Topics Camera Club
Perrysburg Ohio

Contest Rules


Digital Projection
Rules Updated July 25, 2017

  • During the club year (September through May), there will be five competitions. Each competition will have an assigned topic and a general topic. An image entered in the Assignment must have as its main subject the assigned topic. Any image of the member’s choice may be entered in the General category without regard to theme.
  • A maximum of four images may be entered in any competition. All four images may be entered in the Assignment category, or the General category, or may be divided between the Assignment and General categories in any combination.
  • Every competition has an assigned topic or theme. The assigned topics are chosen by the TOPICS Board of Directors and are announced at the April meeting each year. Images taken for the Assignment after the April meeting in which they are announced earn one additional point in competition.
  • Digital images to be entered in competition are to be delivered to a designated person by a specified date. The date and place of delivery is selected by the DPC Chair. Delivery of the images, on time, is the responsibility of the member. Normally, information about competitions will be conveyed to club members at club meetings and via the club newsletter.
  • Images for entry in club competitions may be submitted to the chair via e-mail, on a USB flash drive or by means approved by the DPC Chair. A USB flash drive must be readable by a Windows based PC. Images submitted for competition via a USB flash drive should be placed in a folder containing no other files.
  • Members are to prepare their images for projection in accordance with requirements outlined in Preparing Images for Digital Projection Competition. Copies may be obtained from the DPC Chair or the club secretary, or downloaded here. Preparing a Digital Image
  • There will be no restrictions placed on the editing of any digital image. The maker is free to use his or her creativity, using any of the tools and techniques available in image editing.
  • All content included in a digital image must have been originally created by the maker.
  • Digital entries will be judged by a panel of three non-member judges. The judges will select First, Second and Third place images and Acceptances in both the Assignment and General categories.
  • Images which are deemed not to fit the assigned category by the judges or competition chair may be moved to the General category.
  • Winning digital images (First, Second or Third place) may not be reentered in any future Digital Projection Competition. They are considered “retired” and may not resurface sporting a new title. Non-winning images, however, may be reentered as many times as desired, or until they achieve a win.
  • Winning digital images (First, Second or Third place) may be reentered in the print division. However, a winning digital image may not be reentered in another division in the competition year in which the win occurred. It may only be reentered in a future competition year.
  • Competition entries will be shown on regular club meeting nights. Images will be shown in random order, ending with the Acceptances, Third place, Second place and First place in each category (Assignment and General). Constructive comments may be made by club members or other competent photographers during the presentation of the images.

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Print
Rules Updated July 25, 2017

  • During the club year (September through May), there will be five competitions. Any image of the member’s choice may be entered without regard to theme.
  • A maximum of four prints may be entered in any competition.
  • Prints for competition may be color, black and white, or hand tinted black and white. Prints of all types, whether color, B&W, or hand tinted B&W will be judged in a common class and not separated.
  • There will be no restrictions placed on the editing of any print. The maker is free to use his or her creativity, using any of the tools and techniques available in image editing.
  • All images included in a print are to have been originally created by the maker.
  • Winning prints (First, Second or Third place) may not be reentered in any future print competition. Winning prints are to be considered “retired” and cannot resurface sporting a new title. Non-winning prints, however, may be reentered as many times as desired, or until they achieve a win.
  • Winning prints (First, Second or Third place) may be reentered in the digital projected image division. However, a winning print may not be reentered in another division in the competition year in which the win occurred. It may only be reentered in a future competition year.
  • The minimum acceptable size for a print will be 8 x 10 inches or 80 square inches.
  • The maximum acceptable size for a print is not to exceed 16 x 20 inches mounted.
  • All prints entered in competition must be mounted on a 16” x 20” mountboard or matboard. This is to facilitate handling, to help prevent damage to the print, and to conform to standards set by the Photographic Society of America. Prints may be permanently or temporarily mounted.
  • Prints may be commercially made or made by the competitor.
  • Over mats and frames are not allowed.
  • Prints are to be labeled on the back with the entrant’s name, class and title of print. Entrants should use labels which have been prepared for the purpose. The label should be placed at the top center of the back of the print.

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