SPF Digital Championship

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.

All SPF Club Members can attend this event whether you, or your club, have entered the competition. The cost of admission to the event is £7. No pre-booking is required. Come along to a great day and see over 700 Projected Images from all over Scotland.

Since 2016 - 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.

Maximum File size now 1600 x 1200 but smaller file sizes are still accepted. NEW for 2018 - New Data Protection Rule (Full details below)

2019 Event

*Online Entry for this Event will Open late September* - Closing Date for Online Entry 3rd Nov 2019 if you are struggling meeting this deadline please let us know, as we can leave the site open a little longer provided you meet the paperwork deadline. Your entry fee and copy paperwork to be received, by post, by 10th Nov 19.

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. 

The 2019 SPF Digital Championship will be held on Sunday 17th Nov 2019 at Stirling Court Hotel. The Judges for this year's event will be notified here when the website opens for entries. 

The format of this competition remains the same for 2019 as for 2018. All entries must be completed online. You can read all of the full Rules for 2019 below. 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 selected from those images. Paperwork will then be available to 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, but please use only the print out you obtain from the website for on the day of the Competition.

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) - Maximum Bank of 40 Images; Minimum required 20 – Max 25% nature in any one round - 1st Round Entry selected in advance (8 Images, max 2 per author) – Someone must attend to select your following rounds on the day – Round 2 must be all new images from the bank (8 Images, max 2 per author) – Plate (10 images) or Final (20 images) you can reuse any images - Images from your ‘bank’ not projected can be used in future years.

** 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)

Note - Rule change for 2018 onward is the inclusion of the following rule due to the introduction of our required '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.’

2019 Event Judging

The 2019 SPF Digital Championship will be held on Sunday 17th Nov 2019 at Stirling Court Hotel (Formerly Stirling Management Centre) , Stirling University, Stirling FK9 4LA 

Whether or not you or your Club has an entry in the competition, you are welcome to attend this event. Come along to a great day with images from all over Scotland. Images will be judged while being projected onto an 8’ screen. 

The Ticket Desk will open at 9.30am, and doors opening 9.50am, with the the event starting at 10.10am. The cost of admission is £7 - No Pre-Booking is Required. Please note these above timings are a change to the previous Print Championship so please pass these details on to anyone who may be interested. Hospitality is available in the venue, as well as close by. You are asked not to bring packed lunches in to the venue.

This year's Judges will be announced in advance of the event.

As well as the Club Placings and Awards, there are loads of Individual Awards to be presented - Individual Awards will again be presented - Best Creative - Best Portrait - Best Landscape - Best Nature** as well as Best Overall and Judge's Choices.

** 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)

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. The total entries in your available ‘bank’ for your Club must not exceed 40 PDIs. You require a minimum of 20 images to participate in all rounds.

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 2019 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 2019 is £20. 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 organiser by the deadline given in the Rules.

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

You will enter your ‘bank of images’ and then select your 1st round 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 a maximum of 40 images.

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 in each round, and number of images per author used in the Rounds and Plate or Final. Images from rounds 1 and 2 can be reused in the Plate or Final rounds.

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 1st round 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 2019 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. 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 first round 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 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 and Cheque (made payable to 'SPF') - remember to keep copies of the paperwork for yourself as you will require them on the day

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.

And, 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

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