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.

The League is also broken into three categories (or media types), which are, Colour Print, Monochrome Print and Digital Projected Image.

Prizes are awarded for each of the grades in each of the categories, however, there is only one Photographer of the Year award for each grade. This award is given to the photographer in each grade who has the best combined score across the three categories. Note that the actual scoring mechanism and how scores are combined across the categories can vary from season to season.

The details below are up to date for the 2017/1018 season.

Tom Conniffe - Surprise

Monochrome

The monochrome (traditionally called black and white) league permits print images that contain black, white or a single overall tone. Selective colouring of the image is not permitted.
The Monochrome League will run over 6 rounds, 5 of which occur during the regular season, and the club exhibition counting as the final (6th) round. Members are allowed to enter 2 images in each round.
Note that scores for the final (i.e. exhibition) round will count for double.
Please also see the section related to Themes below to understand how themes will work for this season's POTY competitions.

Colour

The colour print league permits print images in colour including selectively coloured monochrome images.
The Colour League will run over 6 rounds, 5 of which occur during the regular season, and the club exhibition counting as the final (6th) round. Members are allowed to enter 2 images in each round.
Note that scores for the final (i.e. exhibition) round will count for double.
Please also see the section related to Themes below to understand how themes will work for this season's POTY competitions.

Digital Projected Image (DPI)

The DPI league permits digital projected images in colour or monochrome.
The DPI League will run over 6 rounds, 5 of which occur during the regular season, and the club exhibition counting as the final (6<sup>th</sup>) round. Members are allowed to enter 2 images in each round.
Note that scores for the final (i.e. exhibition) round will count for double.
Please also see the section related to Themes below to understand how themes will work for this season's POTY competitions.

Competition themes

Turlough OReilly - Men At Work

This season, three of the league rounds will have an optional theme. Any photographer can choose to enter an additional image in the theme – the entry will be highlighted on the form. This means that a photographer entering a themed image, can enter 7 images ( with the best 6 scores counting for that league round). The themes are listed in the table opposite.

 

Round   1 Optional Theme: Shapes
Round   3 Optional Theme: Solitude
Round   5 Optional Theme: Texture

 

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 18 points normalised. Also, in this case the next normalised score will still be 17.
All entries after 10th 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 18
3rd 17
4th 16
5th 15
6th 14
7th 13
8th 12
9th 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 follows:
 

Monochrome League
Gold, Silver & Bronze medals
League of 6 rounds (including exhibition)
Colour League
Gold, Silver & Bronze medals
Digital Projected Image League
Gold, Silver & Bronze medals
Photographer of the year
Trophy + Gold medal
Best cumulative score across Mono, Colour, and DPI leagues.

 
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.