Our Society- What we do!

Presentations and Lectures.

Throughout our season we have speakers from various aspects of photography. This ranges from a team who specialise in developing basic skills through practical applications, such as pinhole cameras using light sensitive paper, through to the latest gadgets such as drones and mobile phones.

We try to arrange our season so that our meetings are interesting, thought provoking, but mainly help people to improve their abilities and knowledge of photography.


Throughout our year we put on rounds in our three internal competition areas, Small Print, DPIs and Prints. The small prints are judged by members, but we engage external judges for DPIs and Prints. At the end of the year we award trophies for each competition. The difference between Small Prints and Prints is that to be eligible for entry into the Small Print category, there must be no post production processing, other than minor cropping.

These competitions are the main driving force to improve the creativity and quality of our members work.  Different themes of photography are put forward to challenge individuals.

We also, as a society, enter external competitions. These range from local club challenges to wider regional competitions. The society sees these as a chance to compare our work with others, and also to gain knowledge with social interactions.

The Annual Exhibition. 

This provides an opportunity for our members to show the public what we do. This is held in St. Dionysius Church in Market Harborough, in early October, and is the highlight of our year. The exhibition allows family and friends to see an individual’s work and that of other members of the society

Meetings are held on Tuesday evenings, 7:30pm – 9:30pm (see Calendar) at:-

Meadowdale Primary School
room No.6

Meadowdale Primary School, Meadowdale Rd, is accessed off the A4304 Rockingham Road via Ashley Way and Rylands Close.
(Sat Nav LE16 7XQ).

Competition Rules

All images or elements thereof must be the entrant’s own work.

There are four categories:-
Small Print.
Print (comprising) Colour & Mono.
Digital Projected Images (DPI

An image may only be entered into one heat of any competition.
An alternative rendering of an image already submitted may be resubmitted providing it is sufficiently different as to be deemed a separate image
e.g. colour converted to mono.
Small Prints may also be entered into the Print and Projected Image categories.

All printed images to be mounted.

Prints may be trade processed or printed by the entrant.

Small Print handed in on the night, Print and DPI’s two weeks prior to Judging.
See Handbook or Club Calendar for details (Link)

There are 6 Heats throughout the year.
Members may submit up to 3 Small Print and 3 in each Category of the Colour Print, Mono Print and Projected Images per heat (12 total per Heat).
Competition Secretary will have the discretion to reduce the number of images from each member subject to the stated preference.
In the event of fewer than three members submitting images, that heat or competition shall be either abandoned or postponed.

For Print and DPI, judging to be by suitably qualified members of other societies or by such other methods as shall be determined from time to time.
For the Small Print, entries are voted for internally by each member in attendance.

Each image will be awarded marks out of 20.
Scores are awarded according to placings (not marks awarded).
Only a member’s highest scoring image will be used to calculate scores in each heat.
Marks will be cumulative for each category and annual league results are based on an individual’s highest scoring five heats in each category

Entries may be retained by the society for use in external competitions

Small Print Category

Mono or Colour

Images should be “out of camera” with only minor adjustment to:-
Dust Spot Removal

Print Size 8” x 6” maximum

Image title must appear on the front of the mount, top right hand corner
Competitor’s name and preference must appear on the reverse

Print Colour & Mono Category

Label to appear on the top right hand corner of the reverse of the mount.
Preference number,
Image Title
Author’s name
Competition entered Colour/Mono
Example            2. WHITE SNOWFLAKE by Anne Other    Mono

Print Colour & Mono:-
Mount size – 50cm x 40cm maximum.
Print size – 50cm x 40cm maximum including mount.
Print area – 260 sq. cm minimum with the major linear edge not less than 23cm.

Digital Projected Image Category

Digital Images- All competitions:-
Digital images must be submitted via email to the competition email address which is: mhpscompsec@gmail.com
File Name Example            2. WHITE SNOWFLAKE by Anne Other

Format to be JPG / JPEG.
Images to be resized to fit within 1400 pixels wide x 1050 pixels high.


Annual Exhibition

Each member may enter a total of up to 6 prints
Small or large (mono or colour) or a mixture of both.

An entry form is required and must be submitted along with entries.
Entries must be listed in order of preference, as in the event of insufficient display space, some images may not be displayed.

An overall ‘Best in Exhibition’ image will be chosen by public vote.
Voters will be allowed to vote once only for up to three photographs showing their order of preference.
Voters will be required to enter a telephone number or email address (linked to a prize draw) to prevent multiple votes.


Colour Print Winner = Breakwell Cup.
Mono Print Winner = C E Wise Cup.
Digital Projected Image Winner = Ward Tankard Trophy.
Small Print Winner = Small Print Trophy
Runners Up in the above competitions will be awarded certificates.

Best Image of the Year =Chris Marsh Trophy.
As chosen by the members from all heat winners (Colour/Mono/DPI’s) throughout the year.

Four Seasons Winner = Four Seasons Competition.

President’s Shield awarded by the Chairman for special achievement.

Highly Commended Trophy awarded by the committee.

Trophies to be presented at the AGM and shall be held for one year.

Updated 02/02/2020

Officers and Committee 2018/19

Chairman: Mike Saywood
email: mike.saywood@mhps.uk

Vice Chairman: Alan Parker
email: alan.parker@mhps.uk

Secretary: Andy Murdock
Tele: 07872917721

Treasurer: Bryan Foskett
email: bryan.foskett@mhps.uk

Programme: Committee

Internal Comp: Bob Tyrrell

Small Print: Bryan Foskett/Bob Turnell

External Comp: Bob Turnell
email: bob.turnell@mhps.uk

Catering: Keith Dunkley
email: keith.dunkley@mhps.uk

Webmaster: Bob Tyrrell
email: bob.tyrrell@mhps.uk