A certain number of images entered into a given Section will receive an HM or an Award, depending on the Skill Level of the entrants. This assignment is automatic as follows:
Each image is judged by 3 judges who each give the image a score of between 5 amd 9 inclusive - unless it is DQed (disqualified). The 3 scores are totaled, so an image can receive a total score of between 15 and 27. Thus, 21 is an average score.
All images that receive an HM or an Award during the Competition Year will be entered automatically into the Year End Competition.