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Monthly Contest Submission Rules

Photo Competition Rules

You must be member of SDUPS and you may submit 1 image each month

Your Class is determined by accumulated points over the time of your membership

Novice: 25 points or less

Amateur: 26 to 70 points

Advanced: 71 points or more

New members may pick their initial Class level

Advancement between classes occurs at the end of each year

Points are awarded for placement in the competition

1st Place - 5 points

2nd Place - 3 points

3rd Place - 1 point

(In case of a tie, all tying photographers will be awarded the corresponding point value of their placement)

Photo modifications that are allowed:   Cropping, Sharpening, Color Adjustments (Levels, Hues, Color Balance, Dodge, Burn), Contrast Adjustments, Backscatter Removal.

Photo modifications that are not allowed:  Alterations of Image Content,  Removal or Addition of Subjects or Material

Submit .jpg files with 1920 x 1080 (16:9) or 1024×768 (4:3) resolution - Files should be emailed in response to monthly request for submissions email

Photographer of the Year award shall be given to the member in each division who earns the most points during the year. The award shall be given to the member in that division who earns the most points during that calendar year at the Holiday Awards Party in December.

Voting for the winning images is by secret ballot at each meeting. The Secretary/Historian is solely responsible for tallying and keeping an accurate record of all members current point status, and is available for any questions arising on this topic.

Video Competition Rules

Media Types: Window’s Media (.wmv), Quicktime (.mov), (.avi) or h.264 (.mpg/.mp4, etc.) file formats are acceptable.

Submission:  All video’s must be copied to the club computer before 6:30PM the night of the meeting.

All video’s must be under 30 seconds. There can be multiple clips in the video.   Any video over the 30 second RULE will be disqualified.

The video is to be the same subject as the still competition for the month.

Point scale and awards are the same as the Photo Competition

How to Enter the Monthly Competition

Photo Entries - It should be emailed to SDUPS ( on the Sunday prior to the meeting.

                      Submit it as a jpg file with 1920 x 1080 or 1024 X 768 dimensions

                      Example of how to name your file:   adv_mpoirier.jpg (first initial and all lowercase)

                            nov = novice     ama = amateur   adv = advanced

                      Provide your camera setup and settings. Also, the location and subject of the photo.

Video Entries -  Give them to the meeting coordinator no later than 6:30PM the night of the meeting via a USB drive.

Environmental Awareness Guidelines for all Photos and Videos

Marine life should never be stressed or endangered for the sake of a photo or video.
Entries in our monthly competitions or film festival entries exhibiting the following behavior will be disqualified:

                      Diver visibly damaging (ie. gear dragging into) environment

                      Animalswith signgs of diver induced stress (ie. puffed puffers, inking octopus)

                      Animals moved to an unnatural environment or risky location

                      Animals being fed artificial food from divers (ie. chum visible in image)

                      Marine life being harassed (ie. touching corals, seahorse tails, etc.)

2019 Competition Categories by Month (detailed)

Jan 24th: Best of 2018

Jul 25th: U/W Photographer

Feb 28th: Macro

Aug 22nd: Back to Schools

Mar 28th: Green

Sep 26th: Wrecks or Man- made Objects

Apr 25th: Ambient Light

Oct 24th: Black & White

May 23rd: In Motion - Action

Nov 21st: Photo-Shopped

Jun 27th: Sharks & Rays

Dec (TBD): Holiday Party - No Competition


List of Past Categories