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Competition Entry Rules
Amended November 15, 2016 - Implementation Date: January 1, 2017

In the 2017 competition year CCCC will have five juried competitions as listed below.



2017 Juried Competition Rules and Themes




General


The rules for entering a Coastal Carolina Camera Club Print Competition can be found below; any questions or clarification of these rules should be referred to the Competition Chairman/Committee for discussion and/or decision.





Juried Themes for 2017

  • February 2017 Theme - Still Life - In camera only - No editing techniques allowed - See competition rules

  • April 2017 Theme - Panning Images -

  • June 2017 Theme - Outdoor Night Photography -

  • September 2017 Theme - Flowing Water -

  • November 2017 Theme - Bridges - Black & White (Monochrome)



General


The rules for entering a Coastal Carolina Camera Club Print Competition can be found below; any questions or clarification of these rules should be referred to the Competition Chairman/Committee for discussion and/or decision.





Eligibility


Competitions are open to all members in good standing who have paid their current dues.





Competition Classes


Members shall compete in either Division A or Division B.



  • Devision A will be comprised of the following members.

  • Those members who at year end 2016 were competing in the Advanced Division.

  • Those members (New or existing) who consider themselves to be experienced photographers and voluntarily elect to participate in this division.

  • For competition years 2017 and beyond those members who have earned 14 or more points since January 2016.


  • Division B will be comprised of the following members.

  • Members who are new to the club (Except for those that voluntarily elect to participate in Division A).

  • Existing members who consider themselves to be relatively inexperienced in photographic competitions.

  • For competition years 2017 and beyond those members who have earned less than 14 points since January 2016.

  • A member must state their choice of division on entering their first competition. Once in Division A, a member may not revert to Division B.





Number of Entries


A member may enter only one print in each competition.





Print Restrictions


  • All Competitions will have a THEME. There will be five competitions in 2017

  • One competition will be “in camera only”. In camera only is defined by no digital manipulation other than what is done by the photographers’ camera. Only one exception is permitted and that is to crop the photograph as an 8x10 or smaller. Anything that is done by the photographers’ camera is allowed. NO CELL PHONE IMAGES PERMITTED. You simply download to your computer, crop to desired size and print.

  • There will be no restriction placed on the editing on the remaining four competitions.

  • In addition, some competitions might be further labeled Black and White/Monochrome.

  • Prints entered in the competition must be taken during the year 2017.

  • No competing print may be entered more than once, whether it has won or not.




Presentation of Prints


The print must be matted. The maximum outer mat size is 11x14. The print may be any size.



  • The following information is to be written at the right upper back of each entry: Name of photographer Title of the print Competition Division Date photo was taken

  • No entries will be accepted without the above information. In addition, each entry must be accompanied by a 5x3 white index card (folded in half lengthwise to make a tent) with the name of the entry and a stand to display the entry.




Judging and Awards


  • Judges will select three (3) images in each Division. If there are only two entries then the judge will select 1st and 2nd place. The selection of images should be determined using the PSA 5-point system.

  • If only one (1) entry is received in a particular Division then the committee will deem that there is no competition in that Division for that month.

  • Winning competitors in both A & B Divisions shall be awarded: 5 points for 1st place 3 points for 2nd place 1 point for 3rd place

  • At years end, the members who have accumulated the most points in Divisions A & B during that years competitions shall be recognized with an award for First place in each Division.





Scoring System For Judging Print And Digital Images


  1. 1 Point : Image has a flaw such as unintentional blur, or has major parts out of focus, image is cluttered to point of distraction, or distracting elements are overwhelming.
  2. 2 Points : An image has no significant technical flaws, but which likewise has no significant strengths. It is the quality of the image that we would expect that most hobbyist should be able to take as a minimum standard. It has the technical proficiency that modern auto-exposure, auto=focus cameras allow.
  3. 3 Points : this is a good solid image, an image towards which every PSA member should be striving as a minimum. Such an image is technically correct and more. It exhibits AT LEAST ONE element towards which photographers who are working at polishing their craft should be striving (for example, showing a knowledge of the importance of choice of subject, of good lighting, of dramatic composition, of handling depth of field effectively, of eliciting emotional impact, or of exhibiting freshness and creativity). The elements of the image work together. If there are flaws, they are minor and compensated for by other elements in the image.
  4. 4 Points : An image that scores a 4 is a very strong image. Such an image is technically correct and much more. The elements must work together, if there are flaws, they are minor and hard to find. Obvious flaws must be compensated by other elements in the image. When the rules are broken, they are broken for impact. Technical excellence is expected in an image scoring 4. Difficult exposures, effective use of selective focusing and depth of field, as well as other advanced photographic techniques are commonly found in such and image. The image exhibits SEVERALelements towards which those who are working at polishing their craft should be striving. A 4 is really a strong 3.
  5. 5 Points : An image that scores a 5 is an exceptionally strong image; i.e., true photographic excellence. It need not be a perfect image, just a very, very strong image. Such an image is technically correct and much, much more. The elements of the image must work together to form a whole that is far greater than the sum of the parts. There should not be any obvious flaws. Images that score a 5 may break the rule. When the rules are broken, they are broken for impact. Technical excellence is expected in an image scoring 4. Makers should not be made to feel 5 is impossible to achieve




The three most important criteria used by judges are impact, composition and technique.


Impact - The power to demand attention, a subject that grips the mind, an extraordinary treatment of an ordinary subject, a mood generated by the image, a powerful message communicated by the image.
Composition - The arrangement of the image elements in pleasing proportions (e.g., following the Golden Rule or the Rule of Thirds, or breaking the rules creating a unique view).
Technique - Control of camera: proper exposure, depth of field, focus; quality of print, overall presentation





Mating and Presentation


Please remember to take as much care with mating your image as you do with its creation. Mats should be securely attached to your photo and use of a backing board is required. Please secure the backing board to the mat so your submission is presented in the best possible light. You can use double sided tape or a glue stick. You can use removable/repositioning tape if you plan on reusing your mat for future competitions. Removable/repositioning tape is available at the craft store. Poster board (for use as backing) is available at the dollar store.



How to professionally mat a photo





Meeting Night Photo Submission (for anonymity)


Photos must be submitted in a bag (plastic grocery store type is fine) or a large opaque envelope (manila, or USPS Priority Mail.) Please make sure the (labeled/matted) image is concealed in this manner prior to entering the building. Submissions should be presented to a competition committee member (in the foyer) as you enter building. Please remember to bring an easel to display your image on. For identification purposes make sure your name is discreetly affixed to the rear of your easel. Display of submissions will be the responsibility of the competition committee. An identification number for voting purposes will be randomly assigned/attached to each photo title card. Voting slips will be provided. Each member will vote for three (3) entries per competition level (Novice, Intermediate and Advanced.)





Emailing Copy of Image


Photographers of the six (3 in each level of competition) winning images will be responsible for e-mailing a 1024 x 768 jpeg copy of their image to the Chairperson of the Publicity Committee and the Webmaster. Images will be used for publicity as well as posted to the Juried Competition Gallery on the website. Winning photographers will be given photo credit.





Award winning images from our June 2017 Juried Competition



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