Competition Rules

We invite all, no matter how talented, to submit photographs taken in and around Onchan throughout the year.

Photographs should feature life in Onchan through your eyes. Photos can be “newsworthy”, or they may be scenic or include wildlife reflecting the current season.

The best photographs submitted each month will be displayed on the the website and on the facebook page where they will be voted on by our followers each month. The best will go forward at the end of each year to be judged to receive a prize of £100.

Photographs will be judged on their merits in capturing life around the District, as well as the compositional merits of photography.

Photographs should be submitted within the month they are taken, and by the end of that month. 

Contributors should supply their name, address and either telephone or email address, or be contactable through Facebook.

Photographs must be in digital format and supplied by email to 

A maximum of 5 photographs per photographer per month applies.

The competition will be judged on photographs received up to the end of the calendar year.

Photographs will be displayed on the site as a “thumbnail”  and linked to a larger-sized image of around 1000 pixels wide or high. A file size of 150k in JPEG format is normally sufficient for clear display on a computer screen, and should be insufficient to enable site visitors to produce high quality prints from the image. 

Copyright will remain with photographer. Images should not have a copyright statement included on the image, unless it is small, unobtrusive and placed in one corner of the image. Onchan District Commissioners reserve the right to use photographs in publicity and marketing material, news releases, including as our Facebook cover photo; appropriate acknowledgement will be given.

Photographs containing children who might be identified must be accompanied by a statement that parental permission was requested, and has been given, to use the image on the web site.

Photographers should supply a caption or description to accompany the photograph, including names of the subjects. Children will not be named on the web site.

Onchan District Commissioners have the right not to use any photographs that it deems to be potentially controversial or unsuitable in any way.

Commissioners, their relatives, staff of Onchan District Commissioners and their relatives, are welcome to submit photographs for use on the site but will not be eligible to receive a prize.

Judges will be nominated by Onchan District Commissioners, and their decision is final.

Some tips:
We will tend not to shortlist photos that are: not straight, very low resolution, too small, or include extraneous foreground objects that were not intended as part of the composition. 

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