SxPF PDI Championship 2018 – Day Details

We look forward to welcoming members from all affiliated Sussex clubs on 17th November 2018. Please encourage as many members from your clubs to attend as possible for what promises to be another exciting day of high-quality photography.

SxPF PDI Championships 2018 – Invitation to Participate

SxPF is excited to formally invite your club to participate in the annual PDI Club Championship Competition, to be held on Saturday 17th November 2018. Please indicate your intention to participate by Sunday 16th September.

PDI Championships 2016 Survey

If you attended the DPI Championship, we’d be very grateful for five minutes of your time to complete our feedback survey. What you think really matters to us, so we can improve our events. Many thanks in anticipation.

SxPF PDI Championships 2016 – Invitation

Invitation to Participate

Dear Member Club

We at SxPF are excited to make an official invitation to your club to participate in our annual PDI Championship, to be held at The King’s Centre, Burgess Hill on Saturday 12th November 2016. sxpf-pdi-invitation-2016issued

Please indicate by 16th September 2016 latest directly to the SxPF Secretary  – secretary@  – your intention to enter the competition. A response is required from all clubs please, affirmative or not.

The closing date for delivery of entries is now extended to FRIDAY 21st October 2016. Entry arrangements and technical requirements will be issued after 16th September.

The event will be appraised by three judges in a morning session and commented during the afternoon. This will bring together the best of commentary and salon-style assessment.

We would urge clubs to do the following as soon as possible:

  • Identify who in your club is eligible for Open (Advanced) and Development categories.
  • Begin the process of selecting images – now six from no less than five photographers in each category (twelve in total).

Online Entry

We have not been sitting in the sun; we have been testing new software to enhance the running of the day, which also has an online upload facility that will be available from the website.

To ensure that everyone  understands the system we have arranged a workshop with hands on tuition. Please ensure that at least one member of your club attends this event on Saturday 1 October, 10:00 – 13:00 at the Kings Centre, Burgess Hill.

Rule Changes


There are a number of changes to the rules for the coming season following agreement at the AGM. Please read the revised rules carefully and fully.

The following are the most important:

Number of Images per class: In order to encourage maximum participation, the number of entries in each class has been reduced from eight to six images from no fewer than five photographers. We would hope to bring all clubs into the fold following this change.

Development class eligibility: The Development Class is open only to photographers of primary or intermediate standard. Para 2.5.d. now covers all clubs to which a photographer belongs and a cut-off date of 1st September has been introduced.

The cut-off date means that, for example, a photographer promoted to an advanced class at the end of the previous season is deemed to be ineligible for the Development class, even if the image entered was successful at club Development level. Similarly, a first distinction or exhbition acceptance gained after 1st September will not in itself affect eligibility for the Development class for the current season.

SxPF Judges Forum 2016

Calling all Judges


Judging is still the most talked about topic in club photography.

And the volume is louder than ever when I visit clubs. I could be forgiven for wondering if we are more concerned about judges than making photographs.

But when was the last time you had the opportunity to attend a professional development event to discuss and develop our craft among peers and respected practitioners?

For that reason, SxPF is organising a Judges Forum on Saturday 24th September, open to all practising judges at all levels living in Sussex and / or members of SxPF clubs regardless of your affiliation (SCPF, SPA or KCPA).

At the Forum you will have the opportunity to:

  • Practise and develop our craft
  • Share best practice and experiences
  • Discuss and resolve some challenging issues
  • Consider challenging genres and styles

At the present time, we are looking for expressions of interest from you.

Later in October, we will go out to you with some candidate topics for discussion and invite your input, so that we can build a conference agenda that matters to you and that can make a difference collectively to our development.

If you are interested to attend – no commitment at this stage – please indicate by replying to the Secretary by return.

This is an almost unique opportunity – the day event has been run successfully by SCPF (Southern Counties Photographic Federation) – and we would like to make it an annual or biennial event as part of the SxPF calendar.

Meanwhile please do get in touch if there is anything you would like to know.

Best regards

… Ken Scott ARPS
Judging Advisor

SxPF Print Championship 2016 – Day Arrangements

The 2016 SxPF PRINT Championship, in association with Longridge, takes place at the King’s Centre, Burgess Hill on 9th April 2016. We look forward to welcoming members from all affiliated Sussex clubs on the day.

Download Poster – 2016 SxPF Print Poster 1


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  • 12:30 – 14:00 – Prints Open to view
  • 14:30 – 17:30 – Commentary and Presentations



Morning Judging

The morning session is closed to view whilst judges score the images independently. Doors open at 12:30 for viewing the prints.
Please Note: No food or drinks will be permitted in the display room.


Afternoon Commentary

During this session all of the images will be projected. Our judges will comment on all the club sets and some individual images.
The awards will be presented at the end of the afternoon.


Admission on the door is £4. Refreshments will be available from 12:30 and at the official afternoon break.
You may wish to bring a packed lunch with you if you are visiting from 12:30, or of course there is a wide choice of pubs and cafés in nearby Burgess Hill town centre.

Our Judges

We are delighted to welcome our three judges for the competition

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  • David Eastley LRPS
    David is a member of Brighton and Hove Camera Club and is well known to Sussex clubs. David is a well-respeted judge with SPA and has recently completed a photographic project documenting the coastline of England
  • Rachael Talibart LRPS
    Rachael is a judge for SPA and a public speaker. She is also co-founder of f11 Workshops, providing photography day tours and workshops in Surrey, West Sussex and London. Rachael’s images have been published in books and both print and online magazines and have been exhibited widely in the UK as well as Barcelona and New York
  • Richard Walton FRPS, MPAGB, EFIAP
    Richard is from Kent and has been a member of the RPS Visual Arts panels since 2011 as well as an assessor for the PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit. He is therefore well-known across the region and nationally



We are very grateful to Longridge for being a main sponsor for our event. They will be on hand during the day to give product demonstrations and have generously donated some raffle prizes. Please support their generosity in the usual way.


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Development Class Eligibility

We have been asked again to clarify the eligibility for the Development Class, which is intended for Beginner and Intermediate standard photographers, at SxPF Championships events.

Please note this rule clarification about the Development class, which was issued with the Invitation:

Para 5d says: have none of the above but whose club considers them to be of advanced
standard in any discipline of photography;

It is quite possible that a photographer might be in the advanced section at one club and
not in another. In such a case ‘whose club’ means ‘any club the photographer belongs

In other words: If a photographer is in the Advanced section of your club or any other,
then he or she is considered to be of advanced standard and is not eligible for the
Development Class at the SxPF Championships.

This was always the intention and will be formalised at the next Forum.

SxPF Print Championships 2016 – Entry Details

This post concerns your entry to the SxPF Print Championship, to be held at the King’s Centre, Burgess Hill on 9th April 2016. All SxPF clubs were invited to take part in the competition in early January, so we hope you are making good progress with your selection.

Please read these notes in conjunction with the rules.

Print Preparation

  • Prints must be presented in card mounts measuring no more than 50cm x 40cm.
    Mounts MUST be strengthened with a backing card to protect the print.
  • Note: It is suggested but not mandated that all print mounts are exactly 50cmx40cm for consistency of display and safety in transit.
  • The back of the print must display an SxPF label with the Club Name and Image Title. The label must not show the name of the photographer. However, it is acceptable if the photographer’s name appears elsewhere on the back of the print in connection with previous competitions and exhibitions. We rely on the professionalism, integrity and impartiality of our judges to ignore all such information.

A projection quality PDI version of each image must be provided for projection. See below for formatting requirements.

Print Order

There is an additional column on the entry form which asks for a Print Order. Please list your prints from A-H, where A is the first (top left) and H is the last (bottom right).

In a change from last year we are not suggesting a layout because we do not yet know the configuration of the display stands until the day of the event. Images will be considered and marked individually without regard to the overall impression of the set.

Delivering your Prints

We have arranged several drop-off points for the delivery of your entries. You may take your prints to these locations by prior arrangement up to and on the closing date of Friday 18th March.

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  • West: Len Brook (Worthing) – Tel: 01903 209889
    Up to closing date Friday 18th March
  • East: Valerie McManus (Eastbourne) – Tel: 07950 904778
    Up to closing date Friday 18th March
  • Centre and all catch ups: Sonia Dunmall – Tel: 07810 518851
    On Friday 18th March at McDonalds, Burgess Hill from 6 – 9pm


Prints must be delivered in a suitable print box labelled with your club name and a contact name and phone number. SxPF will take every care of the images supplied but cannot be held responsible for damage, however caused.

Your print box must contain your sixteen images, plus your entry form in hard copy and, if you have not sent them in advance, your companion PDIs on suitable media.

It would be extremely helpful if you would send your completed entry form with list of prints AND your formatted PDIs as soon as you have them ready so that we can prepare well in advance. These may be sent by email or by a Cloud storage system such as Dropbox or WeTransfer. Emails to Paul Dunmall at

Day Arrangements

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These will be issued later in detail. In outline:

  • The print event will be hung for display on Friday pm / Saturday am
  • Three judges will score the event, marking each print individually out of 20 to determine the winning clubs and images. Unlike the PDI, the judging will be a closed session.
  • The exhibition will be open to view from late morning to mid-afternoon
  • Commentary and presentations will take place from mid-afternoon.
    It is likely that this year the judges will be asked to pre-select images that they would like to talk about in commentary, so that we can have both the original print and the PDI available to view during the afternoon session.


Collecting your Entries

Please make sure that your club has a representative at the event to collect your print boxes at the end of the day. We would, of course, expect that you will wish attend.

Companion PDIs – Sizing and Preparation

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  • Images must be sized to a maximum of 1400 px wide x 1050 px high
  • Images should be in the sRGB colour space to be compatible with the projection software
  • Images must be in .jpg format and should be saved at a low compression e.g. 10
  • Image files must be named using the convention: Image Title_Photographer Name.jpg e.g. Waterfall at Dawn_Jane Bloggs ARPS.jpg
    Please use title case for both i.e. main words capitalised, and spaces between words. The separator between Image Title and Photographer Name is an underscore. Do not use an underscore or hyphen anywhere else in the filename.
  • Your title and name should be as you would wish it to be displayed on results sheets. You may include distinctions, of course, but the software occasionally has issues in distinguishing these from surnames.
  • Images must be organised into two folders, one for each class, named simply with your club name and the class – Open and Development.
  • Your club name must be as you wish it to be displayed on results sheets e.g.
    ABC Camera Club – Open
    ABC Camera Club – Development



Any questions relating to these notes should be addressed to either:




Entry Form (docx) – SXPF Print Championship – Entry Form

Entry Form (PDF) – SXPF Print Championship – Entry Form

Entry Notes (PDF) – SXPF Print Championship – Entry Notes

Print Labels Open (docx)SxPF Print Labels (Open)

Print Labels Dev (docx)SxPF Print Labels (Dev)

Final Rules (PDF) – SxPF Championship Rules 2015 V2.1



Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions you may have.

… Ken Scott
February 2016

SxPF Judging Training Workshop 2016 – Day Arrangements

Level 1 Judging Workshop Joining Instructions

Thank you for registering to attend the Level 1 Judging Workshop on 23rd and 30th January 2016. We hope you will have an enjoyable and rewarding course. This course has been run successfully by SCPF and SxPF since 2012 and is being extended to two days for the first time.

Venue and Time

The Kings Centre, 33-35 Victoria Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 9LR

We will be in the Hassocks Room but will meet in reception to the Centre.

Arrival from 9:30am; workshop timings 10:00 to 4:30 approx. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided on both days. If you have any special dietary needs, please could you advise Sonia Dunmall directly.

What to Bring

  • Pen, notepad and Self-prep (see questions below)
  • Three prints that best illustrate your style and standard of work


The course leader is Ken Scott ARPS, judging advisor to SCPF, with Caroline Colegate ARPS, senior judge and tutor with SCPF, and Paul Dunmall CPAGB, SxPF Chairman and judge with KCPA.


The workshop provides a practical introduction to club judging and looks at underpinning principles as well as the ins and outs of doing it. It is intended for those who wish to try and practice before going out on the club circuit.

The objectives of the workshop are:

  1. To understand the role and core qualities of a good club judge
  2. To understand and practice providing a photographic appraisal, notably:
  • Expressive Quality (EQ), meanings and interpretations
  • Visual design and craft
  • Technical diagnosis
  1. To understand and practice how to give structured feedback
  2. To be aware of and practice how to speak to an audience, notably:
  • Body language
  • Voice projection
  • Use of language
  1. To consider the requirements of some different genres and specialist styles
  2. To be aware of the club processes for judging, as guided by PAGB
  3. To be aware of marking schemes and their relevance




Please give some consideration to these questions before the workshop:

  • What is the role of a club judge?
  • What are your judging pet hates? What things do judges do or say that really irritate you (and your fellow club members) ? How do you think it should be done?
  • What appeals to you about judging?
  • What kind of judge do you want to be? / What individual qualities will you bring?
  • What are your fears (if any) about going out to do judging?
  • What do you want to achieve during the workshop?