There are five categories: color prints, monochrome prints, creative prints, digital projection color images, digital projection monochrome images and digital projection creative images.

For the 2017 year, a photographer may submit up to 3 entries total in your choice of digital color, digital monochrome, digital creative, color print and creative print or any combination for a total of THREE entries. In addition you can enter up to 3 MONOCHROME PRINTS. Prints must be a minimum of 8x10 on a 16x20 mount.

There are five classes: Level 1, Level 2, Advanced, Master and Unassigned. The purpose of these classes is to have your work compared to others of similar skill levels. The classes are determined by averaging your highest six scores for the last 3 years. New or infrequent competitors who have not received six scores during competitions will compete in the Unassigned class until the first six scores have been accumulated. We recalculate the standings after each competition with movement up and down based on the following percentages: Master; if you achieve a 14 or 15 average and /or in the top 15% of ratings. Advanced; 25% of scores. Level 2; next 35% of scores. Level 1; lowest 25% of scores.

The top score in each class for each category will receive a gold award. The second place winner will receive a silver award - unless there is a tie for gold - then no silver award is issued. If there is a tie in a category, all will receive an award. You must achieve at least a score of 11 to receive a gold or silver award. You must be a member in good standing of the SCC Photo Club to enter. Only photos or images that are the exclusive work of the maker may be entered. See rules for resubmission.

New Competition Rules for Print Entries

Entries must be emailed no later than 6 p.m. on the Friday before the Tuesday competition.

Beginning with the June 2016 competition, Print entries need to be registered on the competition E-mail address prior to competition. Information will be entered just as for a digital entry.

(Please attach a digital copy of your photo.)

In the subject line: Entry Print

In body of the E-mail

Your Name

Class (Level 1, 2, Advanced, etc.)

Category (color, mono, etc.)

Name of photo

This will allow the competition committee to prepare a scoring spreadsheet for the print entries. No longer will you have to use the small entry forms for each photo. Any questions contact the competition committee.

Color and Mono Categories (Print or Digital):

1. "The photograph, in its entirety, must be a work of original material taken by the Contest entrant. The photo components may be edited, enhanced, layered, "photo-shopped", etc. but the entrant must have taken each component of the completed photo.

2. For the Creative Category: The entrant must take the major components of the photo. The photograph may be enhanced in anyway (example - add textures, backgrounds, frames, creative brushes or someone else’s small components).

Ex: If the photo's essence is the NY skyline, you must take the photo of the skyline. A background sky can be added even if you didn’t take it yourself. If the essence of the photo is clouds - you must take that photo but can add a stock photo of a bird, for example.

3. Definition of the Mono category:

Monochrome means one color. Typically the one color is presented in different intensities.

By submitting the photo, the entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted photograph meets the criteria.

The Photo Club Board will be the final judge as to whether the photos meet the criteria if a question of appropriateness arises.

Any score given for a photo found not to meet these rules will be deleted.

Note: These rules clarify the difference between the creative category and other categories. Simply put: if you did not take every element of the photo put it in the creative category. The clarification also reminds us that the club’s goal is to promote better photography, not collages of other people’s photography; therefore the major components of the creative category must be taken by the entrant.

SCC Photo Competition Resubmission Rules 2017

Our goal is to make it possible to achieve the very best in photos. In some cases a member may wish to resubmit a photo applying suggestions from a judge in a competition or suggestions from another member or perhaps applying new Photoshop techniques that they have learned that would allow them to improve a photo. At the same time, we want to encourage taking new photos and we need to control submissions to avoid seeing the same entries repeatedly.

That said, the following resubmission rules have been adopted:

These rules apply to photos submitted for S.C.C. photo competition only. You are in no way restricted from submitting your photos to any outside competitions.

There are two kinds of resubmissions: (1) the photo being submitted is considered to be the same photo; or (2) the photo being submitted is considered to be a different photo.

If a photo is considered to be the same photo it cannot be resubmitted in the same calendar year. If a photo is considered to be a different photo it can be resubmitted in the same calendar year.

A photo is considered to be the same photo if:

It is in the same category (Color, Mono, Creative) as the original submission.

It has just had modifications such as cropping, resizing and editing.

It has had no modifications.

It is just being changed between digital and print.

It has had no modifications except for a name change.

A photo is considered a different photo if:

It had been modified enough to be accepted into a different category than the original submission, for example:

it has been changed from a color entry to a mono entry or a mono entry to a color entry or from a mono or color to a creative entry.

A photo being resubmitted as a different photo must have a different name and may be resubmitted in the same calendar year, unless it was judged a 15 - see below. 

A photo cannot be resubmitted if it has received a score of 15 in an SCC photo competition (Except Best of the Best).


Entries must be emailed no later than 6 p.m. on the Friday before the Tuesday competition.


1) Only JPEG images.

2) The file name must match the title you give the image. For example, if the title of your image is “Snowbound”, the attached file must be Snowbound.jpg (not case sensitive).

3) You must enter via email at

4) The JPEG files must be ATTACHED to the email (not imbedded in the email).

5) Entries must be emailed no later than 6 p.m. on the Friday before the Tuesday competition.

In the subject box of your email, simply type one word: ENTRY

In the BODY of the email, type:


YOUR CLASS (Master, Advanced, Level 1, Level 2 or Unassigned)


A numbered LIST OF THE TITLE(S) of your photo(s) attached to each email.

If you have any questions about the entry requirements or how to correctly format your images, please contact Bobbie Ray at

Submissions will be acknowledged. If submission is in error, revisions will be accepted on a limited basis.

Entry checklist

1. Photo saved in JPEG

2. Names match on name of picture and entry name on email

3. Picture ATTACHED not imbedded

4. In email:

     a. Name

     b. Class (ex: Advanced, Level 2, etc.)

     c. Category (Color, Mono, Creative)

     d. Name of picture(s) attached


On Judging A question most often received is “What do judges look for” and the most honest answer I can giveis “it depends on the judge” -- which of course doesn't answer the question. So the best I can do istell you what I look for when I'm asked to judge a club level competition. Assuming the club workson a 15 point basis , I have worked out the following system for myself. Of course I am not going to break down the points for each category for every image, but roughly this is the weight I will give(mentally) to the various factors.

4 points for interest.

Generally in a club it’s a pictorial competition (rather than contemporary, nature, travel, journalism,etc.) so the image must have appeal for that type. A picture of a flower must grab attention ratherthan be encyclopedic. A photo taken on a trip must stand alone as an exciting subject rather than as “a nice place which we visited”. Sometimes, a part of the subject will be more ‘interesting’ than the whole and that is what should be presented. No matter how technically perfect or well executed, if the image does not hold the viewers attention, it must be marked down. Bear in mind that a projected image or print suitable for a special interest competition may not be appropriate as a pictorial subject.

5 points for composition and image quality.

This is where we separate the dedicated amateur (and professional) photographer from the snapshooter. Composition here means not just placing the subject in the proper position within the frame, but also proper use of view, angle, lighting, perspective and cropping. The snapshooter will face the subject head-on, aim the point-and-shoot in the general direction, and click. The pictorial competition photographer is expected to think like an artist and present an interesting subject skillfully.

4 points for technical quality.

Technical quality is scored more severely today than in previous years because of the growing sophistication of modern cameras. There is really little excuse today for an image to be out of focus or badly exposed. The advent of digital photography has given even inexpensive point-and-shoot cameras the ability to put out superb photos. Unlike in the past, there is also no excuse for competition prints to be off true color or the wrong contrast. There is a fantastic assortment of computer programs available today to make the entire post camera process easier and more assured, and then of course many competition prints today are commercially prepared. A print must also be appropriately and properly mounted for presentation. Any judge will mark down seriously for a sloppy presentation.

2 points for impact.

When everything comes together and that picture on the screen or in the print box just grabs you, or touches your emotions, points are given for impact. The ideal picture will make you jealous and say to yourself - “I wish I had taken that”

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