Competition Rules

Revised & amended: September 2012


Competition will be conducted during the first meeting of the month from October through April.  Only dues-paying members may compete in the monthly competitions.  If we work together, our competition nights will run smoothly.  Out of consideration for the judges, meetings must start on time.  To insure promptness, all entries must be submitted by 7:15 PM.  No entries will be accepted after this deadline.  In addition, the President will attempt to keep the business meetings short.  Food and beverages will be served before the meeting is called to order.



In the event that a competition meeting is cancelled, the president will make every effort to reschedule the meeting for the following week – the second Tuesday of the month.



Club members will be assigned to a competitor class based on their expertise and competition scores:

  • Class A will consist of the most proficient club members.
  • Class B will consist of members with intermediate photographic skills.
  • Class C will consist of new members with novice skills.


Class assignments are permanent for the current club season.  Advancement to a higher class will be based on the member’s average point total and will be announced at our end of year awards banquet by the Foresters Scorekeeper.  A club member will be moved to the next higher class if the member’s average point total for the year is equal to, or greater than, the lowest average point total in the next highest class.


If a member wishes to move down in class, such request must be made in writing to the Executive Board, which will review the request and render a decision.  Averages will be based on no less than six (6) entries in the Small Color Print class.  Since the other competition categories are already open to all classes (A, B, and C), only Small Color Prints will be considered when compiling averages.





For each category, the maximum number of entries per member, per competition is two (2), with a maximum for the club season of twelve (12).  Images may be entered in the following categories which will be judged at all competitions:


  • LARGE COLOR PRINTS:  This is a general category open to all classes.  All entries in this category are judged together with no differentiation between Class A, B, or C.


  • SMALL COLOR PRINTS:  Small Color Prints will be judged in Classes A, B, & C.  Each class will be judged separately on its own merit.  Awards and Honorable Mentions will be granted in each class.


  • LARGE MONOCHROME PRINTS:  This is a general category open to all classes.  All entries in this category are judged together with no differentiation between Class A, B, or C.


  • SMALL MONOCHROME PRINTS:  This is a general category open to all classes.  All entries in this category are judged together with no differentiation between Class A, B, or C.


  • SPECIALS:  This is a special category of Digital Projected Images open to all classes. The images entered into this competitive category must conform to the special topic of the month with the main subject of the image clearly representing the special topic.  All entries in this category are judged together with no differentiation between Class A, B, or C.


  • DIGITAL PROJECTED IMAGES (DPI):   This is a general category open to all classes.  All entries in this category are judged together with no differentiation between class A, B, or C.


In all print categories, images obtained by different methods will be combined.  Prints produced by traditional film or digital sensors will be grouped together without regard to darkroom or computer enhancements or alterations.  For the sake of the CACCA delegates who must choose print entries, entrants must indicate any special methods used to create, enhance, or alter the image.  This information must be recorded on the back of the board so that the image can be placed in the correct CACCA competition.



If a member is unable to attend a competition but would like to enter images in absentia, it is that member’s responsibility to arrange for another member to enter those images.  The member entering images for the absent member must notify the Image Coordinator prior to the competition.



Two (2) make-up entries for each category are allowed per month from November through April, provided that the entrant participates in a minimum of four competitions.  These entries must be clearly marked and announced to the judges as “make-ups for point scoring only, not for honors.”  If the Image Coordinator or one of the Image Assistants fails to make this announcement, the entrant must do so from the floor.


Due to unusual circumstances, qualified members of the club may need to fill in for competition judges.  Since judges may not submit work to a competition they are judging, they must withdraw their entries prior to competition and enter them as make-ups in the subsequent competition.  Unlike other make-ups, judges’ make-ups shall be eligible for honors.



There are two (2) conditions under which an image may be judged more than once.


  • If a member believes that a non-winning entry has special merit, it may be re-entered one other time in the same category in a subsequent competition, providing that the initial score was twenty (20) or below.


  • Once an image has competed, even if it has won an honor, it may be entered in one other category during the current or any subsequent season.



A print similar to a previously submitted print and judged in the same category is ineligible. Similar is defined as almost identical in subject, composition, props, lighting, or technique whereas anyone viewing the entries together would decide that they are nearly the same, except for very minor changes.



Prints are classified as either SMALL or LARGE.


  • A small print is any print mounted on and not extending beyond the edges of an 11” x 14” board.


  • A large print is any print mounted on and not extending beyond the edges of a 16” x 20” board.


All prints must be identified by affixing a completed Foresters Camera Club label in the upper left corner on the reverse side of the board. The entrant must record the following information on the label:  name, date, category of entry, and title of the image. Prints may be maker-made or commercially made.





DPI images must be submitted to the DPI Coordinator by the deadline specified.  The best method is e-mail, though other methods of submission may be used.  Late submissions will be rejected.  Image width must be no more than 1024 pixels and the height no more than 768 pixels.  Files are to be JPEG format.



Both parts of the form must be filled out completely, correctly, and legibly, or the entries on that form will be disqualified.  The form includes the entrant’s name, date, title for each entry, and appropriate check marks indicating the proper category.  There can be only one form submitted per competition category.  The form must be whole, not cut in half.  A separate form must be filled out for make ups, and the word “MAKE UP” must be stamped on both halves of the form.  Make-ups submitted by judges must be marked “JUDGE’S MAKE UP” and placed with the regular entries, except Specials must be placed with other make ups.


The Image Coordinator will enter scores on both the upper and lower half of the form and record Awards and Honorable Mentions in the appropriate spaces.  Following the competition, one half of the form will be returned to the competitor for his/her records.  The other half of the form will be given to the Scorekeeper.  It is the responsibility of the entrant to verify the accuracy of the scores and bring any discrepancies to the attention of the Scorekeeper within 72 hours of the competition.  Otherwise, the score will stand.



For honors to be given there must be a minimum of three (3) entrants and five (5) entries in the category.  Otherwise, only points will be awarded.



The club will acknowledge with honors a minimum of 20% of the entries in each category, provided that the minimum number requirements have been reached.  Acknowledgements will be divided into two groups – Awards and Honorable Mentions (HMs).  A Print-of-the-Month (POM) shall be selected from the Awards group.  Judges will select approximately 10% of the total entries in each category for Awards and approximately 10% of the total entries in each category for Honorable Mentions.  Variances from these percentages may occur at the discretion of the judges.  For instance, in the event of multiple high scores, judges may give more Awards than the stipulated 10%.  As long as the minimum is reached, the club allows the judges leeway.

The target numbers of Awards and Honorable Mentions, based on the number of entries in a category, will be as follows:


Number of image entries


Honorable Mentions





















Three (3) judges, usually CACCA members from other clubs, will view, judge, and award the entries.


The judging will be conducted as follows:


Judges will use scoring machines equipped with a number display.  Each of the three (3) judges will assign a number score of “0” to “9” for each image as it is displayed.  The three (3) individual scores are totaled and assigned to the image.  Total points for an image range between “0” and “27,” most images scoring in the range of “16” to “23.”


Any image that receives a score of 25 or more will automatically be retained and receive an Award recognition.


The 20% receiving the highest scores will return for a second round of judging.  However, oftentimes the number receiving the highest scores will be less than 20% of the entries.  In those instances, another round will be conducted from entries with lower scores.  These will be passed through for review by the judges to increase the number of entries and achieve the target 20%.  If the number of entries receiving the highest scores is more than 20%, an elimination round will be conducted to achieve the target 20%.


Once an acceptable percentage of images have been selected, a process called “IN and OUT” is used.  The judges are shown each entry again to determine if it should remain in the competition or be eliminated.  As the entry is presented, the judges vote with a “1” or “In” to keep the image in the competition or a “0” or “Out” to eliminate the image.


  • If all three judges select “1,” the Scorer will call “three in” and the image is accepted for the next round.


  • If two judges vote “1” and one judge votes “0,” the Scorer will call “two in” and the image is accepted for the next round.


  • If one judge votes “1” and two judges vote “0,” the Scorer will call “one in” and the image is eliminated.


  • If all three judges vote “0,” the Scorer will call “out” and the image is eliminated.



After a review of the remaining entries, further rounds of “IN and OUT” may be necessary to attain the target numbers for Awards and Honorable Mentions.



After the regular judging of the entries, all Award winning entries will be shown to the judges again so that they may award Print of the Month (POM).  The “IN and OUT” process will be used to determine the POM from each competition category.



This competition will be conducted on the first Tuesday in May using an outside panel of judges.  All club members may submit up to four (4) images from each category that were previously judged during the current club season.  These images need not have earned Awards or Honorable Mentions.  There will be one winner in each competition category.  Print of the Year (POY) will be presented at the annual awards banquet or other suitable occasion.



Cumulative scores will be kept by the Scorekeeper, who will tally and publish the standings periodically throughout the year.  After the April competition, the cumulative scores will determine the top two (2) competitors in each category.  However, in order to be eligible for one of the top two (2) positions, a member must have submitted the maximum allowable number of images for that category, which is twelve (12).



The Executive Board will serve as the Competition Committee.



An entry may be challenged orally during the competition.  It also may be challenged in writing.  The written challenge must be presented to a member of the Competition Committee within seven (7) days of the competition.  The committee member receiving the written challenge will meet with the rest of the Competition Committee to review the facts and render a decision.  The entrant and the challenger will be notified of the Committee’s decision.  In the event that a member of the Competition Committee has entered the challenged image, the entrant shall not be allowed to vote on the final resolution of the challenge.



Suitable print and DPI entries may be selected and held for PSA & CACCA Interclub Competition.  Permission from the entrant is implicit, unless otherwise stated.



A competitor may submit an image that has been judged at another camera club to a monthly competition at Foresters Camera Club, unless that image has been entered at CACCA Interclub Competition.



Any of the foregoing rules of competition may be altered and amended by a majority vote of the membership present.