Competitions and Exhibitions

The Stratford Camera Club has 3 rounds of critiques, the 1st and last round are digital projections only, with the 2nd round a print only competitions. Participants may enter up to 6 images in each round and images may be entered in 1 or all of the categories. Images should be taken within the last two years and can not be entered in more than one in-club exhibition.
February Print Critique
Prints must conform to the guidelines stated below. An entry form and digital files of the prints must be submitted to the organizing person prior to the critique date.
Prints will be produced from a film negative or digital file. Prints size to be no smaller than an 8” x 10” or 80 square inches or no larger than 16” x 20”. Prints must be securely mounted on a clean stiff backing either white 4 – ply illustration board or white foam core. Window matting using a white or black mat is recommended. Only one print per mount is allowed. No double mats. Mats will be no larger than 16” x 20”. On the back of the entry, an identification label (in the top left or right corner) will have the entrant’s name, category, date & title of print. The top of the print is indicated by an arrow.

Digital Projection
Digital images for projection are to be submitted as email attachments or on a thumb drive. All digital images must be accompanied by an electronic entry form correctly filled out. Entries without an entry form will not be critiqued. Images submitted on a thumb drive must be in a folder indicating which critique they are for. All digital images for projection must be resized to a maximum of 1024 pixels on the width for a horizontal image and a maximum of 768 pixels on the height for a vertical image, using the sRGB colour standard, and oriented correctly. Please save the image with the highest JPEG quality setting possible.

It is very important that the naming convention for the file name of the images be strictly followed. The entry could be returned for correction if instructions are not followed. File naming instructions and examples can be found here, and in the Club Handbook.

Category Definitions

Open (O) – An image of any recognizable subject matter, and may include portraits, man made objects, buildings, and cultivated flora. Included are abstract images with no identifiable subject matter and digitally altered images.

Nature (N) – An image of untamed animals or plants in their natural habitat, geology and phenomena not produced by man. An accurate record of a subject and natural environment is most important. The CAPA definition is used as the criteria for judging this category.

Theme (T) – Subjects vary with each critique and are announced at the beginning of each club year.

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt provides some summertime shooting, 15 subjects are selected and members are encouraged to submit their best interpretation of each subject. Images are captured between March 1st and October 31st.

No snapshots please. Use your imagination and present thoughtful, interpretations. Minimum post processing allowed.