Distinction Award RULES


A very high standard of imaging that would be appropriate for National and International levels, demonstrating an understanding of what constitutes good photography, including camera technique, composition and design, presentation and finish and an empathy with the subject matter.

 The WPF Distinction Award shall be known as the Associateship of the Welsh Photographic Federation and will be held for life. A holder will be entitled to insert the letters AWPF after his/her name. The distinction will be open to all.



1 Categories

There will be no classifications of subject matter.

2 Submissions

Panels for assessment will comprise of twelve prints or twelve digital images.

2.1 Prints

The twelve prints, in the form of a panel, may consist of black and white, or colour, or a mixture of both. Each print shall bear on its reverse side:

  • The applicants name and address
    · Club/Society
    · Image identification number (or letter). There is no need for a title.

Each print must be numbered to show the order in which the applicant wishes it to be presented. Please include a plan of how you would like the prints to be displayed. The prints may be displayed in two or three rows. No print including mount may exceed 50 x 40 cm.

Please include a disc or memory stick, (which will be returned). of the images and panel layout.

1600 wide x 1200 high sRGB.

Each Disc/ stick must bear the name and address of the entrant, the name of the club/society and Federation.

2.2 Digital images

The twelve digital images – in the form of a sequence, together with the start and end images may consist of black and white or colour, or a mixture of both. Digital Panels are judged in the same way as Print panel, but viewed individually, so it is important that the first image is your hanging plan, followed by the twelve images, and the last being a copy of your hanging plan again.  

1600 wide x 1200 high sRGB

This will give a file size less than 2 megabyte. The CDR will be retained for record purposes. Each CDR must bear the name and address of the entrant, the name of the club/society and Federation.

The image will be projected using a calibrated projector:

2.3 General

1600 x 1200 pixels sRGB

Each applicant must submit a list including the applicant’s name and Club/Society and Federation and outlining the titles of the 12 image files in the format 1-TITLE, 2-TITLE etc. in the sequence they are to be displayed/or projected.

3 Assessors

There will be five assessors selected from the WPF/PAGB list of judges or persons of equivalent standing.

4 Timing and Fees

The date of each session will be announced at least two months beforehand. Application forms and a fee of £40* (Members of clubs affiliated to the WPF) or £50* (Non-members) per panel must be received by the specified closing date. It is probable that there will
be only one session per year. Sessions will only proceed if a minimum of five panels are available for assessment. A maximum of twenty-five panels will be assessed per session. The first twenty-five entries to be received will be accepted; excess entries will be returned to the applicants for submission to the next session, along with the fee. Once the maximum number of panels has been accepted, NO refunds will be made in the event of a withdrawal.

Panels must be delivered to the Distinctions Secretary at least TWO weeks before the date of the assessment. An entry form and fee may be submitted at any time after the WPF AGM in March.

*Re-submissions may be made at the same fee.

5 Return of Prints

If the applicants are present, they may collect their print panels at the end of the session. Alternatively, they must supply proper packing, labels and cost of postage for the return of their panels, or state arrangements for their collection in writing.

6 Admission

Applicants may attend the adjudication session. The public will be allowed entry subject to a limit on numbers. Silence will be enforced during adjudication.

7 Guidance

In the event of a panel failing to gain the award, the Chair of the Assessors will announce a brief reason for failure. All will be notified in writing.

8 Certificates

A certificate will be given to each successful applicant, signed by the President. The distinction AWPF will take effect immediately the Assessors approve it. The WPF President will present certificates at the next WPF Annual General Meeting following the session in which the Award was gained.

9 Care of Entries

Whilst every care will be taken by the WPF to protect entry panels in their care, no responsibility can be accepted for damage.

Distinctions Secretary

Welsh Photographic Federation February 2022