Competitions are a great way for club members to share their work and get ideas on how to improve their images. Judges are encouraged to provide comments and suggestions, providing an enhanced learning experience for the photographer. Anyone is welcome to attend club meetings, but only paid members may enter the competitions.
There are two competitions at each competition meeting each season. The competitions either use the NJFCC Nature Categories or are Special Assignments.
NJFCC Nature Categories include:
This category includes plants and fungi.
- Ornithological: This category includes birds.
- Zoological: This category includes all animals except for birds. Basically, if it walks, crawls, flies or swims, it is an animal and must be entered in the Zoological category.
- General Nature: This category includes landscapes, seascapes, rock formations and anything else that does not fall into Botanical, Ornithological or Zoological.
- Special Assignments have more specific themes. They give us a chance to try something different and stretch us as nature photographers. If you are unsure of what is expected in a special assignment, please ask for clarification at a meeting or by emailing an officer.
Members may submit up to four (4) digital images to be judged on a given competition night. The 4 images may be split between the 2 categories in any way: 2 in each, 3 in one and 1 in the other, or even all 4 in one category and 0 in the other. Please be sure to enter the images in the correct category, or they will be disqualified.
Please note: Because we are a nature photography club, for all competitions, unless specially allowed in a Special Assignment, no hand of man is allowed. Hand of man includes both man-made objects (e.g., bridges, barns), people themselves (except in Special Assignments such as People in Nature), and signs of humans (e.g., footprints in sand, worn paths.)
There are 3 competition groups, each judged separately.
- Class B: Beginners
- Class A: Intermediate
- Salon: Advanced
Members may choose which group they wish to compete in based on their level of skill. Once a member determines which group is best, they must enter all competition images within that group. Members may choose to move up to the next level at the beginning of the season. If a member is dominating the competitions in the A or B class, then the Board of Trustees, composed of current officers and past presidents, can at its discretion promote that member to a higher class at the beginning of the next season.
Images will be reviewed and critiqued by the judge and scored on a scale of 5-7 in a first round. If an image scores a 7, it will get a second evaluation and re-scored between 7-9. Images scoring 8 are awarded Honorable Mentions, and those scoring 9 are awarded with Equal Merits. There is no limit on the number of awards a judge may assign.
Images that receive Honorable Mentions or Equal Merits may not be resubmitted to any Camnats competitions at any point.
However, they are eligible to be entered in a NJFCC competition providing they haven’t won there.
Size your images to 1050 pixels on the long side for optimal display quality.
We suggest adding a thin white border (or stroke) on the outside edge of your photo if you wish it to separate from the black background. Click here for Photoshop instructions.
Resolution (pixels per inch) is irrelevant. 100 ppi is fine.
Set your color space to sRGB.
Save your image as a JPEG.
Once you have prepared your images, go to http://www.photocontestpro.com/ to upload your entries. Read the instructions
for the competition and be sure to select your assigned group (B, A or Salon).