Competition Rules

Beginning in 2011 rankings and winners in each category will be based on the overall quality of work submitted.

In addition, there is now a participation requirement to be eligible for a prize at the end of the year. This is to prevent someone from only submitting a few good images and then coasting with a high average. The requirement is to submit work in at least 4 separate competitions out of the 11 we hold annually. This requirement is only for those members who wish to be eligible for a monetary prize. Members who are non-competitive may still submit in less than 4 competitions for the purpose of sharing work with the club and/or getting a critique from the judges. No one is eligible to submit competition images unless their dues have been paid.

Rankings and prizes will be based on a numeric value which is being referred to as the “AQS – Average Quality of Submissions.” Your AQS is simply the number of points you accumulate based on whether images receive an award, an honorable mention, or a merit point divided by the total number of images submitted. Competitive members with an AQS of 4.5 or higher will be ranked as “AA” for scoring purposes and those with a lower AQS will have an “A” ranking.

At the beginning of each competition season everyone starts out at the ranking they ended on in the prior season ad remains at that ranking regardless of AQS until all eligibility requirements have been met. New members start at “A” level and remain there regardless of AQS until all eligibility requirements have been met.

Scoring of entries is done by a panel of 3 judges with a 9 point system allowing for a maximum score of 27 per entry. Entries are judged according to visual impact, technical merit, and composition.

Judges may not judge their own entries, entries from immediate family members, and certain other entries dependent upon circumstances where a conflict of interest may be perceived. In these instances a judge will enter a score of 0. The remaining judges scores will averaged and used as the score in place of the 0 value for accumulating the total point score. Total scores that are not a whole number will be rounded up the next whole number.

Honors are awarded for entries based on the total of the judges scores as follows:

Class        Award        Honorable Mention
AA             22-27                    20-21
A                21-27                    19-20

Cumulative points are awarded based on the scale shown above and used to compute an AQS ranking. At the end of each calendar year the winners in each category receive prizes.

Cumulative points are awarded as follows:

1 point for any entry that does not rate an honorable mention or an award

4 points for any entry that receives an honorable mention

6 points for an entry that receives an award

Summary:

  1. Judges scores are used to compute honors on a handicapped scale. Handicap is based on members “A” or “AA” ranking at the time an entry is judged.
  2. Honors are translated into cumulative points. Cumulative points are used to compute a members AQS value.
  3. AQS value is used to determine members ranking of “A” or “AA” once the minimum participation requirement has been met.
  4. Prizes are awarded at the end of the year in each category of “A” and “AA” for the members with the 3 highest AQS values in each of those categories.

Maximum entries per member is 18 per monthly competition, 3 in each of the following categories with 2 being either assigned subject or general:

Prints
Color – defined as containing 2 or more colors.
Monochrome – defined as containing a single color or black and white.
Modified – See description below.
Prints must be a at least 8×10 and on a plain black or white mat.

Digital
Color – defined as containing 2 or more colors.
Monochrome – defined as containing a single color or black and white.
Modified – See description below.
Digital file size should be a maximum 1024×768 pixels at 72 dpi. Bring your entries to the meeting on a CD, USB drive, SD, or Compact Flash card.

Definition of Modified: For purposes of entry and judging consider any image that may appear to the judges to be manipulated beyond normal exposure correction, color correction, contrast adjustment, and retouching to be a candidate for this category. Be aware that an image that is not entered in the Modified category and appears to the judges to be manipulated beyond normal corrections might have points deducted because the judges will assume they are viewing poor post-processing techniques. If however, the image is entered in the Modified category then the judges will assume that the manipulations are for artistic effect and will score it accordingly. The key to deciding whether or not to enter an image in the Modified category is how obvious the manipulations are. You are probably better off in the Modified category if the effects are obvious. If your image doesn’t call attention to your manipulations then you may wish not to enter it as modified.

Entry cards are to be filled out in duplicate showing the category and title of your entry for scoring purposes. One copy for the member and one for club records. Missed competitions can be made up, one per year by entering them the following month and indicating on the entry card that it is a makeup entry.

For your convenience you can download a printable copy of the entry card here:
Click here for the form

Disclaimer: The Tampa Bay Camera Club shall not be responsible for the loss of or damage to any entry. Any member who submits an entry assumes the risk of loss or damage and the Tampa Bay Camera Club disclaims any liability.

Entries which violate competition rules, do not comply the assigned subject definition, are in bad taste, or fall below commonly accepted standards shall be disqualified. The decision to disqualify an entry shall be made by the judges with the advice and consent of the Director of Competitions who shall explain the reason for disqualification.

Competition results are displayed here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AvSnstlfEUsXdGFIcTdndm5Va0xlSEZJYTl3N3BOSWc#gid=0

Competition images are displayed here: https://mytbcc.com/about/competition-images/

Competition categories and other information is here: https://mytbcc.com/about/

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7 responses to “Competition Rules

  1. Pingback: Competition Updates | Tampa Bay Camera Club

  2. Please include my website – thank you – Jim

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  4. I can’t find where it describes prints requiring a matt. However, now I know. Can a matt be black or other colors?

  5. Anonymous,
    Thanks for pointing out the omission, it has been corrected. Prints should be mounted on either plain white or plain black.

  6. Susan Louise Anderson

    I joined TBCC a few weeks ago. I have tried to access the entry form but am asked for a username and password. How can I get the entry forms?

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