Club League and POTY

League Competitions

(Photographer of the Year (POTY))

Niall Whelan - Tulip Study

League and Photographer of the Year Overview

The League is a graded competition with a separate competition for each of the Novice, Intermediate and Advanced grades.

Please see the specific details of the league rules for Novice, Intermediate and Advanced below as the league will run slightly different for each grade.

These details up to date for the 2018/1019 season.

The Novice League

This season all entries for the Novice league will be Digital Projected Images (DPI) and there will be three categories:

  • Colour
  • Monochrome
  • Themed (see below for the themes)

There will be six rounds in the league.

For each round of the league, each novice member will be entitled to enter up to three images - One Colour image, one Monochrome image and one Themed image.

There will be Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in each of the categories.

Your score in each category will be the sum of your best five images in that category.

The score for the POTY is the best combined score across the three categories, and the Novice Photographer of the Year will receive a trophy and a gold medal.
All entries must be submitted by email, following the instructions here. Any images submitted that do not follow the instructions may be disqualified from that round of the league.

The Intermediate League

This season the Intermediate League is broken into the usual three categories (or media types), which are:

  • Colour Print
  • Monochrome Print
  • Digital Projected Image

There will be six rounds in the league.

For each round of the league, each intermediate member will be entitled to enter four images:

  • One Colour Print (open)
  • One Monochrome Print (open)
  • One Digital Projected Image (open)
  • One Themed Image (the media type for the themed image will vary month by month).

Regarding the themed images, there will be six themed images over the course of the league, two for each media types. The themed entry will cycle between colour print, monochrome print and digital projected images as the league progresses.

On the judging nights the themed entries will be judges separately. However, the themed images will count towards the category in which they have been entered in that particular month.
This means that across each category there will be eight images in total.

There will be Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in each of the categories.

Your score in each category will be the sum of your best six scoring images in that category.
The score for the POTY is the best combined score across the three categories, and the Intermediate Photographer of the year will receive a trophy and a gold medal.

All entries must be submitted following the instructions here. Any images submitted that do not follow the instructions may be disqualified from that round of the league.

The Advanced League

This season all entries for the Novice league will be Printed Images and there will be two categories:

  • Colour Print
  • Monochrome Print

There will be six rounds in the league.

For each round of the league, each advanced member will be entitled to enter up to two Colour Print images and two Monochrome print images.

There will be Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in each of the categories.

Your score in each category will be the sum of your best ten images in that category.

The score for the POTY is the best combined score across the two categories, and the Advanced Photographer of the Year will receive a trophy and a gold medal.
All entries must be submitted following the instructions here. Any images submitted that do not follow the instructions may be disqualified from that round of the league.

Competition themes

Turlough OReilly - Men At Work

This season, there will be themes for the Novice and Intermediate leagues, one themed image per round. The themes are listed in the table opposite.

Round Theme Media type for Intermediate
1 Opposites Colour Print
2 Mans best friend Monochrome Print
3 Silhouette Digital Projected Image
4 Reflections Colour Print
5 Stormy Weather Monochrome Print
6 New Beginnings Digital Projected Image

 

Scoring for the League

Michael Linehan - Diving Gull

On each competition judging night the judge will award marks out of 50. For the purposes of scoring the league, points will be allocated based on the placing of each entry in that month’s competition. This is done according to the adjoining table (a process referred to as Normalisation).

Internal league points (normalised) will be allocated on the placing of each entry.
Joint placing will be allowed from 2nd place down. E.g. if two images are placed 2nd then both will get 19 points normalised. Also, in this case the next normalised score will still be 18.

All entries after 11th place will be awarded 10 points normalised.

Results will be published by the Competition Secretary.

Placing based on Judges score Normalised Score
1st 20
2nd 19
3rd 18
4th 17
5th 16
6th 15
7th 14
8th 13
9th 12
10th 11
All other 10

League Awards

Gerry Kerr - Hoi An lady

Trophies and medals are awarded in each of the ‘Novice’, ‘Intermediate’ & ‘Advanced’ grades as outlined above.
In each of the leagues: Where no more than four people compete, medals will only be awarded to 1st and 2nd place and a certificate for third.
Where no more than three people compete, a medal will be awarded to first place and a certificate for the other places.
It is deemed unlikely that this situation will arise very often as most members in each grade enter at least one league competition, they may then “drop out” for various reasons but they have competed in the league.