The check list below was compiled by Dallas Camera Club Member, Dennis Fritsche. It is an excellent guideline if not a near definitive list of things to consider about your image before entering it into a contest.
Online entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. the Sunday prior to the DCC competition meeting. If the image size is too large, the image is not eligible for judging. A confirmation email will be sent after a successful upload. If you do not receive a confirmation message, you must contact the Competition Chairperson to get your images to her before the deadline.
- Is it clear that you put in an effort?
- Is it clear that you intended to create art?
- Is there a clear subject?
- Is it ordinary or special? Is it more than a record shot?
- Has the judge seen it a hundred times? Is there something unique about your interpretation?
- Are you attached to it because of the memory it brings you and will anyone else care?
- Is the subject in a power point?
- Are there design elements – leading lines, etc. that draw the viewer to the subject?
- Can you do something to further emphasize the subject – such as vignette or edge burn or blur?
- Have you overdone this and made it obvious?
- Is there something competing with the subject – a bright or dark area, for instance?
- Are the borders clear of clutter?
- Is the image straight?
- Are the horizons well placed – normally at a 1/3 point?
- Can you crop to improve one of the above?
- Is the subject in focus?
- Is the image sharp but not overly sharpened in post processing?
- Is the photograph well exposed? Do highlights and shadows have detail?
- Are the colors believable?
- Do the colors POP without being overly saturated?
- Can you enhance the image or correct faults in post processing?
- Is the paper, mounting, and matting appropriate for the image.