1. All competitions except the A/V competition have categories for Prints and Projected Images.
     

  2. PROJECTED IMAGES must be submitted in digital format as a JPEG file not exceeding 1920
    pixels in width x 1080 pixels in height, on memory stick or CD containing the current competition entry only.
     

  3. PRINTS must be mounted. The mount must not exceed 500 x 400mm in size and the thickness of the mount and backing must not exceed 3mm.
     

  4. PRINTS must be accompanied by a JPEG copy to enable your work to be selected for external competitions that the club may enter from time to time. They should be resized to the dimensions above for projected images and be submitted separately from your entry to the Projected Images competition. Please keep your print and the file that it was printed from in case these are requested at a later date.
     

  5. ALL ENTRIES must be clearly marked with the image title and your club number. In the case of digital images this should form the file name and MUST be written thus:         title - XXX, where XXX is replaced by your three digit member number and a space between the title and the hyphen and the hyphen and number. E.g. Waterfall – 001.jpg
     

  6. There is no limit on the age of the image.
     

  7. Images must be photographed and edited by the member. Members are permitted to have their prints produced for them by others, but no material alteration to the image by anyone other than the member is allowed.

      

League Competitions

  1. There are seven competitions comprising the annual League, these are three Open competitions and the Landscape, Nature, Portrait, and Monochrome competitions.  
     

  2. Members may enter up to four images in each category. The members two highest scores from each of the seven competitions will count to the award of the league trophies.
     

  3. No image may be submitted to any league competition that has previously been entered into a league competition.  If an image has previously been entered as a print/digital it may not subsequently be entered in the alternate category.  For the avoidance of doubt, images which are so similar as to be virtually indistinguishable from previous entries are ineligible.  This includes colour/monochrome conversion, manipulation where the image is still recognisable, and similar images from an automated or burst sequence.  If in doubt consult the Competitions Secretary, whose decision is final.
     

  4. See the definitions below regarding what constitutes a Nature, Landscape, or Monochrome image.
     

  5. There is a League Trophy for the print section, and another for projected images. 

     

Stand Alone Competitions

  1. In addition to inclusion in the League the Natural History, Landscape, Monochrome and Portrait competitions all merit an individual Trophy.  This is awarded to the winning image overall from both the print and digital categories of the competition.

       

SPF Trophy

  1. For Prints.  Qualifying prints are those entered into the SPF Print Championship, and SPF Portfolio as either individual entries or as part of a club entry.  A Trophy shall be awarded to the member who accumulates the greatest points total with their six highest scoring images across the qualifying competitions as scored by the SPF Judges. In the event of a draw the author's next highest score will be used as a tie breaker until a winner is declared. An independent adjudicator will be used if there is still a tie after all of the author's images have been considered.
     

  2. For Digital Images.   Qualifying images are those entered into the digital section of the SPF Portfolio only.  A Trophy shall be awarded to the member who accumulates the greatest points total with their three highest scoring images as scored by the SPF Judges. In the event of a draw the author's next highest score will be used as a tie breaker until a winner is declared. An independent adjudicator will be used if there is still a tie after all of the author's images have been considered.

       

Print of the Year and Digital Image of the Year

       A winner will be selected from all of the prints achieving first, second, or third place in each of             the League competitions and a trophy will be awarded.  The same will apply to digital images             achieving first, second, or third places in each of the digital League competitions.

ALL ENTRIES MUST be with the Competition Secretary by the due date which is usually TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE COMPETITION (check the syllabus). Late entries will not be accepted, no exceptions.

DEFINITIONS

Natural History

NATURAL HISTORY PHOTOGRAPHY is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Colour images can be converted to greyscale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.

 

Images used in Nature Photography competitions may be divided in two classes: Nature and Wildlife. Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food. Images entered in Wildlife sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species. Wildlife images may be entered in Nature sections of Exhibitions.

Monochrome

 A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category; such a work can be reproduced in black and white in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP Patronage. On the other hand a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category; such a work requires colour reproduction in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP Patronage

Landscape

Landscapes, Seascapes, Cityscapes.

General Rules