Images that have won an Award or an HM during the regular monthly competitions are automatically entered into an end of year judging.
Each Division is judged by a separate panel of distinguished judges from across the United States and from overseas. Except in rare emergency situations, no judge can be a member of an S4C member club.
Gold, Silver, and Bronze and Honor Awards for each Skill Level and a Best of Show Award across all Skill Levels are selected within each Division/Section. The number of Awards selected at each Skill Level within a Section depends on the number of images and entrants eligible for consideration.
However, no club EOY awards will be awarded in an Interclub skill level unless there are at least 5 clubs that are competitive, this meaning that the club fully entered in at least 5 of the 7 competition months. Individual entrant images will still be eligible for the EOY image competition if they won an HM or Award during the regular monthly competitions - regardless of whether or not their club is eligible for club awards.
Awards are presented at the S4C Annual Installation & Awards Banquet.
Also presented at the Banquet are High Points Awards earned within each Section/Skill Level by entrants who have accumulated the highest number of points during the regular monthly competitions. In Individual Competitions only the 12 highest scoring images are counted towards the total. AN entrant must have entered at least 9 images, excepting DQs, to be eligible for a High Point Award.