X-Competition Rules

 

COMPETITON RULES
 

1. COMPETITION GROUPINGS (ADVANCED AND INTERMEDIATE/BEGINNERS)

2. GENERAL COMPETITION RULES

  2a. General Rules
  2b. Judgement by single external judge
  2c. Judgement by secret ballot
 
3. COMPETITION RELATED RULES ONLY
  3a. Monochrome competitions
  3b. Portfolio of the year competition
  3c. Photographer of the year competitions
  3d. Best of the Best Competition
  3e. Awarded Trophies

 


1. INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED GROUPS



Members are classed into two groups ‐ intermediate and advanced. Intermediate covers both beginners and intermediate members. 

Members will become advanced if they
have: an appropriate photographic distinction (for example LRPS, ARPS, FRPS, FIAP,
CPAGB, DPAGB, or MPAGB), won any of the POY leagues, won regional and or national
competitions, gained full or semi‐professional photography experience and/or personally decided to.
For assessment purposes the committee may ask a member to show some previous
work, like a portfolio or a website.
The committee may move a member to the advanced group at their discretion. Any
move to the advanced group can only take effect at the start of the WPS season.
Members can not demote back to the intermediate group once moved to the advanced
group.


2. GENERAL COMPETITION RULES



2a. General Rules
Entrants must be paid‐up WPS members.

Competitions have two member groups – advanced and intermediate/beginners. For
most of the competitions these groups are judged separately but on occasions such as
the monochrome competition, advanced and intermediate compete together.
A member can submit two printed and/or one digital image per competition.
 
Both your Digital Entry and your Print entries must be uploaded via this website to the
appropriate entry point so they can be recorded and projected on the competition evening.
All entries must be uploaded on or before Midnight the Thursday evening prior to the said competition.
Please ensure all digital files are no greater than 6Mb in size.
 
Mounted Prints.
When entering 2 prints, each print must be placed into separate piles: the first for “first
choice” and the second for “second choice”. When there are too many printed images
entered into a competition (at the discretion of the Internal Competition Secretary
and/or Chairman), the prints from the “second choice” pile will not be displayed.

An image entered as a print that is substantially the same as a digital image is
regarded, for the purpose of this rule, as the same image, and therefore can only be
entered in one category on a competition night.
An image, however sourced, from which the printed or digital images were derived,
must be the work of the submitting member.
In the case of composite images, all components must be the work of the submitting
member
An image entered must not have previously gained 1st place in any WPS competition
Members should not call out during the judging
The authors name must not appear on the front of an image or mount.


2b. Judgement by single external judge
All competition rounds will be judged by a single external judge unless mentioned
otherwise, . The external judge will award points out of 20 to all images submitted.
First, second, and third places will be awarded separately. The judge will be required to
separate ties for placings, though this will not affect points.


2c. Judgement by secret ballot
Each relevant voting member will be issued with a voting form and is required to put his
or her name on the form. They must put a cross against their own entry/entries, and
then award 3 points to the entry which, in their opinion, is the best, two points to the
next and one point to the third. The points will be accumulated by an adjudicator. Spoilt
or unclear voting slips will be disregarded. The winner, and, optionally, runners‐up, will be announced.


3. COMPETITION RELATED RULES ONLY



3a. Monochrome (Intermediate and Advanced together)

WPS Definition Monochrome image: An image displayed in black and/or white, or a
black and/or white image with a single tone applied to the WHOLE of the image. A
black & white image containing an additional colour or tone to just a part of the
image will be considered as a COLOUR image and may not be entered to this
competition. This competition takes place over three un‐themed rounds.

Each member can submit up to 2 prints per round – there are no digital submissions for
this competition. Each print is scored out of 20 by an external judge and points are
accumulated over the three rounds. A trophy will awarded to the overall winner at
the end of the year.


3b. Portfolio of the year (Advanced and Intermediate separate)
In this competition the intermediate and advanced groups will be judged separately
by secret member ballot in two rounds. In the 1st round, the advanced members will
judge the intermediate entries . In the 2nd round, the intermediate members will
judge the advanced entries. This competition is limited to mounted prints only. Portfolio entries
will consist of not less than three and not more than five prints. Trophies will be
awarded to the winning portfolios for both intermediate and advanced groups at the
end of the season.


3c. Photographer of the year (POY)
This competition takes place over six rounds, three themed rounds and three
un‐themed. For information about the themes, see the programme on the web or in
this handbook. In this competition the 'intermediate members' and the 'advanced
members' entries will be judged separately in the following four categories:

Advanced printed images
Advanced digital images
Intermediate printed images
Intermediate digital images

There are two components to the POY competition. The first is the POY (accumulator)
which is the summation of all the points awarded by the judges over the six rounds
throughout the year, split by print and digital. The second component is the
Overall POY (placed) which is a summation of the all the images (print and digital
together) that have been awarded a placement by the judge (i.e. either a first, second
or third place)


POY (Accumulator)‐ (Print and Digital, Advanced and Intermediate separate)
For this part of the competition the judge will award points out of 20 to all images
submitted. The judge will be required to separate ties for placings,though this will not
affect points. A member's points in each of the four categories will accumulate from all
but one round, dropping their lowest scoring round or absentee round. Trophies will be
awarded to all four winning categories.


Overall POY (Placed) (Advanced and Intermediate separate)
First, second, and third places in all six rounds will be awarded separately (3, 2 and 1 points respectively) in the Overall Photographer of the Year competition across both printed and digital images within each member group. Trophies will be awarded to both the intermediate and advanced overall (placed) winners.


Tie Breaker (POY (Accumulator) & Overall POY (Placed))
If there is a tie then the group member with the most first placings wins, if still tied, the most second placings will win, if still tied, the most third placings will win. If still tied, the winner will be the member with additionally the highest points accumulated in the POY (Accumulator) across printed and digital images. If there is still a tie, the award will be shared.

 

3d. Best of the Best
Best of the Best  (Intermediate and Advanced together)
For this competition entries will be taken from 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings of all six POY
rounds of the season The judge will determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings for the printed
and digital images separately. The digital images will be organised by the internal
competition secretary, the printed images need to be submitted by the relevant
members. Trophies will be awarded for both prints and digital winners.


3e. Awarded Trophies
The trophy winners will hold their trophies for one year. In the event of a tie, a trophy
will be held by each winner for an equal part of the year.

The list below is a summary of the awards :


INTERMEDIATE
POY Printed Image
POY Digital Image
Overall POY (Placed)
Portfolio of the Year


ADVANCED
POY Printed Image
POY Digital Image
Overall POY (Placed)
Portfolio of the year


ADVANCED and INTERMEDIATE together
Winner Monochrome Competition Printed Image
Winner of the Best of The Best Printed Image
Winner of the Best of The Best Digital Image

 

Our line-up of trophies ...

COMPETITION TROPHY
Photographer of the Year (Intermediate Overall winner)
The Halls Trophy
Photographer of the Year (Intermediate in Prints) The Derek Reay Cup
Photographer of the Year (Intermediate in Digital images) The Thomas Trophy
Photographer of the Year (Advanced Overall winner) The Mike McDonald Trophy
Photographer of the Year (Advanced in Prints) The Mike Morris Cup
Photographer of the Year (Advanced in Digital images) The Alan Cross Cup
 
Portfolio of the Year (Advanced) The Geoff Redmayne Shield
Portfolio of the Year (Intermediate)

The Gill Aspel Trophy

Best of the Best Print Competition The Harold Cox Cup for Prints
Best of the Best Digital Competition The Steve Kirk Cup for Slides
 
(ALL CLASSES) Annual Monochrome Competition The Aston Shield