The club season includes three main internal competitions for monochrome prints, colour prints, and projected digital images. Each competition event is adjudicated by an external judge, and points (out of 10) are awarded within each category, which accumulate towards a final score to decide the overall winner of the class. Each competition class has 3 rounds per season, in which members may usually submit up to 2 entries, each counting towards the final score.
We have two classes of entry that form the basis of our multi-round competitions. These are now divided into:
- Club Class – general class open to all members
- Advanced Class – members who have come 1st or 2nd in the equivalent Club class competition in a prior year, or who have demonstrated a suitable quality of submissions (possibly at another club) as judged by the TPS Committee.
In addition we host several one-off competitions each year, based on specific set themes or subjects. All competition winners are given ownership of the competition award medal or cup, usually presented at our annual end-of-year dinner.
The following documents give more details of the competition requirements:
- Submissions Guidelines – how to enter a competition
- Using PhotoEntry – how to submit your PDIs using PhotoEntry
- Competitions Overview – an overview of all competitions and their entry requirements
- TPS Handbook – the club handbook (v2.1, updated Sept14), containing full details of the requirements for each competition
- Digital Guidelines – guidelines for preparation and submission of digital images for projection
- Natural History Guidelines – rules for submissions to a Natural History competition
- Alec Braid Guidelines – submission requirements for the 3-image print & PDI panel competitions
- Creative Photography Guidelines – rules for eligible images in our Creative Photography competition
- Match-a-PDI Contest Guidelines – rules for creating a submission for a Match-a-PDI Contest
The society also competes in friendly, external competitions with other local clubs and in the Surrey Photographic Association’s Inter-Club Competitions.