saved as JPEGs with a maximum file size of 1MB.

    • The colour space should be sRGB.

    • Images not meeting these specifications will be rejected by the software.

The rules governing external competitions and the increased checking of entries from organisations such as the PAGB and L&CPU continue to tighten, which has led to a number of high-profile disqualifications over recent years. Many of these disqualifications are due to photographers being members of different clubs and the same image being used by different clubs in competitions. We have been very fortunate not to fall foul of these rules in external competitions and the task of image selection for external competitions continues to grow in complexity. All the images we use in external competitions are selected from entries to our internal competitions, so having certainty in our image bank is critical to our adherence with external competition rules.


With this in mind, we would like to remind members that they are only able to enter Chorley PS competitions where:

  • Chorley PS have sole rights to use members images. 

  • Images from members provided to any other club should not be entered into our competitions or our critique sessions and should not have been provided to any other club. 

  • Images submitted to Chorley PS competitions or critique group cannot be provided to another club whilst they are a member of Chorley PS. 

League Competitions


  • Competitions are an integral part of club activities and one of the best methods you can use to assess how your photography is improving. All members are therefore encouraged to enter competitions from an early stage. Both Print and Digital.

  • The general format of a competition run with two sections run over PDI and Print as follows:  

    • B Section: 2 Competitions, Open and Nature 

    • A Section: 2 Competitions, Open and Nature 

  • Members will be able to enter up to 3 images into each competition, so an A section member may enter up to 3 open and up to 3 nature images into each competition night. In this unlikely situation that there are too many images for the judge to assess in one evening, we will remove the third image uploaded to the system. This image will not be judged and may be used again in another competition. 

  • The scores from each competition will then contribute to separate Open and Nature leagues, rather than be combined into a single league.

  • To remove the impact of a 'rogue score', the highest 10 scores from each section over the year will be counted towards the overall league calculation. 

  • There will be 4 league competition nights for PDI and 4 league competition nights for Prints, where possible.  

  • The PAGB guidance will be used for defining a nature image. Nature images should not be entered into the open section.

  • Judges for these competitions are experienced Club Photographers. They will be aware of the sections and will temper their remarks accordingly.


Members Images


  • Members who enter Competitions are expected to make available to the club any work requested by the Competition Secretary for possible selection into external competitions.




  • The judge will comment and give scores out of 20.

  • Please, remember it’s the comments that will guide you to improve.

  • The highest 10 scores from each section over the year will be counted towards the overall league calculation. 

  • Other competitions, such as fun themed competitions and the President’s competition are additional to the League and will not be used in final league positions.

The Annual Print and PDI Competitions


  • New work can be entered but the competition should be looked upon as a review of the season’s work.​

  • In order to make our Annual Competition similar to an external Federation, National or International competition and to give our members experience of the same the rules have been changed as follows:

  • The current single Open category of 10 images with a minimum of 3 mono images has been abandoned.

  • This has been replaced by 3 categories which will be judged separately. These are:

    • Open Colour

    • Open Mono

    • Nature. 

  • No Nature Image will be allowed in either the Open Colour or Open Mono categories

  • A maximum of 5 images will be allowed in each category.

  • The current two sections A and B will continue as normal within each category.

  • Marking will continue using 3 judges who will judge on the buttons awarding from 2 to 5 marks each giving a possible score of between 6 and 15 for each image.

  • CPS Nature definition will follow the PAGB Nature rules

  • 15 judges awards plus the 3 overall section winner

  • Judges will be invited to give their comments,

  • With an agreement, prints may be retained for the exhibition.


The President’s Themed Competition


  • This is a PDI (projected digital) Competition.

  • Three images per Person can be entered into this Competition. This year's theme is ‘TV Programmes’

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