Competition Rules and Member Numbers - Wichita Area Camera Club

Wichita Area Camera Club Competition


The names and abbreviations for the categories allowed in competition are as follows:


Creative photography is an opportunity for those who dare to explore the experimental and creative forms of photographic expression. Judges will be looking for creativity, impact, composition, technique or style, and concentration of color and/or form. These photographs may include, but are not limited to, ultra-high contrast, black light, bas-relief, solarization, posterization, multiple images, trick lenses and filters, digital enhancement, computer manipulation, composite images, and other ways to alter the image to produce a new abstract effect. If the primary subject of the submission is a photograph, drawing or painting, the photograph, drawing or painting must have been created by the entrant.


A nature photograph depicts observations from all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology. Nature may include botany, zoology, or geology when depicted in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject and to recognize its honest presentation. Human elements shall not be present unless they enhance the nature story and are unobtrusive. Photographs of mounted specimens, set arrangements, derivations, or any form of photographic manipulation that alters the truth are ineligible, with the exception of detailed micro or macro photographs. Scientific banding is permitted on wild animals. Photos of captive animals are allowed. If the subject is non-captive wildlife, the entrant may indicate this in the title to the image.


Open color is wide open and all encompassing. It includes scenic views, landscapes, waterscapes, still life, informal or formal portraiture, people, photojournalism, nature, photo- travel, pictorial, macro and micro photography, and may include other subject matters not listed. This may also include images that may not be acceptable in other competition categories. Note: mono photographs are not permitted in this category.


Mono is also known as monochrome and black & white photography. The resulting image is limited to monochromatic hues or shades of gray, although filters may be applied to give a hue or tint. Different photographic processes and toners may also give a different hue to a black & white photograph; for example, selenium, sepia and split toning (duo-toning). No fraction of the image shall be given a special color treatment.


The photos should be of a person or persons. They may be a staged or posed, be a portrait, a candid shot or an action shot of an individual or group of individuals. The photo may focus primarily on the face or may include part or all of the body.


This topic shall consist of photographs or sequences of photographs which tells a story. Types of images might include spot news, general news, sports, features, and illustration/controlled portrait. Artificially produced situations or photographic manipulations which alter the truth should not be submitted. The story telling value of the photograph shall be weighted more than the pictorial quality. Captions are required and are an integral part of the judging, and they are read aloud before the photograph is shown. A three or four-word phrase is NOT a caption. The caption is IN ADDITION TO the image title, and both are required. While other photos are judged on impact, technique and composition, photojournalism is scored on impact, story value of the image and the caption. A third of the score is based upon impact, a third of the score is based upon the story telling value of the photo and a third upon the journalistic value of the caption. The caption must clearly explain what the picture shows.


Travel photos should capture the feeling of time and place when the photograph is taken, portraying a land, a people, or a culture in its current state. Ultra close-ups which lose their identity, studio type model pictures, or obviously manipulated photographs do not qualify for this category. Photo travel images are not limited to other countries and may include those taken in the United States. The location where the photo is taken shall be included in the title.

Judging Criteria

Except as otherwise noted in the category definitions above, each image shall be judged on three criteria: impact, technique and composition. Each criterion shall be weighted evenly. No tools shall be used to evaluate technique. All entries shall be judged by eye only. No judge shall preview the entries prior to the entry deadline and receipt of the scoring spreadsheet. Impact - A combination of imagination, subject selection, and subject presentation. This is sometimes called the “wow” factor. Technical – Aspects such as focus, depth of field, lighting, color rendition, white balance, exposure, quality of printing and presentation of the print. Composition - The arrangement of all elements within the image so the subject matter is presented as a harmonious, well-balanced photograph. Scoring Except as provided in the section on Rejection of Entries, all images will be scored by 3 judges in a range of 1 to 5 in each criterion listed above. That is to say, from 1 to 5 for impact, 1 to 5 for technique, and 1 to 5 for composition. The total score for each judge will be from 3 to 15, and the total score for an image will be from 9 to 45. The significance of the score in each criterion is as follows:

1. There are several significant flaws in the criterion. On the other hand, there may be one flaw but it is an extremely serious flaw. It is worse than a 2.

2. The criterion would have been given a 3 if it were not for a significant flaw. It is worse than a 3.

3. In the criterion, there are no significant flaws, but likewise there are no significant strengths which might have earned it a 4, or that strength has been neutralized by a flaw.

4. The criterion is good and solid, better than a 3. The criterion is technically correct and more. It exhibits at least one element towards which photographers who are working at polishing their craft should be striving.

5. A criterion that scores a 5 is an exceptionally strong criterion, true photographic excellence. The criterion need not be perfect, just very, very strong. Such a criterion is technically correct and much, much more. It is better than a 4.

General Guidelines are as follows:

Eligibility to Compete: Only members whose dues are paid for the current year may enter club competition.

Competition media includes digital and prints.

1. All entries must be the original work of the entrant, including all post-processing. Allowances will be made for the visually impaired, to seek aid only in regards to the impairment, such as, colorblindness, no other allowance is acceptable after that. Other physical disabilities may be considered on a case by case basis.

2. Once an entry has been accepted in any category, it cannot be entered again in any other category during that competition year. The top 3 winning entries in a given category in the year-end competition may never again be entered in any category.

3. Members may re-enter non-accepted entries in the same or any other category it would qualify for.

4. Digital images shall be properly oriented for normal viewing. If the subject is wildlife in the Nature category, the words Non-Captive Wildlife or letters NCW, MAY be added to image title.


1. There will be one print competition each club year. At least 20% of the dues paying members must pre-register two months prior to the competition date, or the competition will not be held that year. If 20% or more of the dues paying members pre- registers the competition will be held and anyone that did not pre-register will be allowed to compete if they meet the print entry deadline.

2. The deadline for prints to be delivered to the clubs current meeting location for judging will be one month prior to the scheduled competition date. The Competition VP will announce the competition pre-registration details by e-mail and/or posted on the club’s SmugMug website or other club website as may be used in the future, 3 months prior to the pre-registration date. It is the member’s responsibility to inquire about the delivery date, if by chance you were not notified, but are aware that this competition is scheduled for a particular month. In addition to delivering the print to the current meeting location, a digital copy of the print shall be sent to the Competition VP by midnight of the last Tuesday of the month prior to the competition date. The Competition VP who will upload the print after judging is completed to the club’s SmugMug website, or other club website as may be used in the future.

3. The categories for the print competition shall be Open Color, Creative, and Mono. Each member may submit up to four entries per category.

4. There will be two sizes for competition: Small (print including mounting with the long edge not to exceed 12”) and Large (Print including mounting with the long edge minimum length of 12”, not to exceed 24”). Prints are not required to be mounted. Mounts or backing may be the same size of the print. Entries shall not be framed. No hardware shall be accepted on the back of any entry mount or backing, as to minimize damage incurred in storage by the Competition VP. The club will not be held liable for any damages that do occur to any image in the “Print” category.

5. Prints shall be labeled by the entrant. All labels are to be affixed to the back side of the print, in the upper left hand corner. They may also be handwritten on the back of the print. An arrow must be drawn on the back to show the Portrait or Landscape orientation. The same naming convention as for digital entries must be used.

Example: 01,WA123,NTR,Yellowstone BearsNCW.

Digital Competition Entries

Entries for digital competition must be uploaded to the appropriate competition category by the date listed in the “Competition Schedule”, which is midnight of the last Tuesday of the month. The “Entry List” containing the four-part naming convention must also be submitted to the Competition VP by email, at: by the entry deadline. The “Competition Schedule” and “Detailed Instructions for Entries” may be found in the Smug Mug gallery entitled, “Entering a Digital Competition”. The website address for this gallery is as follows: The entry format looks like this: 01,WA065,MNO,Dragonfly Moon

1. Where the first field is the entry number for your sequence of entries. If you have four entries in this category, your entries would be numbered 01 to 04;

2. The second field is your club member number, as assigned by N4C. You can find your number in the Smug Mug gallery entitled, “Competition Rules and Member Numbers”. The website address for this gallery is as follows: Competition/Competition-Rules/

3. the third is the competition identifier, such as MNO for open mono. The identifier will be found in parentheses in the title category for that month.

4. and finally, the title. Digital Images Digital Images must be JPEG and should use the sRGB color space. There are no size requirements for uploading to the Smug Mug website. Text on Images No text shall be shown on the border or frame of any image. Text may be shown on the image if it is an integral part of the image. Titles or captions are generally not considered a part of the image and hence shall not be shown on the image.

Rejection of Entries

The Competition VP may must consult with the month’s judges if the Competition VP believes that a photo violates these Competition Rules. Likewise, if a judge believes a photo violates these Competition Rules, the judge may give the photo a score of zero in all three categories, or a judge may also consult with the Competition VP prior to scoring a photo to determine if a photo meets these Competition Rules. If all three judges give zeros in all categories, or the judges and Competition VP agree that a photo violates these Competition Rules, the photo may be disqualified and the photo will not receive a ¼ point for being entered in the competition. If a photo is disqualified prior to the entry deadline the Competition VP will notify the member to give them an opportunity to submit a replacement. If the photo is disqualified after the entry deadline the Competition VP will contact the entrant to notify them prior to the scores being posted.

Acceptance and Acceptance Points

1. The judges shall accept from 25% to 33% of the total number of entries in each category judged based on the total scores of each photo entered in the category. The accepted entries from each month are each given one point and are entered in the year end competition.

2. Every entry for competition shall be allowed 1/4 point, whether accepted or not.

3. If there is only 1 entrant in any category for which competition has been scheduled, that entrant will be allowed 1/4 point for each entry not to exceed 1 point per category. That entrant may withdraw the entries, without prejudice, for later competition. If that entrant has entered 4 photos in that category, that entrant may choose to have the photos judged and earn an additional 1 point for the photo accepted.

4. All entries accepted throughout the competition year are judged and scored in a year-end competition. Winners at the year-end competition shall be allowed 5 points for first place, 4 points for second place, 3 points for third place, and 2 points for honorable mention, in each category.

5. Any photo that places first, second, or third in an N4C monthly competition shall receive 1 point to be included in the yearly point compilation.

6. All points earned during the competition year are tabulated by the Competition VP at the end of the year to determine the Photographer of the Year and such other recognitions that the Competition VP may determine. The Competition VP may give such awards and prizes to those to be recognized as he or she determines appropriate.


These rules shall become effective on the first day of the month following the month in which they are approved by the membership of the club, or as otherwise provided when approved by the membership.

Approved, March 9, 2016

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