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Only formal members may enter PCC Competitions and entry into any competition is wholly conditional upon the acceptance of the current Competition Rules and the PCC Committee’s decision on all matters relating to entries.
No member may enter any competition unless any membership or entry fees currently due have been paid.


In all cases, the original image(s) must have been taken using a photographic process and be the sole copyright of the Entrant. All photographic processes and techniques are eligible (subject to any competition-specific rules that may apply) providing that the photographer owns the copyright to all elements of the picture.

Any modification of the original image(s) must be made by the photographer or under their personal direction.


It is preferable for members to enter new work where possible, however older work may be submitted, providing it has NOT previously been entered in Penryn Club competitions or CPA annual competitions.

New members who join may NOT use any image previously used in their previous camera club’s internal or external competitions.

A previously submitted competition image cannot be re-entered for further internal competitions after additional manipulation or change of format.

Examples which are NOT acceptable include:

  • a previously entered image which has been cropped

  • change to mono or to colour or an HDR version of a previously entered image

  • conversion of a PRINT to DIGITAL or vice-versa



As stated in our Constitution, the club wish to encourage the art and craft of photography and hence totally support the PAGB rule interpretations. For simplification, the typical use of a “one-button” press to produce an image which could not be easily replicated manually is NOT allowed. If in any doubt please consult the Competition Secretary.

The use of clip-art, computer generated elements, downloaded textures, third-party decorative borders, or elements from any other photographer's images are not permitted. Images or image elements generated by any software tool are not permitted.
This includes but is not restricted to backgrounds, textures, skies, props and other embellishments. Any creative, shaped or textured brushes must be created by the photographer.

Software tools that replace or remove an image element or extend an image such as content-aware fill, healing, patching or object removal are only permitted where the source for the inserted image data is wholly contained within the base image(s). It is the photographer’s responsibility to ensure that the tools they use do not draw image content from outside the photographer’s own work.

Guidance on the use of image creation and processing tools (sometimes labelled as “AI”)

Generative AI is not photographic and is therefore not permitted. Generative AI draws on data from outside the existing image and uses algorithms to create new content. AI-based generative fill, scene extension, patching or object removal is not permitted. Any adjustments must use tools that draw data only from within the existing image(s)

Technology that enhances an existing image without drawing on image data from outside that image (e.g., AI De-noise, AI Scaling, AI Sharpening) is acceptable. In general, the output image viewed at full-screen should look nearly identical to the original.


The PCC adheres to the definitions authorised by the WCPF and PAGB. The following definitions apply to all PCC competitions where the category has been applied.

1.5.1 Monochrome Eligibility (PAGB May 2020)

An image in tones of neutral grey ranging from transparent/white to opaque/black. An image in a single colour:

  • A print using a chemical process such as sepia, cyanotype, etc.

  • A digitally produced image ‘colourized’ in a single hue.

1.5.2 Nature Eligibility (PAGB May 2020)

  • Nature means Images where living organisms are the primary subject matter. The story telling value of an Image will normally be weighed more than the pictorial quality.

Nature includes:

• Images taken with subjects in controlled conditions such as zoos, game parks, botanic gardens, aquariums and enclosures where the subjects are dependent on man for food. Scientific bands, tags or collars are permissible.

Nature excludes:

  • Images where the subjects are obviously domestic animals or plants.
    o (NB Farm animals such as sheep and cattle are considered “domestic”)

  • Images where an obviously artistic treatment has been applied.

    Processing of the captured image, by cropping, exposure adjustment, colour correction, noise minimisation, dodging/burning, HDR, focus stacking and sharpening, is permitted, as is cloning of image defects and minor distractions including overlapping elements.

    An Image appearing to meet these criteria will be accepted as Nature. The Judges will normally assume that any Image presented to them is eligible.

    Access to some biological subjects may be restricted. Where that is relevant, then Photographers warrant that they have followed relevant codes of practices and hold any necessary licences.

1.5.3 Wildlife Definition

Images entered in Wildlife sections are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species. Wildlife images may be entered in Nature sections.




Prints must be 7in x 5in or larger and must be mounted.

Mount size to be 400mm x 500mm and no more than 5mm thick. Window mounts are preferred for submission, however flush mounted with a protective tissue cover in order to prevent damage to other prints in transit are acceptable.

No entrant information is to be shown on the face of the mount.

All prints must be labelled appropriately, as advised by the Competition Secretary at the start of the Season in the top right hand corner as viewed from the back of the mount

No Velcro or clips to be left on the reverse side of the mount.

Members will also be required to provide a digital copy of the print for display purposes compliant with para 1.7 below.


Digitally Projected Images may be either true digital images from a digital camera OR may be digitally scanned from a slide. Images must be .jpg files with a maximum size of 1600 px wide and 1200 px high, so portrait aspect ratio or square images should be no more than 1200 px high.


Direct off Camera Images are as stated, taken directly from the camera.
The only manipulation allowed is a minor straighten and crop (similar to repositioning and masking of a slide photograph) plus a resize complying to section 1.4 above. There must be no other software manipulation other than software within the camera body.

Monochrome category entries MUST be created as monochrome IN-Camera.


All work offered for competitions must only be handed to the Competition Secretary, or their deputy, at the designated time and location unless otherwise advised by them.


Notwithstanding any other rule, no print or digital image may be entered more than ONCE. The only exceptions allowed are the self-selected entries for the current Image of the Year Competition.



Digital Projected Images (DPIs) and Prints may be monochrome or colour and entered following the guidelines given by the Competition Secretary at the beginning of the season. The Judge will indicate the overall winning image selected from the submitted DPIs and Prints entered.



Entries may be monochrome or colour and entered following the guidelines given by the Competition Secretary at the beginning of the season. The Judge will indicate the overall winning image selected from the submitted DPIs and Prints.
The subject is Nature or Wildlife as defined in Paras 1.5.2 and 1.5.3 above, domestic animals and people are NOT allowed.



There are different categories to enter as detailed by the Competition Secretary at the beginning of the season. Each entrant’s scores for each category through the season are aggregated with the winner being the one with the highest aggregate score. The categories may change from year to year and are decided by the Committee.

KF Prints and DPI categories available for entry will be given by the Competition Secretary at the start of the season.


These competitions are run on the same evening as the Ken Farnell Cup, with the subject matter being OPEN. Each entrant’s scores for each of the competitions through the season are aggregated with the winner being the one with the highest aggregate score. General Print and DPI categories available for entry will be given by the Competition Secretary at the start of the season.


Any image entered including Print, DPI and Off-Camera must have been previously entered for competitions (Sections 2.1 to 2.4 above) in the current season to qualify. However, any images entered must be identical to that originally entered and must also be entered in the same category entered previously.

Available categories are as indicated by the Competition Secretary at the beginning of the Season.



The winner will be the member with the highest cumulative total of all marks awarded to all their entries within the current season’s competitions.

Therefore, this award is more favourable to members who have:

  • Supported the current competition programme.

  • Have gained good scores in the various competitions.


Any season’s work may be submitted to the Competition Committee for consideration to represent the club. The image must NOT have been previously used in any CPA annual competitions.


The Competition Committee have the final decision regarding selection of entries submitted.

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