All entrants must be members in good standing of Photo Venture Camera Club.

Competitions are normally held on the third meeting of the month. Entries are normally due on the first meeting of the month.

All entries must be the original photography of the entrant.

Each month there will be a TOPIC category and an OPEN category with the exception of Best of Year where there will be no specific topic.

TOPIC entries must have been taken/exposed in the 12 months prior to the turn-in date. There is no time limit on OPEN entries

Entries may be submitted in the following four categories (with the exception of Best of Year):

  • ON TOPIC     Color Print                      OPEN Color Print
  • ON TOPIC     Monochrome Print          OPEN Monochrome Print

Once every four (4) months (or at the Competition Chair's discretion) a special Open category will be judged consisting of non-traditional print types (i.e. Polaroid Transfer, Large Panoramic Etc.)

The Judge is the final arbiter in all competitions.

If there are fewer than 6 entries in a single category, the Competition Chair may choose to combine the entries with another category.

The 'Best of Year' competition usually held in June shall consist of members entries for the previous 11 months. Any image submitted for competition during that time shall be eligible. The image need not have placed to be eligible.

Up to four (4) entries may be submitted by a member for each month's competition.

Print Competition Rules

Prints must be labeled as either color or monochrome.

Hand colored monochrome prints or toned prints may be entered as either color or monochrome, and should be labeled accordingly.

The following must appear on the back of the mat in the upper left hand corner (while looking at the back of the print) on an official “title form”:

  • TITLE of the entry

Print Size: Maximum 320 Sq. In. (16 x 20). All prints must be securely mounted on mat board.

Finished (Mounted) Size: Minimum (11 x 14), Maximum: (16 x 20) – Not to be wider than 20 inches. Full bleed prints must conform to these size requirements (Full bleed print may have a “printed mat”). All prints must be securely mounted on mat board or foam core.

Prints for Best of Year competition may be re-mounted and/or re-printed. Re-editing and processing Best of Year entries is permitted, especially if in response to suggestions made by competition judges.

Novice Division

The Novice Division is meant to encourage new members, point & shoot users and members who are beginner/intermediate photographers to compete and hone their skills. This will allow a new member or beginner photographer the chance to develop their skills and compete in our monthly competitions at a level that may be more comfortable to them. It is not necessary to start entering competitions in the Novice division. Whether you start here is entirely up to you. Here are the criteria to enter the Novice Division of the competition.

Members in good standing who have not received a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place ribbon in the past 2 years may submit in the novice categories.

Novice categories will be the same as the regular categories consisting of on topic and off topic color and black and white classes.

A novice must advance to the standard categories once he/she has received 3 ribbons of 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in a novice category. Once you have advanced to the standard category you may no longer continue to enter in the novice categories.

A member may only enter novice competitions until the 1st anniversary of their 1st entry as a novice. To clarify, all entries after the 1st anniversary of your 1st novice entry will be judged in the standard categories.

It is not necessary to advance from the Novice Division in order to compete in the Standard Division.

Points & Awards

Points are accumulated throughout the fiscal year and will be tallied to determine our photographer of the year award. A novice photographer of the year will also be awarded based on points earned in the novice category

Each entry earns entry points.

Winners receive additional points.

Points earned in a novice category are added to points earned in the standard category and count towards the standard photographer of the year award.

Entries receive the following points:

Open Category   Score           Topic Category    Score

 Each Entry            1                 Each Entry            2

 First Place            5                 First Place            7

 Second Place       4                 Second Place       6

 Third Place           3                 Third Place           5

 Hon. Mention       2                  Hon. Mention       4

Defining What is Manipulated

Note: Photo Venture competition entry forms no longer include a check box indicating whether a print was manipulated. 

(definition quoted from – - used with permission)

“Our definition is very strict; we ask that people checking the box do not mentally create their own definition, or take the following only as guidelines or suggestions. If the photograph does not literally meet these requirements please do not check the “un-manipulated” box.

On an un-manipulated photograph is one that could be presented in a court of law or printed in a newspaper, without dishonesty or perjury by the photographer, as an accurate record of what the photographer saw and the camera captured, with the absolute minimum disturbance of the capture during the processing and finishing stages. A slide processed through standard chemistry is the paradigm for an un-manipulated image, and other types of photographs should strive, within the limits of technology, to be as close as possible to slides with respect to manipulation.


The image should be the result of a single exposure (shutter release) by the camera. Therefore, stitched panoramic images, multiple exposures, or composites of more than one image are all manipulated images for our purposes here.

Contrast adjustments and color balance adjustments may be made in enlargement and printing, scanning software, image editing software, etc, as may selective darkening or lightening of areas of the photograph (dodging and burning). But these should not be so extreme as to render the image an inaccurate or unrealistic representation of what the photographer saw. (It is not intended that this be interpreted in some psychological way—for example that Van Gogh’s colors were in some subjective sense what he “saw”.) Features may not be so darkened or lightened or changed in color that the effect is the same as if they were removed by a cloning tool. All images on are digital files, and most of these go through post-exposure color space conversions. We don’t state what transformations are allowed, but the emphasis should be on realism and the result should be as true to the original as practical, or at least should not be any more unrealistic than the effects produced by selecting normally available films.

Sharpening tools are OK.

Cloning/airbrushing tools may only be used to remove miniscule processing artifacts, such as produced by dust, not to add features that were not captured by the camera or to move or remove unwanted features that were captured.

No use of blurring tools is allowed.

No use of perspective correction tools is allowed. Any perspective correction must be done pre-exposure through camera movements or PC lenses.

Cropping is OK.

Images created by processing film through non-standard chemistry such as “cross processing” are manipulated images.

Pre-exposure manipulations such as staging scenes before the camera are OK, but should be disclosed in the Technical Details if the “un-manipulated” box is checked, and the caption should not lead the viewer to any false conclusions, such as implying that an animal is in the wild, when it was actually photographed in a zoo.

Colorizing a black and white image is not allowed.

De-saturating a color image to make it black and white is OK, provided the de-saturation is complete and not selective.