Sun Lakes Camera Club Competition Rules and Procedures
Amended April 2023
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. Each member, by act of submitting a photographic entry for judging, acknowledges having read, and agrees to abide by, these Competition Rules. Each member further agrees not to hold the Sun Lakes Camera Club, its officers, nor any member, liable for any loss or damage to photographic material submitted for entry in any competition where the interest or sponsorship of the Club may be involved.
OWN WORK. Entries must be the work of the competing member. Printing by others is allowed.
CREDITS. In order to receive credit for participation in the Club competition, each entrant must be a member in
good standing (i.e., dues paid).
COMPETITIONS. There will be five normal competitions and one year end competition. Competitions will be held on the fourth Thursday of each month (October through March excluding November). End of Year competition will be held in April.
CATEGORIES. There are three categories at each regular club competition night, October through March. They are:
➢ OPEN means there is no assigned subject. The images in this category can be of any subject matter and can be either color or monochromatic. This category can also include creative images.
➢ ROTATING means the focus of, or the majority of, the image must relate to the assigned topic. Images can be color or monochromatic. The subject changes each month.
➢ SPECIAL TECHNIQUES means the image is the result of an assigned technique that can be done during image capture and/or during post processing. The technique changes each month.
Year-end competition has one category: OPEN. All images submitted must have been in competition during the current club year and may not be modified in any fashion after their initial judging or in preparation for the year end competition. These images can come from any of the categories used during the year.
CLASSES. The number of classes may vary from year to year depending on the number of active club members and the skill levels of those members. All club members are assigned a class even if they do not participate in competitions. The following are the current classes:
➢ Class C –for members with little or no competition experience.
➢ Class B –for experienced club members or at the discretion of the Competition Committee
➢ Class A - for very experienced club members or at the discretion of the Competition Committee
Other Classes may be established at the discretion of the Competition Committee based upon member experience and or awards in competitions prior to the current club year.
Membership in a competition class is determined by the Competition Committee and is based on the photographic images submitted by the member in the past. Movement between classes can occur when the member has submitted at least a total of 16 images (print and digital combined) for the year or if in the opinion of the Competition Committee the member’s images dictate a different class assignment.
New members will be placed in a class consistent with their photographic experience. New members will be contacted by a member of the competition committee and class placement will be agreed to by both the new