PDI and Print Competitions

Winners of competitions will be decided based upon a members total aggregate score. We would naturally wish to have a single outright winner thus avoiding the possibility of a shared trophy. Should this be necessary to achieve a result the “top-scoring” members in question will be asked to offer a tie-break image

Going into the final round, members that are contenders for the top spot will be required to nominate one of the images that they have ALREADY entered in that particular season’s competition as their tiebreaker. They could pick an image that got a 10 from a previous judge, or maybe gamble that last judge is going to really love their image from the last round, if they’ve saved best for last, and chose one of them as their tie-breaker instead!

For the PDI Competition they have to tell the PDI Secretary which tie-break image they have chosen when submitting their seasons last images, so that such an image can be retrieved and be readily available if it needs to be used.

For Print Competition, the tie-break image needs to be handed to the Print Competition Secretary along with their final images, or one of the final images nominated as such, the Tuesday before the final print competition as usual.

Should a tie occur the tie-break images will be offered up for the judge for he/her to choose their favourite. Such an image will attract one extra point which will be added to the aggregate total thus deciding the outright winner for the season.

Competition Entry Rules Checklist

Please note that entries to the main competitions are restricted to full members unless otherwise stated and that if joining from another club or organisation, previous competition images that are more than twelve months old shall not be offered up for a CPS competition. The term “Open” will mean any subject of your choice.

Print Competitions There will be three colour print and three monochrome print rounds. A maximum of two prints may be submitted for each round of both the colour and monochrome print competitions. The maximum number of entries for each competition over the season will therefore be six images in each competition.
Digital Competitions
Six rounds
PDI Competitions 1 to 4:
2 entries from Intermediate and 1 from Advanced in each competition.

PDI Competitions 5 & 6:
1 entry per Intermediate and 2 per Advanced in each competition.

Thus Intermediate members will now be entitled to enter a total of 10 images in the open competitions throughout a season and Advanced members a total of 8 images.
Essex Challenge Trophy - A Digital Competition open to all members An “Open” themed competition with a maximum of two images following standard PDI guidelines. All the Images must have been photographed in Essex
Digital Triptych Competition Maximum of two digital, inter-related Triptych images following standard PDI guidelines and the Club’s rules and advice document for format and style.
Three-on-a-Theme Maximum of two panel print entries. Each set presented as a panel of three inter-related images and individually mounted (three images on a single mount is not acceptable).
Image of the Year Competition A maximum of two entries per member can be entered, either 2 PDI’s, 2 prints or 1 of each. Entries must be selected from those images already entered into any competition (including “fun competitions”) in the current season. There are no restrictions on which category images can be entered into (i.e. an image previously shown as a print can be entered as a PDI for this competition or vice-versa).