This year's Camera Club of the Year 2016-17 contest, in association with Fujifilm, is open for entry.

This year’s contest runs over five issues, and for each month we will be announcing a new theme in Photography News - the first in issue 39.

We are looking for five images from each club, from five different members, on the theme. Each image will be scored out of 20 points so the maximum score for each club is 100 points. The club with the highest score qualifies for the final shoot-out. In the event of tied scores, we will ignore the highest and lowest scores and average out the three remaining scores and the highest score wins. If scores are still tied, all five scores will be averaged out. Once a club has qualified it can continue to enter but it won’t be eligible to qualify again.

The five qualifying clubs will be invited to a very special experience day where the winner of this year’s Camera Club of the Year 2016-17 contest will be decided. The details of this will be kept secret and revealed to all five finalists simultaneously.

Images should be JPEGs of at least 1500 pixels on the longest dimension. Please fill in the author and image details correctly as they will be shown with the image in the gallery.

All entries will be on display here for the duration of the competition. The scores for each individual picture will be shown in the gallery when the new issue goes out on distribution. This is always the Monday the week following the closing date for the monthly round. For example, Round 1 closes on 8 January 2017 and the issue goes out for distribution on 16 January 2017 so the scores will be revealed on that date.

We look forward to hosting a great final with five camera clubs, but first you have to qualify – so good luck to everyone.

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We’ll be publishing five subject themes over the coming months and we want to see five pictures from each club on that theme. The club that achieves the highest score qualifies for the final shoot-out, which will be happening in spring 2017. Photography News and Fujifilm will host the final at a location to be confirmed.

What each club has to do at the final will be kept secret until all five finalists are known and those clubs will be informed at the same time. What we can confidently say is that the final shoot-out will be a memorable event for everyone concerned.

So register your club to get the ball rolling – and good luck!

Terms and Conditions
1. This competition is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland aged 18 years or over, except for employees of Bright Publishing Ltd and Fujifilm, their families or anyone else associated with this competition.
2. All types of camera club are eligible, ie. works, online, societies, groups, affiliated, non-affiliated etc.
3. Five images are required to be submitted per round, per club, one image per person. Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries may not be sent through agencies or third parties.
4. All clubs must register via the website www.absolutephoto.com before entries can be uploaded to the competition. Entries must be entered under the heading of the individual camera club, which must be registered prior to uploading. Entries must be submitted under the entrant’s name and image files must be 72dpi and at least 1500 pixels on the longest dimension. We regret that we are unable to accept postal entries.
5. All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit have been taken with the permission of the subject and 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.
6. Copyright in all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in consideration of their providing the competition, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to Bright Publishing Ltd and Fujifilm to feature any or all of the submitted images in any of their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition.
7. Clubs can enter each round from announcement date to the specified closing date. All entries must be received by the advertised closing times and dates.
8. The grand final details will be announced to the five finalists on 12 May.
9. The judges’ decision is final, no correspondence will be entered into.
10. Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the promoter and accordingly the promoter may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the promoter as a result thereof.
11. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.