KPS runs a simultaneous pair of image competitions every month. A 'set subject' or themed competition and an 'open' or (almost) no holds barred competition. There are sections for Novice prints, Open prints, EDPI (Electronic Digital Projected Images) and Slides. The competitions are judged generally by an experienced, completely impartial, appropriately qualified and usually external, person - hereinafter called - The Judge.
Monochrome, toned and colour images are eligible in every category, unless the competition is specifically for monochrome images only. All images are eligible - film or digital based, machine, home darkroom processed or inkjet printed.
Members hand in their entries for the month's competition at the 1st meeting of the month (2nd Wed). Presentation of The Judge adjudications and merit awards is at the 2nd meeting of the month (4th Wed).
The works entered into a competition are reviewed off-site by the selected judge, usually a week or so prior and the adjudications presented at the second meeting of the month. Judges are sufficiently skilled in their ability to assess photographs and members use these competitions to get constructive critique of their efforts from more experienced and qualified people. Merit certificates are awarded and presented to the winners-n-grinners on 'judging night' and all images that gain merit awards at monthly competitions during the year are eligible for entry into the 'Image of the Year' competition, held on our last meeting for the year in December. The competitions are designed to help member’s improve their techniques by exposing their work to experienced photographers. The competitions are designed as and are a major part of, a critique, a device from which to gain information and knowledge to aid in the progression towards betterment. The competitions are not run or entered into purely for the sake of 'winning'.
View our competition rules.
In an effort to avoid a genuine novice worker feeling intimidated by others with more (and obvious) expertise, KPS provides a specific Novice division.
Some members enter individual or collective works into a variety of state (Victorian and other states), National and even International competitions.
KPS holds an annual interclub competition in July - the "Black and White Interclub". In reality it is a 'monochrome' competition, not strictly black and white, so single-toned images are eligible. Other clubs are invited to participate and typically, 6 to 8 clubs agree to participate each year. This is a very popular event and the invitation list changes each year. KPS also competes in other interclub events run by various other photographic clubs and societies.
The Victorian Association of Photographic Societies, of which KPS is an affiliated member, holds an annual Interclub competition in June. Clubs throughout Victoria submit a selection of works for judging, with the high scorers being displayed in exhibition at the annual Convention. Aggregate scores rank the individual clubs and a range of prizes are awarded. The top images from this competition are then entered into an interstate competition, coordinated by the Australian Photographic Society. For more information, check the V.A.P.S. website.
Although KPS does not currently have a competition for Audio Visuals there are several members who are active in this area competing in VAPS, National and International competitions. Contact the committee if this area interests you.
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