Competition Guidelines


1. NUMBER OF ENTRIES A member can enter a maximum combination of three (3) digital projected images (DI) and prints in each competition. For example, the entries can consist of 3 prints and no DIs, 2 prints and 1 DI, 1 print and 2 DIs, or 3 DIs, etc. All print entries must be submitted to the Print chair no later than 6:30 p.m. Entries arriving later than that time shall not be accepted for that evening’s competition. Digital images shall be submitted to the DI chair no later than 11pm on the Thursday a week before  the competition.

2. ABSENTEE ENTRIES OR MAKE-UPS In the event of absence a member can submit his/her images to the Competition Chairperson in advance of the meeting to be missed. A member missing a competition due to absence can make up that competition at any time during the calendar year. Make-up images can be entered only in the general category. A member can submit a maximum of 2 make-up images in any combination of projected images and prints at any competition. Make-up entries are not eligible for first, second and third place awards.

3. SCORING – POINT ACCUMULATION All points received during the calendar year shall be accumulated in the respective projected digital image and print divisions.

4. AWARDS At the completion of the competition year certificates shall be presented to the two members in projected and print images divisions of each group accumulating the highest points in their respective divisions and groups. (The actual number of certificates awarded shall be at the discretion of the competition chairperson.) Photographer of the Year awards in both “A” and “B” groups shall be based on the combined scores for projected images and print entries.

5. IMAGE AGE No age limitation shall be imposed upon any image. Nevertheless, members are encouraged to make every attempt to submit new work in order to take advantage of new equipment, films, digital imaging and techniques, as well as maintain or add to their photographic skills.

6. JUDGING CRITERIA In general, there shall be four factors used in evaluating and scoring photographs. They are: interest, composition, technique and impact. Additionally, it is recognized that a photograph can be so strong in some area or areas that it overrides a weakness in some other area. Equally important is that an image should provide communication between maker and viewer.

7. SCORING STANDARDS (under constructions)

8. JUDGING PANEL  A judge shall vote zero on his/her own image and any image he/she recognizes (such as a spouse or friend) and on which he/she cannot score objectively. In this case the score recorder shall average the other scores and add that number to determine the total score. Fractional values of that average shall be raised to the next highest whole number. (For example, should the scores be 6, 7 and 0, the average would be 6.5. The average shall be given a value of 7 resulting in a total score of 20.)

9. PRINT IMAGE PREPARATION FOR SUBMISSION TO COMPETITION For prints, the orientation should be indicated on the back of the mount or print. Prints must be neatly mounted on mounting board up to 16 by 20 inches or 320 square inches equivalent. The minimum image size shall be 8 by 8 inches or 64 square inches equivalent. Framed and glass mounted prints are not acceptable due to handling difficulties. All print entries must be submitted to the Print chair not later than 6:30 p.m. Entries arriving later than that time shall not be accepted for that evening’s competition.  Required information includes: Class: A or B  Category: G (general), S (special), M (makeup) Maker’s Last Name and First Initial Title of Image

10. GUIDELINES FOR DIGITAL IMAGE COMPETITION All images may be captured either using a digital camera or scanned from slides or negatives and must be NEW images, not previously entered in any format in any prior OPCC competition. All images must be the member’s own image. OPCC rules governing number of entries apply. At this time, any member may submit up to three images in any combination of digital files or prints.