SPF Print Championship

The SPF Print Championship is a club and individual competition open to monochrome and colour prints, held in February 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. The top two clubs are invited to represent the SPF at the PAGB Print Championship (click here) held in October.

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. Prints will be simultaneously judged and projected onto a big 8’ screen to improve your viewing. Come along to a great day and see over 1200 prints from all over Scotland.

NEW since 2016 - Three additional individual awards are being presented - Best Nature, Best Creative and Best Portrait will join the Campbell McNair Best Landscape, Commendeds, Highly Commendeds, Judge's Choices, Best Mono, Best Colour and Best Overall.

Please see Nature Definition in the Definitions area of this website (click here) for what is eligible for the Nature Award. The Monochrome definition can also be found there. The Best Creative, Landscape and Portrait do not have definitions and will be defined by the Judges on the day. 

*COVID-19* - PLEASE NOTE - THE 2021 EVENT IS TAKING PLACE IN A DIFFERENT FORMAT - UNMOUNTED PRINTS ONLY - FULL DETAILS AVAILABLE BELOW

2021 'Interim' Print Championship

Please ensure that all instructions are followed for this 'Interim' event as outlined in the below rules, and not as indicated on the normal 'Online Entry System' - There is a 50% reduction in the Entry Fees not shown on our website, and we have requested different delivery addresses for your prints to that for Cheque payments.

The Scottish Photographic Federation 'Interim' Print Championship will open for entries in late January 2021 - Online Entry will close 18th March 2021. *NEW Extended Closing Date for receipt of Prints is 22nd March 2021 due to current Covid restrictions - We will keep this under review* We are keen to run this event for Scottish Print workers.

Your Club members are invited to submit an entry into this year’s SPF Print Championship. 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. And, if the Judges are available to attend, they will be invited to speak about the Individual Award Winners.

All prints for this competition must be submitted by Clubs, by post / carrier, or dropped-off direct to Carluke, by the closing date of 22nd March 2021. Sorry but we are unable to set up any other ‘drop-off' points, given the current situation.

Drop-off at Carluke will be by ‘non-contact’ delivery left in porch between 10am and 6pm, following email request notification. Re Courier/Postal Deliveries - We cannot guarantee to collect non-delivered prints from all carriers, so please ensure we know when your prints are being delivered, before dispatching.

Online Entry via our website – * Open January* - Online Entry Closes 18th March 2021

Unmounted Prints only accepted, Maximum size A3

Digital copies are not required at time of entry.

We will request ‘Digital Copies’ of all Prints scoring 13 to 15 points after initial scoring, for Awards Selection and Presentations, together with those of the winning Clubs.

To be eligible for the overall Club Awards you must submit a minimum of 15 prints, 5 of which must be Mono; Eligibility for both Best Colour Club and Best Mono Club requires a total of 16 prints; Best Colour Club (8 prints) & Best Mono Club (8 prints)

Only one person must collate and submit all entries from a club.

Maximum 3 Mono Prints and 3 Colour Prints per author; Maximum 50 prints per Club 

Cost reduced to 35p per print (50% reduction) - Remember that as prints are unmounted it is very cheap to post, and all you require is an empty A3 Paper box

A printed copy of the online entry form, that will be available after you have submitted your entry, must be included with your prints A printed copy of the online entry form, together with your cheque payment for your entry fee and return postage must be sent separately to – Joe Prior, 24, Langcroft Road, Glasgow G51 4JB to arrive by 25th March 2021

Prints will be held for return, and will not be destroyed. Prints will be returned whenever that is possible.

Clubs will require to enclose return postage, or be prepared to arrange a suitable time to collect from Carluke (porch), otherwise we will ‘hold’ your prints until we can return to normal meetings and events.

For All Entries - We ask that the Club organiser, collating their Club’s entries, supplies a note of their name, postal address, email address and phone number, by email in case of any queries during processing, and for sourcing Digital Copies at the Awards stage, or for return of prints/awards.

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.

FullRules and Collation Forms for 2021 are available below for this event.

Please Note the Data Protection requirement rule introduced in 2019 - To read the full SPF Data Protection Policy (click here)

Full details and full Online Entry Guidance Notes (with screen grabs) for 2021 are available below for download. Information is also available in the How to Enter section to get you started.

Please see Nature Definition in the Definitions area of this website (click here) for what is eligible for the Nature Award**. The Monochrome definition can also be found there. The Best Creative, Landscape and Portrait do not have definitions and will be defined by the Judges on the day. 

**If Nature is not selected when you enter your author's titles, they will then not be eligible for the nature award.

How to Enter

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

The fee for 2021 Interim event is 35p per print. Club secretaries are asked to collect all monies from their members and include it, with the prints, as one cheque made payable to the ‘Scottish Photographic Federation’.

For the 2021 competition, the total number of entries is again restricted to 1200 - 1400 prints. Maximum 50 prints per club, but if we go over 1200 we reserve the right to remove prints as per stated rules. Please read the rules carefully for details. There is again no Beginner Section in this competition.

We have supplied a copy of our old entry form (Author Collation Form) for your own use when collecting the prints – copy and hand to your authors, and ask them to return. The person collating the Club entry can then use this information to enter the details online on our website. A copy of this Collation Form can also be be downloaded from this page.

For 2021, we have again online entry of titles through our website. Only one person must collate and submit all entries from a club. Clubs can register for access to the Online Area by following the link provided by email to your Club Competition Secretary's, or Secretary's, email address. Contact Libby if you do not receive this. 

This requires to be entered per author, per section, per title, as per the Collation Form. Two Sections - Monochrome and Colour; Max 3 prints per Section; Indicate if Nature to be eligible for the ‘Nature award’. Full Guidance Notes for our online entry are available to download below.

Any problems or queries regarding online entry please feel free to contact Libby Smith preferably before starting to enter.

Please Note – Once your entry has been completed, and you are sure all the details are correct, you require to Submit your entry. If you notice an error after you have submitted your entry contact Libby as soon as possible – she may be able to correct it for you before your entry is fully processed by the website.

After you have 'submitted' your entry you will see a Print button available to you so you are able to print out your Entry Forms. You can log out and back in while this event is open and print further copies if you wish. 

Who can Enter

The competition is open to all members of SPF Clubs, but all of the entries from one Club must be collected, collated and submitted by one person from the Club, usually the competition secretary. The total entries from the Club must not exceed 50 prints.

There is however no minimum number of authors required from a club so if only two of you are interested in entering then that is fine – just arrange for one of you to act as the contact, and upload and organise delivery of both entries. Contact Libby if you require access to the online area.

Delivery or Posting of Prints

*Please Note for 2021 there is no option to submit prints other than dropping off direct to Libby Smith at Carluke or posting prints to Carluke due to Covid-19 to Confirm there are No Drop-Off Points for 2021 other than Carluke*

All prints for the competition have to be submitted by the given deadline.  Entries can be posted/couriered or handed in to Libby  at Carluke (by prior arrangement). Please see more details below.

Please enclose return postage for the same amount as it cost you to send the package. Please do not arrange a pre-paid return as it may not be possible to use this as we cannot guarantee a timescale for return. Please Note that the ‘carrier’ used for return of prints will be to ensure the safety of SPF handlers, dependent on the circumstances at that time, and may not always be your preferred choice.

Please email Libby and Neil to arrange a delivery timescale in advance of making any arrangements to avoid any non-delivery issues. If any prints are undelivered by a carrier, they will not be uplifted from the carrier by the SPF, it will be up to the sender to have them redelivered.

2020 Results

The SPF Print Championship was Judged on Sunday 16th February 2020 at Stirling Court Hotel (Formerly Stirling Management Centre) , Stirling University, Stirling FK9 4LA.

Despite some terrible weather the day before there was a good attendance for the event. 

This year's Judges were - Christine Widdall MPAGB, EFIAP, FBPE, APAGB from Oldham Photographic Society in the L&CPU, Tony Potter APSA, GMPSA, EFIAP/p, ARPS from West Cumbria Photo Group, in the NCPF and Pax Garabedian DPAGB, EFIAP, PPSA from Carlisle Camera Club in the NCPF. All three Judges also battled through some atrocious weather to get to the event.

Some 1372 prints had been entered from 30 Clubs, just one print less than in 2019, and one Club less. It was heartening to see three Clubs new to the event participating.

While the prints were being Judged they were photographed and simultaneously projected onto a big 8’ screen to improve the audience viewing. The event turned out to be one of the closest in many years with many tied positions.

Once again the event main sponsor was Paper Spectrum, who had a stand at the event. You can find out more about Paper Spectrum's products by visiting their website.  Paper Spectrum - Photographic Fine Art and Graphic Papers

We are grateful to the our additional raffle sponsors who supported this event. Please visit their websites for more about their products -

Nomad Cases - Boxes for Photographic Prints

Permajet - Paper and Ink Manufacturer and Supplier

Fotospeed - Paper and Ink Manufacturer and Supplier

Burning Pine - Business Communications Experts

Ffordes of Beauly - Second Hand and New Equipment Specialists 

Full PDF copies of the 2020 final placings are available to download below. Full Individual scores are being emailed out to all Club Competition Secretaries who completed their Print Championship entry.  The Club Competition Secretary can also login and get a copy from this website. 

The top Club results were as follows -

Best Overall Club – (John Logan Trophy) - Carluke Camera Club

Best Colour Club – (SPF Gold Medal) - Bon Accord Camera Club, Carluke Camera Club and Edinburgh Photographic Society

Best Monochrome Club - (SPF Gold Medal) - Dumfries Camera Club

Carluke CC have already pre-qualified for the 2020 PAGB Print Championship, so 2nd= placed Dumfries Camera Club and Edinburgh Photographic Society are both invited to represent the SPF at the 2020 PAGB Print Championship.

As well as the Club Placings and Awards, there were loads of Individual Awards to be presented, a PDF containing full details can be downloaded below.

Some of the Award Winning Prints can be viewed on this page. To see all of the 2020 Individual Award Winning Prints visit the Gallery for 2020 (Click Here)

2019 Results

The SPF Print Championship judging was held on Sunday 17th February 2019 at Stirling Court Hotel. The Judges were Colin Westgate FRPS MPAGB MFIAP APAGB and Chrissie Westgate FRPS both from East Anglia Federation, and Gerald Chamberlin EFIAP DPAGB from Northern Counties PF.

Prints were simultaneously judged and projected onto a big 8’ screen to improve the audience viewing of the 1373 prints from 31 Clubs, entered from all over Scotland (140 prints more than in 2018).

Once again the event main sponsor was Paper Spectrum, who had a stand at the event. 

As well as the Club Placings and Awards, there were loads of Individual Awards to be presented - Best Nature, Best Creative and Best Portrait, the Campbell McNair Best Landscape, three Judge's Choices, Best Mono Print, Best Colour Print and Best Overall (Esme Smythe Trophy) and a number of Commendeds, Highly Commendeds. Full details are available to download below.

Best Overall Club – (John Logan Trophy) - Carluke Camera Club

Best Monochrome Club - (SPF Gold Medal) - Carluke Camera Club

Best Colour Club – (SPF Gold Medal) - Dumfries Camera Club and Carluke Camera Club

Some of the Award Winning Prints can be viewed on this page. To see all of the 2019 Individual Award Winning Prints visit the Gallery for 2019 (Click Here)

2018 Results

The SPF Print Championship judging was held on Sunday 18th February 2018 at Stirling Court Hotel.

Prints were simultaneously judged and projected onto a big 8’ screen to improve the audience viewing of the 1233 prints entered from all over Scotland.

The Judges were - Des Clinton FRPS, EFIAP, FIPF, MFIAP from Drogheda, Irish PF; John Williams MPSA, EFIAP/b, DPAGB from Penrith, NCPF and Robert Millin MFIAP, EFIAP/p, MPSA, DPAGB from Wigan, L&CPU

Once again the event main sponsor was Paper Spectrum, who had a stand at the event. 

As well as the Club Placings and Awards, there were loads of Individual Awards to be presented - Best Nature, Best Creative and Best Portrait, the Campbell McNair Best Landscape, three Judge's Choices, Best Mono Print, Best Colour Print and Best Overall (Esme Smythe Trophy) and a number of Commendeds, Highly Commendeds. Full details are available to download below.

Best Overall Club – (John Logan Trophy) - Dumfries Camera Club

Best Monochrome Club - (SPF Gold Medal) - Dumfries Camera Club

Best Colour Club – (SPF Gold Medal) - Eastwood Photographic Society

Some of the Award Winning Prints can be viewed on this page. To see all of the 2018 Individual Award Winning Prints visit the Gallery for 2018 (click here)

2018 Winning Prints
More Winning 2018 Prints
Winning Prints 2017
2017 Results

Full PDF copies of the 2017 final placings are available to download below. Full Individual scores have now all been emailed out to your Club's organiser for this event. The Club organiser can also login and get a copy from this website. All of the Individual Award winning prints can be viewed in our galleries area (click here).

Best Overall Club – (John Logan Trophy) - Carluke Camera Club

Best Monochrome Club - (SPF Gold Medal) - Carluke Camera Club

Best Colour Club – (SPF Gold Medal) - Dumfries Camera Club and Edinburgh Photographic Society

2nd placed Dumfries CC and 3rd placed Eastwood PS have already pre-qualified for the 2017 PAGB Print Championship, so 1st placed Carluke CC and 4th placed Dundee PS are invited to represent the SPF at the 2017 PAGB Print Championship.

It was great to see such a good turn out at the SPF Print Championship judging held on Sunday 19th February 2017 at Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling University. 

The three Judges, who changed in the months leading up to the event due to two late cancellations for health reasons. We are grateful for our two replacement Judges for stepping in to the job very last minute. 

The Judges were Joan Blease MPAGB EFIAP ARPS from Warrington PS, L&CPU; Richard Speirs DPAGB APAGB from Morton PS, NCPF and Dave Symonds FRPS EFIAP Newton Stewart, SPF

Full scores were sent out to all Club Competition Secretaries who completed their Print Championship entry. The final Club placings are available to download below, along with the Individual Awards.

More Winning Prints 2017
2016 Event

The SPF Print Championship was held on 21st February 2016 at Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling University, Stirling FK9 4LA.

The three Judges for 2016 were

Roger Parry MPAGB ARPS EFIAP HonPAGB from Smethwick, Midland Counties PF

Judith Parry DPAGB AFIAP HonPAGB from Smethwick, Midland Counties PF

Ross McKelvey MPAGB FIPF EFIAP/b BPE5 from Catchlight, Northern Ireland PF

2016 Results

Full PDF copies of these results are available to download below. Full Individual scores have been emailed out to your Club's organiser for this event. The Club organiser can also login and get a copy from this website. All of the Individual Award winning prints can be viewed in our galleries area (click here).

Best Overall Club – (John Logan Trophy) - Dumfries Camera Club

Best Monochrome Club - (SPF Gold Medal) - Dumfries Camera Club

Best Colour Club – (SPF Gold Medal) - Dumfries Camera Club

Dumfries CC and 2nd placed Carluke CC have already pre-qualified for the 2016 PAGB Print Championship, so 3rd placed Eastwood PS and 4th placed Edinburgh PS are invited to represent the SPF at the 2016 PAGB Print Championship.

2015 Winning Prints
2015 Results
More Winning Prints 2015