Submission guidelines & rules

Getting the best out of your photography and how you should prepare images for submission

The next competition opens in December 2016.

  1. Make an account on the website,
  2. Upload your entries, which will be submitted to the competition.
  3. When the competition closes the uploaded images will be shortlisted for the final round of judging.
  4. We will contact you if you have been shortlisted and request a full-size image from you.
  5. The judges will assess the shortlisted images when they have been sent in and the winners will be selected.Read through this page to find out more detail about how the competition works.

Using the CCWPA website

The CCWPA website is design as simple as possible to help you choose and enter your best images. When you are registered you can upload up to 5 images per category at any time. Once you have entered a photo into the competition you can’t withdraw it or move categories.

When you have uploaded the images you want to enter, your entry to the competition will be automated.

Checklist for entry:

  • Images must have a caption
  • Images are recommended to be 1024 pixels along the longest edge
  • Images must be in JPG format
  • You must have paid for an entry plan unless you are entering the Young Photographer category.


All images must have been taken within the 26 sq. miles of Cannock Chase, this area can be extended to 2 local nature reserves : WOLSELEY BRIDGE & CHASEWATER.



Uploading: image size and type

For your initial submission your files should be 1024 pixels along the longest edge.

We do not recommend that you upload larger images, as they will be resized anyway and very large files may not upload successfully. We do not allow borders, watermarks or signatures. If you prefer not to have your images resized by our server please ensure they no more than 4Mb and 1024 pixels along the longest side. Please note TIF files are not accepted for the initial round.

Note that although the images shown on the website are resized by the server and may look slightly different to your original, the judges will also have access to your original image exactly as you uploaded it.

Captions and filenames

Filenames will be defined as you image title, Please rename your files accordingly i.e Blue-Tit-in-Flight.jpg. If you are shortlisted you will get a chance to submit a full-length caption so for initial entry a short description or title is adequate. If the subject is captive this must be stated in the caption, for example by adding ‘(captive subject)’ to the text. Please don’t put your name or any identifying information in the caption – our competition is judged anonymously.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not allow borders, watermarks or signatures.

Shortlisted Images – file sizes and types

If you are successful in being shortlisted for the final round of judging, we will request your largest high quality file (Preferably TIF or largest JPG) suitable for printing in all media, along with the original RAW file or original Jpeg, RAW files of any format (e.g.NEF, CRW,) as well as original JPG files will be accepted as original image files.

Processing images and manipulation: digital adjustments permitted

Within the framework of digital image editing the following is permitted. Minor cleaning work including removal of sensor spots and dust, moderate adjustments of: contrast, tonal values, levels, highlight and shadow, colour, curves, saturation, sharpening, white balance and noise may be undertaken. Removal of chromatic aberration, lens distortion and vignetting are acceptable. Cropping is allowed, but please bear in mind that cropping reduces the file size and therefore high levels of cropping could result in the deterioration of image quality. Stitched images (combined using digital techniques) where a panorama is created from several images taken from the same location and at the same time are acceptable.

Digital adjustments not permitted

Physical changes to the scene e.g. adding or removing objects, trees, animals, plants, people, items of civilisation or stripping in sky from another image etc. Digital collages, sandwich shots and composites.