Competitions and exhibitions

Competitions

Competitions have two divisions, A Grade and B Grade. All new members start in B Grade but there may be exceptions if an accomplished photographer of known reputation joins us from another club. At the end of each year the committee decides which B Graders, if any, will be asked to join A Grade. The individuals concerned can elect to stay in B Grade if they prefer. Both grades are judged on the same night.

People applying for membership must have their membership application approved by the Management Committee (which meets at the end of each month) before they are able to compete.

Read more about competitions in the synopsis.

Competition Schedule

The CALENDAR lists all upcoming club meetings, activities and competition deadlines for the current year. For every competition it also provides a link to the image upload software.

Click here for a printable version of the 2019 program.

61st Annual Exhibition

Download Conditions of Entry here

The Annual Exhibition will be held at St George's Anglican Church, 43 St Bernards Rd, Magill, on Tuesday 3 December, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Judges, members, members family and friends and anyone interested in photography is welcome to attend. The entry donation is $5. Please arrive at 7:30 to allow time for viewing the images prior to the eight o’clock start.

Watching You © Aldo Trissi

Watching You © Aldo Trissi

Public exhibition

There will be an exhibition of members work in a public venue in the first part of each year. Details for 2019 to be advised.

Nitty-gritty details

Image preparation and upload

Click here to enter your images for competitions and the annual exhibition. 
Click how-to for upload instructions.
Click here for image sizing instructions for PDI.

Competition rules

  • Only full financial members may enter competitions. This excludes associate members.

  • Members must exhibit their own work.

  • Image manipulation is not permitted in nature, photojournalism or travel photography categories.

  • Image titles must be unique. Once titled an image must retain that title regardless of any future editing including cropping or conversion to black and white. 

  • Each print must be labelled on the back with the author's name, and a unique title. Each digital image must be entered via the upload system and the image title entered in the field provided. Note that the file name is not important.

  • The same or similar image may not be entered in more than one media on the same competition night.

  • An image may only be entered twice in competition.

  • If an image receives an Honour or Merit it is excluded from any further monthly competitions irrespective of section or media.

  • Honour and merit awards do not preclude entry of any image in the annual exhibition.

  • Aggregate annual scores for prints and projected digital images are assessed by counting all monthly scores for the annual total.

  • Set Subjects: A judge may reject entries as "out of category".

 About judging

Independent volunteer judges are invited to each competition. They are drawn from a panel of trained judges managed by the South Australian Photographic Federation (SAPF). As well as scoring the photos the judges offer subjective as well as objective opinions and provide constructive criticism of the works presented. In our competitions judges are not given the image titles. 

As a courtesy to the judges we ask members and visitors to refrain from making comments during the judging as it is a distraction.

The question is sometimes asked, "what does the judge like?" Perhaps the question should be turned around to be, "what qualities should the photo have that I am putting forward for judging?" This article has some relevant information on the qualities that need to be present in a well crafted photo.