Image Evaluation

The Club holds a monthly photographic Image Evaluation. Entering any such event provides numerous opportunities for learning. You will experience: a wealth of ideas and inspiration for subjects; encouragement to try new techniques; and acknowledgement for your effort. The scoring mechanism used can provide a guide of your progress over time.  Not only will you hear comments, both positive and negative (but with constructive advice), about your own images, but also about other members’ work – so at the same time you get to see where your technique needs improvement and what you should be aiming for.

Format of Club Competitions

  • Club competitions are held on a monthly basis from February to December.
  • There are two different categories – Print and EDPI (Electronic Data Projected Image).
  •  Monthly competition alternates between Set and Open topics.
  • At the Club’s annual Break-up, to be held in December, members have the opportunity to enter a portfolio of five images with a common thread that ties them together,  in either or both Print or EDPI categories. (to be handed in at November Meeting). Successful winners to be announced at December Meeting.

Rules for Monthly Club Competition Submission

  1. Members, in total, can enter up to four prints or images per month (or a combination thereof ie one print and three EDPIS etc.
  2. PRINTS must be mounted and may be any size, up to a maximum of 40cm x 50cm (16in x 20in) when mounted. Panoramic print formats are acceptable, but must fit on a 40cm x 50cm (16in x 20in) board. Prints mounted to a total thickness greater than 5mm will not be accepted. Digital Images Section (EDPI): Images may either be created with a digital camera or created with a conventional camera and scanned into electronic format. Images may be enhanced or manipulated using image editing software, but the original image must have been made by the entrant. The maximum horizontal dimension is 1920 pixels and the maximum vertical dimension is 1200 pixels. Each image file must be in RGB JPEG format and a maximum of 2000 kilobytes (2mb) in size.  Name your data image with Title of photo, your Club Competition number, topic and month year.separated by a dash eg: Sunset on Woolamai Beach_12_Trees_Nov2017. Bring these specially named images on a memory stick or CD, to the meeting for transfer to a Club CD to be given to the judge.
  3. All VAPS Competition details are available at . By following the statewide rules, we’ll then be better prepared to participate in competitions outside our club.
  4. Entries are submitted at monthly meetings, with feedback received at the following meeting. Each print entry must have a label (we supply blank labels) showing the Club’s name; Membership Number; Competition section -Print); Syllabus topic; Month & Year of submission.
  5. Entries which have been assessed as Highly Commended or Commended may not be resubmitted in another monthly competition that year. Other entries may be resubmitted for only one further monthly competition that year.


Judging of Club Competitions
Judges used to assess and critique entries in Club’s competitions are drawn from the V.A.P.S. List of judges, experienced photographers and club members. A different judge for each monthly competition is engaged so that a variety of expertise and opinion is brought to the Club. Whilst the comments by judges provide useful advice from which to learn, this doesn’t mean that members always have to agree with them, for in photography, like other art forms, individuals will have different reactions.

Non-Club Competitions
In addition to the Club competitions referred to above, a number of independent organisations (eg. local government councils, photographic magazines, Royal Agricultural Society) hold annual photographic competitions and exhibitions, some of which offer prize money, in which members are encouraged to enter their work. Members should familiarise themselves with terms and conditions before entering.

Phillip Island Camera Club has resumed entering V.A.P.S. Interclub Competition.

Club members are entitled to and encouraged to enter the Artists’ Society of Phillip Island’s (ASPI’s) Easter and Melbourne Cup Weekend Exhibitions.