Competitions in each category listed below are held within the North Central Camera
Club Council September through May except December. Each club belonging to the
Council may submit eight entries per contest category per month on the basis of
one per maker. Any entries that receive a ribbon in a monthly competition will
be entered in the year-end competition.
|Digital Altered Reality |
|Digital Black & White |
|Digital Nature |
|Altered Reality Prints (October, January, March & May only)|
|Black & White Pictorial Prints|
|Nature Prints: Black & White or Color|
|Pictorial Prints (Color)|
|Travel Prints |
|Photo Essay Annual Contest will be held in April|
|Panorama Print Annual Contest will be held at the Spring mini-convention.|
|Camera Club Communication Annual Competition in April|
Judging and points will be awarded on the basis of technique,
composition, and interest.
lighting, color rendition, exposure, print quality.|
of all elements within the picture area so the subject matter is presented as
a harmonious, well-balanced photograph.|
imagination, interpretation, subject, impact, mood, humor, etc.|
Journalism, where special Journalism Rules applies.
PRINTS: Show title, N4C member number, maker's name, address, and name of camera club on
back/top of mount. Prints may be of any size up to maximum of
16" X 20" including the mount. Journalism prints
must be submitted without mounts or on lightweight mounts not to exceed 8" x 12".
DIGITAL: 1920 pixels maximum on the longest side, file-size 750KB maximum
(approved beginning in October 2018), sRGB color
See the following videos about Sizing Photos for Contests:
[Exporting Contest Entries from Lightroom CC]
[Lightroom Export Presets]
[Exporting Contest Entries from Photoshop CC]
Videos by Brian Stockton for Des Moines Camera Club contests.
However the instructions are applicable to N4C contests.
Instead, use Member Numbers assigned by YOUR CLUB.
Use the appropriate N4C contest category code:
DA Digital Altered Reality
DB Digital Black & White
DJ Digital Journalism
DN Digital Nature
DP Digital Pictorial
DT Digital Travel
For more information see:
[How to Name Contest Entries]
Description of Contest Categories
The following subject category definitions are presented as a
guide to persons entering the monthly contests so that all entries may be judged
fairly and equally. To some extent, their interpretation is subjective and all
judges have some personal biases. It is our intent to minimize these
differences. These definitions are as clear and precise as we are able to state
them, though it is not possible to cover all eventualities and answer all
questions. Generally, those entries that conform most closely to the subject
definitions have the greatest chance of success in the contests.
distinction for the Altered Reality category is that the maker intends (and the
viewer easily recognizes) that the image is not a representation of reality. The
Altered Reality image must have a photographic base of the maker’s own creation.
Manipulation of the basic image or images can be done in camera and/or in
computer. The use of brushes and textures made by others is allowed in Altered
Reality, as is the use of software to create unusual effects. The makers of
Altered Reality images should feel free to use a wide range of tools and
resources, limited only by imagination.
Black & White
The Black & White category is similar in character to
Pictorial, except that the Black & White category is for monochrome images.
Images are limited to monochromatic hues or shades of gray, although filters may
be applied to give a hue or tint. Different photographic processes and toners
give a different hue to a black & white photograph, for example, selenium, sepia
and split toning (duo-toning). No fraction of the image shall be given a special
Black & White Prints and Nature Prints are
evaluated by the same club. It is acceptable to package and send the prints in
one container, provided they are wrapped separately and clearly marked.
Black & White prints and digital images may be
created from: black & white film; digital black & white captures; or digital
color images converted to black & white.
The use of HDR, exposure blending, focus
stacking, stitching, and related techniques that combine more than one image is
Journalism Photography depicts some event or activity; story
telling is emphasized, as in a newspaper or magazine photograph. An element of
human interest is a fundamental quality for a journalism photograph.
|A Journalism entry can be a single image or a sequence of
related images arranged for presentation as a single entry.|
|Only minimal digital editing is allowed. In the interest of
credibility, photographs that misrepresent the truth, such as manipulation to
alter the subject matter, or situations set up for the purpose of photography,
are unacceptable. No elements may be moved, cloned, added, deleted,
rearranged, or combined. No manipulation or modification is permitted except
resizing, cropping, selective lightening or darkening, and restoration of
original color of the scene. No special effect filters may be added or
|For the Print competition, PRINTS should be UNMOUNTED or on
a lightweight mount not to exceed 8 x 12 inches in size. |
|The three (3) jury members shall vote a score of between
two (2) and five (5) points. Separate voting for technique, composition, and
interest will NOT be made, but will be considered only in connection with the
suitability of the work for Journalism competition. The total score for each
submitted photograph will range from six (6) to fifteen (15) points.
|The titles or captions of the submitted works will be read
at least for the first round of judging. If subsequent rounds are required, it
is not necessary to repeat the title or caption. |
Nature Photography is the recording of our natural world by
some photographic means. Included are all branches of nature except Archeology
|No photograph is worth distress or injury to any wild
|Nature photographs may be either black & white or color.
|The hand of man shall not be present in any nature entry
except where wild animals have adapted to the built environment (e.g., fence
posts and other man-made objects freely adapted for use by wild creatures).|
|Banding or tagging on nature subjects is acceptable.
Photographs at bird feeders are not acceptable if any part of a man-made
feeder is shown in the photograph.|
|Photographs taken in zoos, animal farms, or game farms are
acceptable if the hand of man is not visible.|
|Cultivated plants, domestic animals, and pets are not
|Adjustments must look natural. The use of HDR, exposure
blending, focus stacking, stitching, and related techniques that combine more
than one image is acceptable, provided the resulting image is natural in
In pictorial photography, the artistic quality of the
presentation is emphasized. The subject itself is not restricted: All subjects
qualify. Pictorialism emphasizes beauty of subject matter, tonality, and
composition as opposed to documentation. Thus, there is more freedom for
artistic interpretation in pictorial photography than there is in Journalism,
Nature, or Travel photography. Limited use of brushes and textures is allowed in
Pictorial. Still, there is a clear effort to represent reality; this
distinguishes the Pictorial category from Altered Reality.
|The Pictorial category is well-suited for use of modern
digital techniques, including HDR, exposure blending, focus stacking,
stitching, and related techniques that combine more than one image.|
|At the time of writing, computational photography is
emerging as a rapidly growing field. The Pictorial category is receptive to
the use of modern photographic techniques and innovations, provided the intent
of the photograph is to present an artistic interpretation of recognizably
|Photos submitted in the pictorial category should be in
color. Black & white photos that are pictorial in quality should be submitted
in the Black & White category. |
Travel implies going to some place other than one’s customary
environment; travel photography suggests the photographic depiction of that new
environment or the means used to get there. There is no restriction of how far
away that environment must be to qualify as “travel” or how different that new
environment must be. A strong travel photo is an image that expresses the
feeling of a time and place; portrays a land, its people, or a culture in its
natural state; and has no geographical limitations. Emphasize the location’s
qualities that make the place unique.
|The location of the photography MUST be included in the
title. IF THE LOCATION IS IN THE UNITED STATES, LIST THE STATE IN THE TITLE;
IF FOREIGN, LIST THE COUNTRY IN THE TITLE. |
|Entered prints must be clearly marked as to category. The
judging club will be evaluating Journalism Prints as well as Travel Prints. It
is acceptable to package and send the prints in one container, provided they
are wrapped separately and clearly marked. |
|Adjustments must look natural and must accurately portray