Competition Guidelines

Camera Club of Brevard

The Camera Club of Brevard sponsors two different Photo Competitions. A monthly competition at each Program Meeting and an Annual Photo Competition held at the end of each calendar year. The guidelines differ for each of these photo competitions. Please read them carefully. Guidelines have also been temporarily modified in 2020 due to Covid19 meeting restrictions. Until further notice, CCB competitions will be held virtually. You can jump ahead to the Annual Photo Competition Guidelines by clicking on this link. . . Annual Photo Competition Guidelines

Monthly Competition Guidelines

Due to current health concerns for large group gatherings, the CCB monthly competitions will be held virtually until further notice. The guidelines below substantially apply except instead of following print and matting guidelines, digital files (2000 pixels on the longest side) must be submitted for judging. Also, Award Certificates will be provided to winners instead of ribbons. Further information on submission details and deadlines and can be found in Camera Club of Brevard weekly email updates, or in the latest f/Stop newsletter. If you have questions contact info@ccbrevard.com

  • 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.

2020 Annual Photo Competition Guidelines

Do to current health concerns for large group gatherings, the CCB Annual Photo Competition will be held virtually. The 2020 APC will be a digital photo competition. The following guidelines reflect the submission requirements for the 2020 competition.

  • There are two Divisions of competition: Black and White photographs and Color 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 24 months.
  • Photographs entered in previous Annual Photo Competitions are not eligible.
  • Photograph files entered are to be sized 2000 pixels on the longest side.
  • There are no themes for this competition.
  • Each photograph’s file name shall contain the photographer’s name and Division.  Example:
    • Ansel Adams Color 1.jpg
    • Ansel Adams Color 2.jpg
    • Ansel Adams BW 1.jpg
    • Ansel Adams BW 2.jpg
  • No names or identifying logos shall be embedded in the viewable image/photograph.
  • Photographs shall be emailed to info@ccbrevard.com by the deadline. An acknowledgement of receipt email will be sent to you.
  • Deadline for entries will be midnight Tuesday, November 10th.  This is the date of the virtual November program meeting.  This is a firm deadline.
  • There is a $5.00 entry fee for each photograph entered. Payment for the entries must be made by November 10th.  Payment can be made by credit card, PayPal, or check.  Online/PayPal payment information will be emailed to club members. Checks are to be made payable to the Camera Club of Brevard mailed to  Camera Club of Brevard, Inc; P.O. Box 542 Melbourne, FL; 32902
  • 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 acknowledgement certificates.
  • Overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place B/W photographs will be awarded acknowledgement certificates.
  • There will be ten “Award of Distinction” photographs awarded in the categories below.  Please note you do not need to label or name your photographs in these categories. Category awards will be assigned by the judges. Acknowledgement certificates 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 Award of Distinction winning photographs in the following categories (you do not need to label your photographs in these categories):
    • Landscape
    • Flora
    • Fauna – Avian
    • Fauna – Other than Avian
    • Macro
    • Urban (includes buildings, structures, architecture)
    • Abstract
    • People/Persons
    • Fine Art
    • Creative – Creative Definition: Creative is defined as 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 will be judged on their imagination, creativity, uniqueness, and editing.
  • “People’s Choice Awards” will not be awarded this year. . . 2020
  • Awarded photographs 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. 
  • The winning photographs of the 2020 Annual Photo Competition will be announced at the Camera Club of Brevard’s December 8th Virtual APC award’s presentation via Zoom meeting. Details on how to join the 2020 APC Zoom Meeting will be announced.
  • All Winning photographs will be presented in the CCB Website Gallery.
  • All photo entries will be displayed in a CCB photo album available for all CCB members to view.

Highlights for the 2020 Annual Photo Competition

  • This year’s contest will be virtual. Submit Digital files for contest entries.
  • Photographs must have been taken in the previous 24 months prior to November 10, 2020. Due to the pandemic this year, the CCB is allowing additional time for your photographs to have been taken.
  • Payment for your entries ($5/photo) must be made by credit card, PayPal, or by check.  We will send you information on how to pay fees online in emails and newsletters. Payment must be received by November 10th. Payment by checks are to be made payable to the Camera Club of Brevard mailed to Camera Club of Brevard, Inc; P.O. Box 542; Melbourne, FL 32902
  • The deadline for submissions is midnight, November 10th.  This is a firm date
  • Awarded photographs will be announced at a virtual Zoom meeting Tuesday evening, December 8th