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 (for competition images only, not evaluation specified images) will be awarded in each division in each category. There will be first, second and third place awards as well as HMs for images scoring *at least 23 points (in the Novice & Intermediate divisions) or at least 23.5 points (in the Advanced or Masters divisions). 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.
Advancement 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 and a decision by the competitions committee.
*new policy for the 2016-2017 season