( Effective July 1, 2015 )
Here is a basic guideline to assist you
Competitions are open to current LPA members in good standing. A new member may select the level they wish to start in (default is novice), or voluntarily move to a higher level, with the concurrence of the Competition Chairperson.
All entries, digital and prints, must be entered one week prior to competition night, before midnight. No late entries will be accepted.
Enter at http://www.lpaphotography.org/photocomp/. Prints entries need a jpg file for projection. Entry fee $5.00 for each member for each competition.
There is a maximum of three entries per member per competition. This will include digital and prints. Example: 3 digital or 3 prints or any combination.
An image that has won a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or Excellence Award (EA) in any past LPA competition may not be re-entered. Honorable Mentions (HM's) may be re-entered, other than in the original class it won the HM in, but not in the same year. New work is encouraged.
The Competition Chair will update the Member Skill Levels list when new members join or member levels are changed.
All digital entries will be judged at the level in which they are entered (exception – One Entrant Provision) and all print entries will be judged together. Judges will be selected by the Competition Chairperson prior to the competition. The issuing of award ribbons will be left to the discretion of the judge. Awards will not be given if the judge does not feel there is merit. The decisions of the judges will be final.
When a competitor wins two first-place ribbons in the Digital division at the same level, they will be moved by the competition chairperson to the next higher skill level for the next competition year. When a competitor wins 3 EAs in the Print division, must be from three different competition, they will be moved by the competition chairperson to the next higher skill level for the next competition year. Note: If a competitor wins both in the Digital division and in the Print division, they would need one Digital division first-place ribbon and a total of two Print division EA ribbons, won over two different Print competitions, to be advanced.
End of Year Skill Level Advancements:
For this purpose, only regular LPA competitions are considered. Blue ribbons (1st place) or EA ribbons won in other competitions, including the LPA's “End of the Year” competition and the AV Fair, do not count.
Moving up to next skill level is “mandatory” only once a year. You can choose to move up to the next skill level at any time with the concurrence of the Competition Chairperson.
An “End of the Year” competition will be conducted annually at the June meeting. The judging method for this competition will be decided by the Competition Chairperson. Both judged awards and Members' Choice awards may be given in each level and division. The Competition Chairperson will determine the awards for this competition (e.g. trophies, mementos, and/or ribbons).
Only EA’s will be included in the “End of the Year” competition.
The Winners List is maintained at http://www.lpaphotography.org/photocomp/index.php?view=winners
There will be no ties for “End of the Year” trophies or awards. Any ties at the “End of the Year” competition will be broken by a run-off vote. A member may win at only one skill level, but in more than one division (print & digital) in the “End of the Year” competition. If a person has won first-place blue ribbons or excellence awards in more than one skill level, he or she will compete in the higher skill level for the end-of-the-year trophy or award. For example, if a member won a blue ribbon in the novice skill level and voluntarily moved up midyear to amateur and did not win any more blue ribbons, that blue ribbon photo would compete at the novice level in the “Year End” competition. If the person also won a blue ribbon at the amateur skill level, only the amateur blue ribbon photograph would be eligible for the “End of the Year” competition. His or her blue ribbon photographs won at the lower level would not be eligible for this competition.
Note: The skill level the photo was entered in is the skill level the photo stays in, regardless of the skill level of the photographer for the year end competition.
When there is only one entrant in a digital division, there is not much of a contest. For digital competitions in the Novice, Amateur, and Advanced Amateur skill levels, when there is only one entrant, although he/she may have 3 photographs, the following process will be followed.
Example: For the end-of-year competition, a first-place photo will compete at the skill level it was entered, regardless of the skill level at which it won. For example, a novice member’s photograph that wins an amateur blue ribbon, due to the one entrant provision, would compete for the end-of-year award at the novice skill level. If that novice member moves up to amateur at midyear, and does not win any amateur blue ribbons after he or she moves up, then his or her photograph that won an amateur blue ribbon due to the one entrant provision would compete for the end-of-year award at the novice skill level. If that novice member who moved up at midyear subsequently wins an amateur blue ribbon, then the blue ribbon photo that was entered at the novice skill level but won at the amateur skill level would not be eligible for the end-of-year competition.
The following are the digital file requirements:
Recommendations for optimum viewing
Note: All entries, whether in vertical or horizontal format, will be viewed to fit the display monitor. As such, entries presented in the horizontal format will show up larger on the screen.
The following are the print requirements:
Categories and Judging:
If an entrant moves up from Intermediate to Master during the competition year, then for end of the year judging, all entries will be re-scored on the Master criteria for inclusion in the Master “Year End” competition. If an entrant moves down during the year then he or she must stay at that skill level until he or she re-qualifies for advancement. For the purposes of advancement, when a competitor wins two first-place ribbons in the Digital division at the same skill level, they will be moved by the competition chairperson to the next higher skill level for the next competition year. When a competitor wins 3 EAs in the Print division, must be from three different competition, they will be moved by the competition chairperson to the next higher skill level for the next competition year. Note: If a competitor wins both in the Digital division and in the Print division, they would need one Digital division first-place ribbon and a total of two Print division EA ribbons, won over two different Print competitions, to be advanced. Print Scoring criteria:
By virtue of submitting this entry, the entrant certifies that the work is entirely his/her own and permits LPA to reproduce all or part of the entered images free of charge for publication and/or display in media related to the LPA, S4C and PSA Competitions. This will include for example: presentation in the end of year S4C Banquet Program should any of the images be selected for this Program; submission to the PSA Council Challenge should an image be selected for this purpose; and low resolution posting on an S4C website. The entrant further understands that S4C assumes no liability for any misuse of copyright. The entrant further represents that to the best of his/her understanding the entry complies with all S4C requirements for entry (http://www.s4c-photo.org/enter-competitions).
For Interclub entries, the submitter is affirming that s/he has permission of the creator of each image used in the submission to use the creator's image and that the creator agrees with the above.