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Competition Details for North Metro Photo Club

We hold digital photo competitions (Salons) on the following months:

September

November

January

March

And our year-end awards program takes place in May

The non-competition months are dedicated to educational topics and activities.

 

Judging for competition gives members helpful evaluation and commentary on their submitted images.

 

Competition judges comment on each image and score the images on a scale from 8 to 15 total points. Accepted images are those that score between 12-15 points and mentioned by name during the monthly meeting and showcased in the online photo galleries each month.  These images are then considered for the annual award ceremony in May.

Judging
Images submitted monthly will be reviewed by an outside judge who reviews and critiques the images based on industry standard criteria.
There may be times when three club members form a judging panel.

 

Scoring
Images are scored from 8 to 15 points. All images are judged based on Composition, Technique, and Impact

 

Composition is the arrangement of all elements within the picture area so the subject matter is presented as a harmonious, well-balanced photograph.

 

Technique is the technical aspect of the photo – focus, lighting, color rendition, exposure, print quality, and mounting.

 

Impact (or interest) consists of originality, imagination, interpretation, subject, impact, mood, humor, etc.

Images that earn 12, 13, 14, or 15 points are considered “Accepted” and will be included in the “End of the Year” competition.

 

“Accepted” images may not be submitted again at North Metro Photo Club competitions in the future; but they may be submitted elsewhere (N4C, PSA, Interclub, etc.)

 

Any images scoring below the “Accepted” level may be submitted at future North Metro Photo Club competitions.

 

Awards

Images that have received acceptances from the judges of the monthly contests move on to the End of Year Competition, and are eligible to receive awards such as "Image of the Year" and others that indicate a high level of achievement by individual members. Additionally, members with the highest accumulated point scores from the monthly competitions receive certificates for their accomplishment. All are recognized at our End of Year Banquet Event.

We hold digital photo competitions (Salons) monthly from September to April with our year end in May.

 

Judging for competition gives members helpful evaluation and commentary on their submitted images.

 

2019-20 Schedule

 

Image Submission Rules

 

All images submitted must be the end result of a photograph taken by the maker.  All members are assigned a Member Number to be used for submission of competition entries.

 

Each month any member may enter

One (1) digital image for the “Topic” competition and

Two (2) digital images for the “Open” competition.  

 

Monthly competition “Topics” are are listed above.  For each image submitted, clearly indicate the competition category, “Topic” or “Open,” in which it is to be entered.

 

To be included in a month’s competition, email images to northmetrophotoclub@hotmail.com

 

The deadline is 6:00pm on the 5th of the month.

After you submit your image(s) you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt within 48 hours.

If you do not receive an email indicating your entries were received, send a followup email to the same address.

 

We STRONGLY suggest submitting images, if possible, 2 or more days before this cutoff.  This will allow time to ensure there are no problems with submitted images.

The cut-off time is rigidly enforced and no submissions will be accepted after that time.

Digital Images
Digital images should be saved as a jpg in sRGB color space. No logo or copyright is to appear on images.

 

It is very important to name images using the following format:

0918### Image Title.jpg

The first two digits = the month the image is entered (09)

The second two digits = the year the image is entered (19)

The three pound/hash signs = your North Metro Camera Club member number

Include one space after your member number

Include a image title with spaces as needed. No space at end.

.jpg  — Be sure file is saved as a JPG.

 

  • Use a zero in front of all single digit months like 09 for September.

  • Use two digits for the year, such as 17 for the year 2018.

  • Use one or two zeroes in front of your Member Number to make it three digits (###) in size, such as 0## or 00#.

  • The Image Title appearing on images in competition will be exactly the same as that used in the file name.

  • Title all images with a different image title.

  • Do not use a comma in any part of the file name or image title.

  • Leave one “.jpg” at the end. Typically this is done automatically when the file is created. If not, be sure it is added.

Lightroom Users:

In the Export box change the drop down menu to Width & Height

Enter 1920 for the width and 1080 for the height

N4C Digital Competition

As a member of North Metro Photo Club you are eligible to to submit images to the North Central Camera Club Council (N4C).

 

N4C is an organization of about 40 camera clubs in the North Central States area of the United States of America. 

 

Competitions in each category listed below are held within the North Central Camera Club Council for these months:

September

October

November

January

February

March

April

May

Note: There is no competition in December

 

Each club belonging to the Council may submit eight entries per contest category per month on the basis of one per maker. Any entries that receive a ribbon or Honorable Mention in a monthly competition will be entered in the year-end competition.


Notes: 

In the event that North Metro Photo Club (NMPC) has more than eight entries for a contest category, images will be chosen based on submission dates.

 

Yes, you can submit the same image(s) to NMPC and N4C

 

Topics for N4C competitions are:

* Digital Altered Reality
* Digital Black & White
* Digital Journalism
* Digital Nature
* Digital Pictorial
* Digital Travel
* Altered Reality Prints (October, January, March & May only)
* Black & White Pictorial Prints
* Journalism Prints
* Nature Prints: Black & White or Color
* Pictorial Prints (Color)
* Travel Prints
* Photo Essay Annual Contest will be held in April
* Panorama Print Annual Contest will be held at the Spring mini-convention.
* Camera Club Communication Annual Competition in April


Requirements for N4C Digital Contest Entries 
http://www.n4c.us/NamingContestEntries.pdf


N4C Contest Rules and Definitions
Inter-Club Contests Procedures & General Rules 
http://www.n4c.us/N4C_Contest_Rules_2019-2020.pdf

 

Additional information is available on the N4C website:
http://www.n4c.us/competition.htm

 

 

 

Submitting Images to N4C
 

To be included in a month’s competition, email images to northmetrophotoclubn4c@gmail.com

  • The deadline is 6:00pm on the 5th of the month.

  • Do not use a comma in any part of the file name or Image Title.

  • Leave one “.jpg” at the end. Typically this is done automatically when the file is created. If not, be sure it is added.

 

We STRONGLY suggest submitting images, if possible, 2 or more days before this cutoff.  This will allow time to ensure there are no problems with submitted images.

The cut-off time is rigidly enforced and no submissions will be accepted after that time.