Projection Division


The Projection Division of the Tacoma Photographic Society hosts a monthly competition and review meeting. The meeting is usually held on the first Thursday of each month. The meeting location can be found in the calendar event for that meeting.

All meetings are virtual

Due to the restrictions in place to reduce the spread of the Corona Virus and COVID-19, all Society Meetings are being held using ZOOM. Meeting information is posted on the monthly competition page by the meeting day.

You must be an active member to view this information.

Activity BeginsDays Prior to MeetingDays
Open for EntriesFriday13 days5
JudgingWednesday8 days4
Open for Popular VoteSunday4 days4
Review Meeting1st Thursday
Usual schedule of activities

Projection Division Competitions are digital. Images are uploaded to our competition software by our members. A panel of judges rate each image then members are provided an opportunity to pick the images they like, a popular vote. The results are tabulated and presented at the meeting. Also, during the meeting, those images members have submitted for critique are reviewed by the members present and feedback is provided to the maker.

Use of Image

Tacoma Photographic Society reserves the right to use any and all images submitted by club members for the purpose of promoting the Society. If a member does not wish for his or her image to be used in this manner, the member should not submit it into competition.

Tacoma Photographic Society will acknowledge the maker whenever an image is used ins such manner. The maker retains all other rights to the image.

Competition Rules

The Projection Division of the Tacoma Photographic Society is governed by the Society’s Constitution and Bylaws.


No entry that receives Photographic Points may be submitted more than once unless the composition has been substantially changed, nor may the work or a near duplicate be submitted in more than one of the Projection or Print competitions. Enhanced photographs can be entered into all competitions. These images must come from a photograph or montage of photographs taken by the entrant on film or electronically recorded. Any enhancement other than overall color and contrast control must be made by the photographer. The original image must be created in a camera.

Tacoma Photographic Society Bylaws; Article 12, Section 6, Subsection (a)

There should be no identifying text, graphics, or marks which might identify the maker. Specifically, the shall be NO watermarks on images.

Who May Enter

Covid-19 Change – Open to both Division Affiliate and Society Members

Until such time that The Society can again host in person meetings all Division level competitions will be open to all active members.

Only active TPS Division Affiliates my enter Division Competition.

Content Restrictions

All images submitted to a competition must:

  • be family friendly, suitable to all age groups.
  • have originated in a camera
  • not be a reproduction of an existing etching, painting, or photograph.
  • be the property of the member presenting the image. It is assumed that the member is the original maker of the image.
  • not have received photographic points in any previous Division Competition.

Images entered into previous competitions

It is important to understand this statement in the TPS Bylaws:

No entry that receives Photographic Points, may be submitted more than once, unless the composition has been substantially changed, nor may the work or a near duplicate be submitted in more than one of the Projection or Print competitions.

TPS Bylaws, Monthly Division Competitions

As Scorekeeper, I am interpreting this statement to mean:

  • Any image may be reentered into competition if it has not received Photographic Points.
    This would include:
    • images entered into the Online Competitions
    • images entered into Society Competitions that did not place on popular vote
    • images entered into previous Division Competitions that did not receive points
  • Any image which did receive Photographic Points may be reentered into competition if the maker has substantially changed it.
    An example of this is where the image scored a single Photographic Point, and the maker executed the changes recommended during critique – perhaps a major crop or change from color to B&W.

In general, Division Competition is open to all photographic subjects. There are no restrictions on what the maker has done to an image in post-production excepting that the work started from a camera capture and, the work is that of the maker.


Images entered into Division Competition will be judged by a panel of four judges. Three of the four judge’s scores will be used to assign a score to the image. Please review the Society’s Bylaws for further details on Judges Scoring and how they apply to your photographic points and awards.

Popular Vote

Images entered into both Division and Assigned Topic Competitions will be voted on by all in attendance to determine the best images by Popular Vote. Images will be awarded First, Second, and Third Place according to the tally. Ties will not be broken.

An Honorable Mention (HM) award may be made to runners up. HM awards do not contribute to a member’s photographic points.

Each member is asked not to vote for every image. The number of images you are permitted to vote for is defined by the number of entries, the same as for our in-person meetings. The breakpoints are as follows:

3 images or less enteredNo Contest
6 images or less entered2 votes
9 images or less entered3 votes
19 images or less entered4 votes
31 images or less entered5 votes
46 images or less entered6 votes
47 images or more entered7 votes

Number of Entries

Members may enter two images into competition unless otherwise noted in the individual competition rules.

Members may select one image for critique. The critique is led by the Division Director or a designate. All members in attendance are invited to comment on these images.

Image Type

Only Digital Image Files rendered as JPEG (type .jpg) will be accepted.

Image Size

Images should be no larger than 1080 pixels high by 1920 pixels wide. Images larger than these dimensions will be resized to fit. Images smaller than these dimensions will not be resized.


All images will be displayed by a color aware browser or a projector calibrated to the sRGB color space. While we make every reasonable attempt to ensure proper color calibration of our equipment, we do not make any guarantee that your image will be displayed with absolute fidelity.

File Size

Files in excess of 1.5MB (Mega Bytes) in size will not be accepted.

Online Competition

File Naming Requirements

File Naming Requirements Relaxed for Online Competitions

This rule is in place to enable tracking of digital files. During physical meetings images are downloaded to a computer and displayed by projector. It is expected that there will not be a connection to the internet, so file naming becomes the best way to ensure the maker is properly credited for their work.

Because online competitions are managed by this website, there is no requirement for strict file naming conventions.

Method of Entry

Active Member will enter their images through the upload interface made available through the Online Competition application software. This interface requires the following:

  • Image Title
  • Image Category
  • Image File

Changes to the image category, title, or the image file itself, may be made up until the close of entries.

In Person Competitions (sometime in the future ❤)

File Naming Requirements

In order to be able to maintain ownership and traceability for each image file, the following naming convention is required for images entered into an In Person Competition:

  • Acronym PD to indicate Projection Division
  • Competition Year-Month as YYYY-MM
  • Maker’s Name as registered on this website
  • Image Title
  • Image Category – one of:
    • a) Not for Comment
    • b) For Comment

For Example:

  • PD-2021-11-JOHN_SMITH-Balancing-Not_For_Comment
  • PD-2021-11-JOHN_SMITH-Balancing-For_Comment

On creating the competition catalog, all “-” and “_” symbols will be considered white spaces.

Method of Entry

Members wishing to enter into Projection Division Competition shall upload their images using the interface provided by this website on the competition page.

Competition Schedule

Below is a timeline showing the usual flow of a competition.

5 Days

Competition is Open for Entries

Friday through Tuesday
All active society members may enter images

5 Days
4 Days

Jury Rating of Images

Wednesday through Saturday
The Jury will provide rate image on our 6 to 10 scale

4 Days
4 Days

Popular Vote

Sunday through Wednesday
All active society members (except judges) will be able to vote for their favorites

4 Days
1 Day

Projection Division Meeting

Compile and post results
Hold Projection Division Meeting.

1 Day
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