Print Of The Month:
We have a “Print of the Month” contest every month at the general meetings. Each participant should bring an 8×10 print of their photo and any photo you have taken that matches the monthly theme can be used. When you arrive just tape your photo in one of the provided mat frames, add a numbered corner to the frame and place it on a provided stand on the "Print of the Month" table. Monthly themes can be found here. Three club members who have been approved as qualified judges, will judge & score photos on a 0-100 pt. scoring system. The criteria used to judge the contest photos are: Impact, Technical Excellence, Creativity, Style, Composition, Presentation, Color Balance, Center of Interest, Lighting, Subject Matter, Technique, and Story Telling. First, second and third place ribbons will be awarded at the meeting and their winning scores will be announced. The winners should congregate after the meeting to have their photo taken. Participating judges will be at the scoring table at end of the meeting to discuss the scoring and how each photo might be improved for competition. Each member is allowed to enter just 1 photo and any current member can participate.
Our Salon Competition is an opportunity for you to have your photos critiqued by three of our qualified member judges.. Our moderator will be our Competition Chairman and no one but you will know that your photo is being judged. In the Digital Salon Event your photo will be pre-judged and the images that gain a merit score will be projected on a screen long enough for the judges to discuss, in some cases, what they liked about the projected photo or things to change to improve it. In the Print Salon Competition your photo must be mounted on a 16×20 mat board. It will be pre-judged and any that have a merit score or higher will be shown in a special lightbox where the judges may discuss what they liked and or what may be needed for improvement. The highest score a judge can give is 100 for a total from the 3 judges of 300 points. The scores will be totaled and divided by three. An average score of 80 will represent a “Merit Award”. The judges will be scoring based on the widely used and accepted “Twelve Elements” of scoring. Everyone in the audience will be able to view the projected images or prints and see which ones scored the best but they won’t know the photographer until the end when the winners will be announced.
A feedback session is a great opportunity where you can bring up to 5 pictures on a memory stick and get advice from some of our advanced members on how you can improve the pictures you are considering entering into the Salon, FCCC or any competition you may want to enter. This is a really great learning opportunity you should take advantage of as many of our club ribbon winners are a result of these sessions.