Monthly Competitions

There is nothing like a little friendly competition to promote better photography. Without it, most of us would never get better at our craft/hobby. Each month the Dallas Camera Club conducts competitions for its members. Each member turns in one image for each of the categories.

  • Color print
  • Monochrome print
  • Projected (digital) image

The Competition Director sends the images to a judge, who reviews them and assigns a score from 65 to 100 points.

100 – 95: Exceptional
94 – 90: Superior
89 – 85: Excellent
84 – 80: Commendable
79 – 75: Above Average
74 – 70: Average
69 – 65: Below Standard

The score awarded depends upon how well it meets these Scoring Elements:

1.) Impact – the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion.

2.) Composition – important to the design of an image, bringing all the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intended. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending upon the intent of the image maker.

3.) Technique – the approach used to create the image. Printing, lighting, posing, capture, presentation media, and more are part of the technique applied to the image.

Once all scores are received back from the judges, a slideshow of the images with the judge’s scores and comments is created. This slideshow is presented to the club at the next competition meeting, usually the second Tuesday of the month. The First Place, Second Place, Third Place and Honorable Mention winners will be announced in the slideshow. Every other month we have an assigned topic to challenge our members to go out and shoot something specific. Below is a list of this year’s topics and definitions.

Projected & Printed Images

Jim Walsh is your Competition Director. He is the one who receives all the images you submit on the Competition Submission Page. for both Projected and Print Image competitions. The “Projected” images will be judged online only. The Print images will be judged as prints; however, you must still upload these images online to be eligible for competition. Requirements for mounting prints are explained on the Preparing Competition Images page.

If you have questions about anything relating to Projected Images, you should contact Jim Walsh or feel free to ask any of the other members at one of our meetings.

Competition Topics

May 2018

Projected Topic: Open
Color Print Topic: Open
Monochrome Print Topic: Open
Print Judge: TBA
Projected Judge: TBA
Image Submissions Due: May 6, 2018

Topic is Open for all Categories, anything goes (except nudity).

June 2018

Projected Topic: Create a Mood
Color Print Topic: Open
Monochrome Print Topic: Open
Print Judge: TBA
Projected Judge: TBA
Image Submissions Due: June 10, 2018

Topic is Open for Color Prints and Monochrome Prints, anything goes (except nudity).

Projected:Use the quality of the light – soft, hard, warm, cool – to create a mood in your photograph.

July 2018

Projected Topic: Open
Color Print Topic: Open
Monochrome Print Topic: Open
Print Judge: TBA
Projected Judge: TBA
Image Submissions Due: July 8, 2018

Topic is Open for all Categories, anything goes (except nudity).

August 2018

Projected Topic: Open
Color Print Topic: Backlight
Monochrome Print Topic: Open
Print Judge: TBA
Projected Judge: TBA
Image Submissions Due: August 12, 2018

Topic is Open for Monochrome Prints and Projected Images, anything goes (except nudity).

Color Prints. Use backlighting to reveal the intricacies of translucent object or to create silhouettes in your photograph.

September 2018

Projected Topic: Open
Color Print Topic: Open
Monochrome Print Topic: Open
Print Judge:  TBA
Projected Judge: Jimmy Zeilan
Image Submissions Due: September 9, 2018

Topic is Open for all Categories, anything goes (except nudity).

October 2018

Projected Topic: Open
Color Print Topic: Open
Monochrome Print Topic: Chiaroscuro
Print Judge: TBD
Projected Judge: TBD
Image Submissions Due: October 7, 2018

Topic is open for Projected and Color Prints.

Monochrome Print: Use high contrast light/dark areas to create a dramatic effects in your photograph.

 

November 2018

Projected Topic: Open
Color Print Topic: Open
Monochrome Print Topic: Open
Print Judge: TBA
Projected Judge: TBA
Image Submissions Due: November 9, 2018

Topic is Open for all Categories, anything goes (except nudity).

December 2018

Projected Topic: Reveal a Shape
Color Print Topic: Open
Monochrome Print Topic: Open
Print Judge: TBA
Projected Judge: TBA
Image Submissions Due: December 9, 2018

Topic is Open for Color Prints and Monochrome Prints, anything goes (except nudity).

Projected Images: Use light to enhance and accentuate the shape of an object in your photograph.

January 2018

Projected Topic: Open
Color Print Topic: Open
Monochrome Print Topic: Open
Print Judge: TBA
Projected Judge: TBD
Image Submissions Due: January 7, 2018

Topic is Open for all Categories, anything goes (except nudity).

February 2019

Projected Topic: Open
Color Print Topic: Night
Monochrome Print Topic: Open
Print Judge: TBA
Projected Judge: TBA
Image Submissions Due: February 10, 2019

Topic is Open for Color Prints and Monochrome Prints, anything goes (except nudity).

Color Prints: Use the lights after dark to make your photograph. Includes stars, moon, man-made. Photograph from evening blue hour to morning blue hour. (This implies no sunsets.)