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.
|October 4||Open||Anytime, anywhere, any topic|
|November 1||Urban||Images should be of urban area or cityscapes. Please no farm or fields.|
|December 6||In the Kitchen||Images should be taken in a kitchen (does not have to be your kitchen). Kitchen utensils accepted, pots/pans accepted. Abstract images taken in the kitchen are accepted. Wide angle views of a kitchen are accepted. Any image taken in any kitchen, anywhere is accepted.|
|January 3||Water, Water, Water||Taken from the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, written in 1797–98. Images must include water. Please note that water may be in any form - solid, liquid or gas.|
|February 7||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 AND must portray some kind of transportation; an image that captures the feeling of a time and place, and portrays a land, a people, or a culture in its natural state. The judge will award the travel trophy to his/her favorite first place image, across categories.|
|March 7||Shapes||Time to pick your favorite shape. Capture that shape and present it in a way that the judge will identify the shape. Yes, pear is a shape.|
|April 4||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 2||Open||Anytime, anywhere, any topic|
|May 23||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.