Competitions

Our monthly competitions include Monochrome Prints, Color Prints, Monthly Themed Digital Images, General Digital Images, Digital Photo Journalism and Creative/Manipulated Digital Images. The competitions are held on the 4th Wednesday of each month from September through June (excluding holidays).

Members are assigned to competition levels:

A – Novice to Advanced photographers.
AA – Professional or highly advanced members.
(A member that has a record 5 acceptances in PSA International Salons or professional photographers, or those earning the majority of their income as a photographer.)
Competition images are graded with points by 3 independent judges who may score an image on a scale of 5-10. In some categories, members may elect to receive comments from the judges. Ribbons are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. When the judging takes place all classes of prints are mixed. We do not break ties during monthly competitions, so multiple awards can be given out in each class. Only during the Annual Competition are ties broken at the discretion of the judges.

Make Ups:

Any member who misses a competition may make up the competition at a future competition night with a maximum of 2 entries in each category. The images will be scored but are not eligible for awards that night.

Annual Competition:

At the last meeting of the year, your selected images are judged again and awards are given for “Image of the Year” in each class and for several special club awards We also track the maker’s scores in each category of competition towards our year end competition. Awards are presented for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd highest cumulative points in each class/category.

In addition to the awards for the highest Cumulative scores – we also give out special awards.

Founders Award (In honor of Harry Koorejian) – Given to the person with the highest cumulative score in any one category.
Conrad Palmer Award – Given for the best effort in Animal or Zoo photography.