Rules for Club Competition Entries
PDF versions of Competition Guidelines and Entry Forms:
- Entry Form for Prints
- Digital Competition Preparation Instructions (updated Jan 2011)
- Competition Rules (updated Oct 2011)
- As of January 2011 members may submit up to 4 entries with no more than 2 in any one category (see below).
- Digital Files may now be up to 500kb in size.
- Reminder: submit digital files to the entries mailbox for DPS - DO NOT send them to individual member mailboxes.
- Deadline for Digital entries via e-mail has been moved to the Friday before the competition.
- The Attendance rule has been changed to allow ONE exemption per year.
RULES OF COMPETITION [Revised October 2011]
Divisions: Competition is held in two divisions - Prints & Digital
3 Categories within each Division:
- Prints: Color, Monochrome* or Creative**
- Digital: Color, Monochrome* or Creative**
**Creative Definition - An: OBVIOUS DEPARTURE FROM REALITY
PRINT SIZE & CONDITIONS FOR COMPETITION
Prints must be mounted on material sturdy enough to protect the printi.e., matboard or foamcore. Mount size minimum is 11x14; maximum 16x20. Print can be any size up to 16x20, and may or may not be matted. Over/under size will be disqualified.
Back of print must have a DPS label affixed to upper left corner, showing title and the makers name. If this information appears on the face of the print, it must be covered for the competition. Box on label denoting Category (Monochrome, Color or Creative) must be checked.
Entry forms must also be filled out, complete & legible, prior to start of meeting, with a category box checked. Entry forms can be found and printed from the website.
Mounting materials must not present a potential for damage to other prints when stacked for competition, i.e., no sticky glues, sharp edges, smearable dyes or inks, etc.
MULTIPLE IMAGES which abut or overlap, with no matting material dividing them, printed on a single sheet, and mounted as a single print must now meet the Creative criteria and will be eligible ONLY for the Creative competition.
DIGITAL COMPETITION ENTRIES
Please refer to the separate detailed rules or request a printed copy.
Deadline for Digital entries will always be the FRIDAY prior to the competition meeting.
The Creative Category as a separate category
The entries will still be designated by the makers, but the Competition Committee reserves the right to disqualify an entry as not meeting the definition of that category. Any entry that would be disqualified could be switched to the general category.
The guidelines for the Creative Category will be to conform exactly to the definition of an OBVIOUS departure from reality. An entry that is simply digitally or darkroom manipulated does not qualify it. Guidelines
will be that the Creative aspect must be obvious by looking at the entry and not by either title or explanation of changes.
Creative color and monochrome images will be judged together.
There are two designations in competition subjects - OPEN or ASSIGNED.
- ASSIGNED: subjects are monthly assignments determined in January of each year at the planning meeting and/or by the Board.
- OPEN: subjects are general and of your own choosing.
Members may submit A TOTAL OF FOUR (4) ENTRIES PER MONTH, BUT NO MORE THAN TWO (2) entries in any one category.
DEADLINE: Entries are to be submitted between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. to give the competition committee time to process entries. Committee members have the right to close the competition at 7:00 and refuse any entries submitted late.
Prints or Digital entries WINNING ANY AWARD, may not be entered in the Competition again, except for the Year-End Competition. Entries not placing may be entered one more time. No entry may be entered more than twice.
PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPOSURES: All actual photographic exposures entered must have been made by the member entering it in the competition. All photographic exposures, arrived at either chemically or digitally, through manipulations, derivations, toning, coloring, or other photographic/digital techniques are eligible. Entries marked as Creative will be judged in the Creative Category ONLY.
MONTHLY COMPETITION FORMAT
GUESTS may submit entries for one month only, FOR CRITIQUE ONLY. These entries will not be considered in regular competition.
Ribbons will be awarded for each field in monthly competitions as follows:
- DIGITAL - Color, Monochrome, Creative: 1ST 2ND 3RD HM(s)* JA(s)**
- PRINTS - Color, Monochrome, Creative: 1ST 2ND 3RD HM(s)* JA(s)**
Popular Vote (PV) will will determine all awards with the exception of the Judges Award(s).
[**Judge's Awards -- limited to 2 in case of ties]
*No. of Awards in each field is determined by the number of entries.
- 1-3 Entries - 1st
- 4-5 Entries - Add 2nd
- 6-7 Entries - Add 3rd
- 8-10 Entries - Add 1 HM
- 11-20 Entries - Add 2nd HM
- 21+ Entries - Add 3rd HM
SCORING FOR COMPETITION POINTS
Earned Points for Monthly Awards (for cumulative totals at year end) are determined as follows:
|Entry of 1 to 2 items||1 pt.||3 pts.|
|1st Place||4 pts.||6 pts.|
|2nd Place||3 pts.||5 pts.|
|3rd Place||2 pts.||4 pts.|
|Honorable Mentions [HM1 HM2 HM3]||1 pt.||3 pts.|
|Judge’s Award [JA]||3 pts.||5 pts.|
ATTENDANCE: Members should not submit entries for competition unless they are able to attend that meeting, as the purpose for competition is for makers to learn from judges and for members to learn from makers. To accommodate vacations and emergencies, members are allowed only ONE (1) exemptions to this rule per year.
COLORADO COUNCIL OF CAMERA CLUB ENTRIES
We have rejoined the Council beginning in 2010. The council now holds intra-club competitions only quarterly. Those with winning entries monthly will be asked to leave their entries for consideration by a Selection Committee, to be entered in the following quarterly Council competition.
YEAR END AWARDS
Awards will be given out to the TOP POINT WINNERS, based on CUMULATIVE POINTS EARNED in the Monthly Competitions in each field THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, at the year end banquet. Top winners are: PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR [Total Points] Color Printmaker of the Year, Monochrome Printmaker of the Year, Digital Color Image Maker of the Year, Digital Monochrome Image Maker of the Year, and Creative Photographer of the Year in Prints & Creative Photographer of the Year in Digital Imaging. In all fields, there are also 1st, 2nd & 3rd Runners-Up
YEAR END COMPETITION entries must have been entered in the Monthly Competition during that calendar year to qualify. MEMBERS WILL BE ALLOWED TWELVE (12) ENTRIES TOTAL, to be divided up at your Discretion among the following six (6) categories: COLOR PRINTS, MONOCHROME PRINTS, CREATIVE PRINTS, DIGITAL COLOR IMAGES, DIGITAL MONOCHROME IMAGES, & DIGITAL CREATIVE IMAGES. Awards for all winning entries are also presented at the year end banquet. Number of HMs in each field is determined by the number of entries. Three (3) outside judges are on hand each year for the year end competition.
All entries are displayed/projected at the Banquet.