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Monthly Competition Results
Division 1, Division II, Creative/Altered Reality

2017 - Results and images:


2018- Results and images:

  • February - Song and Dance
  • March - Signs and Billboards
  • April - The Letter 'C'
  • May - Symmetry
  • June - Zoom/Blur
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

2015 - Results and images:

2016 - Results and images:

2014 - Results and images:

2013 - Results and images:

2012 - Results and images:

2011 - Results and images:

Catch up and view our Monthly Field Trip Slideshows here

Club Competition Rules 2017/18

Members entering competitions should read the PSQ Judge’s Manual so they are familiar with the judge’s requirements.

  • Images may NOT be resubmitted for judging in subsequent months.
  • All competition entries must be handed to the competition secretary BEFORE or ON the appropriate club meeting night. Late submissions will not be accepted.

There are three Sections: Division 1 Division 2 & Creative/Altered Reality

Division One is for more advanced exhibitors.

Division Two is for beginners and new members.

Creative/Altered Reality is a section where both Div 1 & 2 may enter.

Members in Div 2 who have accumulated 50 points or more in any one competition year will automatically move to Div 1.

Members in Div 1 who have not maintained at least 50 points in any one competition year will be moved to Div 2

New members who have joined from other clubs and wish to be included in Div 1, can submit a portfolio of 10 recent images for appraisal by the executive committee.

Div 1 members who have not been able to maintain a point score of 50, but who wish to remain in Div 1 and believe they have extenuating circumstances, may lodge an appeal with the committee by submitting for consideration, a portfolio of 5 images taken in the last 12 months


Set Subject – A list of set subjects are available here on the Website
Each exhibitor may enter up to three (3) images in their Division and three (3) images in Creative/Altered Reality.

An entry fee of $2 (for up to three entries) is applicable to both divisions

Image Submissions

Any images submitted:

  • Must have been taken photographically within the last 5 Years.
  • Images may not be resubmitted for judging.
  • Must be the work of the photographer – the one who clicks the button.
  • Must not use non–photographic elements such as graphics, text or clip art unless it is an integral part of a photographic image in the creative/experimental section.
  • No personal names or watermarking are to appear on any photographic entries.

Digital Images for Judging

  • All projected images must be Digital in jpg format

    Maximum 1920px (longest side) x 1280px

    Small Borders permitted
    igital images to be supplied on a CD or USB stick.
    Each file size must not exceed 3 MB per image.

    If submitting eg. Square image size is 1920 x 1920px maximum.

  • Panoramas will be acceptable 3:1 ratio during any monthly competition if the image warrants it.

Submit digital entries on a CD or USB stick to our Competition Secretary.
For projected Image entries your digital file must be named in the following manner:

    For Division 1 or Division 2 entries:
    Division Number_ Membership Number_ Name of Image

    For Creative/Altered Reality entries:
    eCreative_Membership Number_Name of Image


  • Div1_555_In the Park.jpg
  • Div2_555_In the Park.jpg
  • eCreative_555_In the Park.jpg

    and if entering in our Portfolios:
  • Jim Schmith_Portfolio4_In the Parkt.jpg

Printed Images:

  • For Print Competition:

    Maximum Print of A4 size or up to 12 x 8" Paper Size
    Small borders are permitted. Keep your print to A4 size.

  • Panoramas will be acceptable (2:1 ratio) during any monthly competition if the image warrants it.

    Label: on the back of the print:
  • Div1 or Div2 or eCreative
  • CPS Membership number
  • Image Title
  • Mark the Orientation of your image if required (as per sample below)


Monthly Competition Awards

  • Honour: "This is the highest possible award and indicates that the image is of an exceptionally high standard and is free of technical faults".

  • Merit: "An image that is above average standard. It will demonstrate competence on the part of the
    photographer without warranting a higher award".

  • Highly Commended: An image that is above average standard, but does not quite reach a merit award.

Any of the above awards are at the discretion of the Competition Judge/s and accrue points as follows:

  • Honour: 10 points
  • Merit: 6 points
  • Highly Commended: 3 points
  • Acceptances: 1 point

Annual Awards:

Annual Point Score Awards:
Running totals of all competition points awarded will be displayed at every monthly meeting.

"Champion Image of the Year Competition".
This is open to those members who have been awarded Honours within the current year. These members shall be asked to enter up to two of their Honours winning images for "Champion Image".
This competition will be adjudicated by an invited judge where First places in each Division will be decided.

Image of the Year are for images judged from the period between July to the following year June.
You may submit 2 honour entries at the August meeting for IMOY submission.

Results of the overall Annual Div1, Div2, Creative Winners and Champion Image of the Year Winner will be presented at the September General Clubnight Meeting.


Club and other Competition Definitions

When you enter our monthly competition or  any other competitions for that matter, there is always a subject chosen.  With the chosen subject there may be a definition placed on it. All photographs must fall within these guidelines to be eligible for judging.
However, where no definition has been provided competition entrants are encourage to give full rein to their personal artistic interpretation of the subject.

Straight HDR is accepted in Div1 & Div2 and is not classified as a Creative entry – unless further editing/addition/manipulation has been done to this image.

These are the suggested acceptable basic retouching editing practices:

  • Crop & Straighten – To clean up and correct any issues with composition.
  • White Balance – To correct any colour casts and ensure the image colour is as accurate as possible.
  • Exposure – To improve the overall tonality and dynamic range of the image.
  • Contrast & Clarity – To bring back any missing punch and bring out emphasis and detail.
  • Sharpening – Where necessary the last step is to apply selective sharpening to bring out any key details.
  • Dodge and Burn – not in excess Can be used to focus attention on the subject matter.
  • Clone and Content Aware Fill - not in excess but permissable to remove distracting elements.

A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category. On the other hand a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category.

Any subject that is treated pictorially, embodying the elements of good design, arrangement or composition, which reflects the personal interpretation of the photographer.

Extreme Close-up
Close-up photography is to move in closer than you normally would, to take a photograph of part of the whole, rather than the whole.
eg - if taking a picture of a facial portrait then a close-up would be the photo of the eye or ear etc.
Anything can be photographed close-up keeping in mind that photographic interest and composition still apply. Use of a wide angle can distort the image to provide a unique aspect or a telephoto lens can be used to zoom in much closer than normal.
Always ensure that the image is in focus by taking note of the minimum focusing distance of the lens/camera that you are using and note that depth of filed can be an issue. You should preferably be using a tripod and manual focus to ensure sharp imagery.

Animal/Plant Kingdom - This is our CPSinc definition in lieu of the FIAP Nature definition.
This category depicts living animals and plants.
Photographs of cultivated plants and animals that are domesticated, but no visible restrained, are acceptable.
Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces

The original image must have been taken by the photographer. Any manipulation or modification to the original image is limited to minor retouching of blemishes and must not alter the content of the original scene.

Story telling photographs such as are seen in the news media and periodicals, which may include documentary, contemporary life, illustrative, spot news or human interest. In the interest of credibility, contrived situations or photographic manipulations which alter the truth are not acceptable. The story telling value of the photograph shall be weighed more than the pictorial quality.

Photo Travel
A photograph that captures the feeling of a time and place, and portrays a land, a people or a culture in its natural state Photo Travel has no geographical limitations.

Ultra close-ups which lose their identity, studio type model pictures or obviously manipulated work do not qualify as Photo Travel and should not be submitted. Photo Travel is not limited to other lands or countries and may include pictures of domestic origin.

Creative or experimental photographs display a novel effect because of an unusual combination of objects and/or unusual viewpoint. Photographs in which the images have been modified during or after exposure by using an experimental technique are also eligible in Creative/Experimental sections.
The photograph must always have a basic photographic image. Digital manipulation processes may be employed providing the original photograph was exposed by the entrant. You may utilise mixed media, photographic manipulation, montage, paint, brushwork, other elements, scanning, textures, filters ... you are the artist.
Any photograph not accepted in this category eg is a monochrome photograph that has been partially toned or just colour has been added, nor is direct High Dynamic Range (HDR) without further adjustment.

A landscape is a photograph of natural scenery. It may include evidence of man, people, animals, even part of the sea provided that none of these elements dominate the photograph. A seascape is a photograph of natural coastal scenery, a wave study, or a picture of the open sea, provided always that the sea is the centre of interest of the photograph.
People, boats and man made structures may be present as incidental to the photograph.

CityScape (Townscape)
The urban equivalent of a landscape, a cityscape (or townscape) depicts the built form and shape of a city or town (or one of its parts) through general or broad views of buildings and/or streets through the use of composition and light.
Architectural detail images of one (or more) buildings are not considered cityscapes.

A photograph of a person or persons which may range from a head study to full body length. This section includes candid photographs and formal portraits.

Monthly Club Competition

Maximum of three (3) photos are to be handed in at the general meeting for the subject chosen of the month. The results of the judging/critiquing will be given at the following month.

When we use a local judge, he/she may be present at the meeting and will present a critique on a all or chosen number of the entries.

Remote judging's are usually in a projected presentation with comments to read out by a committee member. We do not have the time to give a critique on all entries every month.

  • View past Monthly Competition Results - here
  • View Member Galleries - here

More Useful Information

Photographer Rights & Model Release Information.

  • Supplied by local Law Firm. Privacy, Photography and the Creative Process - pdf document

  • Example of Pocket Model Release form. Four fit on A4 sheet. - Word Document

  • Rail enthusiast and amateur photography. Guidelines for accessing Queensland Rail Property
    Effective 1 September 2010 - pdf document

Copyright Definitions

  • A copyright can be licensed again and again.
    The creator retains ownership unless hired and paid to do the work.

  • Rights Managed (RM) Receive pay for:
    Clients can buy exclusive license
    May be used for usage:  advertising/promotion/editorial
    Pay for size and placement of usage - 1/4 page, inside or outside covers etc
    Distribution - Local, Regional, National or Inter National.
    Market Sector - Type of business/industry
    Duration of the usage of the work
    Degree of Protection or Exclusivity of your work.
    Stock Photography is RM usage.

  • Royalty Free (RF)
    License is broader and less expensive
    Fixed price based on file size used of the image
    Free to use with few restrictions.
    Micro-stock is a subset of RF usage.

  • Creative Commons (CC)
    Owner Retains copyright though licenses are offered free of charge.

  • For Attribution: 
    Others may copy distribute but must give credit to your work.

  • Non Commercial: 
    Free usage for non commercial usage.

  • Non Derivative:
    No changes allowed to your image nor incorporated with other works.

  • Share Alike:
    Distribute under License.  Identical to license that governs your work.


Club Outings

We have a ”buddy’ system for all new members attending their first outing with the club. If you would like to assist with this, please let us know at the next meeting.

A slide show is created from these outings. So please submit your best 10-20 photographs on a USB/CD, or Dropbox to Larry at the following club meeting. That way we can all enjoy each other's images.

Catch up and view our Monthly Field Trip Slideshows here

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