General WCPF Competition Rules  

Any photographer entering a WCPF competition must be a member of club affiliated to the WCPF

There are no time limits regarding age of a photograph for any WCPF competition.

In all cases, the original image(s) must have been taken using a photographic process and be the sole copyright of the Entrant. Any modification of the original image must be made by the author or under his/her personal direction.

The use of clip-art, downloaded textures, or elements from any other photographer's images is not permitted

Individual entry forms must be completed and sent with entries submitted, and all further requirements met for each competition.

To view specific rules for each competition, refer to the individual competition page.


Mount size to be 400mm x 500mm (unless separately defined in the competition specific rules) and no more than 5mm thick.  No entrant information to be shown on the face of the mount.  Photographers name, club and image title to be shown on a white label on the reverse of the print. Please avoid placing your labels in the bottom right hand corner (viewed from the back) of mounts as this area is used for competition produced labels.  No Velcro or clips to be left on the reverse side of the mount.

Digitally Projected Images

Images must be .jpg files with a maximum size of 1600px wide and 1200 px high, so portrait images should be no more than 1200px high.

All photographic processes and techniques are eligible (subject to competition specific rules that may apply) providing that the photographer owns the copyright to all elements of the picture


The WCPF adheres to the definitions followed by the PAGB.  The following definitions apply to all WCPF competitions where the category has been applied.


Monochrome Images

Any black and white image going from very dark grey (black) to very clear grey (white) and containing only various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain eligible for the monochrome class.

However, a black and white work modified by partial toning or by the addition of one or more colours, becomes a colour work and is thus ineligible for the monochrome class.

Nature  (INFO 2018)

Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation.

The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality.

Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.

Processing of the captured image, by cropping, exposure adjustment, colour correction, noise minimisation, dodging/burning, HDR, focus stacking and sharpening, is allowed.

Cloning of image defects and minor distractions, including overlapping elements, are permitted when these do not distort the truth of the photographic statement.

Images entered as Nature can have landscape, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food. Access to biological subjects may be restricted.

By entering a PAGB event, Photographers warrant that they have followed relevant codes of practices and hold any necessary licences.

Wildlife Definition

Images entered in Wildlife sections are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species. Wildlife images may be entered in Nature sections.

By entering an event with PAGB patronage, photographers warrant that they have followed relevant codes of practices and hold any necessary licences

Photo Travel

A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristics or culture of a land as they are found naturally.  There are no geographic limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are NOT appropriate. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment. Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping are not permitted. The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise, restoration of the original scene, and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome.  Other derivations including infrared are not permitted.  All permitted adjustments must appear natural. 

The Photo Travel definition was created by the PSA (Photographic Society of America) and adopted by FIAP, the RPS and the PAGB.  The PSA also issued a clarification (see next page) of the definition to attempt to remove any ambiguity and provide context.


Clarificationof the Photo Travel Definition


Why was the definition updated? This has to do with the fact that the Photo Travel Division is a reality-based division, like the Nature and Photojournalism Divisions. The object of Photo Travel is not just to produce good images, but to portray and communicate the world as we find it, rather than as we can arrange it to obtain the best photograph. Our world is an infinitely interesting and varied place. We want to explore, capture and present it as it is, in its many interesting manifestations, rather than photographing the same limited number of setup situations over and over (think camels wandering the dunes at sunset) or to post-process the image to the point where it deviates substantially from the original scene.

The update concerning image manipulation is relatively easy to understand and follow, both for photographers and judges. Compared to the previous definition, it was simply made more precise.

The update concerning setup situations is a guideline for photographers to follow, rather than for judges to discern. Many setup situations are not obvious to the person who has not been there. In the absence of evidence to the contrary, even a judge who suspects a setup needs to give the photographer the benefit of the doubt. However, if the same type of image shows up in exhibition after exhibition, this may be a contrived situation created for the purpose of giving a small number of people a better shot at winning a medal.

In the sentence “Images from…” the emphasis is on “arranged specifically…” and “subjects directed or hired…” In order to illustrate the specific meaning, let’s assume someone photographs a re-enactment of a civil war battle or a festival and submits this to a PT exhibition. No problem, because the people that were doing this were not hired or directed specifically for the photograph to be taken.

Is it okay to tip a subject? Yes, if the subject is doing what they would substantially be doing without being photographed, if it’s a small tip, and if the behaviour, dress or posture was not specifically managed for the primary purpose of obtaining a better photograph.

Photo Travellers are ambassadors to other people and cultures. We do not want to contribute significantly to the distortions that are taking place as a result of the business that is being made out of hiring or directing native people to act in unnatural ways for the purpose of tourist photography.

For individual enquiries please contact our Competition Secretaries




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Health & SafetyRisk Assessment Form and related Tick Sheet



Issued on behalf of the WCPF Executive 15thMarch 2009

The WCPF Executive recently introduced a system for assessing Risk and Health & Safety issues for all WCPF Executive organised events.

To aid with these tasks we introduced 2 standard format sheets to be used to carry out the assessments and to be kept as a permanent record and as an aid for future assessments. 

The items covered by the Tick Sheet are appropriate to our venues. They must not be assumed to cover all possible Risks or Health & Safety issues at any other venue. 

You may use these sheets as a guide however anyone doing so should carry out a review to determine if these same items are applicable to their own venue. You are advised to pay specific attention to features or items, not covered by the Tick sheet that may be unique to your own venue. The sheets may therefore be modified to cover your own specific needs.

Please keep in mind the need to make the necessary announcements before the start of a meeting especially if you are at a new venue, say for an exhibition, or when non-members or members of the public, may be present.

The WCPF accepts no responsibility for the use of these sheets or any problems arising from their use. They are intended only as a guide to enable the user to carry out an assessment of their own venues.

Click the Download Form icon to download a copy of the Tick Sheet.



Click the Download Form icon to download a copy of the WCPF Maser Risk Assesment Form.

Obtaining grants for the purchase of New Equipment or fund an Exhibition.    Print Storage Boxes

 Whilst the WCPF cannot be responsible for activating such a grant, we can however point you in the direction of some bodies who you can.

Some grants  are obtainable for the purchase of new equipment or fund an exhibition.There are several ways to find funding from various bodies for local clubs and charities. Your local council, some major retailers, or The Lottery fund.

 Contact Awards for All  in the South West on 01392 849705 for advice as to whether your request is feasible, or call 0845 600 2040 for information and application pack.

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Police Stop and Search Rights under the Terrorism Act

The"Photography in Public Places" issue was discussed at the March 2011 Council Meeting. Following this the Executive have agreed that the following be made available for members to print and carry with them should they wish. Every person has a right to photograph in a public place and it is not against the law to photograph a police officer undertaking normal duties.

 The police do have a duty to investigate incidents which may give rise to suspicion.  You are not required to give any personal details unless driving a car or you are arrested.  Officers may stop and search and view images if they believe they could be used in connection with terrorism.  Officers have no powers to delete images.  PCSOs may not search without a police officer present.  You must be provided with a copy of the Stop & Search slip which will include  the officer's identity.

If stopped by a police officer remain calm and polite. We all need to be vigilant against terrorism and support the police where possible as well as protect our rights to photograph in a public place.  We are grateful to the RPS who have agreed this wording with appropriate authorities.  Neither the RPS, the PAGB or your Editor can be held accountable for any inaccuracy.

Copied from the PAGB Newsletter No 41 issued February 2011

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Model Release Forms   PAGB Public Liability Insurance

One of the biggest mistake photographers make when they take pictures, is to believe that they can use their images wherever and however they wish.

Quite simply, it's not that simple!

Whether you are photographing people who know they are being photographed, buildings you have been allowed to photograph or shooting 'on the fly'. If you want to place those images with a stock agency, sell them, syndicate them or publish them you are going to have to make sure that you have a signed model/building release form.

Rules on when you need this vary greatly from country to country and you can never expect a signed release form to be a fail-safe security blanket.

However, it's a vital first step into protecting yourself from expensive litigation.

Three forms available here to cover the three basic requirements, a model release for adults, one for minors and one for buildings.

Taken from Professional Photographer Magazine

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