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A photograph in which a single image tells a complete story in one image, so that a viewer can immediately get the answers to who, what, when, why and where. One interpretation of the category is that it shows humankind and its world. Titles must be included, as they are an integral part of the story telling.

Rules Affecting All Categories

  1. All images and editing must be the work of the entrant only.
  2.  Multiple shots taken of the same scene [i.e. images taken at the same time, from the same position, with the same equipment] may not be entered in more than one category during any one monthly competition.
  3. Images winning First, Second, Third place awards may not be re-entered in the same or any other category in subsequent competitions — EVER. It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure that winning entries are not resubmitted. All such entries will be disqualified.
  4. An image not winning a place award may be re-entered in subsequent competitions. This includes Honorable Mentions.
  5. A winning image that has been physically altered through digital or other manipulation such as using overlays, montages, etc., where the original content of the image has been changed, will be regarded as a new image and can be re-entered.
  6. All entries must have titles unique to that entry, in order to facilitate record keeping. Different entries in the same category should not have the same name during any given competition year. Titles are especially important for entries in the Photojournalism Category, as the title is taken into consideration by the judge and can play an important role in the judging.
  7. Images that contain nudity, tasteless, violent or insensitive subject matter, or anything else that may be considered inappropriate may be disqualified from competition by the Competition Coordinator, Club President or Club Vice President without appeal. The Coordinator, President and Vice President are the sole judges of what may constitute inappropriate content, and their decision is final. In the event that the Coordinator, the President and Vice President cannot agree the matter shall be brought to the Board for a vote, either at a regularly scheduled Board meeting, or at an emergency meeting, if time requires it.

Image Manipulation & Editing

Digital manipulation and editing allows enhancements and modifications to improve an image while maintaining the photographic essence. It allows adjustments to exposure, contrast, sharpness, acceptable cropping, altering between horizontal and vertical, enhancement of overall color and High Dynamic Range (HDR). Composite photographs are acceptable as long as all elements included are the entering-photographer’s own work and the final result is still photographic in nature. Commercial clip art, parts of commercial photographic collections, or the work of another photographer may not be included. Removal of elements, is permissible.

Any type of manipulation or alteration is acceptable in the Creative Category, when applicable.

Category Definitions

Open (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels)

This category can be interpreted liberally as that area of photography that shows the viewer a scenic vista, cityscape, pets, reflections, travel, nature, or any other image demonstrating impact, color, composition and a point of interest. Portraits, photojournalism, and nature images may also be entered in this category, at the photographer’s option, but will be judged as Open.

Black & White (all levels combined)

Black & White Prints may be toned (sepia, brown, blue, or gold) but may not be hand-colored or tinted.

Nature (all levels combined)

A photograph depicting the wildlife of our planet, such as animals in the wild, birds in a natural environment, landscapes of natural beauty, wild and cultivated plants, etc., are all in this category. Images that show the obvious hand of man (man made patterns, rows, etc.), domesticated animals, scenes showing cultivated fields, fences, houses, telephone lines, mowed grass, etc., will be disqualified. However, images in which a man made object is part of the creature’s natural habitat, such as a stork in a roof nest, a barn swallow in its nest in a barn, as well as tagged animals in the wild, are acceptable. Cultivated plants ARE accepted in this category as long as the hand of man is not present or visible in the image.

Not acceptable are images such as birds on a fence post, or man made surfaces (decks, concrete, railings etc.).

Assigned October – Action

Action by its very definition and name implies that something is going on, however still photos are still. So one of the biggest questions we need to ask is how can we express motion in a still photo? We somehow need to show that the movement is happening, and we need to tell the whole story of what is going on, the movement, the speed, the height, the trick, whatever the action may be. And we need to tell it in one tiny little slice of time, one frame.

Assigned November – Photojournalism

A photograph in which a single image tells a complete story in one image, so that a viewer can immediately get the answers to who, what, when, why and where. One interpretation of the category is that it shows humankind and its world. Titles must be included, as they are an integral part of the story telling.

Assigned December – Apple

Still life photography, is used for the depiction of inanimate subject matter, typically a small group of objects, in this case with the main subject being an Apple.


Assigned January – Portrait

Portrait photography or portraiture is photography of a person or group of people that captures the personality of a subject by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses. A portrait is the art of capturing a subject which the face, facial features as well as facial expressions are made predominant.

Assigned February – Amore

The Italian word for Love is quite appropriate for our Valentine's Day theme. For this assignment you must capture our hearts with an image that expresses Amore, an expression of affection either between two people, a single person, animals or objects.

Assigned March – Architecture

Architecture - photography involves the photographing of structures and buildings in a way that is both accurate and aesthetically pleasing. This means that it is more involved than just pointing a camera at a building and shooting away. As a building cannot convey emotions like a human subject, architectural photographers need to set a mood using ambient light. The photographer can also tell a story and make a photo more dynamic by displaying some of the building’s environment or by choosing interesting angles that show off pattern, contrast or repetition.

Assigned April – Abstract

Abstract photography concentrates on shape, form, color, pattern and texture. The viewer is often unable to see the whole object. The subject of the photo is often only a small part of the idea of the image. Viewers may only know the essence of the image subject or understand it by what is implied. Often the image will not be a literal view of the subject itself.

Images of the Year Competition

The meeting held during the second week of May is reserved for the Images of the Year Competition. All the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in both Digital Projection and Print categories are eligible for entry in this competition. Images that have earned Honorable Mentions are not eligible for entry into this competition. Digital Projection and Prints of the Year awards will be chosen for each category, as well as Best Overall Image of the Year.

Special awards will be given to the winners of this event. This special competition is conducted with live judging, and commentary on individual images is made at the discretion of the judge(s). All entries must be turned in to the Competition Committee or Coordinators no later than 7:15 PM ON THE NIGHT OF THE COMPETITION.

Awards are given by the judges solely on their judgment upon viewing the images, and DO NOT affect the cumulative points awarded for the Annual Photographers of the Year described in the Judging and Scoring explanations on the website.