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RDNHS Photographic Competition

Christmas Party, 21st December 2021

This will be an on-line competition, with entries submitted in early December, voting in mid December and results presented at the Christmas Party Zoom meeting on December 21st 2021.

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 (see below for detailed clarification), in one of the nine categories defined below.
  3. For the on-line competition, 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 must not have been entered in a previous RDNHS competition.
  6. All photographs must be taken in the British Isles.


  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!
  1. Any flora or fungi.
  2. Any fauna.
  3. Local in lockdown: something natural history related within 5 miles of your home.

A winner will be declared for each category, in addition a prize will be awarded for the best overall photograph.

This year all photographs in all categories must have been taken in the British Isles.

Submission of Entries

  1. All photos must be submitted as .jpg files attached to an e-mail sent to  with the subject heading “Photo comp” before the deadline of midnight on Wednesday 8th December.
  2. There is a maximum of three attachments per mail: use attachments, rather than including the photos in the body of the mail.
  3. Files should not be compressed for sending.
  4. It will be assumed unless you state otherwise that we have your permission to use any of your entries for promotional purposes (web and Facebook) and for printing in the Reading Naturalist.
  5. The mail must include the entrant’s name and the following information for each attached photo:

a. File name
b. Category in which it is to be entered
c. Brief description of when and where taken
d. Other info, for example identification of species, if known

For example

‘Kestrel.jpeg  /  Nature in action / March 2021 at Lough Down / probably female’. The information (c, d) is for the description of winning entries in the Reading Naturalist and will not be visible when judged.

Rules for judging

  1. The entries in each category will be exhibited on the RDNHS website, with an identification number
  2. Each member viewing the exhibition is allowed one vote per category and two votes for the overall best in show.
  3. For this on-line competition, votes must be made using the personalised link sent to members for voting.
  4. Voting begins on Sunday 12th December and all votes must be submitted by midnight on Saturday 18th December. 
  5. Winners will be announced on December 21st. The winner of each category will be the photograph with the most votes.
  6. In the event of a tie the Society President will be invited to choose a winner.

Exhibitor’s Rule 2 “Some Aspect of Natural History”

Photographs should be of flora, fauna or fungi living in the wild.

Animals in zoos, aquaria, butterfly houses and similar are excluded. Farm animals are excluded. Domestic pets are excluded.

Birds kept for hunting or display purposes are excluded

In game reserves, deer parks and similar, native/naturalised species are allowed, but other species are excluded.

Museum specimens and manufactured artefacts are excluded.

Flower displays, cacti and decorative trees and shrubs in parks and gardens are excluded, but native species which occur there are not excluded, whether they were planted or occur naturally (which is often impossible to know).

“Living” can be interpreted as “which have lived” so can include plants and animals that have died naturally or accidentally, and even long dead things like bog oak or fossils as long as these are encountered naturally.

If, alongside excluded items, a photo includes non-excluded items as a significant part of its topic (not just as background) then it is allowed (for example a bird sitting on a cow).

If in doubt the photo competition organiser will decide (before voting begins), with the Society President being the final arbiter.