Competitions play an important role in photographic societies and they can be a great way to improve your photographic skills by learning from an external judge's comments on the images presented.
Each year, a number of competitions for prints, projected digital images (PDIs) are held at AWPS. Entry into the competitions is entirely voluntary.
Inter-club competitions with neighbouring South London clubs (FSLPS) are held for colour prints, monochrome prints and PDIs and our panels are usually chosen from images seen in the previous year. We also enter competitions organised by the The Kent County Photographic Association (KCPA) (See below for details).
AWPS Club Competitions
Each season, competitions are held for prints and for PDIs (Projected Digital Images). All entries in these competitions are commented on and marked out of 10 by an external judge. Please see our programme for details and dates of these competitions.
RULES AND RESOURCES
The detailed rules for AWPS competitions can be found here. They include rules for our main club competitions:
- The Aperture Trophy - Prints competition in 4 rounds
- The Bob Forshaw PDI (aka 'The Bob') - Projected Digital Images in 4 rounds
- The Panel of 3 - three PRINTS on a related theme
- Taken on a Mobile - PDI competition. All images must have been taken and edited on a smartphone or tablet.
The following resources may be useful:
Preparing Images for Projection: Here are some notes on how to prepare images for PDI competitions.
Uploading images for competitions: Here's our guide to using our online competition software PhotoEntry.
For the season's series of print and PDI competitions there are 2 groups: A (Advanced) and B (Beginners, Intermediate). Guest Judges will comment and feedback on work from both groups with the advanced class usually marked more stringently.
Members choose their group at the beginning of the season. New Members, especially those new to photography would normally choose the B Group, more experienced photographers and those wishing a greater challenge would choose the A Group.
At the end of each season, prizes are awarded to the winners of the club competitions and Certificates of Merit are awarded to the runners-up. These are:
- The Mike King Cup – for the highest aggregated score in the A Group
- The AWPS Plate – for the highest aggregated score in the B Group
- The Bob Forshaw PDI (aka 'The Bob') – for the highest score over 4 rounds in A Group (Big Bob) and for the the highest score over 4 rounds in the B Group (Little Bob)
- The Aperture Trophy – for the the highest score over 4 rounds in A Group (Gold Trophy) and for the the highest score over 4 rounds in the B Group (Silver Trophy)
- The Panel of 3 - Best image set chosen by a guest judge
- Taken on a Mobile - Best image chosen by a guest judge (Prizes for best in B Group and A Group)
- The Print of The Year – Best print chosen by a guest judge on our Finals Night
- PDI of The Year – Best Projected Digital Image chosen by a guest judge Finals Night.
The Federation of South London Photographic Societies (FSLPS or SLF) is made up of 14 neighbouring clubs. Each year they organise inter-club colour print, monochrome print and PDI competitions and groups of 4-6 clubs battle out the heats during the season. Usually, some of these heats are held at AWPS giving us an opportunity to enjoy a wide range of work from other clubs. During these inter-club competitions, some of the best individual images are awarded Certificates of Merit in recognition. In April, the finals of these heats are held (FSLPS Finals Day). There are also competitions at Finals Day for certificated images, as well as several open competitions for club members to enter.
The Kent County Photographic Association (KCPA) is a group of around 46 clubs. It organises inter-club print competitions (Ross Cup - Prints, Diamond Jubilee - PDIs) each year, an Audio Visual competition and an Annual Exhibition (April to June each year). In 2014 AWPS won the Ross Cup and went on to represent the KCPA in the PAGB UK Inter Club Print Championships.
In addition, we take part in a friendly competition each year: The Meinertzhagen Shield - a prints competition between AWPS, Bexleyheath PS and Dartford PS.
The photographer retains copyright for all entries.