Tacoma Photographic Society recognizes members for their photographic achievements and for their service to The Society. A ranking system has been devised to enable members to track their progress. This section expands on Article 12 of the Society Bylaws showing how this ranking system functions and how members receive awards to recognize that progress.
Society Rank is computed based on the sum of the member’s Service Points and their Photographic Points. To progress in rank, the member must have a minimum of one new Service Point and one new Photographic Point during the competition year.
|R1||Member||1 through 25.5|
|R2||Associate||26 through 60.5|
|R3||Fellow||61 through 95.5|
|R4||Star Fellow||96 through 130.5|
|R5||Two Star Fellow||131 through 165.5|
|R6||Three Star Fellow||166 through 200.5|
|R7||Four Star Fellow||201 through 235.5|
|R8||Five Star Fellow||236 through 270.5|
|R9||Six Star Fellow||271 through 305.5|
|R10||Seven Star Fellow||306 through 340.5|
|R11||Eight Star Fellow||341 through 375.5|
|R12||Nine Star Fellow||376 through 410.5|
|R13||Ten Star Fellow||411 through 445.5|
|446 through 480.5|
|R15||Two Star Galaxy||481 through 515.5|
|R16||Three Star Galaxy||516 through 550.5|
After R16, rank continues as accumulated points increase in increments of thirty-five points.
New members join with a Society Rank of R1
Service points record a member’s contribution to The Society. Service Points are awarded as follows:
- Three points for one year in an elected Society or Division office, or for any portion of the year as an appointed board member.
- Three points to the recipient of the Presidential Service Award, given to a member for their exceptional service to The Society at the discretion of the President.
- Two points for one year as the chairperson of a Society Standing Committee.
- One point for service in any Society or Division appointed position.
- One point for service as the leader of a scheduled Society or Division activity or program.
Service points are accumulated through years of membership.
Service Awards are presented at the annual awards banquet each time a member has accumulated an increment of 15 Service Points. They may be presented to both Society and Division Affiliate Members.
Photographic points record a member’s photographic achievements. They are earned through participation in Society and Division competitions.
These competitions include, but are not limited to:
- Monthly Division Competition Judging
- Monthly Division Popular Vote
- Monthly Society-Assigned Topic Popular Vote
- Annual Division Competition
- Photo-essay Competition
- Scavenger Hunt Competition
Division Photographic Points
A Division Member earns Photographic Points for each Division
Division Photographic Points are awarded based on: Judge’s scoring; Division Popular Vote; and Division Annual Competition.
Member’s entries in Division Competition are judged by a panel. Each judge will rate the entry and assign a score from six to ten points.
Summing the scores from three of the four judges will result in a possible score from 18 to 30.
Award Based on Judge’s Scoring
Depending on the number of Photographic Points a division member has earned, the member will require a judges score in excess of the minimum combined score as defined in the following table.
|1||1 thru 25.5||22|
|2||26 thru 40.5||23|
|3||51 thru 75.5||24|
|4||76 thru 100.5||25|
|5||101 & higher||26|
A member of Division Grade 1 would only require a judges score of 22 to receive 1 photographic point.
Members who enter often or have a good aptitude will progress in Division Grade quickly, requiring a higher minimum combined score to achieve a photographic point.
Entries that receive a judges score of 27 or higher will be awarded an additional half photographic point.
Award Based on Popular Vote
At each Division competition, all those present are asked to vote on the images entered. The vote is a simple show of hands with multiple votes allowed depending on the number of entries.
|First Place||2.5 Photographic Points|
|Second Place||1.0 Photographic Points|
|Third Place||0.5 Photographic Points|
|Honorable Mention||No Photographic Points|
Annual Division Competition
The Annual Division Competition is held at the end of The Society’s competition year. The rules for entry are described in a later section.
|Special Citation Award||4.0 Photographic Points|
|First Place||3.5 Photographic Points|
|Second Place||3.0 Photographic Points|
|Third Place||2.5 Photographic Points|
|Honorable Mention||2.0 Photographic Points|