Monthly Competition

Members of the Charlottesville Camera Club are divided into "B" (beginner) and "A" (advanced) classes. Each month, members are encouraged to enter images for evaluation by a judge. Images are evaluated on a five point scale. Up to two images may be submitted each month with no more than one in any of the following categories: 1) Assigned (see topic, below), 2) Open (photographer's choice of subject), and Innovative. In the Assigned and Open categories, members compete within their class. In the Innovative category, entries from A and B members are judged together. For both the Assigned and Open categories, only limited photo editing is allowed, while images that have been artistically modified are reserved for the Innovative category. The amount of editing acceptable for images in the Assigned and Open categories is described in the Rules of Competition. The "Innovative" category allows members artistic freedom through the use of any available camera or digital manipulation including image capture using a scanner. A FEW THINGS TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE ENTERING A COMPETITION:

  1. Is my craftsmanship as good as it can be? (Is the image perfectly sharp, well exposed, not over-sharpened or over-saturated, etc.?)
  2. Are there any distracting or unnecessary objects in my image? (Remember: If something doesn’t help your image, it hurts it!)
  3. Is any part of the background brighter than my subject? (If so, find a way to eliminate or at least darken it.)
  4. Are any parts of my image too close to the edges of the frame?
  5. Is my subject or horizon right in the middle? Am I sure that’s the best place for it?
  6. Am I being objective about the subject’s appeal? (Your pet or grandchild or garden may mean everything to you, but a judge cares only about the quality of the image.)

This Year's Themes (2020)

All Assigned and Open images will be projected. Need help submitting your images for projection? Read Gerry Bishop's Instructions for Uploading Images to PhotoContest Pro.

January Doors and Windows

We pass through and look through them many times every day. Most get, and deserve, little attention. But others--both old and new--offer photographers a rich array of shapes, colors, patterns, textures, and designs. Some are compelling subjects in themselves. Others can serve as a frame for interesting subjects on the outside, on the inside, and passing through.

For tips and possibly a bit of inspiration, see

Andrew Shurtleff
February Black and White

By creating a black and white, or “monochrome” photo, you are bypassing color to emphasize other aspects of a subject, such as form, texture, and contrasting tones. When a potential subject speaks to you through these visual qualities, then all that remains is composing, capturing, and editing to bring out the best the subject has to offer.

Jamie Konarski Davidson
March Abstracts and Altered Reality

Entries may be created by one or more of the following methods:

  1.     Camera movement. (Does not include panning to capture moving objects.)
  2.     The use of software, in which a photograph is altered to the point that it no longer reflects reality.
  3.     Photographing a subject in such a way that it becomes isolated from its context and where shapes, colors, lines, patterns, and textures predominate and provide primary interest. The context becomes unrecognizable and irrelevant.
April Light from Behind

Light from Behind: When the main source of light strikes your subject from behind, it can be transformative. Translucent subjects can radiate with almost surreal color as the light passes through them, and the subject’s edges can glow, wrapped in a golden halo. But capturing a backlit subject well can be challenging, so for tips on how to succeed, go to:

May Enjoying Food

Enjoying Food: Growing, picking, preparing, shopping.  Visit the Saturday market, a friend’s garden, a farm, a grocery store. Photograph a holiday feast, a simple snack and anything in between. Include people, animals both tame and wild, or maybe just an artistic photo of food.

June Beautiful Clouds

Beautiful Clouds: Puffy white clouds against a clear blue sky are beautiful without a doubt. But might you find beauty in the threatening clouds of a coming storm? Or even clouds at night, highlighted by a glowing moon? For this assignment, you might capture clouds alone or clouds as part of a landscape or seascape. Just be sure that clouds are the predominant part of your photo. For tips and inspiration, check out: