Delaware Photographic Society
Projected Image Competition Rules 2022-2023

June 11, 2022


The Delaware Photographic Society (DPS) holds competitions to encourage club members to show and improve their photographic work. Digital Projected Image competitions will be held on a quarterly basis during the DPS year.Three non-DPS members will judge images submitted for competition.  All competition meetings will be virtual through Zoom beginning at 7:00 PM.  An end-of-the-year virtual competition for Projected-Image-of-the-Year will be held on May 8.

Images will be open for upload for competition by month (September, October November and January, February and March) in each category (Assigned, Open and Creative) on the DPS website during the ninety-day competition period as specified below.  There will be no competition in April 2023. 

Assigned Subjects:

September:  Non-'B' Insect  -  Image of a six-legged insect (no spiders) that is not a bee or butterfly/moth
October:      Cemetery  -  Image of or in a real cemetery
November:   Wrinkled Skin  -  Image featuring skin wrinkles on a person or animal
January 2023:  Phone or Scanner Image  -  Image captured with a cell phone camera or flatbed scanner
February:     Wheel(s) -  Image where the primary subject is a wheel or wheels
March:         Shadow  -  Image with a recognizable shadow
April:           (no PI competition in April)

Competition Periods:

September through December:

  • Images may be uploaded by month from September 1 to December 2 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Judging of images will be completed from December 3 to December 10
  • Results will be reported to DPS members via Zoom on December 12 at 7:00 p.m.
January through March:
  • Images may be uploaded by month from January 1 to March 24 at 11:59 p.m. 
  • Judging of images will be completed from March 25 to April 1
  • Results will be reported to DPS members via Zoom on April 10 at 7:00 p.m.

There will be no competition in April 2023.
Projected Image of the Year:
  • Judging of images will be completed from April 24 to May 6
  • Results will be reported to DPS members via Zoom on May 8
To be considered for competition, images must be uploaded to the DPS website by 11:59 p.m. on the image dates specified above (December 2 and March 25).

The categories for each competition will be: Assigned Subject, Open, and Creative (Altered Reality). All categories, except Creative, will have three classes: Class B, Class A, and Salon. 
Creative will be treated as a single class.

The competitions are open to all current active Delaware Photographic Society members whose dues have been paid prior to the competition. Entries must be photographed using a digital camera or scanned by a digital scanner (including scanned photographic slides or negatives). Digital images entered in all categories must be solely the work of the entrant. This includes any image manipulation.

An accepted image may not be re-entered. Any image that has been previously marked as accepted in a DPS Competition whether in print form or as a projected image may not be re-entered in any later competition.


  • 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.

New Members will be assigned to Class B, unless the new member, prior to the start of their first competition year, requests a higher-class ranking. If such a request is made, the requestor’s work (e.g., portfolio) shall be reviewed by the Standards Committee. The Standards Committee may then approve the request.

At the end of the year the Standards Committee may advance members to the next higher class based upon their performance in competition, during the previous one to two years, having demonstrated a significant improvement in photographic proficiency. This can occur until the member is in the Salon Class.

Note: changes to a member’s competition classification shall not be made during a competition year.

JPEG files only (sRGB color space is recommended)
There is no absolute restriction on image or file size when submitting images, but judging will be done using a maximum of 1200x1200 pixels. If images are larger than 1200 pixels they will be scaled down using bi-cubic interpolation to 1200 pixels for the longest side of the image. Images will NOT be scaled up.

Assigned Subject – 1 image
Open Subject – 1 image
Creative – 1 image

Critique Only - Eliminated for the 2022-23 Competition Year

A list of Assigned Subjects is published in “The Reflector” and on the DPS website. Assigned subject competitions are conducted in all classes. All images that are to be entered in the Assigned Subject category for the 2022-2023 DPS year must have been captured after September 1, 2021.

Any image taken by the club member, at any time, may be entered in the Open category, except for images previously marked as accepted in earlier competitions. Club members are requested to use discretion and propriety when submitting images in this category. The Open category has no date, technique or subject requirement.

Creative, also known as Altered Reality, is intended to encourage experimental or non-traditional work. The image may be whatever the maker wants it to be. Images must have been manipulated to a form that could not have been captured in the camera. There are no date requirements for the creative category.

Images will be considered “accepted” if the total score awarded for the image is in the top 25-30% of the scores – ranked high to low.

Three non-DPS judges will be used to score images submitted during the quarter. Judges will have approximately two weeks to judge the images submitted during the quarter.

Exhibitors are responsible for adhering to the competition rules set forth. The Projected Image Director may disqualify any image that does not conform to the rules of the competition.

Reasons for disqualification include (but are not limited to):
The Image(s) submitted for Assigned Subject does not meet the Assigned Subject criteria.

The Image did not originate with the person submitting the images.

The image is recognized as having been entered and accepted in a previous competition without regard to the year entered and accepted.

Identification marks, names, titles or honors appear on the image(s).

Cumulative scores will be kept for each member in each category and class. First, Second, and Third place brass plates will be awarded to the top three members in each category and class. In case of a tie the member who entered the most images in that class and category will prevail. Other awards can be awarded at the discretion of the Projected Image Director.

A Projected-Image-of-the-Year (PIOY) competition will be held in May. Each competitor may enter all of his or her accepted images for judging. All entries must have been entered and accepted during the current competition year in Class B, Class A, Salon and Creative. There is no distinction between Assigned, Open and Creative subjects in the PIOY.

Three qualified judges, who are not members of the Delaware Photographic Society, shall jury the PIOY competition. One image will be chosen as the Projected-Image-of- the-Year and winner of the Morris James award. Up to 10 Honorable Mentions will be awarded in each class with a limit of one Honorable Mention per entrant.

In honor of Larry Hinson, an excellent monochrome print maker, a special award is offered.  From the top five highest scoring monochrome PIOY images, the judges will select, by consensus, the best monochrome projected image which will be receive the Larry Hinson Award.  Monochrome is defined as white and one color (sepia, blue, warm tone, black, etc.).

By virtue of submitting your entry, you permit DPS to reproduce all or part of the entered material free of charge for publication and/or display in media related to the Society.

The Delaware Photographic Society will take all reasonable care to ensure that all submitted images appear before the judges and are entered in the correct Class. However, the Delaware Photographic Society cannot be responsible for any errors or omissions in this regard. Entering the contest signifies your acceptance of this notice.

Mark Leary, Projected Image Director (


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