The Bird

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The Bird Rules - Modified June 2022

The Emily Guthrie Smith Award, affectionately referred to as "The BIRD", competition has been held each year since 1964 between the Dallas Camera Club and Fort Worth Camera Club.

The BIRD is a perpetual trophy that has each year's winner's name engraved on it. The competition is held in October or early November and rotated between the clubs each year. This is a great opportunity to meet our neighbor photographers.

Each club submits 15 color or monochrome prints and 15 projected images to be judged real-time at the meeting by a panel of judges. The club with the most points wins and will get to keep the trophy, affectionately known as "The BIRD" for the next year.

The following are the mutually agreed upon guidelines for the competition.


  1. The location of the competition will alternate between clubs each year and will be held in October or early November.
  2. The host club sets the date and time approximately two months prior to the event and notifies the visiting club.
  3. The host club will provide facilities, necessary scoring and presentation equipment, score sheets and three judges for the competition.
  4. Directions to the meeting (competition) site are given on the host's website or will be provided.
  5. The prior year's winner will bring the Bird trophy to the competition with the engraving updated.

Preparation, delivery and presentation of images

  1. Each club will submit 15 prints (monochrome or color) and 15 digital projected images.
  2. No more than one print and one projected image may be entered by a single maker.
  3. No image may have been entered in prior D/FW Interclub competitions.
  4. The host club's regular competition rules for size, preparation and presentation of images, as found on its website, will govern except that prints may conform to either club's regular print size limits.
  5. Labeling images
    • Each print will be labeled on the back in the upper left corner identifying the club, order to be shown, maker and image title, e.g. FWCC3, My Name, Image Title.
    • Each projected image's file name will include the club, order to be shown, maker and image title, e.g. DCC7_My Name_Image Title.jpg.
  1. Lists, for both prints and projected images, with maker's names, image titles and presentation order will be provided to the host club prior to the meeting.
  2. Delivery of images
    • The visiting club will bring their prints to the competition.
    • The visiting club's projected images will be provided to the host club several days prior to the meeting.
  1. The host club's images will be randomly interspersed with the visiting club's entries maintaining the desired presentation order of each club.
  2. The host club will make up score sheets with all images listed in the order to be shown. At least four copies will be provided to the visiting club.
  3. The host club will provide a digital projector and screen for the digital projected images.
  4. Displaying and judging print images
    • The host club will provide a light stand for the prints.
    • Judges will view the prints at no more than an arm’s length distance
    • Simultaneously, digital images of the prints will be available to be viewed via Zoom.
    • Judges will judge solely from the print.
    • Winning images (at a minimum) will be displayed for the audience to view.

Judging and awards

  1. The competition will be judged real-time. The host club will provide three judges who are not current or recent members of the host club.
  2. Images will be introduced by title as they are presented to the judges.
  3. The scores of each judge will be added together to determine the final score of each image. Judges may re-score images at their discretion prior to the end the competition.
  4. The host club will provide the scoring system. Each club will provide one official scorekeeper. The club with the highest combined score for prints and projected images will be the winner of The Bird for the year.
  5. The judges will select 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention winners for both prints and projected images. The host club will provide awards for all winners.


2019 - FWCC 2009 FWCC 1999 FWCC 1989 DCC 1979 DCC 1969 FWCC
2018 FWCC 2008 FWCC 1998 DCC 1988 DCC 1978 DCC 1968 DCC
2017 FWCC 2007 FWCC 1997 FWCC 1987 FWCC 1977 FWCC 1967 DCC
2016 F- No Contest 2006 DCC 1996 DCC 1986 DCC 1976 DCC 1966 DCC
2015 FWCC 2005 DCC 1995 FWCC 1985 FWCC 1975 No Record 1965 DCC
2014 FWCC 2004 FWCC 1994 FWCC 1984 FWCC 1974 FWCC 1964 FWCC
2013 FWCC 2003 FWCC 1993 FWCC 1983 FWCC 1973 DCC
2022 -FWCC 2012 FWCC 2002 DCC 1992 FWCC 1982 FWCC 1972 FWCC
2021 - FWCC 2011 FWCC 2001 FWCC 1991 FWCC 1981 DCC 1971 DCC
2020 - FWCC 2010 FWCC 2000 DCC 1990 DCC 1980 DCC 1970 FWCC

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