Competition Definitions

The whole year on one page

Grab your copy of the FCC 2019 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).


January 23 – 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 27 – ABSTRACTS – Images expressing ideas and emotions by using elements such as colors, contrasts, lines and other editing tools without attempting to create a realistic picture.

March 27 – BACK ALLEYS – Images of a narrow passages or ways of travel (vehicle or pedestrian) that are not the primary means of access to property such as streets or roads. Usually, but not always, located behind or between buildings. Dedicated sidewalks are not acceptable. OK to include almost anything in the image, as long as we can see that it is an “alley”. No “bowling” alleys.

April 24 – ARCHITECTURE – Images of buildings and structures (exterior or interior) for human or animal use. Can be old, new, abandoned or under construction. Can be life-sized, miniatures or models. Not acceptable are bridges, dams, waterways, graffiti, art works on buildings, billboards, etc.

May 22 – LANDSCAPES/NATURE (NOT ANIMALS) – Images should depict the natural world in such a fashion that a well-informed person is able to identify the subject, and that focus on landscapes and plant life as they are found in a natural environment. However, neither humans nor elements created by humans, nor animals, shall be present, except when the photo tells a nature story, that enhances the story and are not dominant. Images that are manipulated beyond the changing of brightness, contrast, hue, luminance or saturation of all or part of the image are also not acceptable. “Do note that there are some very specific rules for this competition. Make sure you are scrutinizing your images and post processing so they fit all the criteria above.”

June 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.

July 24 – FLOWERS – Images of any type of flower, groups of flowers, abstracts of flowers, etc. See the General Information above for editing and print-making.

August 28 – VEHICLE/TRANSPORTATION DETAILS – Parts of any kind of motorized vehicle (used on roads and highways) – that may be still attached or have been removed. Includes, but not limited to, cars, trucks, motorcycles and motorized scooters, scrap yard parts, where old vehicles go to die, etc. Close-ups are key in this DETAIL theme.

September 25 – NIGHT IMAGES – Images taken after sunset or before sunrise (including the blue hour on both ends – not acceptable).Thus, no sunsets or sunrises as primary subject. Make sure the image shows the nighttime in some way. Suggestions include long exposures (lights from cars, buses, trains), lights in parks, water fountain lights, back-lit silhouettes, reflections.

October 23 – PATTERNS IN NATURE – An image that depicts a pattern(s) created by nature (e.g. color, shape, light, shadow). Patterns may not be created using software. Manmade elements may appear in the image, but the pattern(s) must have been created by nature and not man. Focus should be on landscapes, wildlife and plant life as they are found in a natural environment. However, neither humans nor elements created by humans shall be present, except when the photo tells a nature story, that enhances that story and are not dominant. The presence of scientific bands on wild animals is acceptable. Photographs of zoo or other captive animals are acceptable if the captivity is in no way evident. Mounted specimens, or obviously set arrangements, are not acceptable. Images may be enhanced by modifying brightness, contrast, hue, luminance, saturation or sharpness. However, images created in photo editing using filters, cloning, multiple layers or other techniques to achieve a pattern are not acceptable.

November 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.