Competitions/Awards

Focus Camera Club invites their members to submit their photography in 3 different ways: Club Contests, Images for View and for our Club Awards. Below you will find a description, as well as submission guidelines, for each. How often and when you participate is entirely up to the individual member.
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Club Contests

The images submitted for our Club Contests are shown during appointed club meetings throughout the year. Each Contest has it's own specific theme. The photographer must submit images of their interpretation of that theme. The images are judged prior to the showing and points are awarded. The top 3 photos of the contest are recognized. However, all points for all Contests are considered for the annual Freeman Patterson Award (see below).

Here are the 2017-2018 Club Competitions

For the 4 CAPA competitions photos may be taken at any time.

•October 1st, 2017 - Nature (CAPA)
•November 1st, 2017 - Black & White (CAPA)
•December 1st, 2017 - Close Up (CAPA)
•January 6th, 2018 - Open (CAPA)

For the following 4 competitions photos need to be taken after June 1st, 2017

•February 1st, 2018 - High Key or Low Key
•March 1st, 2018 - Graphic Elements - Circle, Squares or Triangles
•April 1st, 2018 - Rusty, Dusty or Musty
•May 1st, 2018 -  17 Shades of Green (Non-Nature)



Submission Guidelines:

1. Each member can submit up to 3 images per contest theme.

2. All images must have been taken in the 12 month period proceeding the deadline.

3. Please DO NOT re-size your images. Leave full resolution.

4. Naming convention (very important):


First Name of Photographer(space)Second Name of Photographer(space)001.jpg

Examples: John Smith 001.jpg and John Smith 002.jpg and John Smith 003.jpg  (please, no other line or symbol between names or photo number)

5. Please submit all images by email to fcccontestphotos@gmail.com before the deadline. Make sure the images are sent as an attachment and not "inserted. Put "Club Contest" in the subject line of the email

6. Deadline for entry is 23:59 PM the 1st of each month, with the exception of Jan 2nd (see dates above).

7. All entries will be judged based on the CAPA Judging Guidelines.


IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to reject images that do not follow these guidelines.
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Images for View

The images submitted for Images for View are shown during appointed club meetings throughout the year. Unlike the Club Contests there is no specific theme and there is no judging. These images are simply submitted for the viewing pleasure of all members.

Submission Guidelines:

1. Each member can submit up to 3 images for each date Images for View are shown.

2. Please DO NOT re-size your images. Leave full resolution.

3. Naming convention (very important):

First Name of Photographer(space)Second Name of Photographer(space)001

Examples: John Smith 001 and John Smith 002 and John Smith 003  (please, no other line or symbol between names or photo number)

5. Please submit all images by email to imagesforview@gmail.com before the deadline. Make sure the images are sent as an attachment and not "inserted. Put "Images for View" in the subject line of the email

6. Deadline for entry is 23:59 PM the 1st of each month, for the month the images will be shown, with the exception of Jan 2nd.


IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to reject images that do not follow these guidelines.
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Club Awards

Ken Dunphy Landscape Award

The Ken Dunphy Landscape Award was established in memory of Ken Dunphy by the membership of the Focus Camera Club. The award pays tribute to Ken's dedication to photography and family.
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Details:

  • Each member can submit up to 3 images depicting "Landscapes". Landscape photography is the depiction of mountains, valleys, trees, rivers and forests. Traditionally, landscape art depicts the surface of the earth.
  • Each image may be submitted in full resolution
  • The images will be judged by two of our esteemed senior members

Brian Townsend's Illuminator Award

A common issue among photographers is the quest for "nice" or "good" pictures. Often this results in technically good images that are weak in emotional content. They look nice, are well composed, have nice colours, etc. but beyond that, don't engage the viewer in any deep or meaningful way. We all do this. Sometimes we just don't have any particular feeling about the subject. Maybe we were just enjoying the graphic design in the subject. But we should also spend more time communicating with our images. I consider it a personal mission to encourage people think more carefully about what their images are saying, to engage their heart and emotions in the process of image making, to express their feelings such that the viewers can feel the message and understand the story.

Details:


  • Each member can submit up to 3 images.
  • Each image may be submitted in full resolution

Freeman Patterson Award



FREEMAN PATTERSON FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD

TERMS & CONDITIONS

The Freeman Patterson Fine Art Competition is an ideal way to gain valuable exposure for your artwork, increase your confidence, and exhibit your talent to a wider audience. It is an excellent opportunity to foster your talent and grow as a photographic artist.

The Freeman Patterson Fine Art Photography Awards competition is open to all members of the Focus Camera Club.

By registering and entering the competition you hereby accept these Terms and Conditions.

GENERAL Guidelines: Each participant can submit only one image. There is no time or date restriction on when the image was taken.

Photo submissions must be relevant to Fine Art Photography.


What is Fine Art Photography? The term "fine art photography" has no universally agreed meaning or definition: rather, it refers to an imprecise category of photographs, created in accordance with the creative vision of the photographer. The basic idea behind the genre, is that instead of merely capturing a realistic rendition of the subject, the photographer is aiming to produce a more personal - typically more evocative or atmospheric - impression. One might simplify this, by saying that fine art photography describes any image taken with a camera where the intention is aesthetic (that is, a photo whose value lies primarily in its beauty rather than scientific (photos with scientific value), commercial (product photos), or journalistic (photos with news or illustrative value).


Files must meet the following specifications:
  • Dimension should not exceed 1024 pixels on the long side
  • Saved as a JPG at 72dpi
  • No Watermarks / Copyright Units / Logos on images
  • Only bleed photographs without borders

File Name: Please name each file as follows:

File names may contain a maximum of 40 characters. Please do not include characters such as #, $, &, periods or other similar characters as part of the file name.


Freeman Patterson Award Guidelines in PDF format