There are two annual competitions; a print competition and a PDI competition. Each competition has six sections which are beginners (definitions below), record (definition as for quarterlies), portrait (definition as for quarterlies), natural history (definition as for quarterlies), monochrome open (definition as for quarterlies) and colour open (definition as for quarterlies). An external judge assesses each competition; they give each entry feedback (comments) and a mark out of 20. In each section a winning and runner-up (Certificate of Merit) image are identified. Other images may be awarded Very Highly Commended or Highly Commended. All images entered into the annual competitions may be selected as SPS entries into L&CPU club competitions. If you would prefer that your image not be entered into an L&CPU competition, please let the Competition Secretary know.
A maximum of seven entries per author in a competition
A maximum of three entries per author in any section
No image can have been previously entered in a SPS annual competition
An image can have been previous submitted to no more than three SPS merit or quarterly competitions.
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