Competition Rules


Focus hosts monthly judged competitions for members of all levels. Guests may enter work for critique only. There are categories for Color Prints, Monochrome Prints, and Color and Monochrome Digitally Projected Images. Members can submit only 2 entries per medium, for a maximum of 3 entries per competition. (Any Competitions done solely via Zoom will not have Prints as part of the competition)

Photographic subjects are specified for each month or will be “Open”, meaning the subject is left to the photographer to decide. To view the subjects for upcoming competitions, visit the Calendar page or grab the PDF from the Competition Definitions page with the full list for the year.

Members who meet the annual requirements can advance to the next competition level the following year. Details are in the Competition Rules PDF.

Submitting Digital Images

Images for digital projection must be no larger than 1080 pixels in height and 1600 pixels in width. Files must be in JPG format with sRGB profile embedded. Maximum file size is 2048 KB (2 Meg). File names must start with your initials followed by an underscore. After the underscore, put the image title; but limit the name to 25 characters including spaces. If the “true” filename is longer than 25 characters, abbreviate it to 25 characters and include the full name in the comments section of the Digital Entries Submission form.

The submitted images must have the name of the member and the title of the image embedded in the image file metadata. (In Photoshop – Document Title and Author, In Lightroom – Title and Creator) and instructions on how to do this are on the Digital Submissions page. The member will receive a confirmation that the image has been received.

Paul put together a FCC Digital Upload Instructions PDF that details image sizing, adding Meta data, and prep for Digital Submissions for PS / PSE / and Lightroom. And Karl put together a PS Action and a Lightroom Export Preset for you to use. Download the ZIP file for Focus LRExport PSAction (Right click and Save, PDF instructions included in the ZIP file).

Files are due no later than Midnight (Mountain time) on the Saturday before the competition. Visit the Digital Submissions page to submit your entries for our monthly competitions.

Additional Materials

A PDF of the complete FCC Competition Rules is available. Everyone should read the complete rules document to make sure they are following all our rules and won’t have any issues with their images being rejected for any competition.

You should have the Adobe PDF Reader already installed on your computer. If not, you can download the install file from the Adobe Reader page.