Competition Guidelines

Camera Club of Brevard

The Camera Club of Brevard sponsors two different Print Competitions. A monthly competition at each Program Meeting and an Annual Print Competition held at the end of each calendar year. The guidelines differ for each of these photo competitions. Please read them carefully. You can jump ahead to the Annual Print Competition Guidelines by clicking on this link. . . Annual Print Competition Guidelines

Monthly Competition Guidelines

  • Members in good standing may submit one print photograph.
  • There are two Competition Classes. A Beginner Class (Class B) and an Advanced Class (Class A), allowing members’ work to be compared to those with similar experience. First time competitors may submit their work to either class. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Ribbon-winning Class B competitors are asked to move to Class A for all future competitions.
  • Photographs must have been taken within the previous 18 months.
  • In an effort to encourage the originality and vision of our members, a professionally staged photo or photos created in a workshop are discouraged.
  • Monthly contest winning photographs (those who have won ribbons) CANNOT be re-submitted for another monthly contest.
  • Please write your name on the back of the photograph mount or mat. Watermarks or names must not appear on the front of the photograph.
  • Photographs are to be no larger than 15 inches on a side (note: see panorama sizes).
  • Photographs are to be no smaller than 7 inches on a side.  Photographs with special printing techniques may be smaller.
  • For panorama images, defined as a photograph with a minimum 2:1 ratio long side to short, the maximum long side shall be no more than 20 inches.  For example, a 2:1 ratio image shall have a maximum size of 20 inches long side to 10 inches short side.  A 3:1 ratio image shall have a 20 inch maximum long side and 6 2/3 inch on the short side.  The maximum size mount/matte for a panorama photograph shall be no larger than 20 inches per side.
  • Photographs must be mounted or matted. Framed or gallery wrapped photographs are not allowed. The maximum size of a mount/matte shall not exceed 20 inches per side.
  • Photographs must represent the monthly theme.
  • One or more judges will determine the awarded photographs.
  • Ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place plus honorable mentions.
  • Ribbon-Winning Competitors are asked to send a digital file copy (2000 px on the longest side) of their winning photo to info@ccbrevard.com for display on the Club’s website.
Creative Class guidelines for Open Themed Months

For the months that are “Open Themed” contest themes, we will include an additional Creative Class.  The Creative Class is designed for images that have been obviously manipulated to present an altered reality image from the original photograph.  This category is designed to showcase the imagination of the photographer, as well as the photographer’s skill with image editing or manipulation.  Images in this Creative Class category will be judged on their imagination, creativity, uniqueness, and editing.  This class would also include film photographers’ creative use of film exposure and darkroom techniques creating altered reality within film-based photography. 

The size of the photograph and the size of the mount/matte for the photograph shall be the same as in the monthly contests. You may at your discretion attach a small photograph of the original image/s, or a description of your creative process, to the back of your Creative Class photograph.  This will allow CCB members to see how you created your Creative Class photograph.  Note, the contest judges will not view your original photograph or description on the back of your submitted photograph Elements within the photograph that are not the sole creation of the maker will disqualify the photograph.  All CCB members may enter up to two Creative Class images, as well as one Class A or Class B photograph in the “Open Themed” contests.

Annual Print Competition Guidelines

  • There are two Divisions of competition: Black and White print photographs and Color print photographs.  A Black and White photograph is defined as a photograph using shades of black, white, and grey or equivalent shades of a single color tone (e.g. sepia, selenium, or other toning).  The use of two or more color tones (e.g. selenium tinted shadows with sepia tinted highlights) is not allowed in this division.  Conformance to the Black and White division will be decided by the contest judges.
  • In an effort to encourage the originality and vision of our members, a professionally staged photo or photos created in a workshop are discouraged.
  • All photographs will be judged as one Class (no Class A or Class B).
  • Members in good standing may enter up to two photographs in each Division.
  • Photographs must have been taken within the previous 18 months.
  • Photographs entered in previous Annual Print Competitions are not eligible.
  • Photographs are to be no larger than 15 inches on a side (note: see panorama sizes).
  • Photographs are to be no smaller than 7 inches on a side.  Photographs with special printing techniques may be smaller.
  • For panorama images, defined as a photograph with a minimum 2:1 ratio long side to short, the maximum long side shall be no more than 20 inches.  For example, a 2:1 ratio image shall have a maximum size of 20 inches long side to 10 inches short side.  A 3:1 ratio image shall have a 20 inch maximum long side and 6 2/3 inch on the short side.  Note: the maximum size mount/matte for a panorama photograph shall be no larger than 20 inches per side.
  • All photographs must be mounted and/or matted. Mounts and/or mattes shall be black, white, black and white, or white and black only.  Mattes or mounts may be up to 20 inches on a side. No framed or gallery wrapped photographs will be accepted.
  • There are no themes for this competition.
  • Each photograph must have the photographer’s name and phone number on the back of the photograph.  No names or identifying logos shall be on the front of the photograph.
  • Deadline for entries will be at the November Camera Club meeting.  All photographs must be brought to the November Camera Club meeting to be eligible for this competition, or at the discretion of the President.
  • There is a $5.00 entry fee for each photograph entered. Payment for the entries must be made at the November meeting.  Checks are to be made payable to the Camera Club of Brevard.
  • Three individuals in the field of photography or members of the art community will judge the photographs.  These judges may not be members of the Camera Club of Brevard.  Judging the photographs will be at the very high standards associated with juried photograph exhibits.
  • Overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Color photographs will be awarded rosette ribbons.
  • Overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place B/W photographs will be awarded rosette ribbons.
  • There will be ten “Award of Distinction” photographs awarded in the categories below.  Rosette ribbons will be awarded to the ten Award of Distinction photographers.  The Award of Distinction photographs will be chosen from the photographs that did not receive a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in the overall Color and Black/White print competition.  The judges will determine the placement of the Award of Distinction photographs and award ribbons in the following categories:
  • Landscape
  • Flora
  • Fauna – Avian
  • Fauna – Other than Avian
  • Macro
  • Urban (includes buildings, structures, architecture)
  • Abstract
  • People/Persons
  • Fine Art
  • Creative – As Defined in the Creative Class.
  • Two “People’s Choice Awards” will be awarded from all of the photographs entered in the competition.  The voting for this award will take place during the Annual Print Competition and Party. All attendees can have one vote for Black and White and one vote for Color photographs. A rosette ribbon will be awarded.
    • People’s Choice Awards
      • The Stan Crandall Peoples Choice Award for Black and White
      • The Shannon McGregor Peoples Choice Award for Color
  • Awarded photographs, except for the “People’s Choice Award” will receive prizes.  Overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in the Color and B/W categories will receive $70.00, $50.00, and $30.00 respectively.  Award of Distinction winners will receive $20.00.  There will be no cash prize for the People’s Choice Award.
  • The winning photographs of the Annual Print Competition will be announced at the Camera Club of Brevard’s Annual Print Competition Party held in December.