Photo & Sketch Competition 2021 – Rules

Please read the following rules carefully and fully before entering to prevent the office sending any returns, or requests for additional information.

1.  General

    1. All entrants are required to be 2021 members of the AAC(UK). It is intended that this competition is for amateur photographers only.
    2. Normally all work submitted should have been made in the calendar year 2021. However the Covid 19 Pandemic will have restricted the opportunity of members to take photographs. For this year’s competition images should have been taken in the calendar years 2019, 2020 or 2021. Images that have received an award in previous competitions are not eligible to be entered.
    3. All entries should arrive at the Austrian Alpine Club Office by midnight on 28th February 2022.

  2.  How to enter and formatting

    1. All entrants must complete the Photo Competition Entry Form and return it along with their photos or artwork.
    2. Prints, paintings and sketches are all eligible. They should be no larger than A4 sized and unmounted.
    3. Digital photos sent by email or file sharing services are also eligible, but should not be embedded in proprietary software from imaging companies. (Digital photos can be sent on CD but we do not encourage or recommend this due to waste.)
    4. Digital entries should be a high-resolution JPEG file (at least 1400 pixels on the long side). The file names should be in the following format:- category code(space)title(space)your initials.jpg.
    5. Sketches and paintings can be scanned and sent in digital format, but ensure it is a high-quality scan. If a high-quality scan is not possible, please send originals.
    6. For original prints and sketches, add your name, address and membership number, the title of the picture and the category entered on the back of the photograph or sketch. These will be returned after the judge has seen them.

3. Categories

    1. The categories are:
        • General (G)
        • Nature (N): the subject should be natural phenomena e.g. flora, fauna, weather and geology in its natural state with accurate names given to the subject. Animals in zoos and pets should not be entered in this category.
        • Typical Austria (TA)
        • Sketch or Painting (S)

E.g. Entries from Phil Nixon would be titled:

        • General category      G Dune Light PN.jpg
        • Nature category        N Starred Agama PN.jpg
        • Typical Austria          TA Heiligenblut Church PN.jpg
        • Sketch or Painting    S Mountain View PN.jpg.
      1. Each entrant may enter a maximum of four images in the General category and two images in each of the other categories.
      2. No image may be entered in more than one section. This means that you cannot enter the same image with two different titles.

4. Use of artwork

      1. Photographs and sketches submitted will be available for AAC(UK) use, eg in the Newsletter, on the website, or on social media.
      2. The results will be published in the Autumn Newsletter together with images of the winners. They will also be published on the AAC(UK) website subject to the competition organiser’s and webmaster’s discretion.
      3. A presentation of the entries will be made at the Annual General Meeting. In the event of a very large entry it may be necessary to restrict the number of images projected at the AGM.

5.  Awards

      1. In the General Category there will be a General Category Winner, an award for the Best Mountain Landscape/Wild Country Image and an Award for the Best Portrait/People image.
      2. In the Nature, Typical Austria and Sketch Categories there will be a Category Winner and Runner Up.
      3. In all sections there will be Highly Commended and Commended Awards depending on the number and quality of the entries.
      4. The Overall Winner Award will be selected from the winners of the four categories.
      5. First Time Entrant Certificates will be awarded to the best images from first time entrants in any category.
      6. Winners may be invited to be subsequent judges.

Click for Photo Competition Entry form for 2021 (MS Word)

Click for Photo Competition Entry form for 2021 (PDF) 

Please email entries by midnight on 28th February 2022 to or send to the usual office address.

Results for previous years

Photo Competition 2020

Photo Competition 2019

Photo Competition 2018

Photo Competition 2017

Photo Competition 2016

 [Updated 30 August 2021]

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