YEAR END AWARDS OVERVIEW
1. Annual Awards
- DCC Annual Award for Distinguished Service
- Fellow of the Dallas Camera Club
2. High Point Awards
3. Print and Projected Image of the Year Competitions
4. Special Annual Competitions
J.J. Spurlock Award for Creative Portraiture—Prints
Marge Dance Award for Contemporary Images—Projected Images
Milton J. Ruddick Travel Image Award—Projected Images
Gary Kelly Field Trip Image of the Year Award —Projected Images
Barbara and Ralph Pyke Photojournalism Award —Projected Images
Cellphone Camera Competition Award - Projected Images
THE FOLLOWING RULES APPLY TO ALL OF THE SPECIAL ANNUAL COMPETITIONS:
· All DCC members may enter up to three images for each competition. A specific image cannot be entered in more than one of the Special Competitions in any year.
· An image that places may not be entered in any future Special Competitions.
· An award will be presented to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries in each competition. There is no class (Beginners, Advanced or Masters) distinction.
· All images, including those that won a first, second, third or HM in a monthly club competition, are eligible.
· Images need not have been submitted in the monthly competitions.
· Image preparation guidelines are the same as those used for the monthly competitions.
· Images winning a special competition award may be submitted in future monthly competitions if otherwise eligible.
ANNUAL AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
One member is chosen each year to receive the DCC annual award for outstanding service to the club. Selection is by a committee, which is appointed and chaired by the President. The recipient is announced at the Annual Awards Banquet in April.
Fellowship Awards are presented annually to those members who have submitted 90% or more of possible entries and rank first, second or third in high point standings at the end of the competition year in Master Class for Color Print, Monochrome Print or Projected Images. The award is bestowed only once and is a lifetime honor for the recipient. The title “Fellow of the Dallas Camera Club” and the initials “FDCC” are designations of recognition that the honored member may use.
HIGH POINT AWARDS
High Point Awards are presented to those photographers who have the highest total scores in each class and category. The high point total is the sum of their 10 highest scores from the 10 monthly competitions for the competition year. If a member fails to turn in an image in any monthly competition, he or she will receive no (zero) points for that month. First, second and third place High Point Awards are presented at the Annual Awards Banquet in April. If a tie occurs, duplicate awards will be given.
- If the tie is for first, awards given are two 1st and a 3rd.
- If the tie is for second, awards given are 1st and two 2nd.
- If the tie is for third, awards given are 1st, 2nd, and two 3rd.
IMAGE OF THE YEAR COMPETITION
All images placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd (Honorable Mention is not included) in any category and class in the past year of monthly competitions are eligible for Print or Projected Image of the Year awards. Members with winning images are encouraged to make them available to the Competition Director for the Image of the Year competition. Any photographer not wishing his or her images to be entered should discuss those wishes with the Competition Director. Eligible prints and projected images must be submitted for judging by no later than the first meeting in March. First, second and third place awards for Image of the Year in each class and category are presented at the Annual Awards Banquet in April.
You only need to hand in PRINTS that won 1st, 2nd, 3rd in the present competition year. The Competition Chairperson already has your digital images, and they will be entered by default for you.
SPECIAL ANNUAL COMPETITIONS
There are special competitions at the end of each year which are named in honor of members who have distinguished themselves within the club. Images for these competitions are submitted no later than the first meeting in March and results are announced at the Annual Awards Banquet in April. The special competitions are:
THE J.J. SPURLOCK AWARD FOR CREATIVE PORTRAITURE (PRINT)
Portraits of people are to be entered in this contest. Photographs are judged on the creative use of photo processing, whether manipulated in the chemical darkroom or by the use of digital processing software. These creative portraits should depart from reality and be noticeably different from the scene as originally viewed through the camera lens. All phases of the photographic process, i.e. the original capture of the image and the creative processing, must be the original work of the photographer. Entries are either monochrome or color prints.
Dr. James J. Spurlock used creative darkroom techniques for his monochrome portraits which earned him local and international recognition. The competition includes both monochrome and color prints at the request of Mrs. Spurlock. He was a University of North Texas Administrator and Chemistry Professor and a long time member and past president of The Dallas Camera Club. The award was created in 1994.
THE MARGE DANCE AWARD FOR CONTEMPORARY IMAGES (PROJECTED)
Images shall demonstrate a substantial departure from realism using various non-standard image capture and/or processing techniques, such as distortion, composited images, trick lenses, motion blur, zoomed exposure, tonal distortion, digital filters, etc. Entries are color projected images.
Marge Dance used many creative in-camera techniques to produce color slides that altered reality. She was a long-time active member of the Dallas Camera Club having served 16 terms on the board and holding every office except Print Chair. Marge was also active in promoting photography within the Dallas area and Gulf States region. The award was created in 1997.
THE MILTON J. RUDICK TRAVEL IMAGE AWARD (PROJECTED)
Images must have been taken while traveling outside the DFW Metroplex on or after January 1 of the prior year. Otherwise, the subject matter is unlimited.
Milton J. Rudick was an inveterate world traveler and was known for his outstanding travel photographs. His many varied interests ran from photography, to sailing, to the Dallas Arboretum. Milton was an executive at LTV Aerospace and a long-time Dallas Camera Club member. He was a past president and always ready to assist the club as needed. The award was created in 1997.
GARY KELLY FIELD TRIP IMAGE OF THE YEAR AWARD (PROJECTED)
Images must have been taken during a club field trip on or after January 1 of the prior year. Entries are projected images.
Gary Kelly was a longtime member and leader of the Dallas Camera Club. Gary served for many years as the Field Trip Director where he organized regular outings both near and far. He was always knowledgeable about photographic destinations as well as the best places to eat. Gary will long be remembered for the wonderful field trip slideshow videos he produced. The award was originally created in 1999, named in honor of former member, Ken Zapp in 2002, and was renamed for Gary Kelly in 2021.
BARBARA AND RALPH PYKE AWARD FOR PHOTOJOURNALISM (PROJECTED)
Photojournalism entries consist of images, or sequences of images, with informative content and emotional impact, including human interest, documentary, and sports. The images must have been taken on or after January 1 of the prior year. The journalistic value of the photograph shall be considered over pictorial quality. Photographs which misrepresent the truth (such as manipulation to alter the subject matter or situations) or which are setup for the purpose of a photograph, are unacceptable in this competition. Entries are projected images.
Barbara and Ralph Pyke were long-time members of the DCC, GSCCC and PSA, serving as board members and actively contributing to the vision and educational values of these
photographic organizations. The Pykes were both recognized for their service and achievements within Photojournalism. Ralph Pyke served as Chairman for the PSA Photojournalism Division from 1994 to 1998. The award was created in 2010.
CELLPHONE CAMERA COMPETITION AWARD (PROJECTED)
Images must have been taken with a cellphone camera on or after January 1 of the prior year. Cellphone camera files may be processed on any platform (hardware) and using any software the maker may wish to use. The images will be judged on originality, creativity, impact, and technical quality. The subject may be anything not prohibited by the club.
This award was created in 2022 by the Board of Directors lead by then President, Larry Petterborg. It was created in recognition of the importance of the cell phone to the art of photography.