Competition Rules / Awards

Competition Rules / Awards

All skill levels are welcome.  Each month guest speakers discuss, display, or model a variety of photography subjects. There are often tutorial videos shown before meetings to help build skills. Also, members help each other learn about the technical and creative aspects of photography.

For members interested in classes, there are often professional photographers who offer workshops in the area. As these become available, information will be shared.

Learn to compete through competition and critique

*Each month there are competitions on predetermined topics. The topics are listed below. Each month there are two ways to compete:

1) Novice – Members who compete in the Novice category are beginner to intermediate – mainly using the ‘Auto’ camera mode and simple, basic photo editing tools/programs. There is one category: Monthly Topic. Entries in this competition may be Color or Monochrome in any combination. Members competing in this category may submit up to two (2) images.

2) Advanced – Members who compete in the Advanced category are seasoned, veteran photographers – proficient in the use of manual camera settings and photo editing tools/programs. There are two categories: Monthly Topic in Color, and Monthly Topic in Monochrome. Members competing in this competition may submit up to two (2) entries in each category for a total of four (4) photos.

Entries are accepted between 6:30 and 7:00 pm on the night of the meetings. A paid membership is required before entering competitions. Members must be present to enter. The cost is $1.00 per entry. Winning photographs are usually printed in the Chapel Hill News & Views monthly magazine on the Sweetwater Camera Club page.

*Note — There is no time limit on photos. Competition entries may have been taken at any time.

Competition Entry Checklist

______ Paid Membership

______ Print Size – smallest size print 8″ x 10″

______ Must be dry mounted or matted so that the print lays flat

______ Single mat only. Double mat is not allowed. Single layer mats should be black, gray, white or cream

______ No names, logo, or text on the front of the image

______ Not allowed: Frames, glass, tabs, plastic overwraps, etc

______ $1.00 per entry competition charge

Failure to follow stated competition rules will disqualify the entry.  No refunds of entry fees.

Entry information must be legibly printed on the back of image only 

______ Artist’s Name

______ Title of the image

______ Which Competition? — Advanced Color, Advanced Monochrome, or Novice

______ Write the word “UP” and draw an arrow designating the top of the image

______ Labeling should be firmly attached. We suggest using acid free artist tape.

Photos that do not adhere to the rules will be disqualified from competition.


The judge(s) will pick a First, Second, Third place, and Honorable Mention winning image in each category.  All contest participants receive one point for entering the contest regardless of the number of entries or the number of categories they enter.  Points will be awarded on the following basis:

First Place – 4 points      Second Place – 3 points       Third Place – 2 points      Honorable Mention – 1 point

At the end of the year, points will be tallied and Photographer of Year will be announced for Novice and for Advanced Competitions.  The Photographers of the Year will have his/her membership dues waived for the following year.  The Novice Photographer of the Year will move up to the Advanced category the following year.


Rules are subject to change  at the SCC Officers’ discretion.

SCC Competition/Featured Photo Upload Instructions

StepsCompetition WinnersFeatured Member
1. Resize your image(s):Longest side: 1024 pixels
Resolution: 72
Quality: best/highest
Longest side: 1024 pixels
Resolution: 72
Quality: best/highest
2. Rename your file(s):Group-Category-Position-Title-YourName.jpgYourName-ImageTitle.jpg


3. eMail your file(s):Subject:
SCC - Contest Winner
SCC - Featured Member
end-of-day Sunday after the SCC meeting
end-of-day Sunday after the SCC meeting
NOTESCategories: Color, Monochrome, Novice
Positions: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, HM (Honorable Mention)
Title: Must be the same as the one on the submitted image
Separators: - use dash (-) only No Spaces; Only use spaces between first & last name and title words.
Separators: - use dash (-) only No Spaces ; Only use spaces between first & last name and title words.

Winning Competition and Featured Photographer Submission

Sweetwater Camera Club, Inc. Publicity

Winning photographs are usually printed in the Chapel Hills News & Views monthly magazine on the Sweetwater Camera Club, Inc. page.  We do not guarantee that any winning or submitted photo will appear upon any Sweetwater Camera Club publicity pages or other materials.

The Sweetwater Camera Club winners and featured members pages and other publishing services are provided through the gracious generosity and at the convenience of the publicity committee. Our primary mission is to advertise and market the Sweetwater Camera Club as a service and hobby club to the city of Douglasville, Douglas County, and surrounding communities.  Selection and organization for publication of winning images and featured member images are at the complete and final discretion of the Sweetwater Camera Club Director of Publications.

Images to be published must always be in good taste, family-friendly, without references to questionable content or activities.  Images portraying or suggesting nudity, sexual attraction, unlawful activities, violence, inappropriate touching, obvious publicly controversial imagery and dangerous activities that might influence children or minors are forbidden.  This list is not all-inclusive and may be incomplete.  The rule is:  If there is any question, the image will be left off the pages or not used for advertising the Sweetwater Camera Club, Inc.

This in no way affects the ranking of the image in the Sweetwater Camera Club competition for the month or for the yearly “Photographer of the Year” announcement.  Exclusion from advertising activities in no way reflects badly upon the submitting photographer.  Historically, image makers have always stretched the limits and boundaries of art.  The rules are to protect relationships with media associates as well as the Sweetwater Camera Club, Inc.  The submitting photographer is asked consider and respect the legal protection of the club and its reputation and help protect the magazine, news or other media outlets and their advertisers/supporters from complaints and/or legal action by the public.  Image submissions may be cropped, lightened, or darkened or altered by the Director of Publications to meet the page layout, makeup, composition, and printers’ requirements.

Featured Members Page — Each month a current member(s) is selected by the President to have his/her work published on the “Featured Members” page in the Chapel Hills News & Views.