Competitions and Discussions

The club holds regular competitions and discussion nights. For a competition, three judges go through the submitted images and assign a score to each image. Images with the highest scores are the winners of that night's competition. The judges also talk a little about their reaction to images and how they chose the score. On discussion night, a facilitator moderates a discussion of each submitted image. There are no judges or scores on discussion night.

The sections below describe how competitions and discussions work, and how you can prepare your images for submission.

Projected Image Competitions and How To Submit

Current club members (dues paid) may submit one or two images in .jpg format for PI competitions. As a member, you may choose to enter images in Class A or Class B. More experienced photographers compete in Class A. Less experienced photographers compete in Class B. Once you choose a class, you are required to stay in that class for the year.

On the night of the competition, the images are projected in random order, with judges not knowing who is the maker of the image, nor whether the image is Class A or B.

For each image, the three judges' scores will be totaled and the score will be announced. Scores are recorded and tallied, and Competition Standings for Class A and B are updated through the year. At the end of the club year, at the annual club banquet in May, the top three highest scoring members in Class A, and the top three in Class B will receive an award. The highest scoring member in Class B is required to compete in Class A from then on.

Competition Deadlines: the deadline for submitting images is midnight on the Wednesday before the competition. Images received after the deadline will automatically be added to the next competition, where the late images will be shown and judged separately from that month's images. The scores earned from late images will be added to the maker's year-end points total. Judges do not give verbal critiques for late images. EXCEPTION: late images will not be accepted after the deadline for May, which is the last competition of the Club season.

Preparing a JPG file for PI Competition

Members may submit up to two images (two JPG files).

  1. The file must be in .jpg format.
  2. Maximum image dimensions are 1400 pixels (width) and 1050 pixels (height). The image's dpi can be set to any value.
  3. Images may be in color or black and white.
  4. Images with a vertical (portrait) orientation may be entered. A vertical image will have a smaller width (for example, 695 px wide by 1050 px high). The projector will automatically center the image.
  5. Image files must be named in the following format:
    name-B-title-of-the-image.jpg
     
    Add C- to the beginning to request a critique on competition night. C- is limited to 1 image per member.
     
    For example, a member named Kim Hughes is in Class B and she has 2 images to enter on competition night. The images are titled "Portrait of Jamie" and "Rockport Sunrise." Kim wants to request a critique of "Rockport Sunrise." Kim names her files:
    KimHughes-B-Portrait-of-Jamie.jpg
    C-KimHughes-B-Rockport-Harbor.jpg
  6. When you're ready to submit your images, go to www.portlandcameraclub.org/upload.html

Projected Image Discussions and How To Submit

On PI discussion night, submitted images will be projected and discussed. A facilitator/moderator guides the group discussion with the goal of exploring each image in a positive, constructive, respectful manner in a non-competitive environment. Images are not be "judged" or scored. See the club calendar for PI discussion dates.

Entries must be submitted online by midnight on the Wednesday before the meeting.

Members may submit one image on Discussion Night. Entries must be submitted by midnight on the Wednesday before the meeting.

The steps for submitting an image for discussion night are the same as for competition night: see Preparing a JPG File for PI Competition.

Print Competitions and How To Submit

Current club members (dues paid) may submit one or two prints for print competitions. As a member, you may choose to enter images in Class A or Class B. More experienced photographers compete in Class A. Less experienced photographers compete in Class B. Once you choose a class, you are required to stay in that class for the year.

On the night of the competition, the prints are displayed in a large print box for the audience to see. The judges view the prints without knowing who is the print's maker, nor whether the print is in Class A or B.

For each print, the three judges' scores will be totaled and the score will be announced. Scores are recorded and tallied, and Competition Standings for Class A and B are updated through the year. At the end of the club year, at the annual club banquet in May, the top three highest scoring members in Class A, and the top three in Class B will receive an award. The highest scoring member in Class B is required to compete in Class A from then on.

Prints can be in color or black and white, and from any source: a digital camera, film negatives, slides, or a scanner. Print processing can be done by the photographer (e.g., using an inkjet printer) or a commercial lab.

Competition Deadlines: [how & when to bring in prints- info to be provided later]

Make-ups: If a maker cannot get his or her entries to a competition by the deadline, the maker can enter them in the next competition, but not later than the next competiton. Exception: if a maker misses the last competition of the year (in May), it is not possible to make up that month.

Preparing a Print for Print Competition

Prints must be submitted not later than the week before the competition. Submissions will not be accepted on the night of the print competition.

The back of each print should show the following information: your name, the title of the image, Class A or Class B, and an arrow pointing straight up to indicate the top of the image. If possible, use the free stickers that the club offers. As shown in the following image, put the sticker in the upper-left corner of the back of the print. Point the arrow on the sticker toward the top of the print, and fill in the first 4 lines. Maker: your name, Title: image title (a title is required), Date: the date of the competition, Class: either A or B. Score and Place should be left blank.

Prints can be of any size up to a maximum of 18"x24" including the mat.  There is no minimum size. A mat is not mandatory--prints can be borderless, but the print must be mounted so that it will stand upright for display in the light box. The color of any mat is at the option of the maker.

Frames and glass are not permitted. Also, names must not appear on the front of a print (please cover your name if it appears on the front).

Print Discussions and How To Submit

On print discussion night, submitted images will be displayed in the print box for the audience to see. A facilitator/moderator guides the group discussion with the goal of exploring each print in a positive, constructive, respectful manner in a non-competitive environment. Prints are not be "judged" or scored. See the club calendar for print discussion dates.

Members may submit one print on discussion night. Bring your print to the meeting.

The rules for preparing a print for discussion night are the same as for competition night: see Preparing a Print for Print Competition.