Sioux City Camera Club | Club Rules

Sioux City Camera Club

Competition Rules and Information

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The Sioux City Camera Club currently holds monthly competitions in both print and digital formats.  Only current paid members may compete.

General Rules

Club rules comply on comparable classes with all N4C rules as printed in the current “North Central Camera Club Council Handbook and Directory”  Any club rule that is in conflict with N4C rules is superseded by the N4C rule. 

Eligible Entries:  All contest entries must be the work of the entrant and must be made by the entrant by either print or digital means.  Previous entries that placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or Honorable Mention in a monthly competition or an image that won an image of the year award may never be entered again in the same year or later years, in the same or any other category, regardless of variations or changes made.  Exception: Previous monthly winning entries may be included in the year-end judging contest for the year in which it previously won and may be modified for entry in Creative contests.

Judging Criteria: Judging and points will be awarded on the basis of technique, composition, and interest.

Technique: focus, lighting, color rendition, exposure, and print quality

Composition: Arrangement of all elements within the picture area so the subject matter is presented in a harmonious well balanced photograph.

Interest: Originality, imagination, interpretation, subject, impact, mood, humor, etc.

Print Rules

Print Deadline: Bring all print entries to the first meeting of the month or no later than 5:00 P.M. on Steve Paulson’s front porch by Saturday after the first meeting of the month.  They will then be picked up by the Print Judge Chair for that months contest.

Print Categories: There are a total of six (6) print categories: Color Prints, Black and White Pictorial Prints, Nature Prints, Creative Prints, Travel Prints and Journalism Prints.  The Sioux City Camera Club, however, is currently judging all categories as either Color Prints or Black and White Pictorial Prints.

Number: Each member may submit up to 3 color prints and 3 black and white prints per month.

Size: Any size print up to a maximum size of 16” x 20” including the mount is acceptable.  Mount thickness cannot exceed ¼”.  This is equivalent to a single foam core or two layers of regular matte material.

Label: Each entry shall be labeled on the back of the print or mount in the upper left hand corner with the following information:

            Print Title: Example - Beautiful Sunset

Name and Member Number: Example – John Doe SE000

Phone Number: Home or Cell Number

Category: Specify Color Print, Nature Print, Black and White Pictorial Print, Creative Print, Travel Print, or Journalism Print (for an explanation see category definitions section)

Club Name: Sioux City Camera Club


Digital Rules

Digital Deadline: Digital entries are due no later than 5:00 P.M. on Saturday after the first meeting of the month. 

All digital images are to be e-mailed to:

The subject line must include: SCCC Digital Entries for: insert month

All digital entries must be included in one email.  Do not send entries in multiple emails.  

Digital Categories: There are a total of six (6) digital categories: Digital Color/Pictorial (DP), Digital Black and White (DB), Digital Nature (DN), Digital Creative (DC), Digital Travel (DT) and Digital Journalism (DJ).  The Sioux City Camera Club, however, is currently judging all categories as Digital Color/Pictorial (DP) or Digital Black and White (DB).

Number: Each member may submit up to 3 color and 3 black and white digital images per month.

Image Format: Image files must be in jpg file format.  Saving jpg files using sRGB color space is recommended.

Image Size: The longest side must be no more than 1920 pixels with a maximum file size of no more than 500 KB. 

File Naming: Naming has 5 parts separated by comas, and ends with .jpg (Example – 01,SE000,DP,Beautiful_Sunset.jpg).  Be sure to sequentially number each image in the category you are submitting.  That is 01, 02, 03 for DP and 01, 02, 03 for DB.

Here’s a breakdown of the example naming system:

  1. 01, 02, 03, This is used to sequentially number the images being submitted in each category.
  2. SE000, This is your assigned member ID number given to you when you joined the club.
  3. DP, This designates the image category (DP = Digital Pictorial, DB = Digital Black & White, DJ = Digital Journalism, DT = Digital Travel, DC = Digital Creative, DN = Digital Nature)
  4. Beautiful_Sunset - This is the entrant’s title for the image.  If several words are used in the title they must be separated by an underscore_.
  5. .jpg - This is the file extension indicating the correct format of the file.  If the image is in another file format (such as TIF, PNG, DNG, PSD, etc.) you will need to change it in your editing program).


Category Definitions as Defined by N4C

The following subject category definitions are presented to persons entering the monthly contests so that all entries may be judged fairly and equally. To some extent, their interpretation is subjective and all judges have some personal biases. It is our intent to minimize these differences. These definitions are as clear and precise as we are able to state them, though it is not possible to cover all eventualities and answer all questions.  Generally, those entries that conform most closely to the subject definitions have the greatest chance of success in the contests.

What is Pictorial Photography?

In pictorial photography we are concerned with the artistic quality of the presentation of the subject rather than with the subject itself. Literally, all subjects qualify, but since “Interest” accounts for one-third of the score, subjects that catch the viewer’s eye will have an advantage. The judges will be seeking answers to the question, “Did the photographer simply record the subject, or did he/she through the photographic process enhance the viewer’s interest in the subject?” Pictorialism may be accomplished by meticulous photographic technique, proper presentation, careful composition, or most likely all of these factors.

What is Nature Photography?

No photograph is worth the distress or injury to any wild creature.

The only digital editing that can be allowed must fit with the N4C definition for acceptable Journalism or Nature images.

Nature photography is simply the recording of our natural world by some photographic means. Included are all branches of nature except Archeology and Anthropology.

The hand of man shall not be present in any nature entry except where wild birds or animals have invaded man’s world such as fence posts and other manmade objects freely adapted for use by wild creatures.  Banding or tagging on nature subjects is acceptable. Photographs at bird feeders are not acceptable if any part of a man made feeder is shown in the photograph.

Photographs taken in zoos, animal farms or game farms are acceptable as long as the setting remains natural and the hand of man is not visible.

Cultivated plants, domestic animals and pets are not acceptable and should be entered in other categories.

What is Journalism Photography?

Journalism Photography or Photojournalism means simply the telling of a story by the use of a picture, or a sequence of related separate pictures arranged for presentation as a single entry. The type of photograph that one sees in the newspaper or magazines that depicts some event or activity is what is meant. The caption is important, but the best journalistic photographs tell their own stories and don’t always need a caption. A good picture is, after all, worth more than a thousand words. An element of human interest is important and virtually essential for pictures to succeed in competition. Interest is paramount, but good composition and technique will often make the difference that decides the winners.

The only digital editing that can be allowed must fit with the N4C definition for acceptable Journalism or Nature images (see page F-1 in the N4C Handbook). In the interest of credibility, photographs, which misrepresent the truth, such as manipulation to alter the subject matter, or situations which are set up for the purpose of photography, are unacceptable. No elements may be moved, cloned, added, deleted, rearranged, combined or changed in any way that affects the integrity of the image content. No manipulation or modification is permitted except resizing, cropping, selective lightening or darkening, and restoration of original color of the scene. No special effect filters can be added or applied, and any sharpening must appear natural.

What is Travel Photography?

Travel implies going to some place other than one’s customary environment, and travel photography suggests the photographic depiction of that new environment or the means used to get there. Be sure to state the name of the locale where the picture was made in the title of the digital image, or print. There is no definition of how far away that environment must be to qualify as “travel” or how different that new environment must be. However, the judges will generally award prizes to those photographs that depict more exotic and unfamiliar places, even though such places are “home” to someone. Good photographic technique and particularly the ability to convey the feeling and flavor of the place visited will help you be a winner. Try to emphasize the character that makes the place unique from other places.

What is Creative Photography?

Creative photography is an opportunity for those who dare to explore the experimental and creative forms of photographic expression. These will include, but not be limited to derived images, ultra-high contrast, black light, bas-relief, solarization, multi-images, trick lenses and filters, and other ways to alter the image to produce a new abstract effect. Just about anything goes. The important thing is the result, not the means to create it. This area of photography bridges between photographic realism and creative art. It is very difficult to judge and there are literally no rules to follow. Generally concentration on form and color rather than detail in the image will help you succeed.