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 were unable to run this event in its usual format for a variety of reasons, but held an 'Interim' Championship instead.

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.

Interim Digital Championship 2020

As we were unable to hold our SPF Digital Championship Judging in November at SCH due to Covid restrictions, we were forced to consider an alternative format for this year’s event. As well as accommodating ‘remote’ judging, the new format had to allow all image selections to be made in advance, and not as they would have traditionally been done for this Championship, largely on the day.

We had no idea how many images Clubs would have available to them to choose from to enable them to enter this competition, and we wanted as many Clubs as possible to be able to enter, so we split the Championship into two separate Competitions, rather than the usual one. These were ‘The Plate Trophy’ requiring 15 images, and ‘The Ian Bowie Trophy’ requiring 20 images. These competitions are named after the two Trophies normally presented at our SPF Digital Championship. Clubs themselves decided which competition to enter dependent on the images and authors available to them.

A total of 36 Clubs entered, which is a great response considering the situation we all find ourselves in, particularly as we normally average 28 to 30 Clubs for our usual championship format. It’s great to see a few Clubs entered for the first time, and most of those Clubs have at least one image in the top scoring shortlist we’ll see later, so we hope this will encourage them to enter again in the future.

Once all of the 36 Clubs had completed their entries online, the images were downloaded and split into the two separate competitions. Each Club’s entries were then distributed evenly throughout the competition they’d chosen to compete in (i.e. the 1st image from each Club, then the 2nd image and so on..)

The two competitions were then sent independently to each Judge to score using Adobe Bridge’s star rating facility. After scoring, each Judge returned their star rated images, and the SPF assigned score values to each Judge’s star rated images (5* = 10; 4* =8; 3* =6; 2* =4) and added the two to give the total score for each image (Maximum of 20; minimum of 8). These total scores were then used to calculate the Club Results and give the Shortlist of Images for the Individual Awards selection by the Judges.

18 Clubs competed for each Trophy meaning our Judges had a mammoth task of Judging a total of 630 images between the two sections.

The resultant quality however was high with 34 images from 12 Plate Clubs, and 62 images from 17 Clubs in the Ian Bowie, achieving the maximum score. These 96 images formed the shortlist for the Individual Awards to be selected from by our Judges. To celebrate our 100th e-flash newsletter we awarded an additional SPF Bronze Medal to the Best Image from the Judge's Shortlist of images, as voted on by the e-flash readers, the e-flash 100 Medal. You can download a copy of the Individual Awards presented below, or visit the following gallery to see these Awards, together with the e-flash 100 Medal (click here)

The Club Results were calculated as follows -

In the Plate Trophy – 12 Image scores counted (8 of which were selected to count by the Club) and the remaining 4 highest images.

In the Ian Bowie - 16 Image scores counted (8 of which were selected to count by the Club) and the remaining 8 highest images.

The full list of Club placings, including details of the winning Clubs in both 'The Plate, and 'The Ian Bowie' are available to download below or visit 'The Ian Bowie Trophy Gallery' (click here) or 'The Plate Trophy Gallery' (click here) where you will see the entries from the top 3 Club placings.

We held a 'Zoom' Awards Presentation event' on Saturday 30th January 2021, where we announced both the Club Results and Individual Awards. This was attended by our two Judges Andrea Hargreaves MPAGB EFIAP/b BPE3 PSA4 and Marilyn Roberts DPAGB BPE3 from the Yorkshire Photographic Union. Together with 205 SPF attendees on Zoom, they were welcomed by the SPF President, Gordon Rae, who led the afternoon's proceedings.

Libby Smith went on to announce the Club final scores and winners, before showing the top placed Club entries follwed by the 96 images that the Judges had given maximum scores. The 'e-flash 100 Medal' results were then announced by e-flash editor Rod Wheelans as chosen by the e-flash newletter readers. Finally Gordon announced the Individual Awards, which were shown then commented on by the Judges in turn. It was great to see that all of the Medal winners were able to attend the event.

A self-executing show, showing all of the competing Clubs’ entries (that counted towards their final placings) will be supplied free in February 2021, to each Club that entered. If your Club would like a copy, but didn't enter, please contact Libby for details.

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.

e-flash 100 Medal
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. 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) 

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.

** 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.

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)

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).

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).

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
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

Best Plate Club - Plate Trophy - Dingwall Camera Club

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