All new members begin at Star Level 1 in each category:
When the criteria below are met for a given category the member is promoted to the next Star Level. A promotion certificate is issued.
Star level criteria are as follows:
Star 1 to Star 2- 3 Gold Awards/Certificates of Merit Plus Total of 20 Points
Star 2 to Star 3- 6 Gold Awards/Certificates of Merit Plus Total of 40 Points
Star 3 to Star 4- 12 Gold Awards/Certificates of Merit Plus Total of 60 Points
Star 4 to Star 5- 20 Gold Awards/Certificates of Merit Plus Total of 200 Points
Star level evaluations are based on the following criteria:
-Subject in focus
Star 2 Level 1 requirement plus:
-Appropriate depth of field
-No distracting elements
-Competent use of composition and suitable light
Star 3 Level 2 requirements plus:
-Critical depth of field
-Correct use of light
Star 4 Level 3 requirements plus:
-Creative photographic technique
-Attention to detail
Star 5 Level 4 requirements plus:
-High artistic merit
For members who have achieved level 5, there is an added incentive award: The Honour Roll.
A member must receive one Certificate of Merit or 8 gold evaluations within any 12 month period to obtain Honor Roll status.
To remain on The Honour Roll, members must re-qualify each 12 month period.
Each year the Sharon Ellington Trophy is presented to the member that achieves the highest cumulative score, in one category, from the previous season’s submission of 20 images.