The 2009-2010 Digital Competition season will consist of
SEVEN open regular digital competitions that contribute to
the annual awards score, and THREE special competitions (nature,
creative, landscape). Ribbons will be awarded for the three
special competitions, however, the ribbons will not be scored
and will not contribute to the annual awards.
Competitions are open to all PAID members.
Dues must be paid in full by October 1. After the September competition, non-paid members cannot compete until their dues have been paid.
There are three classes: B for Beginner; A for Advanced; and AA for Masters. If you are not sure which class to enter, see Which Class to Enter below. You must finish the season in the same class you first enter. The Competition Chair reserves the right to adjust the number of classes, based on club membership and competition participation.
Which Class to Enter
If you're new to BWPS and don't know which class to enter, just talk to Steve Iadarola, Competition Chair. If your work is not known, you may be asked to submit some of your recent images so you can be placed in the class that you'll be most comfortable for the season. You must finish the year in that same class. At the end of the year, the top finisher in each class will move to the next class (B to A, A to AA) for the next competition season. The Competition Chair may also ask members to switch classes if the number of competitors in each class becomes unbalanced.
Number of Images
Members can submit up to THREE digital images in each competition.
Your image must be no wider than 1400 pixels and no taller than 1050 pixels. Your image must be in .jpg (JPEG) format. You can save your image at Maximum JPEG Image Quality (setting of 12 in Photoshop). For anyone (from expert to beginner) who needs help to resize your images for BWPS digital competitions, here's a handy guide.
How to Title Your Image Files
Please see How To Submit Entries
for information on preparing your images for submission to a
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How to Submit Entries
In order for your images to be included in a digital competition,
your images must be submitted using the BWPS Image Upload Page
located here: Image Upload
1. Make sure your images are properly sized as described in
2. Name your three files with just the TITLE of the image.
NOTE: Your image name should NOT contain any spaces
or special characters (*&^%$#? etc...)
For example: If the image is titled "Death Valley Sand
Dunes at Sunrise", the image should be saved as deathvalleysanddunesatsunrise.jpg
3. Open the Image
4. Enter your email address that you use to receive BWPS email
notifications with in the EMAIL field.
5. Click the BROWSE button for IMAGE 1, navigate to the location
that you saved your first image, select your first image and
click the OPEN.
6. Repeat Step 5 for IMAGE 2 and IMAGE 3.
7. Click the UPLOAD button.
You should be taken to a page with a confirmation message acknowledging
your submissions. If you receive any errors or warnings, you
may resubmit the images after fixing the identified problem.
If you have any issues, you can contact the competition co-chairs,
Marienne Dent or Bob
Paysnick, for help.
Deadline for Submission
Images must be RECEIVED ON or BEFORE the deadline date, which is the Sunday prior to each digital competition. Please check the Calendar for the exact dates. Images received after the entry date are not guaranteed to be included in that competition. If you miss the deadline, you may still email your entries, and we will make our best effort to include them in the competition. You may also bring the images on a CD to the competition and we will hopefully be able to enter them, but we cannot guarantee it. Reasons they may not make it include the competition has already begun, the CD is unreadable, etc.
Note: You should receive an email reply confirming receipt of emailed images. If you do not receive a reply, contact the competition chair to make sure your images were received.
There are no make-ups allowed. All members must have their images into the competition chair by the deadline date which is the Sunday before the competition. Please check the Calendar for all of the deadline dates for each competition.
- The photograph(s) and all manipulation must be the work
of the member submitting the image.
- Any image that wins a ribbon in BWPS digital competition
can NOT be entered: THIS YEAR in any other BWPS competition;
and ANY SUBSEQUENT YEARS in BWPS digital competitions.
- Ribbon-winning images from previous season BWPS slide competitions
CAN be converted to digital images and submitted in BWPS digital
competitions this season.
- NEAR DUPLICATES. You can NOT enter a near-duplicate of a
ribbon-winning image from last year's BWPS digital competitions,
OR this season's BWPS digital or slide competitions. What
is a near-duplicate image? Basically, near duplicates are
images of the same subjects, from the same angle, at the same
time of day or same lighting. Vertical and horizontal formats
of the same image, same angle, same lighting are also near
duplicates. If you submit a near-duplicate image, the image
will be disqualified and you will not be allowed to make up
that missing image. If you have ANY DOUBT whether an image
is a near duplicate, show the image to the Competition Chair.
- The Competition Chair's judgment is the FINAL WORD regarding
Digital competitions will be judged by the In/Out system. For each class, the judge will reduce the total number of images by one half by declaring In or Out after the judge's comments on each image. Then, the judge will award blue or red ribbons to each of the remaining images.
Blue ribbons will be awarded to images that demonstrate manifestly superior work; red ribbons will be awarded to the remainder of the images that are not eliminated.
For the purposes of cumulative season scoring, each image submitted into a competition will receive 1 point. Additionally, each image that is awarded a red ribbon will receive 1 additional point, while each image that is awarded a blue ribbon will receive 2 additional points.
Image of the Year Competition
All ribbon-winning images from the season are eligible for entry in the Digital Image of the Year Competition held towards the end of the season (see the Calendar for the competition date). Entries will be made for you automatically with the ribbon winning images from throughout the year.