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of the Photographic Society of America
and the Delaware Valley Council of Camera Clubs.
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Competition Rules

Georgia by Yuri Lev

South Jersey Camera Club, Inc. Competition Rules
(July, 2016)


Three competitions are available to each SJCC member:
  1. Digital
  2. Color Prints
  3. Monochrome Prints
The groups within each competition are:   
Beginner: individuals with little or no photographic experience and no knowledge of professional post-processing.  No portfolio review will be required.      
Intermediate (formerly the B group):  individuals with some experience in photography and post processing. Beginner group members with a cumulative score (as yet to be determined).  Those who enter art shows and juried shows.   There will be a portfolio review for new members.    
Advanced (formerly the A group):  experienced photographers. Those who use their photographic skills to provide or augment their income.  Those who enter juried art shows and exhibitions.  Intermediate members with a cumulative yearly score (as yet to be determined).  A portfolio will be required of new members.  A committee of three Board/Salon members who have judging experience will do the portfolio reviews.    
Salon:  master level photographers, those who use their photographic skills to provide or augment their incomes.   Those who are frequent entrants in juried art shows and exhibitions.  Advanced group members with a cumulative score (yet to be determined) for 2 consecutive years.  New members cannot enter at this level, however, if an exception arises, it would require a portfolio review and Board approval. The initial Salon group has been decided by reviewing the top 10% of competitors over the last three years, with a few additional members to be invited based on their qualifications and photographic review.
A member is in the same category in all competitions.
CLICK HERE to learn more about our camera club's groups and which one you should join. 


  • Competitions are open only to SJCC members in good standing.
  • Images that have previously acquired eight, or nine points in an SJCC competition are not eligible. This is a change from the 2012-2013 season where seven points were not eligible.
  • Images from prior years that have won points in competitions before the 2012-2013 season are not eligible, and pictures that won seven, eight, or nine points in the 2012-2013 season are not eligible.
  • All images must meet the selected subject requirements as determined by the chairperson of the competition.
  • Any image that is not eligible due to previous awards in an SJCC competition cannot be entered into another SJCC competition category even if it has been manipulated or reworked.
  • Pictures that are so similar as to be almost identical to those that have previously acquired points in an SJCC competition are ineligible for re‑entry in another SJCC competition.
  • Pictures may not have added text either on the photograph or on the front mat. Examples include title, maker’s name, or other descriptions or comments.
  • A member may challenge any entry. The challenge must be made directly to the competition chairperson at the end of the competition. Final decision will rest with the chairperson. In his or her absence, the President or Vice President will decide.
  • Copies of works of art that lack artistic interpretation are not eligible.
  • All images and post processing of those images must be the work of the member entering the image.
  • A print must have an SJCC label filled out and attached to its back to be eligible for a competition.
  • The same picture cannot be entered into two categories on the same judging date.
  • For inter-club and outside organizations in which SJCC may become involved, members are to be guided by additional rules that will be supplied by the Executive Committee or the sponsoring organization.

Number Of Entries
Each member may enter one pictures in each category for which they are eligible.
Minimum Number Of Entries
If there are fewer than three entrants, that competition category is canceled. However, the entrants may request a critique of their work by the judge at that time. An exception to this rule are entries in B Group, where there will be no minimum entry requirement.
Entering A Print Competition
All entries for competitions will be submitted to the Competition Chairperson by 7:15 with an SJCC label filled out and attached to the back of the print. The Competition Chairperson is not responsible for images left after the competition.
Presenting Prints For Competition
Prints must have a minimum image size of 5 inches by 7 inches and maximum size of 20 inches by 20 inches.
All prints must be mounted, one image per mount. Framed prints are not allowed.
  • Minimum mount size is 8 inches by 10 inches
  • Maximum mount size is 20 inches by 20 inches.
All prints must be marked on the back with "TOP" for orientation, along with the maker's name, title, and the group (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, or Salon) in which it is entered.
Prints may be made by any source.
Hand colored prints shall be judged in the color print category. 
A monochrome print is defined as having no more than one color such as gray, sepia, selenium etc.
Monochrome prints (as defined above) are not allowed in the Color Print Competition. A naturally occurring colorless image such as a snow scene is permissible as long as it hasn't been de-saturated or converted to grayscale.
A digital copy of each print must be submitted through the club's web site Digital Upload page by Sunday midnight prior to the Tuesday meeting, following the same rules as applied to the Digital Competition.

Digital Photo Competition 

Preparing Images For Submission
Resolution: Photographs will be projected using a projector having 1400 pixels in the horizontal direction and 1050 pixels in the vertical direction. Photographs must fit within those dimensions. Unless your photograph’s proportions are in the exact ratio of 4 to 3, one of these dimensions will be less than the maximum. For example, if you have a vertical photograph, the height will be 1050 pixels, but the width will be significantly less than 1400 pixels. A square photograph will be 1050 pixels by 1050 pixels under these rules.
  • File Size:No restriction
  • File Format:    jpg
  • Color Space:  sRGB

Digital picture submission through the web-site

Go to the club’s website and follow the link to the "Digital Upload Page” then follow the instructions found there. The deadline for submission is midnight on the Sunday prior to the Tuesday meeting.


The Program Chairperson provides the speaker/presenter of the evening program. This person normally will be the judge for the competition that night. In some instances a separate judge will be obtained (by the Program Chairperson). If the judge scheduled for the evening is not present for any reason, a judge will be selected from the members present. Selection will be by the President, Vice President or Competition Chairperson, in that order.

Competition Awards

The judge will select one image from the highest scores in each category to receive the "Judge's Choice" award.  Awards are as follows:                   
Judges Choice: Blue Ribbon plus 1 point added to the judges score                             
9 points: Red Ribbon, Merit Award                             
8 points: Yellow Ribbon, Honor Award 
Award Points
Points will be awarded as follows:
  • 9 Points (Merit Award: Compelling Image, Excellent Image  Quality; Worthy Of Consideration For The Judge's Choice Award, Cannot Be Resubmitted,
  • 8 Points (Honor Award):  Compelling Image, Excellent Image Quality. Cannot Be Resubmitted
  • 7 Points:  Excellent Image Quality. Can Be Resubmitted.
  • 6 Points: Average Image, Technically Acceptable. Can Be Resubmitted
  • 4 or 5 Points: Images That Need Improvement. Can Be Resubmitted
  • 3 Points:  Poor Quality Or Images That Do Not Conform to the competition theme. Can Be Resubmitted
Note: Images that do not meet the assigned topic or competition rules as determined by the chairman or the judge will be rejected and receive no points.

Annual Awards

Awards for the season (September - June) will be given based on total accumulated points in the six different groups. These medals and plaques are presented at the September meeting. 
Monochrome Print Competitions·            
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Salon
Color Print Competition
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Salon
Digital Competition
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Salon

Similar Image was Previous Winner?

Pictures that are so similar as to be almost identical to those that have previously acquired 9 or 8 point score in an SJCC competition are ineligible for re-entry in another SJCC competition. Any entry may be challenged by a member for any reason, after the competition concludes. Final decision will rest with the chairperson of the competition. In his/her absence, the President or Vice President will decide. 

This rule includes taking the same or very similar image and either cropping it differently or converting it to grayscale for monochrome competition, or vice versa. If you are concerned that your entry might be mistaken for an image that has already won a 9 or 8 point score then it is probably best to select an alternative. Shown here is a ‘hypothetical’ example which helps illustrate this rule.

Original winning photo and slightly different pose and cropping but too similar to the original winning photo — not OK:

Same subject but totally different pose and vantage point — OK:

CLICK HERE  for more information on sizing images for competitions. 

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