The SPF Print Championship is a club and individual competition open to monochrome and colour prints, held in February each year. It is judged in front of an audience by three judges. Entries are submitted in advance by the club. Club and individual awards are made. The top two clubs are invited to represent the SPF at the PAGB Print Championship (click here) held in October.
All SPF Club Members can attend this event whether you, or your club, have entered the competition. The cost of admission to the event is £5. No pre-booking is required. Prints will be simultaneously judged and projected onto a big 8’ screen to improve your viewing. Come along to a great day and see over 1200 prints from all over Scotland.
NEW since 2016 - Three additional individual awards are being presented - Best Nature, Best Creative and Best Portrait will join the Campbell McNair Best Landscape, Commendeds, Highly Commendeds, Judge's Choices, Best Mono, Best Colour and Best Overall.
Please see Nature Definition in the Definitions area of this website (click here) for what is eligible for the Nature Award. The Monochrome definition can also be found there. The Best Creative, Landscape and Portrait do not have definitions and will be defined by the Judges on the day.
Full PDF copies of the 2017 final placings are available to download below. Full Individual scores have now all been emailed out to your Club's organiser for this event. The Club organiser can also login and get a copy from this website. All of the Individual Award winning prints can be viewed in our galleries area (click here).
Best Overall Club – (John Logan Trophy) - Carluke Camera Club
Best Monochrome Club - (SPF Gold Medal) - Carluke Camera Club
Best Colour Club – (SPF Gold Medal) - Dumfries Camera Club and Edinburgh Photographic Society
2nd placed Dumfries CC and 3rd placed Eastwood PS have already pre-qualified for the 2017 PAGB Print Championship, so 1st placed Carluke CC and 4th placed Dundee PS are invited to represent the SPF at the 2017 PAGB Print Championship.
It was great to see such a good turn out at the SPF Print Championship judging held on Sunday 19th February 2017 at Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling University.
Our three Judges have changed in the past two months with two late cancellations due to health issues. We wish them well in their recovery and are grateful for our two replacement Judges for stepping in to the job very last minute.
This year's Judges were -
Joan Blease MPAGB EFIAP ARPS from Warrington PS, L&CPU
Richard Speirs DPAGB APAGB from Morton PS, NCPF
Dave Symonds FRPS EFIAP Newton Stewart, SPF
Full scores are being sent out to all Club Competition Secretaries who completed their Print Championship entry. The final Club placings are available to download below, along with the Individual Awards.
Once again the event main sponsor was Paper Spectrum. You can find out more about Paper Spectrum's products by visiting their website click here to visit Paper Spectrum -
We are grateful to the our additional raffle sponsors who supported this event -
The 2017 Event is now closed. Next Print Championship - Feb 2018
Online Entry to the 2017 event is available via our website – Register for access to the Online Area by following the link provided by email to your Club Competition Secretary or Secretary. Contact Libby if you do not receive this. Log in at Admin Login area at the foot of this page after following the link provided. Closing Dates for Entries - to Drop-Off Points by 28th January or to Carluke by 8th February
Further details and full Online Entry Guidance Notes (with screen grabs) can be downloaded below in the How to enter section.
No digital copies are required - Only one person must collate and submit all entries from a club. - Maximum 3 Mono and 3 Colour per author - Cost remains 60p per print - Maximum 80 prints per Club - A printed copy of the online entry form that will be available after you have submitted your entry, must be enclosed with your prints and cheque - Please remember that all velcro must be removed from prints - Remember to enclose postage if no one from your club is attending.
Club secretaries are asked to collate and deliver all their members’ prints together. We ask for the club person collating the entries to supply their contact details, and address in case of any queries during processing, or return of prints. We do not need any information about the author other than their name.
The fee for this year remains 60p per print. Club secretaries are asked to collect all monies from their members and include it, with the prints, as one cheque made payable to the ‘Scottish Photographic Federation’.
For the 2016 competition, the total number of entries is again restricted to 1200 - 1400 prints. Maximum 80 prints per club, but if we go over 1200 we reserve the right to remove prints as per stated rules. Please read the rules carefully for details. There is again no Beginner Section in the 2016 competition.
We have supplied a copy of our old entry form (Author Collation Form) for your own use when collecting the prints – copy and hand to your authors, and ask them to return. The person collating the Club entry can then use this information to enter the details online on our website. A copy of this Collation Form can also be be downloaded from this page.
For 2017, we have again online entry of titles through our website. Only one person must collate and submit all entries from a club. Clubs can register for access to the Online Area by following the link provided by email to your Club Competition Secretary's, or Secretary's, email address. Contact Libby if you do not receive this.
This requires to be entered per author, per section, per title, as per the Collation Form. Two Sections - Monochrome and Colour; Max 3 prints per Section; Indicate if Nature to be eligible for the ‘Nature award’. Full Guidance Notes for our online entry are available to download below.
Any problems or queries regarding online entry please feel free to contact Libby Smith preferably before starting to enter.
Please Note – Once your entry has been completed, and you are sure all the details are correct, you require to Submit your entry. If you notice an error after you have submitted your entry contact Libby as soon as possible – she may be able to correct it for you before your entry is fully processed by the website.
After you have 'submitted' your entry you will see a Print button available to you so you are able to print out your Entry Forms. You can log out and back in while this event is open and print further copies if you wish.
The competition is open to all members of SPF Clubs, but all the entries from one Club must be collected, collated and submitted by one person from the Club, usually the competition secretary. The total entries from the Club must not exceed 80 prints.
There is however no minimum number of authors required from a club so if only two of you are interested in entering then that is fine – just arrange for one of you to act as the contact, and upload and organise delivery of both entries. Contact Libby if you require access to the online area.
All prints for the competition have to be submitted to the drop-off points by the 28th January 2017. Please phone (not email) the person to whom you intend to deliver your entry and arrange a suitable time for this well in advance of when you hope to deliver. The drop-off points are listed on the timetable sheet - please see this for full details.
Please note this closing date is to allow entries to be passed on from outlying areas at our Executive Meeting the next day so please ensure your entry reaches your local drop off point in time.
If you miss the 28th January 2017 drop-off date then you can arrange to get entries direct to Libby by 8th Feb 2017 if necessary.
All postal entries must be sent to Libby Smith, to arrive no later than 5th February 2016. Entries can also be handed in to Libby (by prior arrangement) at Carluke up until the 8th February 2017.
The SPF Print Championship was held on 21st February 2016 at Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling University, Stirling FK9 4LA.
The three Judges for 2016 were
Roger Parry MPAGB ARPS EFIAP HonPAGB from Smethwick, Midland Counties PF
Judith Parry DPAGB AFIAP HonPAGB from Smethwick, Midland Counties PF
Ross McKelvey MPAGB FIPF EFIAP/b BPE5 from Catchlight, Northern Ireland PF
Our thanks to the following companies who also supported this event -
Paper Spectrum - Main Event Sponsor 2016
Full PDF copies of these results are available to download below. Full Individual scores have been emailed out to your Club's organiser for this event. The Club organiser can also login and get a copy from this website. All of the Individual Award winning prints can be viewed in our galleries area (click here).
Best Overall Club – (John Logan Trophy) - Dumfries Camera Club
Best Monochrome Club - (SPF Gold Medal) - Dumfries Camera Club
Best Colour Club – (SPF Gold Medal) - Dumfries Camera Club
Dumfries CC and 2nd placed Carluke CC have already pre-qualified for the 2016 PAGB Print Championship, so 3rd placed Eastwood PS and 4th placed Edinburgh PS are invited to represent the SPF at the 2016 PAGB Print Championship.