Like most clubs we hold print and projected image competitions throughout the season, with the aim of encouraging members to produce new work, and to learn from the comments and constructive criticism of visiting judges. Members can enter prints in either the Beginners or the Advanced sections, within which there are categories for Monochrome Prints and Colour Prints. Almost all prints in the club are now produced digitally, though film workers are equally welcome.

Marks are awarded to each competition entry, to add a little spice to the occasion, but we try not to take the competitive aspects too seriously – it is from the judge’s comments that our photography improves! There are, though, some Competition Rules [available in the Members' Area] to try to keep everything in order. At the end of the season, trophies are awarded to Members with the highest total marks in each section:

Advanced Class 2017/18 winners
Thompson Tankard colour prints Nicholas Culbert
The Dennis Cup mono prints   Simon Jenkins ARPS
The Horlington Cup projected digital Simon Jenkins ARPS
General Class  
The Bluecoat Cup   colour prints Robby Holgate
The Inglis Cup mono prints   Cathy Holgate
The Kitching Cup projected digital Robby Holgate
[ Members: full results are available in the Members' Area ]
In addition to the trophy, which each winner holds for a year, the Club awards a certificate.
Special competition in 2012: The Hertford Competition for new photos of Hertford.

Through the year, in addition to the point-scoring competitions above, members may also be awarded the following trophies:

The Bob MacKay Trophy
Projected Image of the Year Competition. Submissions by invitation of the Competition Secretary, based on scores gained in the previous season.

The Malcolm Unwin Trophy
Annual Slide Knock-Out Competition. Up to three slides which have not been entered in this competition before.

The Colorscope Trophy
The Small Print Competition. Up to three prints, each with a maximum area of 300 square cm.

The Elsden Trophy
Prints or slides of Hertford. Up to six prints on a board 40x50cm, or a set of six slides. Any number of entries.
To be given to the Hertford Museum archive after the competition. Photos to have been taken during the previous two years.

The Merlin Trophy
The Set Subject Competition. Up to three prints and/or slides. The subject to be chosen by the Competition judge.

The Hertfordshire Trophy
Prints and/or slides of Hertfordshire and/or its people. Prints to be mounted on card 40x50cm. Any number of entries.

The John Wiseman Progress Shield  
To be awarded to a member who has made the most progress during the year, in the opinion of the Committee.

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