Bowie-Crofton Camera Club 

Promoting Photographic Skill and Enjoyment
Throughout Central and Southern Maryland.

Competition Themes

Competitions are generally held on the first Monday club meeting of the month, October through May. Please arrive early for competition nights as the lines for entry are long and entries will not be accepted after 7:25 PM. Members are encouraged to enter the 8 monthly intra-club competitions, competing with peers at their own skill level (Novice or Advanced) in one or more of their chosen media (digital, monochrome or color print). Digital entries must be filed on the club website no later than midnight of the Tuesday prior to competition. Login and password is required for digital entry submission.

Each competition provides expert, constructive criticism of each picture by outside judges, thus becoming a teaching tool for improving photographic results and personal satisfaction. We are also affiliated with regional organizations through which B-CCC members are eligible to participate in several competitions outside of the club.

2017 - 2018 Competition Themes

October 2  Open  Anytime, anywhere, any topic
November 6  Textures  Where the texture is the dominant subject: the visual and tactile quality of a surface: bumpy, rough, smooth, wrinkled, prickly, etc. The bark of a tree, the roughness of sandpaper, the softness of satin, the scales of a fish, the fuzziness of a kitten; not to be confused with pattern.
December 4  Silhouette  Where the subject is the silhouette of something; a dark object, usually black, with a lighter background.
January 8  People at Work  Where the subject is a person or persons engaged in some activity of production or industry; a welder, a bricklayer, schoolchildren at their desks, a scientist gazing through a microscope.
February 5  Travel   Any object, anytime, anywhere, as long as it is obvious to the judge that the subject matter was photographed while traveling more than 50 miles from Bowie. An image that captures the feeling of a time and place, and portrays a land, its people, or a culture in its natural state. The judge will award the Travel Trophy to his/her favorite first place image.
March 5  Abstract Patterns  Wherein the subject is not readily identifiable, perhaps modified or skewed to create an interesting pattern of colors or shapes. Emphasis on lines, colors, geometrical forms, etc., especially with reference to each other.
April 2  Nature  Focus on nature and natural things. The rules say the photograph cannot depict any evidence of the “hand of man”. Simply put—no fences, cans man-made structures, domestic animals, etc. The Novice Nature Trophy will be awarded during this competition for the best in show Novice nature image.
May 7  Open  Anytime, anywhere, any topic
May 14  End of Year Competition  End of Year Competition - Digital Winners Only

The End of Year entries will be collected following the May competition.  These may include any image that won a ribbon of any kind during the past year.

Background image by George Smyth