Competition Definitions

The whole year on one page

Grab your copy of the FCC 2020 Competition List PDF here. Print it out and keep it as a handy reference. Be sure to also download a PDF of the FCC Competition Rules for reference.

General Information on editing and image-making. UNLESS TO THE CONTRARY IN THE SPECIFIC DEFINITION, there is no restriction on use of software, camera filters, etc. to edit a digital photo, or to make prints, as long as it is clear that the image started out as a photograph. Thus, editing an image such that it cannot be casually determined that it was originally a photograph, would not be acceptable for submission in Focus Camera Club, even though it might be a great piece of artwork.

Competitions are on the 4th Wednesday of each month (no December competition meeting).


2020 Competition Subjects

January 22 – OPEN – The Open category allows photographers to submit images of any subject matter. Members are encouraged to explore photographic techniques and subjects outside their usual style.

February 26 – SHADOWS – A shadow is a dark shape on a lighter surface that is made when something stands between a light source and the surface. The shadow must be the primary subject of the image. The cause of the shadow may be included in the image, but it should not be dominant. The size of the shadow may comprise most of the image or just a part of it. The use of post-processing software to create shadows is not allowed, but is allowed to edit the image. Silhouettes will be disqualified – they are not shadows.

March 25 – OPEN – The Open category allows photographers to submit images of any subject matter. Members are encouraged to explore photographic techniques and subjects outside their usual style.

April 22 – WORKERS/PEOPLE AT WORK – Images of one or more people either involved with their job or portrayed wearing the uniform and/or with the special equipment relating to their job. No restrictions on editing. Mannequins are not allowed.

May 27 – OPEN – The Open category allows photographers to submit images of any subject matter. Members are encouraged to explore photographic techniques and subjects outside their usual style.

June 24 – REFLECTIONS – An image where the main subject must be a reflection off any type of surface (e.g., water, metal, glass). Images created in photo editing that use filters, cloning, multiple layers, or other techniques to create a reflection are not acceptable.

July 22 – LONG EXPOSURE – Long-exposure photography or time-exposure photography involve using a long-duration shutter speed on a stationary camera to sharply capture the stationary elements of the image while blurring, smearing, or obscuring the moving elements. Your images should therefore capture one element that conventional photography does not and that is “time”. Thus, star trail shots would be acceptable, but stationary star shots would not.

August 26 – OPEN – The Open category allows photographers to submit images of any subject matter. Members are encouraged to explore photographic techniques and subjects outside their usual style.

September 23 – TREES – An image in which the main subject is a tree, trees or a significant portion of a tree – not bushes. Images in which the main subject cannot be definitely identified as a tree or part thereof, will be disqualified. Photos of carved trees or tree shaping (made into art), or manufactured trees are not acceptable. However, images of bonsai (miniature) trees are acceptable.

October 28 – OPEN – The Open category allows photographers to submit images of any subject matter. Members are encouraged to explore photographic techniques and subjects outside their usual style.

November 25 – FALL COLORS – Images should depict the Autumn season and the change of colors including reds, oranges and yellows – early in the season, at peak or late. Subjects may include close-ups , landscapes or any places that feature fall colors of leaves, fruits and/or vegetables. Artificial leaves, fruit, etc are not allowed. Black and White images are not allowed.