Being a member of the club allows you to enter any of several competitions (both individual or inter-club) run by the umberella organisations we are affiliated to.  Usually these competitions are categorised into digitally projected images (DPIs) and prints.  Often there are further categories, generally colour, mono and nature / natural history.

There is also an annual individual competition run by Leyland Photographic Society each Autumn, and we are sometimes notified of other competitions that are open to members.

Below is a detailed summary of all the major competitions and exhibiitions available to members interested in taking their photography further.  In each case, please consult the body organising the event for full details - Darwen Camera Club have put together this information in good faith but accept no responsibility for any inaccuracies detailed below.

Inter-Clubs Photographic Alliance (ICPA)
The Inter Club Photographic Allliance (ICPA) is a group of 17 local clubs.  The ICPA currently organise two competitions we can enter, both at club rather than individual level.  For these, Darwen Camera Club has an aspiration to enter images from as many members as wish to enter.  Not all clubs take the same view, which means we disadvantage ourselves by doing this.  However, we think it is important that anyone wanting to enter should be given the opportunity, which fits with our broader aims as a club.

ICPA Club Knock-Out competition

This competition takes place usually on a Saturday evening in spring or summer.  It is judged on the night with every image from each club projected, and these are gradually eliminated in each round until a winner is produced.

  • When: For 2016, entries closed on Friday 4 March, and the competition took place on Saturday 12 March at Blackburn Camera Club.
  • FormatDigitally Projected Images in jpeg format, sized at 1400 x 1050 pixels and in sRGB colourspace.
  • Club Entry:  The club entry consists of eleven images, with no more than 3 from any one worker.  Ten make up the entry for the club, with the final image used in the event of a tie on the night.  Images must not have been used in previous ICPA Knock-Outs.

ICPA Club Competition

This competition is held later in the year and images are usually scored out of 20.  There are separate categories for prints and digitally projected images (DPIs) in both colour and mono sections.  The best four scoring images in each section make up the total for the club.  Both prints and DPIs are circulated around all entering clubs for viewing on set dates throughout the winter.

  • When: Entries are normally sought in summer, and the competition takes place later in summer or autumn.  For 2016, the closing date for entries was 1st June.
  • Format: Digitally Projected Images must be in jpeg format, sized at 1400 x 1050 pixels and in sRGB colourspace.  Prints must be mounted on card sized at 500mm x 400mm.
  • Sections: Colour and Mono for both DPIs and prints.  
  • Club Entry:  The club entry consists of ten images, with no more than 3 from any one worker in each section.  The top four scoring images from four different workers for each section contribute towards the club's score.  Images must not have been used in previous ICPA Club Competition.

 

Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Alliance (L&CPU)

The Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU)(*) is the umbrella organisation for all photographic clubs in the old counties of Lancashire & Cheshire, and members of the club can automatically enter their competitions.  The L&CPU organise several competitions throughout the year for individuals and for clubs to enter.  Again, for club competitions we enter images from as many of our members as wish to, though not all clubs take a similar view.

L&CPU Club Annual Print & Projected Image competition

This competition is generally held over a weekend in early spring and the results are announced shortly afterwards.  There are awards and trophies for the winning clubs in each section, and a separate award for the overall winner in each format.

  • When: For 2016, entries had to be in by Sunday 14 February, and the competition took place on Saturday/Sunday 27-28 February at Lowton Church of England High School.
  • Format: Digitally Projected Images must be in jpeg format, sized at 1400 x 1050 pixels and in sRGB colourspace.  Prints must be mounted on card sized at 500mm x 400mm, no thicker than 4mm
  • Sections: Colour, Mono and Nature* for both DPIs and prints
  • Club Entry:  The club entry consists of eight images, from at least 5 different photographers, with no more than 2 from any one worker.  The club score is the sum of scores for all eight images.  For the overall competition, a club must have entered each section in that format.

L&CPU Club PDI Knock-Out

This competition usually takes place each November.  It is judged on the night with every image from each club projected, and these are gradually eliminated in each round until a winner is produced.

  • When: Dates for 2016 have yet to be announced, but it's likely to be October or November.  Venue to be confirmed.
  • Format: Digitally Projected Images in jpeg format, sized at 1400 x 1050 pixels and in sRGB colourspace.
  • Club Entry: To be confirmed

L&CPU Individual Competition

Entries for these competitions are usually sought in the spring and the results are announced shortly afterwards.  There are awards and trophies for the winning photographers in each section, and a separate award for the overall winner in each format.

  • When: For 2016, the competion took place on the weekend of 7-8 May.
  • Format: Digitally Projected Images must be in jpeg format, sized at 1400 x 1050 pixels and in sRGB colourspace.  Prints must be mounted on card sized at 500mm x 400mm, no thicker than 4mm.
  • Sections: Colour, Mono and Nature* for both DPIs and prints

 

Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) Competitions

The PAGB organise a PDI competition for clubs, and we normally enter the Small Clubs section.  Further details of this year's competition will appear here once available.

 

Leyland Invitation Competition
Leyland Photographic Society organise an annual competition for members of local clubs each Autumn.  Entrants can enter up to 3 prints but there is a charge for entry.

 

Oldham Camera Club Annual Monochrome Print Competition
This is a club competition that takes place in the Autumn.  Last year entries consisted of 7 images, from at least 3 different workers, with no more than 3 images from any one worker.