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Photo competition rules

RDNHS Photographic Competition

December 2020

Rules for exhibitors

  1. The competition is open to all members of the Reading & District Natural History Society.
  2. Each photograph should show some aspect of natural history, in one of the nine categories defined below.
  3. Members can enter one photo per category in a maximum of six of the nine categories.
  4. Only minor editing, such as cropping and resizing, lightening or darkening or sharpening, is permitted.
  5. Photographs may have been taken at any time, but must not have been entered in a previous RDNHS competition.

Rules for judging

  1. Each member is allowed one vote per category and two votes for the overall best in show.
  2. Votes must be written on the voting forms, and submitted in time for the final count.
  3. Winners will be announced at the end of the evening; the winner of each category will be the photograph with the most votes.
  4. In the event of a tie the President will be invited to choose a winner.


  1. Small is Beautiful: something small.
  2. Three of a Kind: three related subjects, on the same photo.
  3. Nature in Action.
  4. Colour Prejudice: anything brightly coloured.
  5. Pattern Perfect: pattern rather than colour is important here.
  6. Something to Make You Smile: connected to natural history, of course!
  7. Local in lockdown: for a picture (on any natural history topic) taken at your home or within walking distance of it – say within five miles.

Photographs in categories 1-7 must have been taken in the British Isles.

  1. Any flora or fungi, photographed in the UK or overseas.
  2. Any fauna, photographed in the UK or overseas.

 In addition a prize will be awarded for the overall best photograph.