All meetings of DPS for the 2019/2020 season have been canceled. This includes all classes, field trips and events. HOWEVER, the April projected image competition and the End-of-Year PI competition will be held realtime via Zoom web meetings. Please see details on the home page.

Delaware Photographic Society
Projected Image Competition Rules 2019-2020

The Delaware Photographic Society (DPS) holds competitions to encourage club members to show and improve their photographic work. Digital Projected Image competitions will be held on the third Monday in September, and the second Monday of October, November, January, February, March and April during the DPS year. The Competition meetings begin at 7:30 PM in the DuPont Pavilion at Cokesbury Village in Hockessin, Delaware. An end-of-the-year competition for Projected-Image-of-the-Year is held in May.

The categories for each competition will be: Assigned Subject, Open, and Creative (Altered Reality). All categories, except Creative, will have three classes: Class B, Class A, and Salon. 
Creative will be treated as a single class.

The competitions are open to all current active Delaware Photographic Society members whose dues have been paid prior to the competition. Entries must be photographed using a digital camera or scanned by a digital scanner (including scanned photographic slides or negatives). Digital images entered in all categories must be solely the work of the entrant. This includes any image manipulation.

A selected image may not be re-entered. Any image that has been previously selected in a DPS Competition whether in print form or as a projected image may not be re-entered in any later competition.


  • Class B is for members who are new to competitions or are less proficient in preparing images.
  • Class A is for members who are more experienced and more proficient.
  • Salon Class is for members who have demonstrated high skill in image making.

New Members will be assigned to Class B, unless the new member, prior to the start of their first competition year, requests a higher-class ranking. If such a request is made, the requestor’s work (e.g., portfolio) shall be reviewed by the Standards Committee. The Standards Committee may then approve the request.

At the end of the year the Standards Committee may advance members to the next higher class based upon their performance in competition, during the previous one to two years, having demonstrated a significant improvement in photographic proficiency. This can occur until the member is in the Salon Class.

Note: changes to a member’s competition classification shall not be made during a competition year.

JPEG files only (sRGB color space is recommended)
Maximum 1536 KB (1.5MB) file size
Maximum dimensions of 1200 pixels for the longest side of the image

Assigned Subject – 1 image
Open Subject – 1 image (NEW)
Creative – 1 image

If comments are requested, they must be requested during the time that an image is projected. Comments may be requested for information from the judges or to request more information about the image from the maker (e.g., location, etc.). Members of the club and judges may request comments for an image.

Each member, whether competing or not, may submit one or two additional images in the competition website for discussion. These images will be anonymously presented individually after the competition for open discussion. The discussion period will be regulated at each meeting by the President and Projected Image Director. If time runs out before all of the discussion images are viewed, the images that were not shown may be presented or entered to a later meeting for discussion. A key purpose of these images is to provide positive feedback to help the member refine the image. The image size requirements will be the same as those images entered in the competition.

A list of Assigned Subjects is published in “The Reflector”. Assigned subject competitions are conducted in all classes. All images that are to be entered in the Assigned Subject category for the 2019-2020 DPS year must have been captured after September 1, 2018.

Any image taken by the club member, at any time, may be entered in the Open category, with the exception of images previously selected in earlier competitions. Club members are requested to use discretion and propriety when submitting images in this category. The Open category has no date, technique or subject requirement.

Creative, also known as Altered Reality, is intended to encourage experimental or non-traditional work. The image may be whatever the maker wants it to be. Images must have been manipulated to a form that could not have been captured in the camera. There are no date requirements for the creative category.

All Digital images must be entered through the Members website at least three (3) days prior to the Digital Competition (the deadline is midnight Friday prior to the Monday competition).

Images will be considered “selected” if the total score awarded for the image is in the top 25-30% of the scores – ranked high to low.

Each time a new category is introduced to the Judges (e.g., Class B – Assigned, Class A – Open, etc.) there shall be a 2 second review of each of the images for the judges. When the review is complete the images shall be redisplayed for the judges to score. Each image will be held on screen until the 3 judges have each entered their score.

The next category shall not be introduced until the judges have scored all images of the previous categories.

After completion of the judging there shall be a break in the meeting for the scores to be tabulated and the cut score determined.

After the break all images for which comments were requested shall be redisplayed for the judges or members comments. Then the selected images shall be redisplayed with the score, the maker’s name, and the image title read to the club.

Exhibitors are responsible for adhering to the competition rules set forth. The Projected Image Director may disqualify any image that does not conform to the rules of the competition.

Reasons for disqualification include (but are not limited to):
The Image(s) submitted for Assigned Subject does not meet the Assigned Subject criteria.

The Image did not originate with the person submitting the images.

The image is recognized as having been entered and selected in a previous competition without regard to the year entered and selected.

Identification marks, names, titles or honors appear on the image(s).

Cumulative scores will be kept for each member in each category and class. First, Second, and Third place brass plates will be awarded to the top three members in each category and class. In case of a tie the member who entered the most images in that class and category will prevail. Other awards can be awarded at the discretion of the Projected Image Director.

A Projected-Image-of-the-Year (PIOY) competition will be held in May. Each competitor may enter all of his or her selected images for judging. All entries must have been entered and selected during the current competition year in Class B, Class A, Salon and Creative. There is no distinction between Assigned, Open and Creative subjects in the PIOY.

Three qualified judges, who are not members of the Delaware Photographic Society, shall jury the PIOY competition. One image will be chosen as the Projected-Image-of- the-Year and winner of the Morris James award. Up to 10 Honorable Mentions will be awarded in each class with a limit of one HM per entrant.

By virtue of submitting your entry, you permit DPS to reproduce all or part of the entered material free of charge for publication and/or display in media related to the Society.

The Delaware Photographic Society will take all reasonable care to ensure that all submitted images appear before the judges and are entered in the correct Class. However, the Delaware Photographic Society cannot be responsible for any errors or omissions in this regard. Entering the contest signifies your acceptance of this notice.

John Powell, Projected Image Director (

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