Issue 21. November 2015

The GB Cup 2016 is OPEN for entry from 15 November 2015 until 17 January 2016

If you need help with the Online Entry process please read the Additional Notes on the Results page as an additional download at the bottom of the results. (At the moment we have nowhere more sensible to list it).

Cheques should be made payable to the PAGB and sent, with a copy of the entry form which you can print at the end of the entry process, to Libby Smith, 34, Braemar Crescent, CARLUKE, ML8 4BH

Entry Fees for Each GB Cup (to defray costs which are also being subsidised from Sponsorship income).
GB Cup Large Clubs (Open) £7.50 per club
GB Cup Small Clubs (Open) £7.50 per club
GB Cup All Clubs (Nature) £7.50 per club


LARGE CLUB and SMALL CLUB does not mean number of members but relates to your inability to make up a satisfactory entry, which complies with the rules about number of PDI, number of authors, etc. You should decide for yourself which competition you wish to enter.

Clubs of any membership may enter either competition but NOT BOTH. The choice is entirely yours but it is anticipated that you will strive to enter the competition most appropriate to your size, strength and reputation.

Both Large and Small Clubs may enter the GB Cup Nature or you may enter the Nature only if you wish.

The Great British Cup Large Clubs (Open)

1.1 Each club must submit 15 PDI - ONLINE

1.2 Natural History PDI are NOT permitted and, if included, the judges will be asked to assess them strictly as pictorial PDIs, not as Nature. Please comply fully with this rule.

1.3 No photographer may have more than 4 PDIs and there must be at least 6 photographers in the entry.

The Great British Cup Small Clubs (Open)

2.1 Each club must submit 10 PDI - ONLINE

2.2 Natural History PDI are NOT permitted and, if included, the judges will be asked to assess them strictly as pictorial PDI, not as Nature. Please comply fully with this rule.

2.3 No photographer may have more than 4 PDIs and there must be at least 4 photographers in the entry.

The Great British Cup All Clubs (Nature)

3.1 Each club may submit a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 21 PDI - ONLINE

3.2 The Winning Club will be decided on the aggregate of the 10 highest scoring PDIs. If a Club has entered fewer than 10 PDIs it cannot qualify for the Club trophy. Individual awards will be available at the discretion of the judges including “PAGB Nature Photographer of the Year” based on an individual’s best 3 PDIs. You are encouraged to enter even if you have only one Nature photographer in your Club. The judges will recognise all aspects of Nature.

3.3 No photographer may have more than 3 PDIs.

3.4 Our definition of Natural History is given at Appendix One.

3.5 The GB Cup is not a Wildlife Competition but photographs which comply with the Wildlife definition in Appendix One and which are marked (W) may be considered for a Wildlife Individual Award. Please append _W to the end of your title in the title box at upload.

General Conditions

4.1 Images entered must be entirely the work of the photographer. Composite images are permitted provided all component images meet this requirement.. For the avoidance of doubt, use of images from any other source including, but not limited to, royalty free image banks and clipart are not permitted.

4.2 No identical PDIs by the same photographer - or PDIs as similar as to be nearly identical - can be entered in more than one GB Cup competition (Large Club, Small Club or Natural History) in this or subsequent years and no such PDI may be entered from a previous GB Cup. In any one year, photographers may only participate with one Club, of which they must be a bona fide member.

4.3 In all matters relating to interpretation of these rules the Chairman’s decision will be final.

4.4 The PAGB cannot be held liable for the loss, misuse or non entry of any photographs or other material used in this competition no matter how this loss or damage may occur and all or any photograph entered may be used in any form to publicise the PAGB and to help form a PAGB Recorded Lecture.

File Format, Size and Projection

5.1 Files must be 8 bit jpeg format, RGB mode (for both colour and monochrome PDIs) in sRGB colour space.

5.2 The maximum dimensions of submitted files are 1400 pixels horizontal by 1050 pixels vertical. (Please note: NOT 1400 pixels vertical). Image with larger dimensions than this and image files larger than 3 MB will not upload.

5.3 Although not important for the competition you should set each file at 96 PPI to facilitate titling later for the AV show on CD/DVD.

5.4 A PDI will be disqualified if it shows on screen the title or the name of the federation, club or photographer.

5.5 Entries will be projected on a calibrated and profiled Canon XEED projector.

Results and DVDs

6.2 No catalogue will be produced and the results will be published by e-mail and online. Each participating club will receive (in August) a CD or DVD compiled from the best entries to the competition they have entered - either the Large Clubs Open or the Small Clubs Open or the Nature competition. Each CD or DVD should run in two parts for around 60 minutes, not including the interval. It would be prudent to allow for unavoidable delay and not to schedule a showing at your club earlier than October.

6.3 Clubs may hire copies of each of the three shows from the PAGB Recorded Lecture Service.


7.1 General enquiries may be directed to -

Rod Wheelans
e: rod [at]
t: 01387 261331
43, Lovers Walk,

7.2 If you encounter difficulty and are unable to enter online you may contact -

Libby Smith
e; libby.neilsmith [at]


Issue 2 May 2014 (Complete rewrite based on the revised definition by FIAP, April 2014, agreed with PSA and RPS)

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. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves.

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.

No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to greyscale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.

Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife.

Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, 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.

Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above 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 of Exhibitions.