The Diamond Jubilee Trophy Specific Rules

The Diamond Jubilee Trophy

The Jubilee competition is held each year, between Associates for ‘The Diamond Jubilee Trophy’. It is awarded to the Associate with the highest total marks in the Diamond Jubilee competition.

Competition Rules:

  • Associates may submit one panel up to a maximum of 8 PDIs.
  • Not more than two PDIs from any one member may be included in the panel.
  • PDIs shall be judged individually, and awarded points out of 20. The Associate submitting the panel with the highest aggregate shall be awarded The Diamond Jubilee Trophy, which will be held until the next event.
  • The photographer submitting the PDI adjudged to be the best in the Competition shall be awarded the Premier Award certificate.

The Diamond Jubilee Trophy will be the mechanism for the KCPA to choose its representatives for the PAGB inter-federation projected digital images competition, the first and second placed Associates will be invited to participate. Associates should be aware that whilst the KCPA has a broad brush approach to nature photography the PAGB has a strict interpretation, see the PAGB website for details.

Each event has specific rules, and these are for the  Diamond Jubilee Trophy and should be read in conjunction with the Generic Rules which are detailed below.

Generic Rules Amended December 2014


For the purpose of the KCPA rules a photograph is an image formed by the action of light falling upon a sensitive medium. Be it film or a digital sensor.

In line with the PAGB we apply the FIAP Monochrome Definition & the PAGB Definition for Nature

Monochrome (FIAP Definition)
Note: There is discussion happening and this may be changed in near future when it will be amended on website)
A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochromework able to stand in the black and white category. On the other hand a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work to stand in the colour category.

All images other than those above are defined as colour images. A black and white image which has been modified by the addition of partial toning or by the addition of one colour to any part of the image is a Colour image.

Nature (PAGB Nature Definition)

Nature photography depicts living, untamed animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology and the wide diversity of natural phenomena.
Photographs of animals, which are domesticated, and photographs of cultivated or hybrid plants are ineligible.
Minimal evidence of humans is acceptable for nature subjects, such as barn owls or storks adapting to an environment modified by humans, or natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves, reclaiming it.
Any manipulation or modification is limited to minor retouching and must not alter the truth of the original scene.
(Notes associated with this definition)
PAGB Competitions are not Wildlife Competitions, unless otherwise specified, and Nature photographers frequently take pictures of animals under “controlled conditions” in order to record species or behaviour that would be very difficult or impossible to record in the wild. This might even include microscopic subjects, which have to be anaesthetised. Such photographs are eligible for entry to PAGB Competitions.
Animals in reserves and wildlife parks and zoos, are permitted provided there is minimal evidence of humans. So too are "falconer's" birds although, of course, only minor retouching is permitted which would not, for example, include removing jesses in post processing. Also permitted are pictures of “wild” flowers growing in parkland or “wild” gardens provided these have not been modified by such cultivation.
It is obvious that creatures showing poorer condition because of their captivity are likely to be marked less favourably by nature judges.

All other Category Definitions
For which trophies, medals and certificates may be awarded, will be determined by the Judge(s) appointed for the purpose of judging each competition – e.g. portraiture, landscape, record, reportage / photojournalism and in the case of Audio Visual competitions to cover best sequence, best photography, best sound track and best transitions.

Rules that apply to KCPA Competitions:

1. The Rules can only be amended by the KCPA Committee (“KCPA Cmt”).
2. The KCPA Cmt and the “organising body” (be it KCPA Cmt or Associate) have discretionary power to exclude any entry that might cause offence.
3. All correspondence should be addressed to the nominated person (Tracy Hughes) on the KCPA Cmt via

4. Work can only be entered by Associates or Members of Associates at the time of entry into the competition. Members work may only represent one Associate.
5. Entries must originate as photographs (image-captures of objects via light sensitivity) made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally. All aspects and Copyright of every image MUST be your total and exclusive work as the submitting photographer. You may not include any element that was originated by or is the copyright of other photographers. You may not use clip-art or elements from stock photography.
6. The KCPA /organising body / PAGB reserve the right to publish any entry in connection with promoting the KCPA / PAGB / the Exhibition, without payment. The Photographer shall be accredited.
7. Sizing and preparation of work for submission:-
See the separate section below for full details.
8. Prints, should preferably be packed into Nomad ( (or equivalent) Print Boxes, must be capable of being stored/boxed
9. Entries submitted by Associates should be packed in their listed order on the entry form. Each package must be clearly labelled with the name of the Associate together with their contact details.
10. The number of entries and the entry fees shall be determined/approved by the KCPA Cmt. Entry fees shall be payable to the organising body via the KCPA Paypal account or via cheque payable to KCPA.  Payments are non-refundable. Entries that are not fully funded will not be entered for judging.
11. Arrangements for the return/collection of entries is the responsibility of the entering Associate or Member and not the responsibility of the KCPA or competition organising body. If the return of an entry is required by post, appropriate postage and packaging must be included with the application. PDI’s will not be returned and any recording media used to submit images shall be destroyed by the organisers.

12. As with all competition entries neither the KCPA nor the organising body accepts responsibility for any loss or damage that might occur.
13. Closing dates for the acceptance of entries shall be clearly stated.
14. The submission of an entry implies that the Associate / Member / Photographer accept the rules and conditions of entry. Any breach of these rules shall render the entrant liable to disqualification.
15. The award of PAGB Gold medals and Ribbons is subject to PAGB Patronage being granted.
16. If the standard of photography in any particular event or category is deemed too low the Judges/s may decide not to present an award.
17. In the case of a tie for any Trophy or Shield or Award, each Associate or Member shall share the tenure equally in alphabetical order. Cups and Trophies are normally held for a year. It is the responsibility of the winner(s) to arrange the return of such trophies.
18. If the standard of photography in any particular event or category is deemed too low the Judges/s may decide not to present an award.
19. Subject to KCPA Cmt recommendation the organising body may choose to have from one to three Judges for a competition.
20. Each competition will have specific Rules and paperwork which shall be read in conjunction with these KCPA Rules.
21. Member’s participation – Wherever possible Members should be encouraged to enter the individual Members’ competitions (e.g. The Annual PDI and Print Exhibition)
22. Generally the charges made for entry should ensure that the competition is self-financing and not financed from KCPA General Funds other than as provided for in Finance in Guidelines for Associates (Clubs) running KCPA Sponsored events.

Current Rules for Sizing and Preparation of work prior to entering KCPA Annual Exhibition Competition 2015.

• Every entry must have a title the use of ‘Untitled’ is not acceptable and the image will be disallowed.
• No photographs accepted in a previous event shall be eligible for re-entry in the same event in subsequent years, but they are eligible for other KCPA competitions. An image entered, in this Competition, as a PRINT cannot be entered as a PDI and vice versa.
• Image titles must not exceed 35 characters.
• No more than 3 qualifications to be accredited to a photographer.
• All prints must have labels attached to the top right hand corner on the back of the mount, these labels must contain (IN BLOCK CAPITALS) the photographer’s name, the 3 distinctions the photographer wishes to use, club name and image title. Another, Image Management System
generated label, will be added by the organising team at the Print sorting stage.
• All aspects and Copyright of every image MUST be your total and exclusive work as the submitting photographer. You may not include any element that was originated by or is the copyright of other photographers. You may not use clip-art or elements from stock photography.
• No Watermarks, titles or photographer’s name/qualifications are to appear either on the front of a print or in a PDI image.

• The image must not exceed 1600 pixels wide by 1200 pixels high. Images that are smaller than these dimensions are acceptable but will appear smaller when projected for judging.
• The files must be in JPEG format.
• Maximum file size 3Mb
• The print resolution should be set to 300 ppi for catalogue printing purposes. Please note that this print resolution setting has no effect on the quality of your projected image.
• Embedding a source ICC colour profile is recommended (usually sRGB or Adobe RGB 1998).
• Please do not add any unnecessary borders to your images. Black borders serve no purpose for digital projection, while white borders can distract the eye from the image.
• If your entries do not meet the specifications they may not display correctly and we may not be able to judge them.
• • The Winning PDI’s and accepted PDI images will be projected at the Presentation evening, and whilst every effort will be made to show them during the Exhibition it is not guaranteed.