Skill Level Placement and Advancement
The club has established four skill levels for awarding placements in our competitions, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Masters. New members normally will be placed in the Novice division, subject to a portfolio review by the competition’s chair. New members who have a record of being accomplished photographers, by trade, experience or through success at other camera clubs may be placed in a higher division when they join. The competition team has the right to move a member to a higher division should they feel this would be fairer to not only the member but also to other club members in the division in which the member had been placed.
The advancement procedure is based on placement points in the club competitions *based on the most recent three club seasons.
The competition team keeps track of all placements.
Placements will be awarded in each division in each category.
The competition team may combine divisions if there are insufficient entries to award placements.
There will be first, second and third place awards.
Images scoring *at least 23 points (in the Novice & Intermediate divisions) or at least 23.5 points (in the Advanced or Masters divisions) and placing no lower than 5th, will earn Honourable Mentions.
For the purposes of advancement, the Placement Points will be 5 points for first place, 4 points for second place, 3 points for third place, 2 points for a fourth-place HM and 1 point for all images meeting minimum scores as above.
** Images placing lower than 5th place and scoring 24 points will be awarded an HM and will earn 1 placement point.
(Note: The Nature Trophy Competition is considered a special competition, therefore no Placement Points are awarded for winners of this competition. Likewise, no Placement Points are awarded for the photoessay competition. Placement Points are only awarded for the eight regular club competitions (5 Digital and 3 Prints).
Placement Points required to move to the next level are 33 (Novice to Intermediate), 42 (Intermediate to Advanced) and 50 (Advanced to Masters). Placement Points are reset to zero whenever a member is moved to the next division.
*Points are a consideration but the competitions committee has the discretion to decide whether to move members who have not qualified by earning sufficient points.
Members may submit a request for a change of skill level for consideration by the competitions committee. Changes in skill levels cannot be made in mid-season, however consideration will be given to move members more than one level at a time at the end of the season when placement points and scores justify the move.
*new policy for the 2016-2017 season
** new policy for the 2019-2020 season