Competition Rules

Competition Rules, Divisions & Awards

Print Divisions

  • Monochrome - Any subject (No accent color)
  • Color - Any subject
  • Nature - See Nature Rules
  • Photojournalism (PJ) - See PJ Rules
  • Print must not exceed 16"x20" for advanced classes or 8"x12" for beginning classes

Projected Image Divisions

  • Monochrome - Any subject (No accent color)
  • Color - Any subject, any technique
  • Nature - See Nature Rules
  • Photojournalism (PJ) - See PJ Rules
  • Altered Reality - Images of any subject that have been obviously manipulated
  • Images must not exceed 1400px wide X 1050px high

Classes

Class A -- Advanced, professional photographers, and PSA Star Exhibitors compete in this class.

Class B -- Is for beginners, new members, and those who compete less often.

Competition Classes -- A member, by notifying the Board, may move up to a higher Competition Class. A member may also request reclassification by the Board to move to a lower Class. Members will be notified at the beginning of the Club year if the Board feels they should move to a higher Class for the next year's competition. The Executive Board will resolve any disputes regarding classifications.

Competition

Prints: Any member may submit a maximum of two prints in any competition Division. A member cannot enter Class A and Class B in the same Division

Projected Images: Any member may submit a maximum of two digital images in any competition Division. A member cannot enter Class A and Class B in the same Division.

Competition Nights

Print Competition and Digital Competition is usually the first meeting of each month - Check Calendar here.

All entries must be submitted before midnight the previous Sunday to the Competition.


In all Divisions there are a total number of ten (10) competition nights. The maximum competition nights allowed a member can enter, and not loose points, is eight (8). If eight (8) nights are exceeded, the penalty is the loss of the highest point score for a previous entered competition. The Minimum nights reqiored to enter to be eligible for year end awards is three (3).

General Rules

  • No member shall be eligible to enter any competition judged by a member of his or her immediate family.
  • If a member judges twice in a specific competition in the current club year, that member will be permitted to enter a double entry in the same division judged on another competition night. The member will let the Competition Chairman know they are entering a double entry.
  • Any Print or Projected Image entered in club competition may be re-entered one time, if the entry placed lower than 3rd place. The member will let the Competition Chairman know they are entering a previously entered entry.
  • Projected Images previously entered and placed in previous competition divisions: Color and Monochrome Projected. may not be entered in the new competition divisions: Open Color and/or Open Monochrome.
  • Monochrome images shall not contain an accent color. An image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no color (i.e. contains only shades of grey which can include pure black and pure white) OR it gives the impression of being a greyscale image that has been toned in one color across the entire image. (For example, by Sepia, red, gold, etc.) A greyscale or multi-colored image modified or giving the impression of having been modified by partial toning, multi toning or by the inclusion of spot coloring does not meet the definition of monochrome and shall be classified as a Color Work.
  • Image Titles Each different image you enter in the club competition must have a unique title. A projected image and a print of the same image must have the same title. A color version of a data capture and a monochrome version of the same data capture club are considered to be the same image and both versions must be given the same title. (Note: Titles such as “Utah landscape” and “Utah landscape BW” are NOT the same – both versions of that image should be called “Utah landscape”.
  • Nature and Photojournalism are considered separate divisions. Any print or digital image that has been entered in Nature or Photojournalism competition may also be entered in Pictorial competition and vice versa. NOTE the naming convention above.
  • All Images entered during the club year are eligible for entry in the End of the Year Competition in the same division as entered, regardless of how the images placed.

Points:

The following points apply to all competitions in Prints and Projected Images. Competitors with the highest points for the year in each class of competition, will receive an appropriate award. Same scores given by the judges will be considered ties and each will receive the same number of points.Points earned in one class may not be transferred to another class.

Prints or Digital Images given the same score by the judges will be considered ties and each will receive the same number of points. Points earned in one class may not be transferred to another class.

Judges:

Judges will be selected by the Second Vice President. Each member is expected to judge two or more times during the year and is encouraged to find a replacement if unable to judge. If a member judges twice in a club year in the same Division (Print or Digital), the judge is eligible to enter a double entry in competition in the same Division.

Resolution of Disputes:

All questions about the interpretation and application of these rules may be deferred to the Executive Board by the Competition Committees or by an individual member.