Our competition year runs from May 1 - April 30. In June, the End of Year Competition and the Special Award Competitions are held . The results are announced at the Annual Awards and Appreciation Banquet on the 3rd Tuesday in June.

 
An image may be entered into either the End of Year Competition, or the Special Award Competition, but not both


End of Year competition

This competition is for images that were already entered into our regular monthly competitions during the competition year. Only images that were entered into the monthly competitions are eligible. 

Each member may enter two (2) Creative Images, two (2) Nature Images, two (2) Open Images, and four (4) Prints. 

Entries must be the same size and medium as the original entry (print, slide or digitally projected) and entered into the same original Category - Projected (Creative, Nature, Open) or Print (Small Color, Large Color, Small Monochrome, Large Monochrome.) However, you are allowed to make small changes to your original image to incorporate feedback received during commentary. 

FAQ

  • Can only images that won in the monthly Competitions be submitted? No, all images that were entered into the regular monthly competitions are eligible, whether they received an award or not.
  • My image was originally entered into Nature. Can I enter it into Open instead? No. Images in the End of Year Competition must be entered into the same Category as the the original monthly competition.
  • What about Assignments? For the End of Year Competitions, Assignment images are treated just the same as any other monthly image entry. If the image was originally held in the Open Category, the image will be eligible for submission into the Open Category.
  • I would like to make changes to my image based on feedback from the monthly competition. Is that allowed? Yes - as long as the image still meets the restrictions for that category. If an image was originally entered into Nature, for example, any editing done must still be allowed in the Nature Category. For the most part any re-editing should be a minor change that was suggested by the commentator - a different crop, cloning out a small distracting element, toning done highlights, etc.
  • Who judges these images? Three people who are not members of SPS judge the images. Usually this is another photo club.

 

To enter your images into the competition -

  • Click on "Submit Images to a Competition."
  • Find the Category for the End of Year Competition you wish to enter, (Creative, for example) and click Select.
  • Click on "Add Images from my Image Library." (Unless you are entering a image that was edited based on feedback during commentary. In that case, select "Upload Images into the Competition.)
  • The next screen that comes up allows you to filter your images to make them easier to choose.
  • Find the heading in the left hand column that says "Competition Type." Use the down arrow to bring up the Competition Categories. Select the one you are entering ("Creative Projected" for example.) This will bring up only those images that were entered into the Creative Category.
  • Eventually there will be multiple years stored on the website. At that point you will need to limit the date so that you see the images from only the past year. Find the heading that says "Catalog Age." Click the check box for "Use Catalog Age value." Enter 365.
  • Click on "Search for Images." This may take a few moments.
  • Put a check mark to select the images you want to enter.
  • When you are finished, click "Finished Marking Desired Images."
  • This brings up a page where you can edit the title. But for the End of Year Competitions, leave the title the same.
  • Click on "Save any changes and return to the original page."
  • To enter images into the next Category, click on "Return to Competition List," and repeat this process.

 


Special award competition

Entries submitted for this competition need not have been shown or accepted during the current competition year, and are eligible for future regular competitions. A member may enter only one image per Category.

Category

In honor of

Zoo / Aquarium (print only)

Richard I. Birchfield

Macro (projected only)

Millie Kelly

Travel

The Andersons

Originality

Grace Lanctoc

Design (patterns)

Florence Turner

Frost (and/ or)

Snow

Howard and Sadie Wilder

George Manwaring

Portrait

Photojournalism


 

Awards

The Annual Awards and Appreciation Banquet is held on the 3rd Tuesday in June of each year. This is often a banquet and social event. Winners of the End of Year and Special Award Competitions are announced, and other certificates and awards are presented.

Awards presented may include: 

  • Merit Award - Presented each time a member accumulates 5 Merit Points within a Division (Print) or Category (Projected.) Merit Points accumulate over the lifetime of the member. 
    • Print Division - one Merit Point is awarded to the maker of the image in each Category that receives 1st place and scores 39 points or above. There may be multiple 1st place winners, and all will receive one Merit Point.
    • Projected Division - one Merit Point is awarded to the makers of the images in each Category that receive 1st and 2nd place and score 39 or above. There may be multiple 1st and 2nd place winners, and all will receive one Merit Point.

 

  • Total Points Accumulated Award - Presented to members with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd highest total scores in each Category for the competition year. (Ties are possible.)

 

  • Highest Average Score Award - Presented to members with average scores of 39.0 and above during the competition year, to acknowledge their consistent achievement. (Ties are possible.)
    • In the Print Division, each member’s score is calculated by averaging their 10 highest scores across the Division as a whole. All of the Categories (Small Color, Large Color, Small Monochrome, and Large Monochrome) are included into one average.
    • In the Projected Division, each member’s score is calculated by averaging their 8 highest scores in each separate Category (Creative, Nature and Open.)

 

  • People’s Choice Award - Presented each time a member accumulates 5 People’s Choice Points within a Division (Print) or Category (Projected.) The People's Choice images are selected by the membership. After every Competition, members will be able to vote for their favorite image(s) in each Category. People’s Choice Points accumulate over the lifetime of the member. 

 

  • Distinguished Service Award - This award is presented on occasion to a member who has shown a long history of committed service to the club. Recipients of this award have been active members who have worked to improve the club in numerous ways such as by serving on the board, by being a commentator, by judging images, and/or by conducting workshops. The club could not function without these dedicated volunteers.

 


 

 

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