Monthly Image Assessment night

As part of the monthly club night we have an opportunity to have our images assessed. Financial members are able to submit a maximum of two images each month to be assessed by a PSNZ judge. One image must be based on the Set Subject for the month (refer to the table below), the other image is an Open (entirely your own choice) category.

Club photographers are graded. We have four levels:  ‘Junior’ (under 18 years*), ‘Novice’, ‘B Grade’ and ‘A Grade’. 

When images are assessed they earn points if they are judged Accepted or higher.

Note: Assessment images must be submitted by the last day of the month. 

* For a complete definition of Junior age and grades refer to the club Competition Rules.


Month Subject
February Texture
March Black & White
April Leading lines
May Motion
June Landscape
July Portrait
August Birds / Animals
September Street Photography
October Long Exposure
November Homage to a known phtographer eg. Ansel Adams, Annie Leibowitz, Henri Cartier Bresson.
December/January Kiwi Summer Scenes
February Pets

points awarded to images:

Honours: 8 points
Merit: 4 points
Accepted: 2 points

These points help photographers move up through the grades.

how many points do you need to move up a grade?

You need to earn 63 points AND be awarded a minimum of two ‘honours’ to move up a grade.

additional competitions

Other specialty competitions are run on an ad hoc basis. Each field trip has its own competition. This is judged by the members on club night.

inter-club competitions

Inter-club competitions are also held throughout New Zealand, often run through our affiliated partnership with the Photographic Society of New Zealand (PSNZ).