Themes - Description & Scope

2021 Competition Set Themes with Descriptions and Scope

To see the full Competition rules and entry information here

For each of the monthly competitions (with the exception of the Monochrome competition, see below), members may enter one image in the set Theme for that competition and a maximum of two images in the Open section ie. three images in total.
The set Theme descriptions and scope are detailed below. The interpretation of how well a picture fits the set subject, and how to include this interpretation in the marking, must be left to the discretion of the judge for the evening. The judge will be told that the description and scope is the guidance (where applicable) that has been given to all members. It may go without saying, but just for the record, an Open competition may have any image subject entered. There are absolutely no restrictions on subject matter as long as it is in good taste.

1st February - ANNUAL PDI (OPEN)
Judge: Carol McNiven Young FRPS, EFIAP, BPE4*

15th March - IN THE RAIN (PDI)
Judge: Dave Hollingsworth CPAGB
Theme Description/Scope
Present an image where rainfall is a strong, distinctive or noticeable element in the image. Use natural rainfall or use your creativity to depict rain.

19th April - MONOCHROME (PDI)
Judge: Derek Doar DPAGB
Theme Description/Scope
Your entry needs to be a grayscale image ranging from black to white of any subject. Your image may be toned entirely in a single colour e.g. sepia. However, a black and white image which includes a partial toning or an additional colour is not permitted. This competition will take the whole evening. Members may enter a maximum of three Monochrome images. There is no separate Open section this evening.

17th May - HOME & GARDEN (PDI)
Judge: Steve Myall EFIAP, BPE4*
Theme Description/Scope
Your entry must be a photograph taken in your home or garden. This can include a self-portrait or family portrait… a shot of birds, insects, flowers or even statues – just so long as they were taken in your garden… a still-life study… a close-up of something in your house… a straight or abstracted photo of something in your house… maybe an image that reflects life in lockdown…

14th June - SPRING (PDI)
Judge: Trina Fitzalan Howard
Theme Description/Scope
We want an image that summons up the season of spring… new growth, new-born lambs, honey bees, singing birds, daffodils, bluebells, blossom, butterflies, verdant trees, rape fields, March hares, April showers, picnics, Easter Eggs…

Judge: Paddy Ruske
Theme Description/Scope
Your image can show anything from a close-up of a single door, door knob or door knocker through to a panorama of houses all with doors, knobs and knockers, just so long as the door(s), knob(s) and/or knocker(s) are a principal feature of the image.

21st September - OPEN competition (PDI)
Judge: Phil Newman ARPS
Theme Description/Scope
As this is an Open competition images may be a mixture of both colour and monochrome, there is no restriction on subject matter as long as they are in good taste.

2nd November - NATURE (PDI)
Judge: Vin Scothern DPAGB, AFIAP, PPSA, BPE5*
Theme Description/Scope
Images must be of fauna, flora or fungi in their environment. No pets, captive animals or cultivated plants are permitted, although images of animals and birds living freely within conservation or nature reserves are acceptable.

30th November - LANDSCAPE (PDI)
Judge: Phil Howcroft
Theme Description/Scope
We are looking for images which predominantly show the LAND as opposed to cityscapes which predominantly show urban architecture, or seascapes which predominantly show the sea or ocean. Images of lakes or rivers are permitted as long as they are within a prominent landscape. Images which show a portion of the sea, a few buildings or a cityscape in the distance are also permitted.