Currently we are meeting OnLine

As we are following government advice, our normal weekly meetings at the church centre have been cancelled. However, we are organising monthly competitions and are hosting virtual meetings. Details of these are circulated to the membership.

Merits Competitions

All four merits competitions are split into two parts; PDI and print. The PDI part has three sections monochrome open, colour open and set subject; whereas, the print part has two sections monochrome open and colour open. Details of the set subject for each competition are published in the SPS syllabus and on the SPS website.

A member of SPS assesses each competition; they give each entry feedback (comments) and a mark out of 20. First, second and third places are given in each section. Placed images gain points (first 3, second 2 and third 1) which accumulate towards annual cumulative points competitions. The person with the most points in each cumulative competition is awarded a trophy at the annual exhibition.

Merit Rules
  • A maximum of eight entries per author in a competition
  • A maximum of three entries per author in any section
  • A maximum of six entries per author in PDI sections
  • No image can have previously been placed in a SPS merit, quarterly or annual competition
  • An image can have previously been entered no more than three times in a SPS merit, quarterly or annual competition
  • Entries together with an entry form must be submitted two weeks before a competition
  • Except for final printing, images must be entirely the work of the author.
  • All four merits competitions are split into two parts; PDI and print. The PDI part has three sections monochrome open,
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  • The six quarterly competitions are organised as three pairs. Each pair consists of a print competition and a PDI competition.
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  • There are two annual competitions; a print competition and a PDI competition. Each competition has six sections which are beginners
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Section Definitions
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Image Preparation
  • Submitted Digital Projected Images (DPIs) must be jpeg. These can be presented in either landscape or portrait format; whatever the
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  • Prints must be mounted on board with a maximum size of 400mm x 500mm and a minimum size of 375mm
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