Competitions

Competition Schedule: 2019-2020
You can download this years Competition schedule in PDF format (updated July 28, 2019): Competitions 28Jul2019

For inquiries, contact BPS Competitions

Competition Deadlines for BPS Members
• October 12 – Nature (4 digital) and The Way We Live (2 digital)
• November 9 – Treasure Hunt (8 digital)
• January 18 – Open Print Competition (3 prints)
• February 15 – Portrait (2 digital) and Silent Essay
• March 14 – Sight & Sound, Landscape/Seascape (2 prints), and Monochrome (1 print)
• April 4 – New Member (6 digital) & Motion (2 digital)

Live Print Competitions and Reviews of Digital Shows
• November 12 – Nature (4 digital) and The Way We Live (2 digital)
• November 26 – Treasure Hunt (8 digital)
• January 28 – Open Print Competition (3 prints)
• February 25 – Portrait (2 digital) and Silent Essay
• March 24 – Landscape/Seascape (2 prints – postponed), Monochrome (1 print – postponed) and, Sight and Sound Essay
• April 14 – New Members (6 digital) and Motion (2 digital)


Competition Definitions

Silent Essay: 2019-2020
The Judging scoring guidelines for the Silent Essay are as follows.
The Silent essay is a self-running presentation, MP4 video, conveying a story or idea using interrelated images.
■ There is a maximum of 12 images including the title image (12 slides total)
■ There is neither music nor audio narration in the silent essay
The judges will look for originality, technique, editing, continuity, and success in conveying the story or idea. The weighting of general appeal, photography, and production are broken down into a number of scoring elements.

The scoring for each Essay is a summation of the score of each element totaling 100pts. The scoring elements for the Silent essay are show below:
Scoring (maximum points = 100)
Visual Elements (image selection, image quality) = 40
Story / Theme (cohesive storytelling, images suit the theme as suggested/expressed by the title) = 30
Production (slide pacing and synchronization, title and credit slides, accurate text- if applicable) = 20
General Impression (presentation is appealing, likely to appeal to all audiences – including general public) = 10

Sight and Sound Essay: 2019-2020
The Judging scoring guidelines for the Sight & Sound Essay are as follows.
The Sight & Sound essay is a self-running presentation consisting of a series of images, accompanied by narration and/or music, which tells an integrated story about a subject in a pleasing and comprehensible manner.
■ It is presented within a maximum five (5) minute period.
■ There is a minimum of 24 still images required.
■ Video type clips including time-lapse are allowed but are limited to no more than four (4) clips with a total time of 30 sec. It is not necessary to include any video in the essay nor will the score be affected by not using video.
■ All images must be the work of the entrant. The photographer’s name must not show in any projected image or video clip.
The judges will look for originality, technique, editing, continuity, and success in conveying the story or idea. The weighting of general appeal, photography, and production are broken down into a number of scoring elements.
The scoring for each Essay is a summation of the score of each element totaling 100pts. The scoring elements for the Sight & Sound essay are show below:
Scoring (maximum points = 100)
Visual Elements (image selection, image quality) = 30
Story/Theme (cohesive storytelling, images suit the theme as suggested/expressed by the title) = 20
Audio Elements (music choice and/or pleasant narrative) = 20
Production (slide spacing and synchronization, title and credit slides, accurate text- if applicable) = 20
General Impression (presentation is appealing, likely to appeal to all audiences –
including general public) = 10