Each month, the Chester County Camera Club holds competitions for its members. This document defines the competition rules as determined by the Steering Committee.

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Overall Rules
Rules for Print Entries
Rules for Digital Entries
Judges & Judging Criteria



Each competition group (i.e. competition date) has 8 separate competitions as follows:

  1. Assigned Color Print
  2. Assigned Monochrome Print
  3. Assigned Color Projected
  4. Assigned Monochrome Projected
  5. Open Color Print
  6. Open Monochrome Print
  7. Open Color Projected
  8. Open Monochrome Projected

Each spring, club members vote on the assigned topics for the upcoming year. All topics for the current year are posted on the Assigned Topics page of the club’s website.

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Overall Rules

The rules in this section apply to all entries. Please also see the appropriate section below for specific rules about digital and print entries.

  • Competitors must be active, paid members of the Chester County Camera Club in good standing.
  • Members may submit a maximum of three images per competition. Images can be entered in any category (all three in the same category if desired).
  • Entries may be prints, digital files, or a combination of the two.
  • No writing—including the name of the photographer or the image title—may appear on the image, print, or mat. Writing is permissible if it is part of the photograph.
  • A winning image may not be entered into future competitions.
  • Multiple, separate images on a single screen or mat are not permitted.
  • Images entered in the Monochrome division may be black and white or toned with a single color, such as sepia.
  • Entries in the Assigned category must adhere to the assigned topic for the month; entries in the Open category may be of any subject.
  • There are no restrictions or rules on how a photograph is taken or processed.


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Rules for Print Entries

  • Print entries must be submitted no later than 6:40 PM on competition night, and must have been entered (catalogued) and image uploaded on the web site by midnight on Sunday night before the competition.
  • A label containing Image title and Member's name should be printed from the web site and affixed to the back of the print along with an arrow indicating which side of the image is the top.
  • Prints may be either monochrome or color, and may be produced by the club member or a commercial lab.
  • All prints must be mounted or matted, with an overall size no larger than 16” x 20”.
  • Prints may not be framed or under glass.

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Rules for Digital Entries

  • Digital (projected) entries must be submitted to the club’s website no later than midnight on the Sunday prior to the Tuesday competition.
  • Files must have the following properties:
    • Format: JPEG (.jpg)
    • Landscape File Dimensions: 1920pixels maximum width
    • Portrait File Dimensions: 1600pixels maximum height
    • Image Name: Cannot contain any reference to the member's name and special characters are not allowed.
    • The Rules for Digital File Submissions page of the club’s website explains the process for uploading files.

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Judges & Judging Criteria

  • The club makes every effort to hire judges from outside the club. When an outside judge is not available, a panel of members judges the competition.
  • Judging criteria are available as a pdf download.
  • The judge awards points for each image. In the event of a tie, the judge determines the place winner.
  • The decision of the judge(s) is final.
  • The club awards ribbons for first, second, and third place in each of the divisions listed above.  For each competition with more than 15 entries an honorable mention is also awarded.
  • If there are 5 or fewer entries in a division, only 1st place is awarded.
  • Entries receiving 1st place ribbons are eligible to compete for the People’s Choice Award at the end of the competition year.
  • Monthly competition results may be found on the club’s website.

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In addition to the ribbons awarded at monthly competitions, the club also presents two year-end awards.

The member who has earned the highest point total at the end of the year is awarded Photographer of the Year. Points are accumulated based on points for ribbons won:

  • 1st Place ribbon- 4 points
  • 2nd Place ribbon - 3 points
  • 3rd Place ribbon - 2 points
  • Honorable Mention riboon - 1 point

All first place images from monthly competitions are eligible for the People’s Choice Award. Images must be submitted digitally to be considered, even if the original winning entry was a print. All images (including digital, print, color, and monochrome) are placed in a single category, and members vote for their favorite image. First, second, and third place are awarded.

Both awards are presented at the year-end party.

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