A Diploma is an on going part of our programme, not confined to any one year. There are two types of Diploma: General and Specialised. You are strongly advised to seek assistance from the Club's Advisors on Diploma Submissions to assist in the preparation of a Diploma Entry. You must gain a General Diploma before you can submit a Specialised Diploma. Also you may only submit work for one diploma in any one year.
Diploma Guidelines
• There are two types of diploma: General and Specialised.
• You may not submit for a specialised diploma until you have been awarded a general diploma
• Diplomas panels can be either Prints or Digital Projected Images.
• Any successful Section B member will be promoted to Section A in the following season.
• Titles and sequence or print layout numbers must be added to the individual images. Print submissions will be viewed as a panel. A folio of images should be numbered in the order they are to be shown. A panel of prints should be accompanied by a hanging plan where a number on the back of the print is shown on the plan.
• Successful diplomas will be awarded a Pass, Credit, or Distinction, depending on the over all quality of the submission.
• The work is assessed by a panel of your peers, made up of experienced photographers from within the club (and from outside where necessary). The selectors spend a great deal of time in accessing the work in detail. The selectors are looking for a well thought out set of images, that are presented well. They are looking to pass work and not fail it. The work will be shown on the Diploma night and if the photographer is not present a written feedback can be requested. The panel’s decision is final.

General Diplomas
This is a folio of 10 images of your own selection and must follow the guidelines for competition submission. All submissions should show competency in dealing with 'Depth of Field', Exposure and 'Use of Light'. If these are presented as prints they must “hang well” together, as well as standing on their own as individual images.
Projected sequences must flow, so that a light image in not placed next to a dark image. Vertical and horizontal changes are kept to a minimum, and one image naturally leads onto the next image in the sequence through the use of colour and/or subject matter.

Specialised Diplomas
A member who has attained a General Diploma is eligible to submit 15 images in the following year. When submitting a specialised diploma the photographer will be asked to provide a statement of intent of no more than 50 words as to why the images were taken.

A Specialised Diploma can be one of the following subjects:
a Architecture: The photographer should show competence and understanding using exposure, format and where applicable the use of foregrounds for framing or enhancing the subject. Architectural detail is permissible.
b Landscapes including Seascapes: The photographer should show competence and understanding with the use of appropriate format, exposure, composition and quality of light.
c Portraiture: The folio should show competence in photographing human subjects, both indoors and out. Domestic animals only (not birds) will be considered as a complete set but any Diploma would be specified “Portraiture (animals)”.
d Natural History:
The Photographer should show competence Nature photography which depicts living, untamed animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology and the wide diversity of natural phenomena. Photographs of domesticated animals and photographs of cultivated or Hybrid plants are ineligible. Minimal evidence of humans is acceptable for nature subjects, such as barn owls or storks adapting to an environment modified by humans, or natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves, reclaiming it.
Any manipulation or modification is limited to minor retouching and must not alter the truth of the original scene.
e Creative Techniques: The folio should show imagination in manipulating reality to show an eye-catching image. Techniques (either at the taking stage or using computer software) can embrace the use of filters, sandwiched images, slow shutter blur, double exposure, bas relief, solarisation, zoom etc. It will be an advantage to submit a varied folio.

f Sport: The folio would show competence in capturing the range of movements, expressions and exertions of the participants.

g Contemporary: The work in this category concerns photography that conveys ideas, stimulates thought and encourages interpretation; photographs “about” rather than “of,”
h. Theme of your own Choice: The folio must portray a subject of interesting photographic substance. Prior consent Committee is required for a Theme of your own choosing regarding its suitability of the subject.
i AV: Only one Diploma award is allowed but it is possible to gain another award at a higher level via the Mason Trophy.
What is an audio visual/multimedia presentation?
An Audio Visual/ multimedia production should predominantly consist of sequences of still photographic images, the majority of such photographs being the original work of the entrant, together with an accompanying synchronised sound track. The use of third party images, animated graphics, video clips or other visual material, whilst not excluded, should be limited and should be appropriate to the production. These elements should be no more than 25% of the total in photographs or duration of the AV.
The AV should be submitted in the form of .exe or MPEG4 or .mov files, either on a DVD or memory stick. The completed AV should be sized to 1400 x 1050 pixels or 1400 x 788 pixels (for widescreen or ‘native’ 16:9 ratio).
The term AV shall include both still images to soundtrack and multimedia sequences.
(“This definition complies with WCPF and RPS requirements.”)
i. Photobook Diploma
What are we looking for?
We are looking for a book, which is based on a topic of substance with photography of suitable strength, book design, typography, and sequencing that supports the purpose of the book. All these elements should combine to the overall feel of the book as an object. Online or hand made books will be considered for a diploma entry.
In order to support the entry and convey the contents of the book to the club, a suitable sample of images (normally a minimum of five 40 x 50 mounted prints or DPI’s must be supplied with the book. The photographer or a nominated person can describe the book to the meeting and members are free to look at the book.
All book entries are to be handled with care.
The book is on loan to the club and will be returned immediately after the diplomas are judged.
(“This definition complies with RPS requirements and International Photobook standards.”)