SPF Digital Championship

In non-Covid times the SPF Digital Championship is a club competition open to projected digital images (PDIs), held in November each year. It is judged in front of an audience by three judges. Entries are submitted in advance by the club. Club and individual awards are made. After two rounds the top 8 Clubs contest the Final, the remaining clubs contest the Plate Trophy. The top two clubs from the Final are invited to represent the SPF at the PAGB Digital Championship (click here) held the following July. 

Unfortunately due to Covid-19, we are unable to run this event in its usual format for a variety of reasons, not least because of the lack of a suitable venue.

We have therefore put in place an 'Interim Digital Championship 2020' which uses the existing website online entry system, but is run in a different format, meaning all Clubs can pre-select and enter all of their entries in advance. CLOSING DATE 12TH DEC 2020

The entries will then be sent to the Judges for scoring. We will then hold a 'Zoom' Awards Presentation event' where both the Club and Individual Results will be announced and shown live. Club Members will be welcome to attend.

Maximum File size - 1600 x 1200 but smaller file sizes are still accepted. 

Four additional individual awards are being presented - Best Nature, Best Creative, Best Landscape and Best Portrait with Judge's Choices and Best Overall.

Please see Nature Definition (click here) for what is eligible for the Nature Award. The other award categories do not have a definition and will be defined by the Judges.

NEW - Interim Digital Championship 2020

The format of this competition has changed to that of an 'Interim' Competition, due to Covid, as we are unable to hold a public Judging either 'face to face' or by 'Virtual' means. 

As it is not possible to meet to run our normal Digital Championship this year, we have put in place an ‘Interim Digital Championship for 2020’ where your Club can choose to enter one of two Competitions - ‘The Plate Trophy 2020’ or ‘The Ian Bowie Trophy 2020’.  CLOSING DATE 12TH DEC 2020

These will be run in a different format so that all Clubs will pre-select and enter all of their entries in advance. 

All images entered will be sent to the individual Judges randomly for scoring.

The collated scores will then give the Club placings in each competition in line with the individual competition details below.

Individual Awards will be chosen by the Judges from the highest scoring images. 

We will announce the results at a Zoom Presentation event open to Club members to attend where we will announce the results of both the Club and Individual Awards. If the Judges are available to attend, they will be invited to speak about the Individual Award Winners.

A self-executing show, showing all of the competing Clubs’ entries (that count towards their final placings) will be supplied free in February 2021, to each Club that enters.

This will not be a Pre-Qualifying event for the PAGB Digital Championship in 2021, so any images used in this ‘Interim’ event will be eligible to be re-used in our next Digital Championship run under our ‘normal’ rules, provided they have not won an Individual Award in this ‘Interim’ event.

The Scottish Club Digital Championship is open to all Clubs whose subscription has been paid for the current year (January to December), who pay the Club Entry Fee of £15.

Your Club Competition Secretary is required to upload your images through the SPF Website into the Digital Championship Competition entry system for this event as normal. To this end we have used the existing system to create this competition (hence why we have only one ‘Round’ below).

An email will be sent out to your Competition Secretary as soon as the Online Entry System for this event is ready to open; Maximum File size remains 1600x1200.

You cannot enter both competitions, so please choose which of these competitions you wish to enter from the following entry requirements.

The number of images you upload will automatically determine which event you enter. i.e. If you enter 16 images you are automatically in the ‘Bowie’ not the ‘Plate’.

The Plate Trophy

For 'The Plate Trophy' you require to enter 15 Images into your Image Bank on the SPF website.

Then Select 8 of those images for your ‘Round 1’ Entry

Your Club Total Score will be your total score for 12 images calculated as follows -

Your Total Club Score will be determined as follows - Once all of your Image Bank has been scored; we will take your 8 ‘Round 1’ image scores together with your 4 highest scoring images from the remainder of your Bank scores to give your Club Total Score for 12 Images.

The skill will be in deciding which of your images is likely to score highest, and enter them as your 8 ‘Round 1’ Images, as they will count towards your final Club Score, irrespective of the score they receive.

PLEASE SEE THE FULL RULES BELOW FOR ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

The Ian Bowie Trophy

For 'The Ian Bowie Trophy' you require to enter 20 Images into your Image Bank on the SPF website.

Then Select 8 of those images for your ‘Round 1’ Entry

Your Club Total Score will be your total score for 16 images calculated as follows -

Your Total Club Score will be determined as follows - Once all of your Image Bank has been scored; we will take your 8 ‘Round 1’ image scores together with your 8 highest scoring images from the remainder of your Bank scores to give your Club Total Score for 16 Images.

The skill will be in deciding which of your images is likely to score highest, and enter them as your 8 ‘Round 1’ Images, as they will count towards your final Club Score, irrespective of the score they receive.

PLEASE SEE THE FULL RULES BELOW FOR ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

2020 Interim Event More Details

Full Details are given in the above Rules and Info document for this event.

Club access to the Online Area is by following the link provided by email to the Club Competition Secretary or Secretary which will be sent out by the website as soon as the event is open for entries. Contact Libby if you do not receive this. Please Note - We need to be kept up to date on any changes to these Committee Posts for your Club to gain access when required. You can also Log in at Admin Login area at the foot of this page if you have previously set a password and are listed as the Competition Secretary for this event. 

All entries must be completed online.

Individual Awards will again be presented - Best Creative - Best Portrait - Best Landscape - Best Nature** as well as Best Overall and Judge's Choices.

All of your 'bank of images' will require to be uploaded to the website, and your 1st Round 8 selected from those images.

Paperwork will then be available to save and email, or print out. 

We have again supplied a collation form for your 'bank of images' which you can use to finalise your bank prior to completing your online entry.

Entries must be submitted in advance - Only one person must collate and submit all entries from a club, this is usually the Club's Competition Secretary – 1600 pixels horizontal and 1200 pixels vertical maximum image size (we continue to accept smaller sizes) 

** The SPF uses the same Nature Definition as FIAP please note this is not the same as the PAGB one. Please see our Nature Definition by clicking the following link (click here)

“Entries are ineligible if they have been used more than 5 years ago, in a PAGB or Federation event, irrespective of medium”  (This does not apply to photos older than 5 years old which have only been used within your Club, or friendly Inter-Club competition, or may have been taken longer ago than 5 years ago, but not been previously used)

'SPF Data Protection Policy' - ‘By entering, the Photographer consents to the retention by the SPF of information identifying the Photographer as the creator of an Image. Where a Federation or Club is the Entrant on behalf of multiple Photographers, then the Entrant warrants that each Photographer has consented to the retention of identifying information as if the Photographer had entered in person. By virtue of submitting an entry the entrant certifies the work as his own and permits the SPF to reproduce all or part of the entered material free of charge for publication and /or display in media related to its Competitions, including on its website or by circulation to its member Clubs. The Photographer of each image will normally be credited with any use. The SPF assumes no liability for any misuse of copyright.’

Who can Enter

The competition is open to all SPF Clubs, the entry to be collated and submitted by one person from the Club, usually the competition secretary. 

How to Enter (Including Online Entry Process)

Club secretaries are asked to collate their club entry. We ask for the club person collating the entries to supply their contact details, and address in case of any queries during processing. We do not need any information about the author other than their name.

Online Entry Guidance Notes (illustrated) for this competition, are now available as a PDF on the button above (under 2020 Event Downloads) - Please have a look now before completing your entry as some stages can't be corrected if an error is made.

The entry fee for 2020 is £15. Please make cheques payable to the ‘Scottish Photographic Federation’ and send with a printed copy of your completed form that will be available after processing, to arrive with the Joe Prior by the deadline given in the Rules.

Entry will be via online entry upload of images through our website.

You require to decide which of the Competitions you wish to compete in 'The Plate Trophy' or 'The Bowie Trophy'. The number of images you enter will dictate the competition that you are Judged in. You cannot compete in both.

You will enter the required number of images into your ‘bank of images’ for whichever of the competitions you wish to compete in (i.e. 15 images for 'The Plate Trophy'; 20 images for 'The Bowie Trophy') and then select your 8 'Round 1' images from those, as before.

You will only have to size your image; there will be no need to filename in a particular way. You will simply be entering an image title and author name for each image up to the maximum allowed for the competition you are entering

Nature images will also require to be indicated in the column provided. See Nature Definition (click here) for what is eligible for the Nature award.

Please see the full rules for the number of nature images allowed, and number of images per author used in the 'Round 1' Selection and you 'Bank of Images'.

Full rules are available above. We have supplied a copy of our manual bank of images form (above) for your own use when collating the PDIs. 

Please Note the Online entry process  - You can upload your images by author, in any order you wish. You will then have one opportunity to reorder your bank of images (There is no opportunity to reorder your 'Round 1' separately) - Full Online Entry Guidance Notes are given above. The process is given below -

You can log in and out as often as you like, as long as you click SAVE before leaving the website

New Online Entry Guidance Notes (illustrated) for this competition, are now available as a PDF on the button above (under 2020 Event Downloads) - Please have a look now before completing your entry as some stages can't now be corrected if an error is made.

1 Upload all of your images by author. Please make sure that you do not exceed the number of Images for the Trophy you wish to compete for (i.e. 15 images for 'The Plate Trophy'; 20 images for 'The Bowie Trophy')

Don't worry about the order you upload them in you will be able to correct this later - and don't worry about the filenames - the website will take care of this Simply enter the Author's name (no distinctions please!)

- Size your image (max 1600 x 1200) save as an 8 bit jpeg and upload (sRGB colour space is recommended)

- Enter the 'title of the image' (as you would like it read out) in the box provided

- Click SAVE Once you have entered all of your authors and their images

- select your 'Round 1' entry (please refer to the Rules for restrictions per author and nature) Do not proceed to Step 2 until you are sure everything is correct - you won't be able to correct any images, titles or selections after this

2 Order your Bank of Images and SAVE your new order. Note - There is no longer the facility to re-order your 'Round 1' Images separately

3 Once you are sure everything is correct SUBMIT your Entry.

4 Print Off and send us your paperwork as directed in the Rules, and also your Entry Fee payment by Cheque (made payable to 'SPF') Remember to keep copies of the paperwork for yourself 

2019 Results

The 2019 SPF Digital Championship was held on Sunday 17th Nov 2019 at Stirling Court Hotel (Formerly Stirling Management Centre) , Stirling University, Stirling FK9 4LA. 28 Clubs competed in the Competition, although many more Clubs were represented in the audience on the day. 

The Judges for this event were Dianne Owen FRPS from Ainsdale in the L&CPU, Gordon Jenkins HonPAGB from Chorley in the L&CPU and Michael O'Sullivan FIPF FRPS from Cork, IPF.

Thanks to all the Clubs who entered, and to all those SPF photographers who attended. There was some great photography! 

It was an extremely close competition, particularly in the Plate, with three Clubs tied for first place. Details of all of the Club and Individual Awards are available for download below, including all of the Scores for Round 1 and Round 2, and placings and scores for the Plate Competition and Final Competition.

Some of the Award Winning Images are shown here. Galleries of all of the Individual Awards can be viewed (click here) or view the Plate winning Club's entries (click here) and the Overall Winning Club's entries (click here)

A very big thankyou to this year's sponsors of the event who have all given generously in the form of raffle prizes. Please support these companies, who help us keep the cost of the event down to our member Clubs - Click on the following links to visit their websites -

Permajet - Paper and Ink Manufacturer and Supplier

Fotospeed - Paper and Ink Manufacturer and Supplier

Hahnemuele - Paper Suppliers

2018 Results

The 2018 SPF Digital Championship was held on Sunday 18th Nov 2018 at Stirling Court Hotel. 27 Clubs competed in the Competition, although many more Clubs were represented in the audience on the day. The Judges for this event were Roger Hance FRPS EFIAP BPE5 from Colchester (EAF), Tillman Kleinhans ARPS DPAGB EFIAP/b BPE2 from St Helens (L&CPU) and David Butler MFIAP EPSA from Wigan (L&CPU).

There was some great photography, thanks to the Clubs who have entered, and to all those SPF photographers who attended. All of the Award Winning Images are shown here. Galleries of all of the Individual Awards can be viewed (click here) or view the Plate winning Club's entries (click here) and the Overall Winning Club's entries (click here)

Details of the Club and Individual Awards  are available for download below. You can also download all of the Scores for Round 1 and Round 2 along with the placings and scores for the Plate Competition and Final Competition.

2017 Results

The 2017 SPF Digital Championship was held on Sunday 19th Nov 2017 at Stirling Court Hotel. 27 Clubs competed in the Competition, although many more Clubs were represented in the audience on the day. This year it was part of our Celtic Challenge Weekend, where the Celtic nations come together to contest the Celtic Challenge Trophy.

The Judges for this year's event were; Colin Trow-Poole MPAGB FRPS FIPF from Arden, MCPF and Gwen and Phil Charnock FRPS MFIAP from Wigan, L&CPU. The final results can be found below. 

A full gallery of the Award winning images is available to view in our gallery area (click here), along with the Plate Trophy winning Clubs (click here) and Ian Bowie Memorial Trophy winning Club (click here).

There was some great photography, thanks to the Clubs who have entered, and to all those SPF photographers and Celtic guests who attended. Also, a very big thankyou to this year's sponsors of the event who have all given generously in the form of raffle prizes. Please support these companies, who help us keep the cost of the event down to our member Clubs - Click on the following links to visit their websites -

Nomad Cases - Boxes for Photographic Prints

Ffordes Photographic - Photographic Equipment supplier and Second Hand Equipment Specialist, Beauly 

Permajet - Paper and Ink Manufacturer and Supplier

Fotospeed - Paper and Ink Manufacturer and Supplier

Burning Pine - Business Communications Experts

Johnstons of Elgin - World Leaders in Cashmere and Woollens

2016 Results

The 2016 SPF Digital Championship was held on Sunday 13th Nov 2016 at Stirling Court Hotel. 26 Clubs competed in this competition. 

The Judges for this year's event were - 

Howard Tate MA(Phot) ARPS AFIAP from YPU

Kathryn Scorah MPAGB FBPE from L&CPU

Tony Potter ARPS EFIAP/pl GMPSA DPAGB APAGB from NCPF

A full gallery of the Award winning images is available to view in our gallery area (click here), along with the Plate Trophy winning Club (click here) and Ian Bowie Memorial Trophy winning Club (click here).

2016 Winning Images
2016 Event Sponsored by

Please support these sponsors who have supported the 2016 event.

Paper Spectrum

Permajet

Fotospeed

2015 Winning Images
2015 Results

The 2015 SPF Digital Championship was held on 22nd November 2015 at Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling University, Stirling FK9 4LA.

The three Judges for 2015 were -

Jane Lines MPAGB LRPS BPE4 from Chorley, Lancashire & Cheshire PU

Adrian Lines MPAGB FBPE EFIAP from Chorley, Lancashire & Cheshire PU

Gordon Jenkins APAGB from Chorley, Lancashire & Cheshire PU

Visit our Gallery for more of the top and winning Club's images from the 2015 Digital Championship (click here)

2014 Results

Best Overall Club - Ian Bowie Trophy - Dumfries Camera Club

Runner Up - Dundee Photographic Society

Best Plate Club - Plate Trophy - Dingwall Camera Club

Plate Runner Up - St Andrews Photographic Society

Best Image – On Jokulsarlon Beach by Ken Lindsay, Eastwood PS

Dave Symonds’ Judge’s Choice – Reaching new Heights by Al Buntin, Dundee PS

Chris Palmer’s Judge’s Choice – Osprey Fishing in the Mist by Jo McIntyre, Dumfries CC

Gordon Jenkins’ Judge’s Choice – Luskentyre Light by Ken Lindsay, Eastwood PS

Full details of the 2014 Results are available below to download.

Winning Images 2014