Competition Rules - sittingbourneps



1. Leagues

Top 3 from league 2 will go up to league 1.  In the event of a tie, the previous competition scores will be referred to.  This is based on 100% of all scores in competitions.  New members photographic work will be assessed by the committee and a decision will be made as to which league they will be placed in.


2. League Entries

Entries shall be limited to 4 prints or 4 DPI’s per member per competition.  Entries must be the original work of the member, but processing may have been done commercially.  No subsequent alteration to the title of either a print or a DPI is permitted.


3. Prints

Prints must be mounted, with the title and the member’s membership number (as shown on membership booklet) clearly marked.  The member’s name must not appear on competition entries.  The maximum size of a print is 50cm x 40cm including mount.  Every print must be accompanied by a Jpeg version to be emailed to


4. DPI

Image files should be JPEG format.  Maximum 1400 pixels wide and 1050 pixels high, smaller images will be projected with a black background. The image must be correctly named, title must be in UPPER CASE and a space before and after the word ‘by’.


e.g       THE TITLE by Su Flood DPAGB.jpg


5. Closing Dates

The latest date for entry into all competitions will be the meeting held 2 weeks prior to the date of the competition, but no later.  Except where specified.  Any exemption to this rule will be advised beforehand.  Entries should be handed to the Internal Competition Secretary or any other committee member.


6. Marking

Judges will be asked to mark out of 20 with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd .


7. Certificates

Certificates shall be awarded to those members gaining 1st, 2nd and 3rd in league Print and DPI competitions, this will also apply to Print and DPI of the Year, Panel, Landscape and Set Subject competitions, but not to the knockout and En-print competitions or External battles.


8. Re-entry

Any print or DPI which has previously received an award, certificate and/or a maximum mark in the league may not be entered for any subsequent league competition.  Any other print or DPI, which has been previously entered in a league competition, may not be re-submitted in the same season.  


9. League Trophies

The following four trophies will be awarded to the member in the appropriate league who has the highest average marks from the best two thirds of the possible marks awarded by judges in the appropriate competitions.


            The LEAGUE ONE PRINT CUP……………………………………………………….League 1 Prints

            The LEAGUE ONE SLIDE CUP ………………………………………………………League 1 DPI

            The QUEENBOROUGH ENGINEERING TRIOPHY………………………………....League 2 Prints

            The R & B STAR TROPHY…………………………………………………………….League 2 DPI

            The PAYNE/PELLATT MEMORIAL TROPHY;   this trophy has been donated to encourage novices

            in pursuit of photography or for outstanding enthusiasm shown in society activities.   The trophy will

            be awarded at the sole discretion of  the sponsor.

JOHN HEDGELEY TRANSPORT TROPHY, donated by John Hedgeley and awarded on behalf of him for seasons best transport picture, either print or dpi.


10. DPI & Print of the Year Competition (SPOTY)

Every member may submit 1 image of their choice from the current seasons entries.  Plus, all league certificate winners 1st, 2nd and 3rd and those images scoring maximum marks 20/20.  Or any others at the committees’ discretion.  The work must be presented in its original form, not having been altered in any way.  However, if this presents any problem, the member should contact the Internal Competition Secretary, following which the Committee shall make a ruling.  Any previous winner of this competition may not be re-entered.  The C.P. Studio Shield will be awarded to the winner of the Best Print of the year.  The TSB Shield will be awarded to the winner of the Best DPI of the Year.


11. Panel Competitions

An entry for this competition shall consist of 3 DPI or 3 Prints per member, and shall comply with league competition standard (see rules 2 & 3).  Each print entry shall be shown simultaneously and judged as a single, titled panel, Each DPI entry shall be projected sequentially and judged as a single, titled panel.  Each member can enter two such entries of prints and DPI.  The CP Studio Award will be awarded to the winner of the Print Panel.  The Piper Shield will be awarded to the winner of the DPI Panel.  Winning panels are not eligible for re-entry.


12. Set Subject Competition

Entries shall be limited to 4 prints and 4 DPI per member, and  shall comply with league competition standard (see Rules 2 & 3).  The subject will be announced as soon as it is known.  The Vanns Trophy will be awarded to the winner of the DPI competition.  The Ayres Trophy will be awarded to the winner of the print competition.


13. Mix ‘n’ Match Competition

All club members shall be divided into two teams.  The teams shall be selected by names drawn evenly from two ‘hats’ containing DPI leagues 1 & 2 separately.  The team captains are responsible for selecting 25 DPI’s from the team members.  One team selects a DPI for the judge; the other team then has to match the DPI by means of subject, colour, shape, etc.  One point is awarded if there is a match, and one point is awarded for the best DPI of the pair.  This process is carried out alternately until all 25 DPI’s have been shown from each team.  The winning team is that which has the highest number of points.       THE JUDGES DECISION IS FINAL!



14. Knockout Competition (if held)

Entries for these competitions shall consist of up to 4 prints and shall comply with league competition standard (see rules 3 & 4).  Prints entered shall be new i.e. previously unseen in league competitions.  Entries will be accepted on the night of the competitions.  A certificate will be awarded to the winner.


15. En Print Competition (if held)

This is an event designed to encourage photographers of all abilities to compete in the society.  Entries shall be up to a maximum of 4 prints per member.  Prints can be any size up to a maximum of 7” x 5” monochrome or colour.  They must be trade processed, titled on the reverse (with membership number) and must be un-mounted.  Entries will be accepted on the night.  A certificate will be presented to the winner.


16. Landscape Competition

Entries shall be limited to 4 prints and 4 DPI per member, and shall comply with league competition standard (see rules 3 & 4).  The subject will be ‘Landscape’ in its generally accepted interpretation.  The Buttermere Trophy will be awarded to the winner of the DPI competition.  The Honister Trophy will be awarded to the winner of the Print competition.  Winning entries are not eligible for re-entry.


17. Digital Creative Competition

Entries shall be limited to 2 per member.  Entries will be in DPI format only, re-sized and titled as per DPI competition rules.  1 image will be supplied by the committee and can be digitally altered in any way the member wishes, no other image or parts thereof, can be added to this image. 2nd image can be a digitally altered image of the members choice – absolutely anything can be done to this image.


18. Mono Competition

This is a prints only competition.  It is advisable to mount the image but not compulsory.  Entries shall be limited to 3 per member.  Even if you do not submit an image you may still take part in the judging of this competition.   When Judging, using the supplied score sheet, you choose 3 images and mark them out of 10.  10 being high, 1 being low.  Score sheets are then handed in.  Prints must be in monochrome and can be on any subject.


19. Girls v’s Boys competition

The format of this competition can vary.  Details will be provided in good time for the completion.


20. Battles

The External Competition Secretary may request prints or DPI’s to be submitted for possible selection by the Section Committee to represent the Society in inter-club battles.  It would be expected that such prints and DPI’s shall be mounted to comply with league competition standards (see rules 2 & 3).  


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