Competition Submission Rules



Each month we will have 2 competitions. Members may submit (one image) in each category.

We will not designate any particular monthly competition as a NECCC Competition. All the competitions will include an “Open”, and the an assigned category.

Our SCC Judging Coordinators, Mike Goodman and Sharon Colacino, will take the top winning images from Open & Nature categories and submit those images at the appropriate times of the year for the NECCC competitions.

Starting this season, SCC has become a pre-judging club. All of our competitions images will be judged before our competition. On the evening of the competition the judge will provide scores and commentary. Submission deadlines will be a few days earlier than previously to allow the judge to have adequate time for pre-judging and commentary.

Submission Rules

Maximum size is 1400 px wide, 1050 px tall. Either dimension may be smaller at the member’s discretion but neither shall be larger. When resizing, make sure that your editing software is set to maintain the image’s proportions.

JPEG images only

Do not include any Watermarks

Maximum of one image per competition category

Must be an SCC member to enter

Upload Deadline:  Each competition will close 10 days before the competition.  All submissions must be uploaded prior to that.

*Note: Competition submissions that do not meet the requirements will be rejected. If an image is rejected, the submitting member will be told why so the image can be re-submitted once the mistake has been fixed.
*Note: Do not submit photos which were saved in a JPEG “progressive” format.  The multi-pass rendering process required to project is not supported by the club’s digital image projector.

Picture Content/Restrictions

NECCC Pictorial (Open) (taken directly from their website):

1) Keep in mind that NECCC-sponsored pictorial competitions are intended for photographers, not Photoshop (or other editing program) illustrators. We recognize, however, that part of the attraction and fun of digital photography is the ability to alter the pictures captured by the camera, but the emphasis should be on displaying your photographs to best advantage either naturally or after manipulation (even extensive manipulation) for creative effects.

2) The Pictorial category is open. That means that all subject types as well as a variety of different techniques (both in camera and computer manipulation) may be entered. However, remember that we have a diverse membership so please be sure that all photographs are in good taste.

3) The major part of each image must have been captured by light sensitivity, either digitally or on film. Slides or negatives may be scanned (by the photographer or commercially) for entry into the competition. Once captured or scanned, photographs may be modified using digital image editing programs. A scanner may also be used as a camera to capture photographs of objects placed on the scanner glass.

4) Entries may display a realistic rendition of the subject(s) or be creative, having been manipulated using in camera techniques before scanning or using a digital image editing program. The judges will be asked to judge the photographs for overall photographic quality and interest, not the amount of manipulation required to achieve the effect

5) Composite photographs are acceptable in the pictorial category as long as all elements included are the entering photographer’s own work. Commercial clip art, parts of commercial photographic collections, or the work of another photographer may not be included. Artwork or computer graphics created by the photographer may be incorporated as long as the photographic content predominates. Keep in mind that adding elements such as clouds, moons, frames, or fractals generated by image editing programs, plug-ins, or other software is considered the same as using commercial clip art and, thus, is not allowed. However clouds, frames, or moons photographed or drawn by the photographer may be combined with other photographs. We recognize that the line between your own digital art and clip art is a gray one in many cases. A good rule to follow is that anything that changes an element you drew or photographed is allowed, but any action that adds an element other than from of one of your own photographs, drawings, or digital art probably is not. Note that adding a mat or frame using the image editors drawing capabilities will normally be considered digital art by the maker and, thus, is allowed.

NECCC Nature (taken directly from their website):

6) All photographs must have been captured by light sensitivity, either digitally or on film. Slides or negatives may be scanned (by the photographer or commercially) for entry into the competition. The NECCC Electronic Interclub Nature Competition uses the PSA definition of nature that is posted on the PSA Internet site at Our nature competitions are open nature competitions and entries do not have to meet the additional authentic wildlife definition that is also posted on the same Internet page.


NECCC Duplicate Entries:

The NECCC has a rule that once a photograph has been entered in an NECCC electronic interclub competition, it may never be entered in an NECCC electronic interclub competition again. That also means that photographs entered into the pictorial class may not be subsequently entered into the nature class and vice versa. Also, members are not allowed to reuse titles even if the photographs are different.

Another NECCC rule is that if a member belongs to more than one club, he/she must select one club for competitions for the entire season. They can only enter NECCC competitions from that designated club for both categories.

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