Tuesday 22nd March saw South Shields Photographic Society play host to a Photographic Society of America Projected Image Division interclub PDI competition.
The Projected Image Division, hold four interclub competitions each year. This year there are five groups of participating clubs predominantly from the USA and including clubs from Europe and Australia. Currently there are 11 clubs from the UK taking part.
Each club enters 6 images into each of the four competitions. Hosting the judging of competitions is undertaken by volunteer clubs from the groups. To avoid conflict the host club undertakes the judging of a different group than it’s own.
Having been a member of the PSA interclub PID for five years South Shields Photographic Society volunteered to host one of the four competitions. In doing so we took the view that it would provide a different and entertaining night for the members. South Shields of course are no strangers to hosting international competitions and many will remember the club’s history of hosting what is now the NCPF International Print Salon.
To many of the current members who do not have experience of the format of this competition, hosting the competition provided the opportunity to view work of work of photographers from around the world.
Unlike our normal club competitions, PSA PID competitions are judged by a panel of three judges, following a format much the same as the current NCPF Club and Annual PDI competitions whereby electronic keypads are utilised to record and total the judges scores.
The NCPF kindly offered the use of their electronic scoring equipment and Jim Welsh, Angela Ellis and Gerry Adcock offered to form the judging panel.
As with all things new a certain amount of preparation is required to ensure success. Several members of the committee undertook the administrative role to ensure smooth running of the competition.
Fortunately, the PSA provide guidance and documentary support which enabled the downloading of 120 images and score sheets. The images were from 19 clubs (16 from USA, 1 Australia, 1 Ireland 1 UK}
The PSA guidelines require that one image is selected as Best of Show and 10% of the entries identified for Award of Merits with a further 10% being given Honourable Mentions.
The judging took place to a near full house of members. The judges are not permitted to preview the images prior to the competition. The initial judging of the 120 images went smoothly and seemed to pass quickly. The review and identification of the award winners took somewhat longer as the judges considered and discussed the merits of the top scoring images. The Best of Show was “Egret on Branch” from South Towns Camera Club New York State.
Overall an excellent night was had by all and our thanks go to Jim, Angy and Gerry for their support and a job well done.
In the five years the South Shields P.S. has been a member of the PSA it has provided another platform for members work to be exposed and judged on an international level. It only costs $55 per year which is a small price to pay to have work from up to 24 members represent your club at an international level.
The PSA has much to offer at both and individual and club level. By way of example our membership of the PSA has enabled our web master, Malcolm Lovell to enter the Society’s website into the “Best Website” competition. This has been a great success for Malcolm as he has in the last four years won the Best Website competition twice and come third twice.
If your club has not considered the PSA as an option for interclub competition please visit their website www.psa-photo.org for further information.