Grading and points system
Members of HBPS are grouped into two grades:
‘B’ Grade: Members who have not yet earned enough awards to progress to ‘A’ Grade.
- New members to the club are automatically entered into ‘B’ Grade.
‘A’ Grade: Members who have progressed through ‘B’ Grade and achieved recognition.
- Promotion to ‘A’ Grade can be achieved by entering the monthly competitions and being awarded a total of 4 honours awards.
- Promotion to ‘A’ Grade takes place the following competition year i.e. from November’s judging.
- If you wish however to transfer to ‘A’ Grade straight away you can request to do so. No points will be carried over into ‘A’ Grade from ‘B’ Grade.
- This may suit someone who reaches the ‘B’ Grade honours early in the year and wishes their images to be assessed against the higher ‘A’ Grade standard.
- There is no time limit on achieving 4 honours awards to get promotion. Once promotion to ‘A’ Grade occurs, the member’s honours count is set to zero.
- Images entered in the HBPS monthly competitions are graded and awarded points.
- The points year runs from February to November.
- In both grades there are cups presented for the most points attained in a competition year (February – November).
- Any image entered into any HBPS graded competition is graded as follows:
- Note that as the standard in ‘A’ Grade is expected to be higher than ‘B’ Grade therefore images are judged accordingly.
- Not of a suitable standard
- Basic errors made such as out of focus, poor composition, no subject or subject undefined, severely over or under exposed.
- A record shot.
- Does not meet set subject criteria
- Poor post production
- Poor presentation
- Has seen a subject worthy of making an image. Some of the basic elements are evident though the image needs a little more care and attention to detail.
- Demonstrating the ability to make an image for its special interest showing understanding of the basic elements of composition and care with focus and exposure.
- Demonstrates the ability to make an image with some invention, creating interest and impact, showing control of the basic elements and principles of lighting, composition and camera techniques.
- Demonstrates ability to manipulate photographic principles and processes to capture a moment in time with outstanding impact and originality. It may break the rules but shows understanding and mastery of the art of photography.
- Awarded to the image selected by the judge as their personal favourite.
- One judge’s choice award in each of Set subject, Open category for ‘A’ & ‘B’ Grades and in Creative / Altered Reality category.
- The Judges Choice 2 points are in addition to the Honours 5 points ie 7 points in total.
'A' Grade Awards
These awards are not time based and are running totals of honours achieved.
- Bronze award 4 Honours
- Silver award 8 Honours
- Gold award 12 Honours
- Platinum Award 20 Honours
- Diamond Award 30 Honours