Competition Rules and Guidelines

Getting Started

If you are a judge, please skip to our Judges Instructions page.

There are five competitions per calendar year, one every other month. All current Wasatch Camera Club members may enter the competitions.

Members new to the competitions must first be placed in a division by the Competition Committee. In order to be properly ranked and be competing with your photographic peers, you should send a link to your website or online galleries to competition_committee(at)wasatchcameraclub(dot)com. As an alternative, if you do not have a website or online presence, you can send five jpeg images representative of your photography to the above email address. You will then be notified within one week of submission the level you will be competing at.  Each level is listed below:

  • Novice:  Beginner and minimally experienced photographer.
  • Intermediate:  Previous competition experience or placement, or demonstrated expertise.
  • Advanced:  Earned through competition results or placement, or demonstrated expertise.
  • Master:  Earned through competition results or placement, or demonstrated expertise.

After each club year the winner of each rank automatically advances to the next level (except at the Master level). At the Competition Committee’s discretion other competitors may be placed at a higher level as well.


For all levels and divisions there are two general categories: Assigned and Open. (Altered Reality, a former category has been retired. Now, altered reality images can be entered in the Open category.) These are described below:

  • Open: Submissions for the Open Category can include any subject matter.
  • Assigned: Submissions for the Assigned Category must meet each Competition’s Assignment.  The image will receive a lower score at the judge’s discretion if it does not meet the Assignment’s definition or spirit.  Each Competition’s Assigned Subject is posted on the Wasatch Camera Club website calendar.

How to Submit Entries

Three images may be submitted for the Open division and three for the Assigned division.  The maximum possible submitted by an entrant is six. Images entered may not be submitted in future competition/critiques.

Digital images should be in JPEG format (.jpg) at a maximum size of 1920 pixels on the long side and at a resolution of 300 ppi.

File size should be no greater than 5MB.

To submit your images go here and enter sign in. Use your e-mail and competiton password as you use on the website.

On the website you will simply drag and drop the images from a folder on your computer onto the area on the screen shown. (Use the tabs across the top to select your entry's category.) You will need to have two windows open on your desktop. One for the files; and the other for the website. This is where you will add your title to the image. Sign out and your done.

 If you do not wish your image to be critiqued, indicate that with No Critique.

Please do NOT place a watermark on your images.

Send questions to competition(at)wasatchcameraclub(dot)com.

Competition Details...

For all competitions, up to three judges (typically comprised of professional photographers) will act as a panel to score each image submitted for each division using the following points scale:

9 SuperiorBest use of photographic technique possible.  Perfect composition, perfect technical merit.

8 ExceptionalExhibiting very good to excellent photographic technique.  Very good to excellent composition and technical merit; however is lacking in a small way.

7 Very Strong

6 Strong - Some merit, notable as the worthy image

5 Very Good

4 Good – Exhibiting average photographic technique.  Composition and technical merit are good, however can use improvement.

3 Acceptable

2 Fair 

1 Tech Defect/Poor Content - Exhibiting poor photographic technique.  Composition and technical merit are below standard and needs much improvement.

0 Abstain If a Judge knows the maker of the image, they should enter zero and their score will be taken from an average of the other scores given.

The score given from each judge will be tallied and that will be the score for each image.  After all images have been scored; ribbons will be available for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention for each category (Assigned and Open), within each ranking: Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Master.

If there are any tie scores for images that have placed, the three judges will select the images they prefer in order to break any ties; and 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention will be determined once the ties have been broken.

The image receiving the highest score, regardless of division, level or category will be awarded Best in Show.

Points earned will be awarded based on the sums of the judges’ scores and then converted using the following scale:

Judges Total scores highest to lowest








Honorable Mention


For entering (regardless of judges’ scores)



These points are cumulative by Division.  At the end of the competition year; 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards will be given to the top three in points at each level, in each division.

A member need not be present on the evening of the Competition to enter; any awards earned will be given to the entrant as they are available.

Images that place will be loaded onto the WCC website’s winner’s gallery and may be placed on the club’s website.

If time permits, first place winners are encouraged to discuss their image when prompted.


Members desiring a critique of their image(s) by the judges will note their desire for a critique with the digital files that are entered in each competition.  The Competition Director may suspend some or all critiquing during competition if he/she feels the number of entries would cause the time limitations to be exceeded.  Judges can comment on entries at their discretion.