You must be a member in good standing of the SCC Photo Club to enter.

Only photos or images that are the exclusive work of the maker may be entered. Therefore, the image  must be taken and edited by the  member, advice and minor assistance is acceptable

There are eight categories: Color Prints, Monochrome Prints, Creative Prints, Documentary Prints, Digital  Color, Digital  Monochrome  Digital  Creative and Digital  Documentary . (Digital, means submitted and displayed electronically)

For the 2021 year, a photographer may submit up to 3 entries total in your choice of Color Prints, Monochrome Prints, Creative Prints, Documentary Prints, Digital  Color, Digital  Monochrome  Digital  Creative and Digital  Documentary or any combination for a total of THREE entries. In addition you can enter up to 3 MORE MONOCHROME PRINTS.  See rules for resubmission.

There are Four Levels: Unassigned Intermediate, Advanced, and Master

The purpose of these levels is to have your work compared to others of similar skill levels. The levels are determined by averaging all of your scores for the last 3 years. New or infrequent competitors who have not received six scores during competitions will compete in the Unassigned level until the first six scores have been accumulated. We recalculate the standings at the beginning of each year with movement up and down based on the following percentages: Master; if you in the top 15% of ratings. Advanced; 25% of scores. Intermediate the remaining, Members who have received the honor of Grand Master status will be exclude from these calculation however they will compete at the Master level.

Grand Master status is conferred by the Club for a member who has achieved ten perfect scores (15) over their entire body of work in competitions. 

Judging will be based on a 1-15 score, with 15 being the highest

The top score in each level for each category will receive a gold award. The second place winner will receive a silver award – unless there is a tie for gold – then no silver award is issued. If there is a tie in a category, all will receive an award. You must achieve at least a score of 14 to receive gold and 12 to receive silver award.

Definition of Categories (Print or Digital):

1. Color and Mono Category Content: The photograph, in its entirety, must be a work of original material taken by the Contest entrant. The photo components may be edited, enhanced, layered, “photo-shopped”, etc. but the entrant must have taken each component of the completed photo. photos may have frames, strokes or vignettes added

  • Color– This category includes color images, (except those defined as “Creative” below) whether or not they have undergone digital enhancement, but the image must maintain a realistic or natural look. Multi-colored infrared images are allowed.
  • Mono – This category includes monochromatic images (except those defined as “Creative” below), which are completely desaturated into black, white and gray or contain only one single color tone (e.g. sepia, blue, etc.). Digital enhancement is allowed but the image must maintain a realistic or natural look. Infrared images in one color tone are allowed

2. Creative Category Content: The entrant MUST take the major components of the photo. The photograph may be enhanced in anyway (example – add textures, backgrounds, frames, creative brushes or someone else’s small components).

  • Creative– This category includes color or monochromatic images that are recognizably altered. Creative images must not be constructed entirely in the computer, but must originate from the maker’s photograph or photographs.

Ex: If the photo’s essence is the NY skyline, you must take the photo of the skyline. A background sky can be added even if you didn’t take it yourself. If the essence of the photo is clouds – you must take that photo but can add a stock photo of a bird, for example.

3. Documentary category content:  The photograph, in its entirety, must be a work of original material taken by the Contest entrant.

  • Documentary: This category includes images that portray “a moment in time.” Images must represent real life as it actually happened with its flaws and peculiarities. The art is in the story or the message using the existing lighting and surroundings. Some global correction on the entire image is allowed for exposure, contrast, clarity or sharpening, de-noising, and color balance. Corrections are to be kept to a minimum. The image can be straightened and cropped. Correcting only parts of the image is NOT allowed. Judges will use existing judging criteria to score images but will give the story the most weight. Subjects may include people, animals, sports, music events, night scenes, rural or urban environments, etc. NOT ALLOWED: Corrections in selected areas; Monochrome; filters on camera or in post-processing; Infrared; set-up situations or studio captures; HDR processing or blending images; vignettes, frames or borders.

By submitting a photo, the entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted photograph meets the criteria.

Any score given for a photo found not to meet these rules will be deleted.

Note: These rules clarify the difference between the creative category and other categories. Simply put: if you did not take every element of the photo (with the exception of adding frames, strikes, vignettes, filters or other enhancements) put it in the creative category. The clarification also reminds us that the club’s goal is to promote better photography, not collages of other people’s photography; therefore the major components of the creative category must be taken by the entrant.


Your digital and print images must be submitted through this website

  • Your images must be in .jpg file format
  • The file name must match the Title EXACTLY
  • The file must be smaller than 10Mb
  • The image must be less than 3000 pixels on the longest side, and greater than 800 pixels on the longest side
  • Once submitted you may change your entries at any time up until midnight on the closing date of the competition
  • Print entries must then be mounted on a 16×20 mount board and brought to the competition (actual print can be any size, although anything less than 8×10 would be at a disadvantaged)
  • Print entries may not have any extension or protrusions from the print that might leave impressions on other prints in the competition.
  • There should be no identifying marks on the image, e.g. signature, logo, monogram etc.