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.
Photographic subjects are specified for a certain 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.
Prints may be mounted or matted but not framed. It is suggested that the outside dimensions of the board, or mat the print is mounted on, not exceed 16 X 20 inches or be smaller than 11 X 14 inches. It is suggested that the image itself be no smaller than 8 X 10 inches. Each print must have an official Focus Camera Club entry sticker or a copy of the official entry form placed on the upper left hand corner on the rear of its mount or mat, identifying the photographer, the title of the print, and the date and theme of the competition. Both forms are available here under the Competition Rules section. Each print must also have a clear indicator, such as an arrow, indicating its top side.
(** Winning Print images can be sent to webmaster (at) focuscolorado.com, JPG files at a minimum of 800px on the long side, to be included in the online galleries for each monthly competition. **)
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 name; 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.
A PDF of the complete FCC Competition Rules is available.
The FCC Competition Entry Form PDF prints on standard letter size paper. You’ll need these for all print competition submissions. (Entry forms not required for Digital Submissions)
The last item you’ll need is FCC Competition Print Labels PDF. These need to be affixed to the back of prints. This file is formatted to print on Avery #5263 (laser) or #8163 (inkjet) 2 x 4 inch labels. Be sure to set the Print Scaling to None in the print dialog of Acrobat Reader.
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.