Because not everyone is at the same skill level, the photo competitions are divided into two groups: A (for Advanced) and B (for Beginner). New members can choose which group they feel they belong in. There are no special requirements to be in group A, but you will be judged against experienced photographers.
If you feel you should be in the other group, you may request a group change from the executive board. If granted, the change will take place after the last competition of the club year and before the first competition of the following club year. Groups cannot be changed once competitions have begun for the year.
Any person in group B that has earned 50 monthly competition points and gets first place in any category during the Year End competition will automatically be placed in group A the following year. If you are not comfortable with this move, you may appeal to the executive board to remain in B group.