The subject for each competition is in the Schedule. This will either be a set theme (e.g. "Summer" or "The colour red") or be an Open where an image on any subject can be entered. The purpose if having themes is to encourage members to challenge themselves and learn new skills.
Experienced photographers listed as judges by the FCC undertake all image judging at IWPS. The judges use their skill and knowledge to assess each image and most judges will provide a verbal critique of the image as feedback to the photographer.
The IWPS has two categories for competitions: Digital and Prints. All members are eligible to enter a maximum of four digital images and six prints that conform to the competition theme, making a maximum of 10 images per member per month.
The judges are able to allocate awards to the images based on their qualities. IWPS uses three levels of award: Acceptance (2 points), Credit (3 points) and Merit (4 points).
On competition nights there is also a Members Choice Award where each member can vote for their favourite image in each Category. A Members Choice Award earns a bonus (2 points) on top of any award from the judge.
IWPS uses two internal competitions to encourage participation and recognise excellence within the club.
The annual Category Winners are decided by the total number of competition points received by each member in that category over the year.
The Top Shot of the Year is a separate competition night in November where all images that had been awarded a Merit during the year are eligible for entry. A qualified judge then determines which image, in each category, they feel is the Top Shot of the Year.
The full club competition rules can be found here.