About Competitions

Petersfield Photographic Society is affiliated to the Southern Counties Photographic Federation and participates in the SCPF annual league competition for prints and projected digital images (PDIs). All the current year’s competitions are listed in the programme. At the end of the season, the club selection committee chooses sixteen ‘seal’ images (eight prints and eight PDIs) to compete in the SCPF league. The images will then be judged against entries from up to seven competing clubs in the same league as Petersfield. The two highest-scoring clubs will move up a division whilst the two lowest-scoring move down.

The selection committee also selects six prints and eight digital images from seal winners to represent the club in the annual SCPF exhibition.

You can find out more about the league on the Southern Counties Photographic Federation’s website.


For club competitions, there are two classes: advanced and standard. Seals are awarded for 8½ marks or more out of a maximum 10. At the end of the season, club trophies are awarded to the member with the highest total marks of the three competitions for each category. In the event of a tie, there is a ‘count-back’ using the highest marks attained for each print/PDI.

Members’ PDIs/prints scoring less than 8½ marks may only be re-entered once more in club competitions.

No PDIs/prints which have gained 8½ marks or more (or equivalent in other clubs) may be re-entered into any further advanced or standard class competitions.

PDIs/prints which have previously been accepted for SCPF competitions/exhibitions are ineligible for any further SCPF competitions/exhibitions.


  1. The winner in the standard PDI/print class will automatically go up into the appropriate advanced class in the next season.
  2. The committee will then decide if it is necessary to invite runners-up to go into the advanced class. The person obtaining the lowest average score per PDI/print in the advanced class will compete in the standard class in the following season.
  3. The committee reserves the right to make adjustments to this system where and when they deem it necessary, but with sufficient notice to the membership.
  4. PDIs and prints which have been entered in club competitions may also be used in other specialised competitions and vice versa.
  5. The same image may not be used as a print and PDI in the same season in the club competitions.
  6. All PDIs and prints which gain seals throughout the season will be considered for the selection of prints and PDIs going forward to the SCPF competitions or exhibition in the following season.

All PDIs and prints for competitions should be submitted to the competition secretary at the meeting prior to the competition and not later than the prior Saturday.

Prints must be the work of the author but may be produced from home or trade-processed negatives, slides or digital images. Each print should be mounted with the title and author’s name on the back only. Minimum print size is 7×5 inches whilst the mount size must not exceed 50×40 cm. For set subjects, the maximum print size is A4.

Images produced digitally (manipulated, composited) are admissible. In accordance with PAGB rules, all source images used in these works must be the original photography of the owner.

Digital images must be submitted as follows:

  • Size: maximum width 1600px and maximum height 1200px
  • File type: JPEG–highest quality
  • File naming convention: authorname_image title.jpg
  • Colour space: sRGB

PDIs may be submitted on CD/DVD or by email to the PDI competition secretary.

SCPF Leagues & Competitions

Each season the club enters PDI and print images into SCPF League competitions and an exhibition to compete against other clubs. These images are chosen from images awarded seals in club league competitions and photo challenges in the previous season.

For the SCPF league competitions, clubs are arranged in leagues of normally eight clubs. Each club hosts judging evenings for PDIs and prints and invites a class three judge to score the images. Each competing club in the league has its scores totalled before being placed in score order. The top scoring club receives eight points and so on down to the bottom scoring club receiving one point. Club members are free to attend judging at all clubs in their league.

After all eight rounds have been completed, points are totalled to complete the league. Countback is used if there is a tie. The top two clubs are promoted and the bottom two clubs are demoted. This ensures a variety of clubs compete with one another each year.

The images in the SCPF Exhibition are also marked and awards are made to the best. Petersfield Photographic society members have received several awards at past exhibitions.