Delaware Photographic Society
Standards for Classification & Promotion

The Delaware Photographic Society (DPS) holds competitions to encourage club members to show and improve their photographic work. There are competitions for projected images and prints. In order that members compete with others of similar abilities, images are submitted in three competition categories. Class B is for members who are new to competitions or are less proficient in preparing images. Class A is for members who are more experienced and more proficient. Salon Class is for members who have demonstrated high skill in image making. The following Standards have been established for assignment to each class.

All new members will enter competition in class “B” with these exceptions:

The member wishes to enter in “A” and has a portfolio for review with 10 or more images. This is normally done prior to the first month of the competition year. However, if a person is assigned to class "B" after joining mid-season, they may be allowed to be reclassified for the next season if they show exceptional results in competition and submit a portfolio for review prior to the next season’s competition.

A portfolio can be prints or digital images. Digital images must be presented on high resolution devices of at least 8” diameter, no phones, or presented on a flash drive for review on club computers.

Two or more members of the Standards Committee must agree with the placement. If two active members are not in agreement, a third member would make the decision. If no third member is available, any past committee member can be recruited.

The Salon category is restricted to those who have shown success in DPS monthly competition. Promotion is based solely on DPS monthly competition.  (No exceptions)

Promotion will be based on two factors:

The person(s) that achieves the highest raw total point in any of the categories in his or her class will automatically be promoted to the next class, after 1 year of competition. However, that person must have competed in both categories. That is, if you compete in Open you must enter at least 50% of the Assigned category to be eligible for promotion.

The other criteria will be having the best record in competition based on “average” scoring.

You would have submitted at least 70% of the total images allowed for the year, in the category being considered. You would also need to have submitted at least 50% in the alternate category. The alternate category is Open or Assigned depending on the category that you have been evaluated in. The Standards Committee will also promote any person that is within 3 points of the high score in his or her class.

Promotion from “B” to “A” is considered a promotion in both Projected Image & Print regardless of your entries. 

Promotion from “A” to Salon is specific to the medium (Print or Projected Image) you are promoted in.

Any person can request to be reclassified to a lower class if they feel they are competing in too high a class. This would be based on competition results and must be approved by the Standards Committee. 

DPS Standards Committee

Tom Lovatt, Chair
Jane Strobach
Jerry am Ende


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