Competition Rules & Regulations
We hold several competitions each year for digital
color prints and B&W prints. Our intention is to increase each
member’s enjoyment of, and improvement at, photography through
comparison, study and evaluation. This process also enables us to
and prints to submit to the NECCC and/or
of the club may submit up
four digital or print entries in each category.
A member need not be present to have photos
in the competition. All negatives and digital photos must be the work
of the entrant only, however, they may be printed commercially.
use of Photoshop or other editing software is allowed.
is (according to the Photographic Society of America) restricted to
the use of the photographic process to depict observations from all
branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, in
such a fashion that a well informed person will be able to identify
the subject material and to certify as to its honest presentation.
The story-telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the
pictorial quality. Human elements shall not be present, except
on the rare occasion where those human elements enhance the nature
story. The presence of scientific bands on wild animals is
acceptable. Photographs of artificially produced hybrid plants or
animals, mounted specimens, or obviously set arrangements, are
ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of
the photographic statement.
otherwise noted, may be of
Any size print or mount up to 16” x 20” is acceptable.
Prints must be mounted. Cardboard frames and matting are not
required but may enhance the presentation. Prints must have a title.
title, together with the maker’s name, address and camera club
must appear on the back of the mount.
It would be prudent to include this same information on the back of
the print as well with the use of a label (never write directly onto
the back of any photo) just in case the print should separate from
the mounting board.
The clubs regular competitions are judged by a rotating panel of
three judges selected from a pool of appointed club members. This
pool of judges will be added to annually from the top scoring members
in the previous year’s regular competitions. Any member serving
as a judge in a particular competition shall be awarded, for each of
his or her own spouse’s slides or prints, a score which is the
average of the scores given by the other two judges in this instance,
rounded up to the higher whole number. On occasion, qualified judges
from outside the club may be asked to participate.
entries are previewed briefly prior to the judging.
Then, as each entry is displayed for scoring, each of the three
judges awards a score of up to 10 points. A slide or print may
receive a score up to 30 points. After all entries are judged, and
some discussed, winning entries are shown again and the scores and
makers’ names are announced. The winners may be asked to
comment on technical and other useful information.
per person in each category (pictoral,
nature) or one print in each category (color, b&w) may be
submitted to the NECCC in any particular competition.
If one person submits two entries in any one category that happen to
receive the highest scores in our club's judging, only one of those
entries may be submitted to the NECCC competition. The other
entry/entries will be withdrawn without points, but may be entered in
any other club competition.
to see a more detailed instruction
to see a more detailed instruction on PSA challenges
How to name your Pictures for the competitions
Club Name, Your Name FirstLast (no space), Image Title (first letter only of all words Capital with spaces between)
It should look like this:
Your entries should be numbered 1,2,3,4.....
- (must be used in proper places with no spaces before or after)
NECCC -Pictorial- PB1$Housatonic$YourName$ImageTitle.jpg
The P or N stand for Pictorial or Nature Category
B is for our Class
Entries in each category need to be numbered 1,2,3 or 4
$ (must be used in proper places without spaces before or after) Club Name
Your Last Name, First Name
Image Title (first letter only of all words Capital with spaces between)
prints winning awards in any of the clubs regular competitions will
be ineligible for reentry in the clubs regular competitions, forever.
This rule does not apply to inter club competitions or “fun”
club competitions where no points are given.
to see the Housatonic Camera Club Competition Schedule.