Please note changes in Bold - Panoramas eligible and encouraged
All members in good standing who have paid their annual dues may enter APS competitions. All images entered (film or digital) must be exposed and manipulated (if applicable) by the entrant. Professional processing, printing and mounting are acceptable. Previously entered images in regular competitions are allowed in subsequent regular competitions provided they have not previously received a ribbon in any category (subject to limits described below).
All entries in regular competitions are critiqued by a judge in 3 distinct categories: Monochrome Prints, Color Prints & Digital. Members may enter up to 3 images per category (subject to limits described below). The entry fee is $1.00 per category.
Number of Entries
The number of entries per member for each monthly competition are limited as follows:
- Open Competitions - 6 images maximum per member (3 images maximum per category (Mono, Color or Digital)).
- Theme Competitions - 9 images maximum per member (3 images maximum per category (Mono, Color or Digital)).
The number of times a particular image can be entered are limited as follows:
- Images which win a ribbon in any category are not eligible for entry again in any category.
- The same image cannot be entered in consecutive months.
- The same image can be entered no more than 2 times per year.
Print entries must be mounted but not framed or glassed. Matting is optional. Mounts must not exceed 16” x 20” (or 320 sq. in.) x 3/8” thick. The minimum mount size is 11” x 14” (or 154 sq. in); the minimum image size is 6” x 10” (or 60 sq. in). All prints must carry a title, the photographer’s name, and an arrow pointing to the top of the image on the back of the mount (preferably in the lower left-hand corner). No writing or decoration is allowed on the front of the entry except the title of the image, if desired. Print entries may be conventional prints or digital ink prints.
Panoramas are eligible and encouraged for regular competitions (theme and open): Max size including mat – 8.5x25 (or ~ 215 sq in). For Panorama Theme Competitions – Max size including mat – 16x42 (or ~ 500 sq in). (Note: Standard panorama paper sizes include 8.5x25 and 13x38 inches).
Digital entries need to have 1920 pixels wide, resolution of 300 dpi, and be in the jpg format with a #8 compression. The entries need to carry a title and the name of the entrant (Example: Flower by John Doe) and are to be submitted ahead of time via e-mail to the competition chairperson or to a designated presenter. The deadline for submissions is 12 midnight the Tuesday before competition day.
Any entry may be disqualified when, in the opinion of the competition chairperson or the judge, the image is not in good taste, does not conform to the rules or does not fit the theme (in a theme competition).
Approximately 20% of the entries will receive a ribbon. There will be 1st, 2nd, 3rd and HM ribbons depending on the amount of entries per category.
APS ribbon points are as follows:
1st Place 20
2nd Place 15
3rd Place 10
Honorable Mention (HM) 5.