Hillcrest Camera Club Competition Information

Each month we have image competitions (usually at the first meeting of the month). Anyone who is a paid member of the club can compete. Prior to the competition meeting, an e-mail is sent to all members providing the details of that month's competition.

Each competition will be one of two types:

  • Regular Competition
  • Assigned Subjects

Competitions of either type may have entries in the following categories:

  • Digital Pictorial and Digital Nature
  • Monochrome and/or Color Prints
  • Contemporary (only in Assigned Subjects)

Rules for digital submissions

Please observe the basic rules for Digital Submissions:

  • All files must be JPEG.
  • All images must be no larger than 1024 pixels wide + 768 pixels high. Vertical images must be no more than 768 pixels high.
  • Resolution: should be between 240 and 300 PPI
  • Use numbers to distinguish between same title images (i.e. Flower-1, Flower-2, etc.)
  • If you enter the image in Nature one month you cannot enter the same image in Pictorial in another month, and vice versa. Cross pollination is forbidden.
  • Digital images for Nature and Pictorial Competitions are submitted through Photo Contest Pro (PCP). To use PCP, you must be a paid member and registered by an HCC admin. Log in using your email address, password, and the Club Name (Hillcrest Camera Club).
  • Digital images must be uploaded into PCP by midnight the Saturday before the competition date.
  • If you need to be registered or have questions please send an e-mail to president@hillcrestcamera.org

Rules for print submissions

  • Prints must be brought to the meeting. The Title and category (Color or Monochrome) must be emailed to HCCPrintCompetition@gmail.com by midnight the Saturday before the competition date.
  • Print entries must have a backing on them. (Mat board or poster board). Put the TITLE, YOUR NAME, ADDRESS and HILLCREST CAMERA CLUB on the back in the upper left-hand corner and bring your print to the competition.
  • The minimum image size is 8in.x10in. or 80 square inches.
  • The maximum size (image or image plus backing) is 16in.x20in. Prints measuring 16x20 must be mounted on a 16x20 mat or foam board. For 16x20 images, the mount must not extend beyond the border of the image. However, if your image is smaller than 16x20 your mount can be as large as the acceptable size of 16x20.
  • Prints must be mounted on mat board or thin foam core. Images mounted on oak tag will be disqualified.
  • Prints must be securely mounted. Any print not secured is subject to disqualification.
  • No over matting or window matting is allowed.
  • No signatures, copyrights, titles or any other marking may be present on the front of the image or mount.

Digital Nature

  • In Nature an image cannot have the “hand of man” in it, which simply means anything that is not natural, such as fences, fence posts, power lines, roads, people, driveways, sidewalks, etc. Anything that is man-made so to speak. Be careful with landscapes – is there a road in the image? A vehicle? A person? A house or building? If you have any specific questions, please feel free to ask anyone who regularly submits in the Nature category.
  • Human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible.
  • Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible.
  • Images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, aquariums and any enclosures where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food are allowed. (Still no Hand of Man).
  • Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable subjects and are allowed.
  • Images shall be judged on high technical quality and storytelling value.
  • Images found to be non-compliant with the above rules will be deleted at the discretion of the Nature Chairperson. Maker will be notified before the competition deadline if time allows.
  • Judges will be made aware of these Rules prior to the competitions and their rulings will be final.

Digital Pictorial

  • Pictorial competitions are not limited to subject matter, composition, or style. Images may depict an original subject, be digitally enhanced, or stylized in any way that the maker chooses. All images must originate from a photographic image taken by the maker.

Assigned Subjects

  • Assigned Subject Competitions are announced in advance and all entries must be associated with that subject. The subjects could be “a certain color”, “night photography”, “birds”, etc. They are also listed in the HCC yearly calendar.


  • Occasionally, one of the categories may be Contemporary which is an image or print that is not ordinary and includes digital enhancements (i.e. filters, copy and pasting, etc.). The image must originate from a photo the member has taken.

Members will be advised when these Assigned Subject Competitions are to be held or check our year's calendar for the information.

Other competition information

At the Hillcrest end of year banquet, “Image Maker of the Year” awards are given to the highest scoring members in each category. All competition scores are added to members’ totals. Members receive 6 points for any image that did not score a 7, 8, 9.  Images with scores 7, 8, or 9, receive that amount of points.

All questions may be directed to the president president@hillcrestcamera.org or anyone else in the club who is familiar with the scoring system.