Delaware Photographic Society
Projected Image Competition Rules 2021-2022


The Delaware Photographic Society (DPS) holds competitions to encourage club members to show and improve their photographic work. (NEW) 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 16.

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 2022. 

Assigned Subjects:

September:  Frame the Subject  -  Subject is framed by natural or manmade things
October:  Abandoned  -  Building or item that has been untouched for a long time
November:  Farm Scene  -  A farm in any season
January 2022:  Peaceful Moment  -  Scene with a peaceful feeling
February:  In My Home  -  Image made within the walls of your home
March:  Pan or Zoom Motion  -  Image made by camera or lens movement during exposure
Competition Periods:

September through December:

  • Images may be uploaded by month from September 1 to December 3 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Judging of images will be completed from December 6 to December 17
  • Results will be reported to DPS members via Zoom on December 20 at 7:00 p.m.
January through March:
  • Images may be uploaded by month from January 1 to March 25 at 11:59 p.m. 
  • Judging of images will be completed from March 28 to April 8
  • Results will be reported to DPS members via Zoom on April 11 at 7:00 p.m.

There will be no competition in April 2022.
Projected Image of the Year:
  • Judging of images will be completed from April 25 to May 6
  • Results will be reported to DPS members via Zoom on May 16
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 3 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 (New)
Open Subject – 1 image (New)
Creative – 1 image

Critique Only - Eliminated for the 2021-22 Competition Year

Each member, whether competing or not, may submit one or two additional images in the competition website for discussion into the Critique Only "competition".

These images will be anonymously presented individually for open discussion. The discussion period will be regulated at each meeting by the President and Projected Image Director. If time runs out before all of the discussion images are viewed, the images that were not shown may be presented or entered to a later meeting for discussion. A key purpose of these images is to provide positive feedback to help the member refine the image.

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 2021-2021 DPS year must have been captured after September 1, 2020.

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.

All Digital images must be entered through the Members website at least three (3) days prior to the Digital Competition (the deadline is midnight Friday prior to the Monday meeting).

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.

Each time a new category is introduced to the judges, e.g., Class B – Assigned, Class A – Open, etc., there will be a two second review of each of the images for the judges. When the review is complete, the images will again be displayed for the judges to score. Each image will be displayed until the three judges have each entered a score.

When the judges have scored all images in each category, subsequent categories will be introduced until the judges have scored all the categories.

After completion of the judging, there will be a short intermission in the meeting for the scores to be tabulated and cut scores be determined.

After the intermission, all the images for which comments were requested will be redisplayed for the judges' or members' comments. Then the selected (accepted) images will be redisplayed with the score, the maker’s name, and the image title.

People’s Choice voting will be available for all competitions; these results will also be announced at the meetings.  Only the highest scoring People’s Choice image will be displayed when judging results are announced.

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 HM 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 Lieberman, Projected Image Director (


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