Awards, Annual Honours & Advancement

As part of our educational program, the Hamilton Camera Club has a system for recognizing members’ accomplishments in our clinics. Such recognition is achieved using the judge’s scores on images submitted into clinics. The foundation for recognizing a member’s progress is the award of an “Honourable Mention” which is often abbreviated to HM.

Awards

Honourable Mentions

A red ribbon signifying an Honourable Mention (HM) will be awarded members for each submitted image at a clinic presentation on the following basis:

  1. Any submitted image from a JUNIOR member that receives a score of 21 or more will be awarded an HM.
  2. Any submitted image from an INTERMEDIATE member that receives a score of 23 or more will be awarded an HM.
  3. Any submitted image from a SENIOR member that receives a score of 24 or more will be awarded an HM.
  4. Any submitted image from a MASTER member that receives a score of 25 or more will be awarded an HM.

Category Winners

Within each division (Projected and Print) there are up to four categories per clinic. A blue ribbon signifying a Category Winner will be presented to the maker of the highest scoring image in each category from each division, subject to the following conditions:

  • Winners of the Category Winner award must receive at least the minimum points necessary for an HM at the maker’s level of advancement. Otherwise no Category Winner award will not be presented.
  • In the event of a tie, the judges will be asked to decide the Category Winner by awarding one more point to whichever image that the judges feel is the better image. If the judges still cannot decide between equally good images, extra ribbons may be awarded for that category.

Image of the Night

Within each division, Projected and Print, the maker of the highest scoring image will presented with a purple ribbon.

Winners of the Image of the Night award must receive at least the minimum points necessary for an HM at the maker’s level of advancement or the award will not be presented. In the event of a tie, the judges will be asked to decide the winner by awarding one more point to the image that the judges feel is the better image. If the judges still cannot decide between equally good images, extra ribbons may be awarded.

Annual Honours

Each year, at the Annual Awards Banquet, some members of the HCC are presented with honours certificates in recognition of their photographic accomplishments during that year’s clinics.

Level Honours

For each level of advancement (Junior, Intermediate,Senior and Master*), the honours recipients within that level are selected by calculating the total of each member’s three highest scoring images for the season across each division, Projected and/or Print; regardless of category that the image was submitted into. The member with the highest three image total is honoured as the level winner within the division while the member with second highest three image score is honoured as the runner-up. Ties are broken by the score of the 4th, or 5th ranked image from each tied member.

* For the purposes of Level Honours, all Masters level members are considered to be at the same level regardless of their star achievement level.

List of Level Honours
Junior Print
Junior Projected
Intermediate Print
Intermediate Projected
Senior Print
Senior Projected
Master Print
Master Projected

Category Honours

For each clinic category, Category Honours are determined by finding the total of each member’s three highest scoring images in each category and across each division regardless of a member’s level of advancement. The member with the highest three image total is honoured as the Category Winner within each division while the member with second highest three image score is honoured as the runner-up. Ties are broken by the score of the 4th, or 5th ranked image from each tied member.

List of Category Honours
Assignment Print
Assignment Projected
Creative Print
Creative Projected
Nature Print
Nature Projected
Pictorial Print
Pictorial Projected

Highest Total Honourable Mentions

The member (or members in the case of a tie) with the highest total number of Honourable mentions, regardless of the member’s level of achievement, division or category is also recognized annually for their accomplishment.

Advancement

A club member’s level of advancement is a very rough analogy for to their experience, skill and success at creating images that our clinic judges find score-worthy. Care and personal judgment should be exercised when considering a member’s level of advancement. Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and our clinic judges while qualified and thoroughly trained in assessing images, are, still human. The progression of advancement levels is found below:

New Member

Unless otherwise noted here, all new members start in the club at the junior rank.

If a new member is from an affiliated club they may join at their achieved rank up to the rank of Senior with proof of their status in the affiliated club that is equal or higher than the levels in the Hamilton Camera Club. Proof of status in an affiliated club can be presented to the Awards Chairperson. A new member who is a platinum or master level in others clubs will start at the senior level.

Junior

A score of 21 or more points on an image submitted to a clinic will earn the Junior an HM award. Junior level of advancement members advance to the level of Intermediate after receiving 10 Junior level HMs on clinic entries. In addition, a Junior level member can move to Intermediate level after receiving the score of 23 or more on 3 entries. Once a Junior level member moves to the Intermediate level of advancement, any marks of 23 or more obtained while at the Junior level do not count at the Intermediate level towards advancement to Senior level.

Intermediate

Members at the Intermediate level of advancement members will be awarded an HM for clinic entries receiving a score of 23 points or more. Intermediate level members advance to the Senior level of advancement after receiving 10 Intermediate level HMs.

Senior

Senior level members will be awarded an HM for clinic entries receiving a score of 24 points or more. Members who have attained the Senior level of advancement move to the Master level after receiving 10 Senior level HMs.

Master

Members at the Master level of advancement will be awarded an HM for clinic submissions that receive a score of 25 points or more. Master level members will advance to the rank of One Star Master after receiving Master level HM on 10 images. Subsequently, for each additional 10 Master level HMs obtained the member will obtain another Star, advancing to become a Two Star Master, and so on.