YCC Competition Information

Please Note: The information below is an overview only and does not in any way supersede
the YCC Members Handbook, which contains accurate and expanded details regarding all
the club’s competitions and should be your first point of reference.


Internal Club Competitions


Open Print Competitions

A maximum of six (6) Print Open competition evenings will be held throughout the season.
Entries for Division 1 and Division 2 will be accepted. Each member may enter up to two
(2) prints in their Division.
The work is to originate from a photographic image (film or digital), enhancement or
manipulation by any existing technologies must be the work of the member, and
commercial printing is acceptable. The work is to be mounted and the mount size is not to
exceed 500mm x 400mm. Note: Members are encouraged to mount their prints on 500mm
x 400mm board, since this mount size is the norm for SCPF and SPA competitions.
The judge will award a mark out of 10, including half-marks, for each image. All marks will
be recorded, but the best score of the two images will be used in the calculation for the
Annual Open Print Competition winner.


Open PDI Competitions

A maximum of six (6) PDI Open competition evenings will be held throughout the season.
Entries for Division 1 and Division 2 will be accepted. Each member may enter up to two
(2) PDIs in their Division. Each entry must be prepared and submitted according to the
guidance notes under PDI Submissions. All the work included is to originate from a
photographic image/images taken by the photographer and can be enhanced/manipulated
by any existing technologies by the member.
The judge will award a mark out of 10, including half-marks, for each image. All marks will
be recorded, but the best score for the two images will be used in the calculation for the
Annual Open PDI Competition winner.


Theme Competitions

The Theme Competitions are open equally to all Members.
Throughout the season a maximum of four (4) Theme competitions will be held. The
subjects for these competitions will be announced at the end of the previous club season,
to allow members to produce work ready for the first competition of the following season.
The subjects will be different for the Print and PDI Competitions.
Please note the title of the theme and enter images that interpret this theme. It is a
condition of the Theme competitions that images entered must have been taken after
the announcement of the Themes (generally at the AGM) also that images entered must
not have been entered in any YCC competition previously.
Rounds of the Theme Print Competitions and Theme PDI Competitions will be held on the
same evening and 3 entries in total (not 4) are allowed per member. Either 2 Prints and 1
PDI, or 2 PDI’s and 1 Print. This is to ensure we don’t get too many images to judge on the
night.


Theme Print Competitions

The work is to originate from a photographic image (film or digital), enhancement or
manipulation by any existing technologies must be the work of the member, and
commercial printing is acceptable. The work is to be mounted and the mount size is not to
exceed 500mm x 400mm. Note: Members are encouraged to mount their prints on 500mm
x 400mm board, since this mount size is the norm for SCPF and SPA competitions.
The judge will award a mark out of 10, including half-marks, for each image. All marks will
be recorded, but the best score of the two images will be used in the calculation for the
Annual Theme Print Competition winner.


Theme PDI Competitions

Each entry must be prepared and submitted according to the guidance notes under PDI
Submissions. All the work included is to originate from a photographic image/images taken
by the photographer and can be enhanced/manipulated by any existing technologies by
the member.
The judge will award a mark out of 10, including half-marks, for each image. All marks will
be recorded, but the best score for the two images will be used in the calculation for the
Annual Theme PDI Competition winner.


Finals Night

This competition is held on the last meeting of the season to find the best Print and the
best PDI from the year’s internal competitions. Members will be advised how many images
they may enter for the evening.
This competition is open equally to all members.
The criteria for a single Print entry are as follows:

• A member must have entered at least 5 Open Print Competitions
• Alternatively, a member must have scored a 10 in an Open Print Competition
The criterion for a second Print entry is as follows:
• A member must have scored 3 or more 10’s in Print Competitions (Open and Theme)
The criterion for a third Print entry is as follows:
• A member must have scored 5 or more 10’s in Print Competitions (Open and Theme)

The criteria for PDI entries are the same as above, substituting ‘PDI’ for ‘Print’
Please note that the above criteria may be adjusted each year, in order to keep the
entries down to a reasonable number for judging on the night.
Judging will be done by an external judge who will critique each print and PDI and award
a First, Second and Highly Commend to the best prints and PDIs on the night.



Local Inter-Club Competitions


Molesworth Cup

Images eligible for entry in the Molesworth Cup competition are monochrome prints,
which means black and white photographs plus fully toned images which have one colour
across the whole image e.g. sepia. (Monochrome images with one colour highlighting part
of the subject matter will not be accepted in this competition, but will be eligible for the
Rainbow Trophy.)


Rainbow Trophy

Images eligible for entry in the Rainbow Trophy competition are colour prints. Prints may
be derived from any photographic process, and must be mounted. The size of the print,
including the mount, must not exceed 50cm by 40cm, in either landscape or portrait
format. Each print must have the title of the image and the photographer’s name and club
written clearly on the back.

The Molesworth Cup and Rainbow Trophy are usually held on the same evening. Club
members may enter two prints in the Molesworth Cup, or two prints in the Rainbow
Trophy, or one print in each competition.


Heywood Trophy

Images eligible for entry in the Heywood Trophy competition are PDIs of any kind, as long
as the original image was produced photographically.


Spectrum Trophy

Images eligible for entry in the Spectrum Trophy competition are PDIs that fall within the
type of photography indicated by the Set Topic for the respective year of the competition
as advised by the host club. The Set Topics are listed below and will be used on a cyclical
basis:

• Natural History
• Action Photography
• Portraiture (Formal and Informal)
• Landscapes
• Black and White or Monochrome
• Creative
• Architecture
• Macro and Micro

The Heywood Trophy and Spectrum Trophy are usually held on the same evening. Club
members may enter two PDIs in the Heywood Trophy, or two PDIs in the Spectrum Trophy,
or one PDI in each competition.