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Following on from the success of the 2015 competition we are pleased to announce this year's competition.


The guidelines are similar to the last competition.

The primary purpose of the competition is to find 12 superb pictures for use in a calendar which will be in A3 booklet form which when displayed will have an A4 image above an A4 monthly calendar.

The guidelines are as follows:

There will be four classes in the competition:-

1. Cactus portrait - a faithful representation showing the character of the plant and allowing its identification, flowers optional.

2. Other Succulent portrait - as class one but Other Succulent defined as in Guide to Shows

3. View of several plants either in habitat or cultivation - Cactus and/or Succulents, as per Guide to Shows, to predominate

4. Creative Class - any image of Cactus or Other Succulent as per Guide to Shows not fitting the above classes, from close-ups to unusual photographic treatments.

Prizes; free membership or £20 BCSS voucher for each class winner and a copy of the calendar for all featured entries.

The winning entry in each class plus 8 other images selected by the judges will feature in a calendar produced by the BCSS.

The competition is open to professionals as well as amateurs. Up to two entries may be submitted in each class by each entrant, who need not be a member of the BCSS. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Photographs must be in the form of digital images – both colour & monochrome are eligible. Images originally captured on film must be scanned and entered as a digital image. All files must be in JPEG format and suitable for printing A4 landscape (about 3000x2000 pixels) – the word “portrait” in classes 1 & 2 refers to the style of picture not the orientation.

Please send your entries before the closing date of 30th June 2016 via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If entering multiple images please ensure email is less than 10MB – if necessary use one email per image or send them together on a CD, DVD or other digital media to BCSS Photography Competition, Lletty Wyn, Llanarmon Pwllheli LL53 6PU. There are no entry forms, but entries must be accompanied by your name, email and/or postal address, telephone number, plus a list giving the class number and title for each photograph and a 25-35 word commentary on the image (e.g. plant name, grower or habitat location, inspiration ect.). Receipt of all entries will be acknowledged by email.

Images may be digitally manipulated (e.g. cropping, sharpening, merging bracketed exposures, stacking macro-photos, etc.). Blemishes may be cleared up, but combining multiple images into something that never existed is not allowed in classes 1, 2 & 3 (e.g. adding a flower to a non-flowering plant).

Any Exif data that may identify the competitor should be removed from the image, similarly file names should not hold any data that may identify the competitor.

All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other photographic competition. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. Entrants must warrant that the photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright for it. Prior display on the World Wide Web does not constitute publication for the purposes of this competition.

Copyright in all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to the BCSS to use any or all of the submitted images in any of their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition (this may include exhibiting prints at BCSS Convention and National Show) and other promotional purposes.

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