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.

2022 - 2023 Competition Themes

October 3  Open  Anytime, anywhere, any topic
November 14  Motion  Capture the energy and dynamism of Motion. Techniques may include motion blur, panning, high speed capture, etc.
December 5  Contrast  Emphasize Contrast in color and tone (High/Low Key imagery, Chiaroscuro,...), subject juxtaposition (wet/dry, new/old, large/small,...), etc.
January 2  Gesture  Gesture includes a posture, pose, movement, or form that expresses an idea or meaning. The subject needn’t be a person, or animal, but must be evocative.
February 6  Travel  Images should be taken more than 50 miles from Bowie. They should also capture the feeling of the time and place, and portrays the land or culture or people visited. The judge will award the travel trophy to his/her first place image across categories.
March 6  Weather  Weather includes all forms of active precipitation, as well as the effects of weather extremes: wind driven objects, sun bleach and parched surfaces...
April 3  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, etc. The Novice Nature Trophy will be awarded during this competition for the best in show Novice nature image.
May 1  Open  Anytime, anywhere, any topic
May 22  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