Throughout the autumn and winter months the club run a series of exciting internal and external competitions which we encourage all members, of all abilities to enter :
INTERNAL COMPETITIONS – 2023/24 Season
*Please note dates may change at committees discretion if there are unforeseen circumstances*
MONTHLY COMPETITION (One competition of six rounds in each class)
The Monthly competition for Printed and Digitally Projected Images is run over the indoor programme period (September to April) – this is held over six monthly competitions for both printed and digitally projected images with the monthly submissions being marked by an external judge. The scores awarded to a member over the year will count towards the overall monthly competition result.
The Quartet competition for Printed and Digitally Projected Images consists of a panel of 4 separate images on a readily recognisable common theme. The theme is at the discretion of the entrant.
GEORGE DELLAR TROPHY
The George Dellar Trophy for Digitally Projected Images is held annually for images that depict one, or a combination of, a recognisable Landscape, Building or Landmark, People or St Ives events within Cambridgeshire (including Peterborough).
PRESIDENT’S CHALLENGE TROPHY
The President’s Challenge Trophy for Digitally Projected Images is held annually based on a theme/subject decided by the President and notified to the members at the beginning of each club season.
For the season 2023/24, the theme for the President’s Challenge Cup is MOTION
The Annual Competition for Print and Digitally Projected Images is held annually based on 4 images taken from six categories. Each year there will 3 core categories and 3 additional categories to choose from. The categories will be chosen from a set pool by the Competition Secretary and notified to the members at the beginning of each club season.
For the season 2023/24, the Annual Competition Core Categories are : Natural History, Landscape and Creative. Additional Categories are Architecture, Night and Macro.
Any monochrome image entered in either class of the monthly competitions or in either class of the annual competitions, scoring 18 or over, shall also be eligible for the monochrome trophy.
EXTERNAL COMPETITIONS – 2023/24 Season
As well as the internal competitions open to all members, some of the best images are also taken forward to represent St Ives in External Competitions against other clubs.
The friendly competition against Swavesey usually kicks off the External competitions and is hosted in rotation by St Ives and Swavesey. This year, 2024 SIPC will be hosting it.
The 4 Way Battle involves a competition against March, St Neots, Ely and St Ives. This year, 2024 SIPC will be hosting it.
Cambridge Digital, A45’s and Brotherhoods involve more clubs and these are hosted by Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds and Peterborough respectively.
The East Anglian Federation has two large competitions, one digital and one print and these are held at Fulbourn.
Our own Interprint competition is hosted in the Free Church in February each year. This involves much effort from our committee and members, and we are always looking for willing helpers over the event itself and in the planning stages.
Tickets to many of these events are available to members, so please keep an eye out for newsletters and emails which will give further information nearer to the time. It is always inspiring to see the best images put forward by other clubs.