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 2019

Projected : Open
Color Print: Open
Monochrome Print: Open
Due: May 12, 20189

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

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June 2019

Projected: Shallow Depth of Field
Color Print: Open
Monochrome Print: Shallow Depth of Field
Due: June 9, 2019

Topic is Open for Color Prints. Anything goes (except nudity).

Projected & Monochrome:
Use selective focus to bring the viewer’s attention to the main subject by minimizing the foreground and background distractions. A shallow depth of field may be created in several ways, including using by a large aperture, having the subject close to the camera or by using a lens with a longer focal length.

Image Image

July 2019

Projected: Open
Color Print: Open
Monochrome Print: Open
Image Submissions Due: July 7, 2019

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

Image

August 2019

Projected Topic: Motion/Stop Motion
Color Print : Open
Monochrome Print : Open
Submissions Due: August 11, 2019

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

Projected:
Create an image that either shows motion or that freezes motion:
For “Motion”, use shutter speed or panning to either blur the background while freezing the primary subject or to freeze the background while showing motion in the primary subject.  For “Stop Motion”, use a high shutter speed or flash to freeze the motion of the subject.

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Stop Motion
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Motion

September 2019

Projected : Open
Color Print : Open
Monochrome Print : Open
Due: September 8, 2019

Topic is Open for all Categories
Anything goes except nudity.

Image

October 2018

Projected: Abstract
Color Print: Abstract
Monochrome Print: Open
Due: October 6, 2019

Topic is open for Monochrome

Projected & Monochrome Print:
Use your camera and your imagination to create an abstract image. Make use of color, texture, line, shape, geometry or form to capture something in a way that it is not normally seen. The image should be driven more by “feel” than by reality.

Image Image

November 2019

Projected Topic: Open
Color Print Topic: Open
Monochrome Print Topic: Open
Due: November 10, 2019

Topic is Open for all Categories.
Anything goes except nudity.

Image

December 2019

Projected: High Key/Low Key
Color Print: Open
Monochrome Print: High Key/Low Key
Due: December 8, 2019

Topic is Open for Color Prints
Anything goes except nudity.

Projected and Monochrome Print:
High Key and Low Key photography make use of lighting and contrast (or lack thereof) to create a specific mood. While High Key images are generally considered happy, Low Key images may be dramatic and convey a lot of atmosphere and tension. Use lighting and exposure to create either a High Key or a Low Key image reflecting a mood.

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High Key
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Low Key

January 2020

Projected: Open
Color Print: Open
Monochrome Print: Open
Due: January 12, 2020

Topic is Open for all Categories.
Anything goes except nudity.

Image

February 2020

Projected: Negative Space
Color Print: Open
Monochrome Print: Open
Due: February 9, 2020

Topic is Open for Color and Monochrome Prints.
Anything goes except nudity.

Projected:
Negative Space is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. It can be used to create a mood or tell a story. Use negative space as a composition technique to draw attention to your subject in a way that alters and enhances the scene.

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