Last hand in

BIRDS, BUGS, BUDS Wed 14th March‘18 Wed 14th February ‘18
ANNUAL Wed 28th March ‘18 Wed 28th February ’18


The following are available on-line – just click the link, it will open in a new tab:

Competition Forms and Rules

All entries must be accompanied by an appropriate printed form. The forms can be completed and printed direct from the screen OR, just printed as blank documents and completed by hand. Fields are highlighted on screen in blue, depending on your browser. If using MS Edge or Firefox then right click on the link and Save As / Save link to download the form. In Chrome, right click and Save Link as. You can complete a form on-screen within the browser if using Chrome, just type in the appropriate field by first clicking on it. You can also move from field to field by using the tab key.

If using a Smartphone you must have an appropriate .PDF reader APP installed.

If e-mailing the form DON’T FORGET TO “SAVE” THE FORM or your changes will be lost and you’ll end up sending a blank form. A suggestion for naming the file could be “your name_annual_2017″

(Tip: If using MS Edge in Windows 10. Open the form by clicking on the link. Click on the three little dots in the top right corner and choose Open with Internet Explorer. The fields should then be editable.)

or if your prefer,

the form can just be saved to your computer, opened using a suitable PDF reader such as “Adobe Reader” of “Foxit” and then completed on screen before saving and printing.

(NB: The form may not be editable on some tablets or phones, or in some PDF readers. It has however been tested on an iPhone and iPad, and works, with the latest version of Adobe Reader (XI or DC), and Foxit, if you have them installed.)

NB: At the bottom of both Club and Annual entry forms there is a check box. By checking the box you agree to allow the club to use your images in future inter-club competitions, or for publicity. Normally, publicity means the club can publish your image in the local newspaper or post it on our website. It helps the club a lot if you agree to this as it helps promote the club and saves time and effort asking permissions later. Any images posted on this website may have a discrete “Gala CC” watermark on it to deter copying.

The Agri – 2018

Gala Camera club’s AGRI (Agricultural Photographic competition) is open to all photographers and camera clubs in the Scottish Borders Region

Closing date for the AGRI 2018 is Wednesday 24th October. Late entries cannot be accepted.

Ford Renton now has organisational duties for the club’s AGRI. His contact details are on the entry form. Please don’t hesitate to contact him if you have any queries regarding the competition.

The Judges for this years AGRi are Mike Reynolds (DPI) and Hunter Kennedy (Prints).

The links below will open a new window or download the revised AGRI rules and entry form. MS Word (docx) and PDF formats of the form are available.

Please note: DO NOT put your name on the back of prints only the category and title


Please see below a slight addendum to the “Nature” category rules for this competition. We as a club feel there should be a more common sense interpretation of the rules so please use the rule listed below.

Nature should conform to “living untamed animals and uncultivated plants in their natural habitat, geology and other natural phenomena. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens and aquariums provided that no human elements are visible e.g. enclosure fences, man-made structures, etc.

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.

Please note that the rules are unchanged from last year however, we will be a bit stricter on General image category submissions. The rules clearly state that “General” applies to any image which DOES NOT fit into any of the other categories. General category is NOT an overflow for extra landscapes, nature, etc.

NB: For AGRI entries, if you DO NOT wish your images to be used for GCC publicity then ensure you tick the check box. By “publicity we mean publication in the local newspaper (Border Telegraph) and display on website.

If you don’t have Adobe Acrobat Reader click here for free download of the latest version.

Alternatively, try Foxit click here to download